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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Dec. 26

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CAIRO -- The Egyptian army announced Monday that its troops have killed 12 terrorists in the terror-hit Sinai Peninsula in the past days.

The Egyptian army launched several anti-terror operations in central and northern Sinai in cooperation with the Egyptian Air Force, the army's spokesman said in a statement.(Egypt-Army-Anti-terror Operations)

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JERUSALEM -- An Israeli court had extended Monday the custody of a Palestinian girl who became a national Palestinian heroine after she was caught on video kicking Israeli soldiers in her West Bank village.

The Ofer Military Court in the Israeli-occupied West Bank remanded Ahed Tamimi in custody by additional four days.(Palestinians-Israeli)

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LONDON -- Figures from the Crown Prosecution Service show that 504 people have been charged with offences relating to spice, a form of synthetic cannabis, and other psychoactive drugs since a new law came into force in May 2016 that criminalised their production, sale and supply, a major newspaper reported Monday.

Most people (341) were charged with possession with intent to supply or supply (81), the Guardian said, adding that 11 were charged with offering to supply and just one with importing a psychoactive substance.(UK-Spice-Jail)

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DUBAI -- Emirates Airline said Monday it will stop flight services between Tunis and Dubai "as instructed by the Tunisian authorities," state news agency WAM reported.

The suspension of flights will be effective from Monday, said the report.(Dubai-flights)

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KHARTOUM -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday called for full lifting of the economic sanctions on Sudan.

"The sanctions have stolen much from the future of this country," said Erdogan in a speech at a ceremony in which he was awarded an honorary doctorate of laws by Sudan's University of Khartoum Monday.(Sudan-Erdogan-Sanctions) Enditem