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Al-Ahli face tough task against free-scoring ASEC

Reuters JOHANNESBURG: Al-Ahli face the prospect of determined rear guard action when they face Ivory coast side ASEC Abidjan, who have an enviable goal scoring record at home, in Sunday s African Champions League semi-final second leg tie. Al-Ahli won 2-0 in Cairo in the first encounter at the start of the month and are …

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WORD ON THE STREET: Taking the court to the street

CAIRO: Though politics occupies a limited amount of people s interests during Ramadan, these days the case of Talaat El-Sadat, parliament member and nephew of slain President Anwar El-Sadat, has grabbed many people’s attention. El-Sadat, the nephew, lost his parliamentary immunity at the request of the military prosecutor after he implied on a TV program …

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Masters of an ancient complex art

Calligraphy makes sweeping strokes at the El-Sawy CAIRO: For Ramadan, the El-Sawy Cultural Wheel highlights one of the most important forms of Islamic art: calligraphy. Featuring 32 contemporary artists from Egypt, this show contains a variety of types of calligraphy, ranging from the simple and traditional, to bright and modern. Artists use four of the …

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Al-Ahli face tough task against free-scoring ASEC

Reuters JOHANNESBURG: Al-Ahli face the prospect of determined rear guard action when they face Ivory coast side ASEC Abidjan, who have an enviable goal scoring record at home, in Sunday s African Champions League semi-final second leg tie. Al-Ahli won 2-0 in Cairo in the first encounter at the start of the month and are …

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Masters of an ancient complex art

Calligraphy makes sweeping strokes at the El-Sawy CAIRO: For Ramadan, the El-Sawy Cultural Wheel highlights one of the most important forms of Islamic art: calligraphy. Featuring 32 contemporary artists from Egypt, this show contains a variety of types of calligraphy, ranging from the simple and traditional, to bright and modern. Artists use four of the …

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Word on the Street

Taking the court to the street CAIRO: Though politics occupies a limited amount of people s interests during Ramadan, these days the case of Talaat El-Sadat, parliament member and nephew of slain President Anwar El-Sadat, has grabbed many people’s attention. El-Sadat, the nephew, lost his parliamentary immunity at the request of the military prosecutor after …

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Television campaigns against terrorism

Backers are shadowy but message is clear in graphic TV ad against terrorism Associated Press CAIRO: A TV commercial aimed at thwarting terrorism has hit Middle Eastern TV networks using high-tech effects to show the anatomy of a suicide bombing in graphic detail. The $1 million (LE 5.74 million) ad is packed with special effects …

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Rally takes competitors on spectacular trip through the desert

CAIRO: Ten days in Egypt, seven days racing, the Pharaons International Cross Country Rally 2006was a highly successful event across the board. Four hundred and fifty people, as opposed to the 390 that attended last year, set out on a grueling 3,000 kilometer run through the Sahara Desert. The race began under the watchful gaze …

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'Fatwa' website forum thrives during Ramadan

Muslims can t eat and drink while fasting, but what about smoking Agence-France Presse CAIRO: A Cairo-based website has become a thriving meeting place for Muslim Internet surfers eager to read fatwas on what can and cannot be done under Islamic law during Ramadan, the month of fasting. We don t stop. We issue 300 …

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Israeli strike hits home of Hamas lawmaker in Gaza

Reuters GAZA: An Israeli missile hit the Gaza Strip home of a well known lawmaker from the governing Islamist group Hamas on Wednesday in what the army said was an attack on a weapons factory. In the West Bank city of Nablus, Palestinian hospital workers said a civilian had been shot dead during an Israeli …

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"Protecting" may be insulting

The recent cancellation of performances of Mozart’s “Idomeneo in Berlin raised the very important question of our perception of the Muslim world, an issue which has not been addressed in any satisfactory way. The production, which I have not seen and am therefore unable to comment upon, was temporarily removed from the German Opera’s repertoire …

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James Baker prepares the exits in Iraq

In Washington, there is a frequent step before old soldiers die and after they’ve faded away; recruitment into a blue ribbon panel established to resolve one administration headache or other. The bipartisan Iraq Study Group, co-chaired by a former secretary of state, James Baker, and a former congressman, Lee Hamilton, is one such venture. The …

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Twenty-five years later, many call Egypt politically paralyzed

Associated Press CAIRO: With the 25th anniversary of Anwar Sadat s assassination this past Friday, Egypt faces an uncertain political future with most democracy reform efforts stalled and the country obsessively focused on the possibility that the current president s son will succeed him. President Hosni Mubarak, now 78, was a general and vice president, …

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Putin's Russia: a Potemkin village where brutes rule

It is time to end the fiction that President Vladimir Putin’s “dictatorship of law has made post-communist Russia any less lawless. The murder of Anna Politkovskaya, one of Russia’s bravest and best journalists, a woman who dared to expose the brutal murders committed by Russian troops in Chechnya, is final proof that Putin has delivered …

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Expatriates face a changing reality in Gulf countries

The percentage of expatriates in the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries grew from 22.9 in 1975 to 37.1 in 2004, constituting about 70 percent of the workforce. However, a number of changes on the ground during the last few years have redefined the rules of behavior for about 13 million foreigners, yielding mixed results. …

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The Mall

It was during a one-day conference on over-seas reporting, held at the University of California’s Graduate School of Journalism, that I learned of yet another element of what purports to be my cultural identity. It was an excellent conference, held by an outstanding school of journalism, where I had the privilege and pleasure of teaching …

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From Princeton, a new power paradigm

A new and influential report just released by the Woodrow Wilson School, titled “Forging a World of Liberty Under Law, U.S. National Security in the 21st Century, underlines the one major flaw of the Bush administration’s policy since September 11, 2001: the absence of law and of a legal process in the projection of American …

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An evening to remember the greats

Musical band and poetry recitation group join to celebrate Haddad, Jahin and Darwish CAIRO: Last Friday the British Council in Agouza hosted an inspiring Ramadan evening. A few hundred people were thrilled by a poetry recital of the works of late great poets Fouad Haddad and Salah Jahin merged with Sayed Darwish s musical masterpieces …

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Danish PM, Iran president condemn Prophet cartoons

Reuters COPENHAGEN: Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen denounced members of the anti-immigrant Danish Peoples Party (DPP) youth wing on Sunday for drawing humiliating cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad. In Tehran, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said those who insulted the Prophet were low life devoid of human values, the student news agency ISNA reported. The …

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Muslim Brotherhood denounces what it calls "new Danish insults" to Islam

Associated Press CAIRO: Egypt s largest Islamic group, the Muslim Brotherhood, on Saturday denounced what it called new Danish insults to Islam and urged the world to boycott countries that allow offenses to all religions. The Brotherhood s condemnation came a day after word spread about a Web video showing young members of a populist …

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An Egyptian intellectual's unlikely quest for religious change

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: Gamal Al-Banna is a Muslim scholar and younger sibling of the Muslim Brotherhood s founder, but his controversial vision of Islamic reform puts him at odds with the religious establishment in Egypt. Banna, 75, does not believe that the donning of the headscarf is prescribed in the Quran, nor does he believe …

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African Nations Cup champions Egypt held in Botswana

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: Defending champions Egypt were held 0-0 away to Botswana Saturday as the second round of 2008 African Nations Cup qualifiers kicked off. The result lifted the Pharaohs above Group 2 surprise package Mauritania into first place on four points, one more than the minnows from the north-west of the continent. Coached by …

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Primetime hate mail

The stupor induced by Ramadan programming wraps its inescapable tentacles around viewers CAIRO: Ramadan primetime TV warrants hate mail, but I m too lethargic to write it. I take my prozac after iftar (for these are worrisome times) and, self-medicating, chase it down with a couple of Xanax to dull any residual road rage. I …

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Violence against children

A veil of silence covers violence against children, yet abuses are so pervasive that no country can ignore them, and no society can claim to be immune from them. Despite almost universal acceptance of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, governments’ concrete initiatives to counter such violence have been inadequate. Turning a blind …

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The Assyrians: ignored among fears of an Iraqi civil war

The world is consumed by fears that Iraq is degenerating into a civil war between Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds. But in this looming war of all against all, it is Iraq’s small community of Assyrian Christians that is at risk of annihilation. Iraq’s Christian communities are among the world’s most ancient, practicing their faith in …

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Ramadan restaurants

The VerandaConcorde El Salam Hotel, 65 Abdel Hamid Badawi Street, Heliopolis Tel: 622 6000Hours: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. (lunch)Iftar: 7 p.m. to 12. a.m. (dinner) The environment at The Veranda is lovely, in the subtly lit courtyard of the beautiful Concorde El-Salam Hotel in Heliopolis. The evening entertainment is better than that at most …

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Keep it simple: Get back to basics with Ramadan recipes

CAIRO: The norm in Ramadan is that the more complicated the recipe, the better the meal; the stranger the ingredients and their combination together, the better the cook. Cooks all around the Muslim world are going crazy, trying to find new and unusual dishes for Ramadan, trying out dishes that they haven t prepared for …

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The fat factor of Ramadan

The trick to losing weight in Ramadan isn t just exercise, but smart exercising CAIRO: Too much food makes you fat. This is a fact that cannot be argued. But, what exactly is too much? Foremost on everybody’s mind during the month of Ramadan is, “Why do I gain weight, I barely eat anything. Well, …

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