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‘Queen of Pop’ Madonna says she can have it all

Madonna jokingly defended her title as "Queen of Pop,” quipping she would never give up her throne for love like King Edward VIII — the subject of her latest film screened in Venice. The blonde diva’s second directorial work, "W.E.", starring British actors James D’Arcy and Andrea Riseborough, tells the tale of the king’s famous …

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Buttered Up: Bread baking and breakfast buffets

Now that big buffet season is over, baking season kicks off. It starts with a little bit of yeast, a whole lot of flour and some warm water or milk; and after a month of fasting and dehydration, pleasant thoughts push you to believe that you can now knead your dough using all of your …

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Shawwal crescent sighting correct despite reports, says Dar Al-Ifta

By Safaa Abdoun CAIRO: Muslims in Egypt and Saudi are wondering if Ramadan ended prematurely and whether they celebrated Eid Al-Fitr a day early, a decision that was based on a now controversial sighting of the crescent on Monday evening. The Hijri year depends on a lunar calendar, where the beginning and end of each month …

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Rare sea turtle spared in Egypt before slaughter

CAIRO: Health and food inspectors in the Egyptian coastal city of Alexandria found a vendor offering to slaughter a rare sea turtle more than 90 years old. After getting a tip, the inspectors rescued the 250-kilogram (550-pound) turtle from the butcher block and turned it over to the Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries. It now …

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Book showing Ikea founder had deeper Nazi ties makes waves

The founder of Ikea admitted long ago he foolishly flirted with Nazism in his youth, but a new book is making waves in Sweden with claims his ties to the fascist movement went much deeper than he has acknowledged. Ingvar Kamprad, the 85-year-old Swedish billionaire who founded and still largely controls furniture giant Ikea, confessed …

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Buttered Up: Tolerance in a no-bake chocolate cinnamon tart

  What is tolerance and do we have it in our long-standing culture?   Do we learn to reject the other at an age where we know no better or do we base our presumptions on a need to identify with those “like us” – those that share our palates, familial obligations and patterns of …

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China bans songs by Lady Gaga, Backstreet Boys

China has banned websites from featuring 100 songs by artists from Lady Gaga to the Backstreet Boys, a statement on the culture ministry’s website said. The ministry said it aimed to regulate the "order" of the internet music market, adding songs that "harm the security of state culture must be cleaned up and regulated under …

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Chronicles of a bourgeoisie foodie: Sometimes, it’s not about the food

Sometimes, it’s not about the food. Yes, I really do mean it. Sometimes it’s worth schlepping all the way to Alexandria on the train for the day to eat ice cream at Gelati Azza, because having two paper-thin wafer cones topped with gelati wrapped in butcher paper and served to you horizontally is worth the …

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Some charity organizations see shortage in Ramadan donations

  CAIRO: A little over two weeks into Ramadan, and volunteers at Resala Charity are already wrapping up the Ramadan bags packing — as opposed to last year when the process continued to the end of the holy month.   The difference, which materialized in less food supplies distributed on the needy this year, is …

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Hit show turns Hong Kong’s richest into poorest

Top jewelry executive Erwin Huang is a respected power broker in Hong Kong’s business community, but he scored a failing grade when it came to rubbish collection. The 46-year-old got a hard lesson in low-paid work as part of a hit television show that turns some of the financial hub’s wealthiest business titans into its …

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Brains and beauty on show at naked readings

Sit back and enjoy readings of Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde or Henrik Ibsen, sip a glass of wine — oh, and gaze upon the readers themselves: they’re naked. That combination of delights is on offer once a month in New York thanks to the enterprising group Naked Girls Reading. At a recent session, about 30 people, …

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German scientists trace cause of death… 3,500 years later

BERLIN: An Egyptian queen who died 3,500 years ago might have poisoned herself accidentally by using a carcinogenic balm to treat a skin complaint, German university researchers said Friday. This follows research on the dried up contents of a small flask belonging to queen Hatshepsut, who ruled Upper Egypt in the 15th century BC, and …

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‘Trekkies’ to boldly go to Jordan theme park

By Randa Habib / AFP Fifteen years after “Trekkie” King Abdullah II briefly appeared in an episode of Star Trek, Jordan is planning to construct a $1.5-billion-dollar park themed on the cult American science fiction series. The “Red Sea Astrarium” will be built in the country’s sole port of Aqaba, 350 kilometers (217 miles) south of …

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Buttered Up: A little about lentils

In my mind, lentils are those that make up the steaming mugs of spiced lentil soup, warming my hands, sipped on gently while huddled under a blanket in the winter. They are the delicateness in koshary, a dish we rarely realize is built around lentils; but for the most part, lentils are ignored, almost on …

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Arab Spring raises hopes of rebirth for Mideast science

By Tom Heneghan and Sami Aboudi / Reuters CAMBRIDGE: Egyptian chemist Ahmed Zewail first proposed building a $2 billion science and technology institute in Cairo 12 years ago, just after he won a Nobel Prize. Then-president Hosni Mubarak promptly approved the plan and awarded Zewail the Order of the Nile, Egypt’s highest honor. Within months, the …

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Coco Chanel was an anti-Semite, author insists

The late French designer Coco Chanel was indeed an anti-Semite who spied for the Nazis during World War II, her latest biographer insisted Wednesday, despite firm denials from her fashion house. In "Sleeping with the Enemy: Coco Chanel’s Secret War," US historian Hal Vaughan expands on long-standing evidence that the celebrated designer had a double …

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Iraq’s last king lives on in Tintin comics

Everyone here knows that the July 14 bridge, a convenient route to the US Embassy and government offices in Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone, marks a 1958 coup when Iraq’s last king was murdered. But not many know that King Faisal II lives on in the classic "Tintin" comic books. This includes his own cousin, the …

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Chronicles of a bourgeoisie foodie: For tradition’s sake

  Traditionally, on every family’s dining table come iftar time there would be a small offering of fuul, the most dependable and over-consumed of Egyptian staples. In my family, fuul — or what is known as broad beans in English though it’s never used — is now mainly offered for sohour. My mother’s reasoning is …

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TV show reunites families torn apart by KRouge

The cameras were rolling and a studio audience looked on but the emotional reunion of a daughter and her father, torn apart 30 years ago by Cambodia’s brutal Khmer Rouge regime, was no act. Sem Savoeun sobbed as she embraced the father she thought was lost forever on the new Cambodian hit reality show "It’s …

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The Russians are coming! (To reality TV)

After celebrating the fake tans and drunken antics of Italian-American youths, America’s reality TV machine this week unleashes its latest ethnic portrait: "Russian Dolls." And not everyone is happy. The series will focus on eight characters from New York’s Brighton Beach neighborhood, which publicists for Lifetime television call "one of the most interesting and mysterious …

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In search of Ramadan’s comfort – Gratin Dauphinois

Not so long ago, a dear friend of mine began to visit me regularly. This friend, one that you too might be familiar with, would make her spellbinding appearance at the most inconvenient of times. She would pace the length of my back, electrifying my extremities, sending shockwaves of energy to my heart, my brain …

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My cloud based life: Business at the sharp end of the cloud

  It is incredible how connected our lives are today. Increasingly sophisticated wireless devices are becoming common every day tools, leading us to expect — and as business people be expected — to be connected wherever we are. We do not work from a desk, buy things off the shop floor, or move money at …

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New theory blames KGB for death of Albert Camus

Famous French author Albert Camus, who died in a car accident in 1960, may have been the victim of a Soviet plot, new research suggests. Italian academic Giovanni Catelli, an eastern European specialist, put forward the theory in the pages of the Italian daily Il Corriere della Sera. On Monday it was greeted with skepticism …

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Chronicles of a bourgeoisie foodie

I am the most spoiled foodie in town. I have, for the past three years of my life, been sent to sample, taste, test, gorge and guzzle on the best food this city has to offer. Yet this column, which runs throughout the month of Ramadan, will be about anything but food snobbery. In fact …

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Alashanek ya Balady to empower 10 mln Egyptians to rise above poverty line by 2020

CAIRO: By 2020, Alashanek Ya Balady Association for Sustainable Development aims to graduate 10 million underprivileged Egyptians above of the poverty line. In a press conference Tuesday, the NGO launched a campaign named “Foq El-Khat” or “Above the Line,” whose strategy is to provide loans for establishing individual, group and medium sized enterprises in various …

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Egypt FM: Syria heading to ‘point of no return’

CAIRO: Syria is heading to a "point of no return" and national reforms must be implemented to avoid foreign interference, Egypt’s foreign minister said on Tuesday after almost five months of protests and forceful efforts by Syrian authorities to suppress them. Mohammed Kamel Amr, appointed last month in a cabinet reshuffle, said "the situation in …

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Yoko Ono says Japan should look at Iceland

Yoko Ono has an idea for her disaster-scarred country Japan — abandon nuclear energy for renewables and tap the geothermal energy beneath the unstable ground of the volcanic island nation. The artist and widow of John Lennon is in Japan for the first time since the March 11 quake and tsunami sparked a nuclear crisis, …

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For Star Wars fans, US Yoda statue is a Mecca

Within sight of the Golden Gate Bridge lies another landmark cherished by a small but fervent group of travelers: a life-sized replica of Yoda, George Lucas’ master of the Force. Since the statue of the Jedi sage went up amid the Presidio’s landscaped lawns in 2005, Star Wars fans have made a pilgrimage to take …

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Madonna’s Malawian school a barren field of failed dreams

The abandoned site looks more like a quarried mine than a pop superstar’s multi-million-dollar dream to groom girls into Malawi’s next leaders and doctors. But the bleak, leveled terraces of gravelly sand near Malawi’s capital are the only evidence of Madonna’s $15 million academy that was ditched in a cloud over misused funds and disgruntled …

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Most bloggers can’t maintain their online security, says study

CAIRO: In a time where they are particularly at risk, most bloggers do not understand the online security measures necessary to protect themselves, a Harvard University report said. The report, conducted by Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, surveyed 98 bloggers in the MENA region. Twenty-six of these were Egyptians. “Digital communication has become …

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