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Tunisia’s Djerba Island designated as World Heritage Site by UNESCO

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The Tunisian Island of Djerba has been designated as a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Cultural Agency, UNESCO.

The Tunisian Culture Ministry, in a statement on Tuesday, said the resort island was voted to the list during the 45th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee held in Riyadh, the Saudi Arabian capital.

With this designation, Djerba joins nine other Tunisian sites on the UNESCO World Heritage list, which further enhances Tunisia’s cultural and historical contributions to the world, it said.

The list includes Tunisia’s Amphitheatre of El Jem, the Archaeological Site of Carthage, the Medina of Tunis, the Ichkeul National Park, the Punic Town of Kerkuane and its Necropolis, Kairouan, Medina of Sousse and the Dougga archeological site, which was the last to be added to the list in 1997.

The Djerba Island is known for its religious diversity, featuring ancient mosques, churches and synagogues, in addition to its natural landscape.

Djerba Island, situated in the Gulf of Gabes on the Mediterranean Sea, with a population of around 160,000, attracts hundreds of thousands of foreign tourists every year.

The Island is also a special destination for thousands of Jewish visitors every year who stop by the El Ghriba synagogue built 2,400 years ago for Jewish prayers and rituals.

Djerba was in the news in May when a police officer shot five people during the annual Jewish pilgrimage to the Ghriba synagogue, but despite the tragic incident, Djerba remains a prominent tourist destination in Tunisia.

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Veteran Nigerian entertainer Charly Boy vows to divorce wife if Kamala Harris doesn’t win US presidential election

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Veteran Nigerian entertainer, Charles Oputa, popularly known as Charly Boy, has vowed to divorce his wife of 47 years if US Vice President, Kamala Harris, does not emerge victorious in the US presidential race in November.

Charly Boy, who is called Area Fada, made the vow in the wake of President Joe Biden’s recent decision to step down as the Democratic Party’s candidate and endorsement of Harris as the party’s flagbearer.

Charly Boy who posted the vow on his Instagram page, said he strongly believes that after Barack Obama became the first Black male President, the time is ripe for America to elect its first female President.

The activist described Harris as his “crush” and emphasized the significance of her potential presidency for both the U.S. and global politics.

Writing in Pidgin English, Charly Boy said:

“If dis my crush, Kamala Harris no win the USA presidential election, I swear, I go divorce my wife of 47yrs.

“After the first Black Male President, America deserves the first Black Female President. Sorry rednecks. Dats how we Roll,” he added.

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19th edition of Egyptian Book Fair attracts summer visitors to Alexandria

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The 19th edition of the Egyptian Book Fair currently holding in the coastal city of Alexandria has seen thousands of summer visitors flocking into the country for the two-week event which will run until July 28.

The event is held at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the modern Library of Alexandria, an elaborate piece of architecture which opened in 2002.

Media reports say “stacks upon stacks of books are lined up on the shelves, tables and walls as over 77 publishers are participating at this year’s fair while an entire section is dedicated to children’s literature.

Mohamed Soliman who leads cultural outreach at Bibliotheca Alexandrina, told journalists that some visitors are bringing their children to the book fair for the first time.

“The two-week exhibition will feature 160 cultural events involving around 600 artists and intellectuals,” Soliman said in a statement posted on the library’s website said.

Ahmed Diouf, director of Koutoubia publishing house, also said there are increasingly more events in the book fair every year.

“The exhibition is growing. You see new events every year, along with new publishing houses.”

“The timing of the book fair is convenient for visitors from out of town who are already streaming into Alexandria,” said Yousef Shammah, who is touring the exhibition.

Shammah said he was impressed with the variety of books on display.

“As for the prices, I think that they are neither expensive nor cheap given that prices have generally gone up,” he added.

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