Sheikha Latifa with Mary Robinson in Dubai. Photograph: United Arab Emirates Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation via AP

The princess known as Sheikha Latifa had not left Dubai, the glittering emirate ruled by her father, in 18 years. Her requests to travel and study els(...)

Durham University PhD student Matthew Hedges and his wife Daniela Tejada. Photograph: Daniela Tejada/EPA

The PhD student Matthew Hedges has spoken out about the psychological torture he underwent while being held for nearly seven months in the United Arab(...)

Alex Younger, chief of the Secret Intelligence Service  –  known as MI6 –  at the University of St Andrews on Monday in Scotland. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/Getty Images

The head of the UK’s secret service, Alex Younger, signalled security concerns over the Chinese telecoms group Huawei in a rare speech that underlined(...)

Matthew Hedges and his wife, Daniela Tejada, reunited in northern England on Tuesday. The PhD student was  granted a presidential pardon and flown back to Britain earlier in the day. Photograph: Daniela Tejada/EPA

A British academic sentenced to life imprisonment by the United Arab Emirates for spying and then pardoned by the nation’s president days later thanke(...)

Matthew Hedges with his wife Daniela Tejada. Photograph: Daniela Tejada/PA

The United Arab Emirates on Monday pardoned and released a British academic jailed for life on spying charges, granting a request for clemency after (...)

Undated family handout file photo of Matthew Hedges with his wife Daniela Tejada. Photograph: Daniela Tejada/PA

Clemency for a British academic jailed for life in the United Arab Emirates on a spying charge is being considered by the Gulf state’s leaders, an off(...)

 Matthew Hedges, a Middle Eastern studies specialist from Durham University, with his wife Daniela Tejada. File photograph: Daniela Tejada/PA Wire

British prime minister Theresa May has said she is “deeply disappointed and concerned” about the case of a British academic jailed for life in the Uni(...)