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  1. The fragility of autocrats

    Posted Feb 05th 2011, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... Stephen Vines How stable and confident is a nation that prevents internet users searching for the words 'Egypt' and 'Tunisia'? In democracies, no one feels the need ... in 1995; 14 years later, the figure is estimated to be over 90,000. The reality is that protests are taking place throughout the nation, as they were indeed in Egypt before the upheaval triggered ...

  2. News - China - MIDDLE EAST

    China and Egypt enter new era of co-operation

    Posted Aug 31st 2012, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... Teddy Ng in Beijing teddy.ng@scmp.com Mursi trip ends with vow of more co-operation and opposition to intervention in Syria China pledges loyalty to new Egyptian rule China and Egypt vowed ... issued after Mursi's visit, the two countries yesterday vowed to deepen high-level official dialogues, and China voiced support for Egypt playing a key role in both regional ...

  3. The ancient seafarers of the Taiwan Strait

    Posted Jul 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... it. The University of Hawaii anthropologist has a passion for ancient seafaring history. He has spent the past decade researching the Taiwan Strait. Working with Chinese archaeologists and geologists, he has helped to paint a clearer picture of the first open-sea voyages. His team drilled deep into the banks of Fuzhou Basin, where a pair of ancient settlements sit, to collect sediment ...

  4. An ancient game of kings and khans

    Posted Jun 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... The name polo is said to derive from the Tibetan word pulu, which means ball. The game is believed to date back to the 5th century BC, when it was used as a means of training elite royal troops in the kingdom of Persia. It was the British who gave it prop ...

  5. Ancient painting finally spans a cultural divide

    Posted Jun 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... of China's 10 best-known ancient paintings- in its entirety. The exhibition- the result of months of negotiations between Taipei and Beijing- fulfilled a wish by Premier Wen Jiabao, who called ...

  6. Children of 6 lured to opera in quest to revive ancient art form

    Posted Apr 18th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Zuleika Sedgley Children as young as six have been recruited into two Cantonese opera performances by the Academy For Performing Arts as part of its efforts to revive interest in the traditional art form. The eight youngsters, aged six to eight, will play ...

  7. Easy accessibility means visitors can marvel at ancient wonders

    Posted Sep 21st 2010, 12:00am by Edward Peters

    ... are home to some fascinating ancient monuments. One of the main attractions is the Masmak fortress in Riyadh, which was built in the mid-19th century, renovated in the 1980s and later converted ...

  8. Ancient tale of king still relevant today

    Posted Aug 17th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of literature which survives to this day. Despite its age and origins in Ancient Sumeria, the epic explores themes that are still highly relevant in today's world, and is fascinating to read. Gilgamesh was the mythical king of the ancient city of Uruk in Mesopotamia, near the modern-day Persian Gulf. He was supposedly a demigod. He had a divine mother, and was also blessed with strength ...

  9. History lessons that are worth remembering

    Posted Jun 14th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Archaeology holds up a mirror to a nation's soul; it is also big business. For a country as ancient as China, the field is rich beyond imagination. Yet it is also underdeveloped. ... world-famous product or destination, the site needs promotion to spark excitement and renew interest. A new dig is just what is needed. Mainland archaeologists can learn something from Egypt, where ...

  10. Land of long beaches and ancient temples

    Posted Mar 26th 2004, 12:00am by Reggie Ho

    ... Reggie Ho Bangladesh hardly registers in the minds of holidaymakers, but it has a lot to give. In the west of the country is Cox's Bazar, the world's longest unbroken beach at 120km. Hand-loom products made by the Rakhyne tribal families also ma ...




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