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In final ruling, Egypt court rejects transfer of Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia
CAIRO (Reuters) - A top Egyptian court issued a final ruling on Monday rejecting a government plan to transfer two uninhabited Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia in a deal that had provoked outrage among Egyptians and prompted rare protests. Cheers broke out in the Cairo courtroom as the judge read out the verdict confirming Egyptian sovereignty over Tiran and Sanafir and saying that the government had failed to provide evidence that the islands were Saudi. (Reporting by Asma Alsharif and Lin Noueihed)