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Middle East refinery expansion plans experiencing complications

Cairo - Expansion to oil refining capacities hit an unforeseen snag, halting an already expensive importing chain responsible for gasoline production. Partially responsible for these snags is an increase in domestic energy needs amidst excruciating heat.

UAE to try 41 on charges of seeking 'caliphate'

Abu Dhabi - The United Arab Emirates is to try 41 people for allegedly seeking to overthrow the government to set up an Islamic State group-style caliphate in the Gulf state, prosecutors said Sunday.

Pagara brothers gear up for 'Duel in Dubai Part 2'

Rising Filipino boxers Jason and Albert Pagara are all set to clash with their Mexican opponents on Aug. 7 at the Dubai World Trade Center in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

HRW says Saudi-led Yemen raid 'apparent war crime'

Dubai - Human Rights Watch condemned as an "apparent war crime" on Tuesday a Saudi-led air raid in Yemen last week that it said killed at least 65 civilians in residential compounds.

Two Bahrain police killed in 'terror' blast: Ministry 

Dubai - An explosion has killed two policemen and wounded six others in a Shiite-dominated area of Bahrain, the interior ministry said Tuesday, describing it as a "terror" attack.

UAE executes woman convicted of US teacher's murder

Abu Dhabi - The United Arab Emirates carried out a rare execution Monday, putting to death by firing squad an Emirati woman convicted of the jihadist-inspired murder of a US school teacher, media reported.

Man from Dubai faces fine for using bad language on WhatsApp

Under a new law, a man in the United Arab Emirates could be fined more than $60,000 for swearing at a colleague on WhatsApp.

Wuhayshi, former Bin Laden aide who led Qaeda's Yemen arm

Dubai - Nasir al-Wuhayshi, the Al-Qaeda second-in-command who has been killed in a US drone strike, was a former aide of Osama bin Laden who tunnelled out of prison to take command of its Yemen arm.

Bahrain jails opposition chief Ali Salman for 4 years

Dubai - A Bahrain court jailed Shiite opposition leader Ali Salman for four years on Tuesday after convicting him of inciting disobedience and hatred in the Sunni-ruled kingdom, a judicial source said.

Al-Qaeda confirms top commander killed in US strike

Dubai - Al-Qaeda confirmed that its second-in-command, head of its powerful Yemeni branch, was killed in a US drone strike, in the heaviest blow to the jihadist network since the death of Osama bin Laden.

IS claims capture of Libya's Sirte: SITE

Dubai - The Islamic State group claimed to have seized full control Tuesday of the Libyan city of Sirte from the Fajr Libya militia, including a power plant, according to a US monitor.

Saudi supreme court upholds jail, lashes for blogger

Dubai - Saudi Arabia's supreme court has upheld a sentence of 10 years in jail and 1,000 lashes against blogger Raif Badawi on charges of insulting Islam, his wife said on Sunday.

Captors post first video of Frenchwoman kidnapped in Yemen

Dubai - The captors of Frenchwoman Isabelle Prime, kidnapped in war-ravaged Yemen on February 24, have posted the first video of her since her abduction.

Saudi-led Yemen coalition still using cluster bombs: HRW

Dubai - Human Rights Watch on Sunday published new evidence alleging a Saudi-led coalition is using internationally banned cluster bombs in Yemen, urging it to stop such attacks that were harming civilians.

Manny Pacquiao vs Amir Khan fight in Dubai looms

Intentional boxing promoter Bob Arum is targeting Dubai of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for his next star-studded boxing card penciled for March or April next year featuring Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan in the main event.

Manny Pacquiao-Amir Khan fight looms

British boxing idol Amir Khan could be on a collision course with eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao next year if he can dispatch former Pacquiao foe Chris Algieri next Saturday at the Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York.

Jetman and sidekick tear up Dubai skies

Dubai - Two daredevil stuntmen have treated Dubai residents to a world-first aerial display, tearing through the skies above the Emirate at breakneck speed powered by jetpacks, organisers said Tuesday.

Black bears have close call with tourists blocking bridge

Montana Parks and Wildlife posted a video reminding tourists that although they may want to, no one should ever get too close to a bear.

Dubai to put 'robocops' on the streets in two years

Science fiction and Hollywood fantasy films seem to be turning into reality at a dazzling speed. As we enter the "robotic era" of drones and self-driving cars, our well-being could soon be protected by armies of police androids, as we're seeing in Dubai.

Saudi-led coalition using cluster bombs in Yemen: HRW

Dubai - The Saudi-led coalition bombing rebels in Yemen has been using US-supplied cluster munitions in its air campaign, Human Rights Watch said Sunday, warning of the long-term dangers to civilians.
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