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Bahrain at impasse five years after failed uprising

Dubai - Five years after Sunni-ruled Bahrain crushed a popular uprising by the Shiite majority, the kingdom is locked in a political impasse exacerbated by an economic crisis, analysts say.

Dubai cop jailed for posting Messi's passport on social media

Dubai - A Dubai court sentenced a policeman to one month in prison on Monday for posting a video showing Argentine football superstar Lionel Messi's passport on social media, local media reported.

Sister of jailed Saudi blogger released

Dubai - The activist sister of prominent jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi was released on Wednesday after being detained in the kingdom, Human Rights Watch said.

Strike on Yemen MSF clinic kills three: Spokeswoman

Dubai - A missile hit a health centre operated by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in northern Yemen on Sunday, killing three people and wounding 10 others, the aid agency's spokeswoman said.

HRW accuses Yemen rebels of arbitrary detentions

Dubai - Human Rights Watch on Sunday accused Yemen's Huthi rebels of arbitrarily detaining dozens of opponents in the capital Sanaa, where they have ruled for more than 15 months.

Saudi Shiite protesters shout 'death' to ruling family

Dubai - Shiite Muslim protesters in eastern Saudi Arabia called Friday for the "death" of the Sunni-majority kingdom's ruling Al-Saud family at a rally to honour executed Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr, a witness said.

Canadian detained without charge — allegedly tortured in UAE

Ottawa - A Canadian businessman Salim Alaradi imprisoned in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) since August of 2014 appears to have been tortured. Canadian officials saw the evidence of the torture during a consular visit in January of 2015.

Bahrain cuts all air links with Iran

Dubai - Saudi Arabia's Sunni-ruled but Shiite-majority ally Bahrain followed Riyadh's suit on Tuesday and cut all air links with Iran across the Gulf, official media reported.

Bahrain follows Saudi in cutting diplomatic ties with Iran

Dubai - Bahrain said Monday it is cutting diplomatic ties with Iran, following the suit of its ally Saudi Arabia as tensions escalate over the execution of a Shiite cleric.

Shiite protesters, police clash in Bahrain after executions

Dubai - Police in the Sunni-ruled Gulf state of Bahrain clashed on Sunday with Shiite protesters a day after neighbouring Saudi Arabia executed a leading Shiite cleric.

Escalation with Iran after Saudi executes Shiite cleric

Dubai - Saudi Arabia's execution of a leading Shiite cleric reflects an assertive but risky new approach that threatens to escalate its proxy wars with arch-rival Iran in Syria and Yemen, experts said Sunday.

Bahrain breaks up anti-Saudi protests

Dubai - Police in Shiite-majority Bahrain used tear gas Saturday to disperse protesters demonstrating over Saudi Arabia's execution of a prominent Shiite cleric, witnesses said.

Brother of Shiite cleric executed in Saudi calls for calm

Dubai - The execution of prominent Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr in Saudi Arabia on Saturday could arouse anger among the minority's youths, his brother warned, while calling for calm.

Dubai probes cause of massive New Year's Eve hotel fire

Dubai - Smoke was still rising from a 63-storey luxury hotel in Dubai on Friday as authorities worked to determine the cause of a spectacular fire that engulfed the building on New Year's Eve.

Man survives Dubai fire after hanging from balcony

Dubai - Grasping the edge of a balcony 48 stories from the ground, just metres away from a raging fire, the photographer thought he may not live to see 2016.

All residents evacuated from Dubai hotel fire: police chief

Dubai - A huge fire ripped through a luxury Dubai hotel on Thursday near the world's tallest tower, where people were gathering to watch New Year's Eve celebrations, authorities said.

Bahrain sentences Shiite to death, jails 22 from 'terror group'

Dubai - A Bahraini court sentenced a Shiite citizen to death and jailed 22 others for life Thursday for forming a "terrorist group" that killed two people, including a policeman.

Bahrain jails 29 over bomb attack on police

Dubai - Bahrain has handed down sentences ranging from five years to life in prison to 29 people found guilty of attempting to murder policemen in a bomb attack last year.

Photo essay: Christmas in London Special

London - Many cities look impressive this time of year, decorated with lights and trees in celebration of Christmas. London is particularly impressive, as this Digital Journal photo essay reveals.

Bob Arum to stage April 9 event in Vegas with or without Pacquiao

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is still waiting for Manny Pacquiao to name his opponent for his farewell fight scheduled for April 9 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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