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Egypt postpones retrial of 2 Al-Jazeera English journalists

March 8, 2015: Canadian acting bureau chief of Al-Jazeera English, Mohamed Fahmy, left, leaves a court with his fiance Marwa Omara after a hearing in his retrial near Tora prison in Cairo, Egypt. (AP)

March 8, 2015: Canadian acting bureau chief of Al-Jazeera English, Mohamed Fahmy, left, leaves a court with his fiance Marwa Omara after a hearing in his retrial near Tora prison in Cairo, Egypt. (AP)

The retrial of two Al-Jazeera English journalists who face terror-related charges in Egypt has been postponed to March 19.

The decision Sunday comes after a brief hearing for acting bureau chief Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian producer Baher Mohammed. They were freed last month awaiting trial, though they've had to check in with police daily. Their first hearing on Feb. 23 also was postponed.

The two, arrested in December 2013, face charges accusing them of being part of a terrorist group and airing falsified footage intended to damage national security. Al-Jazeera is based in Qatar, a main backer of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi's outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group.

Human rights organizations and media groups have criticized the trial. Australian journalist Peter Greste, also charged in the case, was deported in February.