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Egypt journalist freed in Sudan, returns home

CAIRO (AP) – Egypt’s president has flown a journalist, detained for nearly two weeks in Sudan after covering protests there, back to Cairo with him on his private plane.

A post on President Mohammed Morsi’s Facebook page says Shaimaa Adel left Sudan and was flown to Ethiopia, where she had breakfast Monday with the president, who was attending a summit. Then they flew home.

Adel was detained July 3 in Sudan’s capital of Khartoum, covering protests against new austerity measures and the rule of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. She works for the independent Egyptian daily al-Watan newspaper.

Egypt’s official news agency, MENA, reported that the Egyptian president pressed al-Bashir to release Adel.

Al-Bashir explained that Sudan detained her for entering Sudan without permission to work as a journalist, but agreed to free her.

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