Africa

Egypt arrests US student, Australian journalist

Feb. 11, 2012: An Egyptian man passes by an army patrol with a soldier on top of an armored vehicle flying the national flag and a sticker on the body with Arabic that reads "the army and the people are one hand," during a general strike in Cairo, Egypt.

Feb. 11, 2012: An Egyptian man passes by an army patrol with a soldier on top of an armored vehicle flying the national flag and a sticker on the body with Arabic that reads "the army and the people are one hand," during a general strike in Cairo, Egypt.

CAIRO -- An Egyptian security official says that authorities have arrested an Australian journalist and an American student accused of trying to bribe people to join a strike demanding a faster transition to civilian rule called for the anniversary of former President Hosni Mubarak's ouster.

He says the foreigners and their Egyptian guide were detained in the city of Mahalla al-Kobra on Saturday after residents told police the three were handing out money to encourage people to participate in the strike.

The northern industrial city has seen violent worker strikes in the past.

The security official says they will be referred to the state prosecutor's office. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information.