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The United Kingdom leaves the European Union on Friday with a mixture of joy, anger and indifference, casting off into the unknown after nearly five decades and dealing a blow to Europe`s attempt to forge unity from the ruins of World War Two.
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Part of the proposed capital, far from Jerusalem’s holy sites, would encompass a gang-ridden slum. “These areas are not a symbol for anybody,” said one Palestinian.
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Snapchat gives Bitmoji TV a fittingly weird (and ironic) premiere

The premiere of Snap`s newest brainchild, an absurdist Saturday morning-style cartoon called Bitmoji TV, started out like any other. Popcorn, wine, and red armchairs abounded in a Soho House screening room high above LA`s Sunset Boulevard. 

But things devolved devilishly from there. 

"We`re all gonna have our own experience," Ba Blackstock, Bitmoji`s co-founder, said. "But we`re all gonna have it together."

The premiere would be low-tech, somewhat awkward, and deeply ironic: We would watch the show in a fancy Hollywood room all together, but each watch it individually on our personal smartphones while wearing headphones.  Read more...

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`Fast and Furious 9` trailer spotlights sibling rivalry with John Cena

Almost two decades after the original The Fast and the Furious film, the franchise`s crew reunited for one of two upcoming films to be directed by Fast and Furious veteran director, Justin Lin.

In the teaser trailer released on Jan. 28, audiences saw Dominic Torretto (Vin Diesel) in action, this time as a father. In addition to his newfound familial ties, it seems that Dom has finally met his match. The full trailer further reveals that Torretto crosses paths with a longtime rival — and estranged brother — Jakob (John Cena). 

Fast and Furious 9 premieres in theaters on May 22, 2020. Read more...

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Iraq`s Basra International Airport will deny entry to passengers of any nationality travelling to Iraq from China, the state news agency reported on Friday amid fears from the coronavirus outbreak.
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The Trump administration on Friday declared a public health emergency over the coronavirus outbreak and said it would bar entry to the United States starting on Sunday of foreign nationals who have traveled to China.
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A veteran of the Afghan jihad working for nonviolent change in Algeria
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Reuters) - Nearly 200 Americans evacuated from China and voluntarily confined to a California air base for 72 hours of coronavirus screenings were placed under a mandatory 14-day quarantine on Friday, as U.S. health officials intensified precautions against spread of the disease.
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The United States angered China on Friday with a warning to Americans not to travel there because of a coronavirus epidemic that has rattled the global economy with increasing disruption to business supply lines.
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These dating sites and apps are perfect for people on a budget

From OKCupid, to Hinge, to Tinder, these apps may soon be your ticket to fewer lonely nights. Read more...

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These websites are perfect for wasting your time

Whether you want to learn a new language or test you knowledge, these sites are great for time-killing. Read more...

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Britain`s Union Jack was removed from lines of EU member state flags at the European Council and European Parliament buildings in Brussels on Friday evening ahead of the United Kingdom`s exit from the bloc at midnight (2300 GMT).
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The United States said on Friday it banned from visiting the country a Tanzanian official who announced a crackdown on homosexuality in Dar es Salaam in 2018.
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This vest thinks it can read your dog`s emotions — Future Blink

Designed to help you better communicate with your pup, Inupathy uses color to display your dog’s feelings. Read more...

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The cast of `Sex Education` break down Season 2

The cast of the Netflix hit Sex Education tell us what to expect in Season 2. Read more...

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This Week

[January 26-February 1st, 2020] Cuddly pigs, a cat with titanium legs, a chubby owl, and the rest of the week’s weird news from Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Pig Cuddlers Wanted

An animal rescue farm in North Carolina is seeking volunteers to give their piglets cuddles! The group is trying to socialize the pigs with people in preparation for them to be adopted as pets into families. Farm managers say that pigs can actually be easier to train than dogs. After putting the call out on Facebook, people are even planning road trips to cuddle with the piglets.

A Timely Investment

When an Air Force veteran stationed in Thailand spent 300 on a Rolex watch in 1974, he thought he was really splurging. He originally planned to use it for diving but decided the watch was too nice to expose to the saltwater. Instead, he left it in a safety deposit box. Now, after having it appraised, he learned it is now worth an estimated 700,000!

Dating App Rescue

Lonia Haeger, a camper from Germany was cruising the Norwegian countryside when her camper became stuck in the snow. She was able to reach emergency services for help, but they wouldn’t be able to make it to her location for some time. Fearing she might be pushed off the road by an oncoming car in the thick snow, she jumped on Tinder to find out if anyone was nearby. She quickly found a nearby match who was able to rescue her with a bulldozer.

Titanium-Pawed Kitty

After losing all four paws to frostbite, a female gray cat named Haze is back to climbing and walking after vets were able to make her four prosthetic paws. A passing car found the cat wandering in the snow and brought her to a clinic Novosibirsk, Russia. The vets developed calcium implants and titanium prosthetics that are now fused to the cat’s body. Haze can now stretch, walk, and play!

Owl Too Chunky To Fly

An owl found by Suffolk Owl Sanctuary in the UK was found flightless at the bottom of a muddy ditch. Caretakes thought she might be injured or just too heavy with soggy feathers to take to the air, but after observing her for a while, they decided it was something else. Weighing the bird, she was actually too overweight to fly! Experts say a smorgasbord of wild voles and mice had fattened the owl up.

 

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There is no Super Bowl without a Super Bowl ring. These mementos, usually packed full of diamonds and intricate references to the winning team and its path to glory, have been gracing players` fingers for over 50 years.
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American officials believe they may have killed the terrorist leader, Qassim al-Rimi, but have not confirmed his death.
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Hackers are using AI & facial recognition on Tinder — Mashable Originals

Frustrated with the online dating scene, male hackers have been using AI to create bots that swipe and speak for them. "It swiped 10,000 or 20,000 times," one hacker said. "At one point, the bot was having 200 conversations at the same time." Read more...

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This `1917` and `SpongeBob` mashup is surprisingly perfect

Are ya ready, kids?

The Oscar-nominated World War I drama 1917 has been remixed with the non-Oscar-nominated show SpongeBob Squarepants in an epic trailer. Why? Because if there`s one thing the mind immediately goes to when it thinks "SpongeBob," it`s war. 

Since being uploaded by YouTube account Carnage-Boy on Thursday, the video has racked up over 248,000 views at the time of writing with no sign of stopping soon1917 and SpongeBob apparently share plenty in common, including explosions, high stakes action, ad lots of crying.

This intense trailer mashup is today`s reason why we`re grateful the internet exists. Read more...

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U.S. President Donald Trump will issue an expanded version of his travel ban on Friday, a U.S. official said, a move that could affect thousands of immigrants and reignite debate over whether the policy discriminates against Muslims.
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Germany on Friday confirmed a seventh case of coronavirus, identifying the victim as a man who works at a company in Bavaria where five other workers had earlier tested positive.
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CAIRO - 31 January 2020: Four people, including a parent, an uncle and a retired physician, were imprisoned four days pending investigation after a 12-year-old girl died from Female genital mutilation (FGM) in Upper Egypt’s Assuit, according to a statement from the General Prosecution Office on Thursday.

The initial investigations revealed that parent and the uncle went to a gynaecologist for FGM. However, after the retired doctor carried out the FGM operation, the girl suffered from complications led to her death.

Head of the National Council For Women and Childhood (NCCM) Maya Morsi called for toughening the penalty against the perpetrators, adding that National Anti-Female Genital Mutilation Committee in contact with with the concerned bodies to followig up the latest concerning this incidents and the circumstances.

The committee is headed by Maya Morsy, president of the National Council for Women, and Azza al-Ashmawy, secretary general of the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM).

In a statement, the committee strongly rejected any justification used to practice this crime, calling for holding the responsible accountable.

Egypt imposed a complete ban on female genital cutting — also known as female genital mutilation or circumcision — in June 2007.

Egypt’s Grand Mufti, the government’s official arbiter of Islamic law, decreed during the same year that female genital cutting was forbidden by Islam, in his strongest statement yet against the practice.

FGM was criminalized by Egyptian parliament in June 2008, thus creating a paradigm shift by moving the practice from social norm to crime.

As per the 2008 amendments to the Child Law, those who convicted in FGM crimes shall be sentenced to 5 to 7 years in prison, and the crime is punishable by life imprisonment if the victim died.
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CAIRO – 31 January 2020: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi will meet his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday according to Palestine`s permanent representative to the Arab League and the Ambassador to Egypt Diab al-Louh.

In a Friday statement, he said that Sisi will met Abbas before the Arab League emergency meeting in Cairo.

He explained that the meeting aims at discussing the US-proposed plan of peace agreement [aka the Deal of the Century] between the Palestinians and the Israelis, which was announced by U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday.

Al-Louh noted that Abbas seeks to prove the Arab unified stance upholding the Palestinian political stance.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrived, Friday in Egypt to attend the Arab League emergency meeting expected, Saturday.

The meeting comes upon an invitation from Abbas to discuss the US-proposed plan of peace agreement.

The Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement issued Tuesday that Egypt appreciates the American efforts to realize a comprehensive and fair peaceful resolution for the Palestinian cause in a way that contributes to the stability and security of the Middle East.


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Central American governments have imposed travel restrictions to try to keep out the coronavirus, including barring travelers who have recently visited China, officials said on Friday.
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The United Kingdom leaves the European Union on Friday with a mixture of joy, anger and indifference, casting off into the unknown in one of the biggest blows yet to Europe`s attempt to forge unity from the ruins of World War Two.
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Those Apple Cards are looking pretty busted just six months later

Beauty truly is fleeting.

Apple stans around the world are coming to terms with that fact a mere six months after the release of the Apple Card. 

Officially made available to the plebs in August of 2019, the all-white, titanium card was initially presented as a delicate flower that would most certainly look worse for  wear if it (heaven forbid) brushed up against other credit cards. But damn, simply using the thing as intended appears to have left the once shiny status symbol looking straight up busted. 

This point was driven home by YouTube star Marques Brownlee, who today tweeted a photo of his card showing just how little abuse it could take.  Read more...

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Coronavirus panic is not an excuse to spread racist memes

Coronavirus has put the world on high alert. But the spread of the virus has been matched by the spread of racism and misinformation. 

First observed in China, the deadly virus has killed 213 people and infected nearly 10,000. It has been confirmed in at least 16 other countries so far, prompting many governments to issue warnings or restrict travel. It’s a frightening time, particularly for those trapped in China’s quarantined cities.

As the panic has spread, warnings to avoid Asians and Asian-populated areas have gone viral. Many of them are blaming the coronavirus outbreak on Chinese people eating bats. There really is no bad thing humans can`t make worse.  Read more...

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Gilead Sciences Inc said on Friday it provided its experimental Ebola therapy for use in a small number of patients with the Wuhan coronavirus and is working with China`s health authorities to set up a trial to test the drug against the virus.
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Reuters) - Nearly 200 Americans were placed under quarantine after being evacuated from Wuhan, China, to a U.S. air base in California, U.S. health officials said on Friday, hoping to prevent the spread of coronavirus that originated in that city.
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There is no Super Bowl without a Super Bowl ring. These mementos, usually packed full of diamonds and intricate references to the winning team and its path to glory, have been gracing players` fingers for over 50 years.
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These 4K TVs on sale at Amazon can be delivered by gametime on Sunday

Oh shit, it`s February this weekend. Oh shit, that big football game that everyone cares about is this weekend.

We`d imagine that that`s how a good number of conversations are going this week. If you`re just now realizing that you`d like to have plans for the game (whether it`s to actually watch or just to judge the halftime performance), it`s not too late to order a TV on sale and host a watch party.

Amazon has a few 4K TVs (marked in bold below) on sale that can get to your house by Feb. 2, as long as you order by a certain time tonight. (The timing varies on the different TVs, but most need you to confirm your order by midnight.) You can pay less than 600 and get a 65-inch from LG or or pay less than 500 and get a 55-inchRead more...

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If you turn Baby Yoda into a snowman, you get an adorable Baby Snowda

It`s our first winter with beloved internet icon and meme lord Baby Yoda. Naturally, people are cementing his legacy status with Baby Yoda snowmen, or "Baby Snowdas" as they`re being called.

While some strike a little bit more of a resemblance than others, the important thing is that everyone is still, even during The Mandalorian`s hiatus, all-in on Baby Yoda. People have been sharing all the Baby Snowdas they`ve either seen or created themselves to help get us through these cold winter months. Here are some of our favs.

Big Baby Snowda

Kudos to my Tosa neighbors who built a six foot tall Baby Yoda snowman!! ❄️♥️ pic.twitter.com/bLN3H536O1

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You can glimpse the eerie depths of the planet’s most threatening glacier

It`s OK to be nervous about the Thwaites Glacier.

If this Florida-sized Antarctic glacier collapsed, it could ultimately unleash enough ice to boost sea levels by ten feet. Thwaites is already dumping "huge amounts of ice into the ocean," and in 2019, Antarctic researchers located a cavity two-thirds the size of Manhattan near the bottom of Thwaites.

And it`s here, at the bottom, where Thwaites` destiny lies. 

Where this colossal river of ice extends out from Antarctica and meets the seafloor is called the "grounding line." This point acts like a plug, holding Thwaites back so bounties of ice on land can`t flow unimpeded into the sea, raising sea levels. Read more...

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The team found 16 tombs containing 20 sarcophagi. Source: Egyptian Antiquities Ministry.

In Egypt, archaeologists have revealed a number of tombs that contain sarcophaguses. They also found a treasure trove of grave goods and other funerary figurines at the location.

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CAIRO – 31 January 2020: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai, said the income of the show of the third round of the Arab Hope Makers initiative will be sent to Egyptian British retired Professor Magdi Yacoub’s charitable hospital for treating heart diseases in Egypt.

“The purpose is that the party (show) creates a new hope for thousands of hearts that need care,” Mohammed bin Rashid, also vice president and prime minister said in a Tweet.

Yacoub last year said that the foundation stone of a heart center in Cairo will be laid soon. The center will provide cardiac care.

In an interview with Egypt Today, the cardiothoracic surgeon said that an inauguration ceremony of the Cairo center, and will be attended by a large number of parliamentarians, senior doctors and statesmen to support the center and urge Egyptians to donate.

The Magdi Yacoub Global Heart Foundation launched a campaign in May to raise fund for the new center.

A set of remarkable scientists and public figures took part in the campaign such as Professor Magdy Ishak, and Egyptian Ambassador to the United States Yasser Reda, among others.

The Magdi Yacoub Global Heart Foundation supports Aswan heart centre in Upper Egypt and is raising funds for the future Magdi Yacoub global heart center in Cairo.

Besides providing urgently needed cardiac care, the centers impact the region and continent by advancing scientific understanding through research and building human health capacities with training programs.

The new center will cost an estimate of 150 million and will include 300 beds, hence expected to upgrade network care capacity from 33,000 to 140,000 outpatients and from 4,000 to 17,000 inpatients annually.

Moreover, the training capacity will grow from 550 to over 2300, dramatically increasing the sector’s workforce.

Yacoub was among the first three surgeons to perform an open heart surgery in Nigeria in 1974. In 1986, he was part of the team that developed the techniques of the heart-lung transplantation at the National Heart and Lung Institute.

He also led a British research team at Harefield hospital in 2007, aiming to grow a part of the human heart using stem cells. These efforts were all exerted in order to overcome the shortage of heart transplant donations.
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The 17-year-old boy left his home in a small north Indian town on Thursday morning after telling his grandfather he was going to school. Instead he turned up 80 km away in New Delhi, where he pulled out a gun and shot an anti-government protester.
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Yemen`s Houthi military spokesman said on Friday the group had launched 26 rocket attacks in the past week against airports in southern Saudi Arabia, facilities belonging to oil giant Saudi Aramco and "two sensitive targets deep in" the kingdom.
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Organizers of Asia`s largest art fair, Art Basel Hong Kong, are facing mounting pressure to postpone or cancel the March event as the deadly Wuhan coronavirus continues to spread around the region.
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The transgender flag, women wearing tuxedos, bottle-feeding parents and a gender-neutral Santa are part of of the new 2020 emoji update from the Unicode Consortium, a nonprofit organization that sets the standards for emoji compatibility and releases new symbols.
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Image courtesy of Zawya Shorts V

Walking into a packed movie theatre full of family and friends of the young aspiring Egyptian directors whose films were to be screened, as well as film and art enthusiasts alike, I made my way to my seat and listened to film director Bassam Mortada explain how the evening will go. 

Sitting in what used to be known as Cinema Dunia Karim – and is now Zawya Cinema’s new official venue – the second day of the Fifth Edition of Zawya’s Short Film Festival had six short films for us in store, ranging between six to 21 minutes in duration.

Mortada explained that following the screening of the six short films, the audience would get the opportunity to participate in a Q & A (question and answer) session with each of the six aspiring filmmakers. Audience members also got polling forms for each film in order to rate every project and determine which of the films screened would win the EGP 10,000 Film Clinic Audience Award, which is one of the festival’s four award categories.

I am a Bedouin by Ghada Eissa

Artwork by Zawya Cinema

The first film of the night was a 10 minute short film by filmmaker Ghada Eissa called Ana Badawi (I am a Bedouin). Within its short timeframe, the film attempts to shed light on the culture and lifestyle of South Sinai’s Bedouin people—tribes who live in and around the Sinai desert.

Using quick frame cuts, jumping from one scene to another and layering various voice overs from some of the interviewed Bedouin people, Eissa gives off a feeling of uneasiness—perhaps in an attempt to coincide with some of the harsher aspects of the Bedouin lifestyle. In addition to this style of shooting and editing, Eissa also breaks the film into smaller chapters, giving titles to different sections of the film, clarifying what we will be hearing the Bedouins talk about next. The film itself tackles a rather interesting topic as the Bedouin lifestyle is as magnetic as it is enigmatic, however the rather fast-paced jump cuts were at times distracting. 

The Trap by Nada Riyadh

Artwork by Zawya Cinema

This 21 minute short film by filmmaker Nada Riyadh was both bold and difficult to watch. Fakh (which roughly translates to The Trap) revolves around a young, low income couple residing in Alexandria. Aya, the young woman we see on screen, is involved with an abusive young man and they have been living together out of wedlock. Throughout the film we see Aya trying to plan her escape in fear of getting caught, the young man seems to have a temper and it becomes evident that he has an abusive nature—both physically and emotionally.

As the young couple make their way to a run down, rat and cockroach infested apartment, we see the young man trying to kiss Aya multiple times, telling her he loves her, while she disgustedly tries to pull away. In the film’s 21 minute timeframe, we manage to understand the complexities of these individual characters as well as those of their relationship. Ultimately, when it seems as though Aya has finally gotten her chance to leave (given to her by her abusive boyfriend), we see the vicious trap that she has caught herself in once again as he changes his mind at the last minute and forces himself on her while she lies on the floor with a lifeless look in her eyes. 

2090 KM by Aly Soliman Salem

Artwork by Zawya Cinema

In this five-minute short film, Aly Soliman Salem seems to create somewhat of a visual personal diary of sorts as he explains his feelings of transition from moving 2,090 KM from Cairo, Egypt to Berlin, Germany. The film transitions between various shots of Cairo overlaid with scenic shots from Berlin, while Salem provides a voiceover throughout that seems to sound as though he is reading pages out of his diary.

He talks of missing his home—most especially his grandparents’ home which was sold and in which he has cherished childhood memories, as well as his feelings of isolation or loneliness in his new hometown of Berlin. Although lacking in some cinematic and conceptual qualities, Salem’s attempt at sharing his personal thoughts on this life transition through film is both humble and endearing.

Confusion by Mohamed Hussein Anwar

Artwork by Zawya Cinema

Mohamed Hussein Anwar’s 11-minute drama about a young girl who finds out that her father is cheating on her mother through a voice note he accidentally sends her is an interesting take on an everyday modern Egyptian family. In an innovative attempt to encapsulate the idea of portraying the phone as a character, Anwar shoots his entire film vertically.

We see a young girl at the cinema with her friends as she receives a text from her father, we then see the chat on screen and realize that her father meant to send the message to his mistress. When his daughter tries to call him and further make sense of things, he quickly texts her an apology and asks her not to tell her mother—he also attempts to bribe her into silence by saying he will give her the money she has been wanting in order to go on a school field trip.

The film moves on to portray the awkwardness and confusion of the situation through scenes such as a silent family lunch and the absent-minded daughter paying no attention to her friends and thinking she had lost the field trip money that her father tried to silence her with. All in all, the film seemed rather too direct at times, and the feelings portrayed on screen seemed somewhat inauthentic and diffused. However, it was a brave attempt at portraying a difficult family situation by Anwar.

Amin by Ahmed Abuelfadl

Artwork by Zawya Cinema

In this six-minute short film, we see the fictional story of a young film director who stole the footage of a long lost film by an old, renowned Egyptian film director. Throughout the film, the young director is running away from people chasing him for the coveted film footage while he writes a letter to his love. The voiceover of his letter to this young woman explains discoveries he has made about himself, his life, and their relationship together. As the young director reflects on both his personal and professional life, he ultimately buries the stolen film footage somewhere in the desert. Abuelfadl’s almost cowboy western-like take on the film is an interesting choice, however even within its six minute timeframe, the film seemed rather slow-paced at times. All in all, the film’s subject was innovative and conceptually appealing. 

Once Upon a Time in the Cafe by Noha Adel

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The final film of the night was a definite crowdpleaser, offering some much needed comic relief after some rather heavy subject matters in the previous films. Noha Adel’s 16-minute short film revolves around a group of men at a local ahwa (café) who are watching Egypt’s football match against Russia, which took place in the last World Cup. Amongst the usual local ahwa-goers is an out-of-place young man who comes from the upper class neighborhood of Zamalek and goes to AUC (The American University in Cairo), and once he disses football player Mohamed Salah, all hell breaks loose.

The seemingly real bickering of the local ahwa-goers in defense of Salah and blaming the outsider for bringing bad luck to the game is both comic and familiar—perhaps creating a sense of comfort in its familiarity. The film culminates in the young outsider taking his revenge on the ahwa-goers who kicked him out by talking a young boy into cutting the electricity off on them—however, the joke ends up being on him as well, as he rushes back to the café to witness Salah’s penalty kick which would be Egypt’s first and only goal during the game. To everyone’s dismay—including us audience members, the electricity cuts off just as Salah is about to score his goal, a scene which left the audience clapping with laughter. Adel’s film was a refreshing portrayal of Egyptian culture encapsulated very intelligently in the communality of a football game. 

Zawya Shorts V Program (artwork by Zawya Cinema )

The Zawya Short Film Festival’s Fifth Edition runs between January 29th to January 31st, showcasing a total of 15 short films by local filmmakers. 

Ticket prices cost 50 EGP for each day of the festival and the selected short films will be competing for the following four prizes: Red Star Films Best Film Award (EGP 15,000), Misr International Films Best Director Award (EGP 10,000), Film Clinic Audience Award (EGP 10,000), and New Century Productions Jury Prize  (EGP 10,000).

*Featured image is a cropped version of Zawya’s poster for the short film ‘I am a Bedouin’, courtesy of Zawya’s Facebook page

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CAIRO – 31 January 2020: The Ministry of Interior`s Prison Sector released on Friday 135 prisoners upon Presidential Pardon, according to official statement.

The releasing of the prisoners comes as part of the ministry’s reforming plan and to keep up with the punitive execution through a comprehensive perspective and activating the executive role of the methods of releasing the convicts who have been seen as qualified to start engaging in the society; the ministry stated.

For their part, the relatives of the released poisoners expressed their “deep happiness and gratitude” for the presidential pardon by the Ministry of Interior.

They described the pardon as a “step towards new and stable life for them.”

On January 25, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi issued a decree pardoning a number of 2975 prisoners and other 498 on parole on the occasion of National Police Day celebration and the 68th anniversary of the heroic epic of the Ismailia battle.

According to the constitution, the president has the right to issue pardons for convicted prisoners after consulting with the Cabinet. However, the perpetrators of certain crimes are not eligible for pardon. These crimes comprise arms trafficking, terrorism, drug trafficking of more than 10 kilograms, “heroin” trade regardless of the quantity, and revenge killing. The decree was published in the official gazette.

Former President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak issued a decision to consider the day an official holiday ‘Police Day’ in February 2009, in appreciation to police efforts, and recognizing their sacrifices.

It also comes to coincide with the January 25 Revolution that took to the streets in 2011, demanding the overthrow of Mubarak’s regime in a series of mass protests that broke out in several Arab countries in what was called then “Arab Spring Revolutions.”


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Russia reported its first two cases of coronavirus on Friday and restricted direct flights to China, its biggest trade partner, as Russians complained of rising prices for medical masks and anti-virus medicine.
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The United Kingdom leaves the European Union at 2300 GMT on Friday, ending its 47-year membership of the world`s biggest trading bloc.
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Streaming the Super Bowl? Don`t look at Twitter.

If you`re one of the growing numbers of viewers who will stream this year`s Super Bowl LIV, beware of spoilers.

While the idea of "spoilers" in live sports might seem counter-intuitive, it`s a growing reality in the streaming era. Why? Because streaming services often serve up live content on a delay of up to a minute or more. 

CNET flagged a study from Phenix, a company focused on reducing streaming delays and providing real-time video support, that showed streams of last year`s Super Bowl saw delays of between 28 and 47 seconds depending on which service you were using. 

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Sale of .org domain registry delayed by California attorney general

The .org domain takeover has been delayed, at least for now.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra sent a letter to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) demanding more information about the private equity takeover of the .org domain registry. The attorney general is seeking answers to 35 questions concerning the sale as well as documents sent between ICANN, private equity firm Ethos Capital, and Public Interest Registry (PIR), which manages the .org domain.

Ethos Capital disclosed last year that it was acquiring PIR from its non-profit parent organization, the Internet Society, for 1.135 billion. Read more...

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PSA: The 1TB Xbox One X just hit a new all-time low price on Amazon

TL;DR: The 1TB Xbox One X normally retails for 499.99, but right now you can score it on sale on Amazon for just 336.99 — a 33% savings.


Every gamer`s got an origin story. Maybe you got a Nintendo 64 for Christmas one year and you`ve been playing ever since. Maybe your childhood self was obsessed with arcade games, so console gaming was just a natural progression. Maybe you`re a recovering horse girl who loved watching her college boyfriend play Red Dead Redemption in his dorm room and decided one day to pick up a controller herself. (Howdy, it me.)

Or hey, maybe you stumbled upon an amazing deal on a console and decided it was too good to pass up. Read more...

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Airlines are suspending flights to China in the wake of the new coronavirus outbreak, which as of Friday had killed more than 200 people and infected nearly 10,000 people.
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The United States drew China`s wrath with a travel warning on Friday while businesses struggled with supply problems from the coronavirus epidemic that has killed 213 people and been declared a global emergency.
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