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Suez: The end of the road for Britain and France as world powers

LONDON: The Suez crisis, which began 50 years ago this week, made clear for the first time that Britain and France were no longer world powers and marked the start of a close cooperation between London and Washington still very much in evidence in today s Middle East. Never again were Britain or France really …

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The day Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: Fifty years later, Adel Ezzat remembers every minute of the day former Egyptian leader Gamal Abdel Nasser took the world by surprise and nationalized the Suez Canal. Only three of us were in the know. President Nasser had chosen us to carry out the nationalization, says Ezzat, who was then a 30-year-old …

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Lebanon: Black & white and dead all over

Once more, U.S. Marines are on Lebanese soil. Once more, Israeli jets are pounding Beirut and its tanks are in south Lebanon. Once more, the powers-that-be in Washington are seeing black hats and white hats in a region where everyone wears gray. The inevitable result: More terrorism, a new common cause between Shiite and Sunni …

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Prestigious journalism conference held at AUC

Over 1,000 media scholars share views at IAMCR Cairo 2006 CAIRO: More than 1,000 professional scholars and media experts of different nationalities gathered to exchange views and debate various topics in one of the biggest mass media research conferences worldwide. The International Association for Media and Communication Research Conference, IAMCR 2006, was held under the …

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Egyptian foreign minister calls for Middle East cease-fire

Becket attempts to play down differences with key regional ally Associated Press LONDON: Egypt s foreign minister appealed Thursday for an immediate cease-fire in the Middle East, arguing both sides must take initiatives to stop fighting. Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul-Gheit insisted that Israel and Hezbollah must stop attacks in a conflict that has killed more …

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To eat or not to eat

Get your nutrition facts straight CAIRO: With over 30,000 diets available to choose from, it’s not surprising that we are confused. Many people go it alone and try to find what works for them. Take note of the following myths that you may be living by and modify your lifestyle to help you reach your …

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Royal English hospitality, situated on the edge of Alexandria's seafront

ALEXANDRIA: The Windsor Palace Hotel in Alexandria has a colonialist atmosphere, garlanded with marble, adorned with red spiral staircases and a traditional closed-cage elevator built of wooden panelling in keeping with a traditional English hotel. Built in 1906 and considered one of the world’s heritage hotels, the luxurious setting of the Windsor Palace houses 71 …

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The hot summers of Egyptian radio

A brief look at radio’s tumultuous local history It was a hot mid-summer in 1923 when Mr. Medhat Assem and Mr. Ahmed El-Gawahergi ventured into opening a sound studio in the Abassiya district to broadcast music, drama and many commercials. Despite the bad technical quality and the relentless personal messages, programming gained popularity in Cairo’s …

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Italian spy chief denies role in alleged CIA kidnapping

Reuters ROME: The head of Italy s military intelligence agency on Wednesday defended himself and colleagues being investigated for their possible role in the alleged CIA kidnapping of a terrorism suspect in Milan. Nicolo Pollari told a closed-door meeting of the Senate defense committee that the Sismi intelligence agency had nothing to do with illegal …

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Hezbollah rides wave of popularity across Mideast

Reuters CAIRO: The Lebanese militant group Hezbollah is riding a wave of popularity in the Arab world because of its confrontation with Israel, despite some misgivings about the group s cross-border raid on July 12. Interviews with Arabs chosen at random from Morocco to the Gulf showed strong sympathy for Lebanon, where more than 300 …

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Wust El-Balad sells out at the Opera House

CAIRO: Hundreds of youths swarmed outside the Cairo Opera House’s open air theater Wednesday night, hoping to be among the lucky ones to force their way into the completely packed Wust El-Balad concert. Tickets sold out by around 8:00 p.m., and patient but wearied Opera House workers withstood an onslaught of verbal tirades from a …

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Local restaurant markets itself here and abroad through the Internet

CAIRO: Abou Tarek’s downtown koshary restaurant has made a major contribution to the history of koshary, not by introducing a new ingredient, but by moving koshary into the realms of cyberspace. The man behind the idea is Tarek, the eldest son of restaurant owner Hassan Youssef, (Abou Tarek i.e. father of Tarek). Like many of …

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Egyptian student indicted on assault charges following golf club melee

Associated Press GARDEN CITY, New York: A grand jury on Tuesday returned a 10-count indictment against an Egyptian college student accused of driving into a group of people at an upscale golf club last month. His attorney insists he was the victim of a racial attack. Sayed Khaled El-Waraky, a student at American University in …

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The world according to Chadi

CAIRO: Located on the second floor of Alexandrina’s Bibliotheca, a well-presented exhibition documents the life and work of Chadi Abdel Salam, (1930-1986) an Egyptian film director and producer, but perhaps most well known for his set and costume design. Chadi worked intensely to create costumes that were as historically accurate as possible, allowing each film …

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El Sawy Film Festival announces the year's winners

CAIRO: Judges at El Sawy’s second film festival had some tough decisions to make before presenting the awards at the closing ceremony on June 18 at El Sawy’s Hakma Hall. Islam Azazi, director of “Et Hakim Fe Enak or (“Dominate your Eyes ), won the best movie award for long documentary films, bringing with it …

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Hero or reckless? Nasrallah seen through Arab eyes

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: Israel s punishment of Lebanon because of Hizbullah has left Arabs torn between criticism for the Shiite movement s head Hassan Nasralah and praise for a man who many say is restoring Arab pride. Arab leaders, commentators and the man on the street alike appear to be in two minds as Israel …

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Abousariya's symbolic art brings cultures together

Artist combines a European palette with Egyptian cultural influences CAIRO: Lutfi Abousariya’s art exhibition captures the viewer’s attention with its uniqueness, pushing the viewer to understand the symbolic expression behind the paintings. In fact, it’s almost impossible to walk past a painting without stopping to ponder its significance. The artist graduated from the Faculty of …

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Lack of fitness cost Al Ahli unbeaten record, says coach

Lack of fitness cost Al Ahli unbeaten record, says coach Reuters JOHANNESBURG: Continental champions Al Ahli paid the price for a lack of early season fitness when they lost their 78-match unbeaten record on African soil, according to their Portuguese coach Manuel Jose. The Egyptian side, who had not lost a game in domestic or …

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Italian spy chief questioned over alleged CIA kidnapping case

Reuters MILAN: The head of Italy s military intelligence agency was questioned by prosecutors for the first time on Saturday on suspicion of helping the CIA kidnap a terrorism suspect in Milan, judicial sources said. The development makes Nicolo Pollari the highest ranking official connected to the Italian investigation, which has already led to the …

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Swarms of swimming pools

Stuck in Cairo doesn t mean you can t enjoy sun and water CAIRO: So your air-conditioner has been on full power 24/7, your only weapon against the scorching heat. Give the poor thing a rest and avoid racking up a high electricity bill. Trek to a nearby swimming pool, drink a fresh fruit shake …

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Alexandria isn't just about seafood

Selected picks of the culinary delights of the popular coastal city ALEXANDRIA: The summer time means more sun and sand. For Egyptians, the summertime also means more food. Since Alexandria is the main attraction in the summer, its array of foods has people enjoying their meals from morning to night. Alexandria, being a coastal city, …

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Ethanol boom could hurt world's poor

Egypt among countries that could be most vulnerable Reuters NEW YORK: The race to boost ethanol production could one day hurt food supply for many of the world s poor, an environmental expert said on Thursday. This is shaping up as competition between the 800 million people in the world that own automobiles and the …

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J8 members outline issues facing developing nations

Delegates in Egypt conduct conference call with Russian President Vladimir Putin CAIRO: For the first time in G8 history, children are being given an official voice at the international summit that begins this Saturday in St. Petersburg, Russia. On Friday morning, youths from Cairo had a chance to offer their views to the G8 countries’ …

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Arab nations mild in reaction to Israeli offensive in Lebanon

Associated Press CAIRO: Moderate Arab governments reacted with relative restraint to Israel s offensive in Lebanon, condemning attacks on civilians and infrastructure, but also implicitly criticizing Hezbollah. The relative silence appeared to reflect a sentiment in Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia that the Shiite Lebanese guerrilla group had dragged Lebanon into a needless fight by …

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Recognizing literary excellence

Story competition awards young talent On Thursday, in the Writers’ Union in Zamalek, the awards for the first Youth Creativity Competition were distributed with the first winner receiving a LE 25,000 scholarship to help in the tuition fees of the university of their choice. This short story competition, which is co-funded by Kotob Arabia, AK …

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Prevention and preparedness vital in fire fighting

Fire officials counter citizens complaints about slow response to emergencies CAIRO: It s a catch-22 situation. Complaints by Cairo s citizens about slow or in some cases, non-existent response, to fire emergencies, is on the rise. On the other hand, fire officials blame citizens for their ignorance of the emergency procedures that should be followed. …

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Truth from a director's lens

El Sakia commences its second documentary film festival CAIRO: El Sakia Cultural Center starts its second documentary film festival tomorrow at 8:30 p.m. Awards will be distributed at the closing ceremony of the four-day festival on July 18. This year, 50 documentary films are participating in the festival, with 26 being short documentary films of …

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Why is Africa getting poorer?

CAIRO: There is an African country where 19 population of the population lives under the poverty line, yet whose government donates aid to other African countries. While this country gives the World Food Program in excess of $1.5 million for use elsewhere on the continent, more than 500,000 of its own people are classified as …

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Al Ahli continues defense of unbeaten record

JOHANNESBURG: Title holders Al Ahli have two records in their sights when the group phase of the African Champions League begins this weekend. Al Ahli, who beat Etoile Sahel in last year s final, is away to another Tunisian side, CS Sfaxien in its opening Group A match on Saturday. The Egyptian side is looking …

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