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Trump Gets a 2nd Nobel Peace Prize Nod

President nominated for Nobel by Norwegian Parliament member Christian Tybring-Gjedde

(Newser) - President Trump has a big fan in Norway, and now the possibility of a Nobel Peace Prize, thanks to his somewhat-newfound friend. Fox News reports that Norwegian Parliament member Christian Tybring-Gjedde has nominated Trump for the honor based on his role in establishing relations between Israel and the United Arab...

One Mideast Flight, 2 Historic Firsts

First Israel-UAE flight lands with Kushner aboard; Saudi blessing cut time in half

(Newser) - An Israeli El Al plane flew from Israel to the United Arab Emirates on Monday, carrying a high-ranking American and Israeli delegation to Abu Dhabi in the first-ever direct commercial passenger flight between the two countries. The flight marked the implementation of the historic US-brokered deal to normalize relations between...

Arab World's First Nuke Plant Connects to Power Grid

UAE plant went live 2 week ago

(Newser) - A nuclear power plant in the oil-rich United Arab Emirates has been connected to the country's power grid, authorities said Wednesday. The Barakah nuclear power plant in the Emirates’ far western desert near the border with Saudi Arabia began sending out electricity, according to the state-run WAM news agency....

Guessing Game Over on Missing King's Whereabouts

Spain confirms former monarch Juan Carlos is now in United Arab Emirates

(Newser) - Spain's former king set off a global guessing game earlier this month when he left the country amid financial controversy. Nobody seemed to know where Juan Carlos I went. Now, Spain's royal household has confirmed rumors that the 82-year-old former monarch has holed up in the United Arab...

This Mideast Deal Is an 'Earthquake'

Thomas Friedman, a usual Trump critic, is a fan

(Newser) - President Trump's surprise announcement Thursday of a Mideast deal involving Israel and the United Arab Emirates is, to say the least, a "big deal," writes Ben Sales in the Jerusalem Post . In a New York Times op-ed, Thomas Friedman goes so far as to call it a...

What Everybody Gets in Landmark Mideast Deal

It's seen as a win for Trump, Israel, and UAE, and kind of a win-loss for Palestinians

(Newser) - President Trump said Thursday that the United Arab Emirates and Israel have agreed to establish full diplomatic ties—part of a deal to halt the annexation of occupied land sought by the Palestinians for their future state, per the AP . The announcement makes the UAE the first Gulf Arab state...

The Arab World Has a New First

It's called Amal, or Hope, and it's going to Mars

(Newser) - A United Arab Emirates spacecraft began its journey to Mars with a blastoff in Japan on Monday in what is the Arab world's first interplanetary mission, the AP reports. The launch of the spacecraft named Amal, or Hope, marks the start of the seven-month journey to the red planet....

Court: Dubai Ruler Kidnapped Daughters, Held Them Captive

British court confirms damning allegations

(Newser) - Dubai's ruler probably engaged in behavior "contrary to the criminal law of England and Wales, international law, international maritime law, and internationally accepted human rights norms," according to a family court in Britain. After months of private hearings in a child custody dispute, the court decided that...

An Alleged Crime Boss Found Hiding in Mansion

Ridouan Taghi, caught in Dubai, was the Netherlands' most wanted fugitive

(Newser) - He was called the Netherlands' most dangerous man, not to mention its most wanted fugitive. But Ridouan Taghi is now in custody, having been caught living in a mansion in Dubai under an alias, reports the New York Times . Taghi is accused of running a Dutch crime organization known as...

US Sending Troops to Saudi Arabia, UAE

No military strike against Iran yet, though

(Newser) - The Pentagon on Friday announced it will deploy additional US troops and missile defense equipment to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as President Trump has at least for now put off any immediate military strike on Iran in response to the attack on the Saudi oil industry. Defense...

Sheikh Wrote Angry Poem About His Wife. Now, a Protective Order

Princess Haya, currently in London after fleeing UAE, applies for forced-marriage protection decree

(Newser) - In a hush-hush hearing Tuesday in which international media weren't allowed in, the sixth and "junior" wife of the ruler of Dubai who reportedly fled the United Arab Emirates with her two young children in fear for her life has applied for a forced-marriage protection order. The PA...

Report: Dubai Ruler's Wife Flees Country, Seeks Divorce

Sources say Princess Haya fears for her life

(Newser) - The most high-profile of the ruler of Dubai's six wives has fled the emirate for Britain—and sources tell the BBC that she fears she may be forced back or even killed. Princess Haya bint al-Hussein, daughter of King Hussein of Jordan, fled to London months ago with her...

Comatose Woman Wakes, Learns It's the 21st Century

Munira Abdulla had been unresponsive since 1991

(Newser) - Until June 2018, Munira Abdulla had last been conscious when mobile phones were just starting to be widely sold . Had they then been readily available, someone might have been able to call for help. Instead, Abdulla waited for hours for help to arrive after the car she was in collided...

He Gives Most of His Income to His Students. He Just Won $1M

Kenya's Peter Tabichi just won 'world's best teacher' from Varkey Foundation

(Newser) - Peter Tabichi is a science and math teacher in one of the poorest schools in Kenya, and he gives away the majority of his paycheck to help his community and students at the Keriko secondary school in Pwami. The 36-year-old Franciscan friar just got those funds back, and then some:...

180K Attend Historic Abu Dhabi Mass

Pope wraps up visit to Arabian Peninsula

(Newser) - Pope Francis ministered on Tuesday to the thriving Catholic community in the United Arab Emirates as he concluded his historic visit to the Arabian Peninsula with the first-ever papal Mass here and a call for his flock to remain meek in following God. A day after making a broad appeal...

The Pope Goes on a Historic Journey

Pope Francis arrives in Abu Dhabi

(Newser) - Pope Francis landed Sunday in Abu Dhabi on the first-ever papal trip to the Arabian Peninsula, where he is seeking to turn a page in Christian-Muslim relations while also ministering to a unique, thriving Catholic community, the AP reports. Francis earlier Sunday called for the urgent observation of a limited...

Caddie's Mistake Costs Golfer Nearly $100K

Mike Burrow stood in the wrong place, apparently, near golfer Haotong Li—but there's controversy

(Newser) - Haotong Li was in a tie for third place heading into the 18th hole at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in the UAE on Sunday. Then the Chinese pro golfer's caddie stood in the wrong place, at the wrong time. USA Today notes Mike Burrow apparently broke a new...

Ex-Irish Prez Reciting 'Dubai's Script' About 'Missing' Princess

She said Latifa is a 'troubled young woman;' critics say she's parroting the official line

(Newser) - Former United Nations rights chief Mary Robinson has been accused of parroting the official line from Dubai in the murky case of a "missing" princess. Robinson, who was president of Ireland for seven years, appeared in photos the United Arab Emirates recently released of Sheikha Latifa, daughter of Dubai'...

UAE Releases Photos of 'Missing' Princess

Sheikha Latifa had reportedly fled her home in Dubai but was forcibly returned

(Newser) - The United Arab Emirates has released photos of a daughter of Dubai's ruler after friends and supporters say she was forcibly returned to Dubai after fleeing months earlier. The state-run WAM news agency carried a government statement Monday saying the princess is "at home and living with her...

For 7 Years, She Plotted Her Escape From 'Caged Luxury'

Then UAE princess Latifa Bint Mohammed al-Maktoum was abducted as she tried to flee

(Newser) - "I'm making this video, because it could be the last video I make. Pretty soon, I'm going to be leaving somehow, and I'm not so sure of the outcome, but I'm 99% positive it will work." Those words are from a YouTube video recorded...

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