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Adam and Eve back on display at Madrid’s Prado museum

A pair of oil paintings by German Renaissance artist Albrecht Durer depicting Adam and Eve at human scale went back on display at Madrid’s Prado Museum Wednesday after a two-year restoration. In a statement posted on its website, the museum said the two works would be featured in a special exhibition display in order to …

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US designates ‘critical’ polar bear habitat in Arctic

WASHINGTON: The US government designated "critical habitat" for polar bears who live on Alaska’s disappearing sea ice, a move that could impact new oil and gas drilling projects in the Arctic. The Fish and Wildlife Service set aside 187,000 square miles (484,000 square kilometers) off Alaska as the threatened bears’ habitat, which means any project …

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Greenhouse gases ‘rise to record levels in 2009’

GENEVA: Greenhouse gas concentrations reached record levels in 2009, the UN’s weather agency said Wednesday, warning that global warming could set off even greater methane emissions from the Arctic. "Greenhouse gas concentrations have reached record levels despite the economic slowdown. They would have been even higher without the international action taken to reduce them," said …

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Review: Paper wins over e-books for travel guides

DRESDEN: It sounded like a better, lighter way to pack for a trip to Germany: a Kindle with a Lonely Planet travel guide in lieu of an 844-page brick of a book. Yet to my surprise, the 10-day visit to Munich, Dresden and Berlin turned into a lesson about the pitfalls of cramming an old …

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Shuttle Discovery’s last flight over Christmas?

CAPE CANAVERAL: Baffled by fuel tank cracks, NASA announced another prolonged launch delay for space shuttle Discovery on Wednesday and raised the prospect of a Christmastime flight. Shuttle managers refused to set a new launch date for Discovery’s final flight, on hold since the beginning of November. The next launch opportunity would be Dec. 17. …

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Emission pledges fall short of climate target, says UN

HELSINKI: Emissions cuts pledged by countries in a nonbinding climate accord last year fall short of what’s needed to avoid the worst consequences of global warming, the UN’s environment agency said Tuesday. The sobering report by the UN Environmental Program comes as climate negotiators prepare for another round of talks next week in Cancun, Mexico. …

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Ingrid Pitt, doyenne of Hammer horror films, dies

Ingrid Pitt, who survived a Nazi concentration camp and dodged Communist police to become one of Britain’s best-known horror stars, died Tuesday, her daughter said. She was 73. Steffanie Pitt said her mother collapsed while on her way to a birthday dinner due to be held in her honor over the weekend. The cause of …

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Beatles sell two million songs in a week on iTunes

The Beatles sold more than 450,000 albums and over two million individual songs in the week since their music appeared on Apple’s iTunes, Billboard said Tuesday. Billboard said the best-selling album in the United States was "Abbey Road" and the best-selling song was "Here Comes the Sun." "Here Comes the Sun" was number 54 on …

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NASA says Earth’s lakes are warming

WASHINGTON: The Earth’s largest lakes have warmed up over the past 25 years in response to climate change, the US space agency said Tuesday, announcing the first such global study of its kind. Scientists Philipp Schneider and Simon Hook of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California used satellite data to measure the surface temperature …

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Freedom to Create kicks off event series in Cairo

CAIRO: Freedom to Create, a renowned international organization, has announced that it will host its 2010 award ceremony — in addition to various other noteworthy events related to the awards — in Cairo. The Freedom to Create organization was established in 2006 in an effort to harness the power of art and culture in order …

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‘Harry Potter’ leaps to $125.1 mln debut weekend

LOS ANGELES: Harry Potter has cast his biggest box-office spell yet with a franchise record $125.1 million domestically over opening weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" also added $205 million in 54 overseas countries, bringing the film’s worldwide total to $330.1 million. In terms of domestic revenue, …

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Bieber wins 4 AMAs, including artist of year

Justin Bieber’s first American Music Awards was perfection. The 16-year-old teen heartthrob went four-for-four on Sunday night, capturing every award he was nominated for, including the top award of the night, favorite artist. He beat a list that featured veterans Eminem and Usher, as well as Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. Bieber became the youngest …

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No-menu menus go well with chocolate

  The Blue restaurant is the first of its kind in Egypt: A “no-menu menu” restaurant that serves whatever you wish to eat, whatever strikes your fancy (pardon the delicious yet appropriate pun) out of the blue. The new Kempinski Nile Hotel has been very good to Cairo recently, giving us Osmanly restaurant — the …

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Warner Bros scrambles to pull online Harry Potter clip

  Warner Brothers said Thursday it was "working actively" to remove a section of the latest Harry Potter movie which has been "stolen" and illegally posted online, even before the film opened. The studio giant said it would vigorously pursue those who posted the reportedly 36-minute clip of the movie’s start on the Internet, a …

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Facebook messaging poses risks for users, says watchdog

SINGAPORE: Facebook’s new online messaging service makes users of the social networking site more vulnerable to identity theft by cyber criminals, computer security firm Sophos warned Thursday. It urged users to be aware of the security risks before signing up for Facebook’s next-generation online messaging service that blends online chat, text messages and other real-time …

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To 3-D or not to 3-D? ‘Potter’ people disagree

LONDON: Disappointed the new "Harry Potter" film won’t be in 3-D? Its star, Daniel Radcliffe, feels the opposite. Radcliffe said he is delighted that the filmmakers and distributor Warner Bros. scrapped plans to convert "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" to 3-D. He also hopes they abandon their 3-D plans for "Part 2," …

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Va. sturgeon may be key to ancient fish’s recovery

HOPEWELL: Researcher Matt Balazik wears his passion for saving the Atlantic sturgeon on his right arm — a tattoo of the ancient fish — and lives it by counting the bottom-feeding giants in the James River. The 30-year-old doctoral student is part sturgeon wrangler, part census taker as he patrols the river in a small …

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Lady Gaga and the sociology of fame: college course

Pop provocateur Lady Gaga may be only 24 but she has already won a string of awards and can now add another feather to her many hats: a university course in her name. "Lady Gaga and the sociology of fame" is one of the latest courses to be added to the curriculum at the University …

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Beatles, iTunes come together

The Beatles finally arrived on iTunes on Tuesday after what Apple’s Steve Jobs described as "a long and winding road." "The Beatles. Now on iTunes," Apple.com announced in large black letters above a full screen picture of the "Fab Four" — Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr — from their heyday in …

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Booming sales for Bush book ‘Decision Points’

Former President George W. Bush has written a blockbuster. Bush’s "Decision Points" sold 775,000 copies through its first week of release, Crown Publishers, an imprint of Random House Inc., announced Tuesday. An initial print run of 1.5 million copies has been increased to 1.85 million. E-book sales alone have topped 100,000. "We expect his book …

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Mecca goes upmarket but commercialism unnerves some

MECCA: Sitting in the marble lobby of a luxury hotel in Mecca, Moroccan bank director Mohammad Hamdosh gets a breather from the cacophony of pilgrims bustling around the Grand Mosque in Islam’s holiest city. Millions have flocked to the city in Saudi Arabia for the annual haj pilgrimage, a duty for every able-bodied Muslim who …

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‘Deathly Hallows’ will leave fans eager for finale

By David Germain and Hilary Fox / AP The minister of magic proclaims that dark times have arisen in the opening moments of the new “Harry Potter” film — and the turmoil that follows lives up to that billing. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” chronicles the chaos that engulfs the wizardry world as …

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SocGen keen for Egyptian acquisition

CASABLANCA: French bank Societe Generale is interested in acquisition opportunities in Egypt but will keep its growth strategy organic in other areas where it is already present, said its international retail head. Bernardo Sanchez Incera, deputy Chief Executive for international retail banking, also said he expects Russian operations to resume profitability next year. "We have …

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Morocco road trip: Cafes, camels and medinas

The dusty road to Marrakech had just started to straighten out after hours of tight curves along jagged mountains. We sped up when we spotted two policemen standing in the middle of the road by a small car. They waved us over. We had been warned about this: Drivers being asked to pay bribes to …

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‘What to Expect’ author shares advice with Egyptian mothers

Two hours before going into labor with her first daughter, then-24-year-old Heidi Murkoff delivered the proposal for the book “What To Expect When You’re Expecting”. Little did she know that while watching her daughter Emma grows, she’ll also see the book climb up bestseller lists around the world.   “It’s the ultimate guide to pregnancy …

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‘Mad Men’ costumer: Lingerie can help shape curves ?

The hourglass shape embraced on "Mad Men" is being celebrated by the retro-TV-show-obsessed fashion world as a refreshing trend after a wave of pin-thin runway looks. Yet perfect curves don’t quite come naturally, either. Enter "underpinnings," says the show’s costume designer Janie Bryant. Her wardrobe closet has long-line bras, girdles, stockings and slips — and …

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Amelia’s Kitchen: Brazilian home-style takeout in Maadi

Always on the lookout for unique culinary offerings on the Cairo dining scene, we were a bit taken aback to find what we hear is possibly Egypt’s sole server of authentic Brazilian cuisine. With visions of sizzling Brazilian barbecue, feasts of cassava, yams and peanuts, chourico sausage and rich salgadinhos cheese bread; we approached the …

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The Cairo guide to seasonal food in Egypt

Thanks to its well-nourished soil from the Nile, Egypt enjoys a plethora of locally grown produce. The benefits of eating locally grown food are no secret: the fresher your produce; the higher the nutritional value and the better the food tastes. Eating fruits and vegetables grown close to home also supports the local economy and …

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Amar El-Sham: Syrian cuisine on the Nile

We first got a sneak preview of the authentic Syrian cuisine of Amar El-Sham during Ramadan, when the restaurant set up a kitchen and lounge inside the Gezira Club in Zamalek. Smitten as we were with their rich daoud basha (meat balls), delicious thin shami bread, falafel and shawerma; you can imagine our anticipation when …

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Tyler Perry’s ‘For Colored Girls’

By Jake Coyle/ AP Tyler Perry, whose name usually adorns the titles to his films, has not disowned his latest, the simply dubbed “For Colored Girls.” On the contrary, his gesture of seeming humility is a self-conscious stab at respectability. With his 10th film, Perry has tried to make a “serious” film, one that courts critical …

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