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United Airlines under fire after passenger dragged from plane; officer put on leave

By Alana Wise NEW YORK, April 11 – United Airlines sparked outrage on Monday for the treatment of a passenger who was physically dragged off a plane the airline had overbooked, and one of the security officers involved in the incident was placed on leave pending an investigation. Videos posted online by other passengers showed a man screaming as officers yanked him from his seat on United Flight 3411 before it departed from Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Louisville, Kentucky, on Sunday. The man, who appeared to be Asian, was seen being dragged down the aisle on his back...

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May suggests free movement could continue during Brexit implementation – BBC

LONDON, April 5 – Prime Minister Theresa May has not ruled out allowing the free movement of people between Britain and the European Union during “an implementation phase” after Britain leaves the bloc, the BBC reported on Wednesday. May, who triggered the formal divorce procedure with the European Union last week, has said she expects some kind of implementation phase, or transitional agreement, after two years of talks with the bloc. She has offered few details on how an implementation phase would operate, but if Britain wants to keep the status quo before finalising a deal, it will have...

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EU Commission to give free travel to up to 7,000 young Europeans

By Farah Salhi BRUSSELS, March 27 – The European Commission said on Monday it would give free international trips to up to 7,000 school students, stopping far short of a call by the European Parliament to hand InterRail tickets to all the EU’s 5.4 million 18-year-olds. The Commission said it had earmarked 2.5 million euros ($2.7 million) to offer an initial 5,000 young people the chance to visit another European country. The Parliament last year passed a resolution calling for all 18-year-olds to be given free InterRail tickets, which, typically, are month-long passes allowing young people to travel across...

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Emirates: U.S. officials say passengers can board U.S.-bound flights

DUBAI, March 16 (Reuters) – Passengers from six mainly Muslim countries who would have been barred from the United States under President Donald Trump’s latest travel order will be allowed to board U.S.-bound flights on Emirates and Etihad Airways now that a federal judge has blocked it, the Middle East carriers said on Thursday. The executive order banning refugees and nationals of six Muslim-majority countries from travelling to the U.S. was temporarily halted on Wednesday, hours before it was to go into effect, by a federal judge in Hawaii. Emirates will follow guidance by U.S. Customs and Border Protection,...

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Meet the first female Arab to pilot an Airbus A380

Captain Nevin Darwish, the first Arab female pilot to command an A380 and First Officer Alia Al Muhairi, UAE’s youngest A380 female pilot, fly the Emirates Airbus A380,  the world’s largest commercial aircraft. On #InternationalWomensDay, Emirates Airlines released the video on its social media page, which garnered more than 2 million views.  Darwish flew the iconic Airbus A380 from Dubai to Vienna, becoming the first Arab woman to have captained the aircraft. The Dubai-based carrier chose a handful of female pilots to fly giant aircraft in celebration of International Women’s Day, which occurs on March...

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Emirates airlines concerned about latest U.S. travel order

By Victoria Bryan BERLIN, March 9 – Emirates, the world’s largest long-haul carrier, said on Thursday it was concerned President Donald Trump’s latest travel order will still deter Muslim visitors to America, after booking rates on U.S. flights fell 35 percent following January’s ban. Trump signed a new executive order on Monday, which takes effect on March 16, keeping a 90-day ban on travel to the U.S. by citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. However, the order applies only to new visa applicants, meaning about 60,000 people whose visas were revoked by the previous order will...

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Despite a special entry visa granted for his service in Afghanistan, Afghan man and family of 5 detained at LA airport

By Sue Horton LOS ANGELES, March 6 – U.S. agents detained an Afghan family of five with valid entry visas at Los Angeles International Airport and have been holding them for several days in California, according to legal papers filed in federal court by human rights lawyers. The couple and their three small children were granted Special Immigrant Visas in return for work the father performed for the U.S. government in Afghanistan that put the family’s lives at risk, the International Refugee Assistance Project said in its court filing seeking their release. However, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)...

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EU officials say Turkey is not making enough progress to merit visa-free travel to bloc

BRUSSELS, Feb 23 – Turkey is not delivering sufficiently on reforms to meet the terms of a migration deal that would allow Turks visa-free travel into the European Union, a senior EU official told Reuters on Thursday, citing an EU Commission report. Under the agreement reached in March last year at the peak of Europe’s biggest migration crisis since World War Two, Turkey committed to preventing Middle Eastern and Asian refugees moving from its territory into the EU, in exchange for financial support and visa-free access for its citizens. Turkey was doing well on border control but a regular...

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A Tokyo hotel for bookworms

TOKYO, Feb 5  – A hotel in Japan is defying the digital books trend and appealing to guests who prefer to curl up with a traditional paper book. Book and Bed Tokyo, a variation of Japan’s famous capsule hotels, offers guests a closet-sized bunk embedded in rows of bookshelves. The walls, ceiling and most of the decor of the hotel are packed with 3,200 books in different languages. A common room serves as a lounge for day visitors who can also come to share the experience of reading books together. “There are many visitors staying in one big space,...

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