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Court postpones appeal in four editors' case

CAIRO: The Cairo Appeals Court postponed till Dec. 27 its verdict in the case of the four newspaper editors who were handed down one-year jail sentences and a LE 20,000 fine last year, citing that the court had not completed its deliberations. Last Saturday, the Cairo Appeals Court was expected to issue its appealing verdict …

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Cairo Appeals Court to rule in four editors' case today

CAIRO: The Cairo Appeals Court is scheduled to issue a verdict today in the case of the four newspaper editors who were handed down one-year jail sentences and a LE 20,000 fine last year. Adel Hammouda, of Al-Fajr, Ibrahim Eissa, editor of Al-Dostour, Wael El-Ebrashy, editor of Sout Al-Omah weekly, and Abdel Halim Qandil, ex-editor …

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Ibrahim Eissa wins journalism award

CAIRO: Outspoken editor of Al-Dostour independent newspaper was awarded the 2008 Gebran Tueni Award for journalism by the World Association of Newspapers (WAN). The Gebran Tueni Award is an annual prize offered by the WAN, honoring editors and publishers in the Arab world for their distinguished work in journalism. The prize is created in remembrance …

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Shoura Council approves new civil universities law

CAIRO: The Shoura Council approved the new civil universities law despite a request filed by the People’s Assembly’s education committee to review it, Aly Laban, committee member, said. The new law entails the establishment of 17 new non-profit universities, while stipulating that the Ministry of Higher Education be in charge of appointing half of their …

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Azhar Sheikh denies awareness of shaking hands with Israeli President

CAIRO: Amid a media frenzy targeting Azhar Sheikh Mohamed Sayed Tantawy for shaking hands with the Israeli President last month, an ex-deputy Azhar sheikh is blaming the Egyptian delegation’s lack of professionalism. Local press published pictures showing Tantawy shaking hands with Israeli President Shimon Peres during a UN-sponsored religious dialogue conference in the US last …

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Brotherhood's Supreme Guide denies supporting Gamal Mubarak for president

CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood’s Supreme Guide Mohamed Mahdy Akef denied news reports that he supports the nomination of Gamal Mubarak, the son of incumbent President Hosni Mubarak, as a presidential candidate. On Tuesday, independent daily Al-Masry Al-Youm reported that Akef was quoted on ikhwanweb, the Brotherhood s official English language website, as saying that the …

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MPs demand revision of new civil universities project

CAIRO: Members of the education committees of both the Shoura Council (Upper House of Parliament) and the People’s Assembly (PA) asked for a review of plans to build 17 new civil universities. The plan was announced by President Hosni Mubarak during the opening speech of the 2008-2009 parliamentary session last Sunday. In the meeting, which …

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Two university students brutally stabbed in Sheikh Zayed

CAIRO: The brutal stabbing of two university students in a compound in Sixth of October City’s Sheikh Zayed district shocked the nation when it was reported Friday in most local newspapers. The two female victims, Heba Ibrahim Al-Akad, 23, the daughter of Moroccan singer Laila Ghofran, and her Saudi friend Nadine Khaled Gamal were found …

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MPs file 76 investigation requests

CAIRO: Independent, Muslim Brotherhood and opposition MPs filed 76 investigation requests to the People s Assembly (PA), which will be discussed in next Saturday’s parliamentary session. The large number of requests, however, does not pose a threat to the government, Mohamed Khalil Kwaitah, MP affiliated with the National Democratic Party (NDP), told Daily News Egypt. …

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Swingers' trial set for Dec. 12

CAIRO: The Agouza Misdemeanors Court referred the case of the couple arrested for organizing “spouse-swapping parties to a specialized court to hear the case on Dec. 12. The attorney general accused 48-year-old Tolbah Abdel Hafez and his 43-year-old wife Salwa Hussein of prostitution, spreading debauchery and publicizing it on the internet. The couple was arrested …

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Ministry of Health cracks down on organ trafficking

CAIRO: As part of its crackdown on illegal organ trading, the Ministry of Health is paying surprise visits to hospitals around Egypt, inspecting and reporting violations. According to a press statement issued by Dr Mamdouh Hady, a ministry official, several violations were discovered in Al-Marwa hospital in Dokki, which can lead to the revocation of …

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Mubarak on economic crisis, draft laws at PA opening

CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak said during his speech in parliament Sunday that he will “do anything to support the establishment of a real Palestinian nation with Jerusalem as its capital, according to MP Aly Laban. “It is the first time he says he wants Jerusalem to be the capital of Palestine, Laban told Daily News …

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Officials say brown cloud 'unlikely' to reach Egypt

CAIRO: Ahmed Aboul Seoud, deputy minister of State for Environmental Affairs, linked the appearance of the “brown cloud to burning wood in East Asia, a practice strongly condemned by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), he told Daily News Egypt. It is unlikely that Egypt will be affected by the brown cloud, he said, but …

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Agriculture officials found guilty of importing cancerous pesticides

CAIRO: Two officials from the Ministry of Agriculture were found guilty of importing cancerous pesticides into the Egyptian market, bribery, and squandering public money. One MP told Daily News Egypt the two should have received a death sentence. Last Thursday, the Cairo Criminal Court found agriculture officials Youssef Abdel-Rahman and Randa Al-Shamy guilty of 16 …

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Toxic brown cloud expected to appear in Egypt's sky

CAIRO: The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) warned of the passing of the “brown cloud, which is full of toxic chemical material, over the Middle East. The cloud is around three kilometers long. According to the UNEP report, which was first released on Nov. 13, the cloud would pass over the Middle East within three …

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More wheat imports from Russia, Ukraine, says report

CAIRO: An official document issued by the committee for vessel guidance in the maritime transport sector confirmed that Egypt continues to import wheat intended for animal feed from Ukraine and Russia. The document, published by Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper, indicated that around one million tons of this wheat were imported to Egypt from Oct. 1 through …

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Islam Badr's case postponed to Dec. 20

CAIRO: The Alexandria Criminal Court adjourned to Dec. 10 the trial of the 23-year-old mathematics teacher accused of kicking 11-year-old Islam Badr in the stomach, which led to the student’s death. The court is taking this time to examine the defense lawyer’s demands. The defense lawyer demanded the testimony of several people including Minister of …

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Interior Minister issues decree for AUC professor's release

CAIRO: The Minister of Interior issued a decree Saturday to release Ihab Atta, professor and graduate student at the American University in Cairo, who has been detained for two years, his colleagues said. Atta has allegedly been detained without charge. Atta s colleagues at AUC s Arabic Language Institute, who formed a committee campaigning against …

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Trade Ministry refutes wheat rumors

CAIRO: The General Agency for Supply Commodities has refuted allegations that imported wheat intended for animal feed and unfit for human consumption has been used in making bread in Egypt. Members of parliament have claimed that a recent batch of wheat imported from European countries was found to be unfit for human consumption, and is …

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Teachers' law 'hot' topic in Parliament, says MP

CAIRO: One of the hottest topics that will be discussed during the 2008/9 Parliamentary round is the new teachers law as well as the controversial pay-scheme linking raises with assessment exams, Muslim Brotherhood MP Osama Gado told Daily News Egypt. One day before the start of the new Parliamentary round, Gado sent Daily News Egypt …

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Fathi Sorour re-elected as PA chairman

CAIRO: Fathi Sorour was re-elected Wednesday as the head of the People’s Assembly for the 19th consecutive time. In the PA’s internal elections, Sorour ran unopposed and won 335 out of a total 337 votes to act as chairman of the upcoming parliamentary round, as opposition MPs boycotted the elections. Zeinab Radwan and Abdel Aziz …

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AUC faculty say detained colleague's health in jeopardy

CAIRO: A group of faculty members from the American University in Cairo (AUC) are organizing a protest on Dec. 1 against the continued detainment of their colleague Ihab Atta. A committee was formed in support of Atta, an AUC instructor and graduate student who has been detained for two years. The group said they will …

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MB to boycott PA internal elections

CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood will boycott the upcoming People’s Assembly (PA) internal elections set to take place on Wednesday, Saad Al-Katatny, head of the brotherhood’s parliamentary bloc said. The MB’s decision came after they were denied the right to participate as chairpersons of the PA’s different internal committees, Al-Katatny said. “We will boycott the elections …

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Appeals Court orders retrial of Hidelina case

CAIRO: The Cairo Court of Appeals annulled a previous Criminal Court ruling exonerating those accused in the infamous Hidelina defective blood bags case, and ordered a retrial. On Nov.7, the Appeals Court ruled that the case be reopened and sent the file to the Cassation Court to set a date for the retrial before a …

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MP questions run down Upper Egypt highways

CAIRO: MP Hisham Al-Kady of the Muslim Brotherhood filed a parliamentary question to the speaker of the People’s Assembly (PA) about the frequency of accidents on Egyptian highways, especially in Upper Egypt. Al-Kady said in a press statement that the past few months witnessed many accidents in Beni Suef, Qena and Aswan cities. “Those accidents …

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Parent beats daughter's teacher, principle

CAIRO: The father of a student attending Kafr Al-Zayat Primary School in El-Gharbiya governorate assaulted her teacher and school principal on Wednesday. Mahmoud Karkor, Sohaila’s father, kicked both her teacher and the school’s principle after they refused to allow him to take his daughter home before the end of the school day. The father had …

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April 6 movement criticizes NDP in corresponding conference

CAIRO: The April 6 movement concluded that the ruling National Democratic Party creates a “burden on Egypt in a statement the group issued as it wrapped up an online convention corresponding with the NDP’s fifth annual conference. “After we finished all our discussions and meetings with other political parties and movements, we concluded that the …

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Sheikh contests Nazif's proposal to separate Al-Azhar schools

CAIRO: Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif’s proposal to separate the general interest schools and religious schools in Al-Azhar University is proving controversial. The move would be a step towards making Al-Azhar a “non-religious institution, Sheikh Mahmoud Hamdy Megahed, an Azhar Sheikh and member of the People’s Assembly’s (PA) religious affairs committee, told Daily News Egypt. This, …

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MB protest against police brutality in Alexandria

CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) staged a protest in Alexandria Sunday, condemning the violations committed against the Egyptian citizens by the police, Osama Gado, parliament member affiliated with the group, told Daily News Egypt. However, the protest, which was held in front of a court in Al-Manshia district in Alexandria, did not elicit any response …

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Alexandria teacher's trial set for Nov. 16

CAIRO: The Alexandria Criminal Court set Nov. 16 as the trial date of 23-year-old mathematics teacher Haitham Nabil Abdel Hamid, who kicked 11-year-old Islam Amr Bader to death last week. The story, which made headline news last week, triggered a delayed official reaction, with the Minister of Education Yousry El-Gamal announcing that he condemns “the …

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