February 21st, 2013
04:55 AM ET

Britons tortured after arrest, group claims

Three British men on holiday in the United Arab Emirates were beaten and subjected to electric shocks by police following their arrest on drug charges last July, a prisoners' rights group claims.

British citizens Grant Cameron, Karl Williams and Suneet Jeerh, all ages 25, have been in detention in Dubai for more than seven months.

They were arrested on charges of possession of the synthetic cannabis, "spice," according to Reprieve, a UK-based organization that provides legal support to prisoners.

Dubai police denied any torture took place.

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Filed under: Justice • United Arab Emirates • United Kingdom
January 27th, 2013
08:47 PM ET

94 to be tried for alleged overthrow plot in UAE

The United Arab Emirates will try 94 people on charges of seeking to seize power, WAM, the UAE's state news agency, reported Sunday.

Citing a statement from Attorney General Salem Saeed Kubaish, the agency reported that the suspects were referred to the Federal Supreme Court.

"They launched, established and ran an organisation seeking to oppose the basic principles of the UAE system of governance and to seize power," the statement read.

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Filed under: United Arab Emirates • World
July 16th, 2012
12:19 PM ET

U.S. military ship fires on small boat in Persian Gulf; 1 killed

A U.S. military supply ship fired at a small boat in the Persian Gulf on Monday after it came too close to the ship, apparently killing one person on board, two U.S. officials said.

The incident happened near Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates.

The crew of the USNS Rappahannock verbally warned the small boat and fired at least one warning shot before the boat, described as a small white pleasure craft, was targeted with .50-caliber machine gun fire, the Navy said.


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Filed under: Military • Uncategorized • United Arab Emirates • World
Gotta Watch: Holiday double-take; Haiti quake; $27B museum; 'Conan' redux
December 22nd, 2010
09:52 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Holiday double-take; Haiti quake; $27B museum; 'Conan' redux

Hang in there, guy – This video conjures up images from National Lampoon's "Christmas Vacation." CNN affiliate WPRI shows us one guy's Christmas display that would make even Clark Griswold tremble.


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Filed under: Abu Dhabi • Earthquake • Gotta Watch • Haiti • Holidays • Rhode Island • United Arab Emirates
Hotel denies it regrets bejeweled tree
December 21st, 2010
11:49 AM ET

Hotel denies it regrets bejeweled tree

The Abu Dhabi hotel that put up that glitzy Christmas tree adorned with $11 million in jewelry denies saying it regrets the ploy, according to The National.

Some commentators had criticized the Emirates Palace Hotel for the 40-foot tree's opulence, saying the money could have been better spent.

Hotel officials seemed to express regret about overdoing it, but now they say they were misunderstood. The ostentatious tree was merely a public relations stunt, nothing more, they say.

"With anything you do, you might get negative responses and negative publicity. That doesn't mean what we did is wrong," Hazem Harfoush, the hotel's assistant director of marketing, told The National.


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Filed under: Abu Dhabi • United Arab Emirates • World
October 23rd, 2010
05:39 PM ET

U.S. swimmer dies during event in United Arab Emirates

A 26-year-old member of the U.S. national swimming team died Saturday during an open-water race in the United Arab Emirates, according to event officials.

Fran Crippen died during the last leg of the 10-kilometer Marathon Swimming World Cup in Fujairah, the International Swimming Federation (FINA) said in a press release.

The cause of death is under investigation, FINA said. Swimming World magazine reported that Crippen fell unconscious during the event and was found by deep-sea divers two hours later near the race's final buoy.


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Filed under: Obituary • Pennsylvania • Sports • U.S. • United Arab Emirates • World
September 3rd, 2010
01:39 PM ET

Report: Cargo plane crashes near Dubai airport

iReporter John Hullachan captured this photo near the airport after the crash.

[Updated at 1:39 p.m.] The 747-400 with two crew members on board crashed about 8 p.m. (noon ET) as it took off for Cologne, Germany, the company said in a statement. No casualties were immediately confirmed.

"Safety is a key priority for UPS," said the company's airline and international operations manager, Bob Lekites.

"This incident is very unfortunate and we will do everything we can to find the cause," Lekites said in the statement. "Our thoughts go out to the crewmembers involved in the incident and their families."

"We will also release more information as it becomes available, in cooperation with government authorities. We will not speculate about the cause. Until then, we ask for your patience in this difficult time."

iReporter captures plane crash


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Filed under: Air travel • United Arab Emirates