CAIRO - Egyptian authorities have detained an Australian journalist and an American student on suspicion they had distributed cash to workers and incited them to take part in a strike demanding an end to army rule, the state news agency said.
The pair were detained on Saturday along with their Egyptian translator and a local labOr activist in the industrial city of al-Mahalla al-Kubra north of Cairo.
They were referred to the prosecutor general for investigation, the agency said. It identified the American student as Derek Ludovici and the Australian journalist as Austin Mackell.
The labor activist was named as Kamal el-Fayoumi.