June 4th, 2012
10:34 AM ET

British sailor missing in Dubai

Authorities are searching for a British sailor who disappeared after arriving in Dubai.

Timothy Andrew MacColl, 27, was last seen getting into a taxi about 2 a.m. on Sunday, May 27, his family said.

"It is known that he had just left the Rock Bottom Bar which is at the Regent Hotel in the area of Deira," the family said in a statement.

The bar is about a 15-minute drive from Port Rashid, where MacColl's ship, the HMS Westminster, had docked the previous day, the family said.


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Thursday's intriguing people
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara won the conviction of a Wall Street hedge fund manager this week.
May 12th, 2011
10:46 AM ET

Thursday's intriguing people

Preet Bharara

The U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York announced Wednesday that a jury had found billionaire hedge fund manager Raj Rajaratnam guilty of conspiracy and securities fraud in one of the most high-profile insider trading prosecutions in a decade. Known for his tough campaign against insider trading, Bharara once worked for Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer of New York.

Tiffany Smalley

When she receives her college diploma later this month, the Harvard University student of Native American descent will be the first Wampanoag to graduate from the school since 1665. Smalley will join two of her ancestors, Joel Iacommes and Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck, the sons of Wampanoag tribal leaders who entered Harvard in 1661. At this year's commencement ceremony, the university will grant a posthumous degree to Iacommes, who was killed in a shipwreck just before graduation. Almost 350 years later, Smalley will accept the diploma on his behalf.

Adam Foster

The 30-year-old engineer from upstate New York is accused of stealing handcuffs in Dubai and has been detained there for four months. Foster went to the United Arab Emirates in January on a business trip. He was arrested after reportedly keeping a pair of handcuffs that he found on the ground. According to Foster's Facebook page, he was whipped, beaten and forced to confess to stealing handcuffs from police. He now faces two to seven years in prison in the UAE.

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Man dies in jump from world's tallest building
The Burj Khalifa towers above the Dubai skyline.
May 10th, 2011
02:06 PM ET

Man dies in jump from world's tallest building

A man committed suicide Tuesday by jumping off the 147th floor of the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

The man landed on a deck on the 108th floor of the 160-story structure, according to news reports from Dubai.

Dubai police confirmed the suicide, according to a report posted by The Gulf Today.

The man was described as an Asian in his mid-30s.

"The deceased works at one of the companies located at Burj Khalifa itself. We also came to know that the man decided to commit suicide as his company refused to grant  leave," a police official told The Gulf Today.

The Burj Khalifa is 2,716.5 feet tall and is the tallest free-standing structure in the world. It officially opened in 2010.

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'Spiderman' scales world's tallest tower
Alain "Spiderman" Robert (red-and-white speck at bottom-center) climbs Dubai's Burj Khalifa on Monday evening.
March 29th, 2011
09:10 AM ET

'Spiderman' scales world's tallest tower

It took him six hours and a lifetime to do it, but French daredevil Alain Robert climbed the world's tallest building Monday evening.

"I've climbed the second-, third– and fourth-tallest buildings. All that is missing is Burj Khalifa," Robert, known as "Spiderman," told Gulf News before beginning his ascent of the tower in Dubai.

Robert sometimes gets arrested for trespassing while conquering tall buildings, but this time he was an invited guest.

The 2,717-foot climb, which started at 6 p.m. and ended at midnight, was a highlight of the 10th Education Without Borders conference, attended by 2,000 international students, Gulf News reported.

"I'm doing this to show the students there is no edge or borders and to inspire people to break the mold and not limit themselves," Robert told Gulf News. "Part of my message is not only to follow your heart but try to innovate in all things you do."

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