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The Real Housewives comes to Dubai

The Real Housewives comes to Dubai

The blingy TV franchise is coming to the emirate with a reputation for extreme luxury. It might be an awkward marriage. “Life is different in a gated community.” In the 15 years since The Real Housewives of Orange County first buttonholed its ...
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Judge calls for radical action to end secrecy of family courts

A senior judge has called for an end to secrecy in family cases in the biggest overhaul of court reporting in 60 years. Sir Andrew McFarlane’s plan would create a presumption of “openness and transparency” in all family court cases, ...
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Sheikh Mohammed and Princess Haya’s historic divorce proceedings are underway

The High Court recently found that Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum ordered the hacking of the phones of his ex-wife and her lawyers, amid their acrimonious split. Earlier this month, news broke that Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ...
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The legal battle between Princess Haya and Sheikh Mohammed

Ten-day hearing is expected to lead to largest divorce payout in British legal history. Jordan’s Princess Haya has launched her court bid to claim what experts predict may be a record-breaking divorce settlement from her estranged billionaire husband, Dubai ruler ...
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Dubai royal divorce begins

The biggest divorce case in British legal history began yesterday as a Jordanian princess arrived at court to demand a share of the fortune of the ruler of Dubai. Princess Haya Bint al-Hussein, 47, is seeking a settlement following the ...
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Lawyer of the week: Sarah Palin, who acted so journalists could publish judgments on Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum’s custody hearings

Sarah Palin at Doughty Street Chambers acted successfully for nine newspapers and broadcasters, including The Times, so they could publish judgments on the custody hearings between the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, and his former wife, Princess ...
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Polo club urged to cut ties with sheikh over ‘hacking’

An exclusive club closely associated with the royal family has been urged to sever its links with the ruler of Dubai after a judge found he had orchestrated the hacking of mobile phones. The Guards Polo Club was founded by ...
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Dubai ruler’s ‘campaign of fear and intimidation’ against Princess Haya

Findings of UK high court judge have repercussions beyond the Gulf state. So bad were relations between Princess Haya and her estranged husband Dubai’s billionaire ruler that she felt “hunted all the time” and that there was “nowhere for me ...
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Sheikh Mohammed: Reopen ‘hacking’ case, Met urged

Scotland Yard faces growing pressure to reopen an investigation into alleged phone hacking by the ruler of Dubai. Detectives closed the inquiry eight months before a High Court ruling was made public on Wednesday. It found that Sheikh Mohammed bin ...
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Cherie Blair is adviser to NSO, the firm behind Pegasus spyware

Cherie Blair faces scrutiny about her work for a secretive company behind a spyware system despite exposing its use in the hacking of a Conservative peer. The wife of Tony Blair, the former Labour leader, is an ethics adviser to ...
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The Times view on Sheikh Mohammed and our ties with the UAE: Questionable Allies

Dubai’s ruler faces a criminal investigation over the hacking of a Tory peer’s phone. British judge’s conclusion that Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum used sophisticated spyware to hack the phone of his estranged wife’s lawyer will only deepen the acrimony ...
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Sheikh Mohammed hacked Baroness Shackleton’s mobile phone, rules judge

The government was urged last night to review its diplomatic relationship with one of its closest Middle East allies after a judge implicated its ruler in the hacking of a Tory peer’s mobile phone. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum of ...
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Sheikh Set Israeli Spyware on Ex-Wife in Custody Battle, Court Says

The ruler of Dubai was found to have hacked the phones of his former wife, a Jordanian princess, and of her lawyers. One of those targeted is a member of the House of Lords in Britain. When the hyper-wealthy ruler ...
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Dubai’s billionaire ruler targeted ex-wife with NSO’s Pegasus spyware

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, the billionaire ruler of Dubai, targeted the phone of his estranged wife Princess Haya with a military-grade spyware tool during a London court battle over their two children, a High Court judge has found. Sheikh ...
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‘Latifa isn’t free — she’s just in a bigger prison than before’

The ex-wife of Dubai’s leader has reason to doubt the tale of his prodigal daughter — she too was held captive by him, she claims. Reclining by a window in her hilltop residence outside Beirut, Randa al-Banna took a puff ...
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The Runaway Princesses of Dubai

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai rules one of the world's richest city-states--and prides himself on being progressive. So why do women from his family keep fleeing? In late 2019, I wrote a lengthy investigation into the flight ...
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All the bad guys loved an Uzi. Now Israeli cyberspies are the autocrat’s weapon of choice

Louise Callaghan, The Times July 25, 2021 From a conference stage at Tel Aviv University, Israel’s new prime minister called on all “good nations” to join forces against the growing scourge of cybersecurity threats. Yet Naftali Bennett, a millionaire tech ...
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Israeli spyware tool ‘used to trace fugitive Princess Latifa’

A spyware tool developed by an Israeli security company might have been used to trace an Emirati princess who tried to flee her father’s kingdom. Princess Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum was recaptured by commandos in a yacht off the coast ...
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A princess raced to escape Dubai’s powerful ruler. Then her phone appeared on the list.

In the days before commandos dragged Princess Latifa from her getaway yacht in the Indian Ocean, her number was added to a list that included targets of a powerful spyware, a new investigation shows. The princess had been careful, so ...
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FBI ‘duped into helping sheikh seize daughter in yacht raid’

The FBI was tricked into helping the ruler of Dubai abduct his daughter from a yacht as she tried to escape his control, it has been claimed. Princess Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum was seized by Indian army commandos off the ...
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Princess Latifa’s attempt to escape Dubai was thwarted. Here’s what we know about the FBI’s role

Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum – also known as Princess Latifa – was running away from her father, the authoritarian ruler of Dubai, when her escape was thwarted after a dramatic raid of her yacht in 2018 on the Indian ...
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How the FBI played a role in the capture of Princess Latifa of Dubai

On a yacht in the Indian Ocean, heavily armed commandos seized the princess. "Shoot me here! Don't take me back!" Princess Latifa – whose full name is Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum – screamed during the raid in March 2018 as ...
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‘Kidnapped’ Dubai princess Latifa pictured ‘on holiday in Spain’

Princess Latifa has appeared in a photo with a British teacher in a Spanish airport, four months after claiming she was imprisoned after being kidnapped by her billionaire father, the ruler of Dubai. The 35-year-old princess wore a mask in ...
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‘Kidnapped’ Princess Latifa pictured at Madrid airport

Friends of a Dubai princess who claimed to have been kidnapped and held captive by her billionaire father are suspending a campaign to free her after a photograph appeared to show her on holiday in Spain with a British teacher ...
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Has Dubai’s Missing Princess Latifa Surfaced for Good?

In 2018, Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum tried to flee Dubai by boat. Her father is Dubai’s ruler, Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, and the dramatic plan to sail across the Indian Ocean was scuttled when soldiers detained her and ...
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