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The world’s first robot policeman has officially joined Dubai’s police force.

While it’s not exactly the Robocop from the movie, officers in the United Arab Emirates may want to get used to them, as the bots may soon account for a quarter of their colleagues.

The autonomous Robocop entered the line of duty on Sunday by greeting guests and patrolling the halls at the three-day Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference (GISEC).

Plans are in place to have the machine on the streets in popular Dubai areas when the expo ends on Tuesday evening.

“With an aim to assist and help people in the malls or on the streets, the Robocop is the latest smart addition to the force and has been designed to help us fight crime, keep the city safe and improve happiness levels,” said Brigadier-General Khalid Nasser Al Razzouqi, Director-General of Smart Services with the Dubai Police. rt.com
Newly re-elected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani dismissed US President Donald Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia over the weekend as a "theatrical gathering" that would do nothing to combat terrorism in the region.

In a news conference in Tehran on Monday, Rouhani said Trump's first visit abroad was a "theatrical gathering with no practical or political value."

"You can't solve terrorism just by giving your people's money to a superpower," Rouhani said. 

He was referring to a $110 billion military deal Trump clinched with Saudi Arabia during the US President's first foreign trip since he took office, one of the biggest arms sales in history. cnn.com
Carrier pigeons are the latest and greatest in drug smuggling to Kuwait.

Customs officers at the Al-Ebdelli border entry point found a homing pigeon attempting to smuggle 178 amphetamine pills wrapped around its body.

Acting as a flying drug mule, the bird was spotted coming from Iraq.

Officers pursued the animal and were able to finally capture the bird after it perched atop a building with a belt around its body attaching the pills. gdnonline.com
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates will donate a combined $100 million to a World Bank fund for women entrepreneurs that was the brainchild of Ivanka Trump.

The announcement by World Bank President Jim Young Kim came during a visit to Saudi Arabia by President Trump.

The UAE's U.S. ambassador, Yousef Al Otaiba, said in a statement that the promised donation reflects "our commitment to empowering women in our region and builds on the progress we have made in our country, where women play a role in every segment of society." npr.org
President Donald Trump said the war on terrorism isn’t a battle between different faiths, toning down rhetoric that had fueled concerns America was at war with Islam.

On the second day of his inaugural foreign trip, where he’s been hailed by Arab leaders as a “dear brother” and a man with “unique personality,” Trump told Muslim allies on Sunday not to wait for U.S. help to crush terror groups.

Countries must ensure that terrorists find “no sanctuary,” he said in a speech to more than 50 leaders who gathered in Riyadh.

“This is a battle between good and evil,” Trump said. “Drive them out of your places of worship, your communities, your Holy Land and the Earth.”

The focus of Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia is shifting to politics, a day after major U.S. companies signed multi-billion dollar deals in the defense, energy and infrastructure industries. bloomberg.com
Criticizing President Barack Obama and others for not using the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism,” Trump was instructed to instead embrace the subtle yet significant switch, using the term “Islamist extremism” in his speech to Saudi leaders at the nation's capital.

Declaring terrorism to be a “battle between good and evil,” Trump advised it should be fought by “decent people” of all religions.

But when the moment came, Trump went off script and used both words, Islamic and Islamist. “That means honestly confronting the crisis of Islamic extremism and the Islamists and Islamic terror of all kinds,” Trump said. 

It was unclear whether he stumbled over the different word or consciously rejected the change suggested by the text. theglobeandmail.com
Saudi Arabia's king presented President Trump with the kingdom's highest civilian honor in capital city Riyadh during the first part of his five-stop journey through the Middle East, Italy and Belgium.

Touching down in Riyadh, Trump and First Lady Melania descended the stairs to a wide red carpet where Saudi Arabian King Salman, 81, greeted them. 

Their entourage then moved to the Royal Court where Salman decorated the President with the gold King Abdulaziz medal, a distinction also bestowed upon Presidents Obama and George W. Bush. nydailynews.com
 First lady Melania Trump did not wear a headscarf when she greeted the king of Saudi Arabia on Saturday.

Neither did President Trump's daughter, Ivanka, or any of the other women in Trump's delegation.

That's not uncommon, illegal or even particularly impolite.

While Islamic women are required by sharia law to cover their heads in public, there's no such expectation for western women.

And King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud greeted Melania Trump warmly at the airport, even shaking her hand — again, something forbidden between unrelated Saudi men and women but allowed for foreigners. usatoday.com