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Briton barred from leaving Egypt

A British woman has been barred from leaving Egypt because she is on a list of foreigners under investigation over ties to foreign non-profit groups accused of stirring unrest in the country.

An airport security official says she was ordered off a London-bound plane in Cairo.

She works at a US non-profit group accused of illegally using foreign funds to finance activities to destabilise Egypt. Sixteen Americans and 27 Europeans and Egyptians have been referred to trial on those charges. At least 10, including six Americans, have been barred from leaving.

The case has threatened Egypt-US relations, and shocked pro-democracy groups.

There was no immediate comment from the British Embassy.

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