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July 20, 2015

China Releases Tourists Detained on Charity-Arranged Visit

China has deported the last nine members of a tour group who were detained while visiting the country under the auspices of a South Africa-based aid organization, reports CNN.

Eleven of the visitors, who were on a 47-day tour of the country arranged by relief charity Gift of the Givers, had been released last week.

Gift of the Givers had said the group of 10 South Africans, nine Britons, and an Indian were arrested July 11 in Inner Mongolia on suspicion of terrorism ties. Chinese authorities said Saturday that the visitors were deported for illegally "watching video clips that advocate terrorism and religious extremism." According to a statement from families of the detainees, the tourists had watched a documentary in their hotel room on the Mongolian historical figure Genghis Khan that local officials mistook for terrorist "propaganda."