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  • UPS airplane crash highlights safety concerns (Dubai, Sept. 3)

    10/29/2010 7:50:21 PM PDT · by Shermy · 12 replies
    AP/Fox41 ^ | October 27, 2010 | Joan Lowy, Dave Creek
    WASHINGTON (AP), LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB Fox 41) -- Safety advocates have warned for more than a decade that someday an air shipment of lithium batteries like those used in cameras, cell phones and countless other products would catch fire, causing a plane to crash and people to die. That day may have arrived last month. A United Parcel Service cargo plane with a fire raging on board, and carrying a large quantity of lithium batteries, crashed near Dubai in the United Arab Emirates on Sept. 3, killing both pilots. 48-year-old Captain Doug Lampe from Louisville and 38-year-old First Officer Matthew...
  • U.S. Hunts for More Suspicious Packages ("Sheer luck" PETN bombs didn't go off)

    10/29/2010 7:22:13 PM PDT · by kristinn · 23 replies · 1+ views
    The New York Times ^ | Friday, October 29, 2010 | Scott Shane
    SNIP Representative Jane Harman, a California Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee, said Friday that the packages seized in Britain and Dubai contained PETN, the same chemical explosive contained in the bomb sewn into the underwear of the Nigerian man who tried to blow up an airliner over Detroit last Dec. 25. That plot, too, was hatched in Yemen, a country that is regarded as one of the most significant fronts in the battle with extremists. Ms. Harman, who was briefed by John S. Pistole, administrator of the Transportation Security Administration, said that both packages contained computer printer cartridges...
  • Hawaii Man Arrested on Terrorism-Related Charge

    10/25/2010 10:31:28 PM PDT · by Cindy · 26 replies · 1+ views ^ | ctober 26, 2010 12:09 a.m. EDT | n/a
    (CNN) -- SNIPPET: "The charge centers around a one-way ticket that authorities allege Abdel Hameed Shehadeh purchased from Queens, New York, to Islamabad, Pakistan. Shehadeh originally told investigators that the purpose of his trip was to visit an Islamic university and attend a friend's engagement party. But he later admitted to FBI agents in Hawaii that he bought the ticket in order to join a fighting group such as the Taliban, according to a criminal complaint unsealed in New York Monday."
  • Dubai: Real Estate Crash Sends Prices, Rents Falling

    10/22/2010 7:57:49 PM PDT · by Morpheus2009 · 14 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | October 22, 2010 | ANGELA SHAH
    here's a half-off sale in the world's tallest building. Even with an address at the iconic Burj Khalifa, rents for residences in the tower are not immune from Dubai's real estate crash. Indeed, nearly a year after it was inaugurated with a massive water-and-fireworks display, about 825 of the tower's 900 ultra-luxury apartments remain unoccupied, according to Better Homes, a real estate brokerage in Dubai. The cost of renting a studio with floor-to-ceiling windows, marble fixtures and wooden floors has dropped to $1,815 a month from $3,025, while a one-bedroom apartment is available for $2,722 (it used to be $4,536),...
  • Severe Fog Envelopes Many Parts of Dubai

    10/20/2010 9:29:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Thursday, October 21, 2010 | Joseph George
    However, no major accidents were reported Thursday morningSevere fog enveloped most parts of Dubai this morning bringing the visibility down to less than 30 metres in several areas and slowing down traffic movement. The Roads and Transport Authority’s Intelligent Traffic System displayed signs on most foggy areas alerting drivers to reduce speed and switch on the fog lights. However no major accidents have been reported so far. Meanwhile the weather forecast for today is that relatively hot weather during daytime with mild to pleasant weather at night especially over the internal and mountainous areas. According to the met department, “some...
  • Man Jailed for Stealing Pretty Employee's Picture

    10/19/2010 2:24:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Eman Al Baik
    He was also charged with stealing two shields from Dubai Customs office at the airportThe Dubai Criminal Court awarded three Bangladeshis, including an office boy of the Customs office of Dubai International Airport who stole a picture of a pretty female employee, three months in jail followed by deportation. The office boy, JRK, and his two compatriots SKS and SFM, who work for Group 4 Falak - a company assigned by the airport to perform services, were charged with stealing from the luggage of passengers. JRK was also charged with stealing two shields of Dubai Customs. SFM, who was detained...
  • Illegal Alien Arrives in a Taxi, Under a Blanket

    10/19/2010 12:04:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Eman Al Baik
    The Dubai Criminal Court heard the testimony of the third accused in the case of three Bengalis - two men and a woman - who are accused of human trafficking and forcing women into prostitution. They were trapped by an Omani national in co-ordination with Dubai Police. MMS, 29, cook; ZAJ, 29, jobless, and HAR, 27, a clerk; were accused of human trafficking and forcing AAI, 29, a Bengali housemaid into prostitution. HAR has been accused of holding the victim illegally, too. In the previous hearing, the two men MMS, 29, cook, and HAR, 27, clerk, denied the accusations. On...
  • CSI Dubai: Murders Drop With Forensics on the Case

    10/17/2010 4:14:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Saturday, October 16, 2010 | Mohammed Al Sidafy
    Director of Forensic Department speaks to Emirates 24|7 about the importance of forensics in challenging casesThe number of criminal cases in the Emirates has decreased in recent years. Homicide rate in Dubai is just about 1.5 per cent per 100,000 of the population. And this can be attributed to judicial system and efficient forensic department, which ensure no criminal goes scot-free. In fact, authorities at the criminal investigation department (CID) as well as judiciary value the authenticity of forensic reports to accounts of witnesses in homicide cases. Emirates 24|7 caught up with Professor Fawzi bin Omran, Director of Forensic Medicine...
  • Two Dead As Cargo Plane Crashes In Dubai

    09/03/2010 4:11:56 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 3 replies
    Sky Newa ^ | Sept 3rd 2010 | Tom Bonnett
    The United Parcel Service (UPS) aircraft ran into technical trouble shortly after leaving for Germany from Dubai International Airport. The Boeing 747-400 was diverted to a nearby air force base but caught fire, hit a covered parking lot, then bounced and crashed, a government source said. There were no injuries on the ground. The plane suddenly vanished, Saif al-Suwaidi, general manager of civil aviation in Dubai, said. "The pilot reported fire and smoke in the cockpit and was instructed to return to Dubai," Mr Suwaidi said. "After failing to land at the airport, the plane disappeared from radar screens and...
  • Is this why Bloomberg champions Ground Zero mosque?

    08/31/2010 11:07:12 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 23 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | August 31, 2010 | Aaron Klein
    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a staunch supporter of the proposed Islamic cultural center and mosque near Ground Zero, recently has been expanding his business dealings in the Arab and Muslim world, including opening a new "Islamic finance portal." Some critics are questioning whether Bloomberg's unpopular decision to back the controversial mosque project may be colored by his billion-dollar financial software, news and data company's decision to build a hub in the United Arab Emirates and North Africa. The mayor's privately held company, Bloomberg L.P., has been increasing its revenue in the Middle East while its U.S.-based division has...
  • RCMP dismantle alleged terror cell in Ottawa (linked to al Qaeda) (Aug. 25/10)

    08/25/2010 3:31:55 PM PDT · by fanfan · 85 replies · 1+ views
    The National Post ^ | Aug. 25, 2010. | Stewart Bell
    OTTAWA — The RCMP dismantled an alleged Ottawa terrorist cell with suspected links to al-Qaeda on Wednesday morning, making two arrests in the nation’s capital without incident. The men are suspected of preparing a terrorist attack targeting Canada. The ringleader allegedly attended training camps in the Pakistan and Afghanistan region. But the bomb plot was described as not well defined and the arrests were apparently made on Wednesday because one of the suspects was preparing to travel abroad. A news conference has been scheduled for Thursday afternoon. The RCMP, Ottawa Police Service and Canadian Security Intelligence Service were involved in...
  • UAE unhappy with release of alleged Israeli agent

    08/15/2010 8:27:46 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    CNN ^ | 8/15/2010
    (CNN) -- The United Arab Emirates on Saturday expressed concern about a German court's decision to release an alleged Israeli agent being investigated in connection with a Hamas leader's murder in Dubai. The suspected agent, who often uses the alias Uri Brodsky, is under investigation for helping obtain a false German passport allegedly used by one of the killers in January. The UAE's foreign ministry said it's worried about Brodsky's release on bail and his freedom to return to Israel during the probe, the state-run WAM reported. Brodsky still faces a possible trial in Germany "The UAE seeks assurances that...
  • Briton held for wearing a bikini in Dubai shopping mall after fight with Arabic woman

    08/04/2010 5:52:24 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 21 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Last updated at 12:07 AM on 5th August 2010 | By Paul Revoir
    A British holidaymaker has been charged with indecency in Dubai after walking through the world's largest shopping centre in a bikini. The woman was buying clothes and gifts in the Dubai Mall, fully dressed but in a low-cut top, when she was accosted by an Arabic woman and criticised for wearing 'revealing clothing'. The pair then became embroiled in a heated row in front of hundreds of bemused shoppers. Incensed by the Arabic woman's comments, the British woman told her to 'mind her own business' before stripping out of her clothes and 'taunting' the locals by walking around in only...
  • Zakir Naik: "Peace TV"'s Calls for Terrorism

    07/22/2010 2:16:03 AM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies
    HUDSON NEW YORK ^ | July 1, 2010, 5:00 am | by Irfan Al-Alawi
    SNIPPET: "Dr. Zakir Naik is a 44 year-old Muslim preacher born in India. He has gained a significant international following by establishing a satellite television network, Peace TV, which promotes Wahhabi Islam; it is based in Mumbai/Bombay, Saudi Arabia, and Dubai, and has a supporting organization, the Islamic Research Foundation. Naik has mainly broadcast his message in English as well as Urdu. But Peace TV is an ambitious enterprise that now aims at Albanian Muslims, among others. Zakir Naik is distinguished by one characteristic: incitement of provocative disdain for any other Muslims than Wahhabis and Pakistani jihadists, as well as...
  • Iran's Weakness? Its Ports

    07/09/2010 7:58:28 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | Friday, July 9, 2010 | Meir Javedanfar
    Building deep-water ports at home and abroad has been a hallmark of many of the world's emerging powers. The 'String of Pearls' policy is arguably the most notable recent example, with the Chinese government upgrading its own ports, as well as those of countries on which it relies for trade and that have strategic geographic importance. Such a strategy, which in China's case has included construction of deep-water ports in Gwadar in Pakistan and Chittagong in Bangladesh, benefits both the emerging power and the developing countries being invested in. These ports have significant value, increasing the strategic importance of countries...
  • Dubai Rejects Full-Body Scanners Because They 'Contradict Islam'

    Dubai airports will not use hi-tech full-body scanners because they "contradict Islam" and violate passengers' privacy, according to reports — even though the scanners can detect terrorist threats like those posed by the Christmas Day bomber. Neither of Dubai's two airports will use the scanners "out of respect for the privacy of individuals and their personal freedom," the head of airport security for the emirate told Al-Bayan daily, AFP reported.
  • Afghans buy luxury villas in Dubai with U.S. taxpayers dollars

    07/06/2010 9:14:12 AM PDT · by usalady · 6 replies
    Examiner ^ | July 6, 2010 | Martha
    Are billions of American taxpayers dollars being taken out of Afghanistan and buying expensive villas in Dubai?
  • Head of Mossad Ousted

    06/26/2010 11:44:42 AM PDT · by marioinohio · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 26, 2010 | Yonat Friling
    Israeli top spy, Meir Dagan, is stepping down. According to local TV station Channel 2, Dagan, who was appointed as head of Mossad in 2002, requested to continue another year in the role, but was refused by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Sources tell Fox News that the main reason for Netanyahu’s decision is the international criticism following the January assassination of Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai, which was widely believed to be carried out by Mossad agents using forged foreign passports. Israel never responded to the allegations made by Dubai Police regarding the case. According to the report, Dagan...
  • Va. Beach man charged with smuggling holograms

    06/17/2010 5:08:39 PM PDT · by csvset · 5 replies · 368+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | June 17, 2010 | Tim McGlone
    NORFOLK A Virginia Beach man faces an 18-count federal indictment charging him with trying to smuggle hundreds of credit card holograms into the country from the Middle East. Craig Steven Reynolds, 26, was arraigned Wednesday in U.S. District Court. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and a magistrate judge set an Aug. 17 trial date. Agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested Reynolds on April 19 when he tried to retrieve a package containing the holograms, which had arrived from the United Arab Emirates city of Dubai, according to a court affidavit filed by the arresting agent. Reynolds...
  • Ireland expels Israeli over forged passports

    06/15/2010 6:21:30 AM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies · 502+ views
    AP ^ | 6/15/2010 | SHAWN POGATCHNIK
    Ireland announced Tuesday it's expelling an Israeli diplomat in punishment for the alleged Mossad use of forged Irish passports to assassinate a top Hamas official in Dubai. Israel has refused to confirm or deny its agents' involvement in the January slaying of Hamas official Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, who Dubai officials have said was killed in his hotel room by people posing as holidaymakers in the oil-rich Arab emirate. They said assassins using 32 fake passports — including eight depicting fictional Irish citizens — participated in the hit squad. The Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Ireland's national police force, the Garda...