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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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Woman miscarries, steals friend's newborn

CAIRO: After the tragic loss of her unborn child, Galeela Mohammed Ahmed, 42, kidnapped her friend Naanaa’s newborn. Sources say that Ahmed, who sells clay pots in El Agouza, was too afraid to tell her husband of the miscarriage, so she stole the baby and tried to pass it off as her own. She tried …

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Released Egyptians in Libya to return to Egypt today

CAIRO/TRIPOLI: A spokesman at the Egyptian embassy in Tripoli has said that the seven Egyptian workers being detained in a Libyan prison were released on Tuesday and will be returning to Egypt today. The workers were arrested ten days ago over a brawl with Libyan citizens in the town of Beni Walid, west of Tripoli. …

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Ministry of Health offers expense free medical treatments

CAIRO: No matter what the circumstances are, everyone will be treated at the expense of the government, said Dr. Mohammed Abdeen, general manager of the Medical Councils at the Ministry of Health and also a professor at Cairo University to Daily News Egypt on a visit to the ministry Tuesday morning. In order for a …

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Israeli security minister says Egypt wants a 'strong Hamas'

CAIRO/JERUSALEM: The Israeli Minister for Public Security Avi Dichter accused Egypt of allowing arms to enter the Gaza Strip, saying that the Egyptian government has an interest in seeing a “strong Hamas. Speaking about the problem of arms smuggling across the Egypt-Gaza border, Dichter said that “the Egyptians can take immediate and decisive steps to …

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Saving Hamas from its victory

A human being will usually need someone to save him from his defeat, or help him overcome it. Hamas position today is different; it needs someone who will save it from its victory. The movement made the mistake of a military victory on June 14th in the streets of Gaza. It won against the Palestinian …

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Unifil II: A year after

The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (Unifil) was set up in 1978 after Israel s invasion of South Lebanon in response to a Palestinian bus hijacking in Israel that ended with more than 30 civilian deaths. The US realized the occupation of South Lebanon by the Israeli army was threatening to unravel the momentum …

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Second Kuwait torture victim to be released in a few days

CAIRO/KUWAIT CITY: Kuwaiti authorities ordered yesterday the release of Hossam Selim, the 28-year-old Egyptian who was allegedly tortured by four Kuwaiti policemen. Selim has been held in a Kuwaiti prison since July 24. Hassan Selim, Hossam’s brother, told Daily News Egypt that the Egyptian embassy in Kuwait has been making extensive efforts to release his …

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The strengthening of faith through religious diversity

One of the much-debated religious issues in Indonesia as of today is that of pluralism. Its opponents, such as the Indonesian Ulama Council (MUI), believe that pluralist theology is harmful for Islamic theological foundations, as it would reject the idea that one particular religion reigns supreme and that other religions beliefs are apocryphal. The Council …

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Lebanon war: An Israeli perspective

One year has passed since the end of the Second Lebanon War. It is far too early to determine the long range effects and consequences of this war on Israel. Nevertheless, one year does give us a perspective from which we can derive some initial observations regarding the results of the war from the Israeli …

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New victim of police abuse pursues legal action

CAIRO: When 26-year-old Yasser Hussein spoke with journalists about the abuse he was subjected to at the Sayyeda Zeinab police station, most commented that he was lucky he only got a few slaps on the face. “All I know is that I don’t want to be an Egyptian. I would rather belong to any other …

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Kuwaiti authorities release one of two Egyptian detainees

CAIRO/KUWAIT CITY: One of the two Egyptian workers who were tortured and detained by Kuwaiti authorities was released on bail Saturday and plans to return to Egypt as soon as possible. According to Hassan Selim, the brother of Hossam Selim, who is still being held in a Kuwaiti prison, the Egyptian embassy in Kuwait provided …

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Freedom ends when it violates the freedom of others, says MB deputy head

In 1989, the officially banned but tolerated Muslim Brotherhood group decided to establish a political party. Since then, the group’s consultative Shoura Council have faced many political obstacles to declaring themselves, but with their strong belief in the importance of establishing a free political party with no government interference, the group still waits for a …

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Egyptian minister eyes Brazil's Zero Hunger program

CAIRO: Minister of Social Solidarity Ali Al-Moselhi returns today from a week-long visit to Brazil where he was looking into their highly successful Zero Hunger (Fome Zero) program, with an eye to implementing a similar initiative in Egypt. The Egyptian delegation was received by the Brazilian Ministry of Social Development and Hunger Alleviation, which is …

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Freedom ends when it violates the freedom of others, says MB deputy head

In 1989 the officially banned but tolerated Muslim Brotherhood group decided to establish a political party. Since then, the group’s consultative Shoura Council, have faced many political obstacles to declaring themselves, but with their strong belief in the importance of establishing a free political party with no government interference, the group still waits for a …

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Regional peace with Palestine at the core

We are at a critical juncture in the Palestinian-Israeli struggle. It is this struggle that takes precedence over the regional Arab-Israeli conflict because its acuteness and its constant festering since 1948 underlies the intractability of all the other conflicts. It becomes essential then for the new openings between Syria and Israel, for example, to be …

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Still no easy fix

The Shias of South Lebanon and the Israelis should seek joint therapy for their unhealthy relationship. Their mutual resentment, distrust and geopolitics lead to new disasters every time. Hezbollah is currently celebrating what it considers its victory in the war with Israel last year at an exhibition in Beirut s southern suburbs. Families with little …

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11-year-old girl has a brush with death after FGM surgery, nurse faces punishment

CAIRO: Shaimaa Ramadan Saad, 11, narrowly escaped death Saturday morning after suffering heavy blood loss following FGM surgery. The nurse performing the surgery was reportedly detained. Shaimaa hemorrhaged for nearly 13 hours before doctors at Fayoum’s Etsa Hospital could save her. Hanan Mohammed Kamel, the nurse who performed the operation, was reported to the authorities …

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The Healthier Poor

Life expectancy in the world’s high-income countries is now 78 years, while it is only 51 years in the least-developed countries, and as low as 40 years in some AIDS-ridden African countries. For every 1,000 children born in rich countries, seven die before their fifth birthday; for every 1,000 births in the poorest countries, 155 …

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Making peace work

Simply stated, the peace dividend theory holds that in times of peace, budgets and resources normally allocated for defense can be used to invest internally in housing, education, and other initiatives which improve a society and bolster an economy. In other words: in the long term, peace is more profitable than war. But in the …

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Detention extended to officer who beat 33-year-old to death

CAIRO: A court decision to extend the detention of a Mansoura police officer and three other low ranking security personnel for allegedly brutalizing 33-year-old Nasr Abdallah to death has precipitated a specious calm over the village of Telbana. “This case is especially important because it was observed by eye witnesses which is uncommon in torture …

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Arab media condemn Bush flip-flop on Iraq prime minister

CAIRO: US President George W. Bush s conflicting remarks on the effectiveness of the Iraqi government prompted comments in the Arab media which described them as yet another sign of the failure of US policies in the war torn country. Bush on Wednesday said he supported Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, calling him a good …

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RDI present a faster way to learn the Quran

The Prophet Mohamed (PBUH) once said, “The best of you are those who learn it and teach it. With that in mind, Research and Development International (RDI) created a program called “Hafss , designed to help Muslims whether young, old, man or woman to read the Quran better. RDI presented the project at a conference …

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Overnight trains: getting more than you bargained for

Tip your chair back, relax and get a few hours sleep dreaming of the temples and history that lie ahead. That was what I was hoping to do last Friday when I boarded the night train from Cairo to Luxor. Hopes of that soon faded as I was shown to my seat. Puzzled by the …

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