• UAE woman Munira Abdulla wakes up after 27 years in a coma

    A woman from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) who was seriously injured in a traffic accident in 1991 has made a seemingly miraculous recovery after emerging from a 27-year-long coma. Munira Abdulla, who was aged 32 at the time of the accident, suffered a severe brain injury after the car she was travelling in collided with a bus on the way to pick up her son from school. Omar Webair, who was then just four years old, was sitting in the back of the vehicle with her, but was left unscathed as his mother cradled him in her arms moments before the accident. Ms Abdulla - who was being driven by her brother-in-law - was left seriously injured, but last year regained consciousness in a German hospital.

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    Iran's parliament approves bill labelling US army as 'terrorist'

    Iranian legislators on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a bill that labels all US military forces as "terrorist", a day after Washington ratcheted up pressure on Tehran by announcing that no country would any longer be exempt from US sanctions if it continues to buy Iranian oil. The bill is a step further from one last week that saw legislators approve labelling just US troops in the Middle East as "terrorist", which was a response to the US designation of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a "terrorist group" earlier this month. US President Donald Trump's administration re-imposed sanctions on Iran, including on its energy sector, in November last year after pulling out of the

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    Beyoncé's 'Homecoming:' Why the opera world should take notes

    Naomi André is an opera expert, academic and published author. Her most recent book is "Black Opera: History, Power, Engagement." The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely her own. On April 9, 1939 the African-American opera singer Marian Anderson made history when she performed outdoors on the National Mall in Washington. The 42-year-old contralto sang to a crowd of 75,000 people. She performed outside because she had been barred from singing inside one of the more appropriate, and large-enough, venues in the city: Constitution Hall, a segregated building at the time. Her powerful performance was written into civil rights history. She broke another barrier 16 years later when she

  • Al Jazeera

    Sudan protesters to Saudi Arabia, UAE: 'Please keep your money'

    Khartoum, Sudan - Sudanese protesters have called on Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to "keep their money" a day after Riyadh and Abu Dhabi offered to send Khartoum $3bn aid. Hours after the oil-rich Gulf states made the announcement on Sunday, demonstrators at the sit-in outside Sudan's military headquarters in the capital started chanting: "We don't want Saudi support." "They are lobbying and using money to try and control Sudan. We have enough resources to look after ourselves and our interests," Adil Gasem Alseed, a trader, told Al Jazeera on Monday. "We can rebuild our country without their help. We say thank you, please keep your money," the 52-year-old said. Other protesters

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    UAE resident confirmed among those killed in Sri Lanka attacks

    A 60-year old UAE resident was among the nearly 300 people killed in a deadly string of terror attacks in Sri Lanka, according to local media reports. P.S. Razeena was reportedly killed in a blast at Colombo's upscale Shangri-La hotel hours after her husband left for the UAE. Quoting a cousin, Gulf News reported that the couple - who were residents of Jumeirah Lake Towers -  were in Sri Lanka to visit relatives. “On Friday evening, they checked in[to] Hotel Shangri La. Her husband went back to Dubai this morning,” the newspaper quoted cousin Nazir Mohammed as saying on Sunday. The newspaper added that Razeena was believed to have been in attendance at the hotel's breakfast at approximately the

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    Ronaldo becomes first player to win Europe's top 3 leagues

    ROME :The breakthrough under Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. Then the coronation at Real Madrid. And now another title at Juventus. If ever there was a need to emphasize Cristiano Ronaldo's impact as a footballer, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner did it again this weekend by helping Juventus to the Serie A title in his first season in Italy. In doing so, the 34-year-old Ronaldo became the first player in history to win league titles in the English Premier League (with United), the Spanish league (Madrid) and Serie A (Juventus). “I'm very happy to have won in England, Spain and now the league title in Italy as well,” Ronaldo said. “It meant a lot to me and it means a lot to us as a team.”

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    Iraqi police arrest man selling Saddam Hussein watches in Baghdad

    LONDON: Police in Iraq have arrested a man selling watches in central Baghdad with images of the country's former dictator Saddam Hussein on their faces. Since the fall of Hussein, promotion of the former leader, the regime or the Ba'ath party is prohibited. Baghdad police department said in a statement that they acted after they had received a tip from a member of the public that someone was selling wristwatches with pictures of Saddam Hussein on them. The statement did not give further details about the arrest. Saddam Hussein was sentenced to death by hanging on Dec, 30 2006 after being convicted of crimes against humanity. Iraq's judiciary recently said no decision or law had been implemented