Tourists wait for their flight, as an Egyptair plane is seen, background, at a waiting hall in Cairo's international airport, in Egypt. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
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Egypt detained and deported Northern Irish Nobel Laureate and peace activist Mairead Maguire on Wednesday after she tried to enter on her way to neighbouring Gaza, she and airport officials said.Maguire had intended to join a delegation of women activists going to the blockaded Palestinian enclave on Thursday. The group could embarrass Egypt's military-installed government, which is at odds with Gaza's militant Hamas rulers, yet does not want to be seen as party to a siege of Palestinians. Egypt controls the only border crossing with Gaza that bypasses Israel, and is accused of colluding with Israel to blockade the territory ruled by the militant Islamist group Hamas.Pro-Palestinian activists from abroad protested in Cairo in 2010 when they were prevented from entering Gaza.
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