Today in History for May 15th

Highlights of this day in history: Alabama Gov. George Wallace shot on presidential campaign trail; Newly-founded Israel attacked by Arab neighbors; The U.S. Supreme Court breaks up Standard Oil.; Country singer June Carter Cash dies. (May 15)

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Arab schoolkids turn on their electronic devices for lessons at home | AFP

Either on television or on tablets, in the time of novel coronavirus millions of schoolchildren around the Arab world are now learning lessons at home. Governments across the region have shuttered schools forcing pupils to stay away in a bid to combat the virus, but at the risk of deepening an already worrying educational divide.

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Egypt holds a funeral for ousted autocrat Mubarak in Cairo | AFP

Egypt holds a military funeral for former president Hosni Mubarak, whose three decades of strong-arm rule ended in the Arab Spring protests of 2011. The government of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi declared three days of mourning for Mubarak, who died aged 91 in a Cairo military hospital on Tuesday after years spent in relative seclusion.

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Helicopter carrying the body of Mubarak arrives ahead of his funeral in Cairo | AFP

Helicopter carrying the body of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak arrives to al-Mosheir mosque, east of the capital Cairo, where a military funeral. Egypt’s former president Hosni Mubarak, who ruled for three decades before he was ousted amid the Arab Spring protests in 2011, died Tuesday at age 91. IMAGES

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Mourners of former Egyptian president gather ahead of his funeral in Cairo | AFP

Mourners gather outside al-Mosheir mosque, east of the capital Cairo, where a military funeral will be held for the former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. Egypt’s former president Hosni Mubarak, who ruled for three decades before he was ousted amid the Arab Spring protests in 2011, died Tuesday at age 91. IMAGES

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Funeral procession of Sultan Qaboos of Oman | AFP

Sultan Qaboos, who ruled Oman for almost half a century, has died at the age of 79. Qaboos, the longest ruling Arab monarch, had been ill for some time and had been believed to be suffering from colon cancer. IMAGES

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Today in History for November 19th

Highlights of this day in history: President Abraham Lincoln delivers Gettysburg Address; Egypt’s Anwar Sadat becomes first Arab leader to visit Israel; Ford halts Edsel production; Bandleader Tommy Dorsey and actress Jodie Foster born. (Nov. 19)

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Spanish falcons feed Arab passion for raptor hunting | AFP

For centuries, the art of falconry has been a prestigious tradition within Arab society. Today most of these formidable predators come from Spain, which has become the world’s top exporter.

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Today in History for October 17th

Highlights of this day in history: Arab oil embargo fuels energy crisis; Americans clinch revolutionary victory at Saratoga; Deadly quake hits northern California; Mobster Al Capone convicted of tax evasion; Playwright Arthur Miller born. (Oct. 17)

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ISS crew return safely to Earth | AFP

A three-man crew including an Emirati who became the first Arab to reach the International Space Station return to Earth safely in good shape. Hazzaa al-Mansoori of the United Arab Emirates touched down in the Kazakh steppes at 1059 GMT along with NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin, who both survived a failed launch to the ISS last year.

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Journey into space: a test for the human body | AFP Animé

Videographic illustrating how space travel can affect the functioning of the human body over time. A Soyuz spacecraft carrying an Emirati who was the first Arab to reach the International Space Station left the orbital lab Thursday ahead of his return to Earth and hero status in his homeland.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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International Space Station | AFP Animé

Videographic illustrating the International Space Station. An Emirati who made history as the first Arab to reach the International Space Station is set to return to Earth on Thursday following an eight-day mission that sparked euphoria in his homeland.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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WFP delivers aid as war-torn Yemen is on brink of starvation | AFP

The World Food Program (WFP) distributes footage showing children suffering from malnutrition being treated at Sanaa’s al-Sabaeen hospital, while people receive food aid from the organisation in Aden, Lahj and at a school in Sanaa. Yemen, long the Arab world’s poorest country, plunged into war after rebels seized the capital Sanaa in late 2014. The fighting has since killed tens of thousands of people and pushed the country to the brink of famine. ATTN CLIENTS: IMAGES OF MALNOURISHED CHILDREN

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Hazzaa al-Mansoori makes history as first arab astronaut on the ISS | AFP

Hazzaa al-Mansoori of the United Arab Emirates, the first Arab on the International Space Station (ISS), Russian cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka and NASA astronaut Jessica Meir arrive on board the ISS. IMAGES

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Russian rocket carrying Emirati docks at International Space Station | AFP

A Soyuz rocket docks at the International Space Station (ISS), carrying Hazzaa al-Mansoori of the United Arab Emirates, who will make history by becoming the first Arab on the ISS, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka and NASA astronaut Jessica Meir. IMAGES

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Soyuz rocket carrying Emirati blasts off for ISS | AFP

A Russian Soyuz spacecraft blasts off from the Baikonur space centre in Kazakhstan Wednesday with an Emirati astronaut onboard who will make history by becoming the first Arab on the International Space Station.

Today in History for May 15th

Highlights of this day in history: Alabama Gov. George Wallace shot on presidential campaign trail; Newly-founded Israel attacked by Arab neighbors; The U.S. Supreme Court breaks up Standard Oil.; Country singer June Carter Cash dies. (May 15)

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