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Jumping crystals: Kinematic analysis of light-induced jumping crystals

Live beings are not the only things that can move around – it turns out that small crystals can also rotate or even jump. Scientists from United Arab Emirates and Russia have now systematically examined crystals that move when irradiated by light. In the journal Angewandte Chemie they present the first quantitative kinematic analysis of this phenomenon, which they have termed the photosalient effect. …read more

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Britons who alleged torture in UAE prison freed

Three Britons convicted on drugs charges in Dubai, who claimed they were tortured in prison, have been freed in an amnesty, diplomatic sources in London said Friday.

Grant Cameron, 25, Karl Williams, 26, and Suneet Jeerth, 25, all from east London, were convicted in April of possessing for consumption more than one kilogramme (2.2 pounds) of synthetic cannabis known as Spice.

They were jailed for four years each and the Dubai Appeal Court upheld their sentences.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are aware that the 2013 amnesty list has been announced in the United Arab Emirates and that the local authorities have begun the process of releasing those included.

“This will continue to come as welcome news for those included and their families.

“It would not be appropriate to discuss details of specific cases. Questions about next steps are best answered by the UAE authorities. We will continue to provide appropriate consular assistance.

“We understand that if there is deportation involved, British nationals will be deported back to the UK.”

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Norwegian alleges rape, fights Dubai jail sentence

A Norwegian woman sentenced to 16 months in jail in Dubai for having sex outside marriage after she reported an alleged rape says she decided to make her case public in hopes of drawing attention to the risks of getting caught up in the Islamic-influenced legal system in the wealthy Gulf city-state.

Marte Deborah Dalelv also told The Associated Press in an interview Friday that she didn’t want to remain silent before her appeal in September.

The case has drawn outrage from rights groups and others in the West since the 24-year-old interior designer was sentenced Wednesday. But it also highlights the increasingly frequent tensions between the United Arab Emirates’ international atmosphere and its legal system.

Dalelv claims she was detained after reporting the alleged assault in March.

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BusinessAviationVoice: Is Supersonic Business Travel Practical?

By Mark Patiky, AdVoice

Well, supersonic jet travel may be practical, but will the market pay the price? For years, Jeff Miller has been exploring an array of issues surrounding the feasibility of supersonic business jet development. This is part one of a two-part series where he addresses some of the questions and provokes many more. Jeff Miller (bravojjm@gmail.com) specializes in corporate communications for the business aviation and luxury goods markets, and operates his own advertising agency dedicated to brand marketing. He has led corporate communications for Learjet and Gulfstream. The Anchorage airport has become a typical refueling stop for U.S.-to-Asia business jet flights. The aim is to get in and out fast. The terminals (known as FBOs) that service business aircraft are practiced at turning business flights quickly—sometimes in just 30 minutes. Passengers and pilots want to minimize ground delays. After all, business jets are only midway through 15 or 16-hour journeys. Sure, some of the newest intercontinental-range jets like the Gulfstream G650 and the Bombardier Global 8000, which boast extraordinary 8000 or 9000 statute miles range (effectively the distance between  Chicago and Singapore), can eliminate the fuel stop. Even so, long-range business travel has a downside. It takes a physical toll on the toughest executives even when they’re flying aboard the most well-appointed business jets offering productive, comfortable cabins with outstanding eating, sleeping and work amenities.  Still, it’s not uncommon for senior executives to make more than one trip from Brazil or the U.S. to Asia every month, and traffic flows the other way, too, with executives from Taiwan, Hong Kong and elsewhere heading to the Americas. Would these executives pay a 30 or 40 percent premium for a supersonic jet to cut those missions to half the time or less? The answer is almost certainly yes. The rationale for a supersonic business jet is stronger today than when companies such as Gulfstream, Dassault and others began displaying Concorde-like models at trade shows more than a decade ago. At that time, the principal market for business jets was in the U.S., with business aircraft designed principally for U.S. coast-to-coast or U.S. to Europe routes. Trade patterns have changed, and the action today is not just in major business jet destinations and markets in China, India, Brazil and Russia, but also in Australia, Malaysia, South Korea, Turkey, South Africa, Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates among many other emerging global trade destinations. The number one criterion for business jet purchasers, according to Honeywell Aerospace, is range. It is no wonder that a jet such as the Mach 0.925 Gulfstream G650 sells so well, even though it is, in truth, only modestly faster than an earlier generation of jets. The G650 will still save an hour on the longest trips, and with more than 200 purchased the first day it went on sale, the market has resoundingly indicated that an hour saved is worth paying for. Even before the economic emergence of China and other rapid growth regions outside of North America and Europe, …read more

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Egypt faces huge challenges after political turmoil

The interim government tasked with putting Egypt back on track after president Mohamed Morsi’s ouster faces enormous challenges, from fixing the shattered economy to restoring security and democracy, experts say.

The new cabinet does have several factors working in its favour, however.

A wide section of the population that was bitterly disillusioned with Morsi’s rule, including several ministers, is supported by the country’s top religious authorities, both Muslim and Christian.

Separately, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait threw Egypt a financial lifeline last week, pledging $12 billion in aid and allaying fears of the country going bankrupt in the short term.

But major risks remain, with the threat of more violence between members of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood and the security forces, and a surge in deadly attacks by militants in the Sinai, home to Egypt’s luxury Red Sea resorts.

Interim president Adly Mansour has set the government a tight timetable for reforming the constitution and holding fresh elections, while structural economic problems, including unaffordable food and fuel subsidies and a bloated public sector, must be confronted.

“There are a variety of challenges and unfortunately they can be overwhelming,” said Samer Shehata, who teaches Arab studies at Georgetown University.

Islamist parties and movements are totally absent from the new 34-member cabinet, in which a number of well-known technocrats hold senior positions.

Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy is a seasoned diplomat and former ambassador to Washington, accomplished economist and World Bank veteran Ahmed Galal heads the finance ministry, and Ziad Bahaa Eldin, another finance expert, was nominated minister for international cooperation.

Leftwing activist Kamal Abu Eita, a respected trade union leader, was appointed labour minister.

Army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s appointment as deputy premier bolsters the military’s strong support for the government, while also raising suspicions about the cabinet’s independence from the generals who toppled Morsi.

Shehata says restoring security, which has sharply deteriorated since the fall of former strongman Hosni Mubarak in 2011, is essential.

A key task facing the government, namely how to bring back international investment and attract tourists, “has to be predicated on some kind of stability or security”, he said.

Reforming the police, known for its brutal methods and a leadership little-changed since the Mubarak era, is another pressing issue.

“The police hated the Brotherhood and now the police are newly elevated and I’m afraid calls for reform of the interior ministry in a meaningful way are not going to be heard or are not going to be executed,” Shehata said.

Sophie Pommier, an expert on the Arab world at Sciences-Po university in Paris, says the new government is under greater pressure to achieve results than its predecessor.

“Lacking the legitimacy of an elected government, it will have to earn it through concrete results,” she said.

Besides fixing the economy, the cabinet headed by liberal economist Hazem al-Beblawi “must meet high expectations in terms of the redistribution” of wealth, with Egyptians “waiting for quick signs that things are going in the right direction,” Pommier added.

But continuing violence “will complicate the situation”, she said.

The Brotherhood, weakened but not defeated after Morsi’s overthrow, has certainly …read more

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Kuwait delivers free fuel to Egypt

Kuwait has delivered crude oil and diesel worth $200 million to Egypt as part of a $4-billion aid package to bolster its faltering economy, a newspaper reported on Sunday.

Two tankers, one carrying around 100,000 tonnes of diesel and the other 1.1 million barrels of crude, have docked in Egypt, Al-Rai reported, citing Kuwaiti oil sources.

The emirate announced on Wednesday that it would provide $4 billion in urgent aid to Egypt, half a deposit in the Egyptian central bank, and the remainder made up of a grant of $1 billion and $1 billion in free oil and oil products.

Al-Rai also quoted Finance Minister Mustafa al-Shamali as saying the aid pledged by Kuwait will reach Egypt “by the end of this week or at the start of next week”.

Neighbouring Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have pledged $5 billion and $3 billion respectively, bringing the total promised by Gulf Arab states since the Egyptian army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi earlier this month to $12 billion.

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Egypt upheaval mars hopes of end to economic woes

Egypt’s shattered economy was boosted this week by Gulf allies pledging billions of dollars in aid, but analysts say this simply buys time as political turmoil deepens its economic malaise.

The millions of ordinary Egyptians angered by record high unemployment, soaring inflation and chronic fuel shortages who took to the streets two weeks ago demanding Mohamed Morsi’s resignation blamed him for letting the economy nosedive.

Fuel supplies have returned, after panic buying before the military coup on July 3, and three Gulf monarchies relieved at the toppling of Egypt’s Islamist president have pledged $12 billion in assistance.

But dire security problems and political instability mean a return of the tourists and foreign investment that Egypt so desperately needs are a distant prospect.

And progress remains stalled on negotiations with the International Monetary Fund on a $4.8-billion loan.

“Even if they do agree on the loan, I just don’t believe that we’re going to see a flood of investment,” said financial analyst Andrew Cunningham.

“The country has been in turmoil since 2011, there’s just been a military coup and they’re shooting people on the streets. This is hardly an attractive prospect.”

Gulf pledges of financial assistance are a lifeline for the new administration.

Foreign reserves have fallen by almost 60 percent since the revolution that toppled Hosni Mubarak in February 2011, to 14.9 billion dollars in June — the equivalent of just three months of imports.

Kuwait offered $4 billion in cash, loans and fuel, with Saudi Arabia contributing $5 billion and the United Arab Emirates another $3 billion.

But Cunningham warned that, while welcome, the cash injection was not a long-term solution.

“We’re still talking plasters and bandages. The challenges are enormous and they are structural. Egypt’s economy has been badly managed for decades, and it didn’t improve under Morsi.”

Illustrating the severity of the problem, the latest data from Egypt’s official statistics agency shows that unemployment jumped after Mubarak’s ouster and then rose steadily over the next two years to reach a record 13.2 percent in March.

Problems Egypt’s new rulers will have to confront if they are to reverse the inexorable decline include corruption, poor education, a bloated public sector, low productivity and unsustainable food and fuel subsidies.

“They need to fix the entire system,” said Ahmed Galal, head of the Eco Research Forum.

“It’s going to be difficult to do, but it’s doable, with a lot of dedication,” he told AFP, adding that stability and appointing a competent government will be crucial if Egypt’s economic woes are to be resolved.

This week Hazem al-Beblawi, a former finance minister and accomplished economist with long experience of working with international financial institutions, was named prime minister.

But his task of forming a national unity government was immediately complicated by Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood rejecting any offer of jobs in the new cabinet.

US intelligence firm Stratfor believes the instability goes far beyond political divisions.

It said growing poverty and joblessness, “arguably among the root causes of the uprising in 2011”, was part of a “swelling trend” that motivated the recent protests.

“It is possible that the new government will find …read more

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Iran calls on UAE not to deport its nationals

An Iranian news agency says the foreign minister has called on the United Arab Emirates not to deport its nationals.

The Iranian media has reported that the UAE has repatriated an unspecified number of Iranians amid tensions between the two countries linked to Syria’s civil war. Shiite Iran backs Syrian President Bashar Assad, a member of a Shiite offshoot sect, while the Sunni-majority UAE and Saudi Arabia support the mostly Sunni rebels.

The UAE has not reported any deportations. The UAE has in the past denied renewal of residency visas without giving reasons.

A Friday report by the semi-official Mehr agency said Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi raised the issued in a phone conversation with his Emirati counterpart. It didn’t elaborate.

An estimated half-million Iranians live in the Emirates.

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UAE announces first case of MERS-virus infection

Health authorities in the UAE have announced that an 82-year-old man has been diagnosed with the MERS coronavirus infection, the first case to be recorded in the Gulf state.

The Emirati citizen who contracted the SARS-like virus suffers from cancer and is being treated in hospital in the capital, Abu Dhabi health authority said in a statement carried by WAM state news agency late Thursday.

The authority said that this was the first case to be diagnosed in the United Arab Emirates.

In May, France said a 65-year-old man was in hospital after being diagnosed with the coronavirus after a holiday in Dubai. But the UAE health ministry said at the time no cases of the virus had been recorded in the country.

Experts are struggling to understand MERS, or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, which has mostly affected neighbouring Saudi Arabia where 65 cases have been detected, including 38 fatalities.

The World Health Organisation announced last week that it had convened emergency talks on the MERS virus.

Concerns have been expressed about the potential impact of October’s hajj pilgrimage, when millions of Muslims from around the globe head to and from Saudi Arabia.

The WHO has not recommended any MERS-related travel restrictions, but says countries should monitor unusual respiratory infection patterns.

The first recorded MERS death was in June last year in Saudi Arabia.

Like SARS, MERS appears to cause a lung infection, with patients suffering from fever, coughing and breathing difficulties. But it differs in that it also causes rapid kidney failure.

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UK concerned over treatment of suspects in UAE

The British government says it has expressed concern to United Arab Emirates authorities over allegations that three Britons held in Dubai on drug charges were abused.

Grant Cameron, Suneet Jeerh and Karl Williams were arrested while on holiday in July and accused of possessing synthetic cannabis.

Legal charity Reprieve says Williams was given electric shocks to his testicles, while all three men were threatened with guns and made to sign documents in Arabic, a language they do not understand.

The men deny the drug charges. A judge is due to deliver verdicts in their trial on Monday.

The Foreign Office said Sunday that British officials “have raised, and continue to raise, these allegations at the most senior levels.”

It called for a “full, impartial and independent” inquiry into the claims.

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Muzzle on dissent in Gulf faces backlash in Kuwait

Outside a palm-shaded villa in suburban Kuwait City, government security forces are taunted and defied each night by supporters of a former lawmaker ordered to prison for insulting the emir of this tiny nation.

It’s a local showdown, but the anger and resistance outside the ex-parliament member’s home has the potential to reverberate across the Gulf. Leaders in the region are increasingly boosting punishments for dissent and sharing intelligence, because they fear that Arab Spring-inspired calls for reforms will one day further challenge their fraternity of ruling clans.

The faceoff in Kuwait — essentially over the opposition leader’s refusal to submit to his five-year jail sentence — has all the elements to become a test case over just how far Gulf states can restrict expression on the basis of ensuring national security and stability.

Western-backed Gulf leaders were never very generous with political openness. Nations such as the United Arab Emirates have banned political parties and nearly all kinds of protests. The Arab Spring has further reduced the boundaries of what is tolerated.

Dozens of people have been jailed across the Gulf after being accused of offending rulers or the governing systems, including a Qatari poet currently fighting a 15-year sentence.

In Bahrain — the site of the only major uprising in the Gulf — the Cabinet last week backed plans to impose jail terms of up to five years and possible fines of about $26,500 for defaming the king, the flag or coat of arms of the strategic island, which is home to the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet.

In Kuwait, a new media law is under review that could reportedly levy fines of about $1 million for insulting the emir.

Late last year, the United Arab Emirates greatly expanded its media codes to include possible jail time for certain Internet posts, such as ones that mock the country’s rulers or call for demonstrations.

Only Oman appears to be bucking the trend. Last month, authorities there issued blanket pardons to activists jailed for offending the nation’s ruler or joining Arab Spring-influenced protests.

For decades, Kuwait‘s ruling Al Sabah family has allowed the most politically vibrant culture in the Gulf.

Opposition lawmakers have had

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United Arab Emirates says arrests made in suspected Al Qaeda 'cell'

Authorities in the United Arab Emirates say they have arrested suspected members of an al-Qaida-linked “terrorist cell” that sought to carry out operations in the country and the region.

The statement on Thursday reflects growing claims by the UAE and other Gulf nations that militant groups are seeking to battle the region’s Western-backed rulers after the Arab Spring.

The UAE is currently holding a mass trial of 94 suspected coup plotters with alleged links to the Muslim Brotherhood.

The statement, carried by the official WAM news agency, says the latest arrests include seven people of “Arab nationalities,” but gave no further details.

The report said officials believe the cell was planning to carry out acts “affecting the security of country” and recruit others for wider attacks around the region.

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UAE: Arrests made in suspected al-Qaida 'cell'

Authorities in the United Arab Emirates say they have arrested suspected members of an al-Qaida-linked “terrorist cell” that sought to carry out operations in the country and the region.

The statement on Thursday reflects growing claims by the UAE and other Gulf nations that militant groups are seeking to battle the region’s Western-backed rulers after the Arab Spring.

The UAE is currently holding a mass trial of 94 suspected coup plotters with alleged links to the Muslim Brotherhood.

The statement, carried by the official WAM news agency, says the latest arrests include seven people of “Arab nationalities,” but gave no further details.

The report said officials believe the cell was planning to carry out acts “affecting the security of country” and recruit others for wider attacks around the region.

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Joint Statement by the United States and the United Arab Emirates

By The White House

In their meeting today at the White House, President Obama and the UAE's Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan reaffirmed their commitment to the strong partnership and friendship between their two countries.

The Crown Prince expressed his condolences for those who were affected by yesterday’s attack in Boston.

The two leaders highlighted the expanding ties between the United States and the UAE, reflecting common strategic interests. The Crown Prince thanked President Obama for the United States’ leadership in the region, including the President’s efforts to advance peace, security, and opportunity in the Middle East.

The President and Crown Prince pledged to sustain the expanding economic ties between the United States and the UAE, noting that the UAE remains the United States’ largest export market in the Middle East and a significant investor in the United States. The President commended the UAE for hosting the successful Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Dubai last December, and both leaders highlighted the importance of fostering broad-based economic opportunity in the region, particularly for young people. They also discussed the relationships the UAE is building with leading U.S. institutions, including in education, health care, and the arts.

The President and Crown Prince also reaffirmed their shared commitment to close defense and security cooperation, including joint training exercises, counterterrorism cooperation and the deployment of interoperable U.S. defense systems. The President expressed appreciation for the UAE’s contributions to NATO missions in Afghanistan and Libya. The President and the Crown Prince also discussed a range of regional challenges, including the need for Iran to meet its international obligations with respect to its nuclear program, the ongoing conflict in Syria, and countering the threat of violent extremism.

The President and Crown Prince pledged to continue to deepen the U.S.-UAE partnership through close and regular consultations between the two countries. A photo of the meeting can be found HERE.

From: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/04/16/joint-statement-united-states-and-united-arab-emirates