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Feb 20, 2014 9:22 AM by Associated Press

Al-Jazeera reporters go on trial in Egypt

CAIRO (AP) - Two Al-Jazeera journalists on trial in Egypt with other colleagues have shouted that they face "psychologically unbearable" conditions while being held.

Egyptian-Canadian Mohammed Fahmy and Australian Peter Greste shouted to reporters in the courtroom Thursday as their trial began.

Only eight of the 20 defendants were present in the Cairo courtroom Thursday. The rest will be tried in absentia.

Twenty employees of the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera network are charged with belonging to and aiding a terrorist organization.

Authorities have long depicted Al-Jazeera network as biased toward ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist group. Al-Jazeera denies bias.

The trial was adjourned until March 5 after a 40-minute hearing.

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