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A call for all Arab nations to suspend the death penalty

ALEXANDRIA: Participants at the international seminar “Moratorium on the Use of the Death Penalty in the Arab World, signed a declaration calling for the implementation of the United Nations’ resolution 62/149 in the Arab region. “We are asking for the most basic of human rights and this is the right to live, said Jan Nordlander, …

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Seminar challenges the death penalty in the Arab region

ALEXANDRIA: “The death penalty goes against all religions and humanity because God created man to live and He owns his life, so only He has the right to take it, Hamdy Mourad, researcher and Islamic lecturer, said in his speech at a seminar held by the Swedish Institute in Alexandria. The institute kicked off on …

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AUC bids farewell to its Downtown campus

CAIRO: In an emotional weekend packed with celebrations, students, faculty and staff at the American University in Cairo (AUC) said their final goodbyes to the Downtown campus ahead of the university’s relocation this summer. The school of Business, Economics and Communication at AUC hosted an event, under the title “Bye Bye Greek Campus on Friday …

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Enlighten brings creative lighting designs to town

When I was handed the invitation to the opening of a new lighting store, I was became amused and curious. It was a small box with quotes printed on all sides. One read: “Someday perhaps the inner light will shine forth from us and then we’ll need no other light. I couldn’t stop reading the …

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Graduation project earns team best film award

CAIRO: One night in April 2007, Karim El Shenawy, a senior at Cairo University’s mass communications department, was home watching the awards ceremony for Al Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival. Not in his wildest dream did he think that a year later, he would be taking home the award for best film. El Shenawy, along …

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The metamorphosis of Egypt

When you think of a regular exhibition of photographs taken in Egypt, images of Pharaohs, the Pyramids and the Nile River spring to mind. This is not the case with “Egypt Metamorphoses, a newly opened photography exhibition encapsulating the nation’s expansive and sometimes contrasting geography as well as the far-reaching transformations that changed its landscapes. …

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Schools to contest new taxes in court

CAIRO: The Association of Private Schools in Egypt are filing a law suit against the new bill that removed tax breaks on private schools and educational institutions, saying it is “unconstitutional. Farouk El Emry, treasurer of the association, told Daily News Egypt that law suit will be filed next week. The new tax structure, approved …

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Student inventors to represent Egypt in science competition

CAIRO: The winners of the Intel Egyptian Science and Engineering Fair (ESEF) will represent Egypt at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the world’s largest pre-college science competition, taking place this year at Georgia, USA from May 11 to 16. Approximately 1,000 projects applied this year to ESEF, from which the Science Review …

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Egyptians wish President Mubarak a very happy birthday

CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak’s 80th birthday was marked by an assortment of “statements Sunday with Egyptians around the country “celebrating in their own way; whether with headlines like “Why we love you Mr President, heightened security or by dressing in black. More than any other year, Egyptians were divided between glorifying the president and criticizing …

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Facebook activist released Wednesday, says she was well treated

CAIRO: Facebook activist Esraa Abdel Fattah was released from Al-Qanater women’s prison on Wednesday night after Minister of Interior Habib El-Adly issued a special release order. Abdel Fattah was arrested on April 7 for allegedly masterminding the April 6 general strike by creating a group on Facebook calling for people to protest the hikes in …

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Poll reveals scant political participation by youth

CAIRO: Only one percent of the 925-person sample of Egyptian youth aged 18 to 35 could identify the correct number of political parties in Egypt, revealed a poll carried out by the Cabinet Information and Decision Support Center. “The reason there is such a low level of political participation from the youth is because political …

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Nazif's heckler at Cairo University says he was provoked by PM's speech

CAIRO: “Mr. President, Mr. President, Egypt’s youth are behind bars. With those words Belal Diab, a 20-year-old literature student at Cairo University, interrupted Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif as he addressed the student body on campus Monday, kicking up a media storm. “We want you to release those detained on April 6. Mr. President those are …

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Controversy around new governorates rages at the People's Assembly

CAIRO: The controversy surrounding the new administrative divisions of Egypt’s governorates and the creation of two new governorates has sparked heated debate in parliament. The presidential decree of April 17, which paves the way for the creation of two new governorates – Sixth of October and Helwan – has produced a somewhat negative response within …

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Word on the street: Mixed Reactions on the reshuffling and new governorates

CAIRO: The reshuffling of governors was announced last Thursday April 17, but the controversy surrounding it wasn t about who made the list and who was taken out. Instead, the new administrative divisions of the governorates and the creation of two new governorates, Sixth of October and Helwan, are making the headlines. Two days after …

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Celebrating Egyptian folklore

The First Folkloric Arts Festival honors its pioneers CAIRO: Egypt’s first Folkloric Arts Festival took place at El Sawy Cultural Center from Friday, July 28 until July 30, featuring performances by a number of folkloric troupes from all over the and honoring national icons of folklore. “It [the festival] is for reviving folkloric art in …

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Local band MAMAS has audience dancing to a Latin beat

CAIRO: Egypt’s rising Latin band, MAMAS, started out two years ago when Mohammed Gaby called up his childhood friend Ahmed Hany and asked if he was interested in forming a band. “Right away I told him I was in and we started having auditions and getting interested musicians, Ahmed Hany, MAMAS member told The Daily …

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Sizzling summer nights

  Check the hottest night spots at the North Coast NORTH COAST, Alexandria: The summer is here and it s sizzling on the North Coast with great beaches to hang out at in the morning but when the sunsets it s when everything really gets started so here is are a few places you have …

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Sorry, you can't Risk Boggle

Crash course in the popular board games ALEXANDRIA: After a long day on the beach, the most traditional thing to do in a summerhouse is have lunch and sit down and play cards. There are, however, a variety of educational and recreational games families and friends can play together. Scrabble is my favorite word game …

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The sizzling summer screen

CAIRO: Dandy Mega Mall has created the perfect outing combining both the summer’s fresh air with the season’s latest blockbuster: the Dandy summer movie theatre. Open-air theatres are not a new concept to Cairo, but located on the Cairo-Alexandria highway (right before the toll station) this venue is far from the pollution and noise of …

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Taking a splash in Cairo

Recommended swimming pools around the city Swimming is the best feature of the summer, and Cairo has a lot to offer in this regard. You can rent a hotel room, pay for day use in a country club or head to the nearest sporting club, all for the sake of the refreshing splash of water. …

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Gospel music gets audience on its feet

American singer LD Frazier turns every song into a story CAIRO: American gospel singer LD Frazier put forth an astounding one-hour performance at the American University in Cairo. The singer engaged everyone in the audience in the performance and related every song to a personal story of his own. Frazier opened with the songs “The …

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Games and Lebanese snacks

The Katameya Heights Clubhouse Salon joins the World Cup fever CAIRO: On June 9, the Katameya Heights Clubhouse Salon caught on to World Cup fever, changing seating arrangements and upgrading their audio-visual set-up for for football fans. Besides the already installed plasma screen, a projector was added for better viewing. As a match starts, rows …

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Isis Schabana: German fame with an Egyptian look

Up-and-coming actress enjoys success in German cinema CAIRO: Isis Schabana successfully combines all-Egyptian looks with all-German fame. The actress, who has an Egyptian father and a German mother, grew up in Germany, where she is now growing in popularity. With her big brown eyes, petite figure and long black hair, Schabana naturally attracts people, and …

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World Refugees Day

Participating in global events that draw attention to refugee plight CAIRO: Student Action for Refugees (STAR) hosted the fourth annual World Refugees Day on June 17 at the American University in Cairo (AUC) to celebrate cultural diversity and raise awareness about issues concerning refugees and forced migration. The event featured live music and dance performances, …

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Mingling contemporary and traditional music

Iraqi musician Naseer Shama concert features outstanding oud CAIRO: A remarkable live oud recital by Iraqi musician Naseer Shama was held at the American University in Cairo (AUC) as part of the two-day Gender and Empire Conference by the Cynthia Nelson Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies. Shama began with one of his latest compositions, …

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Share the fever

Cafes and restaurants make changes to suit World Cup fans CAIRO: On June 9, the world had its eyes set on Germany and the opening ceremony of the World Cup. Coinciding with the summer, the tournament poses a little dilemma. One cannot just stay at home to watch the matches and resist going out. Many …

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