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Dozens of detainees moved from an Emirati secret prison in Yemen

SHAFAQNA - A senior Yemeni official and families of prisoners say dozens of detainees have been moved to a "government-run" prison in the southern city of Mukalla. The official said on Monday that 133 detainees were transferred from the Riyan…

Human Rights Watch: UAE runs informal prisons in Yemen

SHAFAQNA - The United Arab Emirates runs at least two “informal detention facilities” in Yemen and has reportedly transferred detainees to a base in Eritrea, Human Rights Watch said Thursday. The UAE is a key member of a Saudi-led military…

Dubai security chief Dhahi Khalfan backs Trump's Muslim ban

SHAFAQNA - Dubai's head of security Dhahi Khalfan Tamim has sparked outrage once again, this time after backing US President Donald Trump's controversial Muslim ban. In a series of crude and sectarian outburts on Twitter this weekend,…

UAE calls it quit in Yemen

SHAFAQNA - The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced the end of its combat operations in Yemen, marking a departure from the Saudi-led coalition that has been waging war on the impoverished country. “Our standpoint is clear: war is…

UAE marks Prophet Muhammad's Birthday

SHAFAQNA - A paid holiday has been declared for the private sector in the UAE on December 24 to mark the birthday of the Holy Prophet. Ministries and government departments will remain closed on Thursday (December 24) to mark the birthday…

Made of money? UAE husband divorces wife over $40,000 wedding dress

SHAFAQNA - A man divorced his wife as he was angry at her for spending more than Dh150,000 (about $40,000) on her a wedding dress instead of using the money to pay for their wedding party. The man was believed to have proposed to the woman…