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A Sudanese woman sentenced to death for refusing to recant her Christian beliefs has finally been freed after six months in prison.

Meriam Ibrahim's lawyer said she had been transferred "to an unknown house to stay at for her protection and security."

State media reported the Court of Cassation in Khartoum had cancelled the death sentence against the 27-year-old –– after defence lawyers presented their case.

Anger as Egypt jails journalists

Foreign Secretary William Hague has summoned the Egyptian ambassador to express his disgust after three Al Jazeera journalists were jailed for terrorism-related offences.

The sentencing of Australian-born Peter Greste, Canadian-Egyptian acting Cairo bureau chief Mohammed Fahmy, and Egyptian producer Baher Mohammed to seven years each has been met with widespread condemnation.

David Cameron said he was "appalled".

They were arrested in December as part of a sweeping crackdown on Islamist supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. They had covered Muslim Brotherhood anti-government protests backing Morsi.

There were 14 other co-defendants in the case, including two British journalists, Sue Turton and Dominic Kane.

Mr Hague said: "British ministers and diplomats will continue to urge the Egyptian government to demonstrate its commitment to freedom of expression by reviewing this case as a matter of urgency."

Cameron digs in over Juncker

David Cameron has had a "full and frank discussion" with the president of the European Council ahead of an expected clash at a Brussels summit over the nomination of Jean-Claude Juncker to the EU's top job.

In Downing Street, the Prime Minister spelt out to Herman van Rompuy that he is determined to fight Mr Juncker's appointment as president of the European Commission "until the end". Britain regards him as a roadblock to reform.

The PM made clear that if Mr Juncker's name is tabled on Friday, he will demand a vote on his nomination – an unprecedented move in a process normally agreed by consensus.

Insurgents to honour president's ceasefire

Russian insurgents say they will honour a ceasefire declared by the Ukrainian president and engage in more talks to help resolve the conflict.

Alexander Borodai, one of the rebel leaders who took part in yesterday's talks in Donetsk, said they would respect the ceasefire declared on Friday by Petro Poroshenko. Mr Borodai also promised that the insurgents would release observers from the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe whom they have held.

Police arrest three over World Cup celebrations

Police have arrested three people who appeared in an online video of young men and women singing and dancing in support of Iran's World Cup team.

The video shows young people, including women not wearing the mandatory headscarf, singing and dancing in support of the team. They are seen waving flags and dancing in streets, homes and parks. Police chief Colonel Rahmatollah Taheri Taheri called the video "vulgar" and urged people not to take part in such activities.

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