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police: house fire kills 7 children in united arab emirates


dubai, united arab emirates (ap) — police in an eastern region of the united arab emirates say a house fire has killed seven children while they were sleeping at home.police in fujairah, one of the uae’s seven emirates, say the fire began early monday morning in the seaside village of dhadna.firefighters later extinguished the blaze. dhadna is about 115 kilometers, or 70 miles, northeast of dubai, along the gulf of oman.the police statement said the dead included four boys and three girls, their ages between 5 and 13. it says all suffocated in the smoke.most read storiessale! save over 90% on digital access.police say they are investigating what caused the blaze. they encourage citizens to install smoke detectors in their homes.






united arab emirates to establish human spaceflight program


the united arab emirates (uae) plans to establish its own astronaut corps in the next year, seeking to fly its citizens into space on other nations' vehicles starting in the early 2020s.






dubai police say they arrest hackers after white house staff


dubai, united arab emirates — state-owned media in the united arab emirates are reporting that dubai police have arrested a group of foreign hackers that targeted five white house officials in an email blackmail scheme.the arabic-language al bayan newspaper and the television channel dubai one reported the arrests on monday. dubai police did not answer repeated calls for comment.al bayan quoted saud al-khalidi of dubai police as saying an "african gang" broke into the emails of the five senior officials and "got highly confidential information." he said the u.s. asked dubai police for assistance.al-khalidi was quoted as saying investigators tracked down the gang to an apartment in the emirate of ajman and arrested three suspects.the u.s. embassy in abu dhabi did not respond to requests for






united arab emirates sees rare snowfall


5 february 2017 last updated at 17:42 gmt the united arab emirates is dealing with some weird weather.






united arab emirates wants to build a city on mars


the united arab emirates has the red planet in its sights, not only moving forward on a mars orbiter but also establishing the first inhabitable human settlement on the planet by 2117.






long-haul carrier emirates expands to 29 flydubai routes


dubai, united arab emirates — dubai's long-haul carrier emirates says it will now expand its network into 29 locations flown to by budget carrier flydubai as part of a codeshare deal.emirates said in a statement on monday that the codeshare agreement will see trips begin on oct. 29. flyers can book trips beginning tuesday.the two airlines operate independently, but are owned by the same entity, the investment corporation of dubai. that's a state-owned sovereign wealth fund of the sheikhdom in the united arab emirates.the new agreement comes as emirates' profits fell by more than 80 percent to $340 million in the last fiscal year due in part to a slump in demand and u.s. travel restrictions.






dubai police say 7 killed, 35 injured in bus crash


dubai, united arab emirates — dubai police say seven people have been killed and 35 injured when a bus crashed into a truck on one of the sheikhdom's main highways.police say the crash took place on tuesday morning on the sheikh mohammed bin zayed road after one of the bus' tires burst. investigators say the bus driver lost control and smashed into a truck.the crash trapped some of the injured inside of the bus. video posted online by dubai police showed rescuers cutting through the bus to reach those hurt.serious traffic crashes with multiple fatalities are rare in dubai, the commercial capital of the united arab emirates. however, drivers routinely speed and tailgate others on the country's multi-lane thoroughfares.






long-haul carrier emirates expands to 29 flydubai routes


dubai, united arab emirates (ap) — dubai’s long-haul carrier emirates says it will now expand its network into 29 locations flown to by budget carrier flydubai as part of a codeshare deal.emirates said in a statement on monday that the codeshare agreement will see trips begin on oct. 29. flyers can book trips beginning tuesday.the two airlines operate independently, but are owned by the same entity, the investment corporation of dubai. that’s a state-owned sovereign wealth fund of the sheikhdom in the united arab emirates.the new agreement comes as emirates’ profits fell by more than 80 percent to $340 million in the last fiscal year due in part to a slump in demand and u.s. travel restrictions.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.






egypt politician claims uae blocks his travel; emiratis deny


cairo — a well-known egyptian politician living in the united arab emirates who has declared himself a candidate in the 2018 presidential elections says his host country is blocking his departure.the uae is denying the allegation and says ahmed shafiq is free to travel. the qatar-based satellite network al-jazeera broadcast a video with shafiq saying that emirati officials prevented him from leaving to return to egypt in the coming days, just hours after he announced his candidacy on wednesday night.shafiq says: "i was surprised to be prevented from leaving the united arab emirates for reasons i do not understand."however, uae foreign minister anwar gargash tweeted in response that the "united arab emirates confirms there is no obstacle," to shafiq's leaving.






sherriff: texas house fire kills 6, including 5 children


silsbee, texas — authorities say a house fire in eastern texas has killed a woman and five children.hardin county sheriff mark davis tells television station kfdm the fire was reported around 12:15 a.m. wednesday north of silsbee. he says the home was fully engulfed when they arrived and was destroyed by the fire.no other details were immediately available. the cause of the fire is under investigation.






uae ruling family member: qatar now questioning its leaders


sharjah, united arab emirates — an outspoken emirati ruling family member has raised the prospect of a change in leadership in qatar, which is embroiled in a major diplomatic crisis with its gulf neighbors.sultan sooud al qassemi says qatar's citizens are "questioning if this is going to end up in seeing a change in leadership itself."al qassemi, of the ruling family of the sheikhdom of sharjah in the united arab emirates, told the associated press on wednesday that he hopes qatar ends its "rogue, maverick" ways.he says qatar will need to close or limit its al-jazeera news network and stop funding extremists groups to end the crisis.bahrain, egypt, saudi arabia and the united arab emirates cut diplomatic ties with qatar on monday.






dubai developer emaar to collect $332m for high-rise fire


dubai, united arab emirates — the developer of the world's tallest building says it will collect $332.4 million from its insurer to cover damage sustained during a dramatic new year's eve fire at one of its dubai els.emaar properties said in a filing to the dubai financial market that it has agreed with orient insurance to recover the 1.22 billion dirham claim related to the dec. 31, 2015 blaze.dubai police have blamed faulty wiring for sparking the fire at the 63-story tower at the address downtown. the el sits near the mammoth dubai mall and the burj khalifa, the world's tallest tower.outside experts say the type of cladding used on the el's exterior and that of many other buildings in the emirates likely helped fuel the fire.






qatar crisis raises questions about defining terrorism


dubai, united arab emirates — a diplomatic standoff between qatar and other arab nations that accuse it of sponsoring terrorism has turned a spotlight on an opaque network of charities and prominent figures freely operating in the tiny gulf country.but it also raises questions about who is considered a "terrorist" in the middle east.saudi arabia, the united arab emirates, egypt and bahrain have released a list of two dozen groups and nearly 60 individuals that they allege have been involved in financing terrorism and are linked to qatar.qatar insists it condemns terrorism and that it does not support extremist groups.the crisis began last month when the four arab countries cut ties to qatar.






united arab emirates leader returns from private trip abroad


dubai, united arab emirates — the leader of the united arab emirates has returned from a trip abroad.the state-run wam news agency reports that sheikh khalifa bin zayed al nahyan returned wednesday after a two-week private trip. it did not elaborate.sheikh khalifa was born in 1948 and became president after his father, sheikh zayed bin sultan al nahyan, died in 2004. he is also the ruler of abu dhabi, the oil-rich capital of the seven uae sheikhdoms.sheikh khalifa suffered a stroke on jan. 24, 2014, and underwent emergency surgery. he has rarely been seen in public since.the sheikh went abroad for several months last year and made a weeklong trip abroad in january.the uae is a strong western ally and hosts american troops fighting the islamic state group.






ap interview: emirates defends security as laptop ban looms


dubai, united arab emirates — the president of emirates, the middle east's biggest airline, defended security measures at its dubai hub on wednesday and said that the ban on electronics other than mobile phones in the cabins of u.s.-bound flights came as a surprise.tim clark told the associated press that he only learned of the new u.s. regulations the previous day, saying the carrier "had no prior knowledge whatsoever."emirates is now scrambling to ensure it's in compliance by a saturday morning deadline.dubai was one of 10 cities in muslim-majority countries affected by the new rule, which will force passengers to forego their tablets, laptops and other gadgets on flights that can last up to two-thirds of a day.a few hours after u.s. officials announced the decision, britain followed sui






the united arab emirates wants to build a city on mars


look out, elon musk popular science a vision of a metropolis on mars, from the march 1953 issue of popular science. a little more than 40 years ago, dubai was a tiny pearl-fishing village lined with dirt roads. now it’s the largest and most futuristic city in the world, the jewel of the united arab emirates…






bahrain protesters, police clash as island marks uprising


dubai, united arab emirates — anti-government protesters have clashed with police in bahrain as they marked the sixth anniversary of the tiny island kingdom's arab spring uprising.images posted on social media tuesday showed masked protesters hurling rocks and other projectiles at riot police, who responded with tear gas. protesters elsewhere were seen marching peacefully through rain-soaked streets carrying the national flag.large-scale protests led by bahrain's shiite majority erupted on feb. 14, 2011, demanding political reforms from the country's sunni monarchy. hundreds of thousands took to the streets then, with many occupying a prominent roundabout known as pearl square.authorities backed by forces from saudi arabia and the united arab emirates eventually suppressed the protests. th






dubai police say they arrest hackers after white house staff


dubai, united arab emirates (ap) — dubai police have arrested foreign hackers who targeted five senior white house officials in a blackmail email scam, state-owned media reported on monday.the arabic-language al bayan newspaper and the television channel dubai one reported the arrests, while dubai police did not answer repeated calls for comment. the arrests come as the united arab emirates, which hosts some 4,000 u.s. troops fighting the islamic state group, remains a crucial regional ally.al bayan quoted maj. saud al-khalidi of dubai police as saying an “african gang” broke into the emails of the five senior officials and “got highly confidential information.” he said the u.s. asked dubai police for assistance.al-khalidi was quoted as saying that investigators tracked down the gang to an






eco donors give scripps $100,000 to check health of palau's beloved coral reefs


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eco donors give scripps $100,000 to check health of palau's beloved coral reefs


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the latest: un's guterres concerned about qatar crisis


dubai, united arab emirates — the latest on the crisis between gulf arab states and qatar (all times local):10:30 p.m.u.n. secretary-general antonio guterres says he is following the situation with qatar "with deep concern" and hopes the countries involved resolve the situation through dialogue.u.n. spokeswoman eri kaneko said friday that the united nations is ready to assist in mediating if requested.she said, "any resolution or basis for discussion should be consistent with international law including human rights and international humanitarian law as well as the u.n. charter as all countries concerned are u.n. member states."___9 p.m.the emirati ambassador to the united states says that qatar will remain cut off from its neighbors if it refuses to consent to their list of demands.ambass






sherriff: texas house fire kills 6, including 5 children


silsbee, texas (ap) — authorities say a house fire in eastern texas has killed a woman and five children.hardin county sheriff mark davis tells television station kfdm the fire was reported around 12:15 a.m. wednesday north of silsbee. he says the home was fully engulfed when they arrived and was destroyed by the fire.no other details were immediately available. the cause of the fire is under investigation.___most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.information from: kfdm-tv, http://www.kfdm.com






the arab airlines using trump's bans for marketing |


arab airlines are using witty marketing and satire to respond to the recent us and uk ban on carry-on electronic goods on inbound flights from arab countries.the decision, introduced on tuesday, bars passengers on flights originating in eight arab countries from carrying any electronic device larger than a mobile phone.senior us officials told reporters that nine airlines from countries in the arab world had been given 96 hours to institute the ban. the uk announced a similar ban shortly after.laptops, e-readers, cameras, tablets, printers, electronic games and portable dvd players are affected by the ban - which applies to direct flights to the united states - but they may still be stowed in the hold in checked baggage.the indefinite us ban targets 10 airports and nine airlines, including






the arab airlines using trump's bans for marketing |


arab airlines are using witty marketing and satire to respond to the recent us and uk ban on carry-on electronic goods on inbound flights from arab countries.the decision, introduced on tuesday, bars passengers on flights originating in eight arab countries from carrying any electronic device larger than a mobile phone.senior us officials told reporters that nine airlines from countries in the arab world had been given 96 hours to institute the ban. the uk announced a similar ban shortly after.laptops, e-readers, cameras, tablets, printers, electronic games and portable dvd players are affected by the ban - which applies to direct flights to the united states - but they may still be stowed in the hold in checked baggage.the indefinite us ban targets 10 airports and nine airlines, including






qatar stock exchange drops as arab deadline nears


dubai, united arab emirates — qatar's stock exchange has dropped following an extended holiday closure as the tiny gulf nation faces a deadline to accept demands from four arab countries.the benchmark qe index lost more than 3 percent sunday before recovering some of its losses later in the trading session to close down 2.3 percent at 8,822.15.the market was last open before the eid al-fitr holiday on june 22. that was the day that saudi arabia, the united arab emirates, egypt and bahrain issued qatar a 13-point list of demands and gave it 10 days to comply.the ultimatum expires sunday, though the countries involved have not provided a precise time or detailed what immediate penalties, if any, qatar will face.






scores of tiny earthquakes making mammoth lakes area twitch


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expulsion of qataris from gulf states comes into effect


dubai, united arab emirates — the deadline for qataris to leave neighboring gulf arab states has come into effect as the diplomatic standoff persists despite multiple mediation efforts.saudi arabia, the united arab emirates and bahrain cut ties with qatar on june 5 and announced that qatari residents would have 14 days to leave. the deadline was monday.officials later clarified there would be exceptions for mixed-nationality families in the gulf.still, the united nations human rights chief and rights groups such as amnesty international have criticized the expulsion of qataris, saying there are people who risk losing their jobs and students who cannot sit for exams.gulf arab states, outraged by qatar's support of islamists, accuse it of backing terror groups. qatar says the allegations are






uae imprisons transgender singaporean, friend for their look


dubai, united arab emirates (ap) — friends and family say a transgender singaporean and her friend have been sentenced to a year in prison in the capital of the united arab emirates for dressing in a feminine way.nur qistina fitriah ibrahim, a transgender woman who has not undergone a sex-change operation, and her friend, freelance fashion photographer muhammad fadli bin abdul rahman, were arrested in abu dhabi on aug. 9.friends and an advocacy group called detained in dubai say police stopped the two at abu dhabi’s yas mall as they tried to eat at a food court.abu dhabi police did not immediately respond to a request for comment.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the two’s arrest and quick sentencing show the danger that the lgbt community can face in the mideast na






nassco awarded $105m to upgrade amphibious assault ship makin island


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qatar stock exchange drops as arab deadline nears


dubai, united arab emirates (ap) — qatar’s stock exchange has dropped following an extended holiday closure as the tiny gulf nation faces a deadline to accept demands from four arab countries.the benchmark qe index lost more than 3 percent sunday before recovering some of its losses later in the trading session to close down 2.3 percent at 8,822.15.the market was last open before the eid al-fitr holiday on june 22. that was the day that saudi arabia, the united arab emirates, egypt and bahrain issued qatar a 13-point list of demands and gave it 10 days to comply.the ultimatum expires sunday, though the countries involved have not provided a precise time or detailed what immediate penalties, if any, qatar will face.most read storiessave over 90% on select subscriptions.






united arab emirates says it has formed new a military and economic partnership


share storyby the associated pressthe associated presskuwait city (ap) — united arab emirates says it has formed new a military and economic partnership with saudi arabia separate from the gcc.the associated press






bae expects to lay off 300 shipyard workers in san diego


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5.8 earthquake hits near helena, montana


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sheriff: fire kills texas woman and her 5 children


silsbee, texas — authorities say a woman and her five children were killed in a fire that destroyed their texas home.hardin county sheriff mark davis says the fire was reported at around 12:15 a.m. wednesday near silsbee, which is about 80 miles northeast of houston.he says the family's home, which he described as an apartment, was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. he told kfdm-tv that the home is right behind the children's grandparents' house, which didn't burn.he says the bodies were found after the blaze was extinguished, and described the scene as "horrific."the children ranged in age from 3 to 11 years old.no other details were immediately available. the cause of the fire is under investigation.






ap explains: qatar’s ties with iran and islamist groups


dubai, united arab emirates (ap) — the political crisis engulfing qatar stems from accusations by its arab neighbors that it supports terrorism. qatar denies the allegations, but its ties with iran and embrace of various islamist groups have brought intense scrutiny, made it a regional outlier and created enough smoke to spark a fire.last week, saudi arabia, egypt, the united arab emirates and bahrain severed ties with qatar amid a slew of punitive measures. on friday, the four arab states upped the pressure by naming 59 people and several charities linked to qatar on a terrorist list.qatar says the moves are politically motivated: “we do not, have not and will not support terrorist groups,” the foreign ministry said.it can be a matter of perception. governments across the region routinely






saudi arabia counting down the seconds until trump arrives


dubai, united arab emirates — saudi arabia is literally counting down the days, hours, minutes and seconds until donald trump lands in the kingdom for his first overseas trip as u.s. president this weekend.the kingdom has launched a website in four languages with a countdown clock and details about the visit, which is packed with meetings .after meeting king salman on saturday, trump is scheduled to take part sunday in a pan-arab and islamic summit with leaders from across the middle east, africa and asia.he is also scheduled to hold a separate joint session with the arab rulers of saudi arabia, the united arab emirates, qatar, kuwait, oman and bahrain.coinciding with the visit is a business forum saturday in riyadh with ceos from companies like ge and dow chemical.__online: https://www.ri






ap explains: qatar's ties with iran and islamist groups


dubai, united arab emirates — the political crisis engulfing qatar stems from accusations by its arab neighbors that it supports terrorism. qatar denies the allegations, but its ties with iran and embrace of various islamist groups have brought intense scrutiny, made it a regional outlier and created enough smoke to spark a fire.last week, saudi arabia, egypt, the united arab emirates and bahrain severed ties with qatar amid a slew of punitive measures. on friday, the four arab states upped the pressure by naming 59 people and several charities linked to qatar on a terrorist list.qatar says the moves are politically motivated: "we do not, have not and will not support terrorist groups," the foreign ministry said.it can be a matter of perception. governments across the region routinely cite






facebook atwitter over friendly fox sightings in southern minnesota


a friendly pet fox named notchi has gone missing from his lakeville home and is gallivanting across southern minnesota, despite multiple run-ins with humans, a social media paign and a $1,000 reward for his return.notchi, a tame, 8-month-old red fox, was rescued from a fur farm as a kit by mikayla raines, 21, who has a usda license to keep foxes. notchi has distinctive silver and white markings because foxes used for fur often are bred over generations for unique colors.foxes generally make poor pets, raines said, because they mark their territory and chew things up.“there’s just a special bond that i have with foxes that i can’t explain,” raines said. “you have to work hard to bond with a fox, but i like the challenge.”more than 50 people have spotted notchi traipsing from lonsdale to was