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Bahrain bans main opposition ahead of election

Dubai - A Bahraini court banned the main opposition Al-Wefaq movement for three months Tuesday, just weeks before a parliamentary election the group had already said it would boycott.

300 masterpieces from French museums set for Louvre Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi - Masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci and Vincent van Gogh will be among 300 works displayed at the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Emirate said Sunday, as it aims to become a leader in fine art.

Google 'hires' camel for Street View images of Liwa Desert

Abu Dhabi - Although Google typically captures its Street View images by mounting its Trekker on top of a car, Google soon realized they needed to "hire" a camel if they wanted to capture photos of a remote desert area.

Op-Ed: Islamic State — The 'wrong' kind of brutality

San Francisco - As the United States and five Arab nations — none of them democracies, most of them repressive dictatorships — begin bombing Islamic State targets in Syria, President Barack Obama has begun boasting on the "broad coalition" he's enlisted in the fight.

Qaeda branches urge unity against US-led 'war on Islam'

Dubai - Powerful Al-Qaeda branches in Yemen and North Africa called Tuesday for jihadists in Iraq and Syria to unite against the common threat from a US-led coalition.

Husband and wife die of thirst in Arabia's vast Empty Quarter

Losing your way in one of the world's most inhospitable regions can have fatal consequences, as one couple from Qatar discovered.

Bahrain extends activist's custody despite UN outcry

Dubai - A Bahrain court ruled Saturday that prominent rights activist Maryam al-Khawaja be kept behind bars for an extra 10 days despite a UN call for her release, her lawyer said.

‘Chacarero’ — Probably the best sandwich you may ever eat

Boston - The Spanish word “Chacarero” means “small-scale farmer,” but it also stands for the name of a sandwich Chileans enjoy in restaurants or at home, and that surprises foreign visitors who describe it as "the best darn sandwich" they have ever had.

Op-Ed: U.S. condemns, enables Israel's 'appalling' Gaza slaughter

The United States raised eyebrows around the world over the weekend by excoriating Israel after its forces bombed yet another United Nations school sheltering refugees from its ferocious Gaza offensive.

Op-Ed: Coca-Cola commercializes 21st century slavery

Dubai - A Coca-Cola commercial uploaded to YouTube back in May has suddenly generated a great deal of attention and not the kind Coke's marketing department was seeking.

Cheetahs are being wiped out and selfies are the reason

Across the ages, men and women have always found ways to impress each other--the latest fashion trends, the newest dance moves, or maybe a photo with a cute puppy or kitten.

$1 million prize for global water solution

The ruler of Dubai and vice president of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoumhas, has offered $1 million USD to the research institute that comes up with an effective solution to the global water shortage problem.

The race is on: UAE announces 'first spaceship to Mars' in 2021

Mars, rocky, cold and lifeless; this second smallest planet in our solar system has always intrigued us. Man has been fascinated with Mars, dating back into antiquity, and today is no different.

Senior U.S. diplomat 'unwelcome' in Bahrain

Dubai - Bahrain has told a senior U.S. diplomat, who has met with representatives of the country's opposition, that he was "unwelcome" in the kingdom and should "leave immediately.

Bahrain police officer killed in 'terrorist' blast

Dubai - A police officer died in a "terrorist" blast in a Shiite-populated village in the Sunni-ruled Gulf kingdom of Bahrain, an interior ministry official announced Saturday.

Op-Ed: The darkest season: A ‘Christian Winter’ in the Middle East

New York - Originally lauded as a progressive alternative to tyranny in the Middle East, the Arab Spring has been a season of persecution for Christians. As persecution reaches pandemic proportions, the very survival of Christianity in the region is in question.

Yaya Toure mulls Man City exit after meagre birthday celebrations

He helped Manchester City to a League Cup and Premiership title this season, but 31-year-old Yaya Toure may have kicked his last ball for Manuel Pellegrini's super-rich side, all because the club failed to celebrate his birthday adequately.

Star Wars: 'Day one' filming starts

Not so long ago in a galaxy not so far away, "Star Wars: Episode VII" has begun filming on location in Abu Dhabi (designed to re-create the desert planet Tatooine).

Apartment sells for $237m in red-hot property market of London

London - London's property market has always been buoyant, but now with the housing market beginning to take off again, following the six-year long credit crunch, one apartment in the city centre has just sold for £140m ($237m).

Chennai Super Kings v Delhi Daredevils live & preview

Abu Dhabi - The IPL 2014 enters its second week with a game between the most consistent side of the competition, Chennai and the previous season's bottom-placed Delhi Daredevils.
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