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Italian role investigated in CIA kidnapping of Egyptian cleric

Reuters ROME: A magistrate is investigating whether Italian officials helped CIA agents abduct a terrorism suspect who says he was flown from Milan to Egypt and tortured, Interior Minister Giuliano Amato said on Monday. An Italian court has issued arrest warrants for 22 suspected U.S. agents accused of kidnapping Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, also known …

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Recent report by Kefaya urges government to root out corruption

CAIRO: As part of its mission to accelerate social development and end corruption, the Kefaya movement has issued a report tackling various cases in Egypt under the name of “The Hidden Corruption. George Ishaq, head of Kefaya, said in a press conference yesterday that the report is composed of five main parts, each addressing different …

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Cultural adaptation

Ibrahim Al-Mazini’s “Ten Again And Other Stories takes us into early 20th century Egypt “Ten Again and other stories By Ibrahim Al-MazaniTranslated by William M. HutchinsThe American University in Cairo Press, 2006Hardback, 256 pages CAIRO: Ibrahim Al-Mazini’s works provide one of the best representations of the social life of early 20th century middle class Egypt, …

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Gaza crisis tests limits of Egyptian mediation

Reuters JERUSALEM: A crisis in Gaza has tested Egypt s ability to mediate between the Palestinians and Israel, whose mutual refusal to give ground over a soldier captured by militants has upset Cairo s diplomatic efforts, analysts say. Egypt last year coaxed a unilateral halt to attacks on Israel from Palestinian factions. But difficulties persuading …

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HMS Bulwark ends security operation in the Red Sea

SUEZ, Egypt: The HMS Bulwark travelled through the Suez Canal on Sunday after having conducted patrol and security operations in the Red Sea and Arabian Gulf, encouraging maritime security. The amphibious flagship, the first of its kind employed in the region, was also called to assist the Al-Salam Ferry and the rescue the MV Ocean …

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Preserving Coptic heritage

A renovated Coptic Museum opens its doors to visitors CAIRO: Displaying over 15,000 precious old Coptic monuments gathered from various Egyptian governorates, the Coptic museum has recently been renovated to include a new tube uniting both wings for a better display of the artifacts of Coptic culture. The main entrance to the museum is across …

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Analysis: Egypt's mediation crucial in stopping Israel's retribution

CAIRO: Nearly 1 million people are currently being held responsible for the kidnapping of 19-year-old Corporal Gilad Shalit on Sunday, as Israel’s first incursion into the Gaza Strip since last autumn continues to escalate. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said that “Israel will not hesitate to carry out extreme action to bring Corporal Shalit back …

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Egypt struggling to defuse Mideast crisis

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: Egypt is trying to defuse a rapidly escalating crisis over the capture of an Israeli soldier by Palestinian militants but has so far little to show for its efforts despite the involvement of President Hosni Mubarak. President Hosni Mubarak is in overall command and the head of the intelligence service, Omar Suleiman, …

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Goalkeepers make the difference

During the quarterfinals of the World Cup, teams relied on them to save the day The quarterfinals of the World Cup proved that quality goalkeeping can make the difference between two evenly-skilled teams. During the knock-out stages, a heart-breaking penalty-shoot may be the only way to decide on a winner. In the highly anticipated game …

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It's his moment to shine

Men s involvement in planning their weddings could be helpful or just a hassle CAIRO: It s time to plan a wedding but the groom is getting involved. His interest is not just in the suit he will be wearing but in the other details as well. But what might sound at first as an …

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Israel offensive stirs anger in Egypt

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: Israel s offensive in the Palestinian territories is drawing fierce accusations in neighboring Egypt that the Jewish state is seeking to destabilize the region. Cairo newspapers as well as ruling party and opposition politicians are lashing out at Israel. Israel should not think that the peace reached with an Arab country can …

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The unpopular detail

Pre-marital medical tests are only seen as useful when the couple is related by blood CAIRO: The wedding ring, the ceremony, the flowers and the honeymoon are counted as essential wedding prerequisites. But many couples still ignore the most critical detail: The pre-marital check-ups. “Although I heard about these pre-marital examinations, I and my fiancée …

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Palatial pageantry

Shirley Johnston writes about Egypt’s palaces and villas When Shirley Johnston arrived in Egypt to write and produce her book, “Egyptian Palaces and Villas: 1808-1960, she never expected it to take five years. “There was much more to explore than I thought, says Johnston of Egypt’s architectural treasures from that period. The historical period that …

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Treasuring our heritage

UNESCO funds museums to showcase antiquities in Cairo and Alexandria Two grand museums in Cairo and Alexandria have been given the go-ahead by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, (UNESCO). Shadia Kenawy, Egypt s ambassador to UNESCO, said that investment from the international organization will support a number of projects being implemented in …

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NGO's present plans to EUROMED conference

CAIRO: In an effort to enhance and facilitate the creation and management of women’s enterprises, 30 non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) from 10 Mediterranean countries presented seven different projects for women’s economic development in a three-day EUROMED conference under the theme: “Enhancing Opportunities of Women in Economic Life Program. Catherine Colomb-Nancy, EUROMED operations manager, says the program, …

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EU refuses to link aid to political reform

CAIRO: The European Union (EU) on Tuesday reaffirmed its policy of not making political reform a conditional requisite of the aid it supplies to Egypt. Speaking at a press conference to mark the latest stage of EU aid in the Egyptian education sector, EU Head of Operations in Egypt, Georgios Tsitsopoulos says that “the EU …

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Second Round Wrap-up Part Two

Football super powers dominate the World Cup CAIRO: Italy was fortunate to walk away with a last-minute victory against an impressive Australian team. From the start, the Italians resorted to a defensive mode of play, with few counter-attacks that resulted in hardly any problems for the Australian side; the Australians had the better percentage of …

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Reformers say new judiciary law doesn't go far enough

Associated Press CAIRO: Parliament approved changes in judiciary laws, meeting some key demands of Egypt s pro-democracy movement though reformers said Tuesday it did not go far enough to guarantee judges independence from the government s control. The bill was passed Monday night after months of debate, sharpened by the arrests of hundreds of people …

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Second round wrap-up: Football super powers dominate the scene

Traditional powerhouses fill up the ranks of the quarterfinals CAIRO: An intense level of world-class football was exhibited throughout the round of 16 at the World Cup 2006, where traditional powerhouses in the world of football have booked their place in the upcoming quarterfinals. The quarterfinals will witness six of the former world champions, Brazil, …

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Egypt's tourist industry continues to grow despite recent bombings

CAIRO: In the last year, Sinai’s largest resorts, Sharm El Sheikh and the beach resort of Dahab were targeted by suicide bombers seeking to de-rail Egypt’s economy by targeting the country’s vital tourist industry. Tourism in Egypt is directly linked to the national economy, making tourists a symbolic target for terrorists operating in the region …

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Egyptian women flock to hear female preachers

Reuters CAIRO: Women of all ages pour into a fluorescent-lit mosque hall hours before Sherine Gouda El-Sahhar is due to deliver her weekly sermon, seeking a seat near the front so they can catch a glimpse of the preacher. The 200 women can barely squeeze into the hall, so Sahhar s helpers remove the screens …

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Islamists forecast harsher crackdown

Reuters CAIRO: Egypt s Muslim Brotherhood expects the government to intensify a crackdown on the opposition movement to prepare a power transfer to President Hosni Mubarak s son, the group s deputy leader said on Monday. Mohammed Habib said a power transfer from Mubarak, 78, to leading ruling party politician Gamal Mubarak could happen in …

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Mediterranean rim states seek EU aid at talks

Reuters TUNIS: North African and East Mediterranean countries are expected to voice commitment to economic reforms in exchange for billions of euros in European Union (EU) aid at a meeting in Tunis on Sunday and Monday. The gathering of EU finance ministers and their counterparts from the southern and eastern Mediterranean is the latest of …

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The darker side of memories

A powerful and disturbingly dark exhibit lends a view into the travels of Turkish artists Nursen Tor and Shayma Aziz CAIRO: The Hanager Cultural Center is not easy to spot. Camouflaged by the shrubbery alongside the entrance to the Cairo Opera House, the building is not advertising itself to visitors, and indeed anyone who is …

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Onto the real action

CAIRO: Two weeks of mediocre play in the Fifa World Cup resulted in only a few moments of excitement, as the majority of the games of the first round produced score lines which, while not always disappointing, resulted in little of the flair usually associated with the World Cup. Among the 16 sides that made …

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Poll finds considerable divide between Westerners and Muslims

Agence France-Presse WASHINGTON: Westerners view Muslims as fanatical, violent and intolerant while Muslims in the Middle East and Asia generally view Westerners as immoral, selfish and greedy, according to a new poll released Thursday. After a year marked by riots over cartoon portrayals of Mohammed, a major terrorist attack in London, and continuing wars in …

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Fair trade an essential human right

Annual event stresses the importance of giving producers their share CAIRO: The second annual Fair Trade Egypt event, which is slated to last until the end of the month, opened Wednesday at the Al Sawy Cultural Center, and will host a number of conferences that aim at spreading awareness among Egyptians as to what fair …

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Analysis: The power of the blog

CAIRO: The government and mainstream media have recognised one of the most immediate impacts the Internet has had on commentary, as blogs continue to grow in popularity. Blogs have turned many political pundits and subjugated individuals into successful online journalists, providing a variety of perspectives on current affairs that were often inaccessible in the mainstream …

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