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Israeli chess players denied visas for event in Saudi Arabia

Reuters in Athens | Sun 24 Dec 2017   Israel Chess Federation says it may take legal action after players barred from travelling to speed chess championship Seven Israeli players requested visas for the tournament in Saudi Arabia. Photograph: Mark Lennihan/AP Israeli players have been denied visas to participate in a speed chess championship hosted by Saudi Arabia this week, ...

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Egypt FM to head to Ethiopia after Nile dam talks stall

Sunday, December 24, 2017   Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri speaks to media after the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt meeting to discuss their dispute with Qatar, in Manama, Bahrain July 30, 2017. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed   By Nadine Awadalla, Eric Knecht   CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry will visit ...

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South Sudan ceasefire goes into effect

  Sunday, December 24, 2017   Riek Machar, the former vice president whose falling out with President Salva Kiir kickstarted the conflict in December 2013, has ordered his rebel forces to “cease all hostilities”. FILE PHOTO   By AFP   A ceasefire between South Sudan’s warring parties went into effect just after midnight Sunday, in what is the latest bid ...

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Malaysian arrested at Karachi airport carrying firearms

Sunday, December 24, 2017   By Naimat Khan   This photo circulated by Airport Security Force shows weapons that were carried by Malaysian national, Al Muhd Alfie Kqhyriel, at the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi on Friday, Dec. 22, 2017. (Handout photo by ASF)   KARACHI: A Malaysian was arrested late Friday at Jinnah International Airport, Karachi, for trying to ...

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Italy Airlifts Refugees From Libya as Criticism Mounts

  December 23, 2017   ROME — Italy organized a first airlift of refugees from Libyan detention centers to Rome after coming under international criticism for helping the Libyan coast guard block migrants from leaving by boat. The Interior Ministry said the refugees were due to arrive later Friday at Rome’s Pratica di Mare military base. Interior Minister Marco Minniti ...

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Ellison wants probe of abuse claims from Somali deportation flight

  December 22, 2017   Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) waits to speak during a press conference outside the U.S. Capitol on March 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Win McNamee | Getty Images File   By Mukhtar M. Ibrahim St. Paul   U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison on Thursday called for investigations into reports that federal immigration agents have mistreated 92 Somalis ...

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Somali Ex-Minister Abdirahman Abdishakur Released From Jail

  Shabelle Media Network | Published: December 21, 2017   Mr. Abdirahman Abdishakur Warsame   A court in Mogadishu has released without charge a former minister and fierce critic of the government Abdirahman Abdishakur who spent days in jail after being arrested by NISA. Benadir regional court has ruled that Abdishakur was found not guilty and ordered to free him, ...

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Car rams into pedestrians in Melbourne; up to 19 injured

December 21, 2017   Commander Russell Barrett told media that while the motive of the incident was not immediately clear, “at this stage we believe it was a deliberate act.” “At this stage it’s early days in the investigation and the motivation is unknown,” said a police officer. (Image-AP)   By AP   Two men were arrested in Australia after ...

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Swedish man arrested at UK airport suspected of terrorism

  Published: December 20, 2017   FILE PHOTO: Passengers line up to check-in at Stansted Airport Photo: BLOOMBERG NEWS   LONDON (AP) — British police say they have arrested a Swedish man at Stansted Airport, north of London, on suspicion of terrorism offenses. The 34-year-old man was stopped by counter-terrorism police officers after he got off a flight from Stockholm ...

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