Hopes dim for release of Australian Al Jazeera journalist jailed in Egypt

SYDNEY - Hopes are fading for the release of Australian journalist Peter Greste, who has been in jail in Egypt for a year, after Cairo sent mixed signals about his case, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said on Monday.
The Al Jazeera reporter is serving seven to 10 years for crimes that include spreading lies to help a "terrorist organization" - an allusion to the Muslim Brotherhood group which is banned in Egypt.
Bishop last week raised the possibility Greste could be freed before an appeal hearing set for January 1.
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