May 1, 1988 |
A fire Saturday at the state-owned Egyptian radio and television headquarters in downtown Cairo forced the evacuation of hundreds of employees, and 35 people were rushed to hospitals for treatment of smoke inhalation, police said. The blaze, which briefly knocked out radio and televion broadcasts in the country, was extinguished in an hour by firefighters.
August 30, 1987 |
This country, already sitting on vast oil reserves, also has enough water under the desert to meet its needs for two centuries, researchers said Saturday. "There is an ocean of sweet water under the . . . sands," said Bakr Abdullah ibn Bakr, rector of the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. "We have the equivalent of the annual flow of the Nile River for 600 years," he told reporters. "It's accessible and sweet."
August 18, 1988 |
At least 21 more people died as rain poured down on the capital of Sudan on Wednesday, and the Nile rose higher while Khartoum tried to cope with the worst flooding in its history. Egypt's state-owned Middle East News Agency said that 18 Sudanese drowned Wednesday when their ferry overturned in the Rahad River. The river is a tributary of the Blue Nile, which joins the White Nile at Khartoum to form the Nile River.
January 21, 1990 |
This atlas may strike the browser at first glance as a gimmicky coffee-table book, but the marvelous images and encyclopedia-style entries (in the best sense) serve as a truly inspiring introduction to places that have a special significance in human history. The book covers such wonders as Machu Picchu, Mount Ararat, the Nile River, Stonehenge, Tutankhamun's tomb, the cave at Altamira, China's Forbidden City, The Alhambra, St. Francis' town of Assisi, the Taj Mahal, Mt.
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June 5, 1998
The Hathaway Family Resource Center is sponsoring the second annual San Pascual Family Festival on Saturday, a event in Highland Park featuring live music, theater and information booths from community agencies. The festival is an opportunity for local residents to showcase positive activities and opportunities, organizers said. At noon, Teatro de la Realidad, the center's community theater group, will perform an adaptation of an ancient Egyptian myth about Isis and Osiris.
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April 8, 1999
Earthquakes The worst temblor to strike northern India this century killed more than 110 people and leveled villages in the lower reaches of the Himalayan Mountains. The initial quake was followed by numerous powerful aftershocks, and also unleashed landslides that tore through some remote communities. Earth movements were also felt along the Tajikistan-Afghanistan border, and in southwest Iran, Japans Izu Peninsula, northwest Greece, northern Venezuela and southern coastal Chile.
January 30, 1992 |
Stanford University is not alone among major research universities in having billed federal agencies for millions of dollars in questionable research costs, government auditors said Wednesday. Among the supposedly "necessary" expenses of doing government-sponsored research turned up by auditors at other schools were charges for a Nile River cruise, limousine rentals and dinner dances, General Accounting Office officials told a House subcommittee.
September 2, 2011 |
Egypt remains in flux since the revolution exploded in January. Tourism has been slow to bounce back, according to media reports. Upscale outfitter Abercrombie & Kent has put together a new 11-day trip to ancient landmarks beginning at $1,995 a person. The deal: Egypt: A Moment in History is about the lowest price I've ever seen for A&K's usual Egypt itineraries (you can view a cost comparison on the website), but it doesn't scrimp on the highlights. The itinerary includes visits to the pyramids, the Sphinx, the Temple at Karnak and other ancient sites.
September 6, 2005 |
Fire broke out in an Egyptian theater during a crowded play performance late Monday, causing audience members to flee in panic, officials said. At least 29 people were killed, some from the flames and some in the stampede. The fire erupted about 11:45 p.m. in a theater in Beni Suef, a city on the Nile River about 70 miles south of Cairo, a police official said. "It was like being inside a barbecue grill.
August 12, 1992 |
These are the "dog days" of summer. Hot, still, lazy days in which the summer sun seems especially intense. Of course, nowadays, we attribute the heat to the fact that our hemisphere at this time of year receives more direct rays from the sun. In ancient times, though, the dog days were associated with a star called Sirius in the constellation Canis Major, the Greater Dog. Paradoxically, this star is primarily known for its appearance in the winter sky.