Nancy celebrates Suez Canal launch with new song

Updated 10 August 2015
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Nancy celebrates Suez Canal launch with new song

CAIRO: Egyptians went all out to celebrate the launch of the new $8 billion Suez Canal over the weekend, and Lebanese singers Nicole Saba and Nancy Ajram were one of the first celebs to congratulate them.
“Congratulations, dear Egyptians on the opening of the New Suez Canal,” Saba wrote.
In return, the blond beauty’s fans were sincerely thankful for the starlet’s warm wishes, reported Levant TV.
The 22-mile section of the Suez Canal took just over a year to build, and the Egyptian government insists that “it will help their moribund economy bounce back,” according to Buzzfeed.
But the bigger surprise came from Lebanese superstar Nancy Ajram, who recorded and dedicated a special song to mark the happy occasion.
The Egyptian-themed “Al Baraka” music video showcases Egyptians celebrating the Suez Canal by dancing and waving Egyptian flags, much in the style of Hussain Al-Jasmi’s “Boshret Khair” (Good News).


El Salvador court frees woman jailed for delivering stillborn

Evelyn Hernandez (C) is surrounded by activists after being released from the women's Readaptation Center, in Ilopango, El Salvador, on February 9, 2019, where she was serving a 30-year-sentence for aggravated homicide after her baby died at birth. (AFP)
Updated 16 February 2019
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El Salvador court frees woman jailed for delivering stillborn

  • Even women who abort due to birth defects or health complications risk jail sentences of up to 40 years in El Salvador

SAN SALVADOR: A Salvadoran court on Friday freed Evelyn Hernandez, who was sentenced to 30 years in prison after she gave birth to a stillborn baby at home.
After serving 33 months for aggravated homicide, 20-year-old Hernandez smiled as she was reunited with her parents and a brother in the capital San Salvador.
The court in Cojutepeque, east of the capital, ruled that she will be retried but while living at home. A hearing has been set for April 4, with a new judge, her lawyer Angelica Rivas said.
El Salvador has an extremely strict abortion ban. Hernandez gave birth in the makeshift bathroom of her home in the central Cuscatlan region. She was 18 years old and eight months pregnant.
She said her son was stillborn but was convicted of murdering him, abortion rights group ACDATEE said.
ACDATEE cited a pathologist’s report which it said indicated the baby had choked to death while still in the womb.
Prosecutors argued Hernandez was culpable for not having sought prenatal care, ACDATEE said.
The group said Hernandez had not known she was pregnant and gave birth on the toilet after feeling abdominal pains. She got pregnant as the result of a rape, which she did not report out of fear because her family had been threatened.
Even women who abort due to birth defects or health complications risk jail sentences of up to 40 years in El Salvador. Campaigners say some have been jailed after suffering miscarriages.
The country’s abortion law made international headlines in 2013 when a sick woman was forbidden from aborting a fetus which developed without a brain.
Under a ruling by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the Salvadoran state eventually authorized her to undergo a cesarean section. The baby died shortly after the procedure.