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Egyptian mummy’s big toe oldest known prosthesis

PARIS: A superbly preserved artificial big toe found strapped to the mummified remains of an Egyptian woman is the oldest functional prosthesis ever found, experts said Monday. Discovered in 2000 near Luxor in the necropolis of Thebes, the wood-and-leather device belonged to Tabaketenmut, a high priest’s daughter who lived between 950 and 710 BC. That …

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Egypt recovers some looted artifacts

CAIRO: Cairo authorities said on Monday they had recovered a pharaonic heart scarab and a tiny statuette, two of several ancient treasures looted from the world-famous Egyptian Museum during the country’s uprising. "The search operation that is being carried out inside and outside the museum for the lost artifacts has succeeded in recovering some of …

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Egypt’s chief archaeologist says mummies are safe

LONDON: None of the mummies in Cairo’s main archaeological museum were damaged during a break-in last week but 70 other exhibits will need restoration, top Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass said on Sunday. Media reports during Egypt’s political unrest had quoted Hawass as saying that looters damaged two mummies, but in a BBC interview on Sunday …

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Cairo according to Mohamed Abla

By Mariam Hamdy With 50 successful solo shows and numerous awards under his belt, Mohamed Abla has established himself as one of Egypt’s most prominent contemporary artists. And while fame and fortunate usually go to the artist’s head, Abla remains as humble as ever; a man who simply cannot survive without painting. A cheerfully candid …

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PIONEERS: Essmat Barakat: Unsung consummate artist of photography

You’ve probably seen his work many time in different venues across Egypt, but didn’t know who he was. His signature photographs hang royally in ministries, banks, airports and classrooms. Staring at the portrait of former president Anwar Sadat, dressed in full military regalia and looking straight into the eyes of the viewer, inspired me to …

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One on One with Masoud Amralla Al Ali: Part 2

By Joseph Fahim The mastermind behind the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) is artistic director Masoud Amralla Al Ali. Mostly known for being the patron of young Arab filmmakers, the incredibly modest Al Ali is possibly the most accessible director of any festival anywhere in the world. Accompanied by no entourage whatsoever, you can always …

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Cairo International Book Fair to honor China, Naguib Mahfouz

The Cairo International Book Fair (CIBF) is set to open Saturday, Jan. 29, with a packed schedule of events in honor of China and the centenary of the late Nobel laureate Egyptian author Naguib Mahfouz.   Originally scheduled to begin on Wednesday, the opening of the 43rd CIBF was delayed by three days. The agenda, …

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One on One with Masoud Amralla Al Ali: Part 1

By Joseph Fahim Film is a business largely defined by giant egos, unrealistic ambitions and breakneck rivalry. Art, passion and real dedication occasionally take a backseat to a host of other commercial and strategic considerations. This reality is especially palpable in the Arab world where competition has grown sterner over the past few years with …

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Astronomers claim earliest galaxy yet from Hubble

WASHINGTON: An international team of astronomers say they’ve glimpsed the earliest galaxy yet, a smudge of light from nearly 13.2 billion years ago — a time when the cosmos was a far lonelier place. The research hasn’t been confirmed, and some astronomers are skeptical. The new findings are based on an image from the Hubble …

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‘The King’s Speech’ receives 12 Oscar nominations

The British monarchy saga "The King’s Speech" leads the Academy Awards with 12 nominations, including best picture and acting honors for Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush. Also nominated for best picture Tuesday were the psychosexual thriller "Black Swan;” the boxing drama "The Fighter;” the sci-fi blockbuster "Inception;” the lesbian-family tale "The Kids …

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German foundation refuses to return Nefertiti bust

BERLIN/CAIRO: A German foundation rejected on Monday an Egyptian request to return the 3,400-year-old bust of Queen Nefertiti, a sculpture which draws over one million viewers annually to a Berlin museum. Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) sent the request to the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, which runs the Neues Museum in the German capital …

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Cairo talent perform for a cause

Three hours, six performances, 18 musicians, 20-something songs and a packed concert space; this was the breakdown of “Performance for a Cause,” which took place in downtown Cairo’s Rawabet Theater, Jan. 21. A diverse yet jovial group of concert-goers filtered into the space and settled into seats, against the walls and on the floors in …

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Egypt asks Berlin to return Nefertiti bust

CAIRO: Egypt is officially requesting the return of the 3,300-year-old bust of Queen Nefertiti that has been in a Berlin museum for decades. The bust of the monarch, dating back to the 14 century BC, tops Egypt’s “wish list” of artifacts the country hopes to bring back as part of a campaign to retrieve thousands …

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Farewell Heavens: Coming face-to-face with oneself

“God had always been my refuge from refuge. I fled from Him to Him. Both my pretensions to faith and my attempts to reject, it didn’t help me. I could be neither a believer nor an atheist. I couldn’t give God up because I never found a substitute. So I preferred God’s eternal silence to …

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‘Man on Wire’ director takes chimp film to Sundance

Two years after taking home an Oscar for the tightrope documentary "Man on Wire," British director James Marsh has come to Sundance with a heartbreaking tale about a chimp raised to be human. "Project Nim" tells the story of a 1970s US experiment in which a chimpanzee was raised as a human child and taught …

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Cairo’s hottest new art hub opens at Designopolis

For the past few weeks, Designopolis, Cairo’s larger than life art and design complex, has been witnessing the steady preparations for the inauguration of its latest art gallery, Tache, due to open Saturday, January 22. ‘Tache’ is an acronym using the first few letters of both the founders’ names: Taya El Zayadi and Cherine Badrawy. …

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Jessica Winegar on Egypt’s booming contemporary art scene

In an interview with Daily News Egypt, Dr Jessica Winegar, author of “Creative Reckonings: The Politics of Art and Culture in Contemporary Egypt” and professor at Northwestern University, reflected on the groundbreaking change Cairo’s contemporary art scene has undergone in the past two decades. Winegar discussed the blossoming of Egypt’s contemporary art scene against a …

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Writing art history: Collector and collection star in new book

Mona Abaza has given the Egyptian art scene a great addition with her second book "Twentieth Century Egyptian Art: The Private Collection of Sherwet Shafei." As a young journalist curious about Egyptian art, it was Sherwet Shafei who guided me across what was hitherto unknown. Little did I know that Shafei had played a similar …

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PIONEERS: Saad El-Khadem and Effat Nagy Museum: Recharge your inspiration

In of the busiest parts of Sarrayat El-Kobba lies the Museum of Saad El-Khadem and Effat Nagy, just around the corner from the underground station by the same name. Yet the place somehow still retains the peace and serenity of bygone days. The energy of two of the most influential artists of the 40s and …

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Local interior designers take divergent approaches to art

In a city where taste is contagious, the relationship between art and interior design is fraught with issues of authenticity, originality and, most importantly for the designers themselves, harmony. Local interior designers are both aestheticians and educators: A lack of knowledge about interior design and all of its components means that clients overseeing the decoration …

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Sundance opens with cross-section of fest’s films

All eyes at the Sundance Film Festival used to be glued to one big premiere that would have opening night all to itself. Now the festival starts with enough choices to fill a small multiplex. Robert Redford’s independent-film showcase kicked off Thursday night with two fictional tales, two documentaries and a collection of short movies, …

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An enchanting memoir of illustrious Iraqi family

But the controversial Iraqi politician is not the protagonist of this tale. This is Tamara Chalabi’s story; one of an inheritance of exile and a struggle to connect with a distant, troubled homeland. "He has his own tale to tell, although I acknowledge that my father has played a pivotal role in shaping my relationship …

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‘Bullets,’ ‘Confessions’ top Asia film nominations

A Chinese political satire and a Japanese psychological thriller are the top contenders at the fifth Asian Film Awards as organizers announced the nominations on Thursday. Jiang Wen’s "Let the Bullets Fly" and Tetsuya Nakashima’s "Confessions" each received six nominations, including best picture and best director. "Let the Bullets Fly" follows a battle of wits …

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Cinéma du Réel brings experimental documentaries to Cairo

The Cinéma du Réel documentary film festival kicked off on Sunday evening at the French Cultural Center (CFCC) in Mounira with a line-up of documentaries on diverse subjects ranging from Palestine to the school infirmary. Cinéma du Réel is an international documentary film festival founded in 1978 by the Public Information Library in Paris. The …

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Gervais stands his ground over Globes performance

Academy Award hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco are unlikely to be seeking tips from Ricky Gervais. The British comedian was brash, profane and cruelly funny at Sunday’s Golden Globes, delivering his trademark humor as promised for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in his second go-round as host of the ceremony that has "butt-talking" appearances …

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Spacey, Moore and 3D in focus at Berlin film fest

A financial crisis thriller starring Kevin Spacey and Demi Moore and a French 3D animated feature will vie for the top prizes at next month’s Berlin film festival, organizers said Tuesday. The 61st edition of the festival, running from February 10-20, will showcase 22 films in its main program including 16 in the running for …

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Old dog, new tricks: Study IDs 9,400-year-old mutt

PORTLAND: Nearly 10,000 years ago, man’s best friend provided protection and companionship and an occasional meal. That’s what researchers are saying after finding a bone fragment from what they are calling the earliest confirmed domesticated dog in the Americas. University of Maine graduate student Samuel Belknap III came across the fragment while analyzing a dried-out …

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Cairo hosts Arab world’s first photo marathon

This past Saturday was a somewhat dreary winter day. Along the streets of downtown Cairo people could be seen clutching their jackets and sweaters tightly, shielding themselves from the cold. At the Townhouse Gallery, however, the mood was upbeat with an abundance of enthusiasm and excitement. Clusters of people milled about, with cameras of all …

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‘King’s Speech’ gets 14 nominations for UK awards

Made-in-England favorite "The King’s Speech" leads the race for the British Academy Film Awards, Britain’s equivalent of the Oscars, with 14 nominations announced Tuesday, including best picture. Colin Firth is the best-actor front-runner for his performance as stuttering monarch King George VI, with Geoffrey Rush nominated for best supporting actor as the unconventional speech therapist …

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Bond heads to Dubai in new novel

British super spy James Bond will head to the glitzy gulf emirate of Dubai, itself no stranger to real-life espionage and assassination, in a new book titled "Carte Blanche," local papers said Tuesday. "When I thought about the setting for the new book, I thought immediately about Dubai," the book’s author, Jeffery Deaver, told reporters …

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