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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...

UN Will Look Into Case of 'Hostage' Princess

Latifa, daughter of Dubai's ruler, says she has been a captive for years

(Newser) - The United Nations has said it will question the United Arab Emirates over Princess Latifa following the release of secretly recorded videos in which the daughter of Dubai's ruler says she has been a "hostage" in a heavily guarded villa for three years. "We will certainly raise...

Secret Videos From 'Hostage' Princess Emerge

'I’m not free,' Dubai's Princess Latifa says

(Newser) - Three years after she was seized by commandos in international waters while trying to flee Dubai by boat, one of the daughters of the emirate's ruler says she is being held captive in a villa surrounded by police. "I'm a hostage. I’m not free. I am...

'Jetman' Who Flew Alongside Airbus Dies in Accident

It's not yet clear what happened to Vincent Reffet, 36

(Newser) - One of Dubai's “jetmen," whose flights over the world's tallest building and alongside a jumbo jet with engines strapped to his back wowed watchers online, died Tuesday while training in the deserts of this Arabian sheikhdom, his organization said. Vincent Reffet, 36, of Annecy, France, was...

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...

This Police Force Is Getting a Cybertruck

Dubai plans to use in tourist-heavy areas

(Newser) - Police in Dubai apparently aren't too worried about criminals throwing metal balls at their vehicles. The force has signaled that it plans to place an order for Tesla's futuristic Cybertruck, despite a well-publicized window failure during the vehicle's recent unveiling, CBS reports. Dubai police tweeted an image...

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...

She Called Her Ex's New Wife a 'Horse,' Faces Jail

London resident is arrested under Dubai's strict cyber laws when she visits the UAE

(Newser) - When London resident Laleh Shahravesh saw that her ex-husband in the United Arab Emirates was getting remarried, she fired off a few insults on Facebook. "I hope you go under the ground you idiot," was one, per the BBC . "You left me for this horse" was another....

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:...

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'...

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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...

Mother Held With Daughter in Dubai After Drinking Wine

Ellie Holman was served a glass on the plane; also has a visa issue

(Newser) - An English dentist who took a pleasure trip to Dubai says she was jailed for three miserable days along with her 4-year-old daughter after she drank a complimentary glass of wine on the flight. Per the Guardian , 44-year-old Ellie Holman was arrested in July following an 8-hour flight when she...

Human Rights Watch Presses Arab Ruler on Fate of His Daughter

Sheikha Latifa was detained in March

(Newser) - Human Rights Watch on Saturday asked Dubai's ruling sheikh to reveal the whereabouts of his daughter after a French ex-spy and others say she fled the emirate, only to be arrested off the coast of India , reports the AP . A statement by the organization marks the latest twist in...

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