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Defective oxygen cylinders allegedly claim another life

CAIRO: Another patient fell victim to what are suspected to be more defective oxygen cylinders while in surgery at Ain Shams Specialized hospital, only one week after two patients died allegedly due to the same cause in Maadi’s Nile Badrawi Hospital. The latest victim of defective oxygen cylinders was initially admitted to the hospital to …

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TV anchor Mahmoud Saad calls on education minister to step down

CAIRO: On his talk show “El-Beit Beitak Wednesday, renowned journalist and TV host Mahmoud Saad called on the Minister of Education to step down in reaction to the death of an 11-year-old student at the hands of his teacher. “I demand the resignation of the Minister of Education. This is the only appropriate response to …

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AUC faculty protest colleague's detainment

CAIRO: The faculty of the Arabic Language Institute (ALI) at the American University in Cairo (AUC) staged a sit-in Monday, in support of Ihab Atta, one of the department’s professors who has been detained for two years without charges. Atta is currently being held in Wadi Al-Natroun Prison, Said Al-Wakil, an ALI professor, told Daily …

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Arrest of spouse-swapping couple stirs debate

CAIRO: News of the arrest of an Egyptian couple for soliciting other married couples through the internet, inviting them to their home for “spouse-swapping parties, instigated debate among local and international media as well as human rights organizations. A 48-year-old civil servant and his 37-year-old teacher wife, whose names haven t been disclosed, were arrested …

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11 media executives arrested on charges of belonging to an Islamic group

CAIRO: Eleven media executives were arrested for being involved in an Islamic organization affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), Ahmed Ragheb of the Hisham Mubarak Law Center, said at a press conference Saturday. The media executives comprised of both anchors and producers, working for private Egyptian as well as Arab satellite channels such as Iqraa, …

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Al-Tariq newspaper chairman arrested for selling public land

CAIRO: Medhat Barakat, businessman and chairman of the board of directors of Al-Tariq newspaper, was detained for 15 days pending investigation for allegedly forging ownership documents and selling 6400 feddans of public land. The Dokki prosecutor made the arrest following an incriminating preliminary investigation into the land-theft accusations. Barakat will be tried in the Dokki …

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Egyptian MP only Arab to monitor US presidential elections

CAIRO: The International Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA) Committee chose Egyptian MP Mohamed Mostafa Sherdy as a representative of the North Africa region to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to monitor the coming US presidential elections on Nov.4. Sherdy, an MP affiliated with Al-Wafd opposition party, told Daily News Egypt that he …

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PA discussions of organ transplant law to exclude Religious Committee

CAIRO: The People’s Assembly (PA) is set to take a final decision on the new controversial organ donation law as it gears up for the new parliamentary session in a few weeks. Set to settle the debate is Islam’s definition of “death, PA Chairman Fathi Sorour excluded the PA’s religious affairs committee from the discussions, …

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MPs reject Cabinet's Azhar project

CAIRO: Member of Parliament Aly Laban filed an urgent inquiry to Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif regarding the government’s new law for Al-Azhar’s renovation, which he described as “a plan to break down Al-Azhar. In an official statement made by Muslim Brotherhood MP Laban and sent to Daily News Egypt, he says the new project, which …

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Journalists condemn Prosecutor General's approach to Tamim case

CAIRO: The Journalists’ Syndicate’s freedoms committee condemned the Prosecutor General Abdel Meguid Mahmoud’s initial decision to impose a publishing ban on the Suzanne Tamim murder case, highlighting the importance of making such court sessions public. “For a court to be fair and objective it has to be open to the public, Essam El-Sonbaty, lawyer and …

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ANHRI condemns arrest of Egyptian in Saudi

CAIRO: The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) is accusing both the Egyptian and Saudi security forces of arresting 27-year-old Egyptian IT programmer Youssef Al-Ashmawy without official charges or investigations. ANHRI condemned the collaboration of both the Egyptian security officials with their Saudi counterparts in Al-Ashmawy s detainment Riyadh’s Al-Hayer prison, the organization said …

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PA religious committee proposes Islamic channel to address the West

CAIRO: The People’s Assembly s (PA) committee of Religious Affairs and Endowments recently discussed a proposal to establish a new independent Islamic channel, according to committee member Sheikh Mahmoud Hamdy Megahed. In addition to Arabic, the channel’s programming will be in an array of foreign languages. Megahed told Daily News Egypt that this proposal was …

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Engaging civil society key to improving education, says minister

CAIRO: While a lot of changes have been implemented to improve Egypt’s education system over the past five years, there are still challenges, namely the lack of civic society engagement, said Minister of Higher Education Hani Helal. Helal’s was speaking at an American University in Cairo (AUC) press conference on Monday titled “Tadamunn: Towards Civic …

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Hammouda and Al-Baz fined LE 80,000 each for defamation

CAIRO: Cairo Criminal Court on Saturday ordered Adel Hammouda, editor-in-chief of Al-Fajr independent daily and Mohamed Al-Baz, to pay a fine of LE 80,000 as civil compensation for a case brought against them by Al-Azhar Sheikh Mohamed Sayed Tantawy. Tantway had accused them of “deliberating insulting Al-Azhar institution through insulting the Al-Azhar Sheikh who represents …

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Rights center calls for new anti-sexual harassment law

CAIRO: The mass sexual harassment that marked the Eid holiday is a result of low presence of police officers and absence of strong deterring laws, the Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights (ECWR) said in its latest statement, calling for more stringent laws against sexual harassment. On Oct 2, some 150 young men physically attacked female …

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Syndicate supports Hammouda in Azhar Sheikh's case

CAIRO: During a press conference at the Journalists’ Syndicate hosting Adel Hammouda, the editor-in-chief of Al-Fajr independent newspaper, and writer Mohamed El Baz, syndicate members expressed their full support for the two journalists in the defamation case filed against them by Sheikh of Al-Azhar Sayed Tantawy. “Between lashing journalists and putting them in jail, Al-Azhar …

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We're thrilled by the Eissa pardon, says Journalists Syndicate chief

CAIRO: The Journalists’ Syndicate, headed by Makram Mohamed Ahmed, was the body that mediated the presidential pardon given to Al-Dostour’s editor Ibrahim Eissa, Ahmed told Daily News Egypt. Ahmed said that he filed the pardon request to the president a week ago. The Journalists’ Syndicate had also filed a petition to the Higher Council of …

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MP questions Egyptian commandoes' role in rescuing desert hostages

CAIRO: MP Hamdy Hassan filed a memo at the People s Assembly (PA) to the minister of defense, questioning the Egyptian security forces role in the rescue of the19 hostages that were abducted from Egypt two weeks ago. Hassan, a Muslim Brotherhood MP, challenges reports that a rescue operation had been carried out by security …

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Security forces say no to MB banners on Assiut mosque

CAIRO: Security forces cordoned a mosque in Assiut on Tuesday night, preventing Muslim Brotherhood (MB) members from hanging banners on the mosque s walls, Mohamed Habib, the group s deputy leader, told Daily News Egypt. Habib, who seemed to be taking the news lightly, said that the governor of Assiut ordered security forces to prevent …

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Saudi Sheikhs' fatwas in the spotlight

CAIRO: A Saudi Sheikh recently issued a fatwa stating that women who wear the niqab (full face veil) are only allowed to show one eye, covering the other along with the rest of their bodies. Sheikh Mohamed Al-Habdan issued that decree during his appearance on Al-Majd satellite channel. “When Ibn Abbas [known for his knowledge …

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Largest crackdown on MB this Ramadan

CAIRO: This Ramadan saw the most severe crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, with the arrests of over 145 of its members, the group’s lawyer Mohamed Abdel Maqsoud told Daily News Egypt. In the past few years, detained members would be released during Ramadan, and never did the holy month see any arrests of Brotherhood members, …

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Fire destroys Egypt's National Theater, two workers arrested

CAIRO: Central Cairo’s Public Attorney on Sunday arrested two theater workers on suspicion of negligence and misuse of public funds that has led to the fire which gutted Egypt’s National Theater on Saturday. Stage manager Girguis Mikhail Hanna and electrician Mohamed Bakry Darwish, were arraigned for failing to follow safety regulations which led to an …

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Court rules against former MP in bribery case

CAIRO: In a verdict seen as a positive step towards eradicating corruption, a Cairo Criminal Court ruled against a former member of the People’s Assembly (PA) in a bribery case. Chairman of petroleum company Alex Oil and former PA member Emad Al-Galdah was handed down a three-year jail sentence along with a LE 2,000 fine …

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Media follows up on tourist kidnapping with conflicting news reports

CAIRO: Local and international media continue to follow up on the kidnapping of 11 European tourists and eight Egyptians with conflicting news reports as the hostage situation enters its fifth day. Minister of Information Anas Al-Fiqqi on Tuesday retracted his decision to impose a publishing ban on the incident, after local media continued to report …

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Al-Qaradawi warns of Shia dominance

CAIRO: Egyptian Sheikh Youssef Al-Qaradawi, a prominent Muslim scholar, warned against what he referred to as “the increasing presence of Shias among Sunni communities, arguing that it might eventually lead to clashes. Al-Qaradawi, president of the International Association of Muslim Scholars, said in an interview with Al-Masry Al-Youm that he is starting to notice an …

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Mental patients must be released, says Nasser Loza

CAIRO: Mental patients must be released from psychiatric hospitals when they recover and not remain held in custody for decades, Dr Nasser Loza, secretary general of the Mental Health in Egypt organization, told Daily News Egypt. Loza’s statement was a reaction to a report published by Al-Badil independent daily about the sudden release of many …

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Thousands suffer from burning Kwaisna factory waste

MENUFIYA: Close to 20,000 residents of two villages in Kwaisna, located in the delta governorate of Menufiya, filed petitions to their local council complaining from environmental violations committed at the Kwaisna industrial zone. The residents complained that smoke emanating from the factories has exacerbated the rate of extreme chest diseases, Eissa Abdel Ghafar, MP representative …

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Journalists' Syndicate discusses 'historic verdict' on health sector privatization

CAIRO: Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif’s plans to privatize Egypt’s health insurance system would have been “a complete waste of public money, said Khaled Ali, chairman of the Hisham Mubarak Law Center. Ali was speaking at a press conference held by the Journalists’ Syndicate to discuss the Administrative Court’s decision to halt initial plans of privatization. …

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Adel Hammouda denies insulting Azhar's Grand Sheikh

CAIRO: Chief Editor of Al-Fajr independent daily newspaper Adel Hammouda denied attacking the Al-Azhar institution, saying that his newspaper merely expressed its opinion that Al-Azhar’s Grand Sheikh must not go to the Vatican because the Vatican Pope has insulted Muslims. His statement to Daily News Egypt came as a reaction to news that Al-Azhar’s Grand …

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