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Egyptian man’s unusual outdoor photoshoot with grandmom enthuses many

Friday, 20 October 2017

Social media users in Egypt have warmed up to and are sharing a special photoshoot by a young Egyptian man with his 80-year-old grandmother. The young man from the Upper Egypt governorate of Minya decided to embark with his grandmother for a unique photoshoot. The resulting series of pictures have taken the internet by storm when he published them on Facebook. Abdullah Mohammad, the photographer assigned by the young man for the shoot, said for decades after being at home, “she is ...

Mystery of 400 ancient stone structures in Saudi Harrat Khaybar region

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

In a remote desert area in Saudi Arabia, archaeologists have found around 400 mysterious stone structures on the edge of volcanoes that are possibly thousands of years old. The team found the stone structures using Google Earth and these formations have been dubbed the ‘gates’ because they appear to look like field gates from above, reported UK’s Mail Online. Some of these strange features are more than four times the length of a football pitch, and are built on ancient ...

Louis XIV, Napoleon diamond to be auctioned off in Geneva

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

A large, pink diamond once set in the crowns of numerous French kings and emperors will go under the hammer in Geneva next month, the Christie’s auction house said Wednesday. “Le Grand Mazarin”, a 19.07-carat light pink diamond, was a gift to Louis XIV in 1661 and was set in the crowns of almost all of the monarchs and emperors of France who followed, Christie’s said. The diamond is “a timeless symbol of beauty, a French royal treasure adorning no fewer than seven ...

VIDEO: Collision of dead stars unlocks ‘new chapter’ for astronomy

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Scientists confirmed on October 16 that they detected a cataclysmic neutron star collision about 130 million light years away from Earth, an event they said has ushered in a new chapter for astronomy.The rare cosmic phenomenon - called a kilonova, according to a New York Times report - was detected on August 17.Two neutron stars - crushed leftover cores of massive stars that long ago exploded as supanovas, according to NASA - collided in the southern constellation of Hydra.The LIGO executive ...

WATCH: Brazilian family with 12 fingers, toes putting them to good use

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Flexible fingers are essential to play music and sports and perform other activities, so what if you have 12 fully functional fingers? This is the case with the Da Silva family from Brazil as 14 of its members, including a newborn, were all born with six fingers and toes thanks to the genetic syndrome polydactyly which is relatively common as it happens in about 1 in 1,000 babies. The family has made use of this mutation to play music and sports, particularly as football keepers. The mother ...

Baboon burglars: Tribe of monkeys loot a fruit truck in Algeria

Monday, 16 October 2017

In a rare incident, a group of wild monkeys attacked one of the cars loaded with fruit bags in Algeria. The monkeys pounced on the truck and took the fruit bags and ate their contents. The chaotic scene led to the road’s closure. A video clip posted social media showed the incident taking place on a highway connecting the eastern cities of Bejaia and Jijel. The cities of Bejaia and Jijel are one of the most common areas where wild monkeys live because of the presence of dense forests. ...

Egyptian attacker arrested for scarring female victim in ‘revenge attack’

Monday, 16 October 2017

A 38-year-old sexual harasser carried out a revenge attack on his former female victim this weekend in Cairo by scarring her face using a “cutter,” local media reports have said. The shocking harassment story of Somaya Tarek Obeid sent waves across the Egyptian society two years ago when a stranger physically assaulted her at a Cairo mall, receiving a two-year imprisonment as a result. But upon his release, the harasser reportedly followed Obeid as she walked down a street in an ...

Mystery of ‘kidnapped girl in Egypt’ who wrote SOS message on 10-pound note

Monday, 16 October 2017

An Egyptian 10-pound note was believed to have a message written on it by a kidnapped girl in the country. Facebook users have been sharing pictures of the note with text, an SOS message, written in Arabic. It says: “I am kidnapped in an apartment," she then gave the precise location. “My name is Jana Shawkat,” she concluded, signing the bill. Detectives from the police department in Al-Aajouza made their way to this address, an Egyptian security official said. But ...

Saudi hero who saved people from burning gas station loses family to house fire

Sunday, 15 October 2017

A Saudi hero who saved more than 50 people by pushing a burning car away from a petrol station in the capital Riyadh last week has lost his mother and two siblings to a fire that broke out in their home on Sunday.Sultan bin Huzaim al-Rajbani made headlines last week when he risked his own car, and life, to push a burning car away from petrol pumps at a gas station in Riyadh.Riyadh’s Governor Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz honored Rajbani for his bravery at the time.Many online were ...

WATCH: Putin bursts into laughter after ‘pork exports to Indonesia’ gaffe

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin burst into laughter during a cabinet meeting after Russian Minister of Agriculture Alexander Tkachev mentioned exporting pork to Indonesia. In details, according to local media outlets, Tkachev was proposing a plan to boost the export of meats and gave Germany as an example in terms of exporting pork to some countries like Japan, China and Indonesia. Putin then smiled and clarified to Tkachev that Indonesia is a Muslim country hence its people do not eat pork, ...

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