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Murdered model provides real-life drama for Bollywood

A new Bollywood film comes out this week based on the real-life murder of a fashion model by the son of a leading lawmaker, in a case that cast a spotlight on the corrupt nexus of police and politics. "No One Killed Jessica" tracks the fight for justice for Jessica Lal, who was working as …

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Egypt observes partial solar eclipse

CAIRO: Egypt witnessed a partial solar eclipse on Tuesday that lasted for almost two hours. It was observed throughout the Middle East and a portion of Europe. Many tourists observed the event at the Giza Pyramids. The American University in Cairo (AUC) hosted a public event at its downtown campus to give people a chance …

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Maine merchant makes most of uptick in book sales

Nearly half of North America’s independent book stores have closed in the past decade. Book store chains are struggling. E-books are all the rage. Even so, Brett Wickard is defying logic by adding books to the inventory at his Bull Moose record shop, devoting 3,500 square feet of space, aisles of shelves and 22,000 books …

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Emirate’s prince offers help for Egyptian sextuplet family

DUBAI: A crown prince in the United Arab Emirates is offering free housing and other aid to the impoverished parents of newborn sextuplets. The pledge by Sheikh Ammar Bin Humaid Al-Nuaimi from the Ajman emirate is part of an outpouring of support for the Egyptian couple living in Abu Dhabi after they said they cannot …

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Annual box office down a bit from 2009 record

Domestic box-office revenues for 2010 won’t quite hit last year’s record-setting haul, but they’ll be awfully close. Total movie-ticket sales will reach $10.556 billion, the tracking agency Hollywood.com said this week. That’s a slight decrease from the $10.6 billion total from 2009, but it’s also only the second time that the annual box office has …

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High-tech snow sports gear is cool fun

Each winter the masses spill on to snow-slathered slopes, often wearing a new jacket or toting new skis and a renewed desire to test the mountain. This year there is plenty of high-tech gear to help them do it faster and better.

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DNA says new human relative roamed widely in Asia

NEW YORK: Scientists have recovered the DNA code of a human relative recently discovered in Siberia, and it delivered a surprise: This relative roamed far from the cave that holds its only known remains. By comparing the DNA to that of modern populations, scientists found evidence that these "Denisovans" from more than 30,000 years ago …

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Ministry of Health confiscates cancer drug from the market

CAIRO: Egypt’s Ministry of Health confiscated the Methotrexate drug from the market in the country due to defects found its manufacturing. “The ministry confiscated all the Methotrexate drugs available in its different concentrations,” said Abdel Rahman Shahin, official spokesperson to the Ministry of Health. “The drug is used for cancer treatments and we are recalling …

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Bollywood hopes Christmas animation is a draw for audiences

India’s animators are hoping that a film starring two of Bollywood’s biggest stars will revive the sector’s fortunes, after earlier efforts to popularize the cartoon genre fell flat. Ajay Devgn and his wife Kajol appear in "Toonpur Ka Superrhero" (Toontown Superhero), whose combination of real-life actors and cartoon characters recalls the Oscar-winning film "Who Framed …

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YEAREND SPECIAL: Doodles to rugs: Artist Hassan Hassan teams up with Zimmer

By Heba Elkayal In one of the most novel collaborations of the year, the fashion illustrations of Hassan Hassan, a writer at eniGma magazine, have been translated into rugs for Egyptian design firm Zimmer. Daily News Egypt caught up with the artist to see how this interesting project came to be. What’s your beginning in all …

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YEAREND SPECIAL: Fashion designer of the year: Nana’s Closet

By Heba Elkayal In a city where upstart brands are a dime a dozen, and many young designers are trying to carve out a niche in the local market, there is a solid handful of designers who may be on to something. Some more than others. Dina Said is the designer behind Nana’s Closet, a brand …

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YEAREND SPECIAL: Cairo’s new cocktail culture: Passing trend or here to stay?

By Heba Elkayal The nightlife and restaurant scene in Egypt has in recent years evolved as people’s expectations of local restaurants and bars have increased to match their experiences in restaurants and bars abroad. Well-traveled and cultured foodies have demanded that restaurants and bars in Cairo raise standards of service and taste, but also, keep a …

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YEAREND SPECIAL: Best new Cairo restaurants in 2010

By Daily News Egypt & Cairo360 It has been a good year for food in Egypt. With several new restaurants opening and established ones revamping menus, gastronomes and oenophiles have had a considerable list of venues to spend evenings enjoying dinner in the city. Our friends at Cairo 360 have done a thorough job this year …

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Egypt produces avian flu vaccine

CAIRO: The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Cairo University has been able to produce the first Egyptian vaccine against avian flu, in collaboration with the Harbin Veterinary Research Institute, a subordinate of the Chinese Academy for Agricultural Sciences. “After thorough testing to find the cause of the spread of avian influenza locally during the past …

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Kidman weeps in ‘Rabbit Hole’; revels in home life

By AP Nicole Kidman is giving audiences grief with her latest drama, “Rabbit Hole,” playing a disconsolate woman coping with the death of her child. Yet 10 years after one of Hollywood’s most-publicized splits, the breakup of her marriage to Tom Cruise, Kidman is in the happiest of places, with little to sob about. After …

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KidZania to open in Cairo

Edrak for Edutainment Projects Development Company acquired exclusive franchise rights for Egypt to launch Africa’s first KidZania, which will open in the fall of 2012, according to a statement. Tarek Zidan, Edrak’s CEO and KidZania’s Cairo governor, said that phase one will see investments of around $20 million, with plans to open branches in Giza …

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Avant-garde rocker ‘Captain Beefheart’ dead at 69

Don Van Vliet, an avant-garde rocker who performed under the name "Captain Beefheart" and whose artistic influence dwarfed his popular appeal, has died at the age of 69. Van Vliet died early Friday in northern California following a long battle with multiple sclerosis, according to the Michael Werner Art Gallery, which exhibited his abstract paintings …

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Orange Square: Tailored suits in Zamalek for men

Just a couple of meters away from the famous Zamalek café area of Om Kalthoum Hotel is Orange Square, a formal men’s wear shop best known for their tuxedos and tailor-made suits. Underneath a hard-to-miss orange sign and a window display showing off some normal and off-the-wall suits are a few steps leading down into …

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Golden Dragon: Pleasant Chinese restaurant in Zamalek

Many in Cairo have strong feelings when it comes to good Chinese cuisine, or rather its lack thereof in Cairo. We bear good news worth rejoicing. A new Chinese restaurant has opened on Mohamed Mazhar Street in Zamalek to cure your craving for Chinese; and cure it they do. Sharing the ground floor with the …

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Goethe Institute schools program aims for more networking and sustainability

CAIRO: The Goethe Institute Cairo hosted a regional conference as part of the German government’s initiative “Schools: Partners for the Future,” bringing together directors of 37 partner schools. The conference aimed at consolidating networking between partner schools in the region and ensuring the sustainability of the program. The “Schools: Partners for the Future” initiative was …

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Reddish-pink color is predicted as 2011’s hot hue

It may be gray outside when the calendar flips to 2011, but a bright red-pink hue will be in fashion. "Honeysuckle" is the color of 2011 chosen by Pantone Color Institute, the research arm of Pantone Inc., the company that largely sets color standards for the fashion and home industries. The reddish pink shade lights …

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L’oiseau du Nil: All Egyptian concept store

It’s hard to miss this new store as one walks in Zamalek by the Faculty of Fine Arts. Bright and inviting, the storefront is currently decorated for the Christmas season with tinsel and foliage, two large plastic armchairs and a side table resting inside the window display. L’oiseau du Nil is the moniker of this …

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Shirley Shalaby: Egypt’s Peggy Post goes beyond charm

By Heba Elkayal In a large studio space in a Heliopolis apartment is En Vogue, Shirley Shalaby’s finishing and modeling institute, set up 20 years ago by the former model. Today, she teaches dance lessons and catwalk modeling, in addition to providing image consultation and etiquette training services for both young and mature students. Not only …

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Tempest in a tutu over ‘fat’ ballet jibe

American ballet lovers had their tutus in a twist Tuesday after a New York Times critic accused the Sugarplum Fairy in a new "The Nutcracker" production of being fat. The row started when Alastair Macaulay, a high-profile ballet critic, wrote that New York City Ballet’s principal dancer, Jenifer Ringer, had eaten too much to be …

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NASA’s arsenic-eating life form gets a second look

WASHINGTON: Soon after NASA-funded researchers announced this month they had found a new life form that thrives on arsenic, critics took to the blogosphere with skeptical views and downright insults. "I don’t know whether the authors are just bad scientists or whether they’re unscrupulously pushing NASA’s ‘There’s life in outer space!’ agenda," wrote Canadian microbiologist …

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Inter-species mating could doom polar bear, say experts

PARIS: Climate change is pushing Arctic mammals to mate with cousin species, in a trend that could be pushing the polar bear and other iconic animals towards extinction, biologists said. "Rapidly melting Arctic sea ice imperils species through interbreeding as well as through habitat loss," they said in a commentary appearing in the British science …

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US man is HIV-free after stem cell transplant

WASHINGTON: An American man is still HIV-free more than three years after receiving a stem cell transplant, suggesting the first-ever cure of the virus that causes AIDS, German doctors said Wednesday. But while the highly risky technique used on the man known as the "Berlin Patient" would not work for most of the 33 million …

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Facebook founder named Time’s ‘person of year’

NEW YORK: Time magazine named Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg "person of the year" Wednesday, ignoring a push by readers of the magazine for WikiLeaks maestro Julian Assange to take the honor. Zuckerberg, only 26, is the second youngest person named to the cover of Time’s ritual annual. Managing editor Richard Stengel said Zuckerberg’s social networking …

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King of Pop photos sold at Paris auction

A collection of photo portraits of Michael Jackson, taken in Paris in 1999 as part of an image makeover for the legend, went under the hammer here along with hundreds of snaps from the photo shoot. The 90 lots brought in €196,000 ($265,000) at the sale late Monday, with a large format shot showing the …

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Alice Cooper, Darlene Love, Neil Diamond in Hall

Neil Diamond had been eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for several years but never got a nomination to join music’s prestigious club. But he was never really worried about it. "I thought about it occasionally, but I kind of figured they’d get around to me at some point," he said in …

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