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Egyptian students charged with carrying explosives across Florida state lines

TAMPA: Two Egyptian students at a south Florida university were indicted Friday on federal explosives charges, but prosecutors would not say whether the men planned to carry out an attack or hurt anyone. Ahmed Abdellatif Sherif Mohamed, 24, an engineering graduate student and teaching assistant at the Tampa-based University of South Florida, and engineering student …

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The Pakistan paradox

Islamabad – As Pakistan celebrates its 60th anniversary of independence this year, political turbulence and chronic problems such as low literacy and inadequate health services persist. But there is another untold story: Pakistan is experiencing a cultural and political reinvigoration. A genuine media revolution – with over 30 independent television channels – is projecting Pakistan …

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Assuage Assad

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts – The ideal way to achieve peace between Israel and its Arab neighbours is through a Madrid-like regional peace process based on the Arab League initiative (2002). The logic of such a comprehensive approach is that some of Israel s disputes with Syria, Lebanon and the Palestinians are interrelated, and a regional peace …

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Protestors speak out against torture, remember 12-year-old victim

CAIRO: An anti-torture demonstration held yesterday in front of the Journalists’ Syndicate signaled a reignited attempt by opposition groups to bring the issue back into the public eye. “The Bible and the Quran together against tyranny, chanted protesters including the families of last month’s Mansoura torture victims. The protest organized by the Journalism Syndicate’s Freedoms …

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WITH A GRAIN OF SALT: Against torture in Kuwait!

I have no idea where those people who talk about torture in Egypt get their information from. Egyptian authorities simply have no tolerance for the torture of any of their citizens; so how can we possibly believe what those human rights organizations claim about widespread torture in Egypt. The latest report by one of them …

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'Fergalicious' fashion

What do you get when you merge Fergie’s rocking style with Kipling? A “Fergalicious line of handbags that will debut in New York this weekend. The 78-piece collection has three lines and no piece costs more than $200, the New York Post reported Thursday. Nice Scout line includes bags and satchels in earth tones. Naughty …

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China's Threat to Russia

Last week, Russia and China held joint military maneuvers in the presence of both Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Hu Jintao. But a new strategic alliance between the two countries is not likely, as it is China that poses the greatest strategic threat to Russia, although many in the Kremlin seem blind to …

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SCI TECH SCENE: New websites aim for TV experience

Watching video online in small, fuzzy boxes is heading the way of rabbit ears. Some highly anticipated websites are being modeled on making the experience of watching video online more like watching television. These sites rely on software that enlarges the interface so that it fills your computer screen – from edge to edge. This …

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The headscarf in Turkey: From religious symbol to political tool

Istanbul – With Abdullah Gül just elected as President of Turkey, the headscarf debate has yet again been brought to the forefront. Although the ban on wearing headscarves in public places took effect in 1998, the discussion has never stopped and has even gained new momentum with the possibility of a First Lady who covers …

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Hilton launches Egypt booking page

CAIRO: Egyptians and international residents can now enjoy discounted rates at Hilton resorts across Egypt by booking online. The new online booking page offers rates in Egyptian pounds for any of Hilton’s 13 properties in Egypt, and is accessible directly through the Hilton.com website at: www.hilton.com/egypt. The newly launched online service saves guests time and …

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Is Neo-Conservatism Dead?

Neo-conservatism has served as a badge of unity for those in the Bush administration advocating an aggressive foreign policy, massive military spending, disdain for international law and institutions, an assault on the welfare state, and a return to “traditional values . So, with the Bush era winding down in a tailspin of plummeting popularity and …

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Gulf Arabs make summer pilgrimage to Cairo

CAIRO: Feeling less welcome in London, Paris or New York, growing numbers of Saudis and other Gulf Arabs prefer the warm reception and relaxed atmosphere of Cairo for their summer holiday. Everything has changed since Sept. 11, 2001, this is the high season, says Jean-Pierre Mainardi, manager of the Egyptian capital s Nile Hilton hotel …

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The real question

President Hosni Mubarak and the regime have failed, for a while now, to answer a straight-forward question that democracy activists, human rights organizations, journalists and political activists have been marveling about over the past five months: why are civilians belonging to opposition groups tried before military tribunals? Last February, the president decided to transfer 40 …

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US company sues American Red Cross over use of Red Cross emblem

NEW YORK: The world’s largest for-profit healthcare products conglomerate, Johnson & Johnson (J&J), is suing the American Red Cross (ARC) over its use of the lifesaving emblem – the red cross on a white background. On 8 August, J&J filed a civil complaint in the US District Court in New York charging the ARC with …

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Egyptian expat scores notes of success

After a long and tiring business trip to Dubai, I decided to relax and listen to some good music with friends. We’d heard that Central Perk (think the famed “Friends hangout) was a good bet, where talented young international artists perform live. We were not disappointed. After a performance by a young Egyptian electric guitarist, …

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Glam Posh to guest star on 'Ugly Betty'

Victoria Beckham, now living in Los Angeles, is going Hollywood. Despite her recent denials about being interested in an acting career, Beckham (aka Posh Spice) is taking a first step by playing herself in an episode of the ABC comedy Ugly Betty – which screens on Showtime in the Middle East. Well, it’s not technically …

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Mufti forbids over-stay in Mecca between Umra and Hajj

CAIRO: Be careful about how you approach your duty in Hajj and Umrah, do not use the excuse of being only one person who cannot possibly affect millions, said Sheikh Ali Gomaa at a press conference. The conference, entitled Hajj and Umrah, was reportedly organized in response to a letter sent to Gomaa from tourism …

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Learning about America from abroad

This summer I traveled through Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia, a part of the world that most Americans rarely see in the news or visit in person. The distance provided me with a new perspective from which to look upon my country, helping me realize that, despite a overextended sense of importance and myopic foreign …

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Judge considers deporting Egyptian who says he fears torture

SCRANTON, Pennsylvania: Sameh Khouzam, a Coptic Christian, says he fled Egypt eight years ago to escape religious persecution in his largely Muslim homeland. Egypt calls him a convicted murderer and wants him back to face justice. Khouzam s fate was in the hands of a US judge Thursday after a hearing to determine whether he …

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China's happy mask

China’s “face may be its Achilles’ Heel. As it basks in its new status as an economic superpower – the dragon that is outpacing Asia’s tigers as well as the donkeys of the West – China is mistakenly downplaying its own serious structural weaknesses. The communist leadership finds it hard to mention, let alone emphasize, …

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A look back at the Turkish elections

We were both in Turkey before and after Sunday, 22 July, the day of the intensely debated parliamentary elections. Given the large-scale, contentious demonstrations and the post-modernist military intervention – via the internet – over the issue of secularism, there were hundreds of eager international observers expecting something spectacular to happen. But to their dismay, …

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Acer Focuses on Biometric Ahead of Gitex 2007

DUBAI: Acer Computer, a supplier of notebook and desktop computers in the Middle East, aims to gain widespread exposure for its security-focused range of mobility products, said the company in a statement to the press. With the extension of biometric technology, the laptop market is undergoing a transformation. Product design and competitive pricing no longer …

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Screening a spiritual quest

Dedicated to holistic health, Insight Inside screens movies that are related to “spirituality, well-being, personal growth, and awareness. This week, Bernardo Bertolucci’s “Little Buddha (1994) is the movie of choice. Starring Bridget Fonda and Keanu Reeves, “Little Buddha is a fantastic story – as in it stretches the boundaries of believability – about the quest …

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Jogging along Beirut's Corniche for clarity

As a Middle East policy analyst who also has family ties to Lebanon, I visit quite often. I rolled out of bed one day and tried jogging along Beirut’ s famed middle-class seaside walkway called the Corniche this past weekend, only to discover that the simple concrete and metal rails overlooking the glittering Mediterranean were …

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Turkey's Transformation

Abdullah Gül’s election as Turkey’s 11th president marks a watershed in the country’s history. In July, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) – religiously conservative but economically liberal – won a landslide in parliamentary elections called after the military balked at seeing Gül become president. That victory, combined with Gül’s election, confirm the AKP’s …

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Saft El Laban residents complain of polluted potable water

CAIRO: More than 50 inhabitants of the Saft El Laban district of Giza have officially complained to the general prosecutor about polluted drinking water in their homes, and demanded replacing the neighborhood’s rusty water pipes. Mohamed Abdel Azim, activist at the Egyptian Center for Housing Rights, told Daily News Egypt that 52 Saft El Laban …

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11-year-old rape victim tells her story amid accusations by Azhar scholar

CAIRO: The story of eleven-year-old Hind, who gave birth after being raped, shocked the nation when it broke a few weeks ago. Further exacerbating the situation were the words of Al Azhar University’s Islamic jurisprudence scholar, Souad Saleh, who issued a fatwa stating that the girl and her father deserved the punishment of “eighty flogs …

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