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Facebook's Twitter and Instagram accounts hacked

The hacking group OurMine posted on the Twitter and Instagram accounts for Facebook and Messenger, writing "even Facebook is hackable".

The accounts have now been restored.

OurMine claims its attacks are an attempt to show cyber vulnerabilities. In January it hijacked over a dozen accounts for teams in the US National Football League.

The group posted a statement on Facebook's Twitter account. "Hi, we are OurMine. Well, even Facebook is hackable but at least their security is better then Twitter."

Robot police officer goes on duty in Dubai

People will be able to use it to report crimes, pay fines and get information by tapping a touchscreen on its chest.

Data collected by the robot will also be shared with the transport and traffic authorities.

The government said the aim was for 25% of the force to be robotic by 2030 but they would not replace humans.

"We are not going to replace our police officers with this tool," said Brig Khalid Al Razooqi, director general of smart services at Dubai Police.

Dubai becomes first city to get its own Microsoft font

The typeface, designed with Microsoft, comes in both Latin and Arabic script, and will be available in 23 languages.

Government bodies have been told to use it in official correspondence.

But given the human rights record of Dubai and the United Arab Emirates, eyebrows will be raised at claims it is a font of "self-expression".

 

'Create harmony'

Dubai's Crown Prince Hamdan bin Mohammed al-Maktoum said he had been personally involved in "all the stages" of the development of the font.

Seven men's superstars to watch in Dubai

Ahead of the opening round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Dubai, we cherry pick seven men's stars who we believe will make an impact.

Jasa Veremalua – Fiji 

Tahiti beach soccer team making winning start in Dubai

Tournament favourites Brazil had a resounding 11-1 win against the hosts, the United Arab Emirates, in the other Group A encounter.

In Group B, Iran beat the USA 6-2 while Russia prevailed 10-6 over Egypt.

Swiss national team coach Angelo Schirinzi, who led the Tiki Toa to a fourth-placed finish at the 2013 World Cup, is back in charge of the new-look Tiki Toa squad for the week.

"We have new players there, we have the best players injured like (Heimanu Taiarui)," he said.

Emirates plane crash-lands at Dubai airport

All 300 people on board were able to escape from the burning aircraft, but a firefighter was killed tackling the blaze.

The Boeing 777 appeared to have landed on its belly, and images showed thick black smoke rising into the sky.

Emirates chairman Ahmed bin Saeed al-Maktoum paid tribute to the firefighter who lost his life fighting the blaze.

The aircraft was flying to Dubai from the southern Indian state of Kerala.

Flights to and from the airport were suspended for several hours but have now resumed.

Next-level underwater villas making waves in Dubai

But the city's most innovative structures yet aren't reaching for the sky -- they're diving into the ocean.

Originally introduced at the Dubai International Boat Show in 2015, the Floating Seahorse villas are unlike anything you've seen.

For starters, the villas float like anchored boats -- albeit without listing from side to side.

Dubai has fireworks despite nearby tower blaze

A huge fire broke out in the high-rise The Address Hotel in downtown Dubai in the United Arab Emirates close to the world's tallest skyscraper Burj Khalifa, where the fireworks display took place.

Burning debris fell from the 300m tall building as firefighters arrived at the scene. Officials say the fire has been brought largely under control, while an investigation into what caused the blaze is underway.

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South Africa investigates $5 million seizure at airport

Police Brig. Hangwani Mulaudzi said Tuesday that there were "rumors" that the cash was headed for the Islamic State group but that authorities had so far not found any "tangible evidence."

Islamic State extremists control parts of Syria and Iraq and have welcomed thousands of foreign fighters into their ranks.

South African tax authorities say five passengers carrying the cash were detained while boarded an Emirates flight at Johannesburg's main international airport on Aug. 28.