Society

Can reading encourage empathy?

reading books
23 Jul 2016
Although it has long been assumed that reading is good for your mental health, there has been little evidence so far to prove it. However in a new review published this week a professor from the University of Toronto, Canada, argues that...
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Relax on World Hammock Day with this season’s best light fiction

vacation
23 Jul 2016
Whether you’re on vacation or just relaxing in the garden at home, these five new light fiction novels will provide the perfect escape, hammock or no hammock.   The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney   A New York Times...
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Egyptian to climb the 'roof of Africa' — to buy roofs for the poor

21 Jul 2016
Egyptian adventurer Galal Zekri Chatila has set out on his latest and boldest journey — to climb the highest peak on each continent and plant the Egyptian flag, with the aim of raising funds for grass-roorts charity projects. The new...
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Divorced and happy, but still suffering stigma

20 Jul 2016
Earlier this year, the Layan publishing house announced a project to gather and publish the personal stories of Egyptian women who had been through divorce and managed to rebuild their lives, even finding a degree of happiness, whether...
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Egypt’s female football analyst defies ‘girls belong in kitchens’ with success

10 Jul 2016
Manar Sarhan disinfects her hands after filling a patient’s tooth, readying to catch the Euro 2016 match and analyse it for a newspaper as Egypt’s first woman in mainstream football punditry. Sarhan, 27, appears weekly on the...
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Top five paperback beach reads

reading books
02 Jul 2016
Ready to get stuck into a good novel this summer? Here’s our selection of five recently-published fiction paperbacks to take to the beach.   The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine Alexander McCall Smith (Anchor, June 14, 2016)...
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Ma3ana — Getting Cairo's homeless back on their feet

24 Jun 2016
A very large number of people live in Cairo. Some live in large luxury homes, others in small, practical apartments, and there are those who inhabit Cairo’s streets. We’ve all seen them constructing makeshift homes on street...
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A festival of fun: Islamic Cairo comes alive at Ramadan

14 Jun 2016
In Cairo the essence of Ramadan is tangible in the air and it seems that the rhythm of the city has been entirely reset. The city goes quiet and deserted around Iftar time and becomes a lot more crowded late at night when people stay out...
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World's highest-paid athletes: Cristiano Ronaldo tops Forbes 2016 list

Ronaldo celebrates after making the decisive penalty kick to win the match.  
11 Jun 2016
He's just won the Champions League with Real Madrid — and now Cristiano Ronaldo can celebrate being the world's highest-paid athlete, too.   Forbes estimates that Portugal captain Ronaldo, who will be one of the biggest...
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Is the spirit of Ramadan fading with the years?

A collection of traditional Ramadan lanterns
08 Jun 2016
Ramadan in Egypt used to have a special spiritual feel. Interwoven with the religious essence of the holy month of fasting, a rich tapestry of traditions dating back as far as the Fatimid period have come to characterize Ramadan in the...
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