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'Plan B' for Iraq raises more questions than answers

Despite Washington’s most recent reiteration that there will be no dramatic shifts in the US policy toward Iraq, not many except US President George W. Bush’s coterie know what exactly awaits the war-torn country. But many of the ‘Plan B’ or “course correction recommendations doing the rumor rounds in the United States pose more questions …

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London-based Egyptians called up for South Africa friendly

LONDON: Tottenham s Egyptian international duo, Mido and Hossam Ghaly, will be called up for the international friendly against South Africa, Egypt s assistant coach Shawki Gharib said on Monday. Gharib told FilGoal.com that London-based Mido and Ghaly are expected to play a pivotal role in the match that will take place on Nov. 15th. …

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Out and about: What's next?

Catching up with Cairo’s coffee craze Coffee run, A.N. said on the phone. A coffee run . in Cairo? Well, sure, I had been away for a while but finding out that some offices in the city send staff out to buy coffee for everyone or order coffee, muffins and even bagels . was all …

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Egyptians believe US should change Middle East policies

Associated Press CAIRO: Egyptians are not happy with the way the US is involved in the Middle East, a new poll recently found. A June poll by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press found that less than one-third of the people in Egypt, Jordan, Pakistan and Turkey had a favorable view …

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CIB completes investment bank plan

Reuters CAIRO: Commercial International Bank (CIB) and businessman Naguib Sawiris have completed details of their alliance in investment banking and brokerage operations, a CIB statement said. Sawiris, along with fellow investors in Oasis Capital, will integrate their banking and brokerage activities with those of the CIB subsidiary Commercial International Capital Holding (CICH), said the statement …

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Diary: Tune In Line

Every once in a while, we TV journalists have to admit that we’ve made a bad choice of stories. You can research an idea from afar, call local producers to check that it’s viable, arrange for interviews and apply for all the proper permissions, yet somehow, despite all the careful planning, the whole project occasionally …

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Palestine: How Weak is Hamas?

Negotiations for a unity government between Fatah and Hamas are the fruit of international pressure, which has forced Hamas to consider sacrificing some of its formal authority within the Palestinian Authority (PA) despite the fact that the Islamic movement and its allies hold 77 out of 132 seats in the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC). How …

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Workers Demand Changes to Election System, Fear Fraud

Workers Protest Election Laws, Demand Changes CAIRO- Members of Workers for Change (WFC), an affiliate of the Egyptian Movement for Change (Kefaya), demanded judicial oversight in a demonstration at the High Court downtown yesterday. Students and workers from local factories rallied at the buildings main entrance holding banners that said “No to fraudulent union elections, …

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Where there is no will, there is a way for Sfax

Sfax of Tunisia managed a 1-1 draw in Cairo Stadium against championship holders Al-Ahli. The Tunisians, who have never won the African Champions League tournament, obviously had more willpower than ever before yesterday as they took on titleholders Al-Ahli and 85,000 incensed football fans. To the home crowd’s disappointment, the cheering fans, the number of …

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The scandal of Gaza

Israel has killed 2,300 Gazans over the past six years, including 300 in the four months since Corporal Gilad Shalit was captured in a cross-border raid by Palestinian fighters on June 25. The wounded can be counted in the tens of thousands. Most of the casualties are civilians, many of them children. The killing continues …

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Saudi Arabia: Local Councils Struggling to Produce Results

The local councils of Saudi Arabia elected in spring 2005, still in their formative stages, have yet to make their mark on municipal decision-making. They are caught between the promises that they made to voters during last year s elections and the reality of dealing with local governments known for deeply ingrained bureaucracy. Although it …

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Port Said remembers 'tripartite aggression' of 1956

PORT SAID, Egypt: At Port Said s nautical club, overlooking the mouth of the Suez Canal, Sami Khodeir relives the landing of the paratroopers from the triple alliance that attacked Egypt 50 years ago. We weren t expecting them and they weren t expecting our level of resistance, says this former governor of Port Said, …

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Ahli out for handful of goals in African final

Ahli take their final home step toward retaining their African title on Sunday night when they host Sfaxien of Tunisia in the first leg of the Champions League final. The title holders eye tying their arch-rival Zamalek’s record of five titles in Africa s premier club tournament and also aim to be the third team …

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CRIME SCENE: Too much kahk a dangerous thing for family of six

Hotel worker assaults tourist; girl chooses death over life with parents CAIRO: The Eid Al-Fitr holidays were unfortunately riddled by violent crime and attempted rape and murder. In its Oct. 25 edition, Al-Messa newspaper reported that a trial would soon be underway to determine the fate of a hotel worker who attempted to rape a …

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UPDATE – Egypt moves 5,000 troops to Gaza border

ISMAILIA, Egypt: Egypt moved 5,000 more security forces near the Gaza Strip border on Saturday after an Israeli report said Israel may bomb tunnels used for smuggling weapons into Palestinian territories, an Egyptian official said. They requested reinforcements after the Israeli report and also citing fears of Palestinian militants breaching the border wall between the …

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Egyptian artist faces Tunisian enforcer in Champions League final

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: The only link between Egyptian Mohamed Aboutraika and Tunisian Anis Boujelbene is that they are midfielders seeking African Champions League glory. Aboutraika oozes elegance, with the ball often apparently glued to his boot, and has been a pivotal figure in the qualification of defending champions Al-Ahly for the final. Boujelbene is the …

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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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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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