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Next gen video games let players control the story

Menacing alien machines descend on Earth, and amid all-out war, a soldier searches a building to find a frightened boy hiding in a vent. "It’s OK," says the soldier. "Everyone’s dying," the boy replies. The soldier must choose: Help the boy or tell him to flee. Though it is full of dramatic tension and realistic …

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Egyptian comic book ‘Autostrade’ launches

Whether you’re a die-hard fan or totally new to the world of speech bubbles, Division Publishing’s (DP) recent launch of comic book publication “Autostrade” is certain to catch your eye. The comic anthology is a collection of literary and artistic works gathered and edited by the DP team. This first run of “Autostrade” compiles a …

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Coca-cola, CARE complete more than 650 water connections in Beni Suef

CAIRO: This week, Coca-Cola in Egypt and CARE Egypt celebrated the completion of more than 650 water connections in Beni Suef out of a total 1,500 water connections. After almost one year of setting up the infrastructure that will connect families to clean water, today, the residents of Beni Suef are able to enjoy clean …

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Zimbabwe music star becomes UN goodwill ambassador

Zimbabwean music superstar Oliver Mtukudzi’s lyrics have delved into child abuse and homeless youngsters living on the streets. Now he’s been chosen to serve as a goodwill ambassador for the UN children’s agency. Mtukudzi says he’ll do all he can to protect the vulnerable and help promote HIV prevention. "My passion for music comes from …

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Nice guy Felton bids farewell to bad boy Draco

The bad boy of Hogwarts clearly is good at his job. In person, Tom Felton is as amiable as they come, yet he spent his youth believably playing a creep and bully as Draco Malfoy in the “Harry Potter” films. Just weeks after the franchise finale, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” Felton …

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‘Potter’ class graduates with no child-actor woes

If the young cast of the "Harry Potter" films received report cards for their school days at Hogwarts, probably all of them would earn the notation, "plays well with others." Cast as impressionable children in Hollywood’s biggest fantasy franchise, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and their many young co-stars have maneuvered through 11 years …

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Buttered Up: Spicy brunches and summer weekends

For the most part of my life, I ate eggs prepared one way — brown and rubbery. According to my childhood-commandeered specifications, they had to have almost no bounce and should come together so that I could no longer see flecks of singled out egg yolk. I cringed at the thought of seeing them separated …

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PwC opens training academy in Egypt

CAIRO: PwC, an international professional services organization, will be introducing a training academy in Egypt scheduled to open in September 2011, according to a statement. By offering courses in finance, management, and business, The Academy will be aiming to nurture talent and develop it into full-fledged professional potential. PwC said businesses in Egypt and the …

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Chinese epic faces box-office inflation charges

On top of all the preferential treatment for the propaganda epic that marks the 90th anniversary of China’s Communist Party, at least one multiplex chain is being accused of trying to inflate the film’s box office numbers. "Beginning of the Great Revival" has a star-studded cast, cinemas have been flooded with screenings, Hollywood blockbusters have …

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Noel Gallagher launches solo career, regrets Oasis split

Former Oasis guitarist and songwriter Noel Gallagher launched his solo career this week with the announcement he has penned two albums — and an admission he regretted the British band’s explosive split. Two years after walking away from Oasis after constant feuding with his brother Liam, the band’s lead singer, he announced that an eponymous …

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Last wave of the wand for Harry Potter film series

The final Harry Potter film has its world premiere in London on Thursday, an action-packed finale bringing the curtain down on a saga that has enthralled audiences worldwide. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2" will see the boy wizard take on the evil Lord Voldemort in an epic showdown. Stars from the …

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Egypt’s Lamia Hassan wins CNN African Journalist Award

CAIRO: A sensitive probe into the struggles of Egypt’s fishermen in Lake Manzala earned Egyptian journalist Lamia Hassan the CNN MultiChoice African Journalists’ Award last week in Johannesburg. The second Egyptian to win the prestigious award, 25-year-old Hassan’s submission, “Washed Up,” was chosen from among 1,407 entries from 42 nations across the African continent. Hassan’s …

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3-D helps lift ‘Transformers’ to $400 mln global haul

The "Transformers" robots have put their 3-D ticket-price advantage to good use. Distributor Paramount Pictures estimated Monday that "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" pulled in $116.4 million domestically over the four-day Fourth of July weekend and $181.1 million since opening Tuesday night. Director Michael Bay’s third installment in the sci-fi franchise has added $217 million …

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Vampires, ninjas and more pack LA for Anime Expo

When it comes to embracing their inner geekiness, aficionados of Anime Expo are proud to tell you that pretty much nobody tops them. More than 100,000 such fanatics of the distinctive Japanese animation style — most dressed as intergalactic ninja crime fighters, bug-eyed vampires, spiky-haired space cowboys, goth princesses and the like — will cram …

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Bay: New 3-D ‘Transformers’ better than No. 2

The 46-year-old’s pride was bruised after part two of the franchise, 2009’s "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," did a bang-up job at the box office (bringing in more than $400 million domestically) but was roundly beat-up by critics. Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers said the movie was so "beyond bad, it carves out its own category …

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Buttered Up: Tom Yum Goong – the Egyptian way

My husband relocated to Malaysia a few months before I did. While I was busy boxing up what little we had made of our first makeshift home and saying my weepy goodbyes to Cairo, he was getting acquainted with Kuala Lumpur, what was to be our new home and what is often highlighted as a …

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Bling on bags – just the right amount

Surprisingly, this season’s most original summer bags come from the most unexpected brand: Azza Fahmy. Now, we know jewelry design to be her forte, and that collections have been getting more original and alluring with each season. But bags? It was a new twist on the whole fashion affair. It shouldn’t come as a surprise …

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Indonesians bemoan Hollywood blockbuster blackout

Indonesian moviegoers are facing a bleak year of second-rate foreign releases and lowbrow local productions as Hollywood studios, the government and movie importers remain locked in a protracted standoff. It’s been four months since major Hollywood studios withdrew films from Indonesia, a nation of 237 million people, in opposition to a new levy on imported …

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4 honors for Chris Brown at music-heavy BET Awards

The BET Awards honor various arts, but Sunday’s ceremony was all about the music. There were more performances than awards during the 3 1/2-hour show at the Shrine Auditorium, where singer Chris Brown and rappers Lil Wayne, Rick Ross and DJ Khaled did double-duty, each taking the stage twice to perform. Brown made a few …

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Remembering TV’s rumpled Columbo

The best way to celebrate Peter Falk’s life is to savor how Columbo, his signature character, fortified our lives. Thanks to Falk’s affectionately genuine portrayal, Lt. Columbo established himself for all time as a champion of any viewer who ever felt less than graceful, elegant or well-spoken. Falk died Thursday at age 83 in his …

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‘Dabangg’ dominates Bollywood awards with 6 prizes

"Dabangg," a tale about a corrupt police officer, dominated the 12th International Indian Film Academy awards, snagging six prizes including best picture at the star-studded event in Toronto — held on North American soil for the first time. "My Name is Khan" also scooped up top honors at the five-hour award bash that started Saturday …

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Buttered Up: Chocolate chip cookies & dangerously sweetened TV

Running around the hotels that Daddy bossed in allowed me to delve superficially into the world of waiters. Waiter World was different than the world we lived in — they lived in waiters’ “quarters” and did waiter-ly things. Despite being impeccable in appearance and dainty in demeanor, waiters were generally looked down upon, as shadows …

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Harry Potter goes digital with e-books

Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling on Thursday took her lucrative boy wizard into the digital age, revealing that his adventures will now be sold as e-books through a website that contains new material. After years of restricting the phenomenally successful series to print form, Rowling said that from October she would sell them direct to …

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Two years on, Jackson death still casts shadow

Two years after Michael Jackson’s shock death, the mystery over exactly how he died continues to fuel legal wrangling, conspiracy theories and family strains over the King of Pop’s clouded legacy. While fans are expected to pay their respects this weekend — including by dropping red roses from the air over his famous Neverland ranch …

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‘Expedition Impossible’ is a Moroccan adventure

"Survivor" producer Mark Burnett has found yet another way to toy with gung-ho contestants in his new ABC series, "Expedition Impossible," which sends 13 three-person teams on a trek across daunting Moroccan terrain. Burnett contends he’s doing the folks a favor. "I have an obligation to the contestants to give them a real adventure and …

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Egypt says waiting till Russian wheat harvest

CAIRO: Egypt’s main state wheat buyer said on Wednesday it had postponed any purchase of Russian wheat until the Russian harvest was gathered in July and wanted to ensure the purchases meet Egyptian conditions. Nomani Nomani, vice chairman of the General Authority for Supply Commodities (GASC), said purchases of Russian wheat "are postponed until their …

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Jolie visits refugees who fled Libya, Tunisia

Angelina Jolie traveled to the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa on Sunday to thank its residents for welcoming in the estimated 20,000 migrants who arrived after fleeing unrest in Tunisia and Libya. Jolie, a goodwill ambassador for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, toured a migrant holding center, chatted with some refugees and then participated …

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Foreign actors try their hand at Bollywood

Many foreign tourists return home from India with tales of how they were recruited as Bollywood extras from the bustling bars and busy streets of Colaba Causeway in south Mumbai. But a growing number of overseas actors are now looking for something more than just a walk-on part in the popular Hindi-language film industry. One …

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Buttered Up: Waffles – in practice, in theory

Upon exploring one of the city’s hypermarkets during my most recent visit to Cairo, I was taken aback by the number of dusty waffle makers sitting sadly on shelves — or should we call them multi-purpose snack-making machines? Treading a few steps away from the cashiers, it caught my attention: a shiny, new waffle stand …

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TECH REVIEW:HTC brings smartphone, tablet PC to Egypt

CAIRO: Smartphone manufacturer HTC launched Wednesday its latest device, the HTC Sensation, and its first ever PC tablet, the HTC Flyer Tablet, in Egypt. The HTC Sensation is designed as a “multimedia smartphone” that delivers an “interactive experience” combining “technical and emotional” connectivity between the user and device, Neeraj Seth, regional marketing manager of HTC …

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