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Princess Latifa: UN to question UAE about Dubai ruler’s daughter

Princess Latifa: UN to question UAE about Dubai ruler’s daughter

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The United Nations has said it will raise the detention of Princess Latifa, the daughter of Dubai's ruler, with the United Arab Emirates (UAE).Princess Latifa has accused her father of holding her hostage in Dubai since she tried to flee the city in 2018.In secretly recorded videos shared with the BBC, Princess Latifa said she feared for her life.The footage prompted global calls for a UN investigation, while the UK said the videos were "deeply troubling"."We are concerned about it," UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Wednesday.He said the videos showed "a young woman in deep distress", adding that the UK would watch any developments from the UN "very closely".The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has said it would soon question the UAE about Princess Latifa."We wi...
Princess Latifa: ‘Hostage’ ordeal of Dubai ruler’s daughter revealed

Princess Latifa: ‘Hostage’ ordeal of Dubai ruler’s daughter revealed

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The daughter of Dubai's ruler who tried to flee the country in 2018 later sent secret video messages to friends accusing her father of holding her "hostage" as she feared for her life.In footage shared with BBC Panorama, Princess Latifa Al Maktoum says commandos drugged her as she fled by boat and flew her back to detention.The secret messages have stopped - and friends are urging the UN to step in.Dubai and the UAE have previously said she is safe in the care of family.Ex-UN rights envoy Mary Robinson, who had described Latifa as a "troubled young woman" after meeting her in 2018, now says she was "horribly tricked" by the princess's family.The former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and president of Ireland has joined calls for international action to establish Latifa's current cond...
Gaza's Hamas rulers say cease-fire reached with Israel

Gaza's Hamas rulers say cease-fire reached with Israel

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Gaza's Hamas rulers said Wednesday they had agreed to a cease-fire with Israel to end the largest flare-up of violence between the sides since a 2014 war. Khalil al-Hayya, a senior Hamas official, said Egyptian mediators intervened "after the resistance succeeded in warding off the aggression." He said militant groups in Gaza will commit to the cease-fire as long as Israel does. Israeli Cabinet minister Arieh Deri told Israel's Army Radio that he expected calm to be restored. "If it will be quiet, we will respond with quiet. We've given Hamas a chance to prove that we can return to routine ... If they release the reins there will be a very painful strike," he said. "There is a good chance that the routine will be restored after the blow the army unleashed on them." The Israeli military s...