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UAE bemoans 'ugly' side of war after Yemen bus attack

Dubai - An Emirati minister, whose country belongs to the Saudi-led coalition battling rebels in Yemen, on Monday bemoaned the "ugly" side of war following the killing of dozens of Yemeni children in an air strike.

Amnesty alleges 'hostile' government behind spyware attack

Dubai - Rights group Amnesty International on Wednesday said it had been targeted by surveillance spyware in a suspected infiltration attempt by a government "hostile" to its work.

Saudi arrests prominent women's rights activists: HRW

Dubai - Saudi Arabian authorities have arrested two high-profile women's rights activists, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday, amid what the organisation called an "unprecedented" crackdown on dissent.

UAE port operator signs deal for logistics hub in Mali

Dubai - Dubai's global ports operator DP World said on Wednesday it has signed a deal to build a logistics hub outside Bamako, the capital of Mali.

UAE hails Ethiopia and Eritrea for peace deal

Abu Dhabi - The United Arab Emirates hailed the leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea on Tuesday for reaching a landmark peace deal as the two met in the UAE capital.

UAE orders 3 arrested over online dance challenge

Abu Dhabi - The Gulf Emirate of Abu Dhabi has ordered the arrest of three "famous" social media users for taking part in a viral dance challenge based on Canadian hip-hop superstar Drake's hit song "In my feelings".

China, UAE ink trade, oil deals ahead of Xi visit

Dubai - China and the United Arab Emirates on Thursday announced oil and trade deals ahead of a state visit by President Xi Jinping to the Gulf state.State-owned Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. said it had awarded two contracts worth $1.6 billion to BGP Inc.

Expanding 'dead zone' in Arabian Sea raises climate change fears

Abu Dhabi - In the waters of the Arabian Sea, a vast "dead zone" the size of Scotland is expanding and scientists say climate change may be to blame.

Bahrain's top Shiite cleric leaves to UK for treatment: aides

Dubai - Bahrain's top Shiite cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim left Manama for treatment in London on Monday after his health deteriorated, his aides said.

UAE further delays launch of first nuclear reactor

Abu Dhabi - The United Arab Emirates said Wednesday that its first nuclear reactor would come online in late 2019 or early 2020, further delaying the launch of the Arab World's first atomic power station.

Assault on Yemen's Hodeida halted as UN pursues talks

Abu Dhabi - The United Arab Emirates on Sunday announced it had halted the offensive it is backing against Huthi rebels in Yemen's port city of Hodeida to give a chance to UN diplomatic efforts.

Louvre Abu Dhabi sets Da Vinci unveiling for September

Dubai - The Louvre Abu Dhabi said Wednesday it will unveil its most prized acquisition on September 18 -- a very rare painting attributed to Leonardo da Vinci that was bought for a record $450 million last year.

UAE says ready to back efforts for peaceful Yemen rebel pullout

Abu Dhabi - The United Arab Emirates, whose troops have played a major role in a Yemeni government offensive against the port city of Hodeida, said Saturday that it was ready to support diplomatic efforts to secure a rebel withdrawal.

End of driving ban to boost Saudi women's economic role

Dubai - The end of a decades-old female driving ban is expected to bring an economic windfall for millions of Saudi women, making it easier for them to work and do business.

Bahrain opposition head acquitted in Qatar spy case

United Arab Emirates - A Bahraini court acquitted the jailed head of the Shiite opposition of all charges Thursday in his trial for alleged spying for regional rival Qatar, prompting the kingdom's attorney general to announce he would appeal.

Bahrain opposition leader acquitted in Qatar spy case: activists

United Arab Emirates - A Bahraini court acquitted the head of the Shiite opposition of all charges Thursday in his trial for alleged spying for regional rival Qatar, a judicial source and activists said.

In Saudi Arabia, men still drive gender policy

Dubai - The public relations blitz that has seen Saudi Arabia garner headlines this year culminates Sunday, when women take the wheel for the first time. But a draconian guardianship system remains.

Saudi Arabia arrests two more women activists: HRW

Dubai - Saudi Arabia has arrested two more women's rights activists, in an "unrelenting crackdown" just days before the kingdom ends a decades-long ban on female motorists, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.

Yemen pro-govt forces seize Hodeida airport from rebels: coalition

Dubai - Emirati-backed Yemeni government forces seized Hodeida airport from Huthi rebels on Wednesday, the coalition said, in a major step towards retaking the key Red Sea port city.

Yemen government forces enter Hodeida airport: UAE

Abu Dhabi - Yemeni government forces, backed by the United Arab Emirates, entered Hodeida airport on Tuesday, the UAE said, as the fight for control of the rebel-held port city intensifies.
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