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Saudi police release miniskirt video woman without charge Saudi police release miniskirt video woman without charge
Saudi police have released a young woman who appeared in a video wearing a miniskirt and crop-top in public without charge. She was summoned for questioning after a video of her dressed in "indecent" clothing sparked a heated debate in the Muslim country. Some demanded she be punished for breaking the strict Saudi dress code. But the public prosecutor has now closed the case, the ministry...
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Spain passengers on Vueling jet delay migrant deportation Spain passengers on Vueling jet delay migrant deportation
A group of passengers could face hefty fines after delaying a Vueling flight in Barcelona out of sympathy with a Senegalese migrant on board. The Senegalese man, in handcuffs, was eventually deported to Dakar on the flight. The jet took off after police had come on board to stop the protest. The 11 protesters could be fined up to 225,000 (197,000; $258,000) each for endangering flight safe...
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's brother detained Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's brother detained
The brother of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Hossein Ferydoun, has been detained, a judiciary spokesman says. Mr Ferydoun failed to meet the bail terms on unspecified financial issues and was taken to prison. He has previously been linked to officials at the centre of a scandal involving inflated salaries for managers at the state insurance firm. He has always denied any wrongdoing. T...
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China villagers launch Dutch court bid to retrieve mummy China villagers launch Dutch court bid to retrieve mummy
Chinese villagers are taking their fight to retrieve an allegedly stolen 1,000-year-old mummified monk to a Dutch court on Friday. The monk's remains, which are inside a Buddha statue, were taken from a temple in the small Chinese village of Yangchun in Fujian province in 1995. The villagers say a Dutch collector, whom they are suing, bought the statue in Hong Kong in 1996. The statue was...
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Liu Xiaobo: China's most prominent dissident dies Liu Xiaobo: China's most prominent dissident dies
Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, who was China's most prominent human rights and democracy advocate, has died aged 61. The activist had been serving an 11-year prison term for "subversion" and was recently moved to a hospital for treatment for terminal liver cancer. A university professor turned tireless rights campaigner, Mr Liu was branded a criminal by authorities. The Nobel Committee said t...
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Balearic Islands ask EU for alcohol limit on flights Balearic Islands ask EU for alcohol limit on flights
Local authorities in the Balearic Island have asked for a limit to be put on drinking alcohol on planes and in airports as they try to crack down on anti-social behaviour. Pilar Carbonell, head of tourism across the islands, including Mallorca and Ibiza, has pleaded with Spain and the European Commission for the limit. The proposal was raised in Brussels on Tuesday. It comes after a serie...
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Air Canada flight nearly lands on crowded San Francisco taxiway Air Canada flight nearly lands on crowded San Francisco taxiway
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating an apparent near-miss involving an Air Canada flight at San Francisco's airport. It says Flight AC759 from Toronto was cleared to land on a runway last Friday, but the pilot "inadvertently" lined up for a taxiway where four aircraft were waiting to depart. An air traffic controller became aware of the problem and ordered the pilot...
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Battle for Mosul: Iraq PM Abadi formally declares victory Battle for Mosul: Iraq PM Abadi formally declares victory
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has formally declared victory over so-called Islamic State (IS) in Mosul. Mr Abadi waved a national flag with troops after announcing the "collapse of the terrorist state of falsehood". Earlier, clashes were reported in a small part of Old City where a few dozen IS militants were holding out. The battle for Mosul has taken almost nine months, left larg...
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Unesco declares Hebron's Old City Palestinian World Heritage site Unesco declares Hebron's Old City Palestinian World Heritage site
Unesco has designated Hebron's Old City and the Tomb of the Patriarchs in the occupied West Bank a Palestinian World Heritage site despite Israeli protests. A resolution passed by a committee of the UN cultural agency also put them on a list of sites considered "in danger". The Tomb of the Patriarchs - also known as the Ibrahimi Mosque - is revered by Jews, Muslim and Christians as Abraham, ...
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Qatar crisis: Restrictions to continue, Saudi Arabia says Qatar crisis: Restrictions to continue, Saudi Arabia says
Restrictions on Qatar will continue after it rejected the ultimatum made by its Middle East neighbours, Saudi Arabia has said. The foreign ministers of four Arab countries, meeting in Cairo, said they regretted Qatar's "negative" response to their list of demands. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the UAE severed ties with Qatar last month. They accuse it of supporting jihadi groups, and c...
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