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Report Finds Extreme Torture in Yemen Prisons

Americans involved in interrogations but deny abuses in AP investigation

(Newser) - Hundreds of men swept up in the hunt for al-Qaeda militants have disappeared into a secret network of prisons in southern Yemen where abuse is routine and torture extreme—including the "grill," in which the victim is tied to a spit like a roast and spun in a... More »

Mom Spends $25K on Son's Prom, Complete With Camel

Philly senior's mom also arranged for 3 tons of sand, luxury cars to lend Dubai feel to day

(Newser) - A Philly high school senior is describing his prom as "epic," which is probably still an understatement considering what his mom forked out for it. WTXF reports that Saudia Shuler had originally wanted to send son Johnny Eden Jr. to Dubai as a graduation gift, but serious health... More »

Couple Found Out They Were Pregnant. UAE Arrested Them

The problem is that Iryna Nohai, Emlyn Culverwell aren't married

(Newser) - On Jan. 29, a 27-year-old Ukrainian woman living in the United Arab Emirates went to the doctor after experiencing stomach cramps. What came next: a pregnancy diagnosis—and her arrest for unmarried sex, which is illegal in the UAE. Iryna Nohai and her South African partner, Emlyn Culverwell‚ 29, have... More »

Planned Skyscraper Will Morph Before Your Eyes

Dynamic Tower in Dubai would feature rotating apartments

(Newser) - An architect's bold vision or a crazy idea doomed to never get off the ground? Time will tell in Dubai. The city is known for its impressive architectural feats, but one structure in the works has the potential to be more awe-inspiring than the rest. Dynamic Architecture is designing... More »

City One Step Closer to Becoming The Jetsons

Passenger-carrying drones are coming to Dubai in July

(Newser) - Up, up, and away: Dubai hopes to have a passenger-carrying drone regularly buzzing through the skyline of this futuristic city-state in July. The Chinese-made EHang 184 can carry a passenger weighing up to 220 pounds and a small suitcase, reports the AP . After buckling into its race-car-style seat, the craft'... More »

The World's 10 Richest Countries

The US just makes the list

(Newser) - While some countries are rich in culture and history, others are actually rich. 24/7 Wall St. has compiled a list of the world's 25 wealthiest countries based on gross national income, which it says is a "more useful measure of national wealth" than gross domestic product. The site... More »

'Simple Man' Buys License Plate for $9M

In UAE, single-digit plates are all the rage—and so Balwinder Sahni had to have a couple

(Newser) - Simple man: a Lynyrd Skynyrd song or how Balwinder Sahni describes himself to CNNMoney ? Both, though based on what's being reported about the Indian property developer based in the UAE, it's hard to believe the latter. Sahni owns six Rolls-Royces, and two of his existing luxury cars... More »

PM Surprises Employees at Work, but They're Not There

9 senior officials in UAE have been forced to retire

(Newser) - Senior government officials in the United Arab Emirates chose a bad day to be late for work on Sunday. Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid paid a surprise visit to Dubai's municipality, land, and economic development departments starting at 7:30am Sunday—a regular working day in the UAE—... More »

Guy Survives Plane Crash, Wins $1M Days Later

'World's luckiest man' plans to help the less-fortunate

(Newser) - Last Wednesday, Mohammad Basheer Abdul Khadar was scrambling out of a plane that had crash-landed in the United Arab Emirates. Six days later, he was jumping for joy, $1 million richer. Days before the Emirates crash, which left 13 people injured, the 62-year-old Indian national living in Dubai had bought... More »

Emirates Airliner Crash-Lands in Dubai

All 300 onboard reported to be OK

(Newser) - An Emirates flight from India with 300 people on board crash-landed at Dubai's main airport Wednesday, sending black smoke billowing into the air and halting all traffic at the Middle East's busiest airport. There were no fatalities and all the passengers were safely evacuated before the plane was... More »

25-Year-Old Airman Found Dead in Her Room in UAE

Anais Tobar was deployed to help fight ISIS; cause of death hasn't been released

(Newser) - An Air Force lieutenant who was sent to the United Arab Emirates to help take on the Islamic State has died at the age of 25, the Miami Herald reports. The Air Force Times IDs her as 1st Lt. Anais A. Tobar, per a Department of Defense press release , which... More »

UAE Wants to Build a Mountain to Control the Weather

Experts say it would be a mountainous waste of money

(Newser) - Even with a major downturn in the oil business, the United Arab Emirates still has enough money to look at a few modest construction projects—including building a mountain in the desert. The Gulf nation, which is desperately short of rain, has paid $400,000 to the Colorado-based University Corporation... More »

Booze, Speed Tied to Crash That Killed Survivor of Boston Bombing

Just hours after a rider in the ill-fated Ferrari promised no speeding in Dubai

(Newser) - "Just landed into Dubai picked up the Ferrari! Don't worry I won't speed ;)" was Cody Nixon's final Instagram post , showing the Canadian boxer standing next to said yellow Ferrari just hours before the crash early Sunday that killed him and three others , including Boston Marathon... More »

Meet the UAE's First Happiness Minister

She'll use 'government policy to create social good and satisfaction'

(Newser) - They say happiness is a state of mind, but maybe it's also a sound basis for public policy. This week, the United Arab Emirates named Ohood Al Roumi as its first minister of state for happiness, Al Jazeera reports. As such, she "will align and drive government policy... More »

Warrants Issued for Uniformed Men Dancing 'Outrageously'

UAE is taking this pretty seriously

(Newser) - Two newly issued arrest warrants in the United Arab Emirates are making headlines given the unusual nature of the crime: some crazy dancing. More specifically, the two men were "making outrageous physical movements" while dressed in military uniform, reports the BBC . Sadly, the video posted by the duo does... More »

5 Men Freed From Gitmo After 13 Years

Population now down to 107

(Newser) - Five Guantanamo Bay inmates who had been held without charge for almost 14 years have been transferred to the United Arab Emirates, the Defense Department announced Sunday, marking the first time that the Gulf nation has accepted Guantanamo inmates from other countries. The men, who had been designated as enemy... More »

Saudis Find Huge Beer Shipment Disguised as Pepsi

48K cans of Heineken, to be exact

(Newser) - A ban on alcohol in Saudi Arabia recently drove a smuggler to try to cross into the Arab state from the UAE with 48,000 cans of Heineken beer—all disguised as Pepsi cans, Al Arabiya reports. "A truck carrying what first seemed to be normal cans of the... More »

UAE Raid Frees British Hostage From al-Qaeda

Douglas Robert Semple freed after 18 months in operation in Yemen

(Newser) - The United Arab Emirates said today that its military freed a British hostage held by al-Qaeda in Yemen who had been kidnapped 18 months ago while working as a petroleum engineer in the war-torn country. A statement carried by the UAE's official WAM news agency said Douglas Robert Semple,... 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 »

US Man Jailed in UAE for Facebook Rant About Work

Ryan Pate also accused of making anti-Arab slurs in post

(Newser) - Ryan Pate took a break in December from his contracting job in the United Arab Emirates. He headed home to Florida to visit with family, get engaged, and seek treatment for a bad back, per the AP . But irate Facebook posts the 30-year-old made about his UAE employer caused trouble... More »

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