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UAE's Mars Mission — Hope project due to launch July 14

On July 14, the Emirates Mars Mission will launch its "Hope" probe to begin a seven-month-long journey to the Red Planet. The probe will study the dynamics of the Martian atmosphere and its interaction with outer space and the solar wind.

Op-Ed: Yemen Hadi government and STC agree to ceasefire on Socotra

Fighting in the island of Socotra off the southern coast of Yemen halted as forces loyal to the Saudi-Supported Hadi government and the Southern Transitional Council supported by the UAE fought for the provincial capital of Hadibo.

Towing an iceberg to the U.A.E. for fresh water met with ridicule

Abu Dhabi - While the idea of towing a massive iceberg from Antarctica to supply drinking water to millions of people in the United Arab Emirates may sound ludicrous, it is in the planning stages. But, does this "stopgap measure" actually address the real problem?

UN report claims Canadian firm violated Libya arms embargo

Dubai - A report from a UN panel says that armoured vehicles from the Streit Group shipped armoured personnel carriers to Libya from its Mideast facilities several years ago, in violation of an international arms embargo.

UAE launches Phase 1 of Dubai Digital Library

Dubai - Dubai has announced the launch of the first phase of the Dubai Digital Library, an online library featuring historic Arabic books, that will preserve and promote the region's culture, history and heritage.

Op-Ed: Senior official in Yemeni exile government hard at work in Aden

Aden - Mohammed Ali Marem may be the only senior official of the internationally-recognized government of President Mansour Hadi who is working inside Yemen. Most officials are located in the safety of Ryadh, Saudi Arabia.

Japan ousted by world body over bloody Taiji dolphin hunt

Taiji - Responding to pressure from conservationists, the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) has suspended its Japanese member because it is involved in the controversial dolphin hunts that take place each year in Taiji.

Op-Ed: The significance of Iraq's acquiring of Mirage jets

Why the United Arab Emirates offer of Dassault Mirage 2000 jet fighters to the Iraqi Air Force is considerably noteworthy.

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.

Google 'hires' camel for Street View images of Liwa Desert

Abu Dhabi - Although Google typically captures its Street View images by mounting its Trekker on top of a car, Google soon realized they needed to "hire" a camel if they wanted to capture photos of a remote desert area.

Op-Ed: Islamic State — The 'wrong' kind of brutality

San Francisco - As the United States and five Arab nations — none of them democracies, most of them repressive dictatorships — begin bombing Islamic State targets in Syria, President Barack Obama has begun boasting on the "broad coalition" he's enlisted in the fight.

Child slavery provides camel jockeys in United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi - Camel racing is the national sport in the United Arab Emirates. The sport is conducted in a similar fashion to horse racing in the West, with the notable exception that the jockeys are children that were bought from impoverished families.

American imprisoned in United Arab Emirates for YouTube video

Abu Dhabi - On Monday, Shezanne Cassim, a U.S. citizen working in the United Arab Emirates as an aviation business consultant, was sentenced to one year in prison and a fine of 10,000 UAE dirhams (about $2,700) for posting a spoof video on YouTube.

Boy afraid to fly stuck in Abu Dhabi, finally flies home (video)

Abu Dhabi - A 12-year-old British schoolboy has been stuck in Abu Dhabi for almost 16 months because his fear of flying was so great, he could not get on the plane to go home. Now he has finally returned to the UK, thanks to a hypnotherapist.

Blackberry launches Gold and White special edition Q10 in UAE

The Waterloo company announced the launch special edition Gold and White Blackberry Q10s for the United Arab Emirates market for a starting price of $1,000.

Video: Fireworks light the world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa

Dubai - In Dubai, UAE, fireworks lit up the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, with a live orchestra playing in the New Year.

Towering inferno at 34 storey skyscraper in Dubai

Dubai - Civil defence and rescue teams have evacuated a 34 storey skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates as flames take hold on a portion of the building. As yet there is no information on the cause of the blaze.

Briton sentenced to death in UAE after drug conviction

Dubai - A 21-year old man from the UK has been sentenced to death in the United Arab Emirates, after he and a Syrian national, 19, were convicted on drug charges in the Gulf state.

Op-Ed: What will happen if Tehran unveils messianic weaponry?

With intelligence disputes regarding the validity of Iran's nuclear program being either non-existent, or pending, a look at the idea of fundamentalist theocrats attaining nuclear weaponry.

Scientists uncover herd of fossilized elephant footprints

A team of international researchers say they have uncovered ancient fossilized elephant footprints. The researchers say the prints are 7-million-years old.

Size does matter: UAE to pull cans of Coke and Pepsi from shelves

Abu Dhabi - It turns out size does matter, at least when it comes to selling caffeinated soda in the United Arab Emirates. UAE officials will remove 300 ml size cans of Coke and Pepsi from store shelves.

Plastic bags cause pollution crisis, camel deaths in UAE deserts

Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan is supporting a desert clean-up day on January 20 and an expanded desert ecosystem conservation campaign, local and industry news media reported.

AC Milan prepare for UAE ahead of Dubai Football Challenge

Dubai - Soccer fans in Dubai will have the chance to watch the likes of Robinho, Boateng, Pato and Ibrahimović, as reigning Serie A champions, AC Milan, head to the United Arab Emirates for the Dubai Football Challenge.

Op-Ed: Soccer: United Arab Emirates player scores back-heel penalty kick

While it appears that all the sports-related drama is currently surrounding English soccer during pre-season, Awana Diab - the man who recently scored a back-heel penalty kick, has been stealing the headlines.

Saudi Arabian troops cross over into Bahrain

Manama - In an attempt at stopping unrest in Bahrain, troops from Saudi Arabia were deployed into Bahrain on Monday, along with police officers from the United Arab Emirates, a move that opposition groups in the island nation call an “occupation.”

Emirates Palace Hotel regrets $11M Christmas tree

Abu Dhabi - The Emirates Palace Hotel's extravagant Christmas tree, decorated in jewelry, gold and gems, and recently unveiled in Abu Dhabi, will be remembered as the most expensive Christmas tree in history, as well as the seven-star hotel's greatest regret.

UAE awards South Korea $40 billion for nuclear deal

On Sunday, the United Arab Emirates gave South Korea a $40 billion deal that would build four nuclear reactors by 2020 after two-years of deliberation between many nations.

Media Giant grabs UAE mobile TV license

Emirates Mobile Television Corporation (EMTC) has been granted this Sunday the UAE's sole mobile TV broadcasting license.

A new home for Dubai World Cup: The World's Richest Horse Race

The days of Nad Al Sheba are not over. Dubai's equestrian scene has recently seen a major upgrade. The changes have been gradually taking place since the 'shut-down' of Nad Al Sheba' race course earlier this year, just after the 2009 Dubai World Cup

Boy Deported from United Arab Emirates for Shocking Camel

A 17-year-old boy will be deported from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after serving a six-week prison term for shocking a racing camel in an attempt to boost it's performance.
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Boeing Chairman James McNerney (L) shows United Arab Emirates' Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum (2nd R) a model of the new version of its 777 long-haul jet during the Dubai Airshow November 17, 2013
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Fireworks light up the Burj Khalifa, world's tallest building, in Dubai to celebrate 2013.
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