MacRumors
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TIME - Top Stories
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In the Middle East , the last five years has seen the greatest geopolitical change for a century. Iraq, Yemen and Syria are no longer territorially coherent functioning states, with the civil war in the latter a stain on humanity. Egypt has had a revolution, democracy, theocracy and a coup, whilst the Wests nearly 40 year-long cold war with Iran has begun to thaw, just as the whole region is engulfed in a Sunni-Shia/Saudi-Iranian proxy war. Yet the Israeli-Palestinian conflictthe hinge on which the rest of the region used to swinghas been strangely static. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu heads a right-wing coalition with no real interest in pursuing a two-state solution, while President Mahmoud Abbas oversees a fractured and corrupt Palestinian Authority with no ability to deliver a deal, nor even to visit Gaza, where Hamas continues to reign, and misery continues to prevail.
KyivPost
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Informed Comment
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You have to fight fire with fire. The dark and painful chapter Waterboarding , as described by NPR, “involves choking the victim by filling their throat with a steady stream of water – a sort of ‘slow-motion drowning’.” It is best known for being used by the CIA during the Bush administration’s “war on terror”. To use the technique, the Bush administration argued for a very restrictive legal definition of torture . A series of memos from 2001 and 2002 show the Bush administration effectively made waterboarding legal by changing the definition of torture. On August 3 2002, CIA Headquarters first informed one of their “ black sites ” that they had approval to begin waterboarding and other “enhanced interrogation techniques”. Black sites were secret overseas prisons maintained by the agency in countries as diverse as Poland, Egypt and Thailand. Over the next few years, waterboarding was used hundreds of times on what the CIA called “high-value detainees”.
BBC News 24
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We had the migration crisis. We went into Iraq and it didn't work. We tried persuasion in Egypt and it didn't work. We tried limited intervention in Libya and it didn't work. We didn't intervene in Syria and it didn't work.
BBC Two England
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We had the migration crisis. We went into rack, and it didn't work. We tried persuasion, in Egypt and it didn't work, we tried limited intervention in Libya and it didn't work, we didn't intervene in Syria and it didn't work. I mean, really, the person who said the thing you have to be is lucky, is probably got the answer.
The Huffington Post
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In short, Cyrus put in place a humane foreign policy. This was not, historians caution, pure altruism. Cyrus wasn't just trying to be a nice guy. Cyrus had to bolster the greatest empire the world had ever known. To do this, he needed even a small province such as Judah to provide a bridge to Egypt, which seemed endlessly in rebellion. And a province near the Mediterranean coast was handy for fending off the pesky Greeks. Cyrus' policy of resettlement may not have been altruistic--but it was humane. It gave Israelites in exile--like many other nations in exile at the time--the opportunity voluntarily to remain where they were or to return home, rebuild their homes and temples, and live as their grandparents had. For this reason, the prophet saw God's hand in the politics of Cyrus because his policy reversed the horrors of Babylonian foreign policy.
France 24
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Olympic champions Denmark struggled past Bahrain 30-26 on Wednesday to maintain their undefeated record at the world handball championships and assure top spot in Group D. The win followed a narrow 27-25 victory over Sweden in their opener and the Danes were struggling again to impose themselves against modest Bahrain, leading by just 24-23 with a quarter of an hour to go. Adding to their problems, the Danes lost star player Mikkel Hansen (two goals off three shots) with a red card after 40 minutes while injured Lasse Anderson was also sidelined. "It was a tough game against an awkward opponent. They have a lot of qualities and it was really hard for us," admitted Denmark right winger Hans Lindberg. "They played with 'an offensive defence', it?s hard to find the right solution. In attack, they have a lot of qualities in their shots." Also in Group D, African champions Egypt defeated Argentina 31-26 to make sure of a place in the last 16.
BBC News 24
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As you'll see, this rally goes on and on. This is the UK's James Wilstrop against New Zealand's Paul Coll. Wilstrop won, he'll play Karim Abdel Gawad. He's one of two Egyptians in the men's semis. No surprise. Egypt is the most successful squash country, in part due to former leader Hosni Mubarak, who was a keen player. Anyway, back to this rally, it's about to hot up.
Daily Mail - Home
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Daily Mail - Science
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A new study argues that the pot burials of ancient Egypt may have held far more spiritual significance than previously believed, acting as symbol for the rebirth of the deceased into the afterlife.
ABC News - International
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The Iran Project
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Talebian went on to add, “first an exhibition will be organized in Iran and then we will send some pieces to France to go on display there. There is no issue regarding the insurance as the Louvre has agreed to pay all the expenses.” “If we did not have any insurance obstacles for displaying historical pieces of other countries, they would all be keenly interested in organizing an exhibition in Iran,” he said. According to Gabriel Nokandeh, Director of the National Museum of Iran, there will be around 24 pieces from the Louvre selected from various cultures such as Greece, Egypt, and Mesopotamia that will be displayed in Tehran.
ABC News - International
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The International Monetary Fund says Egypt is making progress with its economic reform program, although it will still take time to improve living standards for the whole population
ABC News - International
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The International Monetary Fund says Egypt is making progress with its economic reform program, although it will still take time to improve living standards for the whole population
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The Event Chronicle
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The Sumerian Invention of the Sexagesimal System The Sumerians initially favored the number 60 because it was so easily divisible. Not only were there few remainders when working with the number 60 and its multiples, the remainders that did appear did not have repeating decimals (ex. 1/3 = 0.333…), a concept Sumerians could not process at the time. The land of Sumer was conquered in 2400 BC by the Akkadians and then by the Amorites (also known as the Babylonians) in 1800 BC. Each subsequent ruling power also appreciated the user-friendly sexagesimal system and incorporated it into their own mathematics. So the notion of dividing time into units of 60 persisted and spread to the East in Persia, India, and China as well as to the West in Egypt, Carthage, and Rome. The system neatly complimented the Chinese astronomers’ work of discovering the 12 astronomical hours of the stars (a mostly theoretical discovery as most people lived by the sun).
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Ars Technica
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Enlarge / A selection of child and infant pot burials from an ancient cemetery in Adaïma, Egypt. They are between 7,500-4,700 years old. Note that some of the pots are distinctly egg-shaped. (credit: Béatrix Midant-Reynes, Institut Français d'Archéologie Orientale) Around 3,500 BCE, the ancient Egyptians began to practice a ritual that has long perplexed archaeologists. They buried their dead in recycled ceramic food jars similar to Greek amphorae. For decades, scholars believed that only the poor used these large storage containers, and they did so out of necessity. But in a recent article for the journal Antiquity , Ronika Power and Yann Tristant debunk that idea. They offer a new perspective on pot burial. Burial in pots took many forms. Egyptians buried their dead in all types of ceramic vessels, and, sometimes, the body was simply placed underneath a pot in a grave.
The Event Chronicle
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The dams were made of artificial energy: the first was the plan, like a wall, a wall that was blocking access to the tunnel. The second was huge, like a dome or hemisphere, at the opposite end of the tunnel, near the center of the mountain. Interestingly, if we look back at history, we will find that local legends speak of Zamolxis, the god of the ancient Romanian people (the Dacians), and how he crafted his home and sacred sanctuary inside the mountain. It’s hard to judge a book by its cover, and a few introductory words. However, many people believe the book is nothing more than a fictional story, having all the necessary elements to be categorized as such. But, arent all sensational findings first classified as elaborate hoaxes and fictional stories? We only have to take a look back at Egypt and the mind-bending discovery that was made by a group of archaeologists who discovered an ancient underground labyrinth and even published details about the discovery in 2008 in the scientific journal of the NRIAG.
South China Morning Post
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The man suspected of killing 39 people at an Istanbul nightclub on New Years Eve has claimed he received the order to attack from Islamic State jihadists in Syria, local media reported Wednesday. Turkish authorities on Monday detained Abdulgadir Masharipov, 34, who spent 17 days on the run following the attack which was claimed by the extremist group. They also arrested an Iraqi man and three women from Egypt, Senegal and Somalia. Officials identified him as an Uzbek national who...
South China Morning Post
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The man suspected of killing 39 people at an Istanbul nightclub on New Years Eve has claimed he received the order to attack from Islamic State jihadists in Syria, local media reported Wednesday. Turkish authorities on Monday detained Abdulgadir Masharipov, 34, who spent 17 days on the run following the attack which was claimed by the extremist group. They also arrested an Iraqi man and three women from Egypt, Senegal and Somalia. Officials identified him as an Uzbek national who trained...