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The science behind the supermoon and the tsunami

By Troy Carter CAIRO: On Saturday evening, the moon will be 356,577km away from Earth, the closest it’s been in 18.6 years – a phenomenon called supermoon that results in a 14 percent increase in the moon’s appearance. Some astrologers argue for a connection between the supermoon and natural disasters. Astronomers and physicists dismiss astrology as …

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Ireland parties on St Patrick’s Day, Obama to visit

Half a million revelers thronged Dublin for the main St Patrick’s Day parade on Thursday in a bid to banish their austerity gloom as US President Barack Obama announced he would visit Ireland in May. The parade of floats stretched through the capital for three kilometers in bright sunshine with Irish people and overseas visitors …

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Buttered Up: Look on the Light Side

I recently took part in a workshop that focused on methods of cooking beef, lamb, poultry and fish and crustaceans. All the while I was thinking, “This would work for Egypt.” Protein — the most overused word in the Egyptian diet and the dominating dish on any home-cooked dinner menu. What I find amusing about …

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‘Legally Blonde’ scoops 3 Laurence Olivier Awards

Frothy, film-inspired funfest "Legally Blonde: The Musical" won three big prizes at London’s Laurence Olivier theater awards Sunday, while Andrew Lloyd Webber’s "Love Never Dies" went home empty-handed despite seven nominations. "Legally Blonde" was named best new musical at Britain’s equivalent of Broadway’s Tonys. Star Sheridan Smith was crowned best actress in a musical, and …

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Buttered Up: Revolution koshari – because I can

Hello, I am trying to be an Egyptian revolutionary from abroad. I am aggravated at the fear of changing Egyptian dishes from their agreed upon state. We’re all watching as our food culture dies a slow death and we’re doing nothing about it. So I ask you, as an Egyptian, if I change something Egyptians …

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Sexsmith hopes new disc changes narrative

Ron Sexsmith doesn’t want your pity. He wants your attention. The Canadian singer-songwriter hired producer Bob Rock, known for his work with hard rock bands Metallica and Motley Crue, to give his delicate voice and melodies a beefier sound that might be more attractive to radio stations. His latest album, "Long Player Late Bloomer," released …

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Warner: Sheen fired from ‘Two and a Half Men’

Charlie Sheen was fired Monday from "Two and a Half Men" by Warner Bros. Television following the hard-living actor’s bouts of wild partying, repeated hospitalizations and a bitter media campaign against his studio bosses. The action was taken after "careful consideration" and was effective immediately, the studio said in a statement. No decision has been …

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Rio’s famed parades crown Carnival partying

Rio’s two nights of famously extravagant Carnival parades began late Sunday in a burst of fireworks and to the cheers of festival goers who have been partying on the streets for days. The processions, featuring near-naked dancing queens, spectacularly imaginative floats and thousands of extras, were being held Sunday and Monday before a stadium crowd …

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Oprah to host show in Cairo’s Tahrir Square: report

CAIRO: US television talk show star Oprah Winfrey is to host a live show from Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the epicenter of a revolution that ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, a report said Friday. Egypt’s new tourism minister Munir Fakhri Abdelnur was quoted by the state-owned Al-Ahram newspaper as saying Winfrey had accepted an invitation "without …

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‘Airbender,’ ‘Sex and the City” win worst film gongs

Martial arts fantasy flick "The Last Airbender" swept the board at the pre-Oscar Razzie awards for worst movies of 2010 Saturday, while "Sex and the City 2" also won one of the dubious honors. "Airbender," a box office hit but a critical miss, took the Golden Raspberry for worst movie, worst director, worst screenplay and …

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Local radio stations help promote volunteerism

T hough not all Egyptians participated directly in the revolution from day one of protests, many individuals and companies have quickly mobilized to continue the effort of reform and change by creating initiatives to encourage civic involvement across communities in Egypt. Nile Radio Productions is one such company, leading two separate campaigns on their Arabic-language and …

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Orangutan DNA boosts survival chances, says study

PARIS: Orangutans are far more genetically diverse than thought, a finding that could help their survival, say scientists delivering their first full DNA analysis of the critically-endangered ape. The study, published Thursday in the science journal Nature, also reveals that the orangutan — "the man of the forest" — has hardly evolved over the last …

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Rabbits under threat as ‘their’ year begins

By Denis D. Gray/ AP BANGKOK – Many Asians believe the Year of the Rabbit means good luck for those born under that zodiac sign, but conservationists warn that the furry creatures themselves are being loved to death in Asia and some species are dying away altogether. As the Lunar New Year approaches, rabbits are …

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Twilight,’ ‘Airbender’ lead Razzies with 9 noms

Vampires, werewolves and airbenders lead the pack at the Razzies, an Academy Awards spoof that hands out prizes for the year’s worst films. The blockbuster supernatural tale "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" and the action fantasy "The Last Airbender" tied for the most nominations Monday with nine each, including worst picture. Also nominated for worst picture …

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Exclusive interview: Andrew Martin founder talks toys and talent

The British furniture brand Andrew Martin has opened its first store in Egypt at Designopolis. Previously, a small selection of the brand had been stocked at Artissimo, a furniture gallery located in Garden City. The success of the brand in Egypt was due to several factors: modern designs that hint at vintage points of inspiration, …

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Pretty statements from Azza Fahmy

Who else can one rely on in Egypt to remind us of our fashionable and nationalistic inclinations other than Azza Fahmy? The woman who defined “Bedouin chic” made local jewelry something to covet, be inspired by and take pride in; reminding us season after season what’s special about being Egyptian. Within days of the unfortunate …

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Blacks and grays dominate Milan men’s catwalks

Grays and blacks dominated the catwalks Tuesday as Giorgio Armani, DSquared2 and Neil Barrett wound up the fourth and last day of the Milan’s men fashion shows for autumn-winter 2011-2012. Armani presented grey in all its incarnations — stone coal, blue-grey, grayish-green, with jackets with strong shoulders and clean silhouettes. Overcoats and fur-lined leather coats, …

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Manuela Thai Spa: Women-only spa in Mohandiseen

When the hustle and bustle of Cairo traffic seems too much to bear, and your body is aching with the stress of hard work, long hours of commuting and poor sleeping patterns, get thee to a spa. In the heart of Mohandiseen on Aswan Square, Manuela Thai Spa is located just round the corner from …

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Library e-books easier, but still hassle

NEW YORK – Libraries have been lending e-books for longer than there’s been a Kindle, but until recently only a few devices worked with them. That’s changed in the past few months with the arrival of software for reading library e-books on some popular devices: iPhones, iPads and Android-powered smart phones. However, I’m sad to …

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New hope for hepatitis C, an often hidden disease

WASHINGTON – There’s new hope for an overlooked epidemic: Two powerful drugs are nearing the market that promise to help cure many more people of liver-attacking hepatitis C — even though most who have the simmering infection don’t know it yet. Surprisingly, two-thirds of hepatitis C sufferers are thought to be baby boomers who’ve harbored …

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Buttered Up: An Egyptian food blog worth following

A chance introduction to Buttered Up, a food blog run by 26-year-old Sarah Khanna currently based in Kuala Lumpur, gave me thoughts that perhaps, the kitchen isn’t too daunting a cave in one’s house to step into. Buttered Up has been causing quite a stir in Egypt as people pass on by word of mouth …

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‘Tablet & Pen’ is sweeping in style, content, form

"Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes From the Modern Middle East,” edited by Reza Aslan: The West’s perception of the Middle East as mysterious, exotic and savage has changed little since the days of Napoleon more than 200 years ago. The new anthology "Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes From the Modern Middle East," edited by University …

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George Clooney uses Hollywood starpower in S.Sudan

How do you get a long-suffering but little-known slice of Africa on the White House agenda and onto American TV screens? George Clooney knows how. Humble, self-effacing and dressed for safari, the Hollywood star and former Sexiest Man Alive was in the scruffy, straw-hut capital of Southern Sudan on Saturday to draw attention to the …

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Fashion, technology altering winter wear

Annie Hemmesch knew there was a market for high-tech winter gloves when she saw her mother answer an iPhone call from her father. "She brought it to her face and slid her nose on it," Hemmesch, of Chicago, said. "She said it was too cold to take her gloves off." Last February, Hemmesch, her mother …

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Microsoft’s answer to the iPad is still in pieces

Instead of unveiling an elegant response to the iPad, Microsoft came to the tech industry’s premier gadget show with a collection of exposed computer guts. Microsoft’s biggest news was that the next version of Windows would run on the style of mobile phone chips that power the iPad and other tablets today. It proved it …

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Maybe Two frozen yoghurt franchise opens in Cairo

  Seemingly overnight, a home grown frozen youghurt franchise Maybe Two has opened a small yet charming outlet in Zamalek, next door to the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf café.   The opening of the new store seems to be following the rising trend of frozen yoghurt in the food industry abroad. It isn’t clear …

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Beirut’s iconic ‘Glass Cafe’ takes its last bow

Beirut’s iconic Glass Cafe, which dates back to Ottoman times, shuts its doors this week, taking with it a slice of the Lebanese capital’s cultural and political heritage. "The history of this cafe is closely intertwined with the history of Beirut," said Angele Abi Haidar, 50, whose family has operated the Glass Cafe — which …

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Game Valley: Egypt’s first video game store

Long before Virgin Megastore opened its doors to the Egyptian public, there was Game Valley; a shop that catered to every geek’s and gamer’s needs. Game Valley was the talk of the town when the gamer culture was still new in Egypt. The shop usually stocked wicked posters to make any geek green with envy, …

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Zan’et El-Sitat: A guide to Alexandria’s busiest market

Bustling marketplaces always add a particular flair to any city in Egypt, and Alexandria’s markets are no exception. In addition to its Mediterranean spirit, soothing sea view of the Corniche and laidback atmosphere, the city of Alexandria possesses one of the most interesting and popular markets known to date: Zan’et El-Sittat. Loosely translated as ‘women’s …

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WOW: Cosy women’s workout studio in Zamalek

When it comes to exercise and workout spots in Cairo, the city has a lot to offer in different areas and for diverse budgets. WOW is a low-key yet warm and cosy workout studio in Zamalek that has relied on word of mouth from satisfied clients to gain popularity. WOW stands for workout women, but …

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