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Israel's security: new challenge and the response

The last summer war between Israel and Hezbollah exposed the Jewish State’s capabilities to defend itself against short-range rockets. To deal with the emergent situation, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert recently approved the development of a new anti-missile system named ‘Iron-Dome.’ The system however is a technological response to a threat that is largely embedded …

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Two-year-old tests positive for bird flu, brings total to 26

Reuters CAIRO: A 2-year-old boy has tested positive for bird flu, bringing the number of people who have contracted the disease in Egypt to 26, the Health Ministry said on Monday. The ministry identified the boy as Youssef Mohamed Mahmoud and said he was admitted to hospital on Friday in Aswan, the same southern city …

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Israeli television accuses Egypt of 1973 war killings of POWs

Associated Press JERUSALEM: Just days after Egyptian MPs called for an investigation into film evidence that Israeli soldiers massacred a contingent of Egyptian troops in 1967, an Israeli television station accused Cairo of similar atrocities during the 1973 war. Egyptians killed dozens, if not hundreds of captured Israeli soldiers in the 1973 Mideast war, excerpts …

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Europe's dirty little secret on global warming

Almost two weeks ago, the European Union declared that it had practically saved the planet. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso claimed that Europe would lead the way on climate change, and the EU promised to cut carbon-dioxide emissions by 20 percent below 1990-levels by 2020. Of course, with the EU already having promised an …

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Will anxious Arab states soon form a nuclear family?

From Libya to Egypt to fuel-strapped Jordan, Arab countries have signaled their desire to develop nuclear power, even amid a concerted attempt by the United States to tighten the noose around Iran lest it join the nuclear club. These new players are entering a nuclear race in an unstable zone, dominated by two regional powers, …

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Expect Palestinian factionalism to endure

Palestinians have been hoping that Hamas and Fatah will live up to their announced agreement that the government of national unity formed last week would not concern itself with negotiations with Israel, which were supposed to remain the purview of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in his capacity as leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization …

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Expect Palestinian factionalism to endure

Palestinians have been hoping that Hamas and Fatah will live up to their announced agreement that the government of national unity formed last week would not concern itself with negotiations with Israel, which were supposed to remain the purview of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in his capacity as leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization …

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Korba festival gets rave reviews

CAIRO: The Korba festival ended on Friday in a wash of color. Bright confetti and chalk drawings covered the ground and people of all ages ran around with flowers painted on their faces. The crowd gathered in Heliopolis’ Baghdad Street to listen to the mellow sounds of Wust Al-Balad as the sun set. Korba was …

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Opposition boycotts parliamentary constitutional amendment talks

Associated Press CAIRO: Opposition lawmakers boycotted an opening parliamentary debate Sunday on constitutional amendments they say will further tighten the president s grip on power. More than 100 lawmakers from the Muslim Brotherhood and other parties refused to attend the session of the 454-seat Parliament because they say the amendments limit judicial monitoring of elections …

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21 Kefaya detainees released from custody

CAIRO: After several hours of prosecution at the Galaa Courthouse, 21 Kefaya detainees were released from the State Security Dhahrar prison near Abbasiya on Saturday. The Kefaya activists were arrested late Thursday night after marching in a demonstration protesting the upcoming referendum on constitutional amendments. Kefaya and other opposition groups have claimed the amendments are …

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Europe's dirty little secret on global warming

Almost two weeks ago, the European Union declared that it had practically saved the planet. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso claimed that Europe would lead the way on climate change, and the EU promised to cut carbon-dioxide emissions by 20 percent below 1990-levels by 2020. Of course, with the EU already having promised an …

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Will anxious Arab states soon form a nuclear family?

From Libya to Egypt to fuel-strapped Jordan, Arab countries have signaled their desire to develop nuclear power, even amid a concerted attempt by the United States to tighten the noose around Iran lest it join the nuclear club. These new players are entering a nuclear race in an unstable zone, dominated by two regional powers, …

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Egyptian authorities arrest Palestinian with explosive belt,10 Egyptians over planned anti-Israeli attacks

Associated Press EL-ARISH: A potential Palestinian suicide bomber and 10 Egyptians were arrested in the northern Sinai peninsula, a security official said on Thursday. The Palestinian, identified as Hamid Al-Nador, was detained Tuesday while wearing an explosive belt inside a beach resort in the border city of El-Arish, the security official said speaking on condition …

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Over 30 Kefaya activists arrested during Cairo demonstration

CAIRO: Demonstrations organized by the Kefaya National Movement for Change and opposition parties against proposed constitutional amendments were met with a massive state security sweep in downtown Cairo on Thursday. Over 30 Kefaya activists were detained in protests that began in Tahrir Square and spread through Talat Harb Square, ending with a sit-in of some …

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About time you hit the treadmill

The benefits of exercise in disease prevention A regular exercise regimen goes hand in hand with a healthy diet to maintain health and reach our ideal body weight for our given age, genetic or disease disposition. The benefits of exercise have been extensively studied and it is apparent that being fit is the key to …

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INTERVIEW: Egyptian film mogul plans movie about Al Qaeda

Reuters CAIRO: A leading Egyptian director is preparing to produce a movie about the rise of Al-Qaeda, and he promises to pull no punches in what would probably be the first Arab film about the militant group. Adel Adeeb, head of the Cairo-based film production company Good News for Film and Music, said the movie …

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Europe can do much more for Lebanon

After an absence of more than three years from Damascus, the European Union High Representative Javier Solana met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad this week. Curiously, he did so on March 14, two years after almost 1 million Lebanese assembled in Beirut to protest the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and the …

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Turkey Deports Iraqi Asylum Seeker

CAIRO: On Tuesday, the UN Refugee Agency circulated a press release protesting the deportation of a recognized Iraqi refugee by Turkish authorities. Jennifer Pagonis spokesperson for the Office of High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva, said in a press conference: UNHCR deeply regrets the refoulement by Turkey of an Iraqi refugee on March 3. The …

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US stokes new hope of free trade deal with Egypt

Reuters WASHINGTON: US Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez said on Thursday he believed Egypt and the United States were destined to negotiate a free trade agreement, reviving hopes of a deal dashed many times. It really comes down to a matter of timing – when is the right time? It s not if, it s when, …

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Stop surfing, make friends, Indian students told

Reuters MUMBAI: One of India s top engineering schools has restricted Internet access in its hostels, saying addiction to surfing, gaming and blogging was affecting students performance, making them reclusive and even suicidal. Authorities at the elite Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Mumbai said students had stopped socializing and many were late for morning …

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Washington is learning that not every problem is a nail

What comes after Iraq? If President George W. Bush’s current troop “surge fails to produce an outcome that can be called “victory, what lessons will the United States draw for its future foreign policy? Will it turn inward, as it did after its defeat in Vietnam three decades ago? Will it turn from promoting democracy …

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The Arab order has no means to manage failed states

In an interview published last fall, King Abdullah II of Jordan warned against the eruption of civil war in Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine. Indeed, civil war remains a threat in three out of the five Arab countries in the eastern Mediterranean. Political developments in these countries during the past few months have demonstrated the fragility …

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Burying democracy further in Egypt

The Mubarak regime in Egypt is staging a major crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, the country’s main Islamist opposition movement and largest opposition group. About 300 Brotherhood members have been detained over the last three months under accusations of money laundering and terrorism, in addition to the usual charge of belonging to a banned organization. …

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Use traditional values more in rebuilding broken states

I began my career as a Foreign Service officer in Indonesia. There, journalists, diplomats and aid workers emphasized that local government was “incompetent, inefficient and corrupt. I heard the same when working in the Balkans, Afghanistan and Iraq. My colleagues often seemed contemptuous of the nations where they served. They overlooked the cultures’ virtues and …

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Voice of change grows louder in Zimbabwe

An era of increased democratization and political accountability is sweeping across the African continent. With deteriorating economic conditions, growing external support from the Diaspora and international pressure from Western governments and donors for political reform, Zimbabweans are following suit in finally heeding the call for democratic change in their beleaguered country. There are unprecedented signs …

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Iraqi refugee crisis moves to Europe

CAIRO: In Europe, Iraqi applications for asylum have doubled over the past three years. But European countries have not offered much refuge, with one big exception: Sweden. In 2006 almost 9,000 Iraqis applied for asylum in the rich Scandinavian country. It was triple what they were expecting, and more than 40 percent of all Iraqi …

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Hamas says it identifies kidnappers of BBC TV reporter

Associated Press GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip: The Hamas-led Palestinian government on Tuesday said it has identified the kidnappers of a BBC journalist and hopes to free him soon. Palestinian security services in Gaza were on Wednesday checking information that could lead to the whereabouts of a BBC correspondent who was abducted two days ago, officials …

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