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Unlike several Gulf nations, Egypt has not downgraded its diplomatic relations with Syria, angering many Egyptians. Friday’s rally was the largest anti-Assad protest in Cairo since the Syrian uprising began 11 months ago. A few hundred protesters stormed

CAIRO: Hundreds of Egyptians gathered in front of the Syrian Embassy in Cairo calling for the immediate discharge of the Syrian ambassador from Egypt. A march began at Omar Makram Mosque in Tahrir Square after Friday prayers and headed to the Syrian Embassy in Garden City. The protesters at the embassy mainly belonged to the …

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Street Tweet: Initiative calls for taking online activism to the streets

CAIRO: What started as a common hashtag on Twitter turned into a full-fledged initiative calling for bridging the gap between the people on the street and online activists. After Hassan Hamed noticed the mounting frustration towards the Tahrir Square protesters, he initiated a wide call on Twitter to communicate with the people on the street …

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CSR meets civil society to plot the way forward at CARE conference

CAIRO: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) executives and civil society members gathered to discuss how to harness the drive of the private sector and, coupled with the expertise of civil society, work towards making modern Egypt stable, prosperous and equitable. At CARE International’s conference “Engage Beyond Charity” in Cairo, Kevin Fitcharles, Egypt’s country director, said, “We …

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Egypt to commemorate World AIDS Day

CAIRO: Today, Dec. 1, Egypt will commemorate World AIDS Day for the sixth year, with activities and events aimed at raising awareness about the disease as well as removing the stigma associated with it. Under the slogan ‘What will you do to help?’ this year events’ main theme is a call for action. A number …

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Egypt launches project to up supply of subsidized bread

CAIRO: Minister of Social Solidarity Ali Moselhi launched the national project for subsidized bread which aims at increasing bread production. The project includes 100 outlets which will cost a total of LE 3.6 billion and provide approximately 35,000 job opportunities around the country, the minister told local media. The project will begin with a pilot …

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Rate of pinkeye infections slowing down, says ministry

CAIRO: The number of people infected with conjunctivitis, also referred to as pinkeye, has decreased by nearly 50 percent and the rate of infection is slowing down, Ministry of Health spokesperson Abdel Rahman Shahin said. The total number of cases infected with pinkeye reached 3,030 on Thursday, mainly located in three governorates, Daqahliya, Port Said …

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Arab League launches State of the World Population Report

CAIRO: In an effort to pledge its support for the cause, the Arab League launched the State of the World Population Report for 2010, titled “From Conflict and Crisis to Renewal: Generations of Change,” from its headquarters last week. “I’m happy to launch the State of the World Population this year from the headquarters of …

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Egypt says ‘visually’ observing missing satellite

CAIRO: The Egyptian National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Science said that the missing satellite Egypt Sat-1 is still in orbit and is being visually observed from different sites, according to its press statement on Sunday. The Egyptian satellite Egypt Sat-1 went missing on July 19, 2010 when all communication with it was lost. …

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UN renews commitment to global development on 65th anniversary

CAIRO: Marking its 65th anniversary, the United Nations renewed its commitment to global development and raised awareness about the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) through a series of events on Oct. 24. A celebration was held at Cairo University to commemorate UN Day, entailing various activities, starting with a parade by the Cairo University Model United …

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IASGO conference in Egypt unites world’s medical community

CAIRO: The 20th World Congress of the International Association of Surgeons, Gastroenterologists and Oncologists (IASGO) opened in Cairo on Thursday, bringing together more than 2,000 doctors from more than 50 different countries, including China, Pakistan, Turkey, and Italy. The event marks the first time the annual IASGO has ever been held in Egypt, as well …

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More departure delays imposed on Lifeline 5 Gaza aid convoy

CAIRO: The Gaza aid convoy, the Lifeline 5, said its departure to Egypt from the Latakkia Port in Syria has been further delayed due to more complications with authorities without giving further details. “The captain of the ship sold out [at the] last minute,” said Asif Bhayat, a volunteer pilot in the aid convoy who …

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Government to restructure bread industry monitoring

CAIRO: Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif has ordered the Ministers of Finance and Trade and Industry to coordinate with the Minister of Social Security in forming an organizational authority to overlook the production and distribution of subsidized bread, identify any rising needs and monitor production throughout all of its stages. Magdy Rady, spokesperson for the Cabinet …

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Gaza aid convoy Lifeline 5 to sail to Egypt Monday afternoon

CAIRO: After a two-week halt at Lattakia, Syria, the Egyptian authorities have finally agreed that the aid convoy, Lifeline 5, is allowed to go into the Gaza Strip via the Egyptian border. “The Egyptian authorities have made a positive decision that we hope will be translated into [efficient] action when we arrive, [allowing for] easy …

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Decree forming Egypt anti-corruption committee underway

CAIRO: Minister of State for Legal Affairs and Parliamentary Councils Mufid Shehab said that the ministerial group for political and legislative affairs has finished reviewing the draft decree by the prime minister to form a National Anti-Corruption Committee, in its Thursday meeting. The committee will organize public awareness campaigns and research in a bid to …

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Nine TV stations ordered to relocate live broadcast units to state-run facilities

CAIRO: Egypt’s telecom and information ministries ordered nine television channels to relocate their live broadcasting units to the state-owned Media Production City, or their licenses will not be renewed. The channels, which offer live programming from Egypt, will not be provided a broadcast frequency by the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority if they fail to comply. …

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Investment authority shuts down four channels, issues warnings to two others

CAIRO: The Egyptian General Authority for Investment (GAFI) ordered the shutdown of four satellite channels for violating their license agreement with the Media Free Zone. Television channels Al-Khalijia, Al-Hafez, Al-Siha Wal Gamal, and Al-Nas — all owned by Al Baraheen Group — have stopped broadcasting. Osama Saleh, the head of GAFI, told state-owned newspaper Al-Akhbar …

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Creators of Islam Online launch new website

CAIRO: With the aim of creating a website whose content is independent from funding, the creators of Islam Online launched the new website On Islam, Hisham Gaafar, the chairman of the board of trustees of MDA, a non-profit organization for media development, said. “Our main objective was to launch a website where editorial work is …

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Adib says he’ll be back on the air soon

CAIRO: Popular talk show host Amr Adib said that his show will be back on the air soon, quelling concerns that Orbit’s studios were shut down for political reasons ahead of the parliamentary elections. “It is only a matter of time until I’m back on the air,” Adib told primetime TV show “48 Hours,” adding …

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Darwish spreads awareness of draft law aiming to change public sector

CAIRO: A new draft law for public sector employees has been prepared by the Ministry of State for Administrative Development with the aim of targeting employment of the youth, and solving problems regarding salaries and job promotion in the public sector, said Minister Ahmed Darwish on the talk show “Masr Enaharda”. Darwish pointed out that …

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Orbit and Media Production City settle dispute amid controversy

CAIRO: The dispute between the Orbit Satellite Television network and the Egyptian government-owned Media Production City has been resolved after the former paid $5.74 million to Media Production City, according to the official website of Orbit’s top talk show. Live shows broadcasted from Orbit’s studios in Cairo will resume Saturday, ending what has been a …

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Knowledge management is key in today’s world, says conference

CAIRO: The ever-expanding knowledge base in today’s world raises the questions of credibility, therefore knowledge by itself is not important but knowledge management is crucial, explained Egypt’s Minister of State for Administrative Development Ahmed Darwish at a conference Tuesday. There is a need for knowledge but knowledge in a structured matter in order to be …

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Family and Population Ministry improve hotlines as demand for their services rise

CAIRO: The Ministery of Family and Population will be increasing the efficiency of its automated phone hotlines as of Tuesday to accommodate rising demand for its services, minister Moshira Khattab said in a statement. This increased efficiency entails an upgrading of the hotline’s server, a process that took six hours while the server was turned …

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Professors wearing niqab banned from giving lectures

CAIRO: Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Hani Helal supported a number of universities’ decision to ban faculty members wearing the niqab, or the full face veil, from giving lectures. “The faculty member who is wearing the niqab should sit at home or in her office communicating with her students through the telephone or …

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Nagaa Hammadi case adjourned to Oct. 17

  CAIRO: The Emergency State Security Criminal Court in Qena adjourned on Saturday the trial of the Nagaa Hammadi drive-by shooting suspects to October 17. The trial was postponed so that Bishop Kirollos, who heads the church in the area, and Colonel Abdel Hameed Al-Alaki, chief of Nagaa Hammadi police station, can give their testimonies, …

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Muslim Brotherhood pokes social networking with Ikhwanbook

CAIRO: In another move to further expand their outreach to the public, Egypt’s biggest opposition group, the Muslim Brotherhood, created a social networking website, Ikhwanbook, equivalent to the popular Facebook. The aim of IkhwanBook is to “share your life with other Muslim brothers around the world,” as stated on the group’s official website, adding that …

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Lawsuit against ‘Al-Gama’a’ TV series turned down

CAIRO: The Cairo Economic Court for Urgent Cases on Tuesday turned down a lawsuit filed by the son of Hassan El-Banna, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), against the scriptwriter of “Al-Gama’a” and its producer, the Egyptian Radio and Television Union (ERTU). Seif El-Islam Hassan El-Banna had demanded a halt to airing the show, which …

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MDGs can be reached faster with focus on most disadvantaged children, says study

CAIRO: The global community can save millions of lives by investing in the most disadvantaged children and communities, studies by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said. The studies added that such an approach would also address the widening disparities that are accompanying progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Even though great progress has …

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