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Tweets halt honor for Egyptian woman

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is postponing an award for an Egyptian activist who was subjected to a “virginity test” after protesting in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.

The State Department had said Samira Ibrahim would be among recipients of an International Women of Courage award presented by Secretary of State John Kerry and first lady Michelle Obama on Friday.

Now the State Department says she won’t be honored Friday because of anti-American and anti-Semitic comments on her Twitter account.

Ibrahim is already in the U.S. She said her account was hacked, though the comments stretch back several months.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Thursday officials will study the tweets, which include support for attacks against U.S. diplomatic installations and praise for a terrorist assault against Israeli citizens in Bulgaria.

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