<p>Sri Lanka, Ministry of Possibilities, Hoda Barakat and more</p>
Hello from The National's newsroom in Abu Dhabi
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the Easter Sunday attack in Sri Lanka. The terror group, however, gave no evidence to support their claims. And find out how Sri Lanka is determined to recover after the deadly attacks.
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has denied reports that he had predicted a war with Israel this summer and that he might be assassinated soon. “I did not say these words… I did not say there would be an Israel war with Lebanon this summer, I never even thought about it,” he said in a speech.
Domestically, Hoda Barakat scooped the International Prize for Arabic Fiction for her novel, The Night Mail, at a glittering ceremony in Abu Dhabi. The Lebanese author received $50,000 and a guaranteed English translation and publication of her winning work, which will be released next year. She is the first outright female winner of the award.
In government news, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, announced the formation of a new entity, the Ministry of Possibilities. Describing the new authority as “unconventional”, Sheikh Mohammed said the ministry will not be overseen by a specific minister but by a committee of Cabinet members. It will be tasked with tackling issues of particular national importance.
And if you’re wondering when Ramadan begins, look no further than here for the answer.
Here’s a taste of some of the other headlines this morning
ARTS Louvre Abu Dhabi has opened an exhibition of some of the earliest known photographs taken outside a Western context. Find out more here about 'A World of Exchanges, Photographs 1842 – 1896: An Early Album of the World’.
BUSINESS Oil prices could climb as high as $80 per barrel by the third quarter of the year, with Iran’s exports falling to as low as 300,000 barrels per day following the removal of sanctions waivers to Tehran’s oil clients, according to analysts.
LIFESTYLE Emily Price looks at the growing selection of businesses that cover the more bespoke side of the digital food market and find out how a picture of Jennifer Lopez at the Grammy Awards years ago inspired the creation of Google Images.
OPINION Jonathan Gornall describes a tale of two fires - Grenfell Tower in London and Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris - and the different responses the two tragedies stirred from the international community. The editorial board comments on the heart-warming and extraordinary case of the Emirati woman who woke up after spending 27 years in a coma.
SPORT The desk reflects on the life of Billy McNeill, former Celtic great, who has died, aged 79. McNeill, who spent the whole of his playing career with the Glasgow giants, was captain of the "Lisbon Lions" - the Celtic side that in 1967 became the first British team to win the European Cup. And get ready for the Manchester derby this evening with Richard Jolly’s analysis on how Manchester United must change and check out our gallery of five of the most memorable derby day clashes at Old Trafford in the Premier League era.
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