On Emirates’ glittering coast, pearl trade lives on | AFP

At a time of increasing awareness of cultural traditions in the UAE, pearl farmer Abdullah al-Suwaidi hopes to revive the tradition of pearling — once a vital source of wealth to the Emirati people before the discovery of oil transformed the Gulf into one of the world’s wealthiest regions.

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ISS crew return safely to Earth | AFP

A three-man crew including an Emirati who became the first Arab to reach the International Space Station return to Earth safely in good shape. Hazzaa al-Mansoori of the United Arab Emirates touched down in the Kazakh steppes at 1059 GMT along with NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin, who both survived a failed launch to the ISS last year.

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Journey into space: a test for the human body | AFP Animé

Videographic illustrating how space travel can affect the functioning of the human body over time. A Soyuz spacecraft carrying an Emirati who was the first Arab to reach the International Space Station left the orbital lab Thursday ahead of his return to Earth and hero status in his homeland.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Russian rocket carrying Emirati docks at International Space Station | AFP

A Soyuz rocket docks at the International Space Station (ISS), carrying Hazzaa al-Mansoori of the United Arab Emirates, who will make history by becoming the first Arab on the ISS, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka and NASA astronaut Jessica Meir. IMAGES

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Soyuz rocket carrying Emirati blasts off for ISS | AFP

A Russian Soyuz spacecraft blasts off from the Baikonur space centre in Kazakhstan Wednesday with an Emirati astronaut onboard who will make history by becoming the first Arab on the International Space Station.

VICE News Daily: Al Shabaab Attacks Diplomatic Convoy in Mogadishu

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Residents of a Shanghai suburb don’t want petrochemicals in their neighborhood, Al-Shabaab targets a vehicle carrying Emirati diplomats in Mogadishu, Russia’s retaliation for extended sanctions, and how drought is affecting animals in northern Chile.

CHINA
Thousands Protest Petrochemical Plant
Residents of Jinshan are concerned over reports a plant that produces paraxylene will be relocated to their district.

SOMALIA
Car Bomb Targets Military Trainers from the United Arab Emirates
At least 12 people were killed, but the diplomats survived the attack.

RUSSIA
President Putin Extends Ban on Western Food Imports
It’s his response to an agreement by the EU to prolong sanctions on the country for its annexation of Crimea and involvement in the Ukraine conflict.

CHILE
Drought Decimates Livestock Population in Northern Region
Thousands have died since conditions began in 2007, and ranchers say they’re losing more animals this year than ever before.

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