Afghan evacuees could include child brides says report

Middle East 09/05/21, 20:27

Human trafficking concerns are growing after some male Afghan evacuees were suspected of bringing underage brides into the Land of the Free. A Wisconsin army base reported a rising number of older men accompanying minor females who turned out to be their wives. Some Afghan girls complained the older men they ...

South Korean, 3 Filipinos freed after captivity in Libya

Asia & Pacific 05/17/19, 02:22

A South Korean and three Filipinos have been freed following months of captivity in Libya, Seoul and Abu Dhabi said Friday.The release of the hostages was mediated by the United Arab Emirates, which worked with the self-styled Libyan National Army led by commander Khalifa Hifter.Since last month, Hifter's forces have ...

Emirati woman wakes up from stupor after 27 years

Health 04/24/19, 12:29

A woman from the United Arab Emirates whose apparent awakening from a 27-year-long stupor has grabbed international headlines is a rare but not unique case, one of the German doctors who treated her says. The story of Munira Abdulla was first published by Abu Dhabi's The National newspaper on Monday. The ...

Iran minister: Trump’s aim is talks, Bolton wants conflict

Politics 04/24/19, 11:22

Iran's foreign minister says President Donald Trump's aim "is to bring us to our knees to talk" — but national security adviser John Bolton and U.S. allies in the Mideast want "regime change" and the "disintegration of Iran." Mohammad Javad Zarif said he doubts Trump wants conflict, but what he called ...

Etihad Airways loses $1.28B in 2018 in third year of losses

Business 03/14/19, 05:19

Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways said Thursday it lost $1.28 billion in 2018, the third-straight year the government-owned long-haul carrier has lost over a billion dollars. Since 2016, Etihad has lost a total of $4.75 billion as its strategy of aggressively buying stakes in airlines from Europe to Australia to compete against ...

UEFA opens formal investigation into Manchester City

Soccer 03/07/19, 13:29

UEFA has opened a formal investigation into whether Manchester City has violated financial monitoring rules, after confidential club documents were published in the Football Leaks series.In the most serious cases of breaking "Financial Fair Play" rules designed to control excessive spending on player transfers and wages, UEFA can ban clubs ...

Abu Dhabi arms fair opens amid Yemen war criticism

Asia & Pacific 02/17/19, 04:15

A biennial arms fair has opened in the United Arab Emirates as the country faces increasing scrutiny over its involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen.While the war went unmentioned at the opening ceremony of the International Defense Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, it was clearly present ...

Etihad restructures plane purchases amid fiscal turbulence

Europe 02/14/19, 02:02

Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways says it has restructured planned airplane purchases from Airbus and Boeing as the government-owned carrier faces financial turbulence.The long-haul airline said in a statement Thursday that it will take delivery of five Airbus A350-1000, 26 Airbus A321neos and six Boeing 777-9 aircraft "over the coming years."It ...

Pope praises girl who zipped by security to give him letter

World 02/05/19, 13:59

Pope Francis has praised the courage of a young girl who broke through police barricades in Abu Dhabi to hand-deliver a letter to him.Francis was being driven around the city's sports stadium in his pope mobile before Mass when the child dashed from the crowd so quickly that police couldn't ...

Pope senses ‘good will’ in UAE for Yemen peace process

World 02/05/19, 12:36

Pope Francis said Tuesday he sensed "good will to bring about a process of peace" in Yemen during his meetings with officials from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia's key ally in the war.Francis acknowledged that after only two days in Abu Dhabi and discussions with only a few people ...

Update: Girl approaches pope as he enters UAE stadium

02/05/19, 09:37

The Latest on Pope Francis' historic visit to the United Arab Emirates (all times local):6:30 p.m.Pope Francis received a surprise when a little girl crawled under the barrier at an Abu Dhabi stadium and ran to hand him a piece of paper.The young girl dodged security and was greeted by ...

Pope Francis to hold historic Mass on Arabian Peninsula

Asia & Pacific 02/04/19, 22:54

Pope Francis is turning his attention to the thriving Catholic community in the United Arab Emirates as he concludes his historic visit to the Arabian Peninsula.A day after making a broad appeal for Christian and Muslim leaders to work together to promote peace and reject war, Francis visits a cathedral ...

Update: Pope warns against ‘fake news’ during Gulf visit

World 02/04/19, 10:37

The Latest on Pope Francis's visit to the United Arab Emirates (all times local):7:35 p.m.Pope Francis has called out the dangers of so-called "fake news" amid ongoing propaganda campaigns across Gulf Arab countries.Francis made the comment in a speech Monday night, saying: "Young people, who are often surrounded by negative ...

Pope in historic visit to UAE to highlight religious freedom

Asia & Pacific 02/04/19, 00:53

Pope Francis is opening his historic visit to the United Arab Emirates by meeting with the federation's leader and a group of Muslim elders.After that, he will address an unprecedented gathering of faith leaders in a show of religious tolerance in a Muslim region known for its restrictions on religious ...

Update: Emiratis welcome pope’s visit

Asia & Pacific 02/03/19, 05:49

The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to the United Arab Emirates (all times local):NoonEmiratis are welcoming Pope Francis' trip to Abu Dhabi, the first-ever papal visit to the Arabian Peninsula, where Islam was born.The National, a state-linked, English-language newspaper in Abu Dhabi, described the pope's three-day visit beginning Sunday as ...

Qatar beats Japan in Asian Cup final for first major title

Soccer 02/01/19, 11:05

Qatar won its first major soccer title by beating four-time champion Japan 3-1 in the Asian Cup final on Friday, completing an improbable run to glory for the Gulf nation as it prepares to host the 2022 World Cup.The victory in Abu Dhabi against one of the favorites came only ...

Asian Cup organizers investigate shoe-throwing

Soccer 01/30/19, 09:02

Asian Cup organizers have opened an investigation after soccer fans threw shoes and bottles at Qatar's players during their semifinal victory over the United Arab Emirates.The stadium in Abu Dhabi was packed with home fans. The UAE has cut economic, diplomatic and travel ties with Qatar, making it difficult for ...

Japan beats Iran 2-0 to reach Asian Cup final

Sports 01/28/19, 11:39

Japan will play for a record fifth Asian Cup title after reaching the final by defeating Iran 2-0 on Monday.The host United Arab Emirates and Qatar meet in the other semifinal on Tuesday in Abu Dhabi for a berth in Friday's final.Forward Yuya Osako did the damage in the second ...

Qatar into Asian Cup semis after beating South Korea 1-0

Sports 01/25/19, 10:35

Qatar reached the Asian Cup semifinals for the first time after knocking out two-time champion South Korea 1-0 on Friday.Midfielder Abdelaziz Hatim hit the winner with a left-foot shot from outside the area in the 78th minute.South Korea's best chance was a minute before the decisive goal when Kim Jin-su ...

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