The global credit crunch and falling oil prices are taking a toll on the superrich Gulf emirate as developers mothball high-profile projects and lay off workers.
The jewelry could belong to the treasures of Nimrud, officials say.
Western forces target the Taliban, but for many Afghans the biggest threat comes from criminals and complicitous police.
Egypt hosted Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Sudan, Yemen, and the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia on Thursday in a bid to protect valuable maritime trade routes from pirates.
In what terrorism analysts say is an attempt to show that the president-elect may not meet Muslims' expectations for change in the Middle East, Ayman al-Zawahiri called Obama 'dishonorable.'
A supertanker hijacking helped boost the price of oil early this week.
Exhibition of 19th-century visions of the 'exotic' Orient recalls the heavy history of colonialism.
The Methboubs, a family the Monitor has followed since 2002, have been devastated by the imprisonment of one son who says he's being held on false charges.