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UAE Says Terror Cell Arrested

Posted December 26th, 2012 at 9:55 am (UTC-5)
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UAE authorities said Wednesday that several arrests have been made in connection with a terrorist cell that was planning attacks in the Gulf kingdom, Saudi Arabia and nearby states. The official WAM news agency said a “deviant group was planning to carry out actions against the national security of both countries and some sisterly states.” […]

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UAE Opens Oil Pipeline Bypassing Iran-Threatened Strait

Posted July 15th, 2012 at 4:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Arab Emirates has opened a key overland pipeline that bypasses the Strait of Hormuz, giving the OPEC member insurance against Iranian threats to block the strategic waterway. The new 380-kilometer pipeline carries oil from fields in the UAE’s western desert to the city of Fujairah on the east coast. With an initial handling […]

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US to Sell Missile Defense System to United Arab Emirates

Posted December 31st, 2011 at 11:25 am (UTC-5)
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The United States and the United Arab Emirates have signed a deal for a missile defense system in the Persian Gulf nation. The Pentagon said in a statement Friday that U.S.-based defense contractor Lockheed Martin has been awarded a nearly two billion dollar contract to supply the UAE with two Terminal High Altitude Area Defense […]

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US to Sell Missile Defense System to United Arab Emirates

Posted December 31st, 2011 at 3:15 am (UTC-5)
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The United States and the United Arab Emirates have signed a deal for a missile defense system in the Persian Gulf nation. The Pentagon said in a statement Friday that U.S.-based defense contractor Lockheed Martin has been awarded a nearly two billion dollar contract to supply the UAE with equipment and support services. The deal […]

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UAE Activists Jailed for Criticizing Government

Posted November 27th, 2011 at 4:35 pm (UTC-5)
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A court in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday sentenced five pro-democracy activists to prison for using the Internet to call for anti-government demonstrations. The Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi convicted the five of publicly criticizing the Gulf state’s leaders. Prominent blogger Ahmed Mansour received the longest sentence — three years. He faced additional charges […]

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UAE Court Jails Activists for Using Web to Call for Protests

Posted November 27th, 2011 at 4:05 am (UTC-5)
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A court in the United Arab Emirates has sentenced five pro-democracy activists to prison terms of two to three years for using the Internet to call for anti-government demonstrations. The court in Abu Dhabi jailed the activists Sunday after convicting them of insulting the Gulf state’s leaders. The most prominent defendant, blogger Ahmed Mansoor, received […]

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HRW: Families Plea for Release of UAE Activists

Posted October 9th, 2011 at 3:25 am (UTC-5)
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Human Rights Watch says the families of five political activists on trial in the United Arab Emirates have made a joint plea for their release. The men were detained six months ago for publicly insulting the country’s leaders. The New York-based rights organization says the families have sent a letter to the president and vice […]

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UAE Calls on Iran to Take Island Dispute to UN Court

Posted September 27th, 2011 at 9:56 am (UTC-5)
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The United Arab Emirates has called on Iran to resolve a dispute over three islands by direct negotiations or by referring it to the U.N.’s International Court of Justice. UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan told the U.N. General Assembly Monday that Iran is “occupying” three islands that are a part of […]

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Thailand Extradites British Fraud Suspect to UAE

Posted June 12th, 2011 at 8:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Officials in Dubai say Thailand has extradited a British man accused of fraud in the United Arab Emirates. The state news agency WAM reported Sunday that Michael Bryan Smith was extradited from Thailand on June 7, and is now in custody in Dubai. Smith is wanted by the emirate on charges of embezzling $150 million […]