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Egypt keeps two bloggers in jail

CAIRO, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Egyptian officials Sunday ordered two more weeks of detention for a controversial blogger who refused to cooperate in a military investigation.

Alaa Abdel Fattah is accused of inciting violence in a bloody clash between troops and Coptic Christians last month and was locked up for 15 days pending further investigation.

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His detention has stirred calls for his release from Egyptian activists and international rights groups, bikyamasar.com reported.

The Web site said another jailed blogger, Maikel Nabil Sanad, had his trial postponed again until Nov. 27. Nabil has been on a hunger strike since August. He was sentenced to three years in prison over a March blog post that criticized the Egyptian military.

Bikyamasar.com said Nabil's plight has not received widespread public support because of his contention Egypt should cultivate good relations with Israel.

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