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London high court to consider welfare of children, not divorce, statement says

The imminent courtroom battle between Princess Haya of Jordan and her estranged husband, Sheikh Mohammed of Dubai, is a dispute over their children’s welfare, it has been revealed.

In a highly unusual move, following extensive international publicity the couple issued a statement on Thursday through the high court confirming the legal issues involved in the case.

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Wife of sheikh is said to fear kidnap after disappearances of other female royals

Princess Haya Bint al-Hussein’s flight to Britain is threatening to provoke a diplomatic crisis as her husband, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai and a key UK ally in the Gulf, faces mounting criticism over his family’s treatment of women.

The 45-year-old, a half-sister of the king of Jordan, is understood to be living in London in fear of kidnap following the alleged abductions of several close relatives.

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British government alleged to have been lobbied for return of Princess Haya

A legal battle between two of the most prominent Middle Eastern royals has been launched in the London courts amid claims that the UK government has been lobbied over the case.

Princess Haya bint al-Hussein, daughter of the late King Hussein of Jordan, and her husband, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, are understood to have parted. They are now engaged in a formal dispute in the high court. The case began after she fled Dubai and is due to resume later this month.

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Investigation launched after UK-registered light aircraft crashes near Dubai international airport

Three Britons and a South African have died in a plane crash near Dubai international airport, according to the Emirati authorities.

A UK-registered light aircraft carrying the four people came down about three miles south of the airport, the state’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) said on Thursday. Investigators have been sent to the scene.

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Laleh Shahravesh, detained under cybercrime laws, says experience was very traumatic

A British woman held in Dubai over a Facebook post describing her ex-husband’s wife as a horse has returned to the UK after being freed from what she said was “the most horrendous” ordeal.

Laleh Shahravesh, from Richmond in London, landed at Heathrow on Friday morning, according to the Detained in Dubai campaign group, which helped her.

Related: Internet regulation proposals could censor the lawful speech of millionsLetters

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Laleh Shahravesh fined by Dubai court over criticism of ex-husband’s new wife three years ago

A British woman held in Dubai for describing her ex-husband’s new wife as a horse on Facebook is to be allowed to go home.

Laleh Shahravesh, 55, was arrested with her 14-year-old daughter at Dubai airport in March, three years after she made the remarks on social media.

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Laleh Shahravesh was arrested in March and faces up to two years in jail, according to campaign group

A British woman is facing two years in jail in Dubai for allegedly using disparaging language about her ex-husband’s new wife on Facebook, campaigners have claimed.

Laleh Shahravesh, 55, of Richmond, south-west London, was arrested together with her teenage daughter at Dubai airport in March. She faces up to two years in jail and a fine of £50,000 for two Facebook posts she made while living in the UK in 2016, according to the Detained In Dubai campaign group.

Related: There’s no justice in the UAE – I learned that in a Dubai prisonDavid Haigh

Related: Woman arrested with daughter in Dubai over drinking wine is released

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Andrew Neal, who has PTSD, was forced to sign confession, say legal campaigners Detained in Dubai

A former British soldier, who is suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, is being detained in the United Arab Emirates over what his lawyers claim was a forced confession for drug dealing.

Andrew Neal, 44, who received 17 medals during 24 years in the army, was arrested at his home in Dubai on 4 October.

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Emirati authorities ridiculed on social media after Gender Balance Index awards announced

Authorities in the United Arab Emirates have been ridiculed after it emerged that all of the winners of an initiative designed to foster gender equality in the workplace were men.

Certificates and medals were awarded by Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, the vice-president of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai, in the categories of “best government entity supporting gender balance”, “best federal authority supporting gender balance” and “best gender balance initiative” at a ceremony on Sunday.

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Film director working on vast art installation inspired by cult classic On the Road

He trained as an artist and has found inspiration in old master paintings in making some of British cinema’s most avant-garde films. Now the director Peter Greenaway is working on perhaps his most ambitious artwork so far – an actual racetrack as a vast outdoor art installation.

It will be a tribute to Jack Kerouac’s cult classic On the Road, the story of a hedonistic road trip across the US, as Greenaway seeks to recreate Kerouac’s sense of adventure for the 21st century, as well as raising questions about “the future of our roads and how we are going to use them”.

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