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Experimental Theater Festival challenges boundaries

Groups come from all around the world to participate and sample other cultures’ theater The set erected at the entrance to the Dar El-Opera complex gives a flavor of what this year’s Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theater hopes to achieve. In the sedate setting of the complex’s modern buildings, the façade of an utterly …

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Anyone can make a movie

SEMAT caters to the needs of independent filmmakers Over the last decade Egypt’s independent filmmaking industry has been on the rise. With the establishment of the first independent Egyptian production and distribution company, SEMAT, it has begun to take a more organized and hence influential shape. SEMAT was established in 2001 after a group of …

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SOS concert features original music of all varieties

Wust El-Balad plays at promotional event for concert, announces new album CAIRO: Top Egyptian band Wust El-Balad gave a performance to a small group of lucky fans at City Stars’ Virgin Megastore yesterday afternoon at a promotional event for the SOS music concert that is being held later today. In the first festival of its …

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Egypt wants Palestinian borders first before Mideast talks

CAIRO: Egypt is to present the UN Security Council with a plan to reverse the timetable of the moribund roadmap for Middle East peace by fixing the borders of a Palestinian state before resuming talks. The roadmap, drafted in 2003 by the quartet of Middle East diplomatic players – United States, United Nations, European Union …

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Assi Helani launches charity single in Cairo

Pop star joins forces with WFP to raise awareness for child hunger CAIRO: Lebanese pop star Assi Helani last week launched his new charity single Baadak Saket (You Remain Silent), unveiling the video in a Cairo press conference with the World Food Programme (WFP), which produced the single. It is hoped the video will help …

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Preserving Egypt's heritage – but at what price?

Preserving Egypt’s heritage – but at what price? CAIRO: The complications over renovations in Islamic Cairo span beyond the conflicted attitude of its residents. Experts who study the old city have been up in arms on many counts. Caroline Williams, an Islamic Architecture specialist, had an article featured in the recently published book, Cosmopolitan Cairo, …

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Poor now need certificates to receive rations

Government cuts subsidized products and clamps down on recipients CAIRO: Millions of people in low and limited-income brackets depend on what ration cards (subsidized food supplies vouchers offered by the government) provide them to cover a small part of their basic needs. The Ministry of Social Affairs has recently announced that in order to acquire …

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Preserving Egypt's heritage – but at what price?

CAIRO: Protruding from the corner of a torn up, dirty street in the Gamaliya neighborhood of Islamic Cairo is the clean and imposing, freshly restored Old Cairo Wall. The ancient gateway to the early city currently embraces one of the poorer parts of Cairo. Residents trek through the mud caused by exposed water pipes to …

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9/11 Footnote: Egyptian, security guard and a false accusation

Associated Press CAIRO: They were different men going in different directions – one a visiting Egyptian student on scholarship, the other an ex-cop in a dead-end job as a hotel security guard. But an aviation radio left in a high-rise hotel brought Abdullah Higazy and Ronald Ferry together as an unfortunate footnote to the Sept. …

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Wars of civilization

The Egyptian Museum came up with a wonderful idea some years ago. They launched a summer art class for children on the museum’s premises. The children would be taken on a tour of a particular wing of the museum, helped to appreciate the ancient Egyptian artifacts on exhibit, given a bit of the history of …

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9/11: Savage birth of a new world order

Once upon a time a disgruntled millionaire troglodyte plotted with his ideological cohorts in his Afghan mountain fastness to teach the superpower a lesson. As a result, 19 volunteers, including several trainee pilots, were dispatched to the U.S. to engender a cataclysmic event that would shake America to its core. The rest is history, or …

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Ministry of Finance to construct 50 schools under PPP arrangement

Noozz CAIRO: The Minister of Finance has announced that the government will launch Egypt s first tender for construction of 50 schools under the Public-Private-Partnership arrangement (PPP contracts) before the end of this month. The Ministry of Finance has already taken practical measures to construct 3,500 schools over the coming six years. The Minister of …

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Slimmed-down Mido ready to offer tonic to Spurs fans

Agence France-Presse LONDON: Mido has returned to Tottenham with a sharp new haircut, a slimline figure and a burning desire to reignite his love affair with the White Hart Lane faithful. The Egyptian striker, whose flowing locks have been replaced with a severe crew cut, revealed on Thursday that he had shed 10 kilos over …

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The venue for the fuul-weary herbivores

L Aubergine serves a selection of vegetarian exotic creations L Aubergine5 Sayed El Bakry St., off 26th of July Street, ZamalekPhone: 738 00 80 CAIRO: Tucked away in a leafy side-street just off 26th of July Street in Zamalek, the unassuming L Aubergine is reputedly Cairo s only vegetarian restaurant, and as such will surely …

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Three clubs on verge of Champions League semi-finals

Reuters JOHANNESBURG: Holders Al Ahli, opponents CS Sfaxien and the Ivorian club ASEC Abidjan can ensure qualification to the semi-finals of the African Champions League with positive results at the weekend. Tunisian provincial club Sfaxien need only draw in Saturday s Group A clash in Cairo to reach the final four. Their Egyptian opponents, however, …

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Palmer performs Houdini act to take world title

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: David Palmer can count himself the bravest and Gregory Gaultier the unluckiest player there has ever been in a World Open final after the Australian beat the Frenchman 9-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-10, 11-2 in front of the illuminated Giza pyramids here on Wednesday. The up-and-down nature of this startling contest hardly paled …

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Egypt aims to boost oil, gas output 40 percent in 5 years

Reuters CAIRO: Egypt aims to boost its oil and gas output by more than 40 percent in the next five years, the country s oil minister said on Wednesday. In the oil and gas sector, we are planning to increase our production to 100 million tons (a year) in the next five years, compared to …

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The trials of a photojournalist

Thomas Hartwell reflects upon the challenges for professional photographers Thomas Hartwell says he’s not on the front lines anymore – and he doesn’t want to be. The veteran photojournalist, who has made his 27 year long career in freelancing in Cairo, tells the familiar sad tale of large, networked companies overshadowing the little guy. This …

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The Red Zone

I have not read the interview that Dr. Hossam Badrawi gave to Al-Wafd newspaper on his proposal to nominate Mr. Gamal Mubarak as President, but I did read the correction published by Al Wafd. I understood from it that it was merely a personal statement; it was made from his personal point of view and …

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"Last town in Egypt" agonizes as Gaza closure drags on

Agence France-Presse RAFAH: As Gaza Strip Palestinians remain trapped in their tiny war-battered territory by an Israeli blockade, the Egyptian side of the border town of Rafah slowly sinks into economic depression. For the people on the other side, I was the first shop in Egypt. Now I am the last and I have no …

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Gaultier all the fashion as he scents success

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: Gregory Gaultier earned himself a showdown with Amr Shabana, the world champion from Egypt, on Monday and made sure that two Frenchmen reached the semi-finals of the World Open for the first time with a display almost as brilliant as the nearby illuminated pyramids at night. The European champion also signaled himself …

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Bringing hip hop to the Arabic speaking world

CAIRO: Decked out in flashy chain necklaces, baggy jeans and a closely shaved head, Omar Tohme looks every inch as intimidating as the violently passionate lyrics he raps in his music. But behind his aggressive hip hop front is the suave, gentlemanly demeanor of a person confident in himself and in what he calls “the …

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Al Qaradawy: "Sufism" is the Shiaa means of infiltrating Egypt

Islamic firebrand Sheikh Youssef Al-Qaradawi weighs in on Shiaas, corruption, political freedom and the late Naguib Mahfouz CAIRO: The Islamic propagandist, Sheikh Youssef Al-Qaradawy, has warned against what he called the Shiaa penetration of Egypt. In his annual meeting with journalists, he stressed that he believed that the Shiaa are trying to spread their beliefs …

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World squash champion Shabana through to the quarter-finals

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: World champion Amr Shabana was close to losing his world title to his best friend before reaching the quarter-finals in front of the Pyramids here on Saturday. The local hero was 2-8 down in the third game and had to save three game balls before surviving 11-6, 5-11, 11-9, 11-10 against Mohammed …

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Driver of overturned bus in Sinai gets 1 year for crash that killed 13

Associated Press CAIRO: The driver of a bus carrying tourists that overturned in the Sinai Peninsula last month, killing 12 Israeli Arabs and an Egyptian, was convicted of negligent manslaughter Saturday, a court official said. A court in the Sinai town of Nuweiba sentenced Ahmad Hanafi Abu El-Elah to a one-year jail term, said the …

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Egypt seeks 'special relationship' with trade giant China, says minister

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: Egypt is striving to become an integral part of China s trade strategy and seal a special relationship with the Asian giant that could surpass its partnership with the United States within five years, Trade Minister Mohammed Rachid told AFP. Rachid is leaving Monday on a six-day trade mission to China, where …

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