Activists: Iran conservationists get prison time amid unrest

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Six conservationists working to save the critically endangered Asiatic cheetah have been sentenced to prison on internationally criticized espionage charges in Iran, activists said Thursday, even as protests and unrest continue in parts of the country amid a government-imposed internet shutdown.

The case against members of the nonprofit Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation show how spying charges and convictions can be levied against dual nationals and those with Western ties in Iran in closed-door trials before its Revolutionary Court.

Iran's Rouhani claims government victory over unrest he blames on foreigners: state media

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian President Rouhani on Wednesday claimed government victory over unrest he blamed on Iran’s foreign enemies, according to state media, after protests since a hike in gasoline prices last week that have shaken the country.

“The Iranian people have again succeeded at an historic test and shown that they will not let enemies benefit from the situation, even though they might have complaints about the country’s management,” Rouhani said in remarks carried by the state broadcaster IRIB on its website.

Emirates to get 30 Boeing 787 Dreamliners for $8.8 billion

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Middle East’s biggest carrier, the Dubai-based Emirates, announced on Wednesday a firm order for 30 Boeing 787 Dreamliners in a deal valued at $8.8 billion.

Emirates CEO and Chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said this order replaces an agreement for 150 777x Boeing to 126 of that aircraft, and adds 30 of the 787-9 Dreamliners. He spoke to reporters at the Dubai Airshow.

Amnesty: At least 106 dead in protests, which Iran disputes

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Days of protests over rising fuel prices and a subsequent government crackdown have killed at least 106 people across Iran, Amnesty International said Tuesday, adding that the real figure may be much higher.

Iran’s government has not released a toll of those arrested, injured or killed in the protests that began Friday and spread quickly across at least 100 cities and towns. But it disputed Amnesty’s report through its mission to the United Nations, calling it “baseless allegations and fabricated figures.”

Sales of grounded Boeing 737 MAX pick up steam at Dubai Airshow

DUBAI (Reuters) - Boeing’s 737 MAX took center stage at the Dubai Airshow on Tuesday as the U.S. planemaker prepared to announce orders for dozens of aircraft as it seeks to restore confidence in the jet amid a worldwide grounding, people familiar with the matter said.

Boeing was expected to announce the orders, which could be worth $5-6 billion, a day after securing the first firm order for the aircraft since the grounding from Turkey’s SunExpress.

Global regulators banned commercial flights of Boeing’s fastest-selling jet in March after two fatal accidents.

UAC shares to be transferred to Rostec in first half of 2020 — Rostec CEO

DUBAI/United Arab Emirates/, November 18. /TASS/: Transfer of shares of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) to Rostec is scheduled to be completed in the first half of 2020, CEO of Rostec Sergei Chemezov told reporters on Monday.

"Transfer of UAC shares to Rostec is in progress. It will take some more time, but I hope that we will complete it in the first half of next year. After that, we must reorganize the entire air cluster, make three or maybe four divisions. There will be civilian, military, transport division, and possibly the fourth, strategic aviation," he said.

Russia launches S-400 production for India, delivery to begin by 2025

DUBAI/United Arab Emirates/, November 18. /TASS/: Russia has launched production of S-400 missile defense systems for India and the contract on their delivery will be fulfilled by 2025, CEO of Russia's state hi-tech corporation Rostec Sergei Chemezov told Dubai Airshow 2019.

"The advance payment has been made. I don’t want to specify an exact figure, but there is an advance payment. We have launched production and the work is underway, and everything will be implemented as scheduled. The contract will be fulfilled by 2025," Chemezov said.

Iran’s top leader warns ‘thugs’ as protests reach 100 cities

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran’s supreme leader on Sunday cautiously backed the government’s decision to raise gasoline prices by 50% after days of widespread protests, calling those who attacked public property during demonstrations “thugs” and signaling that a potential crackdown loomed.

Russia ready to take part in developing Turkish fighter jets

DUBAI/United Arab Emirates/, November 17. /TASS/: Russia is ready to take part in developing Turkish fighter jets of 4++ and fifth-generation and offer its technologies, Head of Russia’s Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation Dmitry Shugayev told reporters at Dubai Airshow-2019 on Sunday.

"As for developing advanced aircraft, now the sides are in technical talks on 4++ generation aircraft and are also holding the first preliminary consultations on the fifth-generation jet," Shugayev said.

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