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.


Philippines’ Duterte pestered again as gecko stalls speech

Updated 20 September 2019

Philippines’ Duterte pestered again as gecko stalls speech

  • In a previous speech lambasting the Catholic clergy, a fly kept buzzing around him and landed on his forehead
  • While attacking the political opposiion during an election campaign, a big cockroach crawled up his shoulder and down his shirt

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte just keeps getting bugged during his public speeches.
A noisy gecko was the latest wildlife contributor to an address by Duterte, interrupting the leader on Thursday evening just as he launched another tirade at human rights groups critical of his bloody war on drugs.
The reptile’s persistence caused laugher in the crowd of mostly soldiers, causing Duterte stop mid-sentence, turn to his left and pause for a while to see what the off-camera commotion was.
“You brought a gecko here?” he asked an official sitting behind him, drawing laughs.
Geckos are common across Southeast Asia. The small lizard-like reptiles are known for their ability to produce various loud sounds, from barks to chirps, to communicate or when threatened.
While activists accuse Duterte of cowing his opponents into silence, reptiles and insects have no qualms about pestering him during his often hours-long, televised addresses.
A big cockroach crawled up his shoulder and down his shirt during a speech in May when he was lambasting an opposition party ahead of a national election. He joked the cockroach was its supporter.
Two months later, a fly kept buzzing around him and landing on his forehead, just as he was berating his rivals in the Catholic clergy. He said in jest that the fly was acting on their orders.