(Adds dropped word in paragraph 14) AMMAN (Reuters) - Unprecedented public criticism of Jordan's monarchy by a senior royal who has been placed under house arrest has shaken the country's image as an island of stability in the Middle East. On Saturday, Jordan's military told King Abdullah's half brother Prince Hamza bin Hussein to halt actions targeting "security and stability" in the key U.S. ally. In unusually tough language recorded on a video passed by his lawyer to the BBC, Prince Hamza, 41, said he had been placed under house arrest and criticised Jordan's leaders as a corrupt few who have placed their interests above those of the public. "Damage has happened. For the first time we have someone rocking the image of that peaceful, stable kingdom," said a former minister. King Abdullah, 59, removed Hamza from his position as crown prince in 2004, thwarting the ambitions of his stepmother Queen Noor who had groomed her eldest son for the throne since childhood. ... » Learn More about Palace intrigue harms Jordan’s stable image
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From sticky cones of vanilla and chocolate to elegant scoops of exotic fruit sorbet, the globally relished treat of ice cream has origins that can be traced to Mesopotamia - an ancient region that corresponds to today's Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey - as far back as 1200BC. It is believed that ice cream as the world knows it now was an Italian creation - yet a 12th-century Chinese ode, written by poet Yang Wanli in praise of an icy, crunchy refreshment that "appears congealed and yet it seems to float", suggests something similar was being enjoyed in China as early as the ninth century. The Chinese built pits to preserve the ice for cool summer drinks, says Luciana Polliotti, head of the Gelato Museum in the Italian city of Bologna and an ice cream historian. "The Silk Road was dotted with thousands of snow huts, snow pits and ice storage rooms built to preserve these precious and miraculous products of nature, where travellers and merchants would stop to refresh themselves with ... » Learn More about Italians, Chinese, Arabs – who actually invented ice cream?
The mummified remains of Pharaoh Seqenenre Taa II, "the Brave", who reigned over southern Egypt some 1,600 years before Christ, are the oldest of the 22 mummies being paraded through the streets of Cairo CAIRO - The mummified remains of 22 Egyptian pharaohs, including the most powerful ancient queen, are to be paraded through the streets of Cairo Saturday, in a procession to a new resting place. Under the watchful eyes of security forces, the mummies will be moved seven kilometres (four miles) across the capital from the iconic Egyptian Museum, where most have resided undisturbed for over a century, to the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation. Dubbed the Pharaohs' Golden Parade, the 18 kings and four queens will travel in order, oldest first, each aboard a separate float decorated in ancient Egyptian style. The interior ministry said both pedestrians and vehicles would be barred from Tahrir Square, site of the current museum, and other sections of the parade route, ... » Learn More about Egypt gears up for pharaohs’ ‘Golden Parade’
CAIRO : A procession of floats carried the mummified remains of 22 pharaohs, including Egypt’s most powerful ancient queen, through Cairo Saturday evening, in an eye-catching parade to a new resting place. Under hefty security, the mummies were driven on floats seven kilometers across the capital from the iconic Egyptian Museum to the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilization. Dubbed the “Pharaohs’ Golden Parade,” the 18 kings and four queens travelled in order, oldest first, each aboard a separate vehicle decorated in ancient Egyptian style. Both pedestrians and vehicles were barred from Tahrir Square, site of the current museum, and other sections of the route. Images of the slick parade and an equally carefully choreographed opening ceremony were broadcast live on state television, to rousing music. The mummies entered the grounds of the new museum to a 21-gun salute, after a slightly shorter than expected journey time of around half an hour. “This grandiose ... » Learn More about ‘Golden Parade’ carries pharaohs to new home