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Dennis Hopper, Hollywood icon and antihero, dies

Dennis Hopper, the high-flying Hollywood wild man whose memorable and erratic career included an early turn in "Rebel without a Cause," an improbable smash with "Easy Rider" and a classic character role in "Blue Velvet," has died. He was 74. Hopper died Saturday at his home in the Los Angeles beach community of Venice, surrounded …

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Belgian tourist stabbed in Aswan

CAIRO: A Belgian tourist was hospitalized in a critical condition on Tuesday after he was attacked in Egypt, a hospital official said. The unnamed 26-year-old was stabbed in the neck while visiting the southern area of Aswan, the official told AFP on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to the media. …

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Thai film 'Boonmee' wins top honor at Cannes fest

The hypnotic Thai film "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives" won the top honor at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday, while Academy Award winners Juliette Binoche and Javier Bardem earned acting honors. "Uncle Boonmee," directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, traces the dreamlike final days of a man dying of kidney failure as the …

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Egypt detains NY passenger with guns in luggage

CAIRO: Police have detained an American-Egyptian man who arrived in Cairo on a flight from New York with several weapons in his luggage, airport officials said Wednesday. The officials said the man was taken into custody as he tried to pass through customs with a metal box containing two 9 mm handguns, 250 bullets, several …

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Fires rip through West Bank mosque, olive grove

NABLUS: Fires ripped through a mosque and an olive grove in two West Bank villages on Tuesday, and local Palestinians accused Jewish settlers of deliberately setting the blazes. The mosque fire took place early in the morning in the village of Luban A-Sharkiyeh, incinerating holy books and prayer carpets. Although there were no witnesses, Jibril …

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Egypt embassy says girl in underage row still in Egypt

  ABUJA: Egypt’s embassy in Nigeria said Thursday a 13-year-old girl at the center of claims that a Nigerian senator had taken the minor as his fourth wife is still at school in Egypt.   The senator, Ahmed Sani Yerima, 49, meanwhile denied in an interview with the BBC that the girl was 13 and …

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Egypt police arrest Israeli dirt biker

RAFAH: Egyptian police arrested an Israeli dirt biker who illegally crossed the border on Saturday, a security official said. The 36-year-old man, who led police on a chase after he crossed into the Sinai Peninsula, told them he entered Egypt by mistake after he was separated from his fellow bikers. Last month, Egyptian police detained …

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Egypt sales firm sues Mitsubishi Motors for $900 mln

TOKYO: Japan s Mitsubishi Motors Corp said on Monday an Egyptian sales firm is suing it for $900 million in damages, complaining it unfairly ended a distribution contract. Separately, the Japanese automaker slashed its estimate of annual operating profit by 54 percent to 13.8 billion yen ($149.7 million) citing a drop in vehicle sales and …

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Egypt guards kill African migrant on way to Israel

RAFAH: An Egyptian security official says border guards fatally shot an African migrant and arrested five others trying to cross illegally into Israel. The Eritrean man, 42, had ignored calls to stop as well as warning shots before being hit by a bullet in the head, an official told AFP. The migrant was brought dead …

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After warning, hundreds of Israelis flee Sinai

JERUSALEM: Hundreds of Israeli travelers returned home after Israel warned its citizens to urgently leave Egypt s Sinai Peninsula because of a kidnapping alert, police said Wednesday. In the unusually strong wording late Tuesday, Israel s anti-terror office called on all Israelis in Sinai to leave immediately and return home, and cited concrete evidence of …

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Press both Iran, Israel on nukes, says Aboul-Gheit

WASHINGTON: Egypt called Monday for world powers to press both Iran and Israel on nuclear weapons, saying that the Middle East should be a zone free of the ultra-destructive arms. Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit, who is representing Egypt at a major summit in Washington on nuclear security, voiced hope that diplomacy rather than sanctions …

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Egypt releases senior Muslim Brotherhood members

CAIRO: Egyptian police released 16 senior Muslim Brotherhood leaders, including deputy chief Mahmoud Ezzat and Essam El-Erian, who are charged with organizing terrorist groups, Ezzat said on Thursday. Ezzat and the others were freed on bail on Wednesday after the Cairo Criminal Court ordered their release. We are glad to see the authorities swift execution …

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Iraqi health official gunned down at home

BAGHDAD: A senior Iraqi official was killed at his home and a woman and her daughter were discovered dead, likely tortured, in separate incidents in Baghdad, an interior ministry official said Thursday. "Armed men entered the house of Mohammed Jalab Ahmed, the deputy director general of the ministry of health and shot him in his …

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At least two migrants dead in Egypt boat accident

CAIRO: At least two Egyptians drowned when a boat ferrying illegal migrants to Italy capsized in the eastern Mediterranean off Egypt on Tuesday, a security official said. Rescue workers saved 25 passengers and recovered two bodies after their boat capsized three kilometers (two miles) off the coast of Borg Megheizal village in Kafr El-Sheikh Governorate, …

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Latin icon Ricky Martin says he is gay

Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin, in a bombshell to legions of his fans all over the world, on Monday confirmed a longtime rumor that he is gay. "I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am," he wrote on his rickymartin.com website. For …

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Latin pop icon Ricky Martin tells fans he is gay

Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin, in a bombshell to legions of his fans all over the world, on Monday confirmed a longtime rumor that he is gay. I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am, he wrote on his rickymartin.com website. For …

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At least two migrants dead in Egypt boat accident

CAIRO: At least two Egyptians drowned when a boat ferrying illegal migrants to Italy capsized in the eastern Mediterranean off Egypt on Tuesday, a security official said. Rescue workers saved 25 passengers and recovered two bodies after their boat capsized three kilometers (two miles) off the coast of Borg Megheizal village in Kafr El-Sheikh Governorate, …

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Egypt releases Israeli journalist, says Israeli official

JERUSALEM: Egypt released Sunday an Israeli journalist arrested a week ago trying to cross the border illegally with an African migrant, an Israeli official said. Israeli journalist Yotam Feldman was released following an intervention by Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai with Egyptian intelligence chief Omar Suleiman, said the Israeli official, who asked not to be …

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British actress Kate Winslet splits from husband

British movie star Kate Winslet has separated from her film director husband Sam Mendes after nearly seven years of marriage, their law firm said Monday. The surprise split puts an end to a golden couple of Britain s show business world, buttressed by matching Oscars and a host of commercial successes and artistic accolades. The …

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Egypt opposition groups call for reform

CAIRO: Several Egyptian opposition groups called for political reforms and more freedoms in a statement on Monday at the end of a three-day conference, the official news agency MENA reported. The groups, which include established opposition parties such as the leftist Tagammu and the liberal Al-Wafd, demanded an end to the concentration of power in …

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President Mubarak in 'stable condition', says state TV

CAIRO: Veteran Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is in “stable condition following surgery in Germany to have his gall bladder removed, state television said on Sunday. “The president is in stable condition, the television said. Mubarak, who is being treated at Heidelberg University Hospital, also had a growth removed from his small intestine and was fully …

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Oil price breaches 80 dollars on Total strike, Iran

LONDON: Oil prices topped $80 a barrel on Monday as a strike at French energy giant Total and concerns over Iran s nuclear program rattled the market, analysts said. New York s main futures contract, light sweet crude for delivery in March, hit an intra-day high of $80.51 a barrel. It later stood at $80, …

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Best-selling British author Dick Francis dead at 89

Prolific British author Dick Francis, a former jockey whose thrillers rode high in best-selling lists for decades, has died at the age of 89, his family said. He passed away at his Caribbean home in Grand Cayman from old age , according to a statement released through his publicist. His son, Felix, said on Sunday …

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Cameron's Avatar' wins best drama honor at Globes

The Golden Globes gave top honors to James Cameron s Avatar and took its cue from the film s celebration of humanity, with winners ranging from the gritty child-abuse drama Precious to freewheeling comedy The Hangover. Sunday s awards ceremony also opened wide to embrace the long-admired Jeff Bridges, who took best dramatic-acting honors for …

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Indonesians, Lebanese protest Egypt's Gaza wall

JAKARTA: More than 200 Indonesian Muslims protested in Jakarta Sunday against an underground wall being built to block a network of tunnels crossing Egypt s border with the Gaza Strip. Meanwhile in Lebanon about 200 people took part in the protest near Egypt s embassy, accusing Egyptian authorities of acting like an agent of Israel. …

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French filmmaker Eric Rohmer dies

Eric Rohmer, pivotal member of France’s New Wave film movement that changed the history of the art form, has died aged 89, leaving behind an immense yet subtle and sensitive body of work. Rohmer, died in Paris, said Les Films du Losange, the production company he co-founded. The cause of death was not immediately given. …

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Aboul Gheit implicitly confirms Gaza barrier, workers come under fire

CAIRO: Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit implicitly confirmed on Saturday that his country was building an underground barrier with the Gaza Strip, saying it was Cairo’s right to protect itself. “Be it a wall or detection hardware, the important thing is that Egypt’s territory must be protected; it must not be violated in any …

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Kuwait oil minister: OPEC output change unlikely

DUBAI: Kuwait’s oil minister said Sunday OPEC probably won’t change its production levels when it meets next week. Sheik Ahmed Al-Abdullah Al-Sabah made the comments to state news agency KUNA, which paraphrased him as saying “it was unlikely the bloc would change output strategy when it meets in Angola on Dec. 22. The 12-member Organization …

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Haneke's "White Ribbon" sweeps European Film Awards

“The White Ribbon, Austrian auteur Michael Haneke’s austere black-and-white examination of malice in a pre-World War I German village dominated the 22nd European Film Awards held in Bochum, Germany on Saturday, winning the awards for best European film, best director and best screenwriter. “The White Ribbon also won the coveted Palme d Or at this …

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Sundance festival shines light on Bhutto, Afghanistan

Films about the war in Afghanistan and slain former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto were named in the line-up for next year s Sundance Film Festival on Tuesday. The world s premiere festival for independent films, the Jan. 21-31 festival in Park City, Utah, will once again see a diverse field of competitors in the …

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