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Sewage leaks in irrigation water discovered in Banha

CAIRO: The Banha local council discovered on Monday that sewage water has leaked into lakes used to irrigate agricultural land in the city, which is the capital of Qaliyubia governorate. According to a report issued by the council two days ago “a leakage occurred in the sewage station last week, leading the impure sewage water …

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Prosecution renews Brotherhood leader's detention order

CAIRO: The Supreme State Security Prosecution on Sunday renewed for 15 more days the detention order of Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, secretary general of the Arab Doctors’ Union and deputy leader of the Muslim Brotherhood. The prosecution also renewed the detention orders of Gamal Abdel-Salam, chairman of the emergency committee in the Arab Doctors’ Union, …

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Doctors threaten to go on strike

CAIRO: A doctors’ committee said it plans to go on strike on Sept. 9 against the Egyptian Ministry of Health and the Doctors’ Syndicate for their failure to provide financial raises they had been asking for since last year. “The protest will be a statement against the failure of the Syndicate to retrieve the rights …

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MPs to be given Hajj visas for constituents, says minister

CAIRO: Minister of Health Hatem El-Gabaly denied news reports claiming that Egyptian MPs were not given Hajj visas to distribute among members of their constituencies because of the H1N1 flu pandemic. In its Thursday issue, state-run daily newspaper Al-Gomhuria claimed that members of the People’s Assembly and Shoura Council did not receive Hajj visas to …

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Security forces detain 54 Brotherhood members

CAIRO: Security forces arrested 54 deputy leaders and members of the Muslim Brotherhood, in a recent crackdown on the group. The arrests started Wednesday night in Cairo, where seven members were taken from their homes in Al-Moqattam including Sayed Nazily, head of the Brotherhood’s office in Giza, Brotherhood deputy leader Hamdi Ibrahim and Mohieldin Al-Zayat, …

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Muslims can donate to build churches, says Azhar Grand Sheikh

CAIRO: Al-Azhar’s Grand Sheikh Mohamed Sayed Tantawy said Muslims are allowed to donate money to build churches, in a meeting with the Egyptian Union for Human Rights Organization headed by Coptic lawyer and activist Naguib Gobrael. “Islamic Sharia does not prohibit Muslims from sponsoring or funding a church, Tantawy said. Tantawy lauded the new law …

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Opposition says denying Al-Wasat party official status discouraging

CAIRO: Al-Wasat Al-Gadid, which was recently denied official party status for the fourth time, condemned the decision taken by the Shoura Council’s political parties committee. The group, along with members of several opposition parties, says the move stands in the way of democratic reform and political participation. The Shoura Council, however, stands by its decision, …

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Government officials receive LE 1 million salaries, claim MPs

CAIRO: In a joint statement, three MPs claimed that several high-ranking governmental officials as well as deputy leaders in the Egyptian Radio and Television Union (ERTU) and chief editors of state-run newspapers receive monthly salaries as high as LE 1 million. Independent MPs Gamal Zahran and Mohamed Abdel Alim Dawoud along with Muslim Brotherhood MP …

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No quota for Copts in PA, says Shehab

CAIRO: Minister of Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Moufid Shehab rejected the idea of setting a quota for seats occupied by Copts in the People’s Assembly. Copts are an integral part of society and to ask for a number of seats for them in the PA is “an insult because they are capable of actively participating …

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Brotherhood to form committee to fight vote rigging

CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood’s parliamentary bloc formed a special committee aimed at combating vote rigging in the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in 2010, Hamdy Hassan, spokesperson for the group’s parliamentary bloc, said. In a meeting last week, Brotherhood MPs agreed to form a special committee comprised of independent members of the community …

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Lawyer calls for Coptic committee in syndicate

CAIRO: Coptic lawyer and activist Mamdouh Ramzy said his call for a Lawyer’s Syndicate committee to promote Christian religious law was meant to counteract a similar committee by the Muslim Brotherhood promoting Islamic Sharia. Ramzy told Daily News Egypt that he filed the request at the Lawyer’s Syndicate last month to force the Muslim Brotherhood …

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Security officials release 11 MB members

CAIRO: Security released 11 of the recently detained Muslim Brotherhood members following several release orders from different Cairo courts. Prominent Brotherhood member and chairman of the Arab Doctors’ Union, Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, is still being detained. Amer Bassam, deputy leader in the group’s office in Sharqeya, leads the list of those released. The South …

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PA health committee holds urgent meetings to discuss H1N1, typhoid

CAIRO: Independent MP Gamal Zahran demanded Qaliubiya Governor Adly Hussein submit his resignation following reports of an increase in the number of typhoid cases in the governorate. The governor, however, placed the blame on the contractor responsible for constructing the water networks in one of the villages, leading to the contamination of drinking water with …

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No cracks in High Dam, says Irrigation Minister

CAIRO: Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Nasr El-Din Allam denied Tuesday news reports claiming that there are cracks in the High Dam, according to a statement. A source inside the ministry said Allam’s statements came in reaction to an article published by Al-Fajr independent weekly newspaper that said cracks have appeared in the …

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MB members' detainment extended for second tim

CAIRO: Egypt’s Higher State Security Prosecution extended the detention of Muslim Brotherhood (MB) deputy leader Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh and five other members for 15 days. This is the second 15-day extension for Aboul Fotouh, an Egyptian doctor and secretary general of the Arab Doctors’ Union. The five other Brotherhood members still in detention include …

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Study warns against Tamiflu side effects on children

CAIRO: Drugs used to treat H1N1 worldwide may have side effects on children that outweigh their benefits, a recent study conducted at Oxford University said. The study, which was published in the British Medical Journal, says children should not be given Tamiflu and Relenza – the most common antiviral drugs – unless their condition is …

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MB pulls out of parliamentary election do-over

CAIRO: Muslim Brotherhood MPs in Qaliubiya’s Qanater district said they will not participate in a redo of the 2005 parliamentary elections set to take place next week. The group will, however, participate in the upcoming 2010 parliamentary elections, according to Hussein Ibrahim, head of the MB’s parliamentary bloc. There has been speculation recently surrounding the …

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Real estate tax collectors protest inclusion in govt syndicate

CAIRO: Real estate tax collectors vowed to continue the protest they started on Thursday until the Ministry of Finance retracts its decision to include them under the Banks’ Syndicate. Last April, real estate tax collectors had formed Egypt’s first independent trade union since 1957, 14 months after they forced the government to respond to their …

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Egypt to buy five million doses of H1N1 vaccine

CAIRO: The Ministry of Health will obtain five million doses of an H1N1 vaccine by next year, according to Nasr Al-Sayed, deputy health minister. “Egypt already ordered five million doses of the new vaccine from the manufacturing company, Al-Sayed said. Al-Sayed added that the ministry is contacting international pharmaceutical companies to negotiate deals to buy …

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Court upholds two-year jail sentence for Labor Party head

CAIRO: The Supreme Military Appeals Court upheld a ruling sentencing Magdy Ahmed Hussein, secretary general of the defunct Labor Party, to two years in jail for illegally crossing the Egyptian borders to Gaza. The verdicts of military appeals courts are final, according to Egyptian law. Last February, the Supreme Military Court sentenced Hussein to two …

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Higher education minister warns against uncertified universities

CAIRO: Minister of Higher Education Hani Helal warned against applying for uncertified universities that are increasingly being advertised in newspapers and satellite television channels. I ask students and parents not to fall for misleading ads of new private faculties and academies, they must verify those universities with the Ministry of Higher Education or the different …

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Prosecutor General forms committee to investigate typhoid cases

CAIRO: Prosecutor General Abdel Meguid Mahmoud tasked a special committee with investigating the rise in the number of typhoid cases in a Qaliubiya village. Over 100 typhoid cases have appeared in Al-Bardah village in the past month. Previous investigations have shown that the infections resulted from drinking contaminated water, Qaliubiya Governor Ali Hussein said. Residents …

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Three Egypt drug companies close, owners imprisoned

CAIRO: An Egyptian court found the owners of three pharmaceutical companies guilty of manufacturing and selling counterfeit drugs to the public. The owners of Daber Egypt Ltd., Nunu Misr for Child Care and Tri-M Medical were tried and convicted in absentia to one year in prison and fined LE 10,000. Their factories were shut down …

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Health, education ministries take swine flu in stride

CAIRO: Minister of Health Hatem El-Gabaly said no drastic precautionary measures will be taken in schools against the spread of H1N1, adding that the ministry will deal with the situation as it progresses. In a conference that brought together El-Gabaly and Minister of Education Yousry El-Gamal at the Ministry of Education Tuesday, El-Gamal said that …

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Mansoura hospital successfully separates 8-month-old conjoined twins

CAIRO: A team of Egyptian doctors at the Mansoura Public Hospital in Daqahleya successfully separated two Egyptian eight-month-old conjoined twin boys on Sunday. The twins were joined at the bottom of the backbone, shared genitals, had one penis and three testicles. Daqahleya governor, Samir Salam, commended the “unprecedented medical procedure, in a special celebration. “This …

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Shubra Al-Kheima prosecution questions water projects contractors

CAIRO: Shubra Al-Kheima’s prosecution office summoned all contractors involved in building the district’s water and sewage projects for questioning, after residents complained that the drinking water is contaminated. According to the official statement released by Shubra Al-Kheima’s prosecution office, residents accuse the contractor Anwar Nabawy, of pumping sewage water through the governorate’s drinking water pipes …

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Egypt to crack down on illegal drug ads

CAIRO: Egyptian Prosecutor General Abdel Meguid Mahmoud approved Minister of Health Hatem El-Gabaly’s request to crack down on media outlets that promote medical or beauty products not certified by the health ministry. According to health ministry spokesman Abdel Rahman Shahin, El-Gabaly’s request, filed on Wednesday, was a reaction to the noted increase in the volume …

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Brotherhood to propose dialogue with NDP

CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood plans to propose a meeting with National Democratic Party (NDP) leaders to initiate communication between both groups, the Brotherhood’s Deputy Leader Mohamed Habib told Daily News Egypt. According to Habib, Egypt is “currently facing a lot of setbacks in different areas, which negatively affected its role in the region and in …

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Giza Educators' Union demand fair chances in retaking evaluation exams

CAIRO: The Educators’ Union of Giza governorate denounced recent statements made by some Ministry of Education officials refusing to allow teachers and education administrators to re-take evaluation exams, which determine their qualification for pay raises. Since the People’s Assembly approval the new law increasing the teachers’ and education administrators’ salaries in July 2007, the Ministry …

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Health minister expects surge in H1N1 cases

CAIRO: Minister of Health Hatem El-Gabaly warned of a surge in the number of H1N1 cases in Egypt by August. During an interview on state TV Tuesday, El-Gabaly reiterated previous statements that the number of infected cases will reach thousands. He explained that a change in seasons as well as a development in the virus …

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