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Egyptian author Ashour passes away

CAIRO: Acclaimed Egyptian novelist and educator Radwa Ashour, who used her often deeply personal writing style to champion human rights issues, has died after a long battle with cancer.



Springsteen, Martin fill in at U2 AIDS show

NEW YORK: Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay’s Chris Martin tried to replace Bono’s legendary vocal cords Monday in a surprise U2 concert in New York to rally support for fighting AIDS.






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