Dubai torture claims: relatives hope for pardon of jailed Britons

David Cameron promises to raise case of three men jailed on drugs charges during UAE president’s state visit to UKThe parents of one of the three British men jailed in Dubai on Monday for possession of synthetic cannabis after they said they had been tortured are confident the trio will be pardoned by the president […]
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Boris Johnson may regret portraying London as the ‘eighth emirate’ | Robert Booth

The mayor of London has been bending over backwards to attract Gulf investment, but is it in his voters’ best interests?The London mayor Boris Johnson has been in the Gulf looking for that most valuable of commodities in these times of tough credit and public spending: hard cash. Development finance, as with domestic mortgages, has […]
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David Cameron: UK arms sales to Gulf countries ‘legitimate’

Prime minister wants to persuade the UAE to buy Eurofighter Typhoons to replace their ageing French Mirage jetsDavid Cameron has defended British arms sales to Gulf countries as “entirely legitimate” but insisted that the Arab spring is a positive development and that there are no “no-go areas” in talks with autocratic allies who are fretting […]
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Cameron heads to Gulf in bid to sell Typhoon fighter jets

Low-key mission will also attempt to patch up relations with leaders in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab EmiratesDavid Cameron’s Middle East destinations (pdf)David Cameron will embark on a low-key arms trip to the Gulf on Monday in an attempt to persuade regional powers upset by Britain’s response to the Arab spring to buy more […]
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BP oil concession in Abu Dhabi at risk in political row between UK and UAE

BP’s exclusion from bidding to renew its concession thought to be reprisal for British criticism of crackdown on Islamist groupsOne of BP’s longest-running energy concessions is threatening to become a high-profile victim of tensions between the United Arab Emirates and Britain over criticism of the Middle East state’s crackdown on Islamist extremist groups.BP was first […]
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United Arab Emirates and Britain: best of friends | Editorial

Foreign Office ministers continue to give UAE a cover of respectability the authoritarian regime does not deserveHuman rights are so essential to Britain’s foreign policy objectives that they are part of our DNA. That is what a Foreign Office spokesman said with a straight face when the foreign affairs select committee rightly criticised the government […]
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Abortion statistics for England and Wales: see the latest breakdown

The latest abortion statistics show huge variation in rates across England and Wales. Find out what the figures say• Get the dataAbortions are down to 196,082 carried out in 2011, The figures provide a fascinating insight into women’s lives across the two countries – and for those who come here to have the procedure.The figures […]
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