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Oil riches help keep alive bedouin poetry

Abu Dhabi - The Middle East's poetry equivalent of "Pop Idol" is helping to keep alive an age-old tradition using bedouin dialect, which is barely understood outside the Arabian Gulf.Apart from the glory, a Kuwaiti student took home five million dirhams ($1.

Amnesty accuses Yemen rebels of 'brutal' campaign against foes

Dubai - Amnesty International on Wednesday accused Yemeni rebels of carrying out a "brutal" campaign of arbitrary arrests and torture of opponents since they seized the capital Sanaa in 2014.

Rights group calls for release of Omani journalist

Dubai - Media rights group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Friday urged Omani authorities to release a journalist held in solitary confinement since his arrest more than two week ago on unknown charges.

Five years after bin Laden, Al-Qaeda down but far from out

Dubai - Five years after the killing of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, the network he founded is far from dead even if it has suffered a series of setbacks.

Al-Qaeda after bin Laden

Dubai - The jihadist group Al-Qaeda has survived the death of its founder Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011 and bolstered its notoriety with attacks in Africa, Europe and Yemen.

Global Al-Qaeda franchises

Dubai - Al-Qaeda franchises have emerged on several continents since Osama bin Laden founded the Sunni jihadist network in 1988.

Palestinian novelist wins top Arab fiction prize

Abu Dhabi - A Palestinian author has won the International Prize for Arab Fiction for the first time for a novel about the Palestinian exodus in 1948 and the Holocaust.

Green Thumbs Up: Saving sturgeon while producing 'desert caviar'

Abu Dhabi - When we think of caviar, we picture wild sturgeon found in the cold waters of the Caspian Sea, parts of Europe and the United States. But a company in Abu Dhabi is changing that perception.

Yemen peace talks set to resume amid shaky ceasefire

Dubai - A concerted United Nations effort aimed at ending nearly 13 months of war in Yemen sees peace talks resuming on Monday, but with a ceasefire barely holding.

Drones being used to catch people dropping litter

Dubai - Dropping litter generally is frowned upon in most countries and someone being caught indiscriminately throwing litter is likely to receive a fine. With the issue of how to catch a perpetrator, Dubai has taken to the skies.

Yemen truce raises hope of ending conflict

Dubai - A new ceasefire enters into effect in Yemen midnight Sunday, with the United Nations hoping it can be the cornerstone of a long-lasting peace deal at upcoming talks in Kuwait.

Mobile messages tell stories of refugees fleeing war

Dubai - "Daddy, where are you now? In Turkey or Sweden?" a Syrian girl asks her father in her first voice message to him since he joined hundreds of thousands fleeing the war.

UAE jails 11 for life over 'terror plots'

Abu Dhabi - A top court in the United Arab Emirates jailed 11 people for life on Sunday after convicting them of jihadist links and plotting "terrorist" attacks in the Gulf country, state media reported.

Canadian Libyan dual citizen has terrorism charges dropped in UAE

Abu Dhabi - At a court hearing on Monday March 21 in Abu Dhabi UAE, Salim Alaradi, a Canadian-Libyan businessman, unexpectedly had terrorism charges against him replaced with lesser charges.

flydubai downplays possibility terrorism caused Russia crash

Dubai - Budget airline flydubai played down the possibility that terrorism caused the crash of one of its airliners in Russia Saturday, killing all 62 people on board.

Singer Jae Franklin releases new solo single 'Weary' Special

Back in school, Jae and her sister were in a band called 'Girls Tyme' with classmates Beyonce Knowles and Kelly Rowland. Digital Journal asked the Houston-born star about her new single and about her memories of that time.

Palestinian wins $1 million global teaching prize

Dubai - A Palestinian teacher from the West Bank has won a $1 million award for her innovative approach of using play to counter violent behaviour.

Bahrain deports Lebanese for Hezbollah links: Ministry

Dubai - The Gulf kingdom of Bahrain has deported several Lebanese residents for links to the Shiite Hezbollah movement, classified by the Arab League as a terrorist group, the interior ministry said Monday.

UAE says fighter jet missing in Yemen combat mission

Dubai - An Emirati fighter jet taking part in a combat mission against Iran-backed rebels in Yemen has gone missing, the United Arab Emirates said on Monday.

Turkish seizure of daily raises concern: Germany

Abu Dhabi - German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Monday voiced concern over the takeover by Turkish authorities of a leading newspaper and said the issue would be raised with Turkey's premier.
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