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Dozens of people are sentenced to life in prison in the UAE in a mass trial criticized abroad

Jul. 10, 2024 11:53 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A mass trial of dissidents in the United Arab Emirates sentenced 43 people to life in prison on Wednesday while several other defendants received long prison terms in a case that has been widely criticized by activists abroad. The sentences given...

Dozens of defendants have been sentenced to life in prison in a mass trial in the UAE criticized abroad, activists say

Jul. 10, 2024 09:55 AM EDT
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dozens of defendants have been sentenced to life in prison in a mass trial in the UAE criticized abroad, activists say.

University student who yelled 'Free Palestine' reportedly deported as UAE weighs Israel-Hamas war

Jul. 10, 2024 04:07 AM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — At the graduation ceremony of New York University Abu Dhabi this May, a student wearing the traditional Palestinian black-and-white keffiyeh scarf shouted “Free Palestine!” as he crossed the stage to receive his diploma, witnesses say. Days later, he reportedly was...

Sudan accuses UAE of fueling war with weapons to paramilitary rivals. UAE calls claim `ludicrous'

Jun. 18, 2024 22:20 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Sudanese government accused the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday of fueling the 14-month war in the African country by providing weapons to a rival paramilitary force. The UAE dismissed the allegation as “ludicrous,” calling “a shameful abuse by one of the warring...

78 countries at Swiss conference agree Ukraine's territorial integrity must be basis of any peace

Jun. 16, 2024 16:46 PM EDT

OBBÜRGEN, Switzerland (AP) — Nearly 80 countries called Sunday for the “territorial integrity” of Ukraine to be the basis for any peace agreement to end Russia’s two-year war, though some key developing nations at a Swiss conference did not join in. The way forward for diplomacy remains...

The US fines Middle Eastern airline Emirates $1.8 million for flights that passed too low over Iraq

Jun. 13, 2024 18:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Transportation Department said Thursday that it fined Middle Eastern airline Emirates $1.8 million for flights in regions off-limits to U.S. airlines while it allowed JetBlue Airways to sell seats on the planes. The fine involves a “significant number” of...

Emirati authorities say an ex-Royal Marine arrested in Dubai over spying suspicion has been cleared

Jun. 07, 2024 03:49 AM EDT

A former Royal Marine who was arrested in Dubai on suspicion of spying has been cleared and is free to leave the country, authorities in the United Arab Emirates said Friday. U.K. media reported this week that Matthew Croucher, who won one of Britain’s highest bravery honors for...

Emirati leader meets with Taliban official facing $10 million US bounty over attacks

Jun. 05, 2024 20:56 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The leader of the United Arab Emirates met with an official in the Taliban government still wanted by the United States on an up-to $10 million bounty over his involvement in an attack that killed an American citizen and other assaults. The...

Tens of billions of dollars in gold flows illegally out of Africa each year, a new report says

May. 30, 2024 14:03 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Billons of dollars in gold is smuggled out of Africa each year and most of it ends up in the United Arab Emirates, where it is refined and sold to customers around the world, according to a report published Thursday. Over $30 billion worth of gold, or more...

Xi pledges more Gaza aid and talks trade at summit with Arab leaders

May. 30, 2024 06:28 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping reiterated calls for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state and promised more humanitarian aid for people in Gaza as he opened a summit with leaders of Arab states Thursday in Beijing. “Since last October, the...