Egypt has a presidential executive and is dominated by a single ruling party. The 1971 constitution provides for a single-chamber people's assembly of 454, ten nominated by the president and 444 elected (400 from party lists and 44 as independents) by 222 constituencies.
A Lepcha bomthing, or priest, uses millet beer to capture spirits. (Earl and Nazima Kowall/Corbis)
ancient region of Asia, the territory about the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, included in modern Iraq. The region extends from the Persian Gulf north to the mountains of Armenia and from the Zagros and Kurdish mountains on the east to the Syrian Desert...
Bronze ritual vessel of the Shang period, twelfth century B.C