Google Doodle marks late Omar Sharif’s 86th birthday

Omar Sharif and Faten Hamama divorced in 1974. (MENA/AFP)
Updated 10 April 2018
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Google Doodle marks late Omar Sharif’s 86th birthday

CAIRO: Google Doodle has marked the 86th birthday of late acclaimed Egyptian actor Omar Sharif.
The actor, who shot to international fame in the 1960s, was one of the few Arab stars who broke into Hollywood and played leading roles in some of its most iconic films.
Sharif is best known for starring in films such as “Doctor Zhivago,” and also won a bevy of Golden Globes for his role in David Lean’s “Lawrence of Arabia” in 1963’s award show.
Sharif was born in Alexandria as Michel Dimitri Chalhoub to a Catholic mother and Syrian father on April 10, 1932.
When he was four-years-old, the family moved to Cairo and were known to be close friends with Egypt’s King Farouk. He went on to study mathematics at Cairo Univeristy, before moving to London to study acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
He converted to Islam and changed his name to Omar Sharif so he could marry fellow Egyptian actor Faten Hamama, but they divorced after 19 years of marriage in 1974.


Finland tops global happiness index for second consecutive year

Updated 20 March 2019
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Finland tops global happiness index for second consecutive year

  • The World Happiness Report ranks 156 countries by how happy their citizens see themselves to be
  • Happiness has declined the most drastically in the past ten years in the 108th placed Venezuela

HELSINKI: Finland has topped an index of the happiest nations for the second consecutive year, with researchers saying the small Nordic country has succeeded in generating a happiness recipe not simply dependent on economic wealth.
The World Happiness Report, produced by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, ranks 156 countries by how happy their citizens see themselves to be. It’s based on factors including economic wealth, life expectancy, social support and freedom to make life choices.
The index, published Wednesday, showed the other Nordic countries did well, with Denmark, Norway and Iceland taking the next spots.
The United States dropped from the 18th to 19th place.
Happiness has declined the most drastically in the past ten years in the 108th placed Venezuela, currently in political crisis.