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Palestinians demand all measures be lifted at Jerusalem holy site

UNITED NATIONS, United States: The Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations on Tuesday demanded that all Israeli security measures at a Jerusalem holy site be removed after Israel lifted some obstructions that had triggered violent protests. "De-escalation is urgent," Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian representative, told a UN Security Council debate on the Middle East. Mansour appealed for a "continuation of all efforts to restore the historic status quo at Al-Aqsa mosque compound" and said "this requires the lifting…

US laptop ban lifted in Egypt, Morocco

CAIRO: Egypt and Morocco's airlines have said a ban against carry-on laptops on US-bound flights has been lifted, leaving only two Saudi airports under the restrictions put in place in March. Morocco's Royal Air Maroc said in a statement Wednesday that the ban, imposed amid fears the Islamic State group was developing a bomb concealed in electronics, would be lifted as of Thursday. EgyptAir said late Tuesday that the United States had also lifted the ban for the carrier's flights to New York from Wednesday. The ban…

Messi prison sentence lifted in exchange for fine

MADRID: A Spanish court said on Friday it has exchanged a 21-month prison sentence handed to Soccer player Lionel Messi for tax fraud last July for a quarter-of-a-million-euro fine. The Barcelona player and his father were found guilty by a Catalan court last year of three counts of tax fraud to the tune of 4.1 million euros ($4.68 million) over income earned from image rights. Read More: Messi to remain at Barcelona until 2021 The father also had his 15-month sentence exchanged for a fine of 180,000 euros, the court…