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Brotherhood's supreme guide denies 'secret deal' with gov't

CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood’s Supreme Guide Mohamed Mahdy Akef denied reports claiming there is a “secret deal between the group and the government to release the group’s recently detained deputy leaders. In a statement sent to Daily News Egypt, Akef said, “The Brotherhood refutes what Al-Shorouk daily newspaper published last Sunday about a deal between …

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Health ministry decrees medical checkups for Mecca pilgrims

CAIRO: Egyptians planning to go on Umrah or Hajj pilgrimages this year will have to undergo medical checkups and be issued medical certificates that indicate that their health condition is fit for travel, Minister of Health Hatem El-Gabaly said. The tests and certificates will cost LE 250-400 in government, educational and private hospitals, he said. …

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H1N1 cases in Egypt reach 200

CAIRO: Fifteen new H1N1 cases have been diagnosed in Egypt, raising the country’s total to 200, Egypt’s Ministry of Health announced Sunday. According to the ministry’s official statement, 10 of the 15 new confirmed cases are Egyptians who recently arrived from Saudi Arabia, England, China, France and the United States. One of the recently discovered …

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Brotherhood protest banned

CAIRO: Egyptian security forces banned Saturday a protest by the Muslim Brotherhood planned to take place at the Journalists’ Syndicate against extending the detention of seven members of the group. The protest was set to take place after a Brotherhood meeting that was hosted by the syndicate’s freedoms committee, headed by Mohamed Abdel-Quddous. MB deputy …

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Typhoid cases reach 60 in Egypt

CAIRO: Since last Friday, the Egyptian Ministry of Health detected an increase in the number of cases of typhoid which have reach 60 from 34 last Tuesday. On Tuesday the Ministry of Health announced 34 confirmed cases of typhoid fever in two villages in Qaliubiya. The new ensuing 26 cases were from same villages. According …

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34 typhoid cases reported in Qaliubiya

CAIRO: Thirty-four typhoid cases were diagnosed in two villages in Qaliubiya since Tuesday, an official statement said. The statement added that the cases are mild and that most patients were already released from the hospital. The governorate cut the water from both villages, after it suspected that it might be contaminated, causing the infections, Qaliubiya …

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Grand Mufti, Doctors' Syndicate chairman advise against Umrah and Hajj trips

CAIRO: Egypt’s Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa and Chairman of the Doctors’ Syndicate Hamdy El-Sayed advised against going on Umrah trips (lesser pilgrimage to Mecca) this year, after the Ministry of Health announced that the first H1N1 casualty in Egypt is a woman who recently returned from there. Gomaa said that because the virus’ threat is …

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Online university application process smooth, says minister

CAIRO: Egypt’s Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Hani Helal announced that the new online admission process for governmental universities all set for the 2009-2010 academic year. During a press conference on Monday, he also praised the new “open education system that allows students to enroll in local universities within five years of completing …

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25-year-old woman Egypt's first swine flu victim

CAIRO: Egyptian Minister of Health, Hatem El-Gabaly said on Sunday that Egypt’s first H1N1 flu death was mainly due to the patient’s heart problems. In an official statement El-Gabaly announced the death of a 25-year-old Egyptian woman who recently returned to Egypt from Saudi Arabia where she was on Umrah pilgrimage in Mecca. The deceased …

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Brotherhood sister outlines women's role in Islamist group

CAIRO: With the newly approved law setting a women’s quota of 64 seats in the People’s Assembly for the next two PA sessions, the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), Egypt’s biggest opposition bloc, is yet to announce its plans for these new seats. Of the 454 seats in the current parliamentary session, the Brotherhood has 88. During …

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Three new H1N1 cases appear in Egypt

CAIRO: The Ministry of Health reported three new H1N1 cases Saturday, raising Egypt’s total to 120, of which 101 have fully recovered. According to the ministry’s official statement, one Egyptian and two British girls who all arrived to Luxor from England Wednesday tested positive for H1N1. Moreover, test results are still pending for a one-year-old …

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MP questions return of 500,000 Egyptian workers from Libya

CAIRO: Muslim Brotherhood MP Saber Aboul Fotouh, filed a questioning at the PA to investigate the Libyan authorities’ decision to let go of 500,000 Egyptian workers without prior notice or compensation. Aboul Fotouh, also a member in the PA’s manpower and immigration committee, sent a draft of his request to Daily News Egypt by email. …

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Brotherhood MP denounces passage of Israeli warships through Suez Canal

CAIRO: Muslim Brotherhood MP Saied Khalifa filed an urgent interrogation request to the PA chairperson for Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif and Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit, regarding the government’s authorization of the passage of Israeli warships through the Suez Canal on July 14. “How can Egyptian authorities allow something like this to happen at a …

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Egypt's H1N1 cases rise to 112

CAIRO: Number of confirmed positive cases of H1N1 flu in Egypt increased to 112 after the Ministry of Health announced four new cases late Thursday. According to the Ministry’s Official Media Spokesperson, Abdel Rahman Shahin, among the 112 cases, 93 have totally recovered, and the remaining 19 are in good condition receiving proper treatment in …

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Prosecution renews Brotherhood leader detention order

CAIRO: State Security Prosecution renewed the detention order of Muslim Brotherhood Ashraf Abdel Ghaffar, deputy secretary general of the Arab Doctors’ Syndicate. Abdel Ghaffar, along with eight other Brotherhood leaders, was arrested earlier this month in the recent crackdown on the group, on charges of belonging to an illegal group, money laundering and terrorism. Secretary …

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Prosecution clears Al-Wafd editor of Mufti's accusations

CAIRO: The Cairo Appeals Prosecution cleared Saeed Abdel Khalek, chief editor of Al-Wafd newspaper, of accusations brought against him by Egypt’s Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa. Last week, Gomaa had filed a complaint to the Prosecutor General and the Journalists’ Syndicate against the newspaper for defamation after it claimed that he was engaged in money laundering …

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H1N1 cases reach 108 in Egypt

CAIRO: The number of H1N1 cases in Egypt reached 108 by press time, 84 of which have recovered, an official statement issued by the Cabinet’s Information and Decision Support Center said on Wednesday. Egypt so far reported no deaths from the virus; and all cases have been responding to Tamiflu, the drug used to treat …

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Grand Mufti files complaint to Prosecutor General against Al-Wafd

CAIRO: Egypt’s Grand Mufti said Saturday that he has filed a complaint to the Prosecutor General and the Journalists’ Syndicate against Al-Wafd for alleging that he was engaged in money laundering activities through a private computer company called Tridigital, which the newspaper claimed belongs to Gomaa. The opposition paper published a front page story in …

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Administrative Court releases 13 Brotherhood leader

CAIRO: An Administrative Court released 13 deputy leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) who were convicted by a military court after completing three quarters of their jail term. The 13 leaders had completed three of their seven-year jail sentence. The 13 convicted Brotherhood members were arrested at the end of 2006 along with 40 others …

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MP Al-Sadat calls for dialogue between Muslim Brotherhood and Mubarak

CAIRO: The Reform and Development Party (RDP), yet to be officially recognized, called for an open dialogue between the Muslim Brotherhood and the regime without interference from the Ministry of Interior. In an official statement, the party’s deputy founder independent MP Anwar Esmat Al-Sadat said the call was prompted by the recent government crackdown on …

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Egypt extends Brotherhood leaders' detention

CAIRO: Egypt’s State Security Prosecution renewed the detainment order of six Muslim Brotherhood deputy leaders for 15 more days pending investigations. Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, secretary general of the Arab Doctors’ Union, and Gamal Abdel Salam, chairman of the emergency committee in the Arab Doctors’ Union and former Brotherhood candidate in the 2005 parliamentary elections, …

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Brotherhood, independent MPs respond to Sorour accusations

CAIRO: Parliament members affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood attacked the National Democratic Party (NDP) while responding to accusations directed at them by Chairman of the People’s Assembly (PA) Fathi Sorour. In an interview with the state-owned Al-Ahram newspaper last week, Sorour accused Brotherhood and independent parliament members of being “unorganized ticking bombs, saying they belong …

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Two new H1N1 cases in Egypt, WHO says Tamiflu-resistant strain appears

CAIRO: Egypt’s Ministry of Health reported two new cases of the H1N1 virus on Wednesday as the World Health Organization (WHO) announced the appearance of a strain resistant to Tamiflu. There are now a total of 83 cases in Egypt, with the two testing positive yesterday being a young British man who recently arrived to …

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Prosecution accuses Brotherhood leaders of financing illegal group

CAIRO: Egypt’s State Security Prosecutor accused a leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood group of receiving LE 18 million from the international Brotherhood organization to finance the illegal group. The accused include Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, secretary general of the Arab Doctors’ Union, along with eight other detained Brotherhood leaders. The prosecution said that investigations …

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Tantawy slips up in international conference

CAIRO: Al-Azhar Grand Sheikh Mohamed Sayed Tantawy urged the Iranian government to rename Khaled Eslamboli Street, named after the Egyptian army officer who assassinated Anwar El-Sadat, five years after the Tehran City Council changed its name to Intifada Avenue. During his speech at the third International Religious Leaders Conference in Kazakhstan last week, Tantawy said …

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Swine flu cases reach 79 in Egypt

CAIRO: On Monday, the Ministry of Health announced a new case of H1N1 raising Egypt’s total number of cases to 79. According to Abdel Rahman Shahin, Ministry of Health spokesperson, the new case is of an 8-year-old Egyptian boy who arrived with his family from Greece on June 30. The patient then traveled to Assiut …

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Six new H1N1 cases raises total to 78 in Egypt

CAIRO: The Ministry of Health reported on Sunday six new cases of H1N1, raising the total number of cases to 78 in Egypt. Official health ministry spokesman Abdel Rahman Shahin said that the new cases include a six-year-old Egyptian girl, a 17-year-old Somali boy and a 56-year-old British man who all recently arrived to Cairo …

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Health ministry proposes doctor with every Umrah group

CAIRO: The Egyptian Ministry of Health requested that the Ministry of Tourism send a physician to accompany Egyptian groups going on Umrah pilgrimage to Mecca. In the official request letter, the Health Ministry also requested that all Egyptian travelers going on Umrah receive an examination by the physician who will accompany them before they travel. …

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H1N1 cases reach 71 in Egypt

CAIRO: The Ministry of Health reported two new cases of H1N1 on Thursday, raising the total number of cases in Egypt to 71. According to Abdel Rahman Shahin, the ministry’s official spokesperson, the new cases are of a 39-year-old Somali man who arrived to Cairo from London on June 30 and an eight-year-old Egyptian boy …

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Nine Brotherhood members sentenced to 15 days in jail

CAIRO: The Higher State Security Prosecution office sentenced Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, secretary general of the Arab Doctors’ Union and the Muslim Brotherhood’s deputy leader to 15 days in jail as investigations continue. Eight other Brotherhood members were also sentenced along with Aboul Fotouh including Gamal Abdel Salam, chairman of the emergency committee in the …

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