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Chris Christie accepts $4.5M donation from United Arab Emirates for Sandy relief to schools

The United Arab Emirates Embassy has donated $4.5 million to the Hurricane Sandy relief organization founded by Gov. Chris Christie’s wife to upgrade computer technology for schools in areas hardest hit by the storm The money will be…  …

Emirates security court jails blogger

A United Arab Emirates court on Sunday sentenced a blogger and four other democracy activists to prison terms after finding them guilty of charges including insulting the Gulf state’s leaders. The State Security Court handed the blogger, Ahmed Mansoor, a three-year prison sentence and the four others each received two…

Gulf states advise nationals to leave Syria

Bahrain and Qatar on Sunday called on their citizens to leave unrest-swept Syria after the United Arab Emirates also advised its citizens to stay away. The call, issued on the day the Arab League was deciding on sanctions against Damascus over its deadly crackdown on dissent, was issued because of…

U.S. may sell precision-guided bombs to UAE: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government may soon announce plans for a large sale of precision-guided bombs to the United Arab Emirates, a source familiar with the arms sales plans said late on Thursday, as tensions mounted with Iran over its nuclear program. The Pentagon is considering a significant sale…

U.S. to boost Gulf presence after Iraq pullout: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is planning to bolster its military presence in the Gulf after it pulls out its remaining troops from Iraq, the New York Times reported in its online edition on Sunday. President Barack Obama said on October 21 that he had decided to withdraw all…

Morning is world’s happy time, says Twitter

WASHINGTON — People around the world are happiest in the morning, according to a US study on Thursday that analyzed hundreds of millions of messages on the microblogging site Twitter. Cornell University sociologists used language software to detect the presence of positive words in 509 million tweets from 2.4 million…

Powers plot ‘post-Gaddafi’ future as rebels eye cash

ABU DHABI (AFP) – Major powers met Thursday to plot out what US officials call a democratic “post-Gaddafi Libya” as the rebels warned the talks would be a failure if they secured no concrete financial support. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and counterparts from NATO and other countries participating…

Saudi Arabia, UAE funded jihadi networks in Pakistan: Wikileaks cable

(Reuters) – Islamic charities from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates financed a network in U.S. ally Pakistan that recruited children as young as eight to wage holy war, a local newspaper reported on Sunday, citing Wikileaks. A U.S. diplomatic cable published by WikiLeaks said financial support estimated at…

Three dead as Bahrain police clear Pearl Square

MANAMA (AFP) – Bahrain’s opposition accused the kingdom’s Sunni authorities of killing three protesters in a violent raid Wednesday on a peaceful pro-democracy camp that sparked Shiite outrage across the region. Hundreds of riot police backed by tanks and helicopters fired shotguns and tear gas canisters early morning at demonstrators…

Watch: GCC armed forces enter Bahrain to quell protests

Armed troops of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) entered Bahrain days ago amidst escalating pro-democracy protests. A large contingent of GCC military units drove into the Arab country Saturday — as filmed in the video below, which was posted to YouTube by user 000friendly. The Saudi-headquartered GCC is a political…

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