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Police in Saudi Arabia detained 87 foreigners, including six Americans, after a weekend party that violated the kingdom's strict ban on liquor. The party in the Red Sea port of Jidda was given by an American, but diplomats declined to identify him. At least 37 Canadian and British air stewardesses and British nurses were reported among the detainees. The Saudis later released 25 Canadian stewardesses, Canadian officials said. In staunchly Islamic Saudi Arabia, possession of alcohol can lead to jail terms, flogging, deportation, or a combination of the three.

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