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Security arrests boat owner, accomplice in trafficking illegal immigrants

CAIRO: Egyptian security forces arrested a boat owner and his accomplice allegedly responsible for two boats full of illegal immigrants that capsized last week off Egypt’s coast. The two are facing charges of cooperating to illegally transport young people abroad, killing 10 passengers and jeopardizing the lives of the rest as well as using the …

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Bird flu death toll reaches 34

CAIRO: Egypt’s Ministry of Health announced the 34th bird flu-related death in the country, an 18-year-old woman from Fayoum. This comes one week after Minister of Health Hatem El-Gabaly lauded the success of the government’s plan in combating bird flu (H1N5), explaining that the death rate from the virus has substantially decreased while citizen awareness …

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Government plan is successful in combating bird flu, says Gabaly

CAIRO: The government plan in combating bird flu has proven successful, Minister of Health Hatem El-Gabaly said, explaining that the death rate from the H1N5 virus has substantially decreased and citizen awareness has increased. El-Gabaly was in parliament Tuesday to respond to several investigation requests about the effectiveness of the precautionary measures taken against bird …

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Minister of Education fires officials in a bid to cull corruption

CAIRO: In the latest of a series of surprise visits and inspections in schools, Minister of Education Ahmed Zaki Badr fired the head of the Syllabi Development Center and demoted 98 teachers, headmasters and administrators, in a move aimed at culling corruption at the ministry. Badr, who has been appointed minister in January, went on …

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UNICEF, Ahram Canadian University launch communication development program

CAIRO: After the concept of ‘communication for development’ proved effective in terms of building awareness and combating social problems, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is partnering with Ahram Canadian University (ACU) to launch a Communication for Development (C4D) capacity building course. “The C4D capacity building course comes at a critical time, when Egypt is …

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Swine flu cases continue to drop substantially

CAIRO: Swine flu in Egypt has substantially declined, announced the Central Operation Room of Crisis and Disaster Management at Information and Decision Support Center at the Cabinet of Ministers. The Ministry of Health has announced that the number of swine flu cases in Egypt is substantially declining by nearly half. The number of cases is …

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100 MPs push for political rights draft law

CAIRO: One hundred independent and opposition MPs held a joint press conference on Monday in front of the People’s Assembly calling for the discussion of a new law they drafted which lays the foundations for the elections. The draft Political Rights Law was discussed at the event that brought together politicians and political activists. “The …

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HIV/AIDS should be on Egypt's agenda, says UN Secretary-General on HIV/AIDS

CAIRO: While Egypt is categorized as a low-prevalence country when it comes to HIV/AIDS, the virus should be atop the country’s health agenda before it becomes an epidemic, Dr Nafis Saddiq, Special Envoy for the UN Secretary-General on HIV/AIDS, said in an interview with Daily News Egypt. “What we’re saying about the Middle East and …

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Special Council postpones ruling on female judges

CAIRO: The Special Council deferred its decision regarding the appointment of female judges at the State Council pending the formation of a committee of judges who are to prepare a report on the issue and give its opinion on it. “There is no legal or constitutional barrier against the appointment of females at the State …

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University students celebrate the pre-launch of the International Year of Youth

CAIRO: University students from all over Egypt gathered Sunday at Cairo University to celebrate the pre-launch of the International Year of Youth, which is set to kick off on Aug. 12. “In its resolution proclaiming the International Year of Youth, the [United Nations] General Assembly called on governments, civil society, individuals and communities worldwide to …

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MB arrests continue as 21 more detained

CAIRO: Security forces continue to crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, detaining 21 more members from the governorates of Sharqeya and Beheira on Thursday, in the aftermath of anti-Israeli demonstrations staged last week. State security has detained 236 Muslim Brotherhood members this year, from high-ranking officials to university students, the majority of whom are detained indefinitely …

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Head of Actors' Union sues member for libel

CAIRO: Head of the Egyptian Actors’ Union Ashraf Zaki is suing union member Hisham Bahaa ElDin for libel for publishing an article on the social networking website Facebook criticizing the performance of the union board and the current union head, according to the Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI). “This is the first time …

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Prince Alwaleed inaugurates hall at AUC

CAIRO: In what he considers a part of his wider efforts “to build bridges and promote better understanding between West and Islamic World, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud inaugurated a hall under his name at the American University in Cairo (AUC) Monday. The hall houses the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and …

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Constitutional Court says no obstacles to female judges in State Council

CAIRO: In response to a government inquiry regarding the constitutionality of denying female judges seats in the State Council, the Supreme Constitutional Court stressed that the law grants both men and women equal rights to assume judicial positions in administrative courts. The decision came after Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif requested a clarification of the legislation …

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Security detains 97 Muslim Brotherhood members

CAIRO: Security forces have detained more than 97 members of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) on Friday and Saturday after their participation in pro-Palestine demonstrations following Friday prayers. Some of the detainees aren’t members of the Muslim Brotherhood but took part in demonstrations that took place in five different governorates. The detainees have been denied access …

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No drastic measures in schools for declining H1N1 cases

CAIRO: Due to the substantial decline in swine flu cases, the Ministry of Health has officially announced that during the second semester of the academic year, no classrooms where the H1N1 virus appears will be shut down. Only precautionary measures giving the student who shows swine flu symptoms one week off, will be applied, said …

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Shoura Council approves anti-human trafficking law 'in principle'

CAIRO: The Shoura Council, Egypt’s Upper House of Parliament, approved an anti-human trafficking law in principle, Shoura Council Speaker Safwat El-Sherif said. The MPs have approved the law in principle in order to curb the growing phenomenon of human trafficking in Egypt, El-Sherif told news reports. “Human trafficking has become the third most profitable illegal …

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Women's rights first step towards democracy, says family and population minister

CAIRO: “Integrated rights and equal opportunities equal full development, Minister of State for Family and Population Moshira Khattab said during an International Women’s Day celebration at the British Council. In partnership with the Gender and Development (GAD) donor subgroup, the British Council held a two-day celebration on March 9-10, commemorating International Women’s Day; a global …

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Supreme Constitutional Court to decide on female judges March 14

CAIRO: The Egyptian Supreme Constitutional Court will announce on March 14 its decision on Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif’s request to explain and clarify the legislation governing appointing members to the State Council, which had rejected the appointment of female judges. The current legislation stipulates that members of the State Council have to be “Egyptian, a …

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Swine flu on the decline in Egypt

CAIRO: Swine flu cases in Egypt are substantially declining, with the rate of weekly reported cases falling to almost half, the Ministry of Health announced. “Swine flu in Egypt is declining, the number of reported cases this week went down to 22, in comparison to 44 cases reported last week, said Amr Kandil, deputy Minister …

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Egyptian researcher receives women's science award

CAIRO: Egyptian researcher Rashika El Ridi received the UNESCO-L’Oréal Foundation award for Women in Science “for paving the way towards the development of a vaccine against the tropical parasitic disease bilharzia, which affects over 200 million people. El Ridi received the award at a ceremony in Paris last week. The annual L’Oréal-UNESCO Awards for Women …

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Freedoms committee supports calls against 'atheist' blogs

CAIRO: The Journalists’ Syndicate’s freedom’s committee announced its full support for Al-Masry Al-Youm’s columnist, Sahar El-Ga’ara, in her call for shutting down and prosecuting the authors of blogs that she said “preach atheism and disrespect religions. “It is my duty to protect the social peace and to report on anything which I find is threatening …

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'Abducted' to Egypt

CAIRO: It’s been over a year since Katarina Husakova last saw her son Adam. His Egyptian father is keeping him from her until she signs a document vowing never to take Adam outside Egypt. “He told me Adam can never move to Europe, he can only be a good Muslim here [Egypt], Husakova, who is …

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Rose El-Youssef fined LE 50,000 for defaming Brotherhood member

CAIRO: State-owned daily Rose El-Youssef was fined LE 50,000 by a South Cairo Court Tuesday in a defamation suit initiated by a leading member of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood group, ex-MP Gamal Heshmat. The court ruled in favor of Heshamt for the moral and financial damages he faced due to the publishing of false information …

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State Council Club upholds decision to bar women from State Council

CAIRO: The General Assembly of the State Council Club upheld the Egyptian State Council’s general assembly’s decision to bar female judges from joining it. The State Council, established in 1946, hears cases brought by individuals against the state. Last month, 380 judges took part in a general assembly vote, with 334 rejecting the appointment of …

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Government to abide quota for people with disabilities

CAIRO: Government bodies will not be allowed to announce job vacancies before filling the five percent quota of people with disabilities among their staff, the Central Agency for Organization and Administration (CAOA) announced. Mostafa El Tohamy, head of the CAOA, made the announcement in a statement released Monday. All private and public sector companies in …

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Queen Rania calls for civic engagement at AUC

CAIRO: Speaking at her alma mater, the American University in Cairo (AUC), Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan called for reigniting the spark of civic engagement, calling it an “indispensible part of social progress in the region. “Social progress doesn’t come from governments looking down, directing change. It comes from communities, families and individuals looking …

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Swine flu cases declining, says health ministry

CAIRO: The Ministry of Health announced that the number of swine flu cases in Egypt is substantially declining with only 44 reported cases this week. The ministry said that an average of four to seven cases is reported on a daily basis, adding that the total number of cases now reached 16,092. These include 5,592 …

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Judges contest decision to bar female judges from State Council

CAIRO: The procedures to appoint female judges (2008 and 2009 graduates) who successfully applied for a seat in the State Council, will continue, announced Mohamed El-Husseini, head of Egypt’s State Council at a press conference Tuesday, according to official news portal egynews.net. The State Council, established in 1946, hears cases brought by individuals against the …

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25-year-old woman first swine flu victim in six days

CAIRO: The Ministry of Health announced late Sunday the first death from swine flu in six days, raising the total number of deaths up to 269. The latest virus-related death was that of a 25-year-old woman from Sixth of October governorate, said Abdel Rahman Shahin, spokesman of the Ministry of Health. The latest H1N1 weekly …

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