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Rights group condemns continued detention of political activists

CAIRO: At a press conference organized by the Hisham Mubarak Law Center (HMLC) Wednesday, the wife of Bedouin writer and political activist Mossad Abu Fagr condemned the continued detention of her husband who has been in custody without charge since 2007. Along with member of the April 6 Youth Movement Tarek Khedr, Abu Fagr is …

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Shoura elections indication of what’s to come, says opposition

CAIRO: Shoura Council Speaker Safwat El-Sherif hailed the results of last week’s mid-term elections as an expected win for the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP), according to an online news portal. El-Sherif, who is also secretary general of the NDP, lauded the unprecedented success of opposition candidates in securing seats in the council, suggesting that …

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Garbage? Could be fashion

Even amongst the world’s most inventive runways, recycled garments remain rare. In a pioneering venture in Egypt, Darb1718 invited 16 young designers to take part in a two-month workshop administered by Spanish artist and Cairo resident Ana Maria Seco. What was spurred by an eco-friendly outlook resulted in eight collections of designs weaved from a …

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Court suspends order banning police officers on campuses

CAIRO: The Cairo Court for Urgent Cases suspended an administrative court order that had banned the presence of police officers on Cairo University campuses, according to state portal egynews.net. Under a November 2008 court order, Cairo University administration was obliged to employ civilian personnel as security guards instead of police officers commanded by the Ministry …

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Protestors call on Egypt to cut ties with Israel, US

CAIRO: A demonstration organized by the Kefaya Movement for Change on Tuesday condemned Egypt’s “betrayal” of the Palestinians in Gaza and called on Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia to cut ties with Israel and the United States. A few dozen demonstrators gathered in front of the Shoura Council in downtown Cairo around 1 pm in …

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Egyptian professor demands 'correction' after name mix-up with arrested man

CAIRO: Vice Dean of the Faculty of Science at Alexandria University Mohamed Ismail Ibrahim is demanding the Florida-based Gainesville Sun falsify information it published two weeks ago, incorrectly identifying him as the Egyptian-American arrested in Cairo over weapons charges. In an article published May 12, which quoted Reuters, the Sun reported that Ismail, who is …

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Mubarak to hold Nile treaty talks at African summit

CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak is due to hold talks with a number of officials from the Nile Basin nations during the two-day African summit to be held in Nice, France next Monday. Agriculture Minister Amin Abaza and Investment Minister Mahmoud Mohieldin will also travel to Ethiopia and Uganda to hold talks with officials over developments …

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NDP to announce presidential candidate in mid-2011, says Safwat El-Sherif

CAIRO: The National Democratic Party (NDP) candidate for the 2011 presidential race will not be announced until June or July of next year, according to Shoura Council Speaker and Secretary General of the ruling party Safwat El-Sherif. In an interview with the Russian “Rusya El-Youm” TV channel Wednesday, El-Sherif dismissed a succession scenario, maintaining that …

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Protesting father to sue family minister

CAIRO: Raafat Mostafa, a father facing a lawsuit for protesting along with his three children in front of the People’s Assembly (PA) for 33 consecutive days, is pledging to file a case against Minister of Family and Population Moshira Khattab. Mostafa will request compensation from Khattab for the academic year his daughter missed as a …

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Drugs fatwa triggers debate among religious scholars

CAIRO: A recent decision by a leading committee in Dar Al-Iftaa — the official body which issues religious edicts — permitting the use of drugs like marijuana, opium or cocaine for medical purposes, has triggered controversy among Al-Azhar scholars, according to online news portal masrawy.com. In Islam, it is considered haram, or religiously forbidden, for …

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Islam Online staff to launch new website

CAIRO: Staff of disputed Islamic Resource Islam Online (IOL) are preparing to launch a new website after a two-month row between its employees and the website’s Qatari funders, according to Fathy Abu Hatab, former journalist at IOL. “We will be launching very soon,” Abu Hatab told Daily News Egypt about the new project OnIslam. The …

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EU report puts poverty in Egypt at 20 pct

CAIRO: The European Union (EU) put poverty in Egypt at 20 percent while it expressed “concern and disappointment” over Egypt’s decision to extend its decades-old emergency law and disfavored a decision by Nile basin countries to sign a deal that excludes Egypt and Sudan in a recent report. Last Thursday, Head of the European Union …

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Dispute between Aswan governor and flood homes architect reaches prosecutor

CAIRO: Architect Mamdouh Hamza downplayed a decision by governor of Aswan Mostafa El-Sayed to refer all projects under his firm’s supervision to the general prosecution for investigation after allegedly discovering irregularities in the designs his firm submitted to build homes for the flood victims in the southern governorate. “This is a decision by a person …

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Social insurance law to increase national growth, national savings rates

CAIRO: Recent amendments to the social insurance law could increase the rate of national growth by 8.5 percent, which are fueled by an expected 18-percent rise in national savings.    In its session last Monday, the Shoura Council discussed 30 amendments to existing laws, which are set to be presented to the People’s Assembly (PA).   …

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Mubarak challenges the opposition in belated Labor Day speech

CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak urged political reformists to announce their agendas to the public, asserting that there is no room for “mixing reform ideas with chaos.” “I am telling those who raise slogans that this is not enough to attract voters,” he said during a belated Labor Day speech Thursday at the Cairo International Conference …

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Recent protests are not political, says Prime Minister

CAIRO: Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif said that the wave of demonstrations that has recently swept the Egyptian street is a new way for citizens to express their demands and has no political dimension, according to state online news portal egynews.net. In a meeting with editors of Egyptian papers on Tuesday, Nazif said that while the …

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MP who proposed shooting protestors 'reprimanded'

CAIRO: The People’s Assembly (PA) reprimanded National Democratic Party member Nasha’at El-Qassas on Sunday for proposing that police “shoot” protestors last month in the wake of the April 6 demonstrations. During Sunday’s parliamentary session, Parliament Speaker Ahmed Fathy Sorour read a formal apology written by El-Qassas, in which he regretted what he called “a slip …

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Foreign Ministry condemns killing of Egyptian in Lebanon

CAIRO: Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossam Zaki condemned on Saturday the killing and lynching of Egyptian national Mohamed Selim Muslim in a public square in the village of Ketermaya south of Beirut. Muslim was stabbed to death by a mob last Thursday for confessing to the murder of four Lebanese nationals. A group of villagers from …

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Author breaks language rules in uninspired self-help book

N ew media outlets have made a journalist out of just about anyone, but when one’s thoughts escape their blog and enter the godly world of books, readers expect research, depth and proper English. Last week, Imz (Iman) Khattab celebrated the release of her non-fiction paperback “Cracking the Code of the Egyptian Relationshit,” introducing yet another …

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One-day meat boycott a success, says ECTE

CAIRO: Over 1,200 food outlets, restaurants and hotels boycotted red meat on Monday to protest the recent hike in prices, according to Wagdy El-Kirdany, chairman of the Egyptian Chamber of Tourist Establishments (ECTE), who administered the boycott. “I believe it was 95 percent successful,” El-Kirdany told Daily News Egypt. “In some places, meat that was …

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Female judges to oversee Shoura elections

CAIRO: Head of Cairo Cassation Court and the Higher Electoral Commission judge Entisar Niseem announced Saturday that female judges and their counterparts in the administrative prosecution will participate in monitoring the upcoming Shoura Council elections slated for June. According to the decision, female judges will be granted membership in the judicial committees that will oversee …

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Egypt will not permit Palestinian expulsion from West Bank, says FM

CAIRO: Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit said that Egypt plans to stand up against an Israeli military order that paves way for the expulsion of thousands of Palestinians who lack proper identification from the West Bank, according to local news reports. After a meeting with Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat Saturday, a week after Israel …

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Moussa downplays criticism of interfering in Egypt's internal affairs by Aboul-Gheit

CAIRO: Secretary General of the Arab League Amr Moussa downplayed criticism by Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul-Gheit, in which the latter accused him of “meddling in Egypt’s internal affairs, according to online news portal masrawy.com. Aboul-Gheit criticized Moussa’s previous statements regarding political reform in Egypt. “I would rather the secretary general [Moussa] not interfere with …

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Mubarak chairs first meeting since surgery

CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak resumed his responsibilities from Sharm El-Sheikh on Thursday morning, chairing his first cabinet meeting since undergoing surgery in Germany last month, according to state television. In less than one minute of footage, Mubarak appeared chairing the ministerial meeting. His last television appearance was on March 27 after he returned from Germany, …

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Chamber of Tourist Establishments calls for red meat boycott April 26

CAIRO: The Egyptian Chamber of Tourist Establishments (ECTE) has ordered all food outlets and tourist enterprises to boycott red meat on April 26, protesting the recent hike in prices that pushed 1 kg of meat to LE 80 in certain areas. “As a board of directors, we believe that this is a civilized reaction, chairman …

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Polluted water in Kafr El-Sheikh threatens lives, say lawyers

CAIRO: The Hisham Mubarak Law Center (HMLC) and the Association for Health & Environmental Development (AHED) are calling on MPs and members of the local council of Desouk to step up efforts to monitor the quality of drinking water accessible to families in the rural governorate of Kafr El-Sheikh. In a press conference held at …

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