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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.

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.

Bahrain: Not moving hunger striker

MANAMA, Bahrain, April 8 (UPI) -- Bahrain officials said Sunday they will not transfer a political hunger striker -- said to be close to death -- to Denmark where he holds citizenship.

MP: Sell royal gifts from Bahrain

LONDON, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- British human rights activists say Queen Elizabeth's youngest son and his wife should return gifts they received during a visit to Bahrain.

Commentary: The world's wealthiest

WASHINGTON, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- The wealthiest state in the world is run by two men who say that democracy as practiced in the West would simply slow down economic development.
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large
Emirate citizens call for more democracy

Emirate citizens call for more democracy

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, March 9 (UPI) -- Joining the demand for democracy across the Arab world, a group of United Arab Emirates leaders are calling for direct elections.

Body of Abu Dhabi sheik found in Morocco

RABAT, Morocco, March 30 (UPI) -- The body of the manager of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, a member of the emirate's ruling family, was found Tuesday in Morocco.

Watchdog urges UAE to renounce torture

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, May 2 (UPI) -- The United Arab Emirates should renounce the use of torture following the release of a torture video, Human Rights Watch says.

Mubarak, Khalifa urge greater cooperation

CAIRO, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and United Arab Emirates President Sheik Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan are calling for greater cooperation to enhance security.
French military base in Abu Dhabi by 2009

French military base in Abu Dhabi by 2009

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy said his country will open a military base in Abu Dhabi, increasing the Western presence in the Persian Gulf region.

Commentary: Blogowar

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Journalism of verification in the blogosphere has been displaced by a journalism of assertion where rumors become facts and where facts are censored by omission. Hardly surprising then that 200 million Americans, two-thirds of the population, concede they don’t understand foreign policy issues. And only one-third say they understand major domestic issues. TV comedian Jay Leno's Jaywalking interviews confirm these figures. With 80 million blogs and more than 1 billion people now online, it becomes increasingly difficult to sort factoid from fact and truth from untruth.
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large

Large gift from Abu Dhabi ruler to Hopkins

BALTIMORE, May 5 (UPI) -- Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, president of the United Arab Emirates, has agreed to make a large gift to Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore.

Egypt stops Israeli attack on Beirut

CAIRO, July 16 (UPI) -- Egyptian leaders convinced Israeli leaders to stop a planned attack on Beirut last week over the abduction of two Israeli troops, Ha'aretz reported.

Houses to be built in ex-Gaza settlements

GAZA, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- The Palestinian Authority will build thousands of houses in the place of Jewish settlements to ease population density in Gaza Strip.

Bahrain wary of Iran, Israel nuke

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Bahraini Defense Minister Sheik Khalifa bin Hamad says possession of nuclear weapons by Israel and Iran poses a serious threat to Gulf security.
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