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Friday
Nov252011

US College Exchange Students to Return Home Friday Night

ABC News(CAIRO) -- The family of one of three U.S. college students arrested in Cairo on suspicion of throwing Molotov cocktails says the boys are returning home.

All three students will be taking separate flights out of Cairo Friday night, the family of Georgetown University student Derrik Sweeney confirmed to ABC News.

The State Department has yet to confirm the report and there has been no official confirmation from Egyptian officials.

The three U.S. exchange students were accused of tossing firebombs from the roof of a campus building overlooking Tahrir square during a rally earlier this week.

A spokesperson for American University in Cairo told ABC News Radio on Tuesday that the students being detained were Sweeney, of Jefferson, Mo.; Drexel University student Gregory Porter, of Glenside, Pa.; and Indiana University student Luke Gates, of Bloomingdale, Ind.

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Thursday
Nov242011

US College Exchange Students to be Released: Report

ABC News(CAIRO) -- Three U.S. college students arrested in Cairo on suspicion of throwing Molotov cocktails will be freed, a source from the Egyptian prosecutor's office has confirmed to ABC News.

The release is not expected until Friday at the earliest, according to a source briefed by the U.S. embassy in Cairo.

Joy Sweeney, the mother of Georgetown University student Derrik Sweeney, told ABC News Radio on Thursday, "Oh my goodness, I'm ecstatic, I'm ecstatic. I can't convey my happiness."

The three U.S. exchange students were accused of tossing firebombs from the roof of a campus building overlooking Tahrir square during a rally.

A spokesperson for American University in Cairo told ABC News Radio on Tuesday that the students being detained were Sweeney, of Jefferson, Mo.; Drexel University student Gregory Porter, of Glenside, Pa.; and Indiana University student Luke Gates, of Bloomingdale, Ind.

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Thursday
Mar102011

US Diplomat Steps Down over Okinawa Comments

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(TOKYO) -- A senior U.S. diplomat supervising Japan affairs stepped down Thursday over controversial remarks he reportedly made about Okinawa to American University students in Washington.

The U.S. embassy in Tokyo released a statement saying Kevin Maher, former director of the State Department's Office of Japan Affairs, has been replaced by longtime diplomat Rust Deming.

News of Maher's resignation overshadowed Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt Campbell's two-day visit to Tokyo.

In a meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto, Campbell offered yet another apology for Maher's comments.

"These in no way reflect the attitudes of warmth and gratitude and friendship that the United States has for the people of Okinawa," he said.  "We are deeply apologetic for this controversy."

The State Department has been playing damage control since reports of Maher's comments disparaging Okinawans surfaced Monday.  The alleged remarks were made during a lecture in Washington about "Military Bases and Their Impacts on Okinawa" and were intended to be off-the-record.

Student notes obtained by Japanese media revealed Maher called residents of Japan's southern island "lazy" and "masters of extortion," an apparent reference to financial subsidies Tokyo pays to Okinawans in exchange for hosting U.S. military bases on the island.

Word of Maher's comments quickly spread through the Japanese media and prompted the Okinawa prefectural assembly and Naha city to adopt a resolution condemning the diplomat's statements and demanding a retraction and apology.

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