Ahmad Aboul-Wafa

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Murderer turns up TV to hide sounds of struggle

Shoe thief apprehended, uncle stabs nephew over shirt and pants CAIRO: Many Egyptians have turned reading the crime section in newspapers into a hobby, some even buying the newspaper only to read about the most recent crimes. Some tabloids, including national ones, even specialize in crime and accident news. Crime enthusiasts over the past few …

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CRIME SCENE: Fire and revenge provide a fiery mix this week

Man murders wife over a cup of tea; the poorer steal from the poor CAIRO: This week’s crime pages were on fire. A housewife and a child met their deaths in a house fire in Bani Mazar. A woman set herself on fire after an argument with her husband’s family after just 15 days of …

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Word on the Street: Average Egyptian sees no benefit to Rice's visit

CAIRO: U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived in Cairo Tuesday for talks with her Arab counterparts. She started her regional tour in Saudi Arabia with an appeal for an end to Palestinian infighting. Rice flew in from Jeddah to join talks with foreign ministers from Egypt, Jordan and the six monarchies of the Gulf …

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Crime Scene

Crimes down as Ramadan lull kicks in CAIRO: The past few days witnessed a lull in crime that some have attributed to the spirituality of Ramadan. While the religious aspect of the holy month cannot be denied, the pacifying affects of the rigors of fasting combined with the congested TV schedule should also be taken …

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Crime can't wait for the end of Ramadan

Firecracker prank leads to murder; Teacher and supervisor brawl in front of school CAIRO: What has become evident from perusing crime pages throughout the week is that criminals are not waiting for the holy month of Ramadan to end to carry out their rimes. In Al-Gomhoreya newspaper, a civil servant was killed while preventing his …

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Word on the Street

Gamal Mubarak drops the bomb: Egypt wants nuclear power CAIRO: While the recent annual National Democratic Party meeting tackled a number of issues, perhaps the most covered was the announcement by Gamal Mubarak that Egypt plans to restart its civilian nuclear power research program. The government s Supreme Council for Energy met on Sunday for …

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Crime Scene

Sulfuric acid weapon of choice in week’s crimes CAIRO: Anyone who had expected crimes to disappear during the first days of Ramadan will be disappointed. While homicides seem to have slowed down, suicides are on the rise. In a Port Said, a prisoner committed suicide because his family had stopped visiting him. The 48-year-old man …

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Crime Scence

Crocodile leads police on goose chase; magic gone bad in Egypt CAIRO: The widespread spirituality of Ramadan can be felt everywhere in Egypt – except on the crime pages, with the usual assortment of crimes being reported. Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper reported that in Giza a farmer murdered a 70-year-old man in the street, stabbing him …

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People call for more stringent action by Arab governments against Papal comments CAIRO: On a visit to Germany, Pope Benedict XVI quoted a criticism of Islam and the Prophet Mohammed by a 14th century Byzantine emperor, who wrote that all that the Prophet Mohammed had brought was evil and inhuman, specifically his command to spread …

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CRIME SCENE

Murders top crime pages throughout the week CAIRO: Crime pages in local newspapers this week read like a thriller. While other crimes took place, murders overshadowed most other news. A carpenter killed a lawyer in Alexandria after an argument over furniture. The victim’s brother asked the carpenter to make living room furniture for him and …

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Streets of Egypt rife with accidents, murder and theft

CAIRO: According to local papers, during the past week crime has been rampant on the streets of Egypt. Various cases of murder filled the papers this week. Al-Gomhoreya national newspaper reported two murders on Sept. 6, both resulting from financial arguments. One man killed another as a result of a fight over a mobile charge …

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Word on the Street

Standoff between the judiciary and the government continues CAIRO: With rumors spreading of more proposed constitutional amendments – specifically to Article 88, which deals with judicial supervision over elections – the ongoing standoff between the government and the judiciary is again heating up. This issue is still occupying the minds of politicians, intellectuals and the …

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Word on the Street

Reacting to UN Resolution 1701 CAIRO: Following the 34-day war between Israel and Hezbollah, the UN Security Council imposed Resolution 1701. The resolution is aimed at ending the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah and the immediate cessation of any military operations. The Daily Star Egypt took to the streets to gauge the Egyptian public’s views …

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Council discusses journalistic integrity

Journalists hope for a sign that the syndicate retains ultimate power CAIRO: Journalism is renowned for being a profession that at times lands those working in it in trouble. Unveiling information, criticizing authority and searching for news always brings journalists problems. But sometimes journalists make their own brand of trouble by taking the easy route …

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More than just the land of Pharoahs

Egypt’s untapped tourism resources boundless CAIRO: Along with the Suez Canal and oil and gas revenues, tourism is one of Egypt’s main sources of foreign currency and, as the number of tourists increase every year, so does the importance of the money they pump into the national economy. Patterns, however, are shifting, with tourists looking …

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Word on the Street: Rail system in the spotlight following crashes

CAIRO: Following the devastating crashes that took place this past week on Egypt’s railways and roads, the government suspended two of the major railway officials. The first crash resulted in at least 58 deaths, and was one of the worst transport disasters in the country’s history. The Daily Star Egypt gauged people’s views at Cairo’s …

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Word on the Street: Do demonstrations achieve any tangible results?

CAIRO: Over the past two years there has been a noticeable increase in the number of demonstrations taking place on Cairo’s streets – whether concerning the Qualified Industrial Zones agreement, constitutional reform, presidential elections, parliamentary elections or the violence in Lebanon, many people have had their say. Some demonstrations were conducted with incident, while others …

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Writers congregate on the air and online

Site offers an open forum for creative writing and criticism Many people dabble in creative writing, but few in the region have the chance to be criticized in a professional manner or take part in a writing workshop. However, thanks to the Internet, a solution is now available. The Cultural Workshop is a radio show …

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Straight talk on the air waves

Radio presenter Ahmad El-Esseily breaks the mold CAIRO: In Egypt, radio presenters are usually nice romantic guys, talking about love and romance in their smooth voices. One announcer, however, has a lot more to offer. Ahmad El-Esseily is famous for his straight talk. Though, he didn t initially set out to follow a career where …

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Word on the street

Commuters are not pleased with hike in metro fares CAIRO: Friday, July 21 was a shock for anybody in the country who drives because of the overnight raise in the gasoline prices. But this shock also extended to ordinary people who use the metro in their daily trips. The increased prices of the metro tickets …

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Public reacts to the hike in gasoline prices

CAIRO: Motorists throughout Cairo work up to a somewhat shocking reality this past Friday; gasoline prices had just been increased a substantial amount. The 90 octane benzene increased by 30 percent and now stands at LE 1.30, while the natural gas increased by 25 percent to reach LE .75 from a previous LE 60. According …

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Community reacts to the newest stand-off between the media and the government

CAIRO: During President Hosni Mubarak’s reelection campaign – in what was the first-ever, multi-candidate presidential election – he promised to increase the freedom of the press and end all jail sentences handed down to reporters. The promise, however, has largely gone unfulfilled. Hundreds of journalists gathered on July 9 in front of parliament to oppose …

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Word on the Street: Captivating the public's attention

CAIRO: With the amount of events taking place both within Egypt and in the region as a whole, newspapers and magazines are never struggling to find information to fill their pages. While some people simply pick up a publication to take a gander at the horoscope, others take the time to read the publication from …

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Word on the Street

Third mobile license receives mixed reactions CAIRO: Egyptian authorities have received more than 11 bids for the third mobile license since it was first announced. The winner will compete with Vodafone Egypt and Mobinil in the Egyptian mobile phone market, both of which have dominated the market. The bid will start at LE. 2.5 billion. …

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Word on the Street: Serious health concerns

CAIRO: Earlier this month, people were shocked to hear of a fire in the newborn, incubator unit in the Al Shatby hospital in Alexandria. Four died as a result of the fire, along with some 50 children exposed to the disaster. The tragedy raised the issue of the efficiency of the Egyptian health care sector …

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Word on the Street

Leaders of tomorrow CAIRO: While political reform is foremost on the minds of most Egyptians, the younger generations are now faced with another, more urgent matter: exams. This year, the exams have coincided with the World Cup, and while not everyone will be able to watch the Cup due to the rights held by Arab …

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Word on the Street

Pay to watch CAIRO: Football, by far, is the most popular sport in Egypt, and while Egypt participated in the World Cup in 1934 and 1990, Egyptian football fans will have to content themselves with watching other nations vie for the coveted trophy. Egyptians, like the rest of the Middle East, will be unable to …

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Word on the Street

Respecting all faiths CAIRO: Egypt s Supreme Administrative Court decided on May 15 to suspend the implementation of an earlier ruling that allowed Bahais to have their religion recognized on official documents. The earlier ruling, made on April 4, was passed after a case was filed by a Bahai couple whose official documentation had been …

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