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12-year-old boy allegedly commits suicide inside SOS Children's Village

CAIRO: The local council in Alexandria launched an investigation into the alleged suicide of a 12-year-old boy living in the SOS Children’s Village. The incident is the first of its kind to take place in the SOS village for abandoned children and orphans, which is generally recognized as one of the leading charity organizations for …

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Establ Antar on hold until Duweiqa crisis is over, says Cairo governor

CAIRO: The Cairo Governor promised to examine the situation in Establ Antar after the governorate is done dealing with the Duweiqa crisis, according to Youssry Bayoumy, a Muslim Brotherhood MP. Experts say the shantytown of Establ Antar is facing a similar rockslide threat to the one which took place in Duweiqa less two weeks ago, …

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Draft law proposes moving mental patients to public hospitals

CAIRO: Egypt s cabinet is discussing a new mental health law that would allow patients suffering from mental and psychological ailments to receive treatment at specialized departments in public hospitals rather than the overloaded and socially-stigmatized mental hospitals. After getting the green light from cabinet, the law would then be discussed in the People’s Assembly …

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Heated Duweiqa discussions mark special PA session

CAIRO: A special parliamentary session Thursday discussing the Duweiqa rockslide witnessed a heated debate between MPs and cabinet ministers. The session was attended by the People’s Assembly’s (PA) housing committee and the committee of local affairs – including ruling National Democratic Party MPs and opposition MPs – and was headed by PA speaker Fathy Sorour. …

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Brotherhood tread a fine line with public and annual iftars

CAIRO: Ramadan, for many companies and organizations in Egypt, is about networking and socializing through iftar and sohour feasts. It’s no different for the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), who organize annual iftars in different governorates, sometimes attracting high profile intellectuals and public figures. The group’s shaky relations with security forces is evident in such events. Just …

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MP demands investigation into 'excessive' Gamal Mubarak media coverage

CAIRO: Independent MP Gamal Zahran filed a request to the chairman of the People’s Assembly (PA) to investigate “the disproportionate media coverage surrounding Gamal Mubarak, son of President Hosni Mubarak and secretary general of the National Democratic Party s (NDP) politics committee. Zahran condemned the excessive coverage of Gamal, especially during his recent participation in …

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Former police assistant disputes 'unfair dismissal'

CAIRO: In 2005, police assistant Mohamed Abdel Ghafar won a lawsuit against the Ministry of Interior after he was fired from his job at Al-Montaza police station in Alexandria. Three years later and Abdel Ghafar still waits the implementation of the court ruling. “I already won the case in 2005, however nothing happened and until …

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Doctors' movement condemn salary increase

CAIRO: The Doctors Without Rights movement denounced the pay raise offered by Minister of Health Hatem El Gabaly to doctors, Dr Mona Mina, official spokesperson of the movement told Daily News Egypt. The movement deemed the raise “an underestimation of doctors’ deteriorating conditions and a horrible alternative to their call for a new doctors’ law, …

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Higher Council of Press slams Shoura fire coverage

CAIRO: In response to accusations made by Shoura Council Speaker Safwat El Sherif, the Journalists’ Syndicate said that the press didn’t violate code of ethics in their coverage of the fire that gutted the council’s historical building in August. El Sheirf, who also head the Higher Council of Press, said in report that press coverage …

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Endowments ministry denies banning Ramadan retreats

CAIRO: The Ministry of Endowments has not banned Muslims from practicing customary Ramadan mosque retreats (e’tekaf) during the final days of Ramadan, Sheikh Baher Darwish, chairman of the government mosques authority at the Ministry of Religious Endowments, said. During the last 10 days of Ramadan, many Muslims choose to practice e’tekaf, spending their days praying …

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Court adjourns MB plea for release

CAIRO: The Administrative Court in Giza adjourned Monday two cases filed by Muslim Brotherhood (MB) Deputy Chief Khayrat El-Shater as well as 18 detained MB members demanding their release after serving half their jail term. “The court postponed the two hearings to Sept. 28 as the government did not respond to neither El-Shater s nor …

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Shoura Council fire investigation still underway

CAIRO: Investigations into the fire that gutted the Shoura Council two weeks ago are still underway, with the People’s Assembly’s Defense and National Security Committee holding meetings to “assess the situation, according to Mahmoud Amer, member of the PA’s Human Rights Committee. On Monday, the PA’s Defense and National Security Committee held its second successive …

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Azhar scholars support elimination of charity tables

CAIRO: Some Azhar scholars have called for the elimination of free public eateries for the poor in Ramadan, known as mawaed el-rahman, and substituting them with financial donations given directly to the poor. “The scholars based their opinion on the tremendous increase in the price of basic commodities like sugar and rice, not to mention …

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Al-Gomhuria editor to appeal court's verdict

CAIRO: North Cairo Court ruled in favor of Mahmoud Mekky, vice president of the Cairo Cassation Court, in the defamation lawsuit that he filed against Mohamed Aly Ibrahim, chief editor of Al-Gomhuria newspaper, demanding Ibrahim to pay LE 50, 000 as a fine to Mekky. Mekky had filed a lawsuit against Ibrahim accusing him of …

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Bush unwelcome in Egypt, says MB supreme guide

CAIRO: Mahdy Akef, supreme guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, said that he does not welcome “the supporters of murderers and Zionists in Egypt, referring to US President George W. Bush’s visit to the World Economic Forum in Sharm El-Sheikh. In a statement he sent to Daily News Egypt, Akef said that Bush visited the Middle …

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Gharbia Movement files lawsuit to slash soaring public transportation costs

CAIRO: El-Gharbia Movement filed a lawsuit against the Public Transportation Authority to decrease the price of tickets on public transportation. Comprised of activists from El-Gharbia governorate, the group is rallying against the rising cost of public transportation, which have recently spiked after the government’s decision to increase the price of car licenses, fuel and cigarettes. …

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Education Ministry to evaluate teachers before applying new law

CAIRO: The Education Administration in Giza, which falls under the Ministry of Education, has announced it is soon to conduct trials on a new examination aimed at assessing the professional abilities of school teachers in Egypt prior to the implementation of the new teachers’ law. Once the new law is introduced, the examination will be …

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Environmental Affairs ministry turns to the media to enhance its image

CAIRO: Environmental activists say the media reports about government efforts in holding violators accountable are part of a publicity stunt. The Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs is launching a media campaign to enhance its image in the public eye, Amr Aly, managing director of Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Association (HEPCA), told Daily News …

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Two MB members arrested for allegedly funding Hamas

CAIRO: The Higher State Security Prosecution has ordered the detention of Dr Mohamed Saber and Bassam Adam, two of the Muslim Brotherhood’s main financiers, for 15 days. Saber and Adam were accused of belonging to the banned Muslim Brotherhood group and supplying military and financial aid to Hamas. According to the Muslim Brotherhood website, ikhwanweb, …

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Muslim Brotherhood condemn price hikes

CAIRO: Despite keeping a low profile during the April 6 and May 4 general strikes, the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) denounced the recent price hikes that were approved by the People’s Assembly (PA) this week, in a press conference Wednesday. On Monday, the PA had approved a bill that will raise the price of fuel and …

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MPs demand investigation into man behind gas exports to Israel

CAIRO: Speaker of the People’s Assembly Fathi Sorour, received a complaint Tuesday from 26 MPs, requesting that the Prosecutor General investigate businessman Hussein Salem who allegedly owns the company that exports natural gas to Israel. The members also demanded that Salem not be allowed to leave the country until the investigations are complete. MP Mohamed …

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Word on the Street: What people think about the new prices increase

CAIRO: On Monday May 5, Ahmed Ezz, head of the ruling National Democratic Party’s (NDP) logistics committee, announced a series of price increases aimed at paying for the public-sector pay raises declared by President Hosni Mubarak the day before. The price rises, which were decided on jointly by the NDP and the Ministry of Finance, …

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PA yet to agree on contentious draft traffic law

CAIRO: Although approved by the Shoura Council, the new traffic law is still being hotly debated at the People’s Assembly (PA) by the Defense and National Security and the Transportation committees, according to MP Saber Amer, who is a member of the Defense and National Security committee. He expects the law to spark controversy, explaining …

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Heated debates hamper hopes for new child law

CAIRO: The controversial ‘child law’, which has been under consideration by the legislative committee of the People’s Assembly (PA), is unlikely to be finalized any time soon, according to Mohamed Khalil Kwaitah, a PA member affiliated with the National Democratic Party (NDP). Kwaitah has told Daily News Egypt that the law is being held up …

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Brotherhood sets four conditions to participate in May 4 strike

CAIRO: Head of the Muslim Brotherhood’s parliamentary bloc Saad Al-Katatny, has announced that the group will only participate in any protest called for by opposition forces under four conditions. “We will not participate in any protest unless those four conditions are fulfilled: there is agreement among all the political forces on the protest; there is …

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MB supreme guide says he does not support Gamal Mubarak

CAIRO: Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) Mahdy Akef made statements this week rejecting the idea of Gamal Mubarak becoming the next president of Egypt, especially “given the country’s current status, according to a press statement sent to Daily News Egypt. In an interview with the German News Agency, Akef said that before, he …

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Endowments ministry says it's "un-Islamic" to protest against the President, says online news report

CAIRO: A report on al-mesryoon.com, an independent online newspaper, claims that the Minister of Religious Endowments Hamdy Zaqzouq gave orders that Imams focus their speeches on the illegitimacy of rejecting the political regime and criticizing the President. Author of the report Magdy Rashid, told Daily News Egypt that a source at the ministry’s administration in …

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Security forces crack down on satellite channels

CAIRO: Egyptian security forces last Wednesday raided the headquarters of the Cairo News Company, which is in charge of transmitting live broadcasts from Egypt to news satellite channels, according to the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information in Cairo (HRInfo). Security forces confiscated “five sets of live broadcasting equipment without providing any justification for the …

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MB chief denounces arrest of Facebook activist; mother appeals to President Mubarak

CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood’s Supreme Guide Mohamed Mahdy Akef said that what happened to the 27-year-old “Facebook activist Esraa Abdel Fattah is evidence of what the group has repeatedly referred to before – the Egyptian regime’s cruel treatment of anyone who opposes the government. Abdel Fattah was taken into custody by security forces for allegedly …

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