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Attracted to rai music since childhood, Rabat-based musician Cheb Younes belongs to a generation of Maghrebi musicians making waves in the international music world since the 1980s. In a career spanning from 1991 to the present, rai remains his preferred form of musical expression.
Haifa Wehbe first entered beauty pageants at age 16 and a few years later earned runner-up status in the 1995 Miss Lebanon contest. The success led to many fashion shows seeking her inclusion and appearances in over 100 magazines.
The late poet Nizar Kabbani once said of Ahlam Mosteghanemi's novel "Memory in the Flesh," "It made me dizzy. Rarely does a novel make my head go round."
The North African staple food of couscous -- the national dish of countries such as Tunisia, Libya, Algeria and Morocco -- almost definitely originated with the Berbers. One researcher places the dish's origin between 238 and 149 BC, while another claims it did not come about to between the 11th and 13th centuries, the time from the end of the Zirid Dynasty to the beginning of the Almohadian Dynasty.
An American outpouring of generosity is beginning to reach areas hardest hit by the devastating 26 December tsunamis. The US military and American and international aid organizations are working together to provide relief to the millions who suffered from the disaster.