Turkish journalist set free in Egypt

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Turkish journalist Metin Turan has been released from an Egyptian prison, nearly four months after he was arrested Aug. 17 during protests at Cairo's el-Fath Mosque Hurriyet Daily News reported.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced the expected ruling via Twitter on Dec. 5, adding that the Turkish Embassy in Cairo would now take "the necessary initiatives."

Around 400 people were detained during the el-Fath Mosque protests on Aug. 17, which Turan was covering for Turkey's state-run TRT.

Days after Turan's detention, military forces raided the Cairo bureau of Turkey's Ihlas News Agency on Aug. 20, detaining the bureau chief and seizing the agency's live broadcasting equipment.

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