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Colombian oil pipeline changes hands in part acquisition

BOGOTA, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Colombia's largest crude oil transportation system is going through an ownership change after global investor Advent International led a partial buyout in a deal signalling growing interest in the Latin American country's energy prospects.

U.S. responding to Gulf states push for UAV systems

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- The Persian Gulf states are stepping up efforts to acquire unmanned aerial vehicles, which is pushing the United States, its defense companies battered by dwindling domestic military spending, to loosen restrictions on selling these systems to Arab states.
American man detained since April in Dubai for YouTube parody video

American man detained since April in Dubai for YouTube parody video

Dec. 2 (UPI)--University of Minnesota graduate Shezanne "Shez" Cassim, age 29, has been jailed in the United Arab Emirates since April for posting a YouTube video parody of Emirati youth.
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U.S. citizen charged in UAE after posting satirical video

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- A U.S. citizen living in the United Arab Emirates has been imprisoned for posting a mocking YouTube video, a human rights group says.

Preparations for mass wedding of 200 couples in West Bank under way

JERICHO, West Bank, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- A mass wedding of 200 brides and 200 grooms will be held Dec. 6 in Jericho in the West Bank, the sponsoring foundation announced.

It's Typhoon vs. Rafale in Emirates jet joust

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Britain and France, longtime allies, are locked in a high-stake contest for a $10 billion contract for up to 60 combat jets in the United Arab Emirates, a big prize in a global defense market now driven by exports.

UAE extends AMMROC's aircraft maintenance services

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Aircraft operated by the United Arab Emirates military will continue to receive maintenance, repair and overhaul services from AMMROC LLC.

Rolls-Royce backs Mubadala Aerospace

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Rolls-Royce says it has entered into a strategic framework agreement with an Abu Dhabi aerospace company for maintenance and manufacturing activities.

British launch big drive in Emirates to see Typhoon jets

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron has launched a major lobbying campaign to sell up to 60 Eurofighter Typhoon jets to the United Arab Emirates, a deal worth up to $10 billion.

United Arab Emirates' Dana Gas preps for Zora gas development

SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Dana Gas announced it awarded a $17 million contract to build a drilling platform for the United Arab Emirates' offshore Zora natural gas field.
Senators to wait before considering Iran sanctions

Senators to wait before considering Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. senators will wait until hearing from Secretary of State John Kerry before deciding whether to move ahead with new sanctions against Iran, an aide said.

Taqa gives up interest in Dutch gas pipeline

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- The chief executive officer at Abu Dhabi National Energy Co. said investment in a 292-mile natural gas pipeline in the Netherlands no longer made sense.

Trial for suspected Muslim Brotherhood members begins in UAE

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- A trial began Tuesday for 24 men in the United Arab Emirates for allegedly forming an illegal sect of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Sebastian Vettel cruises at Abu Dhabi for seventh straight F1 win

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Four-time Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel reeled off a seventh straight victory Sunday, dominating the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Webber claims pole for Abu Dhabi Grand Prix over Vettel

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Sebastian Vettel narrowly missed winning the pole position for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix during Saturday's qualifying laps.

Saudi Arabia, Emirates lead charge on Mideast solar power

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, two of the world's leading oil producers, are spearheading a Middle Eastern drive to develop solar energy, with plans for projects requiring $1.5 billion in investment by end-2014.

Vettel wins again in India, takes Formula 1 drviers' title

GREATER NOIDA, India, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Sebastian Vettel locked up a fourth consecutive Formula 1 drivers' title Sunday by winning the Indian Grand Prix by nearly 30 seconds.

Tablet wars heat up with new devices from Apple, Nokia, Microsoft

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Apple, at an event in San Francisco Tuesday, unveiled a new iPad dubbed the iPad Air, promoting it as thinner, lighter and more powerful than its predecessor.
$10.8B U.S. arms sale reassures gulf allies at touchy time

$10.8B U.S. arms sale reassures gulf allies at touchy time

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- The Pentagon's formal notification to Congress this week of expected arms sales worth $10.8 billion to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to bolster their defenses against Iran struck a bizarre note.

Syrian official says talks will begin by end of year

DAMASCUS, Syria, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- The "Geneva-2" conference to resolve Syria's civil war will be held by the end of the year, likely in November, a Syrian official said Thursday.

Dad who beat son to death over bad test score gets jail time

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- A Emirati man who beat his son to death for doing badly in his school exams has been sentenced to three years in prison, an Abu Dhabi court ruled.
Security high for annual Mecca pilgrimage

Security high for annual Mecca pilgrimage

MECCA, Saudi Arabia, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Some 95,000 members of Saudi Arabia's security forces have been deployed in Mecca to safeguard the annual Muslim pilgrimage known as the hajj, officials said.

Boy stuck in UAE for more than a year because of fear of flying

LONDON, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- An English boy whose fear of flying kept him stuck in Abu Dhabi for more than a year flew home Monday with a hypnotherapist at his side.

Taqa gets approval for oil work in Kurdish Iraq

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Abu Dhabi National Energy Co. said Monday it received approval from the Kurdish government in northern Iraq to start development in the Atrush oil field.
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