Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan gets married

Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed got married on Wednesday. (Instagram: @faz3)
Updated 16 May 2019
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Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan gets married

  • Two of the crown prince’s brothers were also married on the same day
  • The crown prince’s sister Sheikha Latifa confirmed the news on her Instagram account

DUBAI: Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed got married on Wednesday to Sheikha Shaikha bin Saeed bin Thani Al-Maktoum in a religious ceremony in the emirate, the UAE’s Gulf News has reported.
Two of the crown prince’s brothers were also married on the same day — Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed, deputy ruler of Dubai, wed Sheikha Mayram bint Butti Al-Maktoum while Sheikh Ahmad bin Mohammed got married to Sheikh Midya bint Dalmouj Al-Maktoum.
The crown prince’s sister Sheikha Latifa confirmed the news on her Instagram account with a picture of the three brothers and a caption: “The nation is rejoiced.”
The announcement of three of Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum’s nuptials caused a buzz on social media with people sending their congratulations to the three couples, while an Arabic hashtag #Spirit_Of_The_Union became a trending topic in the UAE.


Sudan's top opposition rejects strike call in protest rift

Updated 26 May 2019
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Sudan's top opposition rejects strike call in protest rift

KHARTOUM: Sudan's main opposition group and supporter of the protest movement on Sunday rejected its call to stage a two-day general strike, in the first sign of a rift within the movement negotiating the launch of civilian rule.
Talks between leaders of the umbrella protest movement, the Alliance for Freedom and Change, and army generals who seized power after ousting autocrat Omar Al-Bashir last month are deadlocked over who should lead a new governing body - a civilian or soldier.
In a bid to step up pressure on the generals, the protest movement has called for a general strike starting Tuesday, but the National Umma Party, a key backer of the movement, rejected the measure.
"We reject the general strike announced by some opposition groups" in the Alliance for Freedom and Change, the National Umma Party said in a statement.
"A general strike is a weapon that should be used after it is agreed upon by everybody," Umma said.
"We have to avoid such escalated measures that are not fully agreed."
The National Umma Party led by former premier Sadiq Al-Mahdi said any such decision should be taken by a council of leaders of the protest movement.
Such a council was still not in place and "will be composed in a meeting on Monday", it said.
It was Mahdi's elected government that Bashir, who himself was deposed on April 11, toppled in a coup in 1989.
In a recent interview with AFP, Mahdi warned protesters not to "provoke" the army's rulers as they had been instrumental in ousting Bashir.