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FACTBOX-International reaction to arrest of Reuters reporters in Myanmar
Dec 17 (Reuters) - Several countries, the United Nations and journalist groups are demanding the release of Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo from detention in Myanmar. The reporters were arrested on Dec. 12 after being invited to meet police officials on the outskirts of Yangon. They had worked on stories about a military crackdown in Rakhine state, scene of more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh since late August.
UPDATE 3-Palestinian billionaire Masri detained in Saudi Arabia - sources
AMMAN, Dec 16 (Reuters) - Sabih al-Masri, Jordan's most influential businessman and the chairman of its largest lender Arab Bank, was detained in Saudi Arabia for questioning after a business trip to Riyadh, family sources and friends said on Saturday.
Austrian far-right leader says has ruled out Brexit-style vote
VIENNA, Dec 16 (Reuters) - The Austrian far-right Freedom Party (FPO) has agreed to rule out a referendum on Austria leaving the European Union as part of a coalition deal with conservatives led by Sebastian Kurz, FPO leader Heinz-Christian Strache said on Saturday.
Austria's conservative-far right government says will be reliable EU partner
VIENNA, Dec 16 (Reuters) - Austria's newly formed conservative far-right coalition government said on Saturday it would be a reliable partner in a European Union it seeks to reform to return more power to national governments.
Canadian police probe mysterious deaths of billionaire pharma couple
TORONTO, Dec 16 (Reuters) - Canadian police are investigating the mysterious deaths of pharmaceuticals billionaire Barry Sherman, founder of Apotex Inc, and his wife Honey, whose bodies were found in their Toronto mansion on Friday.
Myanmar journalists' group to don black T-shirts over arrest of Reuters' reporters
YANGON (Reuters) - A group of Myanmar journalists said they would begin wearing black T-shirts on Saturday in protest at the detention of two Reuters reporters accused of violating the country's Official Secrets Act, as pressure builds on Myanmar to release the pair.
UPDATE 1-Myanmar journalists' group to don black T-shirts over arrest of Reuters' reporters
YANGON, Dec 16 (Reuters) - A group of Myanmar journalists said they would begin wearing black T-shirts on Saturday in protest at the detention of two Reuters reporters accused of violating the country's Official Secrets Act, as pressure builds on Myanmar to release the pair.
Nazareth Christmas celebrations will be held as normal -mayor
JERUSALEM, Dec 16 (Reuters) - Nazareth, the Israeli Arab city where Jesus is thought to have been raised, will celebrate Christmas as usual, its mayor said, denying the festivities would be curtailed in protest at the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
REFILE-Yemeni army pushes Houthis from outpost in southern Yemen
ADEN, Dec 15 (Reuters) - The Yemeni army and allied fighters on Friday drove Houthi militants from a town that was one of the last positions they held in the country's south, military sources and local officials said.
UPDATE 1-Iraq plans oil pipeline network to cover all its territory
BAGHDAD, Dec 16 (Reuters) - Iraq plans to build a pipeline network to carry oil products across all its territory as an alternative to expensive and hazardous transport by tanker truck, Oil Minister Jabar al-Luaibi said on Saturday.
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