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UAE-Backed Bid for Telegraph Raises Alarm: Lord Forsyth Calls for Ban on Foreign News Ownership
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UAE-Backed Bid for Telegraph Raises Alarm: Lord Forsyth Calls for Ban on Foreign News Ownership

Lord Forsyth of Drumlean’s bold stance against foreign influence in British media has ignited a debate on press freedom and ownership, raising concerns over censorship and editorial independence. Explore the implications of the proposed UAE-backed acquisition of the Telegraph newspapers and The Spectator, and the legislative responses advocating for safeguards to protect editorial independence and...

Activists criticise civil society ‘restrictions’ at WTO meeting in UAE
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Activists criticise civil society ‘restrictions’ at WTO meeting in UAE

Civil society organisations at the World Trade Organization (WTO) meeting in the United Arab Emirates this week have criticized restrictions on their participation, including alleging that some of their members had been briefly detained at the talks. Our World Is Not For Sale (OWINFS), a network of civil society groups, said on Wednesday it had...

UAE supplied Serbian Yugoimport armed drone to the RSF
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UAE supplied Serbian Yugoimport armed drone to the RSF

A peculiar military VTOL drone drone armed with two 120mm mortar rounds was shot down by the Sudanese armed forces. The type have been seen in several conflict across the Middle East and Africa over the years. The unique drone was operated by the Sudanese paramilitary forces; the Rapid Support Force (RSF) in it’s fight...

US targets dozens of entities from China, UAE and Turkey for helping Russia
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US targets dozens of entities from China, UAE and Turkey for helping Russia

The Biden administration said on Friday it has imposed new trade restrictions on 93 entities from Russia, China, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Kyrgyzstan, India and South Korea for supporting Russia’s war effort in Ukraine. The action, one day before the second anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, essentially bans U.S. shipments to the targeted...

Plight of Nepali migrants: UAE emerging as transit point for human trafficking
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Plight of Nepali migrants: UAE emerging as transit point for human trafficking

In recent times, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has increasingly become a transit point for human traffickers, exploiting the vulnerabilities of Nepali migrants seeking better opportunities abroad. Due to the easy accessibility of visit visas, many find themselves face to face with deception and exploitation. Tej Bahadur Chhetri, the Nepali ambassador to the UAE, raises...

Putin henchmen and their Dubious Dubai Connections. The case of Chechen strong man Ramazan Kadyrov
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Putin henchmen and their Dubious Dubai Connections. The case of Chechen strong man Ramazan Kadyrov

As the glittering skyscrapers of Dubai continue rising ever higher, new evidence shows this glitzy emirate has also constructed a massive offshore haven enabling some of the world’s most repressive regimes and drug cartels to shield wealth and escape consequences for human rights abuses. An in-depth investigation drawing on leaked property records and intelligence sources...

United Arab Emirates: Free All Those on Trial in UAE84 Case and Drop Charges
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United Arab Emirates: Free All Those on Trial in UAE84 Case and Drop Charges

The Emirates Detainees Advocacy Center (EDAC), the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR), Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch urgently appeal to United Nations special procedures, UN Member States, and the European Union to call on the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to drop recent abusive terrorism charges against at least 84 Emiratis. The defendants include many prisoners...

‘A gift to Moscow’: dismay as NYPD takes part in UAE Swat games with Chechnya and Belarus
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‘A gift to Moscow’: dismay as NYPD takes part in UAE Swat games with Chechnya and Belarus

Led out by a beaming Adam Kadyrov, the son of the Chechen leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, a group of muscular men sporting black beards strode on to the brightly illuminated stage in Dubai last week to receive gold medals and a $5,000 (£3,960) cheque. The men were members of the notorious Chechen Akhmat Kadyrov special police regiment, a group...

Security fears as top Cabinet Office official quits to work for UAE
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Security fears as top Cabinet Office official quits to work for UAE

MPs raise concerns over Alex Aiken’s move to role advising Abu Dhabi’s foreign ministry on communications. The Government’s executive director of communications, who has been involved in sensitive discussions on national security, is to take a job at the United Arab Emirates’s foreign ministry. Alex Aiken, who in recent years has sat in on security...