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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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Protests, demonstrations, a public outcry of anger

What it takes to make patient Egyptians stand up and be counted CAIRO: Egyptians surely rank amongst the most patient and non-confrontational of peoples. But every now and then they get fed up and explode. It happened in 1952 as a result of colonial tensions coupled with the inaction of an opulent monarchy. While King …

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Egypt condemns Israel's arrest of Palestinian speaker

Associated Press CAIRO: Arab and Islamic officials on Sunday condemned Israel for arresting the Palestinian parliament speaker and called for his immediate release. Egypt, the Arab League and the Organization of the Islamic Conference said the arrest early Sunday of Abdel Aziz Duaik, a member of Hamas, at his West Bank home violated international laws. …

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A city under siege

An eyewitness account of Beirut under attack BEIRUT: No one moves in Beirut in the evening. Lately, the bombing has started again and for the last couple of nights (not last night), Beirut has been bombed from about 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. First, you hear the drones, unmanned planes used for reconnaissance. They buzz …

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Hamas says no prisoner swap imminent, despite Egyptian mediation

Associated Press DAMASCUS, Syria: Six weeks after Hamas militants captured an Israeli soldier near Gaza and Egypt stepped in to mediate, a prisoner swap for Palestinians was still not imminent, a senior Hamas official said Saturday. Moussa Abu Marzouk, deputy head of Hamas political bureau, told The Associated Press that Egypt had put forth many …

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UN council considers French-US Mideast resolution

Reuters UNITED NATIONS: UN Security Council envoys attempted on Sunday to put finishing touches on a draft resolution from France and the United States calling for a halt to fighting between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas and setting terms for a settlement to the conflict. The text calls for a full cessation of hostilities, asks UN …

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New customs facilities to Egyptian expatriates from Lebanon

NOOZZ CAIRO: Minister of Finance Yousef Botrus Ghali has ordered the country’s customs clearance venues to provide greater facilities for Egyptians returning from Lebanon as a result of the Israeli offensive in the country The facilities include temporary admission for Egyptian cars for one month, renewable to a similar period upon approval from the Customs …

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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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Are we there yet?

Put a stop to children’s restlessness in the car with fun, educational games ALEXANDRIA: Children get bored quickly, but at the same time it doesn t take much to relieve their boredom. The true challenge, however, comes when children are cooped up in a vehicle for hours at a time. Instead of unfastening their seatbelts …

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Beaches that rock the North Coast

Whether you like the crowds or quiet, this summer s beaches offer both NORTH COAST, Alexandria: The lake coast at Marina s seventh gate is the new hottest beach this summer. The long extended beach across the lake is a mixture between greenery and sand. The entrance via Marina’s seventh gate, which commonly known as …

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If you can't handle it, take time off or breathe

Five ways to relieve stress, freshen the body and mind CAIRO: When people say they are “under stress or “feeling stressed it can mean anything from over-exhaustion and emotional anguish, to basic bouts with everyday anxiety. The problem is that many people don’t understand the meaning of the term in the correct sense. Stress is …

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Enjoy an aromatic summer with the 'King of Fruits'

A quick guide to buying and eating everyone’s favorite fruit: mango CAIRO: Known to man for over 4,000 years, the mango has been at the top of the favored tropical fruit list with its mouth watering taste and aroma. But this doesn t mean that every piece of mango in the market is a culinary …

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Small projects for real development

Fathet Kheir extends opportunities to El-Mokattam residents CAIRO: With difficulty, holding in her hands two large wooden sticks to support her handicapped legs, Affaf, a 30-year-old mother, entered Fathet Kheir in 2004, with a cheerful smile, hoping to receive a small amount of developmental support to assist her in her bleak circumstances. Living in a …

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Artists take center stage on the political scene

Writers and Artists for Change express Arab popular sentiments On Wednesday, Aug. 2 the Writers and Artists for Change Movement celebrated its first anniversary by planning a more intensive street presence to show solidarity with the Lebanese people and the Lebanese resistance. United by a belief in freedom of expression and democracy, the movement was …

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Arab identity all 'rapped' up

The Arabian Knightz band use Hip-Hop to express their views CAIRO: Karim Adel Ali Eissa, aka “A-Rush , and his band, the Arabian Knightz, are ready to make a scene. Their banner song, “Stand Up, says it all: with an addictive Hip-Hop beat and English verses dramatically punctuated with fervent rapping in Arabic, they call …

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Germany: Mideast Quartet to help address Lebanon crisis

Egypt named as Arab candidate to be associated with Quartet Associated Press BERLIN: Germany suggested yesterday that the so-called Quartet of Middle East negotiators, be reactivated with help from Arab nations to address the current fighting in Lebanon. The Quartet – the United States, the European Union, Russia and the United Nations – drafted the …

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Misr Clearance to launch capital market financial information company

NOOZZ CAIRO: Misr Company for Settlement, Clearance and Central Depository (MSCD) signed evening a new contract with Atos-Euronext Company earlier this week to set up a new financial information operation for the first time in Egypt to provide its services to local security brokerage companies and banks. Hany Seri-Eddin, chairman of the Capital Market Authority, …

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Children exhibit their artistic expression

Rasha Soliman develops her students self-confidence through art CAIRO: As you enter the underground room at the Gezira Arts Center, you find yourself surrounded by an atmosphere that exudes liveliness, joy and creativity. Children are gathered around painting and sculpturing with their tiny hands, while Rasha Soliman supervises them with care. Soliman, who was always …

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Weapons of War: Open Season on Journalists in the Middle East

After the carnage of this past weekend, they would seem to fade almost into insignificance – and that’s understandable, but they bear noting. The Israeli destruction of TV transmission towers in Lebanon and an attack on a media convoy in south Lebanon are emblematic of a grim fact: the media have become targets – and …

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Flamenca, a marriage between flamenco and oriental music

Local band produce unique music spontaneously, appealing to wide audience CAIRO: Flamenca’s performance at Al El-Sawy Cultural Center steamed evoked the audience’s senses to wild applauses and loud cheers from an enthusiastic audience. The three-year old band mixes between Spanish and oriental instruments to introduce a unique and novel style of their own. The crowded …

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Camels for sale

Traders cater to tourists, trekkers, and those with an exotic palette CAIRO: Abdul Hakim has his camels to thank. After 40 years of buying and selling them, he was able to move from Said and buy a house in Cairo, support his family of five, and send one of his sons to Cairo University. “But …

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Exports of natural gas hit 1.9 trillion cubic feet in 2005-6

NOOZZ CAIRO: Egyptian natural gas exports amounted to 1.9 trillion cubic feet (or 40 million tons) during fiscal year 2005-6, according to the Egyptian Holding Company for Natural Gases, EGAS. Chairman of EGAS, Sherif Ismail, said exploration of natural gas hit 5 trillion cubic feet a year over the past six years with strong expectations …

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A youthful dream of a developed Egypt

NGO focuses on enabling youth to see projects come to fruition CAIRO: With their enthusiastic souls filled with persistence and a strong sense of belonging, a small group of ambitious Egyptian youth dreamed of helping Egypt to ride the path of real development. Four years ago, the dream started to come true, with the establishment …

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