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Egypt writer defiant and cynical despite tough struggle

Reuters CAIRO: Egyptian writer and journalist Ibrahim Issa likens his role in his nine-year-old struggle with the authorities to that of Zorro or Robin Hood – a mischievous, resourceful folk hero who keeps one step ahead of the enemy. Known for his sharp criticism of President Hosni Mubarak – still a risky venture in Egypt …

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Don't spread panic about bird flu, WHO urges media

Reuters CAIRO: The United Nations health agency urged local and international media on Tuesday to boost coverage of bird flu and avoid misleading information about the disease. We are appealing to the media to make people more aware. We need awareness, not panic, said Ibrahim El-Kerdany, a World Health Organisation (WHO) regional media adviser. Just …

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Egyptian government shifts tactics in crackdowns on Brotherhood

Reuters CAIRO: The Egyptian government has widened its crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, opting for new tactics to prevent the country s strongest opposition group from advancing further into mainstream politics. Analysts say Egypt fears that unless it stops the Islamists now, they will make enough gains in coming elections to bypass rules aimed at …

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Egyptian children trade childhood for money

CAIRO: Mohamed Gad walks barefoot through the muddy tannery, seemingly not bothered by the acrid odors of chemicals and the stink of unprocessed skins. He places piles of shaved leather on a cart, pulls it across the workshop and unloads the lot next to the coloring drums where the leather is cleaned and tanned using …

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Al-Ahli's Jose says he should coach Portugal

Reuters CAIRO: Manuel Jose, who led Egypt s Al-Ahli to a second successive African Champions League title last week, says he deserves to take over as Portugal coach when Luiz Felipe Scolari leaves. Brazilian Scolari, who was appointed four years ago, agreed in July to extend his contract until 2008. Former Benfica, Boavista and Sporting …

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Minister predicts $7.5-8 bln FDI in 2006-2007

Reuters CAIRO: Egypt expects foreign direct investment (FDI) to climb to between $7.5 billion and $8 billion in the year ending June 2007, up from $6.1 billion a year earlier, Investment Minister Mahmoud Mohieddin said on Monday. The 2006-2007 year will be unprecedented in terms of FDI in Egypt despite all the major obstacles still …

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Abul-Gheit tells US envoy to avoid escalation with Sudan

Reuters CAIRO: Egypt said on Friday it had warned Andrew Natsios, the new US special envoy to Sudan, against the dangers of seeking confrontation with Khartoum over the Darfur crisis as he began his first visit to the African country. Instead, Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul-Gheit told Natsios during a telephone conversation on Thursday that Washington …

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Telecom Egypt eyes Saudi market

Reuters CAIRO: The country s sole fixed-line telecoms operator, Telecom Egypt, is considering competing for Saudi Arabia s second fixed-line license next year, a senior company executive said on Thursday. Saudi authorities are expected to offer the second fixed-line and the third mobile licenses in 2007. Of course we would have to look at the …

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Telecom Egypt eyes Saudi market

Reuters CAIRO: The country s sole fixed-line telecoms operator, Telecom Egypt, is considering competing for Saudi Arabia s second fixed-line license next year, a senior company executive said on Thursday. Saudi authorities are expected to offer the second fixed-line and the third mobile licenses in 2007. Of course we would have to look at the …

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