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Woman executed for teacher's murder

A woman with links to Islamic extremists who was convicted of murdering an American teacher with a butcher's knife in an Abu Dhabi shopping centre has been executed by authorities in the United Arab Emirates.

Alaa Bader Abdullah al-Hashemi was put to death this morning, A hmed al-Dhanhani, attorney general for the state security prosecution service, told state news agency WAM.

Her execution was carried out following the approval of the president, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, just two weeks after the country's top court found her guilty of murdering 47-year-old schoolteacher Ibolya Ryan in a toilet in a mall on the Emirati capital's upmarket Reem Island.

Al-Hashemi was also found guilty of sending money to al Qaida in Yemen and publishing information with the intent to harm the reputation of the UAE.

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