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Weary flyers shrug as Middle East laptop ban takes off

Dibai - A controversial ban on carry-on laptops and tablets on flights from the Middle East to the United States and Britain went into effect Saturday -- with less fanfare and frustration than expected.

Laptop ban hits Dubai for 1.1m weekend travellers

Dibai - Dubai International Airport and its flag carrier Emirates began implementing a ban on laptops and tablets on direct flights to the US Saturday, on one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.Around 1.

Bahraini, 18, dies after attack on cleric's home: Amnesty

Dibai - An 18-year-old Bahraini died Friday, nearly two months after he was shot in the head near a top opposition cleric's home, Amnesty International said.

Amnesty condemns US, UK over Yemen arms

Dibai - Amnesty International on Thursday condemned the United States and Britain for transferring arms to Saudi Arabia to use in its war in Yemen.The rights group said the two countries had together sent more than five billion dollars (4.

Laptop ban sparks ire among Mideast travellers

Dibai - Travellers across the Middle East expressed frustration Wednesday at a ban on large electronic devices for flights to the United States and Britain that has sparked confusion and speculation.

Trio ordered to clean Dubai zoo over cat killing video

Dibai - The ruler of Dubai on Wednesday ordered three men accused of feeding a cat alive to two dogs and filming it to clean the city's zoo for three months.

Dubai arrests man behind video of cat fed alive to dogs

Dibai - Police in Dubai have arrested a man who was behind a gruesome video showing a cat being fed alive to dogs as a punishment for eating birds, local press said Tuesday.

Saudi-led coalition used cluster bombs in Yemen: Amnesty

Dibai - Amnesty International on Thursday accused the Saudi-led Arab coalition battling rebels in Yemen of using banned cluster munitions in raids on residential areas.

Bahrain says 25 arrested over jailbreak, unrest

Dibai - Bahrain said Saturday that it had arrested 25 suspects accused of involvement in unrest in the Sunni-ruled kingdom, including a deadly jailbreak.

Some 45,000 displaced by battles around Yemen's Mokha: UN

Dibai - Fighting around Yemen's port of Mokha has forced some 45,000 people from their homes, a UN official said Wednesday, with many facing continued uncertainty and the threat of further displacement.

Snow alert during rare storm in Gulf desert UAE

Dibai - A snow alert has been issued in the United Arab Emirates where a rare storm and high winds Friday toppled one of thousands of cranes in the Gulf desert state.

Emirati desert festival brings tradition back to life

Suwayhan - Women clad in emerald green abayas and men in crisp white gandoura gowns, Emirati folk dancers sway to the steady beat of a Bedouin drum against the desert skyline.

Qaeda stands to gain from Trump strikes on Yemen: ICG

Dibai - Al-Qaeda is gaining ground in Yemen and could benefit from military actions like the deadly raid by elite US forces ordered by President Donald Trump, the International Crisis Group warned Thursday.

Saudi, other Muslims spared ban as US allies: experts

Dibai - Gulf monarchies, notably Saudi Arabia, and other major Muslim nations have been spared the US travel ban because they are crucial allies of Washington and not "failed states", experts say.

Trump sued over 'unconstitutional' foreign payments

New York - A federal lawsuit filed Monday against Donald Trump claims the president is violating the Constitution by allowing his businesses to receive payments from foreign governments.

Dubai airport says still top for international traffic

Dibai - Dubai International cemented its title as the world's busiest airport for international passengers in 2016, with a 7.2 percent increase in traveller numbers to 83.6 million, its operator said Tuesday.

Bahrain executions spark violent protests

Dibai - Bahrain on Sunday executed three men found guilty of killing three policemen, sparking violent protests and stoking tensions between the country's Shiite majority and its Sunni rulers.

Hope, and fear, as US Gulf allies look to Trump

Dibai - US Gulf allies are looking at Donald Trump to tilt Washington in their favour, analysts say, but fear a dangerous void if the incoming president goes so far as to tear up the Iran nuclear deal.

Armed men 'attack Bahrain jail, policeman killed, inmates released'

Dibai - Armed men on Sunday attacked a prison in Bahrain where Shiites convicted over anti-government protests are held, killing one policeman and allowing inmates to escape, the interior ministry said.

Bahrain activist to stay in jail despite bail

Dibai - Hopes that Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab would be freed were dashed Wednesday after the prosecution said he will stay in custody pending another case, shortly after he was granted bail.
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