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Brazil's Eike Batista faces collapse after repayment default

RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Brazilian entrepreneur Eike Batista faces a further blow to his fortunes after he defaulted on a multimillion dollar interest payment on a $3.6 billion loan, a setback set to drag other Brazilian and international investors into the debacle, analysts said.

Sheik's car too big to tow in Spanish city

VALENCIA, Spain, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Officials in a Spanish city said an Arab sheik escaped punishment for his illegally parked car because it didn't have European plates and was too large to tow.

Music ends for Beirut's Hard Rock

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Hard Rock Cafe in Beirut closes in a sign of the region's problems affecting tourist visits.
T.K. MALOY, UPI Outside View Commentator

Offshore Emirates set for 'super' complex

PARIS, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Energy services company Technip announced it secured an Emirati contract for construction of a complex of offshore installations at the Umm Lulu field.

Rights coalition worried by United Arab Emirates

PARIS, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- A human rights coalition said Tuesday the sentencing of activists in the United Arab Emirates failed to meet international standards.

'Optimize' buzz word for Austria's OMV

VIENNA, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Austrian energy company OMV said Tuesday its second-quarter results were weak but expressed optimism about its operations.

Sahara solar project fades, but sunpower shines in gulf

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, July 25 (UPI) -- The drive for renewable energy in the oil-rich Middle East has suffered a major setback with the apparent collapse of a project to build a vast solar power grid in the Moroccan Sahara.

Abu Dhabi expects gas to drive region

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, July 25 (UPI) -- Natural gas is expected to play a major role in meeting the energy demands from Middle East and North African consumers, the Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. said.

U.A.E. buys French spy satellites in $913M deal

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, July 23 (UPI) -- The United Arab Emirates has bought two surveillance satellites from France that will give the region's Arab monarchies the capability of spying on Iran.

UAE pardons prisoners to mark Ramadan

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, July 8 (UPI) -- Officials in the United Arab Emirates pardoned 1,598 prisoners as part of observing the Muslim Ramadan holiday.

UAE's Masdar eyeing more Britain offshore wind investments

MARGATE, England, July 8 (UPI) -- United Arab Emirates renewable energy company Masdar says it is seeking more investments in Britain following the inauguration of the massive London Array.

Muslims warned Ramadan can be tough in summer

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, July 3 (UPI) -- Muslims in the Middle East face a difficult Ramadan this year because the month-long fast occurs in the heart of the summer, forecasters say.

Hollande seeks Rafale jet deal with Qatar

DOHA, Qatar, June 24 (UPI) -- French President Francois Hollande has sought to press the gas-rich Persian Gulf emirate of Qatar to buy 24-36 Dassault Rafale combat jets during a weekend visit amid a defense build-up by the region's Arab monarchies to counter Iran.

Austria's OMV subsidiary signs exploration deal with Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, June 24 (UPI) -- Austrian energy company OMV said it signed a deal in Abu Dhabi for exploration of oil and natural gas prospects in the United Arab Emirates.
Russell Brand cancels Abu Dhabi dates over safety concerns

Russell Brand cancels Abu Dhabi dates over safety concerns

LONDON, June 20 (UPI) -- British comedian Russell Brand has canceled his scheduled "Messiah Complex" stage shows in Abu Dhabi after being warned his safety could not be guaranteed.

First complete viral load profile of a MERS-CoV

BONN, Germany, June 18 (UPI) -- A viral load profile of a MERS-CoV infection indicates the SARS-like virus may need a different diagnostic approach than SARS, a German researcher says.

Persian Gulf states 'unable to protect themselves'

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, June 17 (UPI) -- Despite massive spending on Western weapons, the Arab monarchies of the Persian Gulf are "unable to secure themselves from any external threat" -- meaning Iran – and are running up huge public and foreign debt, a gulf think tank says.

Selective U.S. support for democracy

WASHINGTON, June 13 (UPI) -- U.S. policy seems to protect authoritarian regimes as long as they are "friendly." This can come at the expense of the interests of U.S. citizens.
TARAS KUZIO, UPI Outside View Commentator

Colombia worries as troops join Arab mercenary force

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, June 7 (UPI) -- Colombia's defense ministry is alarmed about an exodus of top soldiers to the United Arab Emirates to join a highly paid U.S.-led mercenary force organized by Erik Prince, billionaire founder of the infamous security firm Blackwater.

Richard Branson dons drag as flight attendant after losing bet

PERTH, Australia, May 12 (UPI) -- Richard Branson dressed in drag to serve as a flight attendant on an AirAsia flight Sunday for losing a bet to AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes, observers said.

Key North Sea oil rig closed for maintenance

LONDON, May 6 (UPI) -- A North Sea oil platform servicing the 90,000 barrel-per-day Brent oil pipeline will be closed for a few months for maintenance, the rig's operator said.

Fan rushes stage at Justin Bieber concert in Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, May 5 (UPI) -- A fan rushed the stage where pop star Justin Bieber performed in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, a local report said.

UAE student engineers honored for UAV designs

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, May 3 (UPI) -- Students from the United Arab Emirates will attend the AUVSI annual convention this year after their wins in an unmanned aerial vehicle competition.

Abe visit results in nuclear technology deal

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, May 3 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to the United Arab Emirates produced a deal allowing Japan to sell nuclear power technologies, officials said.

Shell lands major Emirati gas deal

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, May 1 (UPI) -- Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. has extended Royal Dutch Shell an invitation to take part in the development of the Bab sour natural gas field, the oil company said.
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