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Amendments to judicial authority law trigger debate among judges

CAIRO: As judges await much-anticipated amendments to the Judicial Authority Law to guarantee the independence of the judiciary, disagreements over who should draft the amendments has them divided in fierce debate. While the committee formed through a “personal” decision by newly-appointed head of the Supreme Judiciary Council (SJC) Justice Hossam Al-Gheryany, and headed by former …

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Military leaders meet Bedouin tribes, promise development in Sinai

CAIRO: Members of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) and other military commanders met late Saturday in Al-Arish with Bedouin tribesmen and political party representatives to discuss tension on the borders. They said that the meeting aimed at listening to Sinai Bedouins and present plans for the development of Sinai, easing regulations on …

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Lawyers threaten to turn to international court if denied access to Mubarak trial

CAIRO: A number of lawyers representing martyrs’ families threatened to take measures towards referring ousted president Hosni Mubarak’s case to an international tribunal if the court refuses to allow them to attend the trial. Twenty-eight of the lawyers who met at the supreme court on Tuesday, were denied entry in the opening Aug. 3 session. …

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Doctors say open strike will continue, plan to meet PM

CAIRO: Doctors started Tuesday an open-ended strike nationwide until their demands are met and said that the first day was as successful as last week’s one-day strike despite attempts to undermine it. The response rate was estimated at 85 percent as 227 hospitals across the country participated. About 75 percent of hospitals in Cairo participated, …

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Referendum polling extended till 9 pm amid high turnout, judges on alert

CAIRO: The Supreme Judicial Commission overseeing voting on a public referendum on constitutional amendments announced that polling time will be extended for one hour till 9 pm and demanded that more judges stay on alert as voters turned out in huge numbers at polling stations all over Egypt. Hundreds of thousands queued in front of …

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Aid flows into Libya, conflicting reports on Egyptian death toll

CAIRO: Aid convoys carrying medical supplies and food continued to enter Libya Tuesday through the Salloum crossing as 8,482 Egyptians and 235 of other nationalities crossed into Egypt, according to a statement issued by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces. Conflicting reports emerged on the number of Egyptians killed during protests demanding the overthrow …

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Labor University financial supervisor discharged after protests

CAIRO: Financial supervisor at the Labor University and vice president of the Egyptian Trade Union Federation (ETUF), Mostafa Mongi, was dismissed from his post after employees protested Monday in front of the University demanding his resignation. Tens of university employees that protested in front of its headquarters in Cairo’s Nasr City district said Mongi’s financial …

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Tunisia can be a model for democratic transformation in Arab world, say experts

CAIRO: The Tunisian revolution challenged stereotypes of the stagnant political scene associated with the Arab world and can now set a model for democratic transformation for the region, a roundtable discussion concluded Sunday. Speaking at the discussion held at the Arab Alternatives Forum for Political Studies, experts hailed the role of the Tunisian Workers’ Union …

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MB says will have symbolic participation in Jan. 25 demos

  CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) said they will participate “symbolically” in protests organized by a number of opposition powers and youth movements on Jan. 25. Local activists called for nationwide protests against torture, poverty, corruption and unemployment for Tuesday, inspired by Tunisia’s overthrow of its autocratic president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. “The MB …

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Trial of eight Shubra protesters adjourned to hear police testimony

CAIRO: The Rod Al Farag Misdemeanors Court adjourned the trial of eight protesters on Thursday to Feb. 24 in order to hear two witnesses and allow the defense team to review the Rod Al Farag police station’s records. The eight Muslim protesters, affiliated with various opposition movements, were initially detained during a Jan. 3 protest …

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Security cordon prevented protestors from joining anti inflation demo

CAIRO: A protest against inflation, organized Monday by the Kefaya Movement for Change and other opposition groups, in front of the Ministry of Social Solidarity ended shortly after a handful of protestors managed to break through the security that was cordoning the area. “Security allowed a small group of protestors and media to assemble and …

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Lawsuit aims to annul Saudi prince’s Toshka land deal

CAIRO: A number of human rights organizations and Nubian activists have joined lawyer Shehata Mohamed in the lawsuit he filed through the Administrative Court questioning the legality of Saudi mogul Al-Walid Bin Talal’s ownership contract of 100,000 feddans in Toshka, Upper Egypt. They say the contract stipulates that Talal can obtain seeds without the supervision …

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Violence will be countered with violence in elections, says Al Wafd

CAIRO: Al-Wafd opposition party warned of “unprecedented” violence during the upcoming parliamentary elections and said they will “stand up” against and document any violent harassment of their candidates. “There will be brutal confrontations steered by people using money to recruit thugs during the upcoming elections and its first victim was a young man in Portsaid …

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Making Egypt ‘accessible’ for tourists

  By Tamim Elyan Special to Daily News Egypt   CAIRO: Claudia Ehlers has always dreamed of seeing the pyramids – a dream dismissed by almost everyone she told given the challenges she would face as a physically challenged tourist. “But I followed my dream in defiance of all difficulties,” Ehlers said. The German tourist …

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Doctors’ Syndicate head agrees to discuss controversial new medical council, exam

CAIRO: Head of the Doctors’ Syndicate Hamdy El-Sayyed agreed to hold a conference with Doctors Without Rights next month to discuss a draft law establishing an Egyptian Council for Medical Professional Credentials and new assessment exam, he told Daily News Egypt. The new council, assigned to give professional practice licenses and identify benchmarks for training …

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Karama Party leader calls for revival of Nasser’s policies

CAIRO: Founder of Al-Karama Party Hamdeen Sabahi called for the revival of socialist economic policies of the Nasserite era and the re-nationalization of privatized public properties. Delivering a passionate speech to workers assembled at the Egyptian Center of Economic and Social Rights (ECESR) Monday, Sabahi said that change won’t come except through the physical presence …

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Two years after the rockslide, Duweiqa residents’ problems remain unsolved

CAIRO: Two years after the death of 119 people in the Duweiqa rockslide, many residents are still living in tents or in dilapidated homes, with serious complaints that fall on deaf ears. The fatal rockslide that took place on Sept. 6, 2008, was preceded with similar complaints and reports that declared the area unsafe for …

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Ayman Nour says NDP’s economic policies ‘far from being liberal’

CAIRO: In defending his party’s liberal economic policies, Al-Ghad Party leader Ayman Nour attacked Monday the economic policies of the National Democratic Party (NDP), accusing successive governments of a misapplication of liberal economic ideas. Speaking to leaders of labor groups as a potential candidate in next year’s presidential elections, Nour denied any contradiction between Al-Ghad’s …

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One on one with Mostafa Bakry: State is backing ministers against independent opposition

CAIRO: In Helwan, a fierce battle between prominent opposition MP, Mostafa Bakry, and Minister of Military Production, Sayed Mesha’l, is underway; a forced confrontation between both strong candidates after the redistribution of electoral constituencies. Four months ago, the Shoura Council agreed on a law modifying electoral constituencies in 12 governorates; accordingly, Bakry’s constituency, Al-Tebin and …

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Road to labor rights begins with democracy, ElBaradei tells workers

CAIRO: Democracy is the only way to guarantee equitable economic and social rights for workers, former director of the International Atomic Energy Agency and reform advocate Mohamed ElBaradei told leaders of labor groups in a meeting Tuesday. He urged them to join the National Association for Change (NAC), which he founded and is a member …

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April 6 join National Association to collect signatures for political reform

CAIRO: The April 6 Youth Movement announced Saturday that their political awareness campaign "Our Egypt, Our Right" will join forces with the National Association for Change’s door knocking campaign to collect signatures supporting calls for constitutional reform. "Our campaign’s main goal is to create political awareness through interactions with ordinary Egyptians and convincing them to …

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Alexandria launches promotional campaign for 2017 Mediterranean Games bid

ALEXANDRIA: Governor of Alexandria Adel Labib and head of the National Sports Council (NSC) Hassan Saqr announced Monday the launch of the promotional campaign for the "Alexandria 2017" bid to host the Mediterranean Games. Under the slogan "Culture of Sports," Alexandria’s powerful bid is competing against those of Tripoli (Libya), Mersin (Turkey), Tarragona (Spain) and …

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2010 university graduates to be assigned to public service, says minister

CAIRO: Minister of Social Solidarity Ali Moselhi said that university graduates exempt from military service this year will be appointed to work in public services. “Public service isn’t mandatory, but it’s an essential prerequisite for employment and is a national duty,” Reda Abdel Wareth, head of public service administration at the Ministry of Social Solidarity, …

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Analysis: Will political activity in Nile Basin countries affect the water feud?

CAIRO: A sweeping victory for Paul Kagame in Rwanda’s presidential elections last week preceded by a similar victory for President Pierre Nkurunziza in Burundi sparked doubts over the future of the water treaty debacle amid intense political activity in the Nile Basin countries. Along with a major referendum in Kenya over a new constitution implementing …

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Tosson residents suspend four-month-sit-in, arrested protestor released

CAIRO: Tosson residents suspended a sit-in in front of the Ministry of Agriculture Saturday as they await the final court verdict in their land dispute case, said lawyer Mohamed Ramadan. Tosson residents in Alexandria have been protesting for two years against the evacuation of 500 families from their homes and razing their houses which were …

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Wall of fear is cracking, says Saad Eddin Ibrahim

CAIRO: Egyptian-American dissident Saad Eddin Ibrahim, urged Tuesday the middle class and political parties to take responsibility for making change in Egypt, hailing US demands for democracy in the Middle East. "The past five years have witnessed unprecedented mobilization in the Egyptian society; however, bringing the wall of fear down was the most remarkable change," …

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Heavy rain, sandstorms leave 40 injured, cause blackout in Upper Egypt

CAIRO: Forty were injured in Aswan Saturday as heavy rain and sandstorms caused the collapse of many houses in remote villages, as well as a blackout in Luxor. Heavy rain continued for two hours in the villages of Naga’ Al Shadeeda, Al Malqata and Khor Abu Sera flooding the roads with water without serious damages; …

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