Britain's charity watchdog has been asked by David Cameron's government for detailed information on any charitable work involving the Muslim Brotherhood amid Egyptian claims that this is used as a cover to support extremism.

The UK prime minister's office has told The National that a report on the Brotherhood's "philosophy and values and alleged connections with extremism and violence" will be submitted to the UK parliament before its summer recess begins on July 22.

The report, by Britain's ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Sir John Jenkins, will be the result of what Mr Cameron's Downing Street staff insist is a "review" and not an investigation or inquiry.

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