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Solar Flight Just Made History

Solar Impulse 2 lands in Abu Dhabi, completing an around-the-world flight

(Newser) - The world's first around-the-world flight to be powered solely by the sun's energy made history Tuesday as it landed in Abu Dhabi, where it first took off on an epic 25,000-mile journey that began more than a year ago, reports the AP . Since its March 2015 takeoff,... More »

Abu Dhabi Jails Woman for Facebook Picture of Car

Jodi Magi has 'zero idea' why she's in trouble for post about parking

(Newser) - They could have just washed her mouth out with soap, but instead Abu Dhabi officials threw Australian Jodi Magi in jail for posting a picture of a parked car online, Australia's ABC News reports. It started in February when Magi, annoyed at a driver who took up two handicap-parking... More »

UAE Executes Killer of American Teacher

By firing squad

(Newser) - Authorities in the United Arab Emirates say they have executed a woman with links to Islamic extremists who was convicted of murdering an American teacher with a butcher knife in an upscale Abu Dhabi mall. Authorities say Alaa Bader Abdullah al-Hashemi, a 30-year-old mother of six, was put to death... More »

Nightmare Flight: Fliers Stuck on Plane for 28 Hours

12 of those hours spent on the tarmac in Abu Dhabi

(Newser) - Passengers flying from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates landed Saturday evening in San Francisco—but only after a grueling 28 hours on the plane, only 16 of which were spent in flight. They sat on the Abu Dhabi tarmac stranded by dense fog, unable to deplane, for 12... More »

Selena Gomez Bares Ankle in Mosque, Sparks Outrage

People angered at show of disrespect

(Newser) - Selena Gomez stirred up a controversy in Abu Dhabi by posting an Instagram shot of herself flashing her right ankle during a visit to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque there earlier this week. In addition to the ankle-baring photo, Gomez posted a photo to Instagram of herself and friends including... More »

UAE Released Murder Video— to Tune of Batman

Seriously

(Newser) - If you thought police departments were done issuing crazy/hamfisted/jaw-dropping missives just today, you thought wrong. Abu Dhabi's police arrested a woman in the stabbing murder of an American schoolteacher, and they released video of surveillance footage, the crime scene, and the suspect's arrest—and, as the Telegraph notes,... More »

American Mom Stabbed to Death in Abu Dhabi Mall

She was attacked in public bathroom

(Newser) - Police in Abu Dhabi are searching for a suspect who killed an American woman in an upscale mall, but they don't have much to go on: The black-clad person captured on security footage had his or her face covered with a niqab. Police say the 37-year-old woman, a kindergarten... More »

American Jailed Over Goofy Video to Be Freed: Report

Shezanne Cassim will be deported from UAE

(Newser) - The United Arab Emirates plans to release jailed American consultant (and amateur sketch comic) Shezanne Cassim this week. Cassim has already been moved from a federal prison to a desert deportation center near Abu Dhabi, the Guardian reports. A family spokesperson tells CNN that he should head back to the... More »

Nokia Introduces New Windows Tablet, Phablet

Phone offers 6-inch, 1080p display

(Newser) - With Apple preparing for its (possibly iPad-themed) event in San Francisco today, Nokia is making some noise of its own over in Abu Dhabi. The device maker has added several new gadgets to its lineup, including a Windows tablet and a big-screen phone, or phablet. The new Lumia 1520 phone... More »

Mosque Boots Too-Racy Rihanna

Singer asked to leave Abu Dhabi's Grand Mosque

(Newser) - Rihanna wore a headscarf and black jumpsuit for a weekend photo shoot in Abu Dhabi but her presence was still considered inappropriate for the location—the world's eighth-biggest mosque. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre says she was asked to leave after she arrived at "a gate that... More »

As Universities Go Global, Free Thought Goes Missing

Jackson Diehl: Campuses in 'unfree' countries hurt student, faculty rights

(Newser) - With Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng accusing NYU of yielding to Beijing , intellectual freedom at US universities is in the spotlight, and Jackson Diehl is concerned. Schools like Yale and NYU are focused on expanding their reach, opening campuses across the globe—including in "unfree countries," he writes in... More »

To Thwart Iran, US Plans to Sell Bombs to UAE

Bunker busters would be ideal for, say, taking out a nuclear facility

(Newser) - With the world growing nervous about Iran’s allegedly accelerating nuclear weapons program, the US is drawing up plans to sell thousands of “bunker-buster” bombs to the United Arab Emirates, sources tell the Wall Street Journal . Abu Dhabi’s ruling family, the al Nahyans, is seen as one of... More »

Mideast Markets Dive on US Downgrade

S&P credit rating reverberates overseas, as well

(Newser) - Stocks tumbled across the Middle East today as most regional markets reopened following the historic downgrade of the United States' credit rating. The region's markets mostly operate Sunday to Thursday, meaning they were the first to react to Standard & Poor's decision late Friday to cut the US... More »

Sheikh Scrawls 2-Mile-Long Name In Sand

And it's so large, you can see it from space

(Newser) - When it comes to flaunting your wealth, nobody does it like Hamad bin Hamdan al-Ahyan. The so-called “Rainbow Sheikh” of the United Arab Emirates is known for outlandish purchases like the world’s largest truck (which has four bedrooms in its cabin) or his earth-shaped motor home (which is... More »

Clinton: 'We Have Extremists in My Country'

Hillary makes reference to Jared Lee Loughner on UAE talk show

(Newser) - No euphemisms for Hillary Clinton. While speaking on a United Arab Emirates talk show today, the secretary of state compared the Tucson shooter to a ideologically driven terrorist, the Los Angeles Times reports. “Look, we have extremists in my country,” she said. “A wonderful, incredibly brave young... More »

$11M Christmas Tree Was a Bit Over the Top: Abu Dhabi

UAE hotel apologizes for 'attempts to overload tradition'

(Newser) - Your Christmas tree might be looking a little wan this year, but the party keeps going over in Abu Dhabi in the form of an $11 million Christmas tree. But even the posh hotel that put up the monstrosity now says it might have been a bit overkill: The Emirates... More »

Knife-Carrying Jonas Brother Stopped at Airport

Joe Jonas tries to board Abu Dhabi plane with slicing set in bag

(Newser) - Teen crush Joe Jonas might find himself getting pulled aside next time he tries to fly: the Jonas brother was stopped this week as he tried to bring a set of knives onto a flight from the Middle East to New York. He made it through one checkpoint before security... More »

Blackwater Founder Moves to Abu Dhabi

Erik Prince no doubt hoping to leave bad press behind

(Newser) - The rumors were true: Blackwater founder Erik Prince has up and moved to Abu Dhabi, according to court documents. Sources say the former Navy Seal hopes to provide security services to African and Middle Eastern governments—and escape the bad press and legal scrutiny he's faced here. “He needs... More »

Pisa No Longer World's Furthest Leaning Tower

Honor now goes to Abu Dhabi's Capital Gate Building

(Newser) - The Leaning Tower of Pisa is about to lose a little of its street cred—it's no longer the world's further leaning tower. The Guinness World Record now goes to Abu Dhabi's Capital Gate building, which leans 18 degrees—a slant nearly five times greater than Pisa's, reports the Huffington... More »

Woman Reports Gang Rape, Hit With Illegal Sex Charge

The 18-year-old Emirati's crime: sex out of wedlock

(Newser) - An Emirati woman who reported that six men raped her in the backseat of a car is facing charges right alongside her alleged assailants—for having sex out of wedlock. And because she was willingly in the car, which was driven by a friend, the charges also state that the... More »

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