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April 27, 2014

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The incentive program aims to link Atlanta with international cities in countries with rapidly growing economies and air cargo traffic, officials said.

The airport will waive a year's worth of landing fees for airlines starting new international routes that aren't already served from Atlanta, and will match up to 50 percent of promotional funding with a cap of $25,000 for new passenger services.

Two-year landing fee waivers will be offered to carriers starting services from Atlanta to Russia, India, China, South Africa and Brazil, airport officials said.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and other city representatives visited Brazil in early April for a trade mission focused on expanding the city's business opportunities in the South American nation.

The incentive program will launch this summer. Airport officials said carriers will qualify for the perks on a first come, first served basis.

Amsterdam may ban pot shops in Red Light district

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Amsterdam has won court permission to ban marijuana cafes in its famous Red Light district, stepping up a crackdown on the city's freewheeling lifestyle.

Marijuana is technically illegal in the Netherlands, but possession of small amounts is not prosecuted and it is sold openly in "coffee shops." Prostitution is legal. But Mayor Eberhard van der Laan argues the district's brothels and coffee shops generate criminality, and he has sought to have many closed.

Coffee shop owners argued that laws were being selectively enforced against them.

In a ruling published Wednesday, the Amsterdam District Court sided with the mayor, saying he "has the freedom to carry out policies he considers desirable to protect public order."

The city has shuttered 192 out of 482 brothels where prostitutes work behind windows in the Red Light district since 2006, or around 40 percent of the total — after winning court support for its argument that the high concentration of brothels made them hard to regulate. The plan for coffees shops is to close 26 out of the 76 now in business.

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