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US warns Egypt not to target media

Demonstrators protest outside the Egyptian embassy in London on February 19, 2014 to demand the immediate release of detained journalists in EgyptA US diplomat pressed Cairo to respect "basic rights and freedoms" Thursday, warning that Egypt's stability and economic recovery were at stake, as a court opened a trial of Al-Jazeera journalists. Washington, whose ties with historic ally Cairo have cooled in recent months, has previously reprimanded Egyptian authorities for the trial of 20 journalists of the Doha-based television news network.