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Havana, Cuba, is one destination that has grown in popularity as travelers seek out opportunities to experience something outside of the norm. Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters

Wealthy Americans have a new attitude about traveling — and it should terrify hotel chains

When busy people go on vacation, they're often looking to put their feet up, catch up on sleep, and just generally enjoy being somewhere else for a spell.
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Saudis order oil cuts to U.S., Europe before non-OPEC talks

VIENNA/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has told its U.S. and European customers it will reduce oil deliveries from January as Russia signaled that a commitment from non-OPEC producers to join OPEC's output limits still faced challenges....
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In Germany, some Muslim refugees convert to Christianity

Berlin (AFP) - Clad in white at a Berlin church, asylum seekers Saeed, Veronica, Farida and Matin were just about to become Christians on a recent Sunday....
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US approves $7 bn in aircraft sales to Arab allies

Washington (AFP) - The United States on Thursday approved a series of deals worth more than $7 billion to supply military helicopters, planes and missiles to four of its Arab allies....
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Saudi, Iran engaging in 'proxy wars': UK foreign minister

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London (AFP) - Britain's foreign minister has accused Saudi Arabia and Iran of engaging in "proxy wars" in comments that forced the prime minister's office to deny Thursday this was the government view.
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Iran's Rouhani says OPEC cooperation key to stabilising oil - TV

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ANKARA (Reuters) - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday that members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) should work together to secure implementation of a deal reached last month aimed at stabilizing the oil market, Iran's state TV reported.
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Settlers Level Palestinian Land as Proposed Law Threatens Mass Land Confiscation

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TEHRAN (FNA)- Israeli bulldozers leveled private Palestinian lands in the Northern occupied West Bank village of Jalud in the Nablus district on Tuesday, after the Israeli Knesset moved forward with a bill seeking to retroactively legalize illegal settlement outposts in the West Bank, which would see more Palestinian lands confiscated.
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French politicians' legal woes

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Paris (AFP) - Former French budget minister Jerome Cahuzac was sentenced to three years in prison on Thursday for hiding millions of euros abroad, adding to a long list of French politicians dogged by scandal.
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Philippines' Duterte gets Trump White House invite during 'animated' call

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MANILA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump invited Philippines leader Rodrigo Duterte to the White House next year during a "very engaging, animated" phone conversation, a Duterte aide said on Friday, amid rocky relations between their two countries.
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U.N. chief Ban may be unwitting loser in South Korea presidential scandal

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SEOUL (Reuters) - Besides South Korean President Park Geun-hye, the biggest casualty of the country's mushrooming political corruption scandal may be the presidential aspirations of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
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Chinese Bank to Invest in Iran's Petrochemical Projects

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TEHRAN (FNA)- Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) agreed to make investment in a joint venture project with an Iranian energy company to develop a petrochemical complex in the city of Mehran in the Western province of Ilam.
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Turkish Authorities Close 'Health Center' Specializing in Jinn Expulsion

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Apparently, there are people who believe all misfortunes are be caused by demons and dark magic otherwise known as jinns. Turkey's Ministry of Health recently ordered the closure of a "moral health center" offering jinn expulsion and jinx removing rituals. Read more: https://sputniknews.com/art_living/201612061048242373-turkish-health-center-jinn/
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If Trump actually rips up the Iran deal, Tehran wins

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During his successful run for the presidency, Donald Trump stuck to one simple message: Americans were getting raw deals both domestically and abroad, and he’d be able to craft better ones.
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Foreign banks shaken by Malaysia's move to halt currency slide

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Foreign banks in Malaysia on Thursday were trying to work out how to comply with the central bank's clamp-down on offshore ringgit trading, a move the broader market views as a form of capital controls.
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Vega Rocket Launches Turkish Earth-Observation Satellite

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WASHINGTON — Arianespace lofted Turkey’s Göktürk-1 Earth-observation satellite into a sun-synchronous orbit Dec. 5 aboard a Vega rocket, marking the eighth success for the European light-lift vehicle.
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Web giants to cooperate on removal of extremist content

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Web giants YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft will step up efforts to remove extremist content from their websites by creating a common database.
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All of France placed on 'high risk' restrictions over bird flu

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PARIS (Reuters) - France widened "high risk" restrictions to the entire country after the detection of several cases of the highly pathogenic H5N8 avian flu strain in farms in southwest France and in wild ducks in northern France, the farm ministry said on Tuesday.
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Earthquake rocks Indonesia's Aceh province; at least 25 dead

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BIREUEN, Indonesia (AP) -- A strong undersea earthquake rocked Indonesia's Aceh province early on Wednesday, killing at least 25 people and causing dozens of buildings to collapse.
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