In this Sunday, June 8, 2014 file photo released by Egypt's state news agency MENA, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi gives a speech during his inaugural ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Cairo, Egypt. (AP/MENA, File)
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Egypt's Cabinet has approved the transfer of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia despite protests earlier this year and a court ruling the transfer unconstitutional.The state-run MENA news agency reported Thursday that President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi's government approved the deal and sent it to parliament for ratification despite the court ruling, which the government has appealed.The government says the uninhabited islands, Tiran and Sanafir, were always part of Saudi Arabia but were placed under Egypt's protection decades ago over fears of an Israeli attack.
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