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17 февраля, 11:00

Land Mines Block Saudi-Led Assault in Yemen, Killing Civilians

Hundreds of thousands of land mines have stymied the Saudi-led forces in Yemen, and could pose a danger to civilians for decades to come.

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15 февраля, 16:20

'I was sure I'd die': UK football fan detained in UAE feared for his life

Ali Issa Ahmad says he was cut with a knife, beaten and deprived of sleep and foodA British football fan who was detained in United Arab Emirates after being accosted by security officials for wearing a Qatar football shirt, has told the Guardian he was convinced he was going to die.Ali Issa Ahmad, 26, a security guard from Wolverhampton, said he was stabbed in prison, and deprived of sleep, food and water for several days while being held in a security building. “I thought 100% that I was going to die in the UAE,” he said. “I thought I would commit suicide rather than letting them kill me.” Continue reading...

13 февраля, 15:53

Time running out to turn Yemen ceasefire into peace, says Hunt

Lack of trust between warring countries putting people at risk, UK foreign secretary saysJeremy Hunt has warned of “a shortening window of opportunity” to save Yemen’s partial ceasefire in advance of talks in which Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates will face pressure to not resume their military offensive.The two countries are backing a UN-recognised Yemen government seeking to repel an Iranian-supported Houthi administration, and are frustrated that Houthi forces have not withdrawn from the vital port of Hodeidah. Continue reading...

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13 февраля, 15:47

Former UK soldier held in UAE for drug dealing

Andrew Neal, who has PTSD, was forced to sign confession, say legal campaigners Detained in DubaiA former British soldier, who is suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, is being detained in the United Arab Emirates over what his lawyers claim was a forced confession for drug dealing.Andrew Neal, 44, who received 17 medals during 24 years in the army, was arrested at his home in Dubai on 4 October. Continue reading...

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10 февраля, 20:37

UAE woman who fled family begs to be allowed to claim asylum

Hind Mohammed al-Bolooki could be sent home after North Macedonia rejected her claimAn Emirati woman who fled her family and is now trapped in a detention centre in North Macedonia is begging to be allowed to claim asylum elsewhere instead of being deported back home, the Guardian has learned.Hind Mohammed al-Bolooki, 43, says she was locked in a room at her home in Dubai in October last year by family members after she asked for a divorce, but she managed to escape and leave the country. Continue reading...

10 февраля, 15:09

Louvre Abu Dhabi to exhibit Rembrandt and Vermeer masterpieces

Dutch Golden Age art exhibition to open at museum in UAE capitalThe Louvre Abu Dhabi, the first museum to carry the name outside France, has announced that it will display works by the Dutch masters Rembrandt and Vermeer this month.Works by the two artists are part of the gallery’s first exhibition of 2019 – Rembrandt, Vermeer and the Dutch Golden Age: Masterpieces from the Leiden collection and the Musée du Louvre. Continue reading...

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06 февраля, 17:28

UAE officials suggest detained UK football fan beat himself up

Official denies British tourist Ali Issa Ahmad was arrested for wearing Qatar shirtFriends of the British football fan arrested and detained in the United Arab Emirates have called on the Gulf state’s government to allow him to return home safely to the UK after officials suggested he beat himself up.They are appealing to the Foreign Office to advocate for the freedom of Ali Issa Ahmad, 26, an Arsenal supporter from Wolverhampton, through diplomatic channels. Continue reading...

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05 февраля, 15:29

British man detained in UAE after wearing Qatar football shirt to match

Ali Issa Ahmad held over ‘false allegations against security officials’ after initial arrestA British football fan has been arrested and detained in the United Arab Emirates after he wore a Qatar national team shirt to a match.Ali Issa Ahmad, 26, a British Arsenal fan who lives in Wolverhampton, travelled to the UAE for a holiday in January. While he was there he got a ticket for an Asian Cup match between Qatar and Iraq on 22 January. The tournament took place in the UAE between 5 January and 1 February and was won by Qatar. Continue reading...

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05 февраля, 13:07

'I am blessed': UAE’s expatriate workers marvel at mass with the pope

Show of public Christian worship considered largest ever seen on the Arabian peninsulaMarivic Sorita’s eyes filled with tears as she spoke of her daughters back in the Philippines. She has seen them only three times in the 11 years she has worked as a housemaid in Abu Dhabi. Her eldest, now 21, recently completed her studies “thanks to the sacrifice” Sorita made by the separation, sending almost all her salary back home.Maybe one day, when her 14-year-old daughter has also finished her studies, Sorita would be able to go back to Manila and be reunited with her family. But for now, she was enjoying a rare day off work for what she described as a “very, very special” occasion. Continue reading...

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04 февраля, 20:55

Pope and grand imam sign historic pledge of fraternity in UAE

In first papal visit to Arabian peninsula, Francis calls for end to wars in Middle EastThe pope and the grand imam of al-Azhar have signed a historic declaration of fraternity, calling for peace between nations, religions and races, in front of a global audience of religious leaders from Christianity, Islam, Judaism and other faiths.Pope Francis, the leader of the world’s Catholics, and Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the head of Sunni Islam’s most prestigious seat of learning, arrived at the ceremony in Abu Dhabi hand-in-hand in a symbol of interfaith brotherhood. Continue reading...

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04 февраля, 18:55

Pope Francis Breaks Some Taboos on Visit to Persian Gulf

The remarks, delivered in the United Arab Emirates, were exceptionally candid for a pontiff who usually does not criticize the country that hosts him.

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04 февраля, 04:16

Occidental Gets Abu Dhabi Onshore Block

Onshore Block 3 is located in the Al Dhafra region.

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03 февраля, 22:17

Pope Francis Makes ‘Historic’ Gulf Tour Amid Yemen Crisis and Christian Repression

The pope on Sunday became the first pontiff to visit the Arabian Peninsula, on a trip intended to improve relations with the Muslim world and bolster the Mideast’s persecuted Christian minority.

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03 февраля, 22:00

Many people in mostly Christian countries believe values clash with Islam – poll

Almost one-third in UK see rift, finds survey ahead of pope’s visit to Arabian peninsulaLarge numbers of people in Christian-majority countries in the west see a fundamental clash between Islam and the values of their nation, according to a survey.However, significantly fewer people in the Middle East and North Africa view Christianity in the same way. Continue reading...

03 февраля, 18:15

Yemen war: UN anchors ship off Red Sea port for 'neutral ground' talks

Vessel moored near Hodeidah hosts meetings with Yemen government delegates and Houthi rebelsYemen peace talks have been held onboard a UN-chartered boat anchored in the Red Sea in an attempt to find a neutral venue acceptable to both sides.Patrick Cammaert, a retired Dutch general and head of the UN mission in Yemen, chaired the meeting on the ship moored off the port city of Hodeidah. Houthi rebel military officials had refused to meet in government-held areas in southern Hodeidah, citing security fears. Continue reading...

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03 февраля, 13:00

Why Pope Francis’ Historic Visit to the Gulf Matters

The visit is a rare note of hope for the Christians of the Middle East, who have been persecuted, killed or forced to flee in recent decades.

02 февраля, 17:00

If the gender pay gap is a 'feminist myth', then why not disclose salaries?

Democrats re-introduced the Paycheck Fairness Act – begun in 1997 – now let’s see if Republicans block it yet againEqual pay requires honest discussionsThe gender pay gap, as every right-thinking person knows, is a feminist myth. Those figures you’ve seen about white women earning around 80% of what white men make, and black women earning just 61%, are probably wrong. And if they’re not, then, as many conservatives have pointed out, there are rational explanations for the disparity. Such as the fact that, as Jordan Peterson has explained, women are just more agreeable than men, meaning they don’t ask for more money. Which is a very agreeable explanation if you don’t want to confront structural inequality. Continue reading...

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02 февраля, 17:00

Pope faces critics over Yemen on first papal visit to UAE

Francis’s trip to United Arab Emirates ‘to promote peace’ comes amid bloody conflict to southPope Francis will be the first pontiff to visit the Arabian peninsula, the birthplace of Islam, when he celebrates mass this week in front of an expected 120,000 people in Abu Dhabi.The pope has been invited to visit the United Arab Emirates by Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, to take part in an international interfaith meeting as part of the Gulf state’s “year of tolerance”. Continue reading...

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29 января, 19:10

Qatar beat UAE 4-0 to set up Asian Cup 2019 final against Japan

World Cup 2022 hosts make it to first-ever Asian Cup finalUAE fans hurl footwear at Qatari players after goalsQatar defied sandal-throwing local fans to storm into the Asian Cup final for the first time with a 4-0 win over hosts United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, setting up a decider against Japan in Abu Dhabi on Friday. Boualem Khoukhi’s early strike and an eighth goal of the tournament from striker Almoez Ali gave Qatar a 2-0 half-time lead and captain Hassan al-Haydos and Hamid Ismail completed the rout in the last 10 minutes. Continue reading...

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28 января, 23:30

Qatar ready to make history in Asian Cup … but the world is not watching | Barney Ronay

The 2022 World Cup hosts are excelling on the pitch in the UAE but political turmoil in the region and poor crowds mean Fifa’s fervent interest is not matched across the globeWhen the Qatar 2022 World Cup was announced in Zurich by a sweating, slightly fevered Sepp Blatter, the idea was floated almost immediately that this could become a regional tournament; that Qatar’s gulf neighbours might share the burden and the riches, bringing them together in one great happy football-stinking embrace.It is a theme Fifa has returned to even as the Gulf itself has atomised in the eight years since, with the suggestion still out there that an expanded 42-team tournament could bring Qatar’s neighbours on board. Continue reading...