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Escape bids by rebel princesses throw spotlight on UAE rights

Escape bids by rebel princesses throw spotlight on UAE rightsPrincess Haya, who is battling her husband Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al-Maktoum in a UK court, is the third princess who has sought to escape the Gulf emirate in recent years. Activists say the attempts by Haya and two of Sheikh Mohammed’s daughters to escape the United Arab Emirates (UAE) throw a harsh spotlight on the country’s rights record, even as it tries to present a glitzy and modern image to the West. In 2000, Sheikha Shamsa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum tried to escape the family’s entourage during a holiday in England, but was reportedly picked up two months later and forcibly returned to Dubai.



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AOC, other liberal Dems in spotlight at immigration hearing

AOC, other liberal Dems in spotlight at immigration hearingFour Democratic freshmen who reported squalid conditions at migrant detention stations at the southern border are taking the spotlight at a House committee hearing, even as partisan and internal Democratic tensions near a boil over President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. Friday’s House Oversight and Reform Committee session comes as surging numbers of families, children and other migrants entering the U.S. from Mexico have overwhelmed the government’s capacity to house them adequately. The two parties are locked in a bitter struggle over the treatment of the arrivals, whose numbers have recently surpassed 100,000 monthly, and progressive Democrats accuse moderates and party leaders of too readily compromising with Trump and Republicans on the issue.



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Dems' presidential field takes spotlight in South Carolina

Dems' presidential field takes spotlight in South CarolinaAlmost the entire sprawling Democratic presidential field of more than 20 candidates took the same stage Friday in the South’s first primary state, looking to make connections in a primary battleground that has helped propel the party’s last two nominees. Former Vice President Joe Biden reintroduced himself to South Carolina voters at gatherings he’s attended many times before. “I think I’ve been in every one of your counties over the years,” Biden said at House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn’s annual fish fry, a longstanding event that this year has blossomed into a centerpiece ahead of the 2020 election.



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Prince Charles visit shines spotlight on Cuba's classic British cars

Prince Charles visit shines spotlight on Cuba's classic British carsIt's not just American cars frozen in time on the Communist island.



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Trump stance on Muslims, Fox host in spotlight after mosque shootings

Trump stance on Muslims, Fox host in spotlight after mosque shootingsThe violence against Muslims in New Zealand on Friday put a spotlight on Trump’s rhetoric about Islam and revived criticism of his handling of white supremacist violence. “Bring back @JudgeJeanine Pirro,” Trump wrote in Twitter posts in which he blamed Democrats for trying to “silence a majority of our Country” and advocated supporters to “stop working soooo hard on being politically correct.” At the same time, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney appeared on Sunday television news shows to tamp down criticism that Trump has not been strong enough in condemning hate speech and has fomented anti-Muslim sentiment.



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New Zealand mosque massacre puts spotlight on gun laws

New Zealand mosque massacre puts spotlight on gun lawsNew Zealand’s gun laws are under intense scrutiny in the wake of the Christchurch mosque massacres, with the arms dealer who supplied guns to the killer saying he feels no responsibility for the tragedy. The slaughter by an avowed white supremacist of 50 Muslims last Friday stunned the usually peaceful, isolated country, casting a spotlight on the ease with which the accused killer, Australian Brenton Tarrant, legally purchased the semi-automatic weapons he used. “We can’t ignore the galling fact he came to New Zealand to buy firearms he couldn’t get in Australia,” Police Association president Chris Cahill said.



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Venezuela sea aid bid puts quiet Curacao in spotlight

Venezuela sea aid bid puts quiet Curacao in spotlightWillemstad, Curaçao (Netherlands Antilles) (AFP) – A sleepy island best known for beaches and a blue liquor named after it has become the focus of a tense bid to bring aid by sea to Venezuela, in the face of warnings that the country’s military will block it. A plane carrying private donations of food and medical aid from Venezuelans in Florida landed on Curacao — population 150,000 — which lies 40 miles (64 kilometers) from Venezuela’s coast. Venezuelans on the island were preparing Friday to transfer the goods to the nearby seaport where they said a ship was ready to take it to Venezuela.



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El Chapo attorney's affair, sexting steals spotlight at trial

El Chapo attorney's affair, sexting steals spotlight at trialDrug kingpin El Chapo's attorney is stealing the headlines from his client after The New York Post obtained steamy text messages between him and his mistress. Concerns abound if the relationship will affect the case.



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Indonesia aviation in spotlight after Lion Air crash

Indonesia aviation in spotlight after Lion Air crashIndonesia is one of the world’s fastest-growing aviation markets, but it has come under fresh scrutiny since a fatal Lion Air crash last month as the sector struggles to keep up with its breakneck expansion, putting safety at risk, analysts warn. On Wednesday, investigators issued a preliminary report that said the doomed Lion Air jet had technical problems that the airline failed to fix before its final flight. While officials did not lay blame or pinpoint a definitive cause of the October 29 accident, they said the budget carrier must take steps “to improve (its) safety culture”.



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Pastor's Fate Steals Rates Spotlight From Turkey Price Shock

Pastor's Fate Steals Rates Spotlight From Turkey Price ShockA ruling by a court in Izmir to let American pastor Andrew Brunson walk free would go a long way toward defusing the worst diplomatic crisis in decades between the U.S. and its NATO ally. “If he is released, the Turkish lira is likely to rally, and this in turn would lessen pressure on the central bank to act,” said Piotr Matys, a currency strategist at Rabobank. The U.S. imposed sanctions over Brunson’s detention, and the threat of further punishments hangs over the lira, which has already lost almost 40 percent of its value against the dollar this year.



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