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Rig worker dies in North Sea incident

ABERDEEN, Scotland, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Scottish police Thursday launched an investigation after a rig worker died after falling into the North Sea while working on the Harding platform off Aberdeen.
Kerry: China prepared to make sure North Korea drops nuclear program

Kerry: China prepared to make sure North Korea drops nuclear program

BEIJING, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Chinese leaders have made it clear North Korea must eventually give up its nuclear weapons program, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday.

Water crisis brings threats of Mideast war, terrorism: report

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Satellite data released by the University of California, Irvine, shows the world's water supply is disappearing fast because of agricultural demand, an expanding population, energy production and climate change, with the Middle East, Africa and Asia in particular facing crisis in the next few years.

Report: Pakistan to buy Yuan-class submarines

ISLAMABAD, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Commentator Farhan Bokhari says that Pakistan later this year will buy six Yuan-class submarines from China.
Kerry: Obama visit to South Korea comes at important time

Kerry: Obama visit to South Korea comes at important time

SEOUL, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said President Barack Obama's upcoming trip to South Korea comes at a time when there is "too much tension" in the region.
Richard Branson promises to take family to space in 2014

Richard Branson promises to take family to space in 2014

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Speaking to investors in Abu Dhabi, billionaire Richard Branson said Virgin Galactic, his near-space venture for paying customers, will launch in 2014.
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Kerry to reaffirm U.S.-South Korea ties in Seoul

Kerry to reaffirm U.S.-South Korea ties in Seoul

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Secretary of State John Kerry will "reaffirm the strength" of U.S.-South Korean ties when he meets with officials in Seoul this week, the State Department said.

UAE to evaluate Russian-made mortars

MOSCOW, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Russian-made 82mm mortars are to be tested and evaluated by the United Arab Emirates following their display at an arms exhibition in Abu Dhabi.

Mideast looks at $50B to spend on solar power by 2020

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- The Middle East, spearheaded by the oil-rich Persian Gulf monarchies, could spend up to $50 billion on developing solar power over the next seven years, says the Middle East Solar Industry Association.

Emirates closes Muslim Brotherhood branches

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Abu Dhabi's Federal Supreme Court Tuesday ordered the closure of all branches of the Muslim Brotherhood in the United Arab Emirates.
Mickelson, Day move up in world golf rankings

Mickelson, Day move up in world golf rankings

VIRGINIA WATER, England, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Phil Mickelson regains the world No. 4 ranking and Jason Day re-enters the Top 10 in Monday's update of the men's world golf rankings.

Larrazabal wins Abu Dhabi Golf Championship

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Pablo Larrazabal made a 5-foot birdie putt on the final hole Sunday for a one-stroke victory at the European Tour's Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.
Lee has lead, Mickelson within two, at Abu Dhabi Golf Championship

Lee has lead, Mickelson within two, at Abu Dhabi Golf Championship

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Phil Mickelson burst into contention with a 63 Saturday and trails leader Craig Lee by two strokes at the European Tour's Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

Craig Lee, Cabrero-Bello tied for European Tour lead

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Craig Lee, riding a 4-under-par second nine Friday, pulled into a tie for first after two rounds of the European Tour's Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

14 injured in 57-car pile-up in United Arab Emirates

ABU SAMRAH, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- A multiple-vehicle crash on Al Ain-Abu Dhabi road in the United Arab Emirates early Thursday left at least 14 people injured, authorities said.

Three-way tie for European Tour lead at Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Romain Wattel had a bogey-free 5-under-par 67 Thursday in earning a share of the lead at the European Tour's Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

Dutch soccer club regrets confusion that led to Mori exclusion

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Dutch football club Vitesse has apologized to anyone affected by its decision to not take defender Dan Mori to a training camp in the United Arab Emirates.

Germany's Wintershall wants bigger role in Middle East, North Africa

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Germany's Wintershall and UAE energy company Mubadala Petroleum agreed Monday to jointly consider future opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa.

Emirates shoot down BAE's $6B Typhoon jet deal

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- BAE Systems, Britain's largest defense company, has suffered a major setback with the United Arab Emirates scrapping lengthy negotiations for 60 Eurofighter Typhoon jets, a deal worth at least $6 billion.

TAQA reaches 'milestone' with North Sea approval

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Abu Dhabi National Energy Co. said it received approval from the British government to develop its Morrone oil field in the central waters of the North Sea.

British hopes of $10B Emirates Typhoon deal sink

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Britain's high-profile drive to sell Eurofighter Typhoon combat jets in the Persian Gulf seems to be running into trouble, with the United Arab Emirates reportedly having second thoughts about acquiring up to 60 of the aircraft under a contract possibly worth $10 billion.
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