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YouTube star says kicked off Delta flight for speaking Arabic

New York, Dec 22, 2016 (AFP) – A Yemeni-American YouTube star from New York called for a boycott of Delta Airlines after charging he was removed from one of its flights for speaking Arabic. Delta said Adam Saleh and his friend Slim Albaher were asked to leave the London-to-New York …

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Indian authorities rescue 70 trafficking victims

New Delhi, Dec 22, 2016 (AFP) – Police have rescued 70 victims of human trafficking, including 33 children, in a restive and impoverished region of central India, an official said Thursday. The victims, who had been sold to factories and brick kilns, were being transported on a bus when police …

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Pakistani authorities seize heroin worth $1.6 million from plane

KARACHI, Pakistan, Dec 22 (Reuters) – Pakistani authorities have seized heroin worth an estimated $1.6 million hidden on board a Saudi Arabia-bound aircraft operated by Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), a customs official said on Thursday. The packets of heroin were found in a compartment normally used for stowing trolleys, said …

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Kuwait Shiite ex-MP gets new jail term for Saudi insult

Kuwait City, Dec 22, 2016 (AFP) – A Kuwaiti appeals court on Thursday sentenced former Shiite lawmaker Abdulhameed Dashti to 10 years in jail in absentia for insults against neighbouring Saudi Arabia. The new term raises to 42 years and six months the total jail terms handed to Dashti for …

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Saudi budget to tackle record deficit

Riyadh, Dec 22, 2016 (AFP) – Saudi Arabia on Thursday releases its first budget since announcing a wide-ranging economic reform plan after collapsed oil prices led to one of the highest deficits in the developing world. “Tough measures” including subsidy cuts are expected as the kingdom seeks to balance the …

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Ashwin gets player of year, test player awards from ICC

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — India spin bowler Ravichandran Ashwin has been named the ICC Cricketer of the Year, and the 2016 test player of the year, at the annual International Cricket Council awards, announced on Thursday. Ashwin, who captured 48 wickets in eight tests during the voting period, …

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Brother urges Berlin attack suspect to surrender

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on the deadly truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market (all times local): 9:15 a.m. A brother of the fugitive Tunisian suspected in Berlin’s deadly Christmas market attack is urging Anis Amri to turn himself in to police. Amri’s family members, speaking from his hometown …

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Taliban attack home of Afghan lawmaker in capital, killing 8

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan police say gunmen have stormed the home of a lawmaker in the capital, killing eight people and leaving the parliamentarian wounded after he jumped from the roof to escape. The Taliban claimed the attack, which began late Wednesday, saying they targeted a meeting of military …

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Philippines rights body to probe Duterte killing boast

Manila, Dec 22, 2016 (AFP) -The Philippines independent human rights watchdog said Thursday it will investigate President Rodrigo Duterte’s admission he killed three criminals years ago, after the United Nation’s rights chief called for a murder probe. Duterte, who is waging an anti-drugs war that has left thousands dead, said …

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Turkish authorities release family of Russian envoy killer -CNN Turk

ANKARA, Dec 22 (Reuters) – Turkish authorities have released the relatives of the off-duty policeman who gunned down the Russian envoy to Ankara three days ago, CNN Turk reported on Thursday. Authorities detained for questioning the mother, father, sister and two other relatives of Mevlut Mert Altintas, Turkish security sources …

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