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Cairo Dismisses U.S. Aid Threat


An anti-Mubarak demonstrator is detained by riot police after clashes with pro-Mubarak demonstrators and riot policemen in September in front of the police academy where former President Hosni Murbarak was on trial in Cairo.

An anti-Mubarak demonstrator is detained by riot police after clashes with pro-Mubarak demonstrators and riot policemen in September in front of the police academy where former President Hosni Murbarak was on trial in Cairo.

Egypt says it will not be persuaded by the potential loss of U.S. aid to end an investigation into foreign-funded nongovernmental organizations.

Forty-three pro-democracy activists, 19 of them Americans, are to be put on trial for alleged illegal activities of their NGOs.

The 19 include the son of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

The United States has threatened to withhold $1.3 billion in annual military aid to Egypt over its crackdown on NGOs.

But Egyptian Prime Minister Kamal Ganzouri said his government would "apply the law" in the case of the NGOs and "not back down."

Compiled from agency reports
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