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The silence and beauty of the Western Desert

Trip to Bahariya Oasis uncovers some of the country s unknown attractions BAHARIYA, Western Desert: The oases of Egypt are like few other places on earth; an awesome range of geographical features, terrain and wildlife are concentrated on the outskirts of the Sahara. Used in ancient times by the Egyptians for agriculture, the beautiful scenery …

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Crisis escalates between NTRA and MobiNil over EDGE technology

Noozz CAIRO: Mobile phone service provider MobiNil announced on Thursday that the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) had officially notified the company that the introduction of the 2.75G, or EDGE, network would require a special license. The industry regulator regards EDGE as similar to 3G technology which requires obtaining a license before installation. MobiNil, meanwhile, …

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Cairo bids joyous farewell to giant Ramses statue

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: Hundreds of thousands of people lined Cairo s streets Friday to bid farewell to one of the metropolis s landmarks as the colossal statue of Ramses II completed its journey from the polluted city to a spot near the Pyramids. Ramses should be happy. He would have cursed us from his tomb …

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Lebanon war tarnishes Egypt diplomatic prowess

Reuters CAIRO: Egypt s flagging prestige as a key broker in the Middle East has taken a further blow after its slow and indecisive response to the war between Hezbollah and Israel, analysts and political commentators said. At the start of the conflict last month, President Hosni Mubarak indirectly blamed Hezbollah for starting the war …

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Diwan goes digital as owner announces new bookshop services

Diwan bookstore is taking its customer service to another level – home deliveries and a fully searchable Web site, replete with online book clubs and interactive discussion circles. Diwan owner Nadia Wassef said the Web site will be ready for customer use by the end of this year. In the meantime, Diwan will actually start …

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Protest figure on campaign against Israel

Agence France-Presse DAMIETTE: A leader of the protest movement Kefaya (enough) is campaigning to gather a million signatures in 100 days in favor of rescinding the country s peace treaty with Israel. I ask you to applaud the master Hassan Nasrallah, called out George Ishaq, 67, during a rally in Darmiette, an industrial port in …

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Reporting Lebanon: Look who's fair and balanced

The summer of 2006 marked an important milestone for Arab media. Israel and Hezbollah were locked in a bitter conflict that would claim the lives of more than 150 Israelis and an estimated 1,000 Lebanese, a third of them children. Each day brought brutal new images of civilian casualties. On American television, leading journalists, such …

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Muslim authorities disown fatwas on killing Jews

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: Muslim authorities have stepped in to keep a wave of anti-Semitic sentiment from getting out of control, disowning an edict by a firebrand cleric calling for Israeli Jews to be killed. On the eve of last week s truce in the month-long war between Israel and Hezbollah, cleric Safwat Al-Higazi issued an …

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Syria committed "massacres" in Lebanon, says state-owned press

Head: Syria committed “massacres in Lebanon, says state-owned press By Joelle BassoulAgence France-Presse CAIRO: The state media on Wednesday accused Syria of committing massacres in Lebanon, lashing out at Damascus in response to President Bashar Al-Assad s recent criticism of Egypt. In an editorial addressed to the Syrian ambassador in Cairo, the Egyptian government daily …

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Eleven killed in wedding convoy crash

Egypt to invest $1.5 billion in rail network, Egyptian transport slammed by train and road crashes Agence France-Presse CAIRO: Eleven Egyptians died Wednesday when their minibus, part of a wedding convoy, overturned near the southern city of Aswan, police said. Eleven Egyptians, including three children and two women, were killed in the accident which occurred …

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Artists do their part for Lebanon

Li-Beirut campaign launches visual art exhibition showcasing local talent CAIRO: Showcasing local talent while expressing support for Lebanon, Li-Beirut launched their visual art exhibition Monday night at the Ebdaa Gallery in Mohandiseen. The three-week-old Cairo-based campaign to express solidarity with Lebanon has gathered together an impressively diverse array of artistic works, which have all been …

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Puppet play dramatizes life on the street

“El-Masoura El-Kabeera focuses on society’s reaction to street children CAIRO: Seven little children, who consider the street their home, are the lead characters in “El-Masoura El-Kabeera, a puppet play produced by Mohamed Abd El-Moniem El-Sawy. In the play, society never serves as either a support or a guide to change their immoral thoughts. Concentrating on …

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The boomerang effect

The Bush Administration’s policies in the Middle East were originally sold as a means of encouraging democracy. What they’re actually doing is fostering a growing pan-Islamicism The Bush administration calls it the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), a frighteningly deceptive misnomer for a policy that does little to foster real partnership, substantially more to alienate. …

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Hundreds of Palestinians wait to cross into Gaza as border passage opens

Associated Press RAFAH: The Egypt-Gaza border crossing opened Saturday, giving hundreds of stranded Palestinians the chance to return to the Gaza Strip for the first time in a month. Egyptian tourism police Capt. Amr Osama said the crossing will be open for two days in both directions. Several hundred Palestinians gathered in front of the …

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An evening at the theater

CAIRO: This week, the Townhouse Gallery in Cairo will host the 5th annual “Independent Theatre Festival, featuring works by theatrical and musical troupes from August 20 to August 24. The troupes are among the 60 members of The Association of the Studies and Training of the Free Theater Troupes. Mohammed Abdul Khaliq, arts office Ddrector …

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Ceasefire but no resolution for Lebanon

Hezbollah claims victory, but UN Resolution 1701 is a defeat for Lebanon’s sovereignty CAIRO: The cease-fire that began at 8 a.m. local time last Monday between Hezbollah and Israel was founded on UN Resolution 1701, which provides Israel with an international force to protect its borders and removes Lebanon’s right to defend itself from an …

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Life in Egypt without a visa

Filipino domestic workers still come to Egypt to work, despite warnings from the Philippine government CAIRO: There are thought to be 4,178 Filipinos currently living in Egypt, of which 2,300 are said to have complete travel papers; the other 1,878 are thought to be illegal immigrants. The risks of working in Egypt are high and …

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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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