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Saudi faces rising criticism after mass execution

Dubai - Saudi Arabia faced worldwide criticism Wednesday for its mass execution of a group made up mostly of people from the kingdom's Shiite Muslim minority, some of whom the UN said were minors when charged.

King restores citizenship of 551 Bahrainis after global outcry

Dubai - Bahrain's king Sunday ordered the citizenship of 551 Bahrainis to be restored, after his country was harshly criticised by the UN and rights groups for revoking people's nationalities.

King restores citizenship of 551 Bahrainis

Dubai - King Hamad has ordered that the citizenship of 551 Bahrainis revoked by courts be restored, official media said Sunday, days after a senior UN official expressed concern about the punishment.

Bahrain jails 138 for planning Iran-linked 'terror' group

Dubai - The Gulf state of Bahrain Tuesday jailed 138 people and revoked their citizenship for plotting to form a "terror" group with links to Iran's Revolutionary Guards, the public prosecutor said.

Haftar must win over militias to take Tripoli: analysts

Dubai - As Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar's forces fight for control of Tripoli, his success depends more on his ability to win over local militias than on the prowess of his troops, analysts say.

Khashoggi family denies settlement with Saudi govt

Dubai - The family of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi denied Wednesday being in talks to reach a settlement out of court with Saudi authorities following reports that his sons had taken payouts.

Feud between wife, ex-wife sparks slander case in Dubai

Dubai - A British woman has been prevented from leaving Dubai, police in the Emirate said Monday, after her ex-husband's new wife pressed defamation charges over comments posted on Facebook.

US citizens among nine held in Saudi crackdown: activists

Dubai - Saudi Arabia has arrested at least nine writers and academics, including two US citizens, in an apparent crackdown on supporters of detained women activists whose trial has drawn global censure, campaigners said Friday.

Amnesty accuses Bahrain of using F1 to 'sportwash' image

Dubai - Amnesty International on Thursday accused Bahrain of using this weekend's Formula One race to "sportwash" its image, amid an intense crackdown on political dissent in the Gulf kingdom.

Seven people die as missile hits near Yemen hospital

Seven persons were killed including four children in an air raid in which a missile landed near a hospital in rural northwest Yemen according to a report from Save the Children.

Five killed as clashes erupt in Yemen's Hodeida

Dubai - Clashes in Yemen's Hodeida have left five fighters dead, medical and military sources said Monday, despite a ceasefire agreement between warring parties in the port city.

Teacher from remote Kenya village is world's best, wins $1 mn

Dubai - A maths and physics teacher from a secondary school in a remote village in Kenya's Rift Valley has won the $1 million Global Teacher Prize for 2019, organisers have said.

Yemen peace hangs on fragile truce as conflict far from over

Dubai - Four years after Saudi Arabia led a military intervention in Yemen to back the government against rebels, the only hope for peace in a country threatened by famine hangs on a fragile truce.

Dubai projects NZ PM's image on iconic skyscraper

Dubai - Dubai has projected the image of New Zealand premier Jacinda Ardern onto its iconic Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest skyscraper, in thanks for her response to last week's mosque shootings.

Abu Dhabi's Etihad airways posts losses for third year

Abu Dhabi - Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways posted a loss in 2018 for the third year running, it said Thursday, blaming investment losses and challenging market conditions.

Giant UAE port operator posts rise in 2018 profit

Dubai - Dubai port and logistics giant DP World said Thursday its net profit for 2018 rose over five percent on increased trade and higher returns from new acquisitions.

UAE regrets inclusion in EU tax blacklist

Abu Dhabi - The United Arab Emirates has slammed a European Union decision to add it to a tax haven blacklist despite the Gulf state's efforts to meet EU requirements.

Rights groups condemn Saudi over trial of women activists

Dubai - Rights groups denounced Saudi Arabia Saturday over its decision to put jailed women activists on trial after holding them for nearly a year without charge.

Dubai budget airline flydubai loses $43.5m in 2018

Dubai - Dubai budget carrier flydubai chalked up a loss of $43.5 million in 2018, it said Wednesday, as airlines across the Gulf struggle with mounting costs and political tensions.

US army says still helping Saudi-led coalition in Yemen

Abu Dhabi - The US is still supporting the Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen, an American army general told AFP Sunday, days after lawmakers voted to end involvement in Riyadh's war effort.
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