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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.

Judoka sent home from Olympics for refusing handshake

Or Sasson of Israel and Islam El Shehab of Egypt Credit: Reuters

An Egyptian judoka has been sent home from the Rio Olympics after refusing to shake the hand of his Israeli competitor, the International Olympic Committee said.

Islam El Shehaby, who was sent home by his own team, lost the fight on Friday and was reprimanded by the IOC for his actions.

The IOC acknowledged that the rules of judo do not oblige players to shake hands but said El Shehaby's behaviour went against the Games' "rules of fair play" and "spirit of friendship".

El Shehaby, 32, had reportedly been pressured by fans on social media not to show up for the match with his Israeli opponent, who went on to win bronze in the +100kg category, because it would shame Islam.

El Shehaby said: "I have no problem with Jewish people or any other religion or different beliefs. But for personal reasons, you can't ask me to shake the hand of anyone from this State, especially in front of the whole world."

EgyptAir voice recorder 'indicates attempt to put out fire'

EgyptAir. Credit: Reuters

The cockpit voice recorder of EgyptAir flight MS804 indicate there was an attempt to put out a fire on board the jet before it crashed into the Mediterranean, sources on the investigation committee said.

The recordings are in line with data extracted on the plane's other devices, which indicate the presence of smoke in the plane's lavatory and avionics system, the sources added.

Investigation authorities said the committee remains open to all possibilities regarding what caused the crash.

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