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[3 May 2012 | No Comment | ]

With legs resembling tree trunks and packing the body weight of two average-sized men, sumo wrestling’s “Great Sandstorm” would seem a good fit for the wildly popular Japanese sport.
But Egypt’s Abdelrahman Ahmed Shaalan, the first professional sumo wrestler from both the African continent and Arab world, faces some mighty challenges as he embarks on a quest to become a yokozuna, or grand champion.
The man known by the ring name Osunaarashi, which translates as Great Sandstorm, prays five times a day as a devout Muslim, a tough routine given the intense …

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[10 Sep 2011 | No Comment | ]

Egyptian commandos plucked six Israelis to safety from their Cairo embassy as protesters stormed the building and dumped diplomatic papers from a balcony, an Israeli official said on Saturday.
‘Six people were actually trapped in the embassy and there was a real concern for their lives,’ the official told AFP on condition of anonymity. ‘In the end they were successfully rescued by Egyptian commandos.’
Egypt declared a state of high alert after police clashed with protesters who raided a building housing the Israeli embassy, prompting Washington to call for protection of the …

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[13 Jul 2011 | No Comment | ]

EGYPTIAN officials say archaeologists have unearthed the first basilica erected in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria.
Antiquities authorities say the basilica is dated to the Roman era and was built on the ruins of a temple from the Ptolemaic reign that ended with the death of Cleopatra.
A statement on Thursday says two parallel rows of granite and limestone pillars suggest the basilica was a social site that was also used for trade and judicial matters.
It says several statues of the Ancient Egyptian goddess Isis – one showing her breast-feeding – …

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[5 Jul 2011 | No Comment | ]

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced on Monday a $US3 billion aid package to Egypt, the state news agency WAM said.
The agency said the announcement was made by Deputy UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahayan during a meeting with Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf in Abu Dhabi, his first visit to the oil-producing Gulf Arab state since an uprising ousted President Hosni Mubarak in February.
“According to these instructions, it was decided to set up the Khalifa bin Zayed Fund to support medium and small projects in the Arab …

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[26 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]

Archaeologists from Japan and Egypt have begun excavating a 4,500-year-old wooden boat found next to the Great Pyramid of Giza, one of Egypt’s main tourist attractions, Egypt’s top antiquities official said Thursday.
The boat is one of two buried next to the pyramid built by the pharaoh Khufu in what appears to be a religious custom to carry him in the afterlife. Khufu, also known as Cheops, is credited with building the Great Pyramid of Giza.
Sakuji Yoshimura, a Waseda University professor who is leading the restoration project with Egypt’s Antiquities Council, …

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[23 May 2011 | No Comment | ]

EGYPT’S Prime Minister Essam Sharaf welcomed on Friday a pledge by US President Barack Obama to forgive one billion dollars in Egyptian debt and provide one billion dollars in aid.
‘This American support and other pledges by the European Union will help boost Egypt’s economy and encourage new projects,’ Mr Sharaf said in a statement from his spokesman, Ahmed al-Saman, Egypt’s official MENA news agency reported.
Mr Obama made the pledge on Thursday in a wide-ranging address on the Middle East.
Egypt, which was rocked by a popular revolt which ousted president Hosni …

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[22 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]

A man in Egypt has named his newborn daughter “Facebook” in honor of the role the social media network played in bringing about a revolution, according to a new report.
Gamal Ibrahim, a 20-something, gave his daughter the name “to express his joy at the achievements made by the January 25 youth,” according to a report in Al-Ahram, one of Egypt’s most popular newspapers.
Many young people used Facebook and other social media networks to organize the protests, which began January 25 and ultimately led to the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak …

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[18 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]

A CAIRO teenager found a priceless statue of Pharaoh Akhenaton near a garbage bin after it had been stolen from the Egyptian Museum during anti-regime protests, Egypt’s antiquities chief said on Thursday.
The museum’s world renowned collection was burgled and several artefacts went missing last month, including statues of King Tutankhamun and Pharaoh Akhenaton.
A 16-year-old protester found the sculpture near a rubbish bin in Tahrir Square, the focal point of the demonstrations which brought down president Hosni Mubarak, antiquities chief Zahi Hawass said.
He took the statue home, where his uncle Sabri …

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[14 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]

EGYPT main Internet service providers will refund customers for the interruption in Web access two weeks ago during early days of the country’s uprising, the state news agency said on Sunday.
Access to the Internet was cut off from Jan 28 until Feb 2 in an effort to quash the pro-democracy protest movement which eventually forced President Hosni Mubarak to resign on Friday.
Vodafone, Etisalat, Telecom Egypt’s TE Data, and Mobinil’s LinkDotNet would grant customers who suffered from the interruption a free half-month of service, the news agency MENA said.
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[1 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]

OIL surged beyond $100 on Monday for the first time since 2008, as traders fretted over spreading unrest in Egypt that could disrupt the flow of oil through the Suez Canal.
London’s Brent North Sea crude for delivery in March surged as high as US$101 (S$129) per barrel in late afternoon deals – which marked the highest level since October 1, 2008 – moments after passing the crucial US$100 milestone.
‘It is quite clear that a risk premium due to the Egyptian situation pushed Brent above US$100 per barrel as soon as …