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Egypt overturns death sentence on ex-president Morsi

Mohamed Morsi greets his supporters from behind bars at a court hearing in June. Credit: Reuters

An Egyptian court has overturned a death sentence on the former president Mohamed Morsi and ordered a retrial.

The democratically-elected president was deposed in a 2013 coup led by ex-army chief Abdel Fatah al-Sisi after mass protests against Morsi's rule.

Morsi was immediately arrested following the coup and has been convicted in a number of high-profile cases under the new regime. He had been convicted to death in connection with a mass jail break in 2011.

Tuesday's Court of Cassation ruling means he no longer faces execution, but he is still serving lengthy jail sentences over other charges.

Egypt: 'IS attack' kills 12 security forces personnel in Sinai

The border between Egypt and Israel in the Sinai Peninsula Credit: Reuters

There are reports that the so-called Islamic State has carried out an attack that killed at least 12 members of Egypt's security forces in North Sinai.

Eight other people are said to have been seriously injured after the attack on a check point 25 miles from the town of Bir al-Abd today.

This is the first major attack in the central Sinai area which was carried out with assault rifles and heavier weapons.

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