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Egypt on Wednesday lifted its travel ban on seven Americans working with pro-democracy groups in what looks like a friendly gesture during an otherwise tense period of U.S.-Egypt relations.
The Associated Presss reports that the seven, who include the son of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, are among a total of 16 Americans who have been accused of using illegal documents to fire up protests and resistance against military rule.
The other nine did not face a travel ban and had previously left the country. Besides the Americans, 27 other NGO employees are also on trial, including 16 Egyptians as well as citizens of Germany and Norway.
The group’s trial opened on Sunday, but the three court judges cited "uneasiness" and resigned from the case on Tuesday. The trial has been adjourned to April 26.