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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has decided to deny Egypt $95.7 million (74.64 million pounds) in aid and to delay a further $195 million because of its failure to make progress on respecting human rights and democratic norms, two sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. The decision reflects a U.S. desire to continue security cooperation as well as frustration with Cairo’s stance on civil liberties, notably a new law that regulates non-governmental organizations that is widely seen as part a growing crackdown on dissent, said the sources who spoke on condition of anonymity. Spokespeople for the White House and the State Department were not immediately available for comment.

(Reporting By Arshad Mohammed and Warren Strobel; Editing by Phil Berlowitz)
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