Egypt denies US writer entry

CAIRO — An Egyptian airport official says a US writer and translator has been denied entry into the country.

The official said Raymond Stock was turned back Friday upon arrival from London. He also said Stock has been placed on a blacklist.

Stock has translated works of Egypt's Nobel Prize winning author Naguib Mahfouz, and has lived and worked in Egypt on-and-off since 1990.

Last year, Stock wrote a scathing critique of Egyptian Culture Minister Farouk Hosny, who lost out on his bid to head the UN's culture agency amid an uproar over his one-time threat to burn Israeli books.

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