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Saudi Arabia’s first female tour guide stood at the forefront of social reforms in the kingdom

Saudi Arabia is on a path of dramatic economic and social reforms. The reforms, launched by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, are aimed at modernizing the kingdom and are welcomed both nationally and internationally. Abir Abusulayman stands at the forefront of social reforms, in particular women’s right to choose. The …

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Pre-dynastic tombs unearthed in Egypt

Egyptian archaeologists working on the Nile Delta have uncovered dozens of rare predynastic tombs dating to the period before Egypt’s Pharaonic kingdoms first emerged more than 5,000 years ago. They also found tombs nearby from the later Hyksos period (1650 to 1500 B.C.), when Western Asian migrants took over the …

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Major discovery made in Egyptian of Christian heritage

A French-Norwegian archaeological team has discovered new Christian ruins in Egypt’s Western Desert, revealing monastic life in the region in the fifth century AD, the Egyptian antiquities ministry said Saturday. The mission unearthed “several buildings made of basalt, others carved into the bedrock and some made of mud bricks,” during …

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Fergana Valley tasty destinations for tourists

The Ferghana Valley (also transliterated as Fergana or Farghana) is historically the main Silk Road route between Kashgar and Samarkand. It is a relatively fertile, populous and prosperous area though much of the surrounding country is mountains, steppe or desert. Two rivers, the Naryn and the Kara Darya, flow into …

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Andijan: the birthplace of the great Bobur

Andijan region is the birthplace of the great Bobur, the smallest in the area, and at the same time the most densely populated region of Uzbekistan. The history of this region begins with the ancient Dayuan State founded here in the VI century BC. Agriculture with artificial irrigation and cattle …

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Gazan artists try to preserve Mamluk era homes

The grand, 500-year-old brick walls of the Al-Kamalaia School slowly emerged from years of accumulated garbage as grassroots preservers began the long process of restoring it to its former glory. Located in the heart of the old quarter of Gaza City, the Mamluk era building is one of an ever-dwindling …

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‘Writing for the sake of collective survival’ – the emotional brilliance of the Palestine Writes Festival

BY ALICE ROTHCHILD  DECEMBER 9, 2020   This past year, the isolated loneliness of being a writer has been magnified by the cruelties of the pandemic. Spending five intense virtual days at the Palestine Writes Literature Festival with over 3,000 people from 75 different countries was an exhilarating and welcome relief, even though it …

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Iraq wants Gilgmesh tablet back

US prosecutors are seeking to confiscate a rare ancient tablet from a Christian museum co-founded by the president of retailer Hobby Lobby. The 3,500-year-old artefact, from what is now Iraq, bears text from the Epic of Gilgamesh, one of the world’s oldest works of literature. Prosecutors allege that an auction …

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Why should we remember the Armenian genocide?

On this day, one hundred and five years ago, Armenian leaders in Constantinople were rounded up by Ottoman authorities and murdered. This day therefore marks the commencement of the Ottoman plans to systematically kill and annihilate the Armenian minority. By Darlene Schembri By the end, around one and a half …

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Gaps and Omissions in Europe’s New Memory Wars

In Russia, the proposed revision of the constitution has become a fight over history. One of the amendments on which Russians will vote at some point this year declares the right and obligation of the state to “protect historical truth.” It seems the establishment of a Russian equivalent of the …

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West is right, East is wrong, hints Pompeo

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo defended on Saturday his nation’s global role despite misgivings in Europe, vowing that Western values would prevail over Russian and Chinese desires for “empire”. Seeking to reassure Europeans troubled by U.S. President Donald Trump’s “America first” rhetoric, his ambivalence over the NATO military alliance …

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Holocaust survivors second-class citizens in Israel

Holocaust survivors in Israel are better off financially than in the past thanks to the efforts of campaigners after decades of government neglect and bureaucracy, but some still live in poverty. World leaders joined some of the survivors in Poland on Monday to mark 75 years since Soviet troops liberated …

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World’s oldest pearl found in Abu Dhabi

The oldest known natural pearl in the world has been discovered by Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi archaeologists working at a Neolithic site on Marawah Island, just off the coast of Abu Dhabi. Dubbed the ‘Abu Dhabi Pearl’, it was found in layers that have been radiocarbon …

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