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Detained Americans Leave Egypt After Posting $5 Million Bail

Their plane departed the Cairo Airport and is flying to an undisclosed location in Europe

A convoy of white vans carrying the sign of U.S. Embassy arrived at Cairo airport carrying the seven Americans, who include the son of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood

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Egyptian officials say seven American and eight other foreign democracy workers facing trial on charges of fomenting unrest have left the country after they posted bail.

The departure of the Americans eases the worst crisis in Egypt-U.S. relations in 30 years. The U.S. posted nearly $5 million in bail to win their release.

CBS News' Alex Ortiz reports from Cairo that the workers made no comment as they were ushered into the capital's airport
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State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the plane was flying to an undisclosed location in Europe. She said the decision to lift the travel ban was made by Egypt's judicial system, but she cautioned the case is not over.

Nuland also said no decision has been made on $1.5 billion in aid the U.S. wanted to provide Egypt. The money was jeopardized by Egypt's decision to charge the Americans.

In Washington, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., told reporters he was "obviously very pleased" at the news of the Americans' departure. "There's a lot more to say about it, but our ambassador in Cairo, Miss Anne Patterson, did a fantastic job. All of our Americans are now on the way out."

The plane took off around 7:00 p.m. Cairo time, Egyptian airport officials said