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Egypt reports 67th case of H1N1

CAIRO: The Ministry of Health announced a new case of H1N1, raising the total number of cases to 67. The ministry’s official spokesperson Abdel Rahman Shahin said that the new case is of a 12-year-old Egyptian girl who recently arrived to Cairo from the United Arab Emirates on June 28 exibiting flu-like symptoms. By press …

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Algerian UNESCO candidate drops out, Farouk Hosni remains

CAIRO: Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni is now the only Arab candidate vying for the position of UNESCO’s director general, when Algerian candidate Mohamed Bedgawy withdrew from the race. On Tuesday, Algerian Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci informed his Egyptian counterpart Ahmed Aboul Gheit that Bedgawy will no longer be competing for the prestigious position. Aboul …

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Brotherhood leader released on health grounds

CAIRO: The Higher State Security Prosecution office released Muslim Brotherhood leader Fathi Lasheen, former consultant at the Ministry of Justice, on health grounds. Lasheen was one of 13 Brotherhood leaders arrested earlier this week in a crackdown on the group. Other prominent detainees still in custody include Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, secretary general of the …

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Egypt reports five new H1N1 cases

CAIRO: Egypt’s Ministry of Health reported five new cases of H1N1, four of which appeared in Sharqeya late Monday, brining the total number of cases in Egypt to 66. Abdel Rahman Shahin, official spokesperson of the Ministry of Health, said that the cases in Sharqeya are children of the same family aged 3, 10, 13 …

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Maadi serial killer gets 45 years in prison

CAIRO: The Cairo Criminal Court sentenced Tuesday Mahmoud Al-Sayed, 21, known as the Maadi serial killer, to 45 years in a maximum security prison. Al-Sayed was charged with attacking nine women using sharp objects, scarring their bodies and sexually assaulting them. In its ruling, the court said that Al-Sayed caused physical and psychological damage to …

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Brotherhood's Supreme Guide lashes out against recent arrests

CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood’s (MB) Supreme Guide Mohamed Mahdy Akef accused the Egyptian government of “madness after the recent detainment of 13 members from the group. In a telephone interview with Al-Jazeera news channel Sunday, Akef expressed his anger at the recent arrests that included four prominent Brotherhood leaders, Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, secretary general …

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No deaths reported among H1N1 patients, says health ministry

CAIRO: The Ministry of Health denied news reports claiming one of the patients infected with H1N1 in Egypt had died. On Sunday, an Egyptian doctor, member of the Doctors with No Rights movement, reported that Marco Hanna, a 35-year-old Egyptian-American died of the H1N1 virus on Saturday in the hospital. In an official statement, the …

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61 swine flu cases in Egypt

CAIRO: By press time, the total number of confirmed cases of H1N1 virus in Egypt had reached 61, 36 of which recovered. Over the weekend, the Ministry of Health reported seven new cases, five on Saturday and two late Friday. According to Abdel Rahman Shahin, official spokesperson of Ministry of Health, a 19-year-old Egyptian female …

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13 Brotherhood leaders arrested this week

CAIRO: Officials arrested 13 Muslim Brotherhood deputy leaders on Saturday and Sunday in its latest crackdown on the group in Cairo, Gharbeya and Sharqeya. The most prominent of the detainees are Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, secretary general of the Arab Doctors’ Union, Fathi Lasheen, former financial consultant at the Ministry of Justice, and Gamal Abdel …

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Islamic Research Center might cancel Umrah but not Hajj

CAIRO: The Islamic Research Center (IRC) said that because of the H1N1 flu pandemic it might consider canceling this year’s Umrah pilgrimage but not the Hajj, which falls in November, said an IRC official. Mohamed Al-Shahat Al-Guindy, the secretary general and chairman of the jurisprudence committee at the IRC’s statement came after the center’s meeting …

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Egypt reports eight new cases of H1N1 virus

CAIRO: Egypt reported eight new cases of the H1N1 virus on Wednesday and Thursday, raising the total number of cases in the country to 48. According to Abdel Rahman Shahin, media spokesman of the Ministry of Health, on Thursday two British women, an Egyptian-American man and a four-year-old Egyptian-American girl who recently arrived from the …

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Newspaper editor slammed six months for defamation

CAIRO: The Cairo Criminal Court ruled in favor or Moustafa Bakry, editor of Al-Osbou newspaper, sentencing Yasser Barakat, editor of Al-Mogiz independent weekly newspaper, to six months in jail and a LE 20,000 fine. Bakry, an independent member of the People’s Assembly, had accused Barakat of defaming him in an article published on Nov. 27, …

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Mufti upholds death sentence for Hisham Talaat Moustafa, Mohsen El-Sukkari

CAIRO: The South Cairo Criminal Court confirmed Thursday the death penalty for construction mogul Hisham Talaat Moustafa and former police officer Moshen El-Sukkari for the murder of Lebanese singer Suzanne Tamim, after Egypt’s Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa approved the verdict. The court also sentenced El-Sukkari, who was found guilty of carrying out the crime on …

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No new cases of H1N1 in Egypt Tuesday

CAIRO: No new cases of the H1N1 virus were reported in Egypt by press time Tuesday, the first swine-free day since the beginning of June when the first case was confirmed. The last case, the 40th, was reported by the Ministry of Health Monday, while five cases were reported on Sunday. Minister of Health Hatem …

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Mufti says religious discourse needs shift towards tolerance

CAIRO: Egypt’s Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa called for increased efforts to promote religious tolerance Monday at the launch of the C-1 World Dialogue Annual Report. “We need profound change . to move religious discourse from aggressive and negative attitudes towards other religions, to the spirit of tolerance and co-existence, Gomaa said in response to data …

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Swine flu cases reach 40, says health ministry

CAIRO: The Ministry of Health reported one more case of H1N1 virus, raising the total of cases in Egypt to 40. A 13-year-old girl who recently arrived from the United States was diagnosed with the virus. In a press statement, the ministry said that 28 of the 40 cases have recovered and were released from …

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Health minister expects swine flu cases to reach 3,000 in two months

CAIRO: Egypt’s Minister of Health Hatem Al-Gabaly, announced in a press statement Sunday that the number of H1N1 flu cases in Egypt is expected to rise to 3,000 within the coming two months. Until press time on Sunday, the ministry had reported five new cases of the global pandemic virus, raising the total of cases …

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Criminal Court adjourns defense lawyers' statement in Hidelina case

CAIRO: On Sunday, the Cairo Criminal Court heard part of the defense lawyers’ statement in the Hidelina defective blood bags case, adjourning the rest of the statement to Monday. The day before, the Court heard the prosecutor’s statement and examined seven reports submitted by various authorities which all indicated that the blood bag samples they …

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El-Gabaly accuses WHO of creating panic

CAIRO: Minister of Health Hatem El-Gabaly accused the World Health Organization (WHO) of creating panic by raising the A(H1N1) pandemic level to phase six, declaring it a global pandemic. During his last address to the People’s Assembly’s health committee meeting, El-Gabaly explained that the ministry has so far received over 21,000 inquiries from citizens about …

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Grand Mufti in favor of postponing Umrah

CAIRO: Egypt’s Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa approved Minister of Health Hatem El-Gabaly’s request to cancel or postpone any plans for Umrah, the smaller pilgrimage, this summer after H1N1 was declared a global pandemic. Muslims prefer to go on Umrah in the months before and through Ramadan, which begins mid-August this year. In an official statement, …

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People's Assembly wraps up parliamentary session

CAIRO: The People’s Assembly (PA) wrapped up its parliamentary session last Tuesday but failed to finalize the new organ transplant and personal status laws. Mohamed Khalil Kwaitah, PA member affiliated with the National Democratic Party, told Daily News Egypt that several MPs were frustrated that the new laws were still pending. “Those two laws are …

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Mufti approves Essawy death sentence

CAIRO: The Giza Criminal Court received Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa’s approval to carry out the death sentence on Mahmoud Sayed Abdel Hafez Essawy, 20, for the murder of Heba El-Akkad and Nadine Khaled. Ahmed Gomaa, Essawy’s lawyer, told Daily News Egypt that he plans on appealing the verdict. “I have 60 days to appeal the …

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PA passes female parliamentary quota bill

CAIRO: The People’s Assembly (PA) on Sunday gave the final approval for a new law which sets a quota for female representation in parliament, stipulating a minimum of 64 seats. While the law was rejected by a number of independent and Brotherhood MPs, it was approved by the PA as the majority of its members …

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Egypt's swine flu cases rise to 23

CAIRO: Egypt’s Ministry of Health announced four new cases of swine flu, one late Sunday and three on Monday, pushing the total number of reported cases up to 23. Late Sunday, Health Ministry Spokesperson Abdel Rahman Shahin announced the 20th case of H1N1 virus: a 14-month-old Canadian-Sudanese boy. The patient arrived to Cairo from Canada …

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Brotherhood concerned about women's quota in PA

CAIRO: Despite news that the Muslim Brotherhood will be fielding more female candidates in the 2010 parliamentary elections to benefit from a new law granting women a minimum of 64 seats at the People’s Assembly (PA), some members of the group are skeptical of the newly passed law. The law, which was drafted by the …

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Egypt reports 19th swine flu case, 8 fully recovered

CAIRO: The Ministry of Health announced on Sunday its 19th case of H1N1 flu in a four-year-old American child who lives in Cairo, one day after confirming three new cases the day before. Ministry of Health spokesman Abdel Rahman Shahin said that the three cases include a 45-year-old Columbian women who arrived to Cairo from …

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WHO declares H1N1 global pandemic, Egypt reports 2 new cases

CAIRO: The World Health Organization declared its first influenza pandemic in 40 years after an emergency meeting of scientific experts Thursday on a swine flu outbreak which has hit 74 countries. On the same day, the Egyptian Ministry of Health reported two new cases of swine flu in Egypt, bringing the total to 12. The …

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PA ups pension for early retirees

CAIRO: The People’s Assembly (PA) approved a new law modifying the social insurance system on Sunday. The new law increases the pension for employees who get early retirement to equal 80 percent of their total income. The Ministry of Finance is in the process of finalizing a new law for people who receive regular retirement. …

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PA approves law to up women seats in PA

CAIRO: The People’s Assembly (PA) approved a new law that will increase women’s seats in parliament to a minimum of 64. According to the new law, set forth by the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP), 32 new districts from different governorates will only accept applications from female candidates. However, the new law stipulates that at …

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Egypt reports two new cases of swine flu

CAIRO: Two new cases of the H1N1 virus were discovered in Cairo and Alexandria, bringing the number of infections in Egypt to 10, the Ministry of Health said Wednesday. According to ministry spokesperson Abdel-Rahman Shahin, the first case is an American engineer who works in a petroleum company in Cairo. He has been suffering from …

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