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Prosecution identifies 15 MPs in medical treatment scandal

CAIRO: A report by the Public Funds General Prosecution has found that 15 MPs from the People’s Assembly and Shoura Council are implicated in a corruption case involving the exploitation of public funds to gain access to the health ministry’s free medical treatment program, reported the state-owned news portal egynews.net. If the allegations are confirmed, …

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Public funds prosecutor to investigate MPs’ abuse of free treatment program

CAIRO: The Public Funds General Prosecutor started an investigation into corruption by MPs in exploiting public funds to gain access to the health ministry’s free medical treatment program. Prosecutor General Abdel Meguid Mahmoud had referred the case to the Public Funds General Prosecutor last week. The investigation will entail the interrogation of a number of …

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Chevening scholarship works on expanding reach

CAIRO: Mostafa Kamal became the first visually-impaired Egyptian to get the British Chevening Scholarship. Last year he did his master’s in disabilities studies at Leeds University. The program that sponsors students’ masters’ programs in the United Kingdom is expanding its scope by reaching out to students with disabilities. This September another visually impaired scholar will …

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Cassation court acquits Hidelina chief in defective blood bags case

CAIRO: Egypt’s Court of Cassation acquitted on Saturday a former MP and member of the ruling National Democratic Party of charges of manufacturing and distributing defective blood bags he supplied to public hospitals through his company, Hidelina. Former MP Hani Sorour and all six defendants, including Sorour’s sister, were acquitted. This ruling overturns a verdict …

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Zookeepers resort to birth control to stem lion population growth

CAIRO: Efforts put into birth control nowadays are apparently not only directed towards Egypt’s increasing population, but have recently been applied to the Giza Zoo’s biggest attraction: the lions. While many species are absent from the zoo altogether, the lions seem to be available in abundance, costing the zoo a lot of money, and driving …

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Azhari TV to cater to wider audience in four other languages

  By Safaa Abdoun Daily News Egypt   CAIRO: In a bid to bridge cultural gaps and clear misconceptions about Islam, Azhari TV is reaching out to a wider audience and is now available in English, French, Urdu and Pashto in addition to its original Arabic language programming. Azhari TV was first launched following US …

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Media has major role to play in helping orphans, say experts

  CAIRO: Experts highlighted the important role the media plays in shaping public opinion about orphans in Egypt as the Wataneya Society for the Development of Orphanages launched a new initiative titled “Amaan,” or “Security.”   While there exists an abundance of orphanages in Egypt, very little attention is given to the quality of care …

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Ministry of Social Solidarity starts distributing new ration cards

CAIRO: The Ministry of Social Solidarity started Thursday distributing the new electronic ration cards to families with an income less than LE 1,000 and those with a pension less than LE 750. The distribution of the cards, which was announced last week, was pending finalizing some details with the Ministry of Administrative Development. The distribution …

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Copts’ status has improved, says Pope

CAIRO: Copts’ status in Egypt has greatly improved especially with regards to building churches and a recent increase in political participation, Pope Shenouda III said, noting however that he would like to see more improvements. The Pope was speaking to journalist Lamis El-Hadidy on terrestrial state-TV. He said while more Copts won seats in the …

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Education minister proposes new thanawiya amma system

CAIRO: After passing their thanaweya amma exams, students will be able to choose between going to college or taking more exams to quality them for the workforce, according to a new plan proposed by the Ministry of Education, Farid Abdel Samei from the ministry’s press office said. Minister of Education Ahmed Zaki Badr announced that …

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Minister of Education stop licensing international schools

CAIRO: The Ministry of Education will stop giving licenses to new international schools in Egypt and will review the existing ones, Minister Ahmed Zaki Badr said. The aim of this decision is to put back these schools — whose number is estimated to be in hundreds — under the supervision of the ministry, according to …

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ElBaradei discusses hope for change in Al Jazeera documentary

CAIRO: In a documentary aired on Al Jazeera channel, Mohamed ElBaradei highlighted the importance of Egypt’s youth, saying that change will come through them as they are the “future and hope” of this country. The documentary “Dream of Change” explores the campaign for change launched by the former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency …

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Four thanawiya amma proctors die on duty; 28 teachers protest bullying

CAIRO: The Prosecutor General received Thursday complaints accusing top government officials of negligence that led to the death of four thanawiya amma (Egyptian national secondary school certificate) exam proctors this week. On the same day, 28 teachers staged a sit-in in Daqahlia to protest being attacked after supervising thanawiya amma exams. The 28 teachers staged …

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Ministry of Solidarity to launch electronic ration cards

CAIRO: The Ministry of Social Solidarity will begin distributing electronic ration cards next week to families with monthly incomes below LE 1,000 and people receiving pensions under LE 750. Sources inside the ministry told Daily News Egypt on Thursday that they are working out the final details with the Ministry of Administrative Development and the …

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Amr Waked announced first UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador

CAIRO: Egyptian actor Amr Waked was named the first UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador for the Middle East and North Africa region by the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS. “This is the first time for UNAIDS to have a Goodwill Ambassador and we are very optimistic [Waked] was chosen based on the work and effort he …

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NGO offers moral support to cancer patients, survivors

CAIRO: Nashwa Abdallah is being treated for cancer. However, she said the disease is nothing to be scared of since medical advancement and treatment is available. The most important component to recovery, she said, is moral support. “I first got cancer back in 2002; I was young and it was a shock. I had no …

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Four doctors guilty of negligence in sixth swine flu fatality

CAIRO: The Imbaba Misdemeanors Court sentenced four doctors to one year in prison and a LE 200 fine after finding them guilty of negligence that led to the death of a woman who contracted swine flu last year. The court also obliged the convicted doctors to pay a civil compensation of LE 10,000 to the …

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Lawyers set to strike as colleagues' trial resumes Sunday

CAIRO: Lawyers are planning a one-hour strike on Saturday at noon in all courts and lawyers chambers to protest the ongoing trial against two lawyers involved in an altercation with a district attorney, according to Lawyers’ Syndicate board member Mohamed Toson. Lawyers around the country are await a verdict due Sunday by the Tanta Misdemeanors …

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Al Jazeera denies apologizing to ERTU

CAIRO: Al Jazeera Sports Channels denied an announcement by the Egyptian Radio and Television Union (ERTU) that it apologized for accusing Egypt of jamming its World Cup transmission on the NileSat. Head of the technical broadcasting unit at ERTU, Hamdy Mounir, said in an official statement to the press.that the Union had received an official …

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Farah Pandith in Egypt to build on Obama's US-Muslim relations pledge

CAIRO: Special Representative to Muslim Communities for the United States Department of State Farah Pandith arrived in Egypt Tuesday to build on President Barack Obama’s Cairo speech last year, the US embassy in Cairo said. Pandith’s three-day visit aims to “build on President Obama’s historic speech in Cairo, where he stressed that US relations with …

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ERTU sues Al Jazeera Sports channel

CAIRO: The Egyptian Radio and Television Union (ERTU) will file a lawsuit against Al Jazeera Sports Channels for violating a contract on World Cup broadcast. ERTU says Al Jazeera interrupted the transmission of the England-United States World Cup game for 10 minutes on Saturday and made false allegations against the Egyptian Satellite Company NileSat, according …

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Emergency law is necessary evil, says Nazif

CAIRO: Emergency law is a necessary evil, important for citizen’s security and the protection of the investments, Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif said on Wednesday. He stressed that judicial supervision would not be overridden and that the law would not be used in publishing or political cases, but will be restricted to crimes related to narcotics …

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200 university students banned from finals for wearing niqab

CAIRO: The Administrative Court at the State Council supported the decision of three universities to ban female students wearing the niqab (face veil) from sitting for their final exams. Presidents of Ain Shams, Cairo and Helwan Universities have barred 200 students wearing the niqab from taking the exams, which the court says is in line …

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Clashes over draft law continue at Lawyers' Syndicate board

CAIRO: The fallout from the Lawyers’ Syndicate draft law continue to fuel clashes between conflicting parties at the syndicate, with one group intent on withdrawing confidence from the current board. In a statement released Saturday, the Independence of the Syndicate Front said that they are holding the current board, and specifically National Democratic Party (NDP) …

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Social solidarity ministry official praises new pensions law

  CAIRO: As controversy looms over the new pensions and insurance law, government officials continue to laud its benefits, saying it will improve the living standards of the lower segments of society.   In an interview on terrestrial television Friday morning, Mohamed El-Demerdash, legal advisor to the Minister of Social Solidarity, explained that the new …

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Egypt among top 20 countries enhancing living conditions in slums

CAIRO: A new report puts Egypt among the top 20 countries rated for efforts to enhance living conditions in slum areas while its capital Cairo ranked 35 among the world’s most powerful cities in 2009, according to a study conducted by the Information and Decision Support Center at the Cabinet of Ministries. Over the past …

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Former minister criticizes new pensions and insurance law

CAIRO: Former Minister of Social Affairs and Insurance, Ambassador Mervat El-Telawi, heavily criticized the Egyptian government and accused it of stealing LE 435 billion from the pensions budget in order to decrease the general state deficit and to invest in the stock exchange. In an interview with Al Jazeera Tuesday afternoon, E-Telawi, who was also …

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Brotherhood demands release of 191 detainees

CAIRO: Muslim Brotherhood lawyer Abdel Moneim Abdel Maqsoud, filed an official request to the Prosecutor General, the Head of the Cairo Appeals Court and the Minister of Interior demanding the “immediate release” of 191 detained members of the banned group. “The application of the emergency law is restricted to involvement in terrorism and drug dealing, …

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Injaz aims to create a new generation of entrepreneurs

CAIRO: While partnerships between the private and public sector towards a developmental objective is common, mobilizing the private sector and education ministries across the Arab world is quite a feat. Injaz Al-Arab is doing just that in a bid to create a new generation of business-oriented youth and entrepreneurs. The education organization works on bridging …

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Facebook group calls for drawing caricatures of Prophet Mohammed

CAIRO: A Facebook group created to mark May 20 as “Draw Mohammed Day” eliciting caricatures of the Muslim Prophet, has attracted 81,306 fans. A response to the campaign in Egypt has been minimal, even though some cartoons that many Muslims would consider to be extremely offensive, began to appear on the Facebook page Thursday. “It’s …

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