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Al Jazeera says journalists freed in Egypt

By Reuters

Qatar-based new channel Al Jazeera said six of its English service journalists were released in Egypt hours after being detained on Monday, a day after the news network was told to shut down its operations in the country.

Al Jazeera, which also saw its signal to some parts of the Middle East cut on Sunday, reported the release in Cairo in a news alert on its Arabic channel. Security forces seized a camera from its staff, it said.

Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in Egypt demanding an end to President Hosni Mubarak's authoritarian 30-year rule, in protests that have sent shockwaves through the Arab world.