UK academic released on bail in United Arab Emirates

Durham University PhD student Matthew Hedges and his wife Daniela Tejada in London. (EPA/Daniela Tejada)
Updated 30 October 2018
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UK academic released on bail in United Arab Emirates

  • Hedges was arrested on May 5 at Dubai airport

DUBAI/LONDON: A British academic charged with spying in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been released on bail, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Monday.
Matthew Hedges, a 31-year-old doctoral student at Durham University, was arrested on May 5 at Dubai airport after a two-week visit and was being kept in solitary confinement.
A spokeswoman for Britain’s foreign office in London said: “We are monitoring developments closely and have made the Emirati authorities aware of all our concerns. We continue to do everything we can for Matthew and his family.”


Lebanon PM undergoes heart procedure in France

Updated 25 March 2019
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Lebanon PM undergoes heart procedure in France

  • Hariri’s office said the 48-year-old underwent an hour-long angioplasty procedure
  • Hariri will return to his home in Paris later Monday

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s prime minister underwent a heart procedure in a Paris hospital on Monday and is expected to be discharged later in the day.
Saad Hariri’s office said the 48-year-old underwent an hour-long angioplasty procedure, used to treat blocked arteries. Hariri’s personal physician, Essam Yassin, said the prime minister is well and described the procedure as a “preventive” measure.
He said Hariri will return to his home in Paris later Monday.
Hariri is the youngest head of state in the region, and has been Lebanon’s prime minister for three separate periods since 2009. He is now presiding over his third Cabinet, after being named premier again in February.
His father, Rafik Hariri, a business tycoon who also served as Lebanon’s prime minister, was assassinated in 2005.