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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.

Obama courts Gulf kings keen just to see him go

Az Zahra' - President Barack Obama will make another trip to Riyadh to consult Washington's Gulf allies on the crises in Yemen and Syria this week, but may not receive a royal welcome.

Russia points to pilot error in flydubai Boeing crash

Moscow - Russian aviation investigators said Friday that the pilots of a flydubai jet that crashed and killed 62 last month put the plane into a nose-dive and were unable to pull out of it.

Panama Papers: UAE president leads London property holdings

London - The president of the United Arab Emirates owns London properties worth more than £1.2 billion ($1.7 billion, 1.5 billion euros) through offshore companies revealed in the so-called Panama Papers, The Guardian reported on Wednesday.

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.

'Pull up!': Russian TV airs final words of flydubai jet crash pilots

Moscow - Russian state television has aired the final words of the pilots of the flydubai passenger jet that crashed in Rostov-on-Don last week killing 62 people, suggesting pilot error could be to blame.

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.

Russian airport reopens after deadly plane crash

Moscow - The airport in the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don reopened on Monday, two days after a passenger jet crashed there, killing all 62 on board, as investigators continued their probe into the disaster.

Southern Russian city grieves after jet crash kills 62

Rostov-on-don - Tearful residents in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don on Sunday laid flowers and lit candles at the airport where a flydubai passenger jet crashed a day earlier killing all 62 people on board.

Investigators probe Russia plane crash that killed 62

Rostov-on-don - Investigators in southern Russia were on Sunday probing the causes of a flydubai passenger jet crash that killed all 62 people on board, as emergency workers at the site wrapped up the salvage operation.

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.

Sixty-one killed as flydubai jet crashes in southern Russia

Moscow - All sixty-one people on board a flydubai Boeing 737 were killed when their plane crashed and burst into flames as it was landing in Rostov-on-Don, in Southern Russia, on Saturday morning, officials said.

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.

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.

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.
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