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The Week in History: December 7 – 13

Key events that shaped our social, political and cultural history By Arfa Shahid  December 7, 1941: Pearl Harbor Bombed The Battle of Pearl Harbor was a surprise military attack by the Japanese against a docked U.S. fleet at the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, which led to the U.S.’s entry into World

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Japan PM’s Pearl Harbor Visit Won’t be for Apology: Spokesman

By Kaori Kaneko and Linda Sieg TOKYO, Dec 6 – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Pearl Harbor this month, the first by a Japanese leader, will not be to apologise for the Japanese attack 75 years ago that drew the United States into World War Two, Abe’s top aide said on Tuesday. Chief Cabinet

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Week In History: November 23rd – November 29th

Key events that shaped our social, political and cultural history By Arfa Shahid  November 23, 1985: Terrorist Group Abu Nidal Hijacks EgyptAir Jet in Malta; 60 Killed  Three Palestinian members of the terrorist group Abu Nidal, an offshoot of Yasser Arafat’s Palestinian Liberation Organization, hijacked EgyptAir Flight 648 enroute Cairo from Athens. The terrorists, calling themselves Egypt

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This Week in History: November 16 – November 22

Key events that shaped our social, political and cultural history By Arfa Shahid November 16, 1988: Benazir Bhutto Becomes First Female Muslim Head of State In the first free general elections held on November 16, 1988, Benazir Bhutto became the first female prime minister of Pakistan and the Muslim world’s first female head of state.

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Cafe Riche: An Ode to a Bygone Cairo

By Salma Islam Photos by Hany Maher The wooden door opens and a smart looking gentleman in a grey suit and a black briefcase in tow walks in, greets the staff, and makes a beeline for an empty table near the back of the long, narrow restaurant. He doesn’t wait long. He is soon joined by

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This Week in History: November 9 – November 13

Key events that shaped our social, political and cultural history By Arfa Shahid  November 12, 1996: Charkhi Dadri Mid-Air Collision The Charkhi Dadri incident is considered the deadliest mid-air collision to date. A Saudi Arabian Airlines Boeing 747 en route from Delhi to Dhahran, and a Kazakh Ilyushin Il-76 cargo en route from Chimkent to Delhi collided

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This Week in History: November 2-8

Key events that shaped our social, political and cultural history By Arfa Shahid November 5, 1996: PM Benazir Bhutto’s government dissolved by the president Relations between Pakistan’s first female Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and then-Pakistani president Farooq Leghari were complicated, to say the least. Leghari was brought to power first by Bhutto, who had appointed

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Week in History: October 26 – November 1

Key events that shaped our social, political and cultural history By Arfa Shahid October 31, 1984: Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi Assassinated  On this day in history, India’s only female prime minister to date, Indira Gandhi, was assassinated by her own two Sikh bodyguards in New Delhi. Beant Singh shot her two times, and Satwant Singh

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This Week in History: October 19 – October 25

Key events that shaped our social, political and cultural history By Arfa Shahid  October 19, 2005: Saddam’s Trial Begins Following the capture of Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein on December 13, 2003, an Iraqi Special Tribunal was set up consisting of five Iraqi judges to try the toppled president, and his aides over charges of committing war

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This Week in History: October 12 – October 18

Key events that shaped our social, political and cultural history By Arfa Shahid October 13, 1988: Naguib Mahfouz Awarded Nobel Prize for Literature In 1988, Egyptian writer Naguib Mahfouz became the first Arab writer to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. Shortly after winning the award, Mahfouz was quoted as saying: “The Arab world also won

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