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New Year’s Eve party in NYC to cheer for press freedom

NEW YORK: Reporters will be the guests of honor at the New Year’s Eve party in New York’s Times Square on Monday, in what organizers said was a celebration of press freedom after an unusually deadly year for journalists at US news outlets. Two attacks in particular weighed on organizers as they discussed in autumn whom to give the honor of initiating the ceremonial ball drop just before midnight, according to Tim Tompkins, president of the Times Square Alliance. One was the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi columnist…

Delta says Muslim youths were removed from flight over ‘disruptive behavior’

Delta airline is again in hot waters as the international carrier tried to defend its act of kicking off a Muslim youth and his friend off their New York-bound flight at London's Heathrow airport. In a statement released after  "landing" and collecting "multiple passenger statements", the airline said that the customers who were removed (Youtube star Adam Saleh and his friend Slim Albaher) sought to disrupt the cabin with provocative behaviour, including shouting. While one, according to media reports, is a known…