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Prosecutor General orders examination of antique paintings

CAIRO: Prosecutor General Abdel Meguid Mahmoud ordered the examination of nine antique paintings that were mysteriously stolen from the Mohamed Ali Palace in Shubra on March 10. The paintings were retrieved last Thursday. Omar Al-Dib, a media relations official at the Ministry of Culture, confirmed the news to Daily News Egypt. The committee will include …

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Education admin protests to begin March 29

CAIRO: The syndicate for education sector administrators plans to start a series of “peaceful protests against the ministry’s failure to deliver a 50 percent salary increase promised through the amended teachers’ law in 2008. The decision was announced during a syndicate assembly on Thursday. The People’s Assembly (PA) had promised to grant employees of the …

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Stolen antique paintings retrieved, says ministry

CAIRO: Nine antique paintings that were stolen earlier this month were retrieved by police officials after they were tipped off by an “anonymous phone call, an official statement released by the Ministry of Culture said on Thursday. Ahmed Salah, the ministry’s spokesperson, told Daily News Egypt that the ministry cannot disclose any details pertaining to …

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Suzanne Tamim verdict due May 21

CAIRO: The Cairo Criminal Court will announce its verdict in the murder trial of Lebanese singer Suzanne Tamim on May 21. The trial attracted public and media attention because it involves ex-chairperson of Talaat Moustafa Group, Hisham Talaat Moustafa and ex-state security officer Mohsen El-Sukkari. El-Sukkari was charged with committing the crime upon orders from …

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Al-Sayed rejects Azhar Sheikh's fatwa on death row organ transplants

CAIRO: Hamdy Al-Sayed, chairman of Doctors’ Syndicate, disagreed with a recent proposal by the Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar Mohamed Sayed Tantawy, allowing the use of organs belonging to criminals on death row in transplant procedures without prior permission. Tantawy’s proposal was made in reference to the 10 rapists who recently received the death sentence in …

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Tantawy proposes using organs of death row prisoners for transplant

CAIRO: Amid the controversy surrounding the new organ transplant law, Al-Azhar Grand Sheikh Mohamed Sayed Tantawy proposed using organs belonging to criminals on death row in transplant procedures. Tantawy was reportedly referring to the 10 rapists who recently received the death sentence in Kafr El-Sheikh for kidnapping and raping a woman. Tantawy’s suggestion did not …

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Environment ministry cracks down on factories recycling hospital waste

CAIRO: The Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs has impounded 33 tons of hospital waste slated to be illegally used by two factories in the manufacture of toys and cotton upholstery. On Saturday, the ministry targeted a factory in Helwan, after receiving complaints from citizens in the area. The relatively small factory was caught in …

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Marathon raises awareness of TB in Egypt

CAIRO: Government officials ran a marathon Friday to raise awareness of tuberculosis (TB). Minister of Health Hatem Al-Gabaly and newly appointed minister of state for family and population Moushira Khattab participated in the marathon. The marathon was followed by a concert by Egyptian singer Hisham Abbas at the citadel. This is the first public awareness …

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Humans may receive organs from animals, says research

CAIRO: A recently published research by Dar Al-Ifa (the body that issues religious edicts) deemed it permissible to transplant the organs of certain animals into humans. The research was conducted by Sheikh Moustafa Abdel Karim Mourad, from the Sharia research department in Dar Al-Ifta, and was released in February. It stated that humans are allowed …

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Mubarak appoints two new ministers

CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak issued a decree Wednesday, appointing Ambassador Moushira Khattab minister of state for family and population and Mohamed Nasser Al-Din as minister of water resources and irrigation, replacing Mahmoud Abou Zeid. Soliman Awad, presidential spokesperson, said that Abou Zeid asked to be relieved from his position “for medical reasons. However, Prime Minister …

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9 Antique paintings stolen from Mohamed Ali Palace

CAIRO: Nine antique paintings were stolen from the Mohamed Ali Palace in Shubra El-Kheima, the Ministry of Culture announced Tuesday. Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni, Zahi Hawass, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, and Farouk Abdel Salam, first undersecretary at the Ministry of Culture, visited the Palace immediately after the theft was reported. …

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Double homicide defendant's lawyer retracts decision to withdraw from case

CAIRO: Lawyer Ahmed Gomaa, representing Mahmoud Sayed Abdel Hafez Essawy, who is charged with the murder of two university students last November, retracted his Saturday decision to withdraw from the case. Gomaa had walked out of the courtroom on Saturday when the judge refused to allow a witness, coroner Hoda Al-Gabally, to answer a question …

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Court to hear defense statement in Talaat Moustafa case today

CAIRO: The trial of Egyptian construction mogul Hisham Talaat Moustafa and former state security officer Mohsen Al-Sukkari for the murder of singer Suzanne Tamim will resume today for the court to hear the defense statements. On Sunday, the Cairo Criminal Court heard the prosecutor’s statement. He demanded the maximum penalty in Egyptian criminal law for …

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Nine-year-old girl found dead in Minya school

CAIRO: A nine-year-old student Almaz Maghawry was found killed inside her school in Minya last Tuesday. The student was murdered by one of the school workers, Khaled Abou Takia, 40, who strangled her to steal her gold earrings, according to the local press. The Minya governor announced that the killer was arrested a few hours …

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Defective blood bags case reopened

CAIRO: The Cairo Appeals Court will retry MP Hani Sorour, involved in the notorious case of manufacturing defective blood bags, on April 18. Sorour will be retried along with six employees from his factory, Hidelina, and from the Ministry of Health. Implicated in the case with Sorour are Dr Helmi Salah Al-Din, general manager of …

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PA debate continues over auditing agency's annual report

CAIRO: While the Central Auditing Agency’s (CAA) annual report listed 21 achievements made by the government over the 2007-2008 year, it also pointed to major shortcomings. According to the report – which was presented to the People’s Assembly (PA) earlier this week by chairman of the CAA Gawdat Al-Malt – the government’s most notable achievement …

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Security forces arrest 16 Brotherhood members

CAIRO: In its latest crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, security forces arrested 16 members from different governorates early Tuesday, according to a statement issued by the group. The detainees include Mostafa Taher Al-Ghoneimy, secretary general of the Doctors’ Syndicate in the governorate of Al-Gharbeya. Taher had been arrested and released two weeks ago for protesting …

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Auditing agency to collect accumulated newspaper taxes

CAIRO: The Central Auditing Agency (CAA) turned down a request by the Ministry of Finance to drop state-run newspapers’ accumulated taxes, MP Saad Al-Husseiny told Daily News Egypt. Mona Gamal, the ministry’s press officer, however told Daily News Egypt that the ministry didn’t release such news, which was reported in local media. She, nonetheless, didn’t …

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Draft law criminalizes issuing unauthorized fatwas

CAIRO: The People’s Assembly’s proposals and complaints committee drafted a new law criminalizing issuing a fatwa without a special license. The draft law imposes a three-year jail sentence to any unauthorized person issuing a fatwa, and is only applicable to Egyptians. It also stipulates that the Islamic Research Center and Dar Al Ifta be the …

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Justice minister discusses controversial lawsuit fees law

CAIRO: Minister of Justice Mamdouh Marei met with Fathi Sorour, speaker of the People’s Assembly, to discuss the recently approved law increasing fees for filing lawsuits, as lawyers continue to protest the controversial law. Earlier this week, Marei proposed a change in the law, cutting the increase from the initial 10-fold to 5-fold. While both …

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Lawyers continue protest, PA expected pass contentious draft law

CAIRO: Lawyers vowed to continue their sit-in inside the Lawyers’ Syndicate throughout this week in protest at a new draft law that would increase lawsuit fees 10-fold. The Legislative Committee of the People’s Assembly (PA) had already approved the draft law. It’s now pending the approval of the members of parliament. Mohamed Khalil Kwaitah, MP …

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Lawyers continue to protest increase in lawsuit fees

CAIRO: The Lawyers’ Syndicate organized the third of a series of protests Thursday, on the steps of their headquarters against the increase in lawsuit fees. Earlier this month, the People’s Assembly (PA) approved a draft law proposed by the government in January to increase the fees for filing lawsuits 10-fold. During the protest, independent lawyers …

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Caritas celebrates rehabilitation program

CAIRO: In a ceremony Wednesday, international NGO Caritas honored over 20 people with special needs after they completed training courses it offered in different fields under the supervision of the Ministry of Health’s department of mental and psychological health. The courses were offered as part of Caritas’ rehabilitation program and were taught by its professionals …

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PA industry committee discusses truck drivers' grievances

CAIRO: The People’s Assembly (PA) industry and energy committee has conducted the first of a series of meetings on Wednesday to discuss truck drivers’ grievances, the Ministry of Trade and Industry said in a press statement. Possible solutions to the problem were proposed by trailer manufacturers and were discussed during the meeting, such as producing …

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Lawyers protest increase in lawsuit fees

CAIRO: Lawyers nationwide suspended their criminal court cases on Tuesday, in protest at the increase in lawsuit fees. The Lawyers’ Syndicate called for the one-day strike after the People’s Assembly (PA) approved a new draft law raising the fees for filing lawsuits 10-fold. The draft law was proposed by the government in January. Some lawyers …

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PA discusses High Dam and Lake Nasser preservation

CAIRO: MP Osama Gado called for the preservation of the High Dam and Lake Nasser, especially since the security of these “strategic water storage areas “is directly related to national security. The People’s Assembly’s proposals and complaints committee convened to discuss the renovation of key areas in Aswan such as the High Dam and Lake …

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New pharmacists' law underway, says health minister

CAIRO: The Pharmacists’ Syndicate is currently preparing a new draft law, Hatem Al-Gabaly, minister of health, announced Saturday, allowing pharmacies to supervise the production of medication. Mohamed Abdel Gawad, deputy chairman of the Pharmacists’ Syndicate, told Daily News Egypt that he is personally involved in drafting the new law. The proposed law is meant to …

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First Lady announces 'Cairo Declaration' against child exploitation

CAIRO: Under a new Cairo Declaration, Egypt has officially joined the global battle against child exploitation, calling for new legislation, the revision of current laws involving children and initiating a global movement to protect children. On Thursday, Egypt’s First Lady Suzanne Mubarak joined the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC) to issue the …

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MPs blame government for truck drivers' strike

CAIRO: The People’s Assembly (PA) approved Wednesday a request filed by several MPs blaming the government for inciting the nationwide strike staged by truck drivers. In the request, several MPs blame the government for “escalating the situation with truck drivers, Hassanein El-Shoura, member of the PA’s transport and communications committee, told Daily News Egypt. Truck …

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Pharmacists end strike, open pharmacies

CAIRO: The Pharmacists’ Syndicate ended its two-day strike after the Ministry of Finance agreed not to implement new tax regulations for pharmacies on a retroactive basis. Pharmacies were operating on normal work hours starting Wednesday morning. The finance ministry agreed to the demands of pharmacists, saying that new tax regulations will not be applied on …

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