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Marriage registrar gets two-year suspended sentence for under-age unions

CAIRO: The Zefta Misdemeanor Court in Gharbeya sentenced 45-year-old Muslim marriage registrar (ma’zoun), to a two-year suspended jail sentence and a LE 1,000 fine for conducting the marriage of 114 girls under the legal age of 18. Commenting on the landslide verdict, which is the first of its kind, human rights advocate Gamal Eid, head …

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Egypt pilgrims to be vaccinated Oct. 31

CAIRO: Egyptian Hajj pilgrims will be given the vaccine against the H1N1 virus starting Oct. 31, the Ministry of Health’s spokesman Abdel Rahman Shahin told Daily News Egypt. The first shipment of the vaccine is scheduled to arrive to Egypt on Oct. 30, and pilgrims will begin flocking to Saudi Arabia on Nov. 8. The …

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Saudi to allow unvaccinated pilgrims from Egypt, says ETAA

CAIRO: Saudi Arabia said it will allow Egyptian pilgrims to enter the country even if they have not been vaccinated against the H1N1 virus, the Egyptian Travel Agents Association (ETAA) said. Saudi officials said this was because the drug has not yet arrived in Egypt. According to an ETAA statement, Saudi authorities said that the …

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Health ministry announces 17 new H1N1 cases

CAIRO: Egypt announced 17 new cases of H1N1, raising Egypt’s total number of cases to 1,092, according to the health ministry’s official spokesperson Abdel Rahman Shahin. An official statement issued by the health ministry indicated that the new cases include an 11-year-old boy from Al-Emam Aly primary school in Cairo and a 13-year-old girl from …

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Brotherhood Supreme Guide denies reports of his resignation

CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood’s Supreme Guide Mohamed Mahdy Akef refuted recent local media reports that he had resigned, in a press statement released Monday. Akef said that the group’s internal affairs are private and urged the media not to interfere. “The media’s role is to monitor and evaluate the Brotherhood’s performance and politics, he said. …

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Brotherhood appeal trial to begin Oct. 27

CAIRO: The appeal trial of 18 Muslim Brotherhood members will begin on Oct. 27 in a military court, the group’s lawyer Abdel-Moneim Abdel-Maqsoud said. The 18 members are part of a group of 25 who were tried in a military court in 2007 and who received jail sentences ranging from three to 10 years. Abdel …

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Security arrests 20 Brotherhood members in new crackdown

CAIRO: Security forces arrested 20 members of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) group in Al-Mansoura, Al-Dakahalia governorate, according to Abdel-Moneim Abdel-Maqsoud, the group’s lawyer. Abdel-Maqsoud told Daily News Egypt that the arrests took place on Saturday at dawn. Last Thursday security officials arrested 21 other members from the group in Al-Sharkia governorate, Abdel-Maqsoud added. According to …

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H1N1 vaccine expected within days

CAIRO: Egypt’s first batch of the H1N1 vaccine is expected to arrive within days, according to the latest official statement by a ministry of health spokesman. According to a Health Ministry press release issued last week, Hajj pilgrims will be the first be given the vaccine, followed by physicians working with H1N1 patients, public transportations …

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Egypt reports third H1N1 death, cases rise to 1021

CAIRO: Egypt reported the death of a 23-year-old female from Giza, the third H1N1 death in the country. No details were released at time of press about the circumstances of the death. Eleven new H1N1 cases were also reported Friday, according to the health ministry, including five school students and two students from Ain Shams …

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Tantawy, Helal ban niqab in Azhar classrooms, dorms

CAIRO: Egypt’s Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar Mohamed Sayed Tantawy banned Thursday the full face veil (niqab) inside women-only classrooms and dormitories at Al-Azhar institutions. In a press conference Thursday, Tantawy said that niqab will be banned inside women-only classrooms and hostels. Students will be allowed to wear the face veil in the public areas of …

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H1N1 outbreak among students expected, says health minister

CAIRO: Minister of Health Hatem El-Gabaly quelled concerns after two H1N1 cases appeared among students, saying a virus outbreak among students was “expected. In a phone interview on Al-Beit Beitak talk show Wednesday, El-Gabaly urged Egyptians not to panic only hours after the Ministry of Health reported the two new cases. According to the Ministry …

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Constitutional Court rules against niqab

CAIRO: A Constitutional Court ruled Wednesday against the full face veil (niqab), giving authorities and institutions the right to ban it. The court based its verdict on its interpretation of Islamic Sharia, which does not oblige women to cover their faces. The case was filed by a number of Cairo University students who don the …

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Tantawy to ban niqab at Al-Azhar schools and universities

CAIRO: Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar Mohamed Sayed Tantawy says he plans to ban the full face veil (niqab) at Al-Azhar schools, educational institutions and universities. Tantawy’s announcement followed a visit to some classes on the first day of school last Saturday. According to a statement he made in Al-Ahram Sunday, he was upset to see …

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Ministers fail to attend PA meeting

CAIRO: Hamdy El-Sayyed, head of the People’s Assembly’s (PA) health committee and chairman of the Doctors’ Syndicate, criticized the Ministers of Water and Irrigation, Agriculture, Health, Environmental Affairs and Housing for failing to attend a meeting he had called for. On Monday, El-Sayyed called for an urgent PA meeting with the ministers to investigate the …

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Education and health officials quell H1N1 concerns

CAIRO: With schools and universities scheduled to start Saturday, health and education officials released last minute statements Thursday, quelling concerns about the H1N1 virus and underlining the precautionary measures taken to combat it. After Minister of Education Youssry El-Gamal visited schools in Giza Thursday, he confirmed that schools are well-equipped and prepared to fight the …

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Prominent MB member removed from terrorist list

CAIRO: The United Nations’ Security Council removed prominent businessman and member of the Muslim Brotherhood Youssef Nada from the international terrorists list based on a request by the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs. According to Ikwanweb, Swiss Ambassador in the UN Paul Seger said, “Switzerland has called for the reform of the United Nations’ terrorist …

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Gov't plan to fight H1N1 'confusing,' says MP

CAIRO: MP Osama Gado said the precautionary measures laid down by the government against H1N1 are in line with the trend of “random and confusing government decisions that drown out the crisis. Gado, a Muslim Brotherhood leader in Alexandria, said that the Egyptian government “suffers from a chronic problem in crisis management. Gado told Daily …

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Minister of Environment suggests 7 new places for garbage

CAIRO: Minister of Environment Maged George proposed seven locations to be used for the safe disposal of garbage according to international health and environmental standards. According to George, the new sites are located in the following areas; Al-Salam road in Belbeis district, west Cairo; Cairo-Ain El-Sokhna Highway; Al-Karemat Road, south Cairo; Al-Ayat area in Giza, …

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Army to build a new factory to manufacture H1N1 vaccine

CAIRO: The Egyptian Armed Forces will build a new factory to manufacture the H1N1 vaccine in Sixth of October City, Mohamed Rabie, president of the Egyptian Holding Company for Biological Products and Vaccines (VASCERA), announced on TV Wednesday. Rabie said the construction of the factory, on a 2,250-meter-square land, will not take a lot of …

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Ministry of Information may dedicate air time to educational programs

CAIRO: Minister of Information Anas El-Fiqqi agreed to allocate TV channels for the Ministries of Education and Higher Education to broadcast educational programs should an H1N1 outbreak cause schools to close down. El-Fiqqi met with Minister of Education Youssry El-Gamal and Minister of Higher Education Hani Helal on Monday to discuss providing alternative methods through …

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Schools to start Oct. 3, says minister

CAIRO: Minister of Education Yousry El-Gamal confirmed that schools will start on Oct. 3 as scheduled, with no further delays. El-Gamal told the press that the ministry sees no need to further postpone the start of the academic year, which was initially scheduled for Sept. 26 and pushed back because of the H1N1 virus threat. …

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Health minister investigates deaths in Cairo, Gharbeya hospitals

CAIRO: Minister of Health Hatem El-Gabaly formed a special committee to investigate the recent death of a 14-year-old Egyptian girl after undergoing plastic surgery in Al-Demerdash general hospital. According to the ministry’s spokesperson Abdel Rahman Shahin, the committee includes Dr Magda Rasmy, professor of anesthesiology at the faculty of medicine at Cairo University, and Dr …

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PA to discuss three contentious draft laws in November

CAIRO: The upcoming parliamentary session is expected to discuss three main draft laws pertaining to the Ministry of Justice’s legal specialists’ demands, the plight of Egyptian expats and organ transplants. The parliamentary session is scheduled to start in November. After meeting with the Chairman of the People’s Assembly (PA) Fathi Sorour last Saturday, Minister of …

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12 MB members arrested in Beheira

CAIRO: Security forces arrested 12 Muslim Brotherhood deputy leaders in the governorate of Beheira late Saturday, including a former member of parliament. The group was meeting at the house of Adly Hussein, an MB member, who was also arrested. Among the 12 detained are: Mohamed Swedan, head of the MB administrative office in the governorate, …

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Farouk Hosni blames UNESCO defeat on UN 'scheme'

CAIRO: Culture Minister Farouk Hosni accused the UNESCO of having a political agenda, saying that the United Nations had “a scheme to prevent him from winning the [director general] post, he told the local press upon arriving in Cairo. According to Hosni, the UN’s plan to prevent him from winning the elections was “cooked during …

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Hosni fell victim to a 'Jewish conspiracy', experts say

CAIRO: The outcry by the Egyptian press after the UNESCO director general vote was echoed by pundits and analysts in Egypt, who mostly agreed that Culture Minister Farouk Hosni’s loss was a result of a Jewish conspiracy against his bid. Hossam Nassar, a consultant at the Ministry of Culture and head of Hosni’s election campaign, …

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Doctors' Syndicate calls on Nazif to expedite raises

CAIRO: The Doctors’ Syndicate called on Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif to expedite the distribution of promised raises. Syndicate Chairman Hamdy El-Sayyed sent a letter to Nazif asking for a meeting to discuss the status of doctors’ demands, including the promised salary increases agreed upon by the Ministries of Health and Finance. In the letter, El-Sayyed …

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H1N1 vaccine to be available in October for LE 35

CAIRO: The H1N1 vaccine is expected to be available in Egypt by October and will cost LE 35, Hamdallah Zedan, chairman and CEO of the Egyptian Organization for Biological Products and Vaccines (VACSERA), said. During his appearance on a local television program Wednesday morning, Zedan said that around 80,000 doses of the new vaccine will …

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Umrah pilgrims so far free of H1N1, says health ministry

CAIRO: No H1N1 cases appeared so far in pilgrims returning to Egypt from Umrah trips in Saudi Arabia, according to Ministry of Health statements. Both the Ministries of Health and Education have been bracing themselves for the return of Umrah pilgrims after Ramadan so they can assess the situation as the academic year approaches. Most …

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