US ambassador to Qatar Dana Shell Smith (R) sits next to freed US couple Grace and Matthew Huang as they wait for the departure of their flight at Doha international airport on December 3, 2014. AFP PHOTO / AL-WATAN DOHA / KARIM JAAFAR
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An American couple arrived at Doha airport to fly home Wednesday after a three-day holdup since a Qatari appeals court cleared them of wrongdoing in their adopted daughter's death.A Doha appeals court Sunday acquitted the couple of parental neglect in the death of eight-year-old Gloria, who had been adopted from an orphanage in Ghana, and said they were free to leave.Adoption and multiracial families are rare in Qatar, a conservative Arab emirate, and the family's supporters maintain that the authorities there misunderstood the Huangs' situation.The public prosecutor had originally pushed for the death penalty for the couple.
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