Egyptian president's sweeping powers cancelled

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has cancelled a decree that gave him sweeping powers and sparked huge protests, but did not delay a referendum on a constitution as his opponents had demanded.

The announcement came from the spokesman for politicians and other figures who took part in a national dialogue on Saturday convened by the Islamist president. But the main opposition group stayed away, so the talks had little credibility among protesters.

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Rival rallies in Cairo

Thousands of opponents and supporters of Egypt's President Morsi are staging rival rallies in the nation's capital, four days ahead a nationwide referendum on the new constitution.