Egyptian authorities have released the country's best known opposition figure, Ayman Nour, 44, after three years in jail on health grounds. Nour came a distant second in Egypt's first contested presidential poll in 2005 but was jailed for alleged election fraud in the following months. Nour has said will resume leadership of his Ghad (Tomorrow) party and rejoin political life.The US, Egypt's close ally and major aid donor, took great interest in the Nour case and described his conviction as a miscarriage of justice. (BBC)

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