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Money donated to Gazans is considered zakat, says Gomaa

CAIRO: Egypt’s Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa said that the money Muslims donate to the victims in Gaza can be considered zakat, the obligatory alms to the poor. The citizens of the Occupied Territories are the top priority and are in the most need of money, Gomaa said in a statement sent to Daily News Egypt. …

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Rabbis unwelcome in next Islamic conference, says endowment minister

CAIRO: Minister of Religious Endowments Mahmoud Hamdy Zakzouk said that he will not invite any rabbis to the next International Islamic Conference in Cairo. The conference is organized by the ministry and is expected to take place in March, Zakzouk said in a press conference Tuesday. Zakzouk said that his decision came in reaction to …

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100 Islamic scholars condemn closure of Rafah border

CAIRO: Some 100 Islamic scholars, mostly from Saudi Arabia, signed an official document, in which they condemned “some Arab countries for closing the Rafah border crossing, accusing them of being “infidels. The statement also condemned handing over the border to “Jewish or international forces that are supporting the Jewish state describing this as un-Islamic. “The …

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Opposition MPs urge gov't to provide housing for Gazans

CAIRO: Opposition MPs are urging the government to allocate LE 500 million to provide housing for Gaza residents along the border. Around 35 opposition MPs sent an urgent request to Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif calling for the development of the Egyptian city of Rafah. Muslim Brotherhood MP Saad Al-Husseiny told Daily News Egypt that the …

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MP prepares to go to court to reclaim Britain's WW I debt

CAIRO: MP Mohamed Khalil Kwaitah is preparing to go the International Court of Justice to reclaim alleged billions owed to Egypt by the British government. In September 2008 independent researcher Ashraf Sabry said he discovered an 87-year-old document proving that Britain owes Egypt £28.8 billion. He claimed to have found an I.O.U at the Royal …

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MP hospitalized after heated debate over gas exports to Israel

CAIRO: Independent MP Mostafa Bakry was hospitalized after fainting during a heated discussion about Egypt exporting gas to Israel at a People’s Assembly session on Sunday. Akram Al-Shaer, a Muslim Brotherhood MP, told Daily News Egypt that Bakry fainted after “a provoking discussion with MPs affiliated with the National Democratic Party (NDP) who were defending …

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Nationalists call on government to take a stand against Israeli assaults

CAIRO: Nationalist currents are calling on the government to freeze the Camp David peace treaty, stop exporting gas to Israel, as well as follow in the Venezuelan government’s steps and expel the Israeli ambassador from Egypt. An official statement was released and singed by members of different political parties, calling for a stand against the …

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Egyptian doctors denied entry into Gaza

RAFAH/CAIRO: For the second day running frustrated Egyptian doctors were denied entry into Gaza through the Rafah border crossing, as Israel continued its shelling campaign near the border. Egyptian doctors carrying their suitcases were prevented from entering Gaza to aid the territory’s understaffed hospitals, flooded with over 2,800 wounded during the Israeli assault on Gaza. …

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Gomaa visits wounded Palestinians

CAIRO: On Monday Egypt’s Grand Mufti along with Minister of Health Dr Hatem Al-Gabaly visited Nasser Medical Institute to check on the 34 Palestinians receiving treatment there. Gomaa and Al-Gabaly held a press conference following their visit. In an official press statement sent to Daily News Egypt, Gomaa said that Sharia clearly stipulates that we …

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Sheikh Zayed murder suspect to be tried in Feb. 7

CAIRO: The trial of Mahmoud Sayed Abdel Hafez Essawy, charged with the murder of Heba El-Akkad, 23, and Nadine Khaled, 19 in Al-Nada compound in Sheikh Zayed last November will begin on Feb. 7 at the Giza Criminal Court. Last week Essawy was referred to the criminal court by the prosecution. Essam Shiha, the victims’ …

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Censors ban editorial of opposition newspaper

CAIRO: Security officials ordered the removal of Abdel Halim Kandil’s weekly editorial in Sout Al-Omah, an independent weekly newspaper, last Sunday and replaced it with an advertisement, Kandil confirmed to Daily News Egypt. He said that both he and the publisher were contacted by security officials at Al-Ahram print house where the newspaper is printed, …

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Teachers' raise kicks off in January, says MP

CAIRO: Teachers who passed the second phase of public school teachers’ assessment exams complain that they did not receive their promised pay raise in December, said Ibrahim Younis, teacher and member of the People’s Assembly’s education committee. “December salaries were paid without any raises, Younis told Daily News Egypt. Minister of Education Youssry Al-Gamal had, …

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Al-Nada murder case referred to criminal court

CAIRO: Mahmoud Sayed Abdel Hafez Essawy, charged with the murder of Heba El-Akkad, 23, and Nadine Khaled, 19, in Al-Nada compound in Sheikh Zayid city in Sixth of October was referred to the criminal court by the prosecution. Essam Shiha, the victims’ lawyers, told Daily News Egypt, that Essawy was found guilty by the prosecution …

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Experts condemn corporal punishment in schools at Fayoum conference

CAIRO: On the heels of an Alexandria court verdict in the case of 11-year-old Islam Badr who was kicked to death by his mathematics teacher, education experts held a conference in Fayoum tackling the controversy over corporal punishment. Rashad Abdel Latif, vice president of Helwan University said that violence occurs in 58 percent of schools …

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Egypt accused of being part of Israeli 'conspiracy'

CAIRO: While Arab nations protested and chanted against the Israeli raids on Gaza, much of that anger was directed at Egypt, calling for it to open the Rafah border and allow injured Palestinians in. Hezbollah Chief Hassan Nasrallah spearheaded the campaign against Egypt, criticizing its regime for “its reaction towards the Gaza attacks and its …

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Brotherhood MP calls for banning business between MPs and gov't

CAIRO: Muslim Brotherhood MP Hussein Ibrahim put in a request at the People’s Assembly on Wednesday to ban MPs from doing business with the government throughout their term in parliament. Ibrahim, deputy head of the Brotherhood’s parliamentary bloc, explained that Article 95 of the Egyptian constitution stipulates that MPs should not be allowed to conduct …

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Schoolboy killer gets six years with hard labor

ALEXANDRIA: An Alexandria court handed 23-year-old mathematics teacher Haitham Nabil Abdel Hamid a six-year jail sentence with hard labor, for kicking 11-year-old Islam Badr to death last October. The verdict was announced Thursday afternoon amid serious objections by both Badr’s and Abdel Hamid’s families. Badr’s family said the verdict was too lenient, and their lawyer …

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The year of accidents, disasters and fires

The last weeks of the year 2008 were witness to two of the worst road accidents, closing off a year marred by disasters and fires that claimed tens of lives and left many homeless. By far, the Duweiqa rockslide was the worst crisis all year. The official death tally was at 100, but surviving residents …

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2008: A year for victorious women

In Egypt, 2008 can easily be labeled the woman s year. In addition to numerous new legislations championing women’s rights, 2008 saw the first female marriage registrar, the first female village mayor and the first sexual harassment case brought to court by a young woman. Facebook Activist Israa Abdel Fattah became the face of a …

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Verdict in schoolboy Islam Badr's case expected Thursday

ALEXANDRIA: Islam Badr’s family were left frustrated Monday after the Alexandria Court postponed its verdict in the case of 23-year-old mathematics teacher Haitham Nabil Abdel Hamid, accused of kicking the 11-year-old student to death last October. The court is expected to issue its verdict on Thursday, Dec. 25, but did not give a reason for …

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Health ministry tackles a handful of controversies as year wraps up

During the last two months of 2008, hospitals around Egypt were paid surprise visits by the Ministry of Health as part of its crackdown on medical violations. Incidents of medical negligence, sometimes fatal, and reports of illegal organ trading have been making headlines throughout the year. As they bid farewell to a turbulent year, some …

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Kariman Hamzah: Egypt's first female Quran interpreter

CAIRO: As 2008 nears its end, a third Egyptian women forged her way into a male-dominated profession as Kariman Hamzah became the country’s first female to interpret the holy Quran. A familiar face on religious television programs, Hamza has penned more than 25 books on Islam. Hamzah is the third women this year to break …

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Lawyer calls for action against Al-Azhar Grand Sheikh

CAIRO: Essam Sultan, lawyer and member of Al-Wasat party, called on the Islamic Research Council to take the necessary action against Sheikh Mohamed Sayed Tantawy, the grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar, for violating Al-Azhar s constitution and misrepresenting it. Sultan told Daily News Egypt that he sent an official warning to the Council demanding that they …

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Case of 11-year-old boy kicked to death by teacher resumes today

CAIRO: Fistfights marked the trial Saturday of 23-year-old mathematics teacher Haitham Nabil Abdel Hamid accused of kicking to death11-year-old Islam Badr. The Alexandria court resumes the trial today when the court is expected to issue a final verdict. At the hearing, which lasted four and a half hours, the court listened to the prosecution and …

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Lawsuit against FGM ban moved to Constitutional Court

CAIRO: A court case filed by Sheikh Youssef Al-Badry against a ministerial decree banning female genital mutilation (FGM) will be heard at the Cairo Constitutional Court, an adminstrative court decided Wednesday. The Cairo Administrative Court transferred the case that was filed against Minister of Health Hatem Al-Gabaly to the Cairo Constitutional Court because it dealt …

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Special Series: Education: Long way ahead for higher education, say experts

CAIRO: With thanaweya amma stealing the spotlight throughout the academic year, little attention is given to higher education, which suffers from lack of proper facilities, qualified faculty and overcrowding among a slew of chronic ailments. Experts disagree on whether the educational system in universities is developing in the right direction. Naila Hamdy, chairperson of the …

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Physical, verbal brawls erupt in PA

CAIRO: Clashes erupted at the People s Assembly Sunday between members affiliated with the National Democratic Party (NDP) and Saad Aboud, of Al-Karama opposition party, as they discussed the Ministry of Interior s role in obstructing an aid convoy to Gaza. Verbal as well as physical assaults were exchanged between the NDP members and Aboud. …

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Spouse swap trial postponed

CAIRO: The Agouza Misdemeanors Court postponed on Sunday the trial of the couple arrested for holding “spouse-swapping parties to Jan. 3. Two months ago defendants Tolbah Abdel Hafez, a 48-year-old civil servant, and his 43-year-old wife Salwa Hussein, an Arabic teacher, were accused of prostitution and spreading debauchery. The couple was arrested in October for …

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PA to discuss seven investigation requests Sunday

CAIRO: Out of the 76 investigation requests filed to the PA by independent, Muslim Brotherhood and opposition MPs last month, seven are set to be discussed on Sunday, according to MP Mohamed Khalil Kwaitah. Kwaitah, who is affiliated with the National Democratic Party (NDP), says that the seven investigation requests revolve around the process of …

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Egypt diplomats worst traffic offenders, says London paper

CAIRO: Egyptian diplomats along with their Saudi Arabian, Afghani and Sudanese counterparts are the worst violators of London’s traffic laws, reported the Daily Telegraph on Tuesday. According to the newspaper, “the driver of an Egyptian registered Mercedes C Class has racked up £10,000 in fines. Over the last four years, foreign diplomats in London have …

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