1. FREEDOM

    Americans Charged in Egypt Leave

    Egyptian policemen stand  in front of  Egyptian employees of several pro-democracy groups charged with using foreign funds to foment unrest during their trial in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012. Egypt went forward with a trial Sunday that has plunged relations with the U.S. into the deepest crisis in decades, prosecuting 16 Americans and 27 other employees of pro-democracy groups. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

    Khalil Hamra / AP Photo

    Seven U.S. nonprofit workers who were charged in Egypt for using foreign funds to foment unrest have successfully left the country. The Americans, including the son of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood, had their travel ban lifted but were forced to post nearly $5 million in bail, which the U.S. government footed. The release lowers the tension on one of the worst crises between the two countries in 30 years, as the trial, which continues, is considered politically charged. The case infuriated Washington, which threatened to cut some $1.5 billion in annual aid to Egypt.

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