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Social solidarity ministry joins forces with AUC to reduce poverty

CAIRO: The Ministry of Social Solidarity and the Social Research Center at the American University in Cairo (AUC) joined forces in order to alleviate poverty in the governorates of Sohag and Assiut in Upper Egypt. The project titled “Innovating Social Policy to Tackle Child Poverty in Upper Egypt,” is funded by the United Nations Development …

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Experts discuss ways to promote social innovation among youth

CAIRO: In order to advocate social innovation among the youth, institutions need to change their approach and their definition of the concept, a roundtable discussion held as part of the Arab World Social Innovation Forum (AWSIF), concluded. “The important thing is how we act, there is a need by institutions to try to change policies …

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Naseer Shamma launches '1,350,000 Flowers Initiative'

CAIRO: As part of the Arab World Social Innovation Forum (AWSIF), three new social initiatives were launched, the most prominent of which is the “1,350,000 Flowers Initiative,” by globally renowned Iraqi Oud player Naseer Shamma. “The flower is a symbol of the value of women as I see it and how I was brought up …

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Arab World Social Innovation Forum celebrates social entrepreneurs

  CAIRO: “Social entrepreneurs are a crucial component of any country’s development agenda and a prerequisite for a thriving civil society,” Iman Bibars, vice president of Ashoka Global and regional director of Ashoka Arab World, said at the Arab World Social Innovation Forum (AWSIF). Bringing together business, social, academic and political leaders from all over …

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Swine flu cases confirmed in Alex, ministry denies a comeback

CAIRO: The committee monitoring the swine flu situation in Alexandria has confirmed four cases of the H1N1 flu virus in the governorate. The first case is that of a two-year-old girl, the second is a 22-year-old female and the third is a 37-year-old male baker, all of whom are currently at the Alexandria Fevers Hospital …

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El-Fiqi hails emergency law extensions

CAIRO: Moustafa El-Fiqi, chairman of the People’s Assembly’s foreign relations committee, lauded the extension of the emergency law in Egypt, saying it allows the government to take proactive measures against terrorism and the trafficking of narcotics. El-Fiqi spoke at a forum with students from the faculty of economics and political science on Thursday. He has …

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For your 'edutainment': New pan-Arab series targets youth, parents

CAIRO: Amr Koura, chairman of AlKarma Edutainment Production, identified the lack of a form of entertainment that conveys a message to the youth as well as their parents. “Families need to understand what their children are going through at university, with their teachers…etc,” Koura said at a lecture at the American University in Cairo on …

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30 percent of divorces during first year of marriage

CAIRO: Egyptian Minister of State for Family and Population Moushira Khattab expressed concern at the alarmingly high divorce rate in Egypt, pointing to the fact that 30 percent of divorce cases in the country take place in the first year of marriage. At a lecture Wednesday on the role of the family in decreasing crime …

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PA speaker criticizes educational system

CAIRO: Parliament speaker Ahmed Fathi Sorour criticized educational policies in Egypt as the People’s Assembly discussed a report by the education committee on Thanawiya Amma, Egypt’s Secondary Certificate. Sorour, who is a former Minister of Education, said that during his tenure a decree was issued to eliminate a year out of elementary school and add …

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Report on wellbeing of mothers and children ranks Egypt at 57

CAIRO: Egypt ranked 57 in the State of the World’s Mothers index, which compares the wellbeing of mothers and children in 160 countries. In commemoration of Mother’s Day, NGO Save the Children published its eleventh annual State of the World’s Mothers report which focuses on the critical shortage of health workers in the developing world …

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Brotherhood detainees' health deteriorates in hunger strike

CAIRO: Prominent members of the Muslim Brotherhood Gamal Heshmat and Osama Soliman’s health is deteriorating after they went on hunger strike since their detention on Tuesday. Heshmat and Soliman are to be kept in custody for 15 days. The two men have shown signs of “severe fatigue after staging a hunger strike in response to …

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Shoura Council approves 2010/2011 draft budget

CAIRO: The Shoura Council, Egypt’s Upper House of Parliament, approved a draft of the national state budget for the fiscal year 2010/2011. “The state budget has to work on creating social justice for all, income equality and encourage investment,” said MP Shawki El-Sayed, head of the legislative committee at the Shoura Council. “More money has …

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Win-Win initiative: where human and environmental interests meet

CAIRO: Because the poor and marginalized segments of society are the most vulnerable to environmental damage, the concept of poverty-environment mainstreaming was born. Developing countries are susceptible to environmental degradation and resource depletion due to the high social and economic cost of environmental hazards. That is why integrating environmental and local development efforts will not …

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75 percent of Egyptians ready to boycott red meat, says gov't study

CAIRO: Seventy-five percent of Egyptian families are ready to boycott red meat as a reaction to inflated prices, while 19 percent are unwilling to do so, a recent study by Cabinet’s Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC) revealed. Those who supported a boycott, however, predicated their participation on three things: the participation of all citizens, …

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Ghali endorses new pensions and insurance law

CAIRO: In an interview on primetime show “Egypt Today,” Ministry of Finance Youssef Boutros Ghali discussed the draft pension and insurance law which elicited mixed reactions when it was proposed at the People’s Assembly last April. Ghali explained that citizens at 65 or above will receive a pension of LE 100 whether they have subscribed …

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ElBaradei, Ahmed Ezz, Saad Eldin Ibrahim face-off on CNN

CAIRO: Christiane Amanpour delved into Egypt’s political future in one of her last episodes days before she rounded off her career at CNN. A video conference brought former IAEA chief and reform advocate Mohamed ElBaradei, and key figure at the National Democratic Party Ahmed Ezz to the studio, while human rights and democracy advocate Saad …

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Egypt's prosecutor corrects name of wanted Saudi

CAIRO: The public prosecutor’s office has corrected the name of a prominent Saudi cleric charged along with four other members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood with money laundering and raising funds abroad. A prosecutor’s statement Monday identified the Saudi suspect as A’wadh Al-Qarani. Last week, the prosecutor’s office incorrectly identified him as a Saudi cleric …

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Education for All campaign to tour Egypt governorates

CAIRO: A school bus tour around Egypt’s governorates is UNESCO Egypt’s mobile, innovative way to raise awareness about the global movement Education for All (EFA). As part of the EFA week, the campaign aims at educating people about the movement’s six main goals and is carried out in cooperation with UNICEF Egypt and under the …

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Mubarak promises fair elections in Sinai Day speech

CAIRO: “I affirm my commitment to the integrity of these elections,” President Hosni Mubarak said at his first televised speech since undergoing surgery in Germany last month. The address was broadcast hours after state television showed him attending a ceremony at a war memorial in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia. Mubarak stressed his commitment …

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MPs propose that police should "shoot" protestors, April 6 calls for a demo

CAIRO: Three MPs suggested at the People’s Assembly that police has to stop dealing leniently with protestors calling for democratic reform and an end to the emergency law, proposing instead the use of violence against them. The April 6 Youth Movement said its members will be demonstrating today (Tuesday) in front of the parliament to …

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Mujaddidun: Not your typical reality show

CAIRO: Ever since he stepped into the limelight, popular televangelist Amr Khaled has been advocating one main concept; development through faith. After numerous methods and campaigns promoting this idea, one unconventional project is sure to stand out; a reality TV show. The show “Mujaddidun,” or Modernizers, which started airing in January, brings together 16 contestants, …

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Child rights making progress under UN convention

CAIRO: The annual number of child deaths under five years old has dropped 28 percent from 1990 to 2008, as a result of the global commitment by governments and civil societies to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), a UN report said. The special edition of the UNICEF global flagship report “The …

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No Brotherhood candidate for presidency, says supreme guide

CAIRO: “The Muslim Brotherhood does not want to rule Egypt at the moment and does not have any political agenda regarding any presidential candidate, said the Muslim Brotherhood’s supreme guide, Mohamed Badea’, on Dream TV’s “Al-Ashera Masa’an Wednesday. This was Badea’s first television interview since his election as the Muslim Brotherhood’s supreme guide, their highest …

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Experts hope to cultivate relationship between film and tourism

CAIRO: Realizing the importance of art, particularly cinema and television, and its direct effect on tourism, experts from the Egyptian tourism sector and key players in the movie and television industry decided to join forces for the welfare of Egypt’s economy. Experts from both industries gathered earlier this week to discuss the effect of film …

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Conference recalls success stories of Arab female judges

CAIRO: In light of the ongoing debate regarding the appointment of female judges in the Egyptian State Council, female judges from Egypt and all over the Arab World came together to discuss success stories of women in the judiciary. “Arab Women Judges: Success Stories was held by the League of Arab States in collaboration with …

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Chocolat like you've never seen, or tasted, before

Chocolate lovers from all over Egypt gathered at the Salon Du Chocolat, the world’s premier chocolate festival bringing together consumers, manufacturers and equipment suppliers. Initiated 15 years ago in France, the event has since been held in major cities around the world including New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Moscow, Madrid and last weekend in Cairo, …

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Egypt among five countries where bird flu persists

CAIRO: Egypt is listed as one of five countries where the H5N1 virus, or avian influenza, still persists, said a statement by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The H5N1 virus has been combated in 135 countries while an outbreak remains a threat in Egypt, China, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Vietnam. Unfortunately, …

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Ten injured in Beheira train collision

CAIRO: Ten people were injured when two trains collided near the village of Hagnaya in the government of Beheira in the early hours of Friday, according to local news reports. The first train, which was heading from Alexandria to Mansoura, broke down and stopped in Damanhour and the second train, going from Matrouh to Cairo, …

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PA approves proposal to amend State Council law

CAIRO: The proposals and complaints committee at the People’s Assembly approved Wednesday the proposal to amend Article 104 of the State Council law, changing the term “men of the State Council to “members of the State Council. The proposal was brought forth by MP Ibtisam Habib and will open the door for the appointment of …

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