Egyptian Judge Delays Trial of American Workers

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An Egyptian court has pushed back the trial of 16 Americans charged with creating unrest in the north African country.

The trial was supposed to get underway Sunday, but the judge delayed it's start until late April. No Americans were present during the hearing.

Lawyers say the delay may provide more time to find a diplomatic solution. The case has caused the deepest rift in the U.S.-Egypt alliance in 30 years.

The Americans are among a group of 43 pro-democracy workers facing criminal charges that they used illegal foreign funds to create unrest that has plagued the country for the past year.

The defendants in the case include 16 Americans. Sixteen are Egyptians, and others are German, Palestinian, Serb, and Jordanian. Of the 16 Americans, seven have been banned from leaving Egypt, among them Sam LaHood, son of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

The situation has led some members of Congress to call for ending more than $1.3 billion in military aid and another $250 million in economic assistance given to Egypt this year.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said American officials are evaluating the latest developments in the case. She said it was "a fluid situation and there are a lot of moving parts."

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