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Turkish journalist kept in custody in Egypt

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Turkey's state-run agency says Egyptian prosecutors have ordered that a detained Turkish journalist be kept in custody for a further 15 days.

The Anadolu Agency says that the Turkish Embassy had contested the decision and his case could be reviewed on Tuesday.

Metin Turan, a correspondent with Turkey's state-run TRT television and radio was detained Saturday after police stormed a mosque in Cairo and swept up hundreds of supporters of the country's ousted president who had sought refuge there.

His detention comes at a time of growing tensions between Turkey and Egypt. Ankara has strongly criticized Egypt's military-backed government since the July 3 ouster of President Mohammed Mursi.