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In Egypt, heavy-metal music is making a quiet comeback

Associated Press CAIRO: The music was loud and the tattooed fans were wild, dancing and swaying in flashing strobe lights to the crashing sounds of heavy-metal songs. Suddenly, the music stopped. The band leader grasped the mike and announced: It s prayer time. No one left to pray. Everyone stood by the stage and waited, …

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Rowdy audiences result in heavy metal ban

El-Sawy Cultural Center takes a break from hard rock CAIRO: Much to the dismay of Cairo rock enthusiasts, El-Sawy Cultural Center decided this week to severely limit, and in some cases ban, rock music on its premises. The decision came after overly rowdy members of the audience at the Aug. 1 “Rock Mania heavy metal …

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Lebanese blast Arab rulers, praise Iran, Syria

Reuters NABATIYEH, Lebanon: There is little but contempt for Arab rulers among Lebanese Shiites whose homes were destroyed in the war between Hezbollah and Israel, but support for Iran and Syria is stronger than ever. Washington had hoped that Israel s war with Hezbollah would deal a blow to the influence of Damascus and Tehran …

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Arabs predict guns won't be silent long in Lebanon

Reuters BEIRUT: Arab commentators welcomed the fragile calm between Israel and Hezbollah militants on Tuesday but said they feared a UN-brokered truce would not keep the guns silent for long. The war in Lebanon may stop, but I doubt it, for never in history has Israel respected a single resolution issued by the Security Council, …

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Gaza militants get new proposal over Israeli soldier

Reuters GAZA: Egyptian mediators have presented Hamas and other militant groups with a new proposal aimed at ending a six-week-old standoff over an Israeli soldier seized near the Gaza strip, Hamas officials said on Tuesday. A source close to the negotiations said the proposal called for Hamas to transfer Corporal Gilad Shalit to Egyptian authorities …

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Learning to appreciate Egypt all over again

CAIRO: If the oppressive heat and maddening crowds are leaving Cairo’s image a little worse for wear in your eyes, take a look through the lenses that made “For Love of Photography. This photo exhibition, open now at the Mualana Azad Centre for Indian Culture, could just have easily been named “For Love of Egypt. …

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Taking a closer look at the everyday life of orphans in Egypt

CAIRO: Egyptian civil society has developed new awareness over the last couple of years that has helped change the stereotypes surrounding orphans. While most of us have a vague idea of how an orphan spends his day, The Daily Star Egypt delved into the details. Surprisingly, children at Dar Al-Orman, the Orman Orphanages, attend the …

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EAC launches expansion plan in Egyptian airports

NOOZ The Egyptian Airports Company has launched a new plan to improve the efficiency of runways in Taba Airport at a cost of LE 15 million, in addition to the construction of an LE 75 million passenger terminal at Hurghada Airport, said Magdeddin Ibrahim, chairman of the Egyptian Airports Company on Sunday. He pointed out …

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Gulf investors control 99 Pct of Egyptian tourism development projects

Noozz Investors from the Arab Gulf countries control about 99 percent of the total Arab contribution to Egyptian tourist development projects, accounting for LE 403.4 million of total investment estimated at LE 406 million. Khaled Makhlouf, the chairman of Egypt’s Tourism Promotion Authority, told NOOZZ earlier this week that Kuwaiti investors pumped the largest amount …

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Win some, lose some

The war in Lebanon has produced some surprising outcomes More than a month after Israel started pounding Lebanon for the kidnap of two of its soldiers by Hezbollah, a ceasefire has been brought to the table.It is a miserable fact of this whole miserable episode that while the ceasefire is vital, it could have been …

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Oil companies raise complaints about delayed approval on exploration agreements

NOOZZ CAIRO: Officials at international energy companies operating in Egypt have raised complaints about the sluggish pace of final approvals on agreements with the Egyptian government, warning that such sluggishness could affect their plans for oil and gas exploration efforts. One official noted that though Egypt accounts for the highest average of approvals compared with …

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Festival reflects state of Egyptian theater

El Sawy Theater Festival offers platform for all to try their hand at theater CAIRO: The Fourth Sawy Theater Festival, which started on Sunday, August 13 and is scheduled to continue until Thursday, Aug. 17, has come to reflect the current state of Egyptian theater with all its trends and drawbacks. Before the launch of …

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It's not a religion or a weight loss program

Misconceptions and high prices slow down pace of yoga s popularity CAIRO: In many Western countries, where nutrition stores and organic supermarkets are as ubiquitous as restaurant chains, yoga seems like the obvious counterpart to a subculture that has become unhealthily obsessed with health – or at least the idea of it. Here in Egypt, …

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A global trend companies can't ignore

CAIRO: When the United Nations Global Compact in Egypt launched in 2003, its coordinator Mohamed El-Kalla had only a handful of Egyptian companies, and represented the only Middle Eastern country participating in the project. Since last summer, he now works with 69 local companies, and happily announces he will witness the launch of programs in …

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When homework is home-work

Egyptian-American teens learn from the comfort of their living room CAIRO: Imagine a classroom just steps away from your bed, conducting a science experiment in your kitchen, and taking a walk to the bakery for PhysEd class. This is a normal school day for Nathaniel and Daniel Sedra, 16 and 13 years old, Egyptian-American boys …

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Egypt's Nobel prize winning writer Mahfuz in hospital

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: World renowned Egyptian writer Nagib Mahfuz, who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1988, has been admitted to hospital, a hospital official said Thursday. Mahfuz, 95, is suffering from kidney problems, pneumonia and other ailments relating to his age, said Muntassem Abdel Muti, spokesman at Cairo s Police Hospital where he …

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Three of 11 missing Egyptian students in U.S. officials' custody

Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS, U.S.: Three Egyptian students, sought along with eight others who failed to show up for an exchange program in Montana, were taken into custody on Wednesday, authorities said. Eslam Ibrahim Mohamed El-Dessouki, 21, was taken into custody in Minnesota on what was termed an administrative immigration violation as an out-of-status student, according …

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Digitizing our cultural and natural heritage

Cultnat has taken on the task of archiving the country s rich past CAIRO: The center for documentation of cultural and natural heritage, Cultnat (combining the two words culture and nature ) is dedicated to preserving what is essentially Egypt’s claim to fame: its incredible heritage. The center is located in the Smart Village on …

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Israelis seize Christian towns in south Lebanon

Reuters MARJAYOUN, Lebanon: Israeli troops seized the Christian towns of Marjayoun and Qlaiah in south Lebanon on Thursday, witnesses said, even though Israel says it has put off plans for a broader offensive against Hezbollah guerrillas. A Reuters journalist said Israeli troops had moved on foot through Marjayoun, about 8 km inside Lebanon, as well …

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Hollywood's memorial to Ancient Egypt

The Hollywood Walk of Fame also leads to Grauman s Egyptian Theater LOS ANGELES: Whether you are gambling in downtown Las Vegas at the Luxor Casino and Hotel or shopping on the other side of the world in Dubai at Wafi Mall, you are bound to be amazed by the buildings, restaurants, and shopping centers …

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The Arab League has failed to "fulfill the hopes and expectations" of Somalia

A perpetual landmine for interventionists, Somalia has witnessed its share of inept approaches. Early in the conflict, the United States precluded any possible mediator role by denigrating the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) with Al-Qaeda and Taliban rhetoric-a U.S. response familiar to Islamic regimes. The United Nations foiled attempts at negotiating the peace process by …

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Swiftly shifting sands of the Mideast

The following question was posed by The Washington Post a few days ago. It was answered, for The Daily Star Egypt by M.J. Akbar: Question: If Lebanon survives as a state, many analysts predict it will be dominated by Hezbollah. How will post-war Lebanon change the political dynamics in the Middle East? Sand doesn t …

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E-payments become more convenient for shoppers

New pre-paid cards offer discount rewards at CityStars CAIRO: Aiming to enhance electronic payment in Egypt, the National Bank of Egypt (NBE), in co-operation with Visa International and CityStars, has launched the CityStars Pre-paid Visa Electron card, granting customers a wide variety of special offers and discounts at the mall’s stores. “Customers of the CityStars, …

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Museum teaches children to have fun

This summer take a family trip to the first interactive museum CAIRO: If your child is between the ages of 5 and 13 and you are looking for a place where he can learn something new and at the same time have fun, one good place to visit would be the Suzanne Mubarak Children s …

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Tok Tok trials and tribulations

The three-wheeled motorcycle may become a regular feature of Cairo traffic CAIRO: Is it a motorcycle? Is it a car? No, it’s a Tok Tok. It’s a motorcycle with three wheels and a cabin for passengers. About two or three people can squeeze in somewhat comfortably and it is one of the latest means of …

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India to triple its investment in Egypt in the next four years

CAIRO: The Embassy of India in Cairo held a press conference yesterday celebrating the 59th anniversary of India’s independence. A. Gopinathan, Indain ambassador to Egypt discussed India’s position on the region’s strained political affairs along with Indian-Egyptian economic relations. Gopinathen emphasized his deep worry regarding the rising tension between Israel and Lebanon reiterating earlier statements …

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