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Man waving a Palestinian flag. Photo by Ahmed Abu Hameeda on Unsplash.

The onset of the Arab Spring had raised expectations in the region of power being transferred to the people ultimately, but the ensuing developments have completely changed the dynamics of the pro-people movements in the region. While most of the Indian media has been obsessed with developments taking place in Afghanistan, it has nearly missed the country, which was the fountainhead of the so-called 'Arab Spring' about ten years back when people toppled a dictator that had ruled it for 27 years. Arab Spring had nurtured hopes that democracy might be able to get a toehold in many Arab countries based on the aspirations of the people.

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An Egyptian archaeological mission has unearthed remains of a residential and commercial town dating back to the Greco-Roman era in the coastal city of Alexandria.

An Egyptian archaeological mission has unearthed remains of a residential and commercial town dating back to the Greco-Roman era in the coastal city of Alexandria. During the excavation work in the al-Shatby neighborhood, "The mission has found a large network of tunnel tanks painted in pink for storing rain, flood and groundwater to be used during the draught time", Xinhua news agency quoted Mostafa Waziri, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities of Egypt, as saying on Friday. He added that studies show that the settlement was used from the 2nd century B.C. to the 4th century A.D.

Waziri said pottery pots and some statues have been found in more than 40 wells and tanks, which indicated a large population in that area near Alexandria, which was the capital of Egypt in the Greco-Roman era. He said the mission also found rest houses for travelers and visitors where they waited for getting licenses to enter the town as well as houses used as centers for collecting taxes. He noted that the preliminary studies on the discovered district revealed that "it was composed of main street and several branch roads that are all connected with sanitation network".

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A semi-aquatic whale that lived about 43 million years ago was named after Anubis, the Ancient Egyptian god of death.

A semi-aquatic whale that lived about 43 million years ago was named after Anubis, the Ancient Egyptian god of death, the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Cairo said in a statement.

It is believed to be the first time in history that an Arab-Egyptian team has documented a new species of whales, Xinhua news agency quoted the statement as saying on Wednesday. With a length of 3 meters and weight of 600 kg, the whale was able to walk on land and swim in water like crocodiles and small mammals, the statement added.

"Paleontologists discovered the fossils in 2008 during an expedition in Egypt's Fayoum Depression that is famous for sea life fossils dating back to the Eocene Epoch about 56 to 33.9 million years ago," said Hisham Sallam, chairman of the Mansoura University Center for Vertebrate Fossils that supervises the research team.

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Most likely a posthumously painted portrait of Cleopatra VII with red hair and her distinct facial features, wearing a royal diadem and pearl-studded hairpins, from Roman Herculaneum, Italy, 1st century AD. Wikimedia Commons

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Cleopatra VII Thea Philopator is one of history’s most influential and prominent female rulers, having reigned as Egypt’s last queen in the first century B.C. She belonged to the Ptolemaic dynasty, a Macedonian Greek family that ruled Egypt after Alexander the Great conquered it. Cleopatra VII ruled Egypt for two decades bringing solidity and success to the nation.

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