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We can win in Cairo, says Sfaxien captain

Sfaxien captain Anis Boujelbene said on Thursday that his side is capable of beating Ahly in Cairo in the first leg of the African Champions League finals despite admitting the difficulty of the encounter. Sfaxien are playing for victory, Boujelbene told Tunisian paper Essahafa. We studied Ahly very well and became ready to stun them …

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The Second Palestinian Intifada: A chronicle of a people's struggle

The Israel-Palestine conflict is tragically the most enduring and, arguably, the most written-about. Yet often sincere truth-seekers are left in the dark due to the relentless propaganda emanating from either from professional spin masters or people whose psyches are bound-up with the problem affecting their impartiality. The truth concerning the breakdown of the Oslo Accords …

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50 years on, French Suez vets still fight for recognition

Agence France-Presse PARIS: On the 50th anniversary of the Franco-British airborne invasion of Egypt that is known as the Suez crisis, French veterans of the campaign are still pushing for official recognition from the state which they say has airbrushed them out of the history books. Some 17,000 French servicemen were involved – mostly at …

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Word on the Street: What's your problem?

Everybody’s got a grievance CAIRO: This week, I took on a bolder assignment – to discover what problems are plaguing people’s minds. Like the Arabic proverb, “Everyone sings for his lover, the answers came quick and furious. My question was simple. What’s your problem? And the answers I got shed a lot of light on …

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Black cloud threatens Egyptians' health

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: For the seventh year running, a mysterious black cloud has appeared over Cairo, triggering serious health concerns for the polluted city s 16 million residents. Emissions of nitrogen dioxide, which cause serious health risks above certain levels, have reached record heights in the city, from the banks of the Nile, past the …

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Crime Scene: Fire kills ahead of iftar; jealousy rears its ugly head

Young girl raped and killed; washing machine takes woman s life CAIRO: The last days of Ramadan were marked by many crimes and unfortunate incidents. As people prepared for the Eid Al-Fitr feast, fires, murders, and thefts cast a grim pall over the holiday. Al-Basateen district witnessed a sorrowful incident right around iftar, reported Al-Gomhuriah …

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Muslims celebrate Eid with calls for tolerance

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: Millions of Muslims across the world on Tuesday celebrated Eid al-Fitr, the feast marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, with calls for tolerance amid a surge of violence in Iraq and heightened security in Asia. Top clerics in the Middle East called for acceptance and dialogue following a year …

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A poultry affair

Another human case of bird flu puts Egyptians on high alert CAIRO: Local health officials blamed the most recent case of human bird-flu infection in Egypt on poor observance of government regulations aimed at stamping out the virus last week. This came after it was confirmed on Wednesday that a 39-year-old woman in the Nile …

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Sports Round Up

Sfaxien thrash Bizertin to send warning note Sfaxien issued a warning note to Al-Ahly after trashing Bizertin 4-0 at home in the Tunisian League on Wednesday. Joetex Frimpong opened the score in the 55th minute before Tarek Ziadi doubled the lead four minutes past the hour mark. Zoubair Essafi added the third 10 minutes from …

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Crime Scene: Mother of nine dies defending son

Medical malpractice takes woman’s life; donkey finds owner’s dead body CAIRO: This week, murder, rape and traffic accidents made headline news in the crime sections of local newspapers. In one such incident, a mother of nine was killed while defending her son, reported Al-Wafd in their Oct. 19 edition. A 23-year-old man went to the …

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Iran vows retaliation against UN sanctions

Agence France-Presse TEHRAN: Iran on Sunday warned it would take appropriate measures in retaliation for any punitive UN sanctions on its nuclear program. Imposing sanctions has repercussions on both sides, regionally and internationally. They already know this. If they impose sanctions we will take appropriate measures, foreign ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini said. Asked if …

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Israelis threaten to retake Gaza-Egypt border

JERUSALEM, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Several Israeli cabinet ministers called on Sunday for a military operation to retake control of Gaza s southern border and prevent Palestinian militants smuggling in weapons from neighbouring Egypt. Action must be taken without hesitation. Any hesitation is dangerous and we must act immediately, Industry and Trade Minister Eli Yishai …

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Do you know the difference between a Sunni and a Shiite?

For the past several months, I’ve been wrapping up lengthy interviews with Washington counterterrorism officials with a fundamental question: “Do you know the difference between a Sunni and a Shiite? A “gotcha question? Perhaps. But if knowing your enemy is the most basic rule of war, I don’t think it’s out of bounds. And as …

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Why Israel should grab Hamas' truce offer

One of the endlessly fascinating and frustrating aspects of the convergence of American politics with Middle Eastern realities is evident again this season: the application of special rules of conduct to Israel that are not applied to the United States itself. One of the most common themes heard in discussions of US policy in the …

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Fatah, Hamas agree to defuse internal violence

GAZA: Fatah and Hamas officials agreed on Friday to take steps to end violence between the two rival Palestinian movements which has raised fears of civil war. Fawzi Barhoum, a Hamas spokesman in Gaza, said an Egyptian security delegation had brokered the talks, which took place in the coastal strip. These efforts have been crowned …

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Give the Egyptians more tea

KOLKATA: Indian tea exports to Egypt have surged after Egypt slashed import duties, a senior Tea Board official said on Friday. India, the world s largest producer and consumer of tea, exported just 70,000 kg of the commodity to Egypt last year, but in the first six months of 2006 sales zoomed to 1 million …

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Veiled Prejudice

Britain’s ex-foreign secretary’s recent commentary on the Muslim niqab, or full veil, as a “visible statement of separation and of difference that “makes it more difficult for people “to acknowledge each other signifies the latest in Europe’s embarrassing blunders. Following the Pope’s political impropriety, Jack Straw’s cavalier declaration on what constitutes effective deliberation was inappropriate …

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Sa'deya wants to try

Tale of peasant woman turned prostitute delves into the forbidden CAIRO: Hussein Abdel Alim’s “Sa’deya wa Abdel Hakam wa Akhroun (Sa’adeya, Abdel Hakim and Others) reads like a short film, a very coherent and informative rendition of a country woman, her brother and a police officer and how their paths converge in Cairo in the …

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The extensive cooking sessions aren't over yet

Recipes to delight family and friends during the Eid CAIRO: If you think the continuous cooking that is the trademark of Ramadan is about to end, think again. The Eid is also about invitations and exchanging visits between families. While a dish of khak and other traditional Egyptian cookies might work for some visitors, others …

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Make your own destiny

Surprisingly conservative Cairo is full of opportunities to meet your soul mate CAIRO: While Cairo may not be the Paris of the Middle East, fashionable Beirut seems to have won that title, it is a city obsessed with love. Lately it seems a large number of single Cairenes are complaining about where to meet that …

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Poor Egyptian women also bank on Grameen Nobel prize

CAIRO: Thousands of poor Egyptian women are benefiting from a partnership between the Nobel peace prize-winning Grameen Bank of Bangladeshi Muhammad Yunus and a local credit organization. I got my first loan of 250 pounds [$43] six years ago, and it meant I could expand my vegetable stall and earn more money, says Hanem Shaban …

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Author surprised by book banning

Mohamed Fattouh’s collection of published articles hit a nerve CAIRO: The recent confiscation and banning of Mohamed Fattouh’s Al-Sheyoukh Al-Modern Wa Sena at Al-Tatarof Al-Deeni (Modern Sheikhs and the Making of Religious Extremism) has caused a stir in Egypt’s literary circles. Last week, the arts censorship division of Cairo police raided a number of bookshops …

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WORD ON THE STREET: Outings and innings for the Eid holiday

CAIRO: With only a few days left until the end of Ramadan, it is common to see families scurrying through the shops purchasing holiday sweets ahead of the Eid Al-Fitr festivities. Age-old traditions persist as families buy their children new clothes to wear during the three-day holiday and pass out the ediya – money given …

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Celluloid memorial to Brotherhood founder

Group member to shoot movie on founder Hassan Al-Banna BENHA: A member of the Muslim Brotherhood who plans to make a movie about the Islamist movement s founder says he wants the film to tell the life story of his hero rather than spread propaganda for the group. Muhsin Radi says too little is known …

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Egypt moves up two spots in FIFA rankings

CAIRO: Egypt moved up two spots in the FIFA monthly ranking to settle in the 25th place for October 2006. The Pharaohs, who only managed a goalless away draw against Botswana in their last African qualifier, benefited from the bad results that other national teams produced. The countries whose results made way for the national …

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Band starts out on the first floor, but on its way up

El-Door El-Awal cuts its first album with Oriental Sounds Project This week, the seven-member band El-Door El-Awal (The First Floor) celebrated the launch of its first album, “Qarar Izala (Eviction Notice), produced as part of the Oriental Sounds Project. El-Door El-Awal rehearsed for two months, and then band members took four days to record the …

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Make way for experimental oriental sounds

Music producers give non-commercial music a shot Investing in non-commercial music has always been risky; consequently most music producers choose to produce for well-known commercial singers and musicians whose sales are practically guaranteed. This week, however, saw the release of four non-commercial live albums recorded at the Al-Geneina Theater in Al-Azhar Park during the Al-Mawred …

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Encounter in the pursuit of meaning

Puzzling through the knot of the relationship between Arab intellectuals and Western thought On a rare sunny September day in the south west of England, a visit to the university bookstore left Rasheed El-Enany’s befuddled why his latest book was not on the shelves. A quick investigation revealed that “Arab Representations of the Occident: East-West …

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Crime Scene: Parents turn on their own children

Suicides choose to leap this week; passenger saves the train CAIRO: As Ramadan comes to an end and Eid El-Fitr approaches, shocking crimes including suicide, parental murders of their own children, and transportation mishaps continue to fill the pages of the local press. Al-Masry Al-Youm in its Oct. 14 edition reported that a high school …

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