• Egypt Independent

    Sri Lanka says attacks carried out by suicide bombers, international network involved

    COLOMBO (Reuters) - Seven suicide bombers took part in the attacks on churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka that killed 290 people and wounded more than 500, an investigator said on Monday, while a government spokesman said an international network was involved. Two of the suicide bombers blew themselves up at the luxury Shangri-La Hotel on Colombo's seafront, said Ariyananda Welianga, a senior official at the government's forensic division. The others targeted three churches and two other hotels. A fourth hotel and a house in a suburb of the capital Colombo were also targeted, but it was not immediately clear how those attacks were carried out. “Still the investigations are going on,” Welianga

  • CNN Style

    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

  • 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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    Lebanese FM received Iranian funds in Red Crescent parcels: Ex Justice Minister

    Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil has been accused of engaging in widespread acts of corruption, including receiving Iranian funds as payment for providing a “Christian cover” for Hezbollah. The searing charges leveled by former justice minister Ashraf Rifi are certain to inflame political tensions in Beirut, as the Lebanese government struggles to tackle endemic corruption and implement fiscal reforms as a condition for unlocking more than $11 billion of foreign financial assistance to help alleviate Lebanon's dire economic crisis. In a news conference Monday in Rifi's home city of Tripoli in north Lebanon, the former minister described Basil as the “most corrupt” minister in the government.

  • Emirates24|7

    Prince Louis' first birthday marked with new pictures

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have shared three new photographs of their son Prince Louis to celebrate his first birthday (23.04.19) The young royal can be seen showing off his two baby teeth in the sweet photographs which were taken by his mother in the grounds of the royal couple's private residence, Anmer Hall, on Queen Elizabeth's Sandringham Estate in Norfolk. Kensington Palace announced on Twitter: "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to share three new photographs of Prince Louis ahead of his first birthday tomorrow The photographs were taken earlier this month by The Duchess at their home in Norfolk." Louis' uncle and aunt, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have wished their

  • Egypt Independent

    After IS fall, some women who joined plead to come home

    AL-HOL, Syria (AP) - They came from around the world, four women drawn to the Islamic State group's “caliphate.” They said it was out of misguided religious faith or naivety or youthful rebellion, but whatever the reason, they tied their lives to a group that became notorious for its atrocities. Now after the militants' defeat, they say they made a mistake and are pleading to come home. They are among tens of thousands of Syrian, Iraqi and foreign women and children who belonged to the caliphate now held in camps in northern Syria overseen by the U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces. Many remain die-hard supporters of IS. Inside the camps, they have tried to recreate the caliphate.

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    Mohammed bin Rashid meets with Mohamed bin Zayed, reviews variety of issues

    His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, met with His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. During the meeting, held at Al Bahr Palace, Their Highnesses exchanged views on national issues related to Emiratis which contribute to achieving sustainable development and enhancing the country's stature globally under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed emphasisied the keenness of the wise leadership in achieving happiness for UAE citizens