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Single after 30

The image of the 30-year-old woman used to be one with a couple of kids enrolled at a good school, a loving husband, a decent place to live, and maybe, or maybe not, an enjoyable job. The reality for the women who grew up with those images has been somewhat inverted, as they push ahead …

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WORD ON THE STREET: What are your hopes for 2007?

The past year was a year like any other. Some married and some divorced. New lives were born as some were sadly taken. Some found fortune while others receded into debt. The world, in a few ways, may be a better place but overall seems increasingly destructive. We all look to 2007 to fulfill the …

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Females finally approved to be judges

CAIRO: Women in Egypt have pursued professions as doctors, parliamentarians, and ministers, but until recently, they could not fill any senior judicial posts. That is all about to change. The Higher Judicial Council has initially approved a letter sent by the Minister of Justice Mamdouh Maraey requesting that women be allowed to assume posts as …

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The Chinese are coming . and soon we'll understand them

CAIRO: The latest local addition to what the Chinese Xinhua news service calls China fever, will be the opening of an Egyptian-Chinese university as well as the Middle East s first Confucius Institute, in cooperation with Cairo University. Egypt s International Education Institution is overseeing both projects. The Confucius Institute, named after the revered ancient …

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Residents to pay LE 150,000 to salvage sinking building in Sayyeda Zeinab

CAIRO: On an unassuming side street in Sayyeda Zeinab neighborhood stands a six-floor apartment building supported by a number of impromptu wooden crutches, after the ground underneath gave way early morning Sunday Dec. 17. Ashraf Awad, the owner of the building and a resident, said he heard and felt a loud crack like an earthquake, …

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Bird flu claims yet another victim

CAIRO: A 15-year-old girl was the ninth victim to die of the H5N1 avian flu virus in Egypt yesterday, following the death of her relative on Sunday. Her brother is still undergoing treatment in a Cairo hospital. The three from Gharbeya province had contracted the disease after slaughtering infected ducks. Many cases of avian flu …

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Is your mind open or just foreign?

CAIRO: The nice thing about the word open-minded is that it is not one of these ostentatious, pretentious words that are hard to spell. Its definition can be clearly deduced as most of us know the meaning of both open and mind (and can spell them quite effortlessly). Despite this however, the word seems to …

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Bird flu kills again, afflicts three due to negligence expert says

CAIRO: The 18th Egyptian to be afflicted of H5N1 avian flu died Sunday, bringing the count to eight deaths in Egypt since the virus was first detected in February. Two of Intisar Farid’s relatives, a man, 26, and his sister, 15, occupying the same house had also contracted the disease after slaughtering a flock of …

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Nineteenth century European photography shaped global view of Egypt

Many Egyptians often joke heartily that when running into people in North America or Europe they are asked if they own a pyramid or if they ride camels to work. While this may seem like good-natured naiveté, it is rooted in the early days of European photography, when well-to-do persons journeyed to the ancient land …

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Heathrow fog closure brings strife to Cairenes

CAIRO: For holiday-goers and dozens of British expatriates the timing could not have been worse. After two days of flight cancellations to and from Heathrow Airport due to intense fog and poor weather conditions in London, local Brits thought they weren’t going to make it home for family Christmas celebrations. Several hundred flights were cancelled …

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Hamas-Fatah strife a sore issue for Egyptians

CAIRO: The continuing rift between Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas and long-time politicos Fatah is a cause for concern for many Egyptians who are divided on how Arabs should deal with Israel. Last week, rival factions seemed closer than ever to all out war when Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniya was prevented from entering the Gaza …

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Aboul Gheit boosts economic relations with India and Pakistan

CAIRO: Egypt is aggressively pursuing closer relations with its traditional Asian allies, India and Pakistan. Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit met with the countries foreign ministers earlier this week to sign separate cooperation agreements to boost trade, investment, and cooperation. Although Egypt will remain largely dependent on the United States and Europe, according to Al …

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Nazif gives government top grades at People's Assembly brief

CAIRO: Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif addressed the People s Assembly Tuesday in his governor s statement to report the progress and reforms the government has achieved in its first year following the presidential elections. According to him, the government has completely achieved all of the goals outlined in President Mubarak s election campaign. He raised …

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Business-savvy farmers boost exports and high-end crops

CAIRO: You just can t be a successful farmer these days in Egypt without having business skills, a fax machine, and a computer. El Shams project, which has introduced all that along with extensive agricultural training, hosted last week in Cairo an exhibition to introduce 105 farmer associations to exporters and high-end local buyers. The …

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Medicins Sans Frontieres co-founder commemorates a life and inspires a cause

CAIRO: In his poetic portrayal of the late Nadia Younes, Dr Bernard Kouchner, co-founder of Medicins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders, MSF), inspired admiration for an Egyptian princess, as well as indignation for global inaction, at a memorial speech Wednesday at the American University in Cairo (AUC). Younes was Kouchner s close friend and colleague. …

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Amideast symposium addresses key flaws in Egypt's education sector

CAIRO: Participants at the Egyptian Education and Training for the Global Economy symposium held in Cairo on Wednesday agreed that there is an urgent need for change in Egypt’s education sector. The symposium, part of Amideast’s 50-year anniversary in Egypt celebrations, examined the role of foreign universities, information technology and exchange and job creation opportunities. …

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Oh, for logic's sake .

CAIRO: Everybody knows that when you cut your hair, it grows faster. Everybody knows this because that s what the hairdressers say, it s what your aunts say, and it s what fashion show hosts say. The only problem is does this make any sense? Well, no, it doesn t really. The last time I …

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Tensions rise as role of Islamic movements in Arab world debated

CAIRO: A seminar about The Rise of Islamic Movements in Arab Parliaments early this week turned into a heated debate about the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) in Egypt. The seminar is part of a series hosted by the One World Foundation for Development and Civil Society Care, and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. While Dr. Michael Lange, …

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Amideast works toward American-Middle East understanding

CAIRO: In a world increasingly wrought by cultural misunderstanding, violent demonstrations and war, misconceptions of peoples across the pond are hard to shake. But eventually, as even the most prohibiting of walls (Berlin Wall) fall in ruin so too do the prejudices and fears that lead to the great divide of ‘us’ and ‘them’. For …

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Experts disagree on how to confront Egypt's pressing energy needs

With gas and oil running out, alternative energy has to figure into Egypt’s agenda CAIRO: Experts agree that oil and gas in Egypt are set to expire in approximately 30 years. Those same experts agree on little else regarding Egypt s energy woes and solutions, however. The Economic and Business History Research Center hosted a …

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Progress being made toward gender equality and women's empowerment

Countryside NGOs highlighting changes on the 6th stop of Sailing the Nile for Development MINYA: In a rare show of defiance, Wedan, the mayor s wife in a typical Upper Egyptian village, nominates herself for candidacy in the election against her husband. The play A Mayor Without a Mustache, was one of a few poignant …

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German system flourishes in Egypt's trade schools

Providing graduates with solid education and guaranteed work opportunities EL-GOUNA: A typical school week for a student at the El-Gouna Hotel School may begin with some fractions and literature and conclude with beef stroganoff and guest services. German Ambassador Bernd Erbel on Saturday visited the hotel school and attended a more general introduction to vocational …

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Clerics to lift fog on Islam

CAIRO: During a session on Islam to non-Muslims, Sheikh Ahmed Saad met one man who, living beside a mosque for 15 years, thought Muslims were drug-dealers because he saw them suspiciously meet in the late hours of the night. The man only discovered through the information session that the Muslims were not drug dealers but …

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Wind power could determine future energy needs

In contrast to traditional energy sources, wind farms offer clean, safe and renewable energy ZAFARANA: Amid worldwide attention given to Egypt s emerging nuclear energy plans, German Ambassador Bernd Erbel visited the site of a less discussed, more renewable, and safer type of energy – the Zafarana wind farm. We must focus on renewable energy …

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Education For All meeting concludes with plans to address early education, HIV/AIDS, and financing

CAIRO: Education gives hope, said Saidi Kibeya, Burundi s education minister at the Sixth High Level Group Meeting on Education For All conference last week. The international conference, opened by the Director-General of Unesco, Koïchiro Matsuura, and hosting education ministers, high-level officials, and NGOs from nearly 40 countries aims to give hope through four key …

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Students react to perceived political oppression

Free Student Union elections held in protest of campus clampdown on activism CAIRO: Students for the second year in a row voted this week in parallel, unofficial Free Student Union elections with candidates mostly composed of students affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood and socialist groups. The elections came amid controversy and violence that erupted two …

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BG Energy Challenge raises funds and spirits for Upper Egypt

30 teams participated in the 2-day hiking and team-building event CAIRO: It is not every day that you see professionals scaling untouched desert mountains, or screaming towards a finish line with carpets on their shoulders. Just two days of this, however, was enough for 30 teams to raise funds for Upper Egypt, bring company teams …

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The past, present, and future of nuclear power in Egypt

Expert discusses safety measures, Egyptian scientific base for program CAIRO: In light of recent announcements, a myriad of questions have arisen about the potential ramifications of a revitalized nuclear energy program in Egypt and its repercussions in terms of safety, feasibility and scientific know-how. With the original program, begun in the 1950s, stalled since the …

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The past, present, and future of nuclear power in Egypt

Expert opinion on Egypt’s potential as a nuclear power producer In recent weeks, Egypt has witnessed a flurry of activity, announcements and revelations concerning its now revitalized nuclear energy program. Originally started in the 1950s, the program was stalled, seemingly permanently, in the 1980s. In September, however, Gamal Mubarak, deputy chairman of the National Democratic …

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