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Dubai Leader Loses Custody Battle Over 'Exorbitant' Abuse

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum isn't allowed direct contact with kids, either, per UK judge

(Newser) - First Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum was ordered to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to his ex, in what was said to be the largest divorce settlement the UK has ever seen. Now, another victory for Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, the half sister of King Abdullah II...

'Free Latifa' Campaign Says It Is Disbanding
Dubai Princess Surfaces
to Reassure UN

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Dubai Princess Surfaces to Reassure UN

Latifa tells human rights commissioner all is well

(Newser) - Update: A Dubai princess, who was the subject of concern for her safety last year, has met with a United Nations official to assure her she's fine. The UN's human rights agency tweeted a photo Friday showing Princess Latifa, whose father is Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, in...

Crypto Entrepreneur Says He Bought Space Diamond

He says Enigma gem will be renamed HEX.com

(Newser) - Update. A rare black diamond believed to have come from space has been sold for $4.3 million—some $2.5 million less than Sotheby's expected. The auction house says the 555.55 carat "Enigma" diamond, which it calls " one of the rarest, billion-year-old cosmic wonders known...

Divorce Settlement Is Largest UK Courts Have Ever Seen

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai, must pay Princess Haya, kids $737M

(Newser) - The ruler of Dubai has just been told to pony up some big bucks to his ex, in what Bloomberg reports is "the largest financial award the UK family courts have ever seen." In total, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who's also the prime minister of...

With Chess Booming, Carlsen Faces Challenger
Carlsen
Defends
Title in
New Era

Carlsen Defends Title in New Era

With chess booming, champion says he's more worried about another rising star

(Newser) - Magnus Carlsen is accustomed to defending his world chess title—he's been the champion since 2013—but the atmosphere is a little different this time. Chess is at the top of its game, after booming during the pandemic shutdown, and more people are paying attention to it, Axios reports....

World's Tallest Tower, Meet World's Tallest Ferris Wheel

You can see the Burj Khalifa from UAE's new 820-foot-tall Ain Dubai, or 'Dubai Eye'

(Newser) - If you're in Dubai anytime soon, have at least 40 minutes to spare, and don't have a terrible fear of heights, there's at least one attraction there that might pique your interest. The Ain Dubai ("Dubai Eye"), the world's tallest Ferris wheel, is now...

Princess Haya's Phone Hacked by Dubai's Ruler

So finds the UK's high court

(Newser) - Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, had the phones of his ex-wife, Princess Haya bint al-Hussein, and her lawyers hacked, the UK's high court ruled Wednesday. Haya, the daughter of Jordan's late King Hussein, fled Dubai for Britain in 2019 with the sheikh's two children,...

Woman Claims She Was Held in Chinese 'Black Site' in Dubai

China, Dubai dispute her allegations

(Newser) - A young Chinese woman says she was held for eight days at a Chinese-run secret detention facility in Dubai along with at least two Uighurs, in what may be the first evidence that China is operating a so-called "black site" beyond its borders. The woman, 26-year-old Wu Huan, was...

Dubai Tires of Waiting for Rainfall
Dubai Tires
of Waiting
for Rainfall

Dubai Tires of Waiting for Rainfall

Project brings downpours in UAE by hitting clouds with electrical charges

(Newser) - The recent downpours in the United Arab Emirates seemed a little unreal; the country only receives about 4 inches of rain per year. It turns out they weren't quite natural: Scientists have hit clouds with electronic charges to force rainfall during a heat wave that's often pushed temperatures...

Huge Blast Shakes Dubai
Huge Blast Shakes Dubai

Huge Blast Shakes Dubai

Officials say it was caused by fire on container ship

(Newser) - A massive blast on a container ship in Dubai Wednesday night was felt across the city and sent a huge fireball into the sky. CNN personnel in the emirate say the explosion was felt more than 10 miles from the Jebel Ali Port , which is the biggest in the region...

Missing Dubai Princess in Odd Instagram Post

Former member of the Royal Navy claims to be traveling with Princess Latifa

(Newser) - A Dubai princess who has been the subject of concern from a United Nations panel after being seized trying to flee the sheikhdom in 2018 appeared in a social media post early Monday that described her as being in Spain on a “European holiday.” An Instagram image published...

Screams Rise From Rome's Streets as Crows Attack

Pedestrians carry umbrellas or sticks, or stay inside

(Newser) - Strolling through the streets of Rome takes on an added element of danger every spring, when carrion crows guarding their chicks swoop down to attack passing humans, regarding them as a danger. Humans return the sentiment. The crows "are everywhere," one woman said after being attacked by a...

Derby Won't Bar Sheikh Over His Daughter's Disappearance

Dubai's ruler is accused of kidnapping his daughter after she tried to flee

(Newser) - No action will be taken against the owner of the favorite in Saturday's Kentucky Derby, despite a complaint filed against him concerning his daughter's disappearance . Human rights lawyers and students from the University of Louisville had asked the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to suspend Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid...

UN Says Proof Princess Is Alive Is 'Urgently Required'

Human rights experts call for 'immediate release' of Dubai's Princess Latifa

(Newser) - United Nations human rights experts say they have repeatedly asked Dubai for proof that Princess Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum, the ruler's daughter, is alive—and they have received only a statement that she is being "cared for at home." In a statement issued Tuesday, the UN...

UN Wants 'Proof of Life' for Missing Princess

Concern grows for Princess Latifa

(Newser) - The UN said Friday it is concerned that it has not received proof of life for Princess Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum, the missing daughter of the ruler of Dubai who has not been heard from in six months, friends tell the Guardian . Secret recordings she made were released in...

Dubai to Deport 11 Women After Naked Photo Shoot

They posed on a high-rise balcony

(Newser) - Those involved in a naked photo shoot on a high-rise balcony in Dubai will be deported, authorities said Tuesday after the footage went viral and prompted a crackdown in the Gulf Arab sheikhdom. Dubai authorities detained at least 11 Ukrainian women who posed naked in broad daylight along with a...

Update on Missing Dubai Princesses Has Cops Involved

Before she went silent, 'hostage' Princess Latifa urged help for her sister, Princess Shamsa

(Newser) - Princess Shamsa, a daughter of Dubai's ruler, was 18 when she fled from her father's estate in Surrey, England, in 2000. She was nabbed on a street in Cambridge two months later and hasn't been seen in public since, though Cambridgeshire police are now looking into the...

UN Will Look Into Case of 'Hostage' Princess

Latifa, daughter of Dubai's ruler, says she has been a captive for years

(Newser) - The United Nations has said it will question the United Arab Emirates over Princess Latifa following the release of secretly recorded videos in which the daughter of Dubai's ruler says she has been a "hostage" in a heavily guarded villa for three years. "We will certainly raise...

Secret Videos From 'Hostage' Princess Emerge

'I’m not free,' Dubai's Princess Latifa says

(Newser) - Three years after she was seized by commandos in international waters while trying to flee Dubai by boat, one of the daughters of the emirate's ruler says she is being held captive in a villa surrounded by police. "I'm a hostage. I’m not free. I am...

'Jetman' Who Flew Alongside Airbus Dies in Accident

It's not yet clear what happened to Vincent Reffet, 36

(Newser) - One of Dubai's “jetmen," whose flights over the world's tallest building and alongside a jumbo jet with engines strapped to his back wowed watchers online, died Tuesday while training in the deserts of this Arabian sheikhdom, his organization said. Vincent Reffet, 36, of Annecy, France, was...

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