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Prominent Brotherhood leader dies Monday

CAIRO: Deputy leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood gathered at the funeral of lawyer Mohamed Helal, one of the group’s prominent members. Helal died on Monday and was buried in his hometown of Al-Mansoura. The Brotherhood’s Supreme Guide Mohamed Mahdy Akef attended the funeral along with his deputy Mohamed Habib, Secretary-General Mahmoud Ezzat and the group’s …

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Egypt reports third H1N1 death of Egyptian in Saudi

CAIRO: Late Thursday a 60-year-old Egyptian female pilgrim died after being infected with the H1N1 virus. The Saudi Arabian health ministry made the announcement in an official statement, noting that this is the first death in this Ramadan’s Umrah season. The deceased was reportedly suffering from severe health complications. Her condition has already deteriorated by …

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Court postpones verdict in Hidelina case to Nov. 19

CAIRO: The South Cairo Criminal Court postponed the verdict on the contaminated Hidelina blood bags case to Nov.19. In a crowded session on Thursday morning, where none of the defendants were present, the Egyptian court postponed the verdict for next month in a controversial case that dates back to 2007. Seven officials from Hidelina company …

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Germany awards prominent Egyptian journalist badge of honor

CAIRO: Prominent Egyptian journalist Salama Ahmed Salama was awarded a badge of honor by the German embassy for his role as a journalist in enhancing Egyptian-German relations. “Salama is an important intellectual and journalist with very high credibility, said Bernd Erbel, German ambassador in Egypt during the ceremony at the embassy in Zamalek last Monday. …

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11 handed down 2-5 year jail sentences in baby purchase plot

CAIRO: The South Cairo Criminal Court sentenced 11 people involved in a baby purchase plot to two to five years in jail Thursday. The group was found guilty of “human trafficking through buying and selling four newly born babies and smuggling them outside the country to sell them to foreigners, Chancellor Al-Mohammadi Qunsua, head of …

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Egypt will not locally produce an H1N1 vaccine

CAIRO: Egypt will not produce the H1N1 vaccine in the country, but will import it from international pharmaceutical companies, the Cabinet’s Information and Decision Support Center said. The center’s statement, also said that the new vaccine is “safe and does not cause cancer. Egypt has booked some 5 million doses of the new vaccine and …

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Shoura Council MPs at loggerheads over organ transplant law

CAIRO: Disagreement between members of the health and constitutional committees in Egypt’s Shoura Council (Upper House of Parliament) over the definition of death, have posed fresh obstacles to a new law regulating organ transplants. The law was originally proposed by the Doctors’ Syndicate over eight years ago. But it wasn’t until two years ago that …

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Schools to resume in October

CAIRO: The Ministers of Health and Education announced Monday that the academic year will resume as normal starting Oct. 3 and that classes will not be suspended because of the H1N1 flu pandemic. In a joint press conference conducted at the Ministry of Education, the two ministers said that H1N1 situation in schools will be …

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Azhar scholars say no to using Quranic verses as logos

CAIRO: Several scholars from Al-Azhar denounced last week the use of Quranic verses in the logos of political groups or placing them on storefronts and cars. A number of Muslim scholars told local media that the use of Quranic verses in this manner is prohibited, saying that the Quran is meant to serve as a …

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Schools delayed till Oct. 3

CAIRO: Following a Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif and the Governors Council Thursday as part of Egypt’s measures to prevent the potential spread of the swine flu virus, the PM announced that schools will be postponed till Oct. 3 not the Sept 26 as it was announced earlier. Nazif added that the …

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MP rejects setting LE 4 minimum for zakat

CAIRO: MP Sheikh Al-Sayed Askar criticized the recent decision by Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar Mohamed Sayed Tantawy, to set a minimum zakat payment of LE 4 to mark Eid El-Fitr. Zakat El-Fitr is alms to be paid by Muslims after the holy month of Ramadan. In a statement, Askar, who is affiliated with the Muslim …

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Governor closes private schools in Alexandria

CAIRO: Alexandria Governor Adel Labib ordered the closure of all private schools in the governorate until Sept. 26 – when public schools and universities are scheduled to start classes. On Wednesday, Labib decreed the closure of Dar Al-Loghat private school after three of its students tested positive for H1N1. Last week, the governor also closed …

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New water pipes installed in Qaliubiya village

CAIRO: The construction of new water pipes by the government in a village in Qaliubiya is complete and the pipes are ready to pump water, an official report indicated. After an outbreak of typhoid in Al-Baradah village, caused by contaminated drinking water, the government laid down new pipes that are in line with the highest …

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Health ministry investigates Egypt's second H1N1 death

CAIRO: The Ministry of Health closed down two clinics in Daqahleya and launched an investigation into the second H1N1 death in Egypt. On Tuesday, Deputy Minister of Health in Daqahleya Abdel Karim Al-Sayed Ali sent six doctors allegedly involved in the death to the prosecution for questioning. “It was reported that the patient went to …

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Alexandria governor closes two schools after H1N1 cases appear

CAIRO: Alexandria Governor Adel Labib ordered the closure of two international schools in Alexandria after two students tested positive for H1N1. On Monday, Labib closed down the British School of Alexandria (BSA) and the American School of Alexandria (ASA) indefinitely after two H1N1 cases were reported in both schools. In a press statement, Labib said …

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Ministry of Health reports second H1N1 death in Egypt

CAIRO: The Ministry of Health announced the death of a 25-year-old Egyptian woman from Belkes village in Dakahlia governorate from the H1N1 virus, Egypt’s second swine flu death. According to Amr Kandil, deputy minister of health for precautionary measures, the deceased, Boussy Al-Morsi Mohamed, was declared dead in Al-Sader Hospital in Mansoura, the capital of …

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Authorities take precautionary measures as H1N1 cases rise

CAIRO: Governorates nationwide are coordinating with educational institutions and water companies to take precautionary measures against the H1N1 virus as the number of cases reached 749 in Egypt. The Ministry of Health reported six new cases Thursday according to their official spokesman Abdel Rahman Shahin, who indicated that five of the new cases were Egyptians …

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Nazif launches new system to supervise water quality

CAIRO: Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif on Tuesday launched a new electronic system to monitor the performance of water pipes in various governorates. A cabinet statement indicated that the new program will supervise and evaluate the quality of water resources to protect the health of the citizens as well as monitor the pressure levels of main …

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Cairo governor says will sue people who rebuild on evacuated slum areas

CAIRO: Egypt will not allow shantytowns in the evacuated Mansheyet Nasser district off Nasr City to be rebuilt, Cairo Governor Abdel Azim Wazir told the press. In an official statement, the governor indicated that he will no longer tolerate any violations in Cairo, threatening to take legal action against perpetrators. The statement was released after …

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Ministry of Health sets criteria for hospitalizing H1N1 patients

CAIRO: The Ministry of Health said H1N1 patients are not going to be hospitalized unless they are younger than five years old, older than 65 years old, pregnant or suffering from health complications. Earlier this week, the Cabinet’s Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC) had announced that H1N1 patients are going to be treated in …

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Decrease in Nile flood expected this year, says water and irrigation minister

CAIRO: Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Nasr El-Din Allam announced on Sunday that this year will witness a decrease in the amount of water generated from the annual Nile river flood. Allam advised the public in general to ration their water consumption. He also asked farmers to depend on water from alternative resources …

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Syndicate faces the Intl. Football League to make Sept. world youth cup smoke free

CAIRO: Egypt’s Doctors’ Syndicate has requested permission from the organizing committee of the world youth cup hosted by Egypt next September to make the tournament smoking free. According to the universal regulations of football championships, the International Football League has to approve requests and logos to be used in official championships. A statement made by …

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Health ministry requests H1N1 vaccine before Hajj

CAIRO: The Ministry of Health sent requests for the H1N1 vaccine to five different pharmaceutical companies, asking them to deliver before Hajj season, a statement by the Cabinet’s Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC) said. The companies were asked to send the specified amount “as soon as possible. Hajj season starts late November and the …

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MP files investigation request into alleged US embassy assault

CAIRO: MP Abbas Abdel Aziz filed an investigation request to Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmed Aboul Gheit regarding the alleged assault of Ahmed Mohamed Al-Takrouri in the American embassy. Abdel Aziz, who sent a copy of his request to Daily News Egypt, indicated that earlier this month both Al-Takrouri and …

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Teachers, students arriving from abroad to wait 8 days

CAIRO: Teachers, students and education administrators arriving from abroad are to wait eight days after they arrive before going to school as a precautionary measure against H1N1, Abdel Rahman Shahin, official spokesperson of the Ministry of Health, said. The ministry’s decision will apply to both public and private schools and universities. Shahin said the ministers …

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53,500 teachers to take 'cadre' exams

CAIRO: On Saturday and Sunday, some 13,400 teachers and 40,100 student-activities’ supervisors and social consultants will sit for the second stage of the new teachers’ law exams. Also known as the cadre exams, they are given by the Ministry of Education to evaluate the teachers. Only those who pass the exams will be eligible for …

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H1N1 patients to be treated in their homes

CAIRO: The Cabinet’s Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC) announced that Egypt will start treating Egyptian patients suffering from H1N1 virus in their homes, while only certain cases will be treated in hospitals. According to an official statement issued by the IDSC on Friday, the center indicated that only cases with certain criteria that will …

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Six years after his disappearance, Al-Ahram's Reda Helal is back in the headlines

CAIRO: The Journalists’ Syndicate has filed an official memo to Prosecutor General Abdel Meguid Mahmoud, demanding the investigation of rumors that Reda Helal, the former managing editor of Al-Ahram daily who disappeared six years ago, is being held in an Egyptian prison. In its memo, the Syndicate said that it has received information from Helal’s …

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Rights groups file complaints against religious books

CAIRO: Two human rights groups filed complaints against Al-Azhar’s Islamic Research Center for publishing four books that they say tarnish the image of Islam. The United Group (UG) and Al-Andalus Institute for Tolerance and Anti-Violence Studies filed four complaints to the Attorney General, saying the books include “material that will have a negative impact on …

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