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99 percent of Egyptians want change, says ElBaradei in first live interview

CAIRO: “People have to understand that their livelihoods are related to politics, former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei said on Dream TV’s daily magazine show “Al-Ashera Masa’an Sunday. This was ElBaradei’s first live interview since his arrival to Cairo on Friday amid a huge popular welcome at Terminal 3. “Ninety-nine …

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Shehab promises more dialogue with rights organizations

CAIRO: Egypt agreed to apply new programs for improving the status of education, health, women empowerment and child care and rights, after the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted the country’s report on human rights last Friday. Egypt will also offer more economic and social services to citizens, said Minister of State for Parliamentary …

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Parliament expels MP Hani Sorour following prison sentence

CAIRO: Parliament Speaker Ahmed Fathi Sorour on Wednesday announced the expulsion of National Democratic Party MP Hani Sorour’s from the People’s Assembly, following a majority no-confidence vote. Hani Sorour was sentenced in absentia last November to three years in prison by the Cairo Criminal Court for the manufacture and distribution of defective blood bags he …

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Over 7 mln children in Egypt deprived of basic rights, says study

CAIRO: More than seven million children in Egypt are deprived of one or more of their rights, which include the right to nutrition, water and sanitation facilities, access to basic health care services, shelter, education, participation and protection, according to a study launched Tuesday. Of these, five million children lack sufficient housing conditions including shelter, …

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Survey targets 15,000 Egyptian youth

CAIRO: Four in five girls still undergo female genital mutilation, according to a study conducted by the Population Council and the Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC) exploring Egypt’s young population. The study surveyed over 15,000 people nationwide aged 10-29, describing them as “a national priority and the future investment of the country. It covered …

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Egypt's swine flu cases surpass 16,000

CAIRO: The Ministry of Health has announced that the number of swine flu cases in Egypt has reached 16,053, out of which 268 have died since the A(H1N1) virus first appeared in the country last June. The total number includes 5,589 cases among school students and 862 university students. The latest virus-related death was that …

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Low-income citizens won't pay health insurance, says El-Gabali

CAIRO: Minister of Health Hatem El-Gabali said that low-income citizens will be a priority in the new health insurance draft law the ministry plans to propose at the People’s Assembly. The objective of the law is to provide citizens with health care, El-Gabali told the National Conference for Youth in Luxor, according to a press …

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Brotherhood's Ezzat charged with being group's 'clandestine' leader

CAIRO: The State Security Prosecution has coined a new set of charges against Muslim Brotherhood leaders detained earlier this week and remanded in custody for another 15 days. The new accusations allege that the detained Deputy Supreme Guide of the group Mahmoud Ezzat, is in fact the actual Supreme Guide of the International Muslim Brotherhood …

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This Valentine's, make it personal

Valentine’s Day is not about the urge to splurge but about celebrating your loved one by showing them how much you care. More than the price tag, gifts and activities on that day should reflect how much you know and understand your significant other. The key is to personalize. The day traditionally starts with flowers, …

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'Children are the catalyst for change,' says Plan's CEO

CAIRO: An award-winning television show for children and a successful youth employability program are just two of the many initiatives Plan International is spearheading to improve the standard of living for children in Egypt. Plan International is one of the largest child-centered community development organizations in the world. Working in 66 countries, Plan’s projects and …

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Detained MB leaders face fresh charges

CAIRO: The 15 Muslim Brotherhood leaders detained earlier this week are facing a new set of charges, including forming training camps to launch attacks. The group’s deputy leader Mohamed Ezzat and members of the Guidance Office Essam El-Erian and Abdul-Rahman Al-Barr are accused of setting up a body aligned with the thinking of former Brotherhood …

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Campaign raises money to build over 800 houses in Aswan

CAIRO: A campaign by television presenter Amr Adib managed to raise enough money to build 880 houses to help Aswan flood victims, garnering donations from architects, ministers, celebrities and even electrical appliance companies. Launched on the popular talk show “Al-Qahera Al-Youm earlier this week, donations almost instantly poured in from all over the Arab world, …

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Rate of swine flu cases declining, says health ministry

CAIRO: The rate of swine flu cases reported nationwide has been declining and will continue to do so until April, said Abdel Rahman Shahin, spokesman of the Ministry of Health. He added however that they are expecting a new wave in March. The ministry announced that the number of swine flu cases in Egypt reached …

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Prosecutor orders elimination of Russian wheat in Daqahlia

CAIRO: The Prosecutor General’s office in Daqahalia governorate announced on Saturday its decision to eliminate parts of a Russian wheat shipment which was stored by the Central Administration for Seed Certification. After testing, the Ministry of Health found that the wheat is not fit for human consumption. However, it had already been distributed to nine …

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Meet Richard Zeolla: Marriott's new general manager

It s hard to believe that ever since the Cairo Marriott Hotel and Omar Khayyam Casino opened its doors 28 years ago, there have been only two general managers at its helm. Rare and unique, the property is the largest hotel in Marriott’s International hotel portfolio, leaving a lasting impression on its visitors who simply …

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Students lend a helping hand to cancer rehabilitation center

CAIRO: What started as a casual conversation over lunch ended with LE 5 million raised in funds for a cancer rehabilitation center for children in a record period of three months. Tatiana Halawa, 14, and Omar Barakat, 16, learnt about the Health and Hope Oasis NGO and the difficulties it’s facing to build a recreational …

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Travel ban imposed on Brotherhood officials

CAIRO: A travel ban was imposed on newly elected Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badea’s, almost two weeks after he was appointed, according to the group’s lawyer.. Barring Brotherhood MPs who enjoy parliamentary immunity such as MP Mohamed Saad El Katatney and MP Saad El Husseiny, members of the newly-elected Guidance Office were also placed …

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Wheat shipment seized at Safaga Port

CAIRO: The General Authority for Imports and Exports Control seized a shipment of Russian wheat at the Safaga Port after test results found the wheat to be unfit for human consumption. The agricultural quarantine and the Weed Research Institute at the Ministry of Agriculture tested the shipment and reported that it contains a high level …

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Nine MB members arrested in Daqahleya

CAIRO: State security detained nine members of the Muslim Brotherhood early Monday in Daqahleya as they were campaigning for a parliamentary run-off election. The nine members are Abdul Mohsen Qamhawi, Saad Mahmoud, Gamal Bayoumy, Gamal Aleshry, Mohamed Shaaban, Bakr Fares, Ahmed Mohamed Waley, Mohamed Yusuf and Gamal Aboul Nasr. Some of the detainees are former …

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Food contamination exists everywhere, says agriculture minister

CAIRO: A limited amount of fruits and vegetables in the market are contaminated with pesticides or sewage water, Minster of Agriculture Amin Abaza said at a People’s Assembly session on Wednesday. This problem exists everywhere in the world, he added, explaining that usually a percentage of the stock is contaminated while the majority is healthy. …

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Mubarak makes first comment on Nagaa Hammadi shootings

CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak described the Nagaa Hammadi s shootings as a criminal act and urged Egypt’s intelligentsia to confront “sedition, ignorance and blind fanaticism in a speech to mark Science Day. This was the first time Mubarak comments on the brutal drive-by shooting of six Copts and one Muslim outside a church in Nagaa …

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New Brotherhood Secretary-General a conservative

CAIRO: The newly-elected Supreme Guide Muslim of the Muslim Brotherhood Mohamed Badea’, appointed Mahmoud Hussein as the new secretary general to replace the former Mahmoud Ezzat. Hussein, 62, is a professor at the Faculty of Engineering in Assuit. In 2006, he was the head of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Administrative office in Assuit. He was then …

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Antiquities protection draft law continues to ignite debates at PA

CAIRO: Protection of Egypt’s antiquities was the subject of heated debate at the People’s Assembly as steel mogul and senior National Democratic Party MP Ahmed Ezz and Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni argued over private ownership of antiquities. The point of contention was Article 8, which bans the trade, or any other form of disposal, …

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PA discusses antiquities trade draft law

CAIRO: A controversial draft law to legalize the trade of replicas of antiquities in Egypt is currently on the People’s Assembly’s agenda. The law was proposed by steel mogul Ahmed Ezz, senior official at the ruling National Democratic Party, and seeks to legalize the trade in replicas of Egyptian antiquities. It will also require royalties …

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H1N1 claims five more lives, death toll reaches 224 in Egypt

CAIRO: The global H1N1 pandemic claimed the lives of five more people in Egypt, raising the death toll to 224, announced Abdel Rahman Shahin, spokesperson for the Ministry of Health. The five cases include a 27-year-old woman from Gharbeya, a 20-year-old woman from Sohag, a 62-year-old man from Port Said, a three-month-old baby from Beni …

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MB elects new supreme guide

CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood elected a new supreme guide, Mohamed Badea’ Sami, to head the group’s Guidance Office, which is their highest authority. Badea’ will be succeeding Mohamed Mahdi Akef, who made the announcement at a press conference on Saturday. In his first statement as Supreme Guide, Badea’ said that the Muslim Brotherhood will work …

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WFP appoints Hend Sabry ambassador against hunger

CAIRO: The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) appointed Tunisian actress Hend Sabry an ambassador against hunger crowing her consistent efforts with the program since February 2009. She will be supporting WFP in its fight against hunger in developing countries around the world and especially in the Middle East. “Last year during the war on …

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HIV increases six fold in Egypt, says government study

CAIRO: The number of reported cases of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in Egypt increased six fold from 1994, when it was first detected in the country, to 2008, according to the Population Status in Egypt 2009 report by state-affiliated Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC). By the end of 2008, there were 3,375 HIV reported …

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Egypt's swine flu cases top 14,000; death toll reaches 195

CAIRO: Egypt said that the total number of swine flu cases in the country has reached 14,087 since the H1N1 virus first appeared this past June, according to the health ministry’s weekly report. These include 5,200 cases among school students, 803 university students and 8,084 from outside educational institutions. The global swine flu pandemic claimed …

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Consumer Protection Agency rules that CNE refund ART sports subscribers

CAIRO: Egypt’s Consumer Protection Agency (CPA) ruled that Cable Network Egypt (CNE) will refund subscribers who were duped into subscribing to the Arab Radio and Television Network (ART) to gain access to the African Cup of Nations matches. Subscribers soon found out that ART had sold the rights to the Qatar-based Al Jazeera. CNE, a …

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