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US calls for Morsi's release

The US State Department has called on Egypt to release the deposed president Mohamed Morsi from detention.

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Profile: Egypt's interim president Adli Mansour

A judge in Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court, Adli Mansour, has been named interim president, and will reportedly be sworn in on Thursday.

Adli Mansour Credit: Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt

Mr Mansour was born in 1945 and trained as a lawyer.

He served for many years in Egypt's State Council, which provides legal advice to the government. He is also believed to have spent three years in Saudi Arabia with the Egyptian ministry of commerce.

In 1992, he was appointed to the Supreme Constitutional Court - a body that has remained largely unreformed since President Morsi was elected and clashed with him many times.

He was appointed chief justice of that court on 1 July, just days days before being named interim leader.

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