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Derrik Sweeney, 19, of Jefferson City, Mo., smiles as he walks with his mother, Joy Sweeney, center, and sister Ashley Sweeney after arriving at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011, in St. Louis. Derrik Sweeney and two other American students were arrested on the roof of a university building near Tahrir Square in Cairo last Sunday, accused of throwing firebombs at security forces fighting with protesters. On Thursday, a court ordered the three to be released.

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Jefferson City student back in Missouri, describes ordeal

One of three American students arrested during protests in Cairo -- 19-year-old Derrik Sweeney of Jefferson City -- says they were hit and threatened with guns, and described that first night in custody as the scariest of his life.


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