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Los Angeles man detained amid sweeping crackdown in Egypt

Los Angeles man detained amid sweeping crackdown in Egypt

A Los Angeles man working in Cairo as an English-Arabic translator and his Egyptian roommate, a documentary filmmaker, were taken into custody this week amid a sweeping crackdown by the country's military-backed transitional government.

It was not immediately clear why the American, Jeremy Hodge, and his friend, Hossam Meneai, were detained, according to a statement issued by friends and posted on the English-language news site Egypt Independent.

They were taken from their Cairo apartment by government security forces Wednesday...

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