Property developer Safi Qurashi was jailed in Dubai for writing three cheques that bounced

Dubai’s most senior court quashes majority of British property developer's convictions

A British property developer broke down in tears today after Dubai’s most senior court quashed the majority of his convictions.

US Navy insists it had no option after killing 'fisherman' in Gulf

Tensions and patrols rise as ship opens fire on small boat said to have ignored warnings

UAE offers to free American hunger striker on bail

A court in the United Arab Emirates has offered to release on bail an American businessman accused of embezzlement who has been on hunger strike in jail since May, the US embassy said today.

Observations: A new kind of art school - with classes in surveillance

Arriving at London's Hayward Gallery last week for a workshop on forensic tendencies in art and film run by the artists Jane and Louise Wilson, I had little idea what to expect. It was part of Wide Open School, a month-long initiative where 100 international artists are turning teachers to run sessions on anything from method acting (Gillian Wearing) and making music (Martin Creed). I opted for forensics because I'm always glued to programmes such as Homeland and Silent Witness (what Susan Schuppli, Senior Research Fellow of Forensic Architecture at Goldsmiths, who also spoke at the session, describes as the "CSI media effect"), so I figured I'd find this interesting too.

Hunger strike Briton Peter Margetts 'suffers stroke' in Dubai prison

A British businessman on hunger strike in a Dubai prison where he is serving a 23-year sentence for allowing cheques to bounce is reported to have suffered a stroke.

Frankie Dettori celebrates victory at Sandown on Thursday evening

The Last Word: Dettori deserves place above the new generation

It is not just premature to give Barzalona immediate parity with Dettori – it is folly

Somalia: Seamen beg for ransom to be paid

The families of merchant seamen held by Somali pirates for more than 18 months have said the hostages are being forced to call home with warnings they could suffer further abuses unless a $2.85m (£1.85m) ransom is paid.

Camelot is likely to be the shortest Derby favourite since 1947

Camelot set to face smallest Derby field in over a century

The withdrawal of three stablemates at the final declaration stage for the Investec Derby at Epsom tomorrow means that Camelot will face the smallest field since Orby likewise met just eight rivals in 1907. Imperial Monarch will instead contest the Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly on Sunday, while the further defection of Tower Rock and Father Of Science leaves just Astrology, the front-running winner of the Dee Stakes at Chester, to escort the hot favourite from Ballydoyle. Astrology will be ridden by Ryan Moore.

Deals of the week: Nice, Lake Como, Dubai

Less than £200... Travel to the French Riviera before July and you can still get a holiday bargain. Departing from Luton on 17 June, easyJet Holidays is offering three nights in Nice at the Hôtel Relais Acropolis for just £185pp, including breakfast. Holidays.easyjet.com

The World's tallest tower Tokyo Skytree opens

The world's tallest tower and Tokyo's biggest new landmark, the Tokyo Sky Tree, has opened to the public.

World's tallest tower 'Sky Tree' opens in Tokyo

The world's tallest tower and Tokyo's biggest new landmark, the Tokyo Sky Tree, has opened to the public.

A forgery by William Mumford enters Southwark Crown Court

Behind bars: the pub chef who cooked up masterful forgeries in his spare time

He dreamed of a glittering career as a successful artist; he ended up at 4.30am every day working as a chef in a pub. Snubbed for decades by an art world which refused to buy his paintings, William Mumford finally struck on his plan of revenge to became one of Britain’s most prolific fine art fakers.

After five years in exile, Thaksin plots return to Thailand

Ousted Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has told thousands of his supporters that he believes reconciliation is taking place in Thailand and that he could even return to the country in a matter of months.

Bridging the Gulf: 'Beloved Friend' performed at the at the Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi

Royal Opera House makes its debut in Abu Dhabi

First, it was Harrods and then Manchester City football club – now the Gulf is buying culture. Last week, the Royal Opera House (ROH) made its debut in the Gulf, in the culturally thirsty region of the UAE. I decided to pack my bags and head off to the Arab premiere of Beloved Friend at the Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, as part of the Abu Dhabi Festival.

Bill Turnbull and Susanna Reid present 'Breakfast' from Salford

BBC Breakfast's new dawn is overshadowed by £850,000 bill for getting staff to Salford

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