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NGO activists in Cyprus after leaving Egypt: airport

By AFP LARNACA: US pro-democracy activists who had been on trial in Egypt were in Cyprus on Friday after flying out of Cairo, an airport official said, following the lifting of a travel ban on them. The activists arrived on a private plane overnight and were due to fly out “soon” the same day, the …


Plane with US and other activists leaves Egypt; trial continues

By Agencies CAIRO: A plane carrying American pro-democracy campaigners and other activists left Egypt on Thursday after a travel ban was lifted, an airport official said, a move that is likely to defuse the deepest row between Washington and Cairo in decades. “They have left,” the airport official told Reuters, without giving further details. A US …


Cairo airport told US NGO workers can leave

By Reuters CAIRO: Egypt’s airport authorities have been advised that a travel ban on American pro-democracy activists has been lifted, airport sources said on Thursday, opening the way for defusing a row that has threatened $1.3 billion of US military aid to Egypt. A senior judge and other judicial sources said on Wednesday that Egypt …


Judges in NGO case faced ‘political pressure’; travel ban on Americans lifted

  CAIRO: Political pressure may be the reason why the panel of judges overseeing the probe against foreign NGOs in Egypt withdrew from the case on Tuesday, experts said. The official Middle East News Agency (MENA) said Wednesday that the panel, headed by Judge Mahmoud Mohamed Shoukry, abandoned the case, expressing “unease” in carrying on …


US, Egypt lurch into perilous limbo on NGO case

By Andrew Quinn / Reuters WASHINGTON: US hopes for a quick end to its dispute with Egypt over pro-democracy groups have been dashed, stranding both countries in a dangerous limbo as pressures build on a security partnership that is vital to Washington. The Obama administration had hoped the row over Egypt’s raids on US-funded groups and …


Egypt bars American woman from leaving the country

By Aya Batrawy / AP CAIRO: Security officials in Cairo say an American woman facing criminal charges as part of Egypt’s crackdown on foreign-funded pro-democracy organizations has been barred from boarding an international flight. Officials say that Mary Elizabeth Whitehead was trying to board a flight to Germany on Thursday minutes before take off, when Egyptian …


Prosecutor slaps travel ban on Australian, American

CAIRO: Egypt’s public prosecutor said on Monday an Australian journalist and a US student were barred from leaving the country, a day after they were released from detention on suspicion of bribing activists. Freelance reporter Austin Mackell and American student Derek Ludovici were arrested on Saturday along with their Egyptian translator Aliya Alwi in the …


Briton allowed to leave Egypt after travel ban

CAIRO: A British charity worker who was barred from leaving Egypt last week over an investigation into non-governmental organizations operating in the country was cleared to return to Britain on Tuesday, sources at the airport said. The sources did not give details about Diane Diacon’s work, but she is listed as director of The Building …


US urges Egypt to lift travel ban on Americans

WASHINGTON: US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta urged Egypt’s military ruler Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi to lift a travel ban on Americans working for pro-democracy groups, the Pentagon said Monday. Meanwhile, State Department officials told AFP that a "handful of US citizens" have taken shelter at the US embassy in Cairo while awaiting Egypt’s permission to …


US outrage as Egypt bars Americans from leaving

CAIRO: The barring of six Americans working for publicly funded US organizations promoting democracy in Egypt from leaving the country provoked angry demands in Washington that Cairo’s new military rulers stop "endangering American lives." Among those hit by travel bans – one of those targeted called it "de facto detention" – is a son of …


Egypt bans a number of Americans from leaving

CAIRO: Egypt has banned the son of US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and a number of other Americans from leaving the country as tensions rise over moves by Egyptian authorities to restrict the work of international rights organizations. The State Department’s top human right official, Michael Posner, told reporters in Cairo that the apparent campaign …


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