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UAE leads Gulf Arab push to build up domestic defence industry
February 19, 2013 06:43 PM
ABU DHABI: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is at the forefront of a regional push to build up domestic defence manufacturing capability to reduce reliance on imports that come with too many strings attached, analysts say. Wary of non-Arab adversary Iran in a competition for regional predominance,...
Egypt chief of staff says army will avoid politics
February 17, 2013 03:42 PM
ABU DHABI: Egypt's armed forces, for decades at the centre of power, will avoid involvement in politics but could have a role if things became "complicated", the chief of staff said on Sunday. It also expects rival political groups to solve disputes by dialogue, Major General Sedki...
Bahraini princess on trial for torturing detainees - official
January 30, 2013 05:08 PM
ABU DHABI: A Bahraini princess who works as a police officer is on trial for torturing two doctors while they were in detention during political unrest in the Gulf Arab kingdom in 2011, according to a senior official at Bahrain's Public Prosecutor's office.Sheikha Noura bint Ibrahim al-Khalifa is...
UAE shuts down office of U.S. research institute RAND
December 20, 2012 02:12 PM
ABU DHABI: The United Arab Emirates has shut down the Abu Dhabi office of the RAND Corporation, the American policy research institute, in the latest of several closures of foreign research institutions and think tanks in the Gulf Arab state this year.The UAE, a major oil exporter and regional...
Yemen army official killed in ambush, army battles tribesmen
December 08, 2012 04:19 PM
SANAA/ADEN: A senior Yemeni army official was killed on Saturday in an ambush by suspected al Qaeda members, while the army battled tribesmen who blew up the country's main oil export pipeline.The chief-of-staff for Yemen's central military region in turbulent Maarib province, home to a large...
Bahraini police use teargas, block roads
November 10, 2012 12:55 AM
MANAMA: Police in Bahrain fired tear gas and blocked roads Friday to stop thousands of Shiite Muslims joining prayers led by one of their spiritual leaders, witnesses said, amid deepening tensions in the Gulf Arab kingdom. The island country hosts the U.S. 5th Fleet and has been volatile since...
Dubai fueled by cheap Iran oil as U.S. ups pressure
October 19, 2012 01:25 AM
DUBAI: The United States and Dubai are negotiating an end to the desert emirate’s Iranian oil imports to head off the threat of U.S. President Obama sanctioning a trade that has riled Gulf Arab oil producers, industry sources and diplomats said. Washington in the summer tightened controls on...
Tunisian struggle with new freedom hits silver screen
October 17, 2012 05:07 PM
ABU DHABI: Although Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali was toppled nearly two years ago, Tunisia's fight for freedom has only just begun, acclaimed Tunisian filmmaker Nouri Bouzid says in his latest film. In "Hidden Beauties", Bouzid uses the Islamic veil to symbolise the struggle facing Tunisians now...
Egypt uprising film depicts crippling social divide
October 15, 2012 10:33 PM
ABU DHABI: When horse and camel riders attacked protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square during last year's uprising, Egyptian filmmaker Yousry Nasrallah was struck by one of the most vivid examples of how Egypt's huge class divide is exploited by powerful elites. Nasrallah's...
Up to 335,000 people have fled Syria violence-UNHCR
October 09, 2012 10:43 PM
ABU DHABI: Up to 335,000 Syrian refugees have registered with the United Nations, ten times more than in March, but the real figure could be as high as 500,000, a U.N. refugee agency official said on Tuesday. The UNHCR said last month that up to 700,000 refugees may flee the violence in Syria by...
Gulf states must tackle Muslim Brotherhood threat - UAE
October 08, 2012 09:49 PM
ABU DHABI: Gulf Arab countries should work together to stop Islamist group the Muslim Brotherhood plotting to undermine governments in the region, the United Arab Emirates' foreign minister said on Monday. The UAE, a major oil exporter and business hub, has arrested around 60 local Islamists...
Iran's Ahmadinejad says Syria crisis may engulf region
October 02, 2012 09:54 PM
ABU DHABI: Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday warned that hostilities in Syria could engulf the region and accused some Syrians of trying to use their country's conflict to settle scores with Tehran. In comments to Al Jazeera television, Ahmadinejad said that a national...
UAE extends crackdown on Islamists, 8 arrested
September 11, 2012 09:52 PM
DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates has arrested eight Emirati Islamists, including a state prosecutor and a former judge, rights activists said on Tuesday, widening a crackdown on dissidents over alleged threats to state security. Thanks to cradle-to-grave welfare systems, the UAE and other Gulf Arab...
Syrians should choose leader in 2014 vote -Iran formin
July 09, 2012 10:08 PM
ABU DHABI: The Syrian people should be left to choose their leader in elections due in 2014 and until then countries should avoid aggravating the bloodshed by interfering on the ground, Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said on Monday. Iran has supported President Bashar al-Assad...
Iran commander's trip to disputed islands frays UAE nerves
June 01, 2012 10:10 PM
ABU DHABI: A visit by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander to three tiny islands near the Strait of Hormuz oil shipping lane revives a bitter territorial dispute between Gulf antagonists - and trade partners - Iran and the United Arab Emirates. Abu Dhabi has yet to comment on Thursday's...

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