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Al-Beshir indictment a blow to peace, says Arab League envoy

CAIRO: The Arab League s envoy to Sudan on Tuesday described the indictment of the country s president on genocide and other charges as a serious blow to peace efforts in Darfur. The Egyptian diplomat, Salah Halima, told reporters at his office in Cairo that the indictment filed by a prosecutor at the International Criminal …

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Al-Qaeda spokesman slams Muslim moderates who appease the West

CAIRO: An Al-Qaeda spokesman lashed out at moderate Muslims in a video sermon posted online Thursday, accusing them of promoting Western ideas that lure other Muslims away from holy war. In a 45-minute video posted on a militant website, Abu Yahya Al-Libi said clerics who support unity among followers of different religions aim only to …

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Egypt charges 5 with plotting an attack with Hamas

CAIRO: Authorities charged two leaders of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood, two Sinai Bedouins and a Palestinian with plotting a terrorist attack with Hamas, a security official said Sunday. Brotherhood leaders Abdel-Hai Al-Faramawy, a professor at Al-Azhar university, and Mohamed Wahdan were charged with paying the equivalent of $3,600 to two Bedouins to buy 30 jerry …

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Repair ship to reach damaged internet cables next week

CAIRO: A repair ship is expected to arrive next week to the site of severed cables off the northern coast of Egypt to begin work on the damage that has disrupted internet services across the Middle East and India, a leading provider of international network services said Friday. The UK-based FLAG Telecom said in an …

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Egypt's universities brimming with students turned activists

Muslim Brotherhood’s student members face uphill battle CAIRO: Salah is a clean-shaven young man dressed in worn-out jeans and a casual beige jacket. His grades imply that he is an above average achiever. He studies trade at Cairo University, regularly pays school fees and dreams of running for student union elections. In so many ways, …

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Analyzing a quarter century under Mubarak

Widely touted 25th anniversary under the microscope CAIRO: In the wake of celebrations marking the “25th anniversary of Mubarak (a tag used by national newspapers) last October, analyst and political veteran Osama Al-Ghazali Harb, says President Hosni Mubarak’s “peace years have saved the country from war and conflict but not from poverty and underdevelopment. Harb, …

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Eid marred by rise in alleged attacks on women

Alarming accounts of sexual harassment riddle blogs CAIRO: As Egyptians began their Eid Al-Fitr holidays last week, rumors of a wave of alleged sexual harassment tainted the joy of what is usually a family-oriented festive occasion. The wave of harassment, manifested by public groping and touching of women accompanied by pushing and shoving and even …

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Talaat El-Sadat: Chip of the old block

Outspoken government critic to run for top parliamentary position CAIRO: In a brazen move by any independent or opposition politician, controversial Member of Parliament (MP) Talaat El-Sadat announced Wednesday that he will run for parliament s top position. El-Sadat, a controversial lawyer, nephew of former president Anwar El-Sadat and a fierce critic of the government, …

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Nour objects to "democracy" letter

Wife says Interior Ministry is trying to defame him CAIRO: Jailed politician Ayman Nour, his wife and supporters from El-Ghad party are furious about a letter that urges U.S. President George Bush to take action to free Nour. The letter, allegedly sent by activists living in various foreign and Arab countries, is meant “to defame …

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Al-Karama rouses anger and debate

CAIRO: Cairo-based Al-Karama newspaper, published by Al-Karama political group – functioning much as a party and referring to itself as one – has stirred up anger and debate as it published a series of features about the achievements of Moamar Al-Gaddafi, revolutionary leader of neighboring Libya. Al-Gaddafi, who has been in power for 37 years …

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Back to basics for aspiring writers

Creative writing workshop encourages young writers to express themselves in their native language CAIRO: In an attempt to resurrect a passion for Arabic writing, Maadi’s Kotob Khan bookstore recently launched a creative writing workshop for young Arabic speakers and writers-to-be. The program examines the rough works of young Egyptian aspiring writers; around 12 participants, mostly …

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Imprisoned opposition leader Nour speaks out from prison

CAIRO: One year after President Hosni Mubarak was reelected president in Egypt s first multi-candidate elections, jailed politician Ayman Nour sent a letter from prison thanking those who elected me and those who imprisoned me. One year has passed since that day on September 7, 2005 when millions of Egyptians looked for their votes in …

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Opposition forces say American president's statements imply he wants Gamal in office

CAIRO: U.S. President George Bush’s praise for a group of top National Democratic Party (NDP) members close to the president’s son and high-profile NDP figure Gamal Mubarak has sparked angry remarks from principal political forces. Bush’s eager statements were taken to imply support, or at least accommodation, for the much-criticized ruling party. If this is …

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EOHR says government not doing enough to protect citizens in the West and Gulf

CAIRO: In its latest humanitarian report, the Cairo-based Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) has examined the complicated cases of Egyptians working abroad and illegal immigration to the West. The organization also shed light on what it perceives as the government’s failure to secure its citizens’ rights. Egyptians working and living abroad number around 3.5 …

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MPs protest detainment of Palestinian officials

Protests demand that government get serious in demands for Hamas officials release CAIRO: Sunday’s parliament session saw heavy protests as a large number of opposition MPs decided to bring the issue of captured Palestinian government officials to the top of the assembly’s agenda. The protests, however, went largely uncovered by national newspapers. Opposition, independent and …

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Renovating an old favorite Renovating an old favorite

Privatization of Biscomisr has led to product improvement CAIRO: The Egyptian company for foods, Biscomisr, which has recently undergone full privatization, is ready to launch new products and expand on its exports after it has reclaimed its old fame, says Samir Sabet, chairman and managing director. “New products are, and will be, formulated but the …

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Mosque imam faces charges over fatwa termed anti-Semitic

CAIRO: Mosque Imam Safwat Hijazi is facing a legal investigation by Egyptian authorities for a fatwa that he issued earlier allowing the killing of Israeli military officials and soldiers visiting Egypt. The Cairo imam was called into Egypt’s supreme state security court on Monday, facing charges as a result. “I only said that we should …

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Opposition calls for human rights meeting

Muslim Brotherhood arrests and custody renewals prompt move CAIRO: Members of Egypt’s opposition forces, including some 100 who are represented in parliament, are calling on the People’s Assembly (lower house of parliament) to convene an emergency meeting of its human rights committee, in protest of the rounding up of Muslim Brotherhood members. In the past …

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Two deaths dominate Egyptian news

CAIRO: News of the death of modern Egypt’s greatest author Naguib Mahfouz, 94, the first Egyptian to win a Nobel Prize, dominates headlines in national and independent newspapers alike. Inside pages were dedicated to extensive coverage of the author’s biography and achievements. Mahfouz was hospitalized in July due to a fall. His death is attributed …

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Cabinet reshuffle tops the news

Rumor of a possible train drivers’ strike reported by Al-Masry Al-Youm CAIRO: A minor shuffle in the cabinet is in effect, read Monday’s headlines. Three ministries out of the 31 headed by Prime Minister Ahmad Nazif have been restructured. Nazif remains in office despite previous reports falsely predicting his discharge. According to Al-Ahram newspaper, President …

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Muslim Brotherhood members arrested

Akef continues to slam government through statements CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood’s secretary general and 16 other leading group members were arrested during a recent meeting. State security has also revoked an earlier decision to release three senior group leaders, including the Brotherhood’s official spokesman Essam Al-Arian. “Through this excessive measure, [the government] has confirmed that …

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Miral Al-Tahawy speaks on Gazelle's Taps

Author draws on her Bedouin roots as well as her rich knowledge of the Arabic language CAIRO: Pursuing her quest for freedom, female author Miral Al-Tahawy, an offspring of Bedouin culture and a woman drenched in Arabic character, found both herself and her writing. During an evening dedicated to her literature at the Kotob Khan …

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Press Round-up: Press reacts to Qalyoub railway tragedy

CAIRO: Egypt has dedicated LE 8.5 billion to refurbishing the railway network, reports national newspapers. The restoration plan, according to Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif, has been modified so that the railway lines would be “rescued in two years, instead of five. The decision comes three days after a train crash killed at least 58 people …

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Press Round-up: Steps taken to heal Arab rift over Lebanon

CAIRO: Headlines of national newspapers are centering on President Hosni Mubarak’s meetings with the princes of Qatar and Kuwait, along with his talks with several Arab heads, including Syrian diplomats. The leaders convened for an emergency meeting in Egypt, discussed aid to Lebanon and reconstruction, as well as “Arab unity. The headlines feature reassurances of …

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Judges threaten to boycott upcoming elections

Judges’ Club protests proposed constitutional amendment CAIRO: Egyptian judges have announced their decision to abstain from their task as election supervisors if the government refuses to grant them unrestricted oversight of the election process. Nevertheless, the decision is clearly provisional, constituting more of threats, as some reports have chosen to put it, one provoked by …

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Press Round-up: Cease-fire in Lebanon still dominating local headlines

CAIRO: The latest news of the Israeli-Lebanese war continues to find its way into front page headlines. Newspapers report on what some of them have described as “the disorder during the deployment of the United Nations international peacekeeping forces and Lebanese army in the south. Even as part of its forces withdraws, Israel insists that …

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UN-called cease-fire spurs reactions

Coverage on the Israeli-Lebanese conflict continues as the bloodshed seems to be witnessing its last hours CAIRO: Egypt’s newspapers continue to report on what they call “the last hours of the Israeli-Lebanese exchange of fire after both countries’ cabinets approved a United Nations cease-fire deal, due 8 a.m. Monday. In their columns, many of the …

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Israel announces war will continue

Press coverage concentrates on Israeli proclamation CAIRO: In a blood-red headline, Al-Masry Al-Youm features the news of the Israeli decision to continue its offensive on Lebanon for another month, “Tel Aviv: The war will continue for 30 more days. “Israel decides to expand its ground operations . the Security Council will not reach a decision …

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Local news takes a backseat to Lebanon

Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiyya denies ties with Al-Qaeda CAIRO: Egypt-based Islamic group Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiyya said they denounce violence and deny having any connections with Al-Qaeda militants, reports the independent Al-Masry Al-Youm on its front page. In a video message broadcast Saturday by Al-Jazeera network, the terror group’s second in command Ayman Al-Zawahri announced what Al-Qaeda deemed “the …

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