UAE tanker attacks blamed on ‘state actor’ (BBC)

The United Arab Emirates has told the UN Security Council a “state actor” was most likely behind attacks on four tankers off its coast. The 12 May attacks bore the hallmarks of a “sophisticated and co-ordinated operation”, according to its…

UAE denies visa restrictions for Nigerians (Guardian)

The United Arab Emirates Thursday said it has not suspended issuance of three-month tourist visa to Nigerian passport holders. “These news are inaccurate and stresses the importance of sourcing news from its official channel,” the UAE Embassy in Nigeria said…

Pope Francis to visit United Arab Emirates in February (Guardian)

Pope Francis, who has made boosting ties between Christianity and Islam a cornerstone of his papacy, will visit Abu Dhabi in February, the Vatican said Thursday, becoming the first ever pope to visit the Arabian peninsula. The pontiff, who turns…

Nigeria rises on world prosperity index — first time ever (Cable)

Nigeria recorded a leap on the 2018 Legatum Prosperity Index (LPI) of most prosperous countries in the world. At 129, the most populous black nation moved up by three points from its 132nd position in 2017. Since the inception of…

British academic pardoned by UAE (BBC)

A British academic who was jailed for spying in the United Arab Emirates has been pardoned. Matthew Hedges, 31, denied spying and said he had been researching his PhD. His wife, Daniela Tejada, who appealed for clemency, said she was…

Brit academic jailed for life for spying in UAE (CNN)

A British academic has been sentenced to life in prison for spying in the United Arab Emirates, according to a family spokeswoman. Matthew Hedges, 31, and a specialist in Middle Eastern studies at Durham University in England, was arrested on…

10 things the UAE does better than anywhere else (CNN)

The United Arab Emirates is famous for its relentless sunshine, its golden dunes that roll on for miles and some of the most ambitious, opulent building projects of modern times. But it’s not all super-tall skyscrapers and shifting sands. The…

UAE charges British student with ‘spying’ (PressTV)

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has charged a British Ph.D. student with “spying,” five months after he was detained and reportedly held in solitary confinement in the Persian Gulf Arab country. Matthew Hedges, a 31-year-old who was researching the UAE’s…

British student charged with spying in UAE (BBC)

A British student has been charged with spying in the United Arab Emirates, officials have said. The UAE government said on Monday that Matthew Hedges was accused of “spying for and on behalf of a foreign state”. Mr Hedges, a…

Matthew Hedges: Wife urges UAE to free husband held since May (BBC)

A British student has been detained for the last five months in the United Arab Emirates “without explanation” after a research trip, his wife has said. Matthew Hedges, a PhD student at Durham University, has been held in solitary confinement…

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