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South Africa withdraws a journalist's exit order

The government withdrew charges Monday that Nat Gibson, a United Press International correspondent, violated security laws by reporting the deployment of soldiers during a race riot last year.

The case -- withdrawn by prosecutors without giving reasons -- was the first of its kind against a foreign correspondent under the country's national-security laws, although local reporters have faced similar accusations.

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The withdrawal of the case follows an expulsion order served last week on another American reporter, giving her 14 days to leave the country. No reason was given.

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