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NYC Hotel Housekeeping Head Gets Prison in Killing of Lebanese Woman

She grew up amid the Lebanese civil war and was orphaned at 9. A nursing director who came to admire businesswomen, Andree "Sara" Bejjani moved to New York to foster her new career in her 40s, settling in an apartment in an elegant hotel overlooking Manhattan's Central Park. She felt safe there, she told her sister.

Within months, Bejjani was found strangled on her kitchen floor at the Jumeriah Essex House with a knife sticking out of her neck, police said. She had been murdered by a housekeeping manager who used his employee key card to break into her apartment and attack her as she slept.

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Mulberry Bags Surging Profits, Eyes International Expansion

British luxury handbag maker Mulberry said Thursday that annual profits more than quadrupled, as the group celebrated its 40th anniversary with stunning sales growth and eyed more global expansion.

Pre-tax earnings rocketed by a staggering 358 percent to £23.3 million ($37.6 million, 26.6 million Euros) in the 12 months to the end of March, Mulberry said in a results statement.

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Dubai Steps in To Take Over Cash-Strapped Bank

Dubai's government unexpectedly intervened Monday to take over Dubai Bank, a cash-strapped lender jointly owned by the Dubai ruler's investment company and the developer of the world's tallest tower.

The government, in a statement issued by the city-state's media office, vowed to immediately pump an undisclosed amount of fresh funds into the bank. The announcement is a reminder that while Dubai may be recovering from the economic downturn, it is far from being in the clear after its biggest conglomerate was forced to re-negotiate the terms on about $25 billion in debt.

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Thai Police Arrest UAE Man With Bear, Panthers in Case

A man whose luggage contained a baby bear, a pair of panthers, two leopards and some monkeys was arrested as he tried to smuggle the live animals out of Thailand, police said Friday.

Noor Mahmoodr, a 36-year-old citizen of the United Arab Emirates, was detained soon after midnight by undercover officers at a Bangkok airport with the animals -- all aged under two months -- in his cases.

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Dubai Wife Demands $12 Million Over Husband's 'Sex Flop'

An Emirati man is being sued for a whopping $12 million dollars for failing to have sex with his wife and causing her mental anguish, a report said Wednesday.

The unidentified woman told the court that her Emirati husband did not sleep with her in the first four months of their marriage in 2008 and later she discovered that he suffered from erectile dysfunction, Gulf News said.

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Gulf Troops Enter Bahrain, Opposition Slams 'Occupation', U.S. Warns GCC States

Armed forces rolled Monday into Bahrain from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to help restore order in the strategic Gulf kingdom where protesters have shut down the financial center.

Thousands of mostly Shiite protesters occupied Manama's business district, turning the regional banking hub into a ghost town as they pressed their calls for democratic change from the Sunni Muslim monarchy.

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Gadhafi's Namesake in UAE to Change His Name

A namesake of embattled Libyan leader Moammer Gadhafi has rushed to change his name in "solidarity" with Libyan people, an Emirati daily reported Wednesday.

The 40-year-old Sudanese Moammer Gadhafi who lives in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates is trying to change his name "in solidarity with the Libyans whose blood was shed" during an uprising against the Libyan leader, Arabic daily Emarat Alyoum reported.

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US-bound Suspicious Packages Probed as Possible Terror Plot

Authorities on three continents are investigating whether suspicious packages shipped from Yemen to Chicago religious sites are part of a terrorist plot.

Officials were investigating whether two packages — one described as containing a toner cartridge with wires attached and powder — were mailed as part of an attempted attack or a dry run for a future attack.

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