• Expat sacked and deported from UAE for praising NZ attacks

    DUBAI: An employee at a Dubai-based security company was fired and deported for celebrating the deadly New Zealand mosque attacks under a fake identity on Facebook, the group said Wednesday. “Over the weekend, a Transguard employee made inflammatory comments on his personal Facebook account celebrating the deplorable mosque attack in Christchurch, New Zealand,” the Transguard security group said in a statement. “Despite posting under a false name, the employee responsible for last weekend's inflammatory (Facebook) comments has been identified, terminated as per Transguard policy and handed over to the authorities.” Transguard, which is affiliated with the Emirates Group that includes Emirates

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    Why did Bush go to war in Iraq?

    Sixteen years after the United States invaded Iraq and left a trail of destruction and chaos in the country and the region, one aspect of the war remains criminally underexamined: why was it fought in the first place? What did the Bush administration hope to get out of the war? The official, and widely-accepted, story remains that Washington was motivated by Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programme. His nuclear capabilities, especially, were deemed sufficiently alarming to incite the war. As then US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said, "We do not want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud." Despite Saddam not having an active WMD programme, this explanation has found

  • Arabian Business

    Dubai Police arrest over 300 suspects with AI-powered cameras

    A network of AI-powered CCTV cameras helped Dubai Police arrest 319 wanted suspects last year, according to First Lieutenant Ali Al Shehi. Speaking at an international symposium on police best practices being held in Dubai, Al Shehi said that the Oyoon (eyes) project's approximately 5,000 cameras cover a number of tourist sites, public transportation and traffic in the emirate. “The cameras helped arrest 319 suspects in different areas in Dubai through their automatic facial recognition technology,” he said. The project, he added, is being ramped up as part of Dubai's Vision 2021 strategy. “The project will tackle crimes in the city as using AI and [the] latest technologies will help realise

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    'There was blood everywhere': NZ mosque attack survivor

    Christchurch, New Zealand - At about 2pm on Friday, when the gunfire at Christchurch's Linwood mosque finally let up, Abdi Sheikh Hassan found himself underneath a pile of bodies. Hassan says he was at the front of the mosque's prayer hall, close to the imam, when a man armed with an assault weapon approached the building and opened fire. Trapped by the spray of bullets, worshippers in the back rows piled on top of those at the front. A number of them never got up again. "There was blood everywhere," Hassan recalls. Shaking with fear but unharmed, the 28-year-old stood up to take a look at the carnage. His friend, lying next to him, had been shot in the head. "Seven people were dead and so many

  • Al Jazeera

    Egypt's Morsi: The Final Hours

    The 2011 Arab Spring had seen the end of President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule and within 18 months, Mohamed Morsi had become Egypt's first democratically-elected president. But after one year in office, almost weekly street protests and riots appeared to reach a climax with calls for Morsi to resign and even for the military to intervene. In July 2013, Morsi was overthrown. Al Jazeera's Jamal Elshayyal reported on events in Egypt at the time - and now reveals new exclusive evidence of top-level conspiracy, power-broking and betrayal in the turmoil that led to Morsi's last days in office. Until now, much of what took place in the final days of the Morsi presidency was known only to those who

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    Priyanka Chopra: I'm a terrible wife

    Priyanka Chopra has joked she's a "terrible wife" because she "can't cook". The 36-year-old actress married singer Nick Jonas last year, and has now revealed she warned him when he proposed to her that whilst he was used to have amazing home cooked meals from his mother, he wouldn't be getting the same treatment when he married her, because she's awful in the kitchen. Luckily for the 'Quantico' actress, the 26-year-old Jonas Brothers star didn't mind her lack of culinary expertise, as he admitted he too struggles when it comes to meal times. Priyanka added during an appearance on 'The View' on Tuesday: "I'm a terrible, terrible wife in that sense, but the most amazing thing when I told him that, 'Babe, I can't cook and I hope you know that,' he said, 'It's alright babe, neither can I.' But you don't hear that from guys!

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    Iran's Mahan Air cancels Paris flights over 'sanctions'

    Iran's Mahan Air has been forced to cancel its Paris flights over “sanctions”, its customer services team said Tuesday weeks after Germany banned the airline. “We have been told that (flights to France) have been cancelled... as of the first of April,” an operator at the airline's office in Tehran's Imam Khomeini Airport told AFP.