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Spain dismantles falcon trafficking ring destined for UAE races

Madrid - Spanish police said Thursday they had dismantled an international ring that smuggled falcons to the United Arab Emirates, where bird-of-prey racing is an elite sport.

Cabinet shuffle — UAE creates ministry of happiness and tolerance

At the World Government Summit in Dubai on Monday, the prime minister of the United Arab Emirates announced a major cabinet shakeup, all in the name of happiness and tolerance.

Dubai cop jailed for posting Messi's passport on social media

Dubai - A Dubai court sentenced a policeman to one month in prison on Monday for posting a video showing Argentine football superstar Lionel Messi's passport on social media, local media reported.

Dubai probes cause of massive New Year's Eve hotel fire

Dubai - Smoke was still rising from a 63-storey luxury hotel in Dubai on Friday as authorities worked to determine the cause of a spectacular fire that engulfed the building on New Year's Eve.

Man survives Dubai fire after hanging from balcony

Dubai - Grasping the edge of a balcony 48 stories from the ground, just metres away from a raging fire, the photographer thought he may not live to see 2016.

All residents evacuated from Dubai hotel fire: police chief

Dubai - A huge fire ripped through a luxury Dubai hotel on Thursday near the world's tallest tower, where people were gathering to watch New Year's Eve celebrations, authorities said.

Senior Saudi officer killed in Yemen fighting: Coalition

Riyadh - A top Saudi commander and an Emirati officer were killed Monday during Arab coalition operations against Iran-backed rebels in Yemen, the Riyadh-led alliance announced in a statement.

UAE says ready to commit troops to fight Syria jihadists

Abu Dhabi - The United Arab Emirates has said it is ready to commit ground troops against jihadists in Syria and described Russian air strikes in the country as attacks on a "common enemy".

Op-Ed: UAE hiring mercenaries to fight in Yemen against Houthi rebels

Aden - The United Arab Emirates(UAE) secretly sent hundreds of mercenaries from Colombia to Yemen to battle against the Houthi rebels who still control much territory in the east and north of the country, including the capital Sanaa.

Op-Ed: John Kerry visits UAE and promises joint action on Libya

Abu Dhabi - United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, met on November 23 with United Arab Emirates(UAE) Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Kerry will visit Israel and Palestine as well.

UAE channels oil money into alternative energy

Abu Dhabi - Rising from the desert outside Abu Dhabi, Masdar city is laying the groundwork for when the United Arab Emirates' oil wells run dry.Driverless electric cars shuttle between energy-saving buildings topped with arrays of solar panels.

Kerry to call for calm in Israel and West Bank

Washington - US Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Israel and the Palestinian territory next week for the first time in more than a year to push for an end to a spate of violence.

Kerry to visit Israel in Middle East trip: US official

Washington - US Secretary of State John Kerry will visit the Middle East from Sunday to Tuesday, in a trip that will take him to Israel for the first time since the summer of 2014.

Op-Ed: Daughter of Canadian imprisoned in UAE wants Trudeau's help

Abu Dhabi - Salim Alaradi was among 10 business men detained by UAE authorities in August and September of last year. Human Rights Watch asked UAE authorities to investigate accusations from three former detainees that they were tortured by state security officers.

U.S. transfers five Guantanamo detainees to UAE: Pentagon

Washington - The United States has transferred five detainees from Guantanamo Bay to the United Arab Emirates, the Pentagon said, another step in a long-delayed plan to close the controversial military prison.

Op-Ed: UN envoy Leon may not take high-paying job in UAE

New York City - There are signs that UN Special Envoy for Libya, Bernardino Leon may be reconsidering his acceptance of a high-paying job as head of a diplomatic college in the UAE.

UAE armed Libya factions, wooed envoy with job offer: report

New York - The United Arab Emirates shipped weapons to Libyan factions fighting Islamists while offering a $50,000-month job to the UN envoy negotiating a peace deal for Libya, according to leaked emails reported by the New York Times.

Op-Ed: UAE illegally shipped arms to Libya to support CIA-linked Haftar

Abu Dhabi - The UN Special Envoy to Libya became involved in conflict of interest after he was offered a high-paying job by the UAE while still a supposedly impartial head of dialogue talks to forge a peace agreement between the two rival Libyan governments.

Op-Ed: Defense of Leon by Libyan diplomat shows Leon's bias

Tobruk - Ibrahim Dabbashi, the Libyan envoy to the UN, from the internationally-recognized House of Representatives(HoR) government, came to the defense of Bernardino Leon the outgoing UN special envoy to Libya.

Op-Ed: UN Support Mission in Libya shows it cannot be trusted

Tripoli - The UN spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric announced yesterday that Special Envoy to Libya Bernardino Leon will continue in his post until a transition to his successor German Diplomat Martin Kobler.

Op-Ed: UN special envoy to Libya had blatant conflict of interest

Tripoli - In a bizarre, almost incredible development, the UN Special Envoy to Libya who has spent a year arranging dialogue talks between the two rival Libya governments is suddenly quitting to take a well-paying job with the UAE.

Reporting rape means prison time for women in UAE

When Marte Deborah Dalelv reported being raped by a work colleague during a 2013 visit to Dubai, UAE, she expected that her attacker would be brought to justice. Instead, the Court convicted her of unlawful sexual relations between Muslims (Zina).

Op-Ed: Gulf states paying price for intervention in Yemen

Sanaa - As long as the Saudi-led coalition against the Houthi rebels in Yemen engaged solely in a bombing campaign, they were free of casualties except for a few losses at the southern Saudi border.

Yemen arms depot blast kills 22 UAE troops

Abu Dhabi - An arms depot explosion in Yemen has killed 22 soldiers from the United Arab Emirates, in the country's heaviest loss since joining an Arab coalition battling Shiite rebels, military sources said Friday.

UAE forces rescue British hostage in Yemen

Abu Dhabi - Forces from the United Arab Emirates have rescued a British hostage held for more than 18 months by Al-Qaeda in Yemen, authorities in Abu Dhabi and London said on Sunday.

Dubai police say report of man letting daughter drown from 1996

Dubai - Dubai police said Wednesday that a report of an Asian woman drowning after her father blocked lifeguards from rescuing her, which was widely discussed on social media, dated from nearly two decades ago.

Woman drowns in Dubai after father blocks rescue to save 'honour'

Dubai - A young Asian woman drowned after her father allegedly prevented Dubai lifeguards from coming to the rescue because that would "dishonour" her, Emirati news media reported Monday.Emirates 24/7 reported that Dubai police arrested the unnamed man.

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.

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.

Somalia Shebab attack on UAE embassy convoy kills six

Mugadishu - Somalia's Shebab insurgents killed at least six people Wednesday in a suicide attack on a diplomatic convoy from the United Arab Emirates in the Somali capital Mogadishu, police and the Islamists said.
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