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Dubai Charges US Woman With Screaming in Public
Texas Woman Freed After Being
Detained in Dubai for Months

Texas Woman Freed After Being Detained in Dubai for Months

Houston woman is en route back to US

(Newser) - The Houston 29-year-old known online as the "Sassy Trucker" is on her way back home after more than two months in Dubai. Tierra Young Allen says she was detained there after a dispute at a rental car company, but the AP reports the details of that dispute, as well...

No One Has Ever Spent This Much on a License Plate

It's a new world record out of the UAE

(Newser) - An auction bidder in the United Arab Emirates just made history in paying $15 million for a license plate—and no, it doesn't come with a fancy car attached. The unnamed individual likely to find their name in the Guinness World Records book nabbed a license plate reading "...

Only One US City Makes Top 10 Travel Destinations

New York squeaks in at No. 10 on Euromonitor International's list; Paris comes in at No. 1

(Newser) - Recovery from the pandemic for the travel industry is a work in progress, but inbound arrivals around the world increased by more than 80% this year in terms of numbers of trips, CNN notes. That means people are breaking out their passports again, and some cities are drawing travelers in...

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


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

(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
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...

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