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Huge blaze guts 79-floor Dubai skyscraper

Dubai - Hundreds of panicked residents fled one of the tallest towers in Dubai early Saturday as a huge fire engulfed the skyscraper, causing extensive damage to its luxury flats.

Chelsea football club invites Paris metro victim, family to game

The Chelsea football club has reached out to a black man treated abominably on the Paris metro by supporters of the club. White men prevented the man from boarding a train Tuesday and they sang a racist song at him.

Bahrain police fire tear gas as protests mark uprising

Dubai - Bahraini police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of Shiite protesters who took to the streets for Saturday's fourth anniversary of an uprising that deeply divided the key US ally.

Canadian woman on spiritual quest dies after drinking tea in Peru

Puerto Maldonado - Jennifer Logan loved to travel. She'd just wrapped up a job teaching English to women in Saudi Arabia and was spending some time with family in Canada when she set off for a trip to Peru.

Top Qaeda militant in Yemen dead in US drone strike: AQAP

Dubai - Al-Qaeda said Thursday that Harith al-Nadhari, a senior figure who threatened more attacks on France after last month's Charlie Hebdo killings, had died in a US drone strike in Yemen.

Qaeda in Yemen says France top enemy

Dubai - The ideological leader of Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) said Friday that France had surpassed the United States as the top enemy of Islam.

Saudi blogger Badawi, a fighter for free speech

Dubai - Saudi Arabian blogger Raef Badawi, who could face another round of flogging on Friday for "insulting Islam", is a fighter for free speech whose health is worsening, his wife says.

Saudi to again postpone flogging of blogger

Dubai - Rights group Amnesty International said Thursday that Saudi Arabia would postpone the flogging of blogger Raef Badawi, whose case has sparked international criticism, for a second week on medical grounds.

Defense contractor pleads guilty in enormous bribery case

San Diego - It's a courtroom drama and corruption scandal of epic proportions that has the makings of a good movie and involves a Malaysian defense contractor along with key officials from the U.S. Navy.

Saudi postpones blogger lashing on medical grounds: wife

Dubai - Saudi Arabia on Friday postponed the next round of flogging for a blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam because his wounds from last week's beating have not yet healed, his wife said.

Charlie Hebdo suspect trained in Qaeda camps: Yemen sources

Dubai - One of the suspects in the attack against French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo studied in Yemen where he attended Al-Qaeda training camps, Yemeni security sources and a classmate said Friday.

Why depicting Mohammed angers many Muslims

Dubai - Depictions of Prophet Mohammed such as the cartoons published by the French satirical magazine reeling from a deadly attack are banned in Islam and mocking him angers many Muslims.

Zimbabwe's plan to sell 34 baby elephants outrages activists

Maputo - Zimbabwe's Hwangwe National Park plans to sell elephants for as much as $40,000 each because it needs the money to run the park, officials say. The park plans to sell more than 60 elephants to buyers in China, France, and the United Arab Emirates.

Policeman killed in Bahrain 'terrorist' attack: ministry

Dubai - One policeman was killed in a "terrorist" attack in a Shiite town in Bahrain, the interior ministry said Tuesday.

Seven make final cut as world's most wondrous cities

Surviving three years of global voting and competition from almost 1,200 other candidates, seven communities were announced Sunday as New7Wonders Cities.

Yemen's Qaeda threatens to kill U.S. hostage in video

Dubai - Al-Qaeda in Yemen released a video Thursday threatening to execute a U.S. journalist taken hostage last year.In the video dated December 2014, the hostage said his name was Luke Somers, 33, and that he was kidnapped more than a year ago in Sanaa.

American teacher Ibolya Ryan stabbed to death in Abu Dhabi mall

Abu Dhabi - An American woman teaching in the United Arab Emirates was fatally stabbed in an Abu Dhabi shopping mall on Monday by an attacker clad in body-covering clothing.

Human Rights Watch urges Saudi to free women held in driving case

Dubai - Human Rights Watch on Wednesday urged Saudi authorities to "immediately release" two women arrested after one of them attempted to drive into the kingdom in defiance of a ban.

Bollywood's Veena Malik sentenced to 26 years jail for blasphemy

Gilgit - Bollywood actress Veena Malik has expressed her anger at a 26-year jail term imposed on her by an Islamic court in Pakistan. Her "crime" was to appear on television in a mock-up wedding scene.

English teacher snubbed due to 'alcoholism nature' of the Irish

Seoul - An English teacher from the Republic of Ireland has been turned down for a teaching post in South Korea because of the "alcoholism nature" of Irish people.
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