Yasmine Saleh

789 Articles

Advertising Area





Latest by Yasmine Saleh


Five new confirmed cases of swine flu at AUC dorm

CAIRO: The Ministry of Health announced on Tuesday that five new cases of swine flu among American students at American University in Cairo’s Zamalek dormitory have been confirmed. The infected students are all Americans enrolled in the Seton Hall University’s law exchange program, according to Rehab Saad, associate director for Media Relations at AUC. The …

Yasmine Saleh

AUC dorm under quarantine

CAIRO: Officials ordered the quarantine of the American University in Cairo’s Zamalek dormitory after two students were diagnosed with the H1N1 virus, health officials said Monday. At a press conference, Egypt’s Minister of Health Hatem El-Gabaly said the first case of the feared swine flu was detected in a 23-year-old male American student who just …

Yasmine Saleh

Brotherhood critical of Obama speech

CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) group said that there was nothing new in the speech US President Barack Obama addressed to the Muslim world from Cairo University on Thursday. According to a statement, they said that Obama used strong words to appeal to the emotions of Arabs and Muslims. They accused Obama’s allusions to verses …

Yasmine Saleh

PA initially approves organ transplant law

CAIRO: The People’s Assembly’s (PA) legislative and health committees on Saturday approved on principle a new law regulating organ transplants in public hospitals. At a press conference after the two committees met, PA Chairman Fathi Sorour said that the new law will guarantee that all transplant procedures will be performed legally and under the supervision …

Yasmine Saleh

Egypt's Grand Mufti praises Obama speech

CAIRO: Egyptian Grand Mufti Sheikh Ali Gomaa spoke highly of American President Barack Obama’s address to the Muslim world in Cairo, describing the speech as a positive indicator of a new era of good relations between the US and the Arab and Muslim world. Hosted by El-Beit Betak talk show on Thursday night, Gomaa said …

Yasmine Saleh

Egypt's H1N1 virus patient recovers

CAIRO: The first Egyptian Swine flu patient has fully recovered on Thursday, a Ministry of Health official announced Friday. Test results conducted on the 12-year-old American-Egyptian girl, the first and only case of the H1N1 virus, known as swine flu, were negative, the Ministry said. The patient had been hospitalized since Monday when she was …

Yasmine Saleh

PA to discuss organ transplant law next week

CAIRO: The People’s Assembly (PA) said it will start discussing the draft organ transplant law next week. This comes just a few weeks before the end of the current parliamentary session. According to Dr Ahmed Diab, PA member in the health committee, the PA’s constitutional and legislative committee will start discussing the draft law next …

Yasmine Saleh

NCW applauds draft law upping women's seats in PA

CAIRO: The National Council for Women (NCW) lauded a proposed law that would increase the number of seats occupied by women in the People’s Assembly (PA). At a press conference Wednesday, the NCW highlighted the importance of the draft law proposed by the National Democratic Party’s (NDP) policies committee, which would raise the number of …

Yasmine Saleh

NDP proposes law to increase female representation in PA

CAIRO: The National Democratic Party’s (NDP) policies committee proposed a new law increasing the number of seats occupied by women in the People’s Assembly (PA) to at least 56 seats. The seats will not be assigned but are to be contested by female candidates in elections. The NDP proposed that in some selected areas only …

Yasmine Saleh

Doctors' Syndicate outlines anti-smoking campaign

CAIRO: The Doctors’ Syndicate outlined its plan to combat smoking in Egypt over the next three months, in a joint campaign with the World Health Organization (WHO). The syndicate aims at eradicating smoking in the governorates of Alexandria, Ismailia, Qena and Giza, according to a press statement. Last Saturday, syndicate members met with WHO representative …

Yasmine Saleh

Doctors' Syndicate, WHO launch anti-smoking campaign

CAIRO: The Doctors’ Syndicate launched a joint campaign with the World Health Organization (WHO) against smoking in Egypt. This year’s campaign focuses on combating smoking through raising awareness of its ill effects, according to a WHO press statement. Ahmed Imam, secretary general of the syndicate, said the syndicate is adamant on decreasing the percentage of …

Yasmine Saleh

Shoura Council to discuss promised 10 percent raise

CAIRO: The Shoura Council (Egypt’s Upper House of Parliament) is scheduled to discuss today the annual 10 percent raise to wages and pensions promised by President Hosni Mubarak last month. Last May, President Mubarak asked the government to grant public sector employees a 10 percent social raise, up from the 5 percent announced two weeks …

Yasmine Saleh

Al-Azhar debates joining new channel

CAIRO: Al-Azhar’s Islamic Research Center is currently debating joining a private Islamic satellite channel as a board member, Mahmoud Ashour, member in the center, told Daily News Egypt. However, Ashour refuted rumors that Al-Azhar will be the channel’s main stakeholder, saying instead that it is funded by a group of businessmen. “We [Al-Azhar board members] …

Yasmine Saleh

Al-Laithy replaces Nour as speaker at AUC student event

CAIRO: A student-organized event at the American University in Cairo (AUC) that originally featured former Ghad party leader Ayman Nour as the keynote speaker, was held Saturday with prominent journalist Amr Al-Laithy speaking instead. Al-Laithy addressed students on Saturday at the opening ceremony of the Cairo International Model Arab League’s (CIMAL) conference. On May 16, …

Yasmine Saleh

Egyptian swingers deny previous confessions

CAIRO: A couple convicted for organizing “spouse-swapping parties last October denied confessions they claimed were forcibly extracted from them by police officers, during their first appeal session. The couple had confessed to having sexual relations with three other couples out of the 44 who signed up for the “swinging sessions. However, they later denied their …

Yasmine Saleh

Farouk Hosni apologizes for 'anti-Israeli' statements

CAIRO: In response to an article published by French newspaper Le Monde, Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni apologized for making “anti-Israeli statements in an editorial published in the same paper. In its May 28 issue, Le Monde ran Hosni’s editorial, tilted “Why I am elected, in which the minister explained his stance towards normalization with …

Yasmine Saleh

Rights group lashes out in its 2008 annual report

CAIRO: Egyptian authorities have increasingly used the emergency law against journalists and bloggers in 2008, the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) said in its annual report released this week. Gamal Eid, ANHRI chairman discussed the report Wednesday in a press conference headed by Mohamed Abdel Qodous, chairman of the freedoms committee at the …

Yasmine Saleh

PA approves increase in lawsuit fees

CAIRO: The People’s Assembly (PA) approved Sunday an increase in lawsuit fees, a move which stirred much controversy when proposed earlier this year. Under the new law, the fees for filing lawsuits and issuing legal documents will increase by 1-5 percent. The fees for financial compensation lawsuits were also raised, but will be paid only …

Yasmine Saleh

Al-Azhar yet to decide on Attiya's case

CAIRO: Ahmed Al-Tayeb, president of Al-Azhar University, said in a statement that he’s yet to decide on the fate of Ezzat Attiya, head of the hadith department at the university and most known for his “breastfeeding fatwa. Earlier this month, the Administrative Court annulled Al-Azhar’s disciplinary committee’s decision to expel Attiya after he issued a …

Yasmine Saleh

Death penalty, publishing ban top Moustafa-Tamim media coverage

CAIRO: Did Judge Al-Mohammedi Qunsua allude to the death sentence when he said the court will consult the Mufti in the Suzanne Tamim murder case? Does the publishing ban on the trial of Hisham Talaat Moustafa and Mohsen Al-Sukkari still stand? Both local and international media outlets have attempted to answer these questions and many …

Yasmine Saleh

WORD ON THE STREET: Egyptians react to Hisham Talaat Moustafa verdict

CAIRO: The death sentence construction mogul Hisham Talaat Moustafa received in the murder case of Lebanese signer Suzanne Tamim was surprising for many Egyptians, who were quick to form their own theories about the verdict. The Cairo South Criminal Court issued its verdict Thursday on both Moustafa and former police officer Mohsen Al-Sukkari, who was …

Yasmine Saleh

Moustafa, Sukkari receive death penalty for Tamim murder

CAIRO: The Cairo South Criminal Court on Thursday sentenced construction mogul Hisham Talaat Moustafa to death in the high profile murder case of Lebanese singer Suzanne Tamim. Former police officer Mohsen Al-Sukkari was also convicted and received the death penalty for carrying out the murder at the behest of Moustafa, who was romantically linked with …

Yasmine Saleh

PA approves annual budget

CAIRO: The People’s Assembly (PA) approved Tuesday the government’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2009/10, with plans to increase spending on the health sector and water management. Mohamed Khalil Kwaitah, PA member affiliated with the National Democratic Party (NDP), told Daily News Egypt that the majority in the PA voted for the amendments that were …

Yasmine Saleh

Al-Wasat seeks official party status

CAIRO: Political group Al-Wasat applied to be recognized as an official party at the Shoura Council’s political parties committee. This is the fourth time the group applies for official party status. This is the fruit of a long struggle with the political parties committee, Aboul Ela Madi, the party’s elected chairperson and founder, told Daily …

Yasmine Saleh

WHO did not overrate swine flu, says official

CAIRO: Hassan Al-Boushra, head of World Health Organization (WHO) office in Cairo, refuted accusations by international experts and journalists who said that the organization overestimated the gravity of the A(H1N1) virus, causing global panic. During an appearance on “Al-Beit Betak talk show last Wednesday, Al-Boushra said the WHO raised the pandemic alert to level five, …

Yasmine Saleh

Mubarak sets social raise at 10 pct this year

CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak has asked the government to grant public sector employees a 10 percent social raise, up from the 5 percent announced two weeks ago. Employees will also receive the 11 percent annual salary increase announced by Minister of Finance Youssef Boutros-Ghali last week. “This shows that the president empathizes with what Egyptian …

Yasmine Saleh

AUC denies canceling event over controversial speaker

CAIRO: The American University in Cairo (AUC) refuted accusations that it postponed a student-organized event because it featured former Ghad party leader Ayman Nour as a keynote speaker. AUC said that it postponed the Saturday opening ceremony of the Cairo International Model Arab League’s (CIMAL) because of violations of the university’s protocol. In its statement, …

Yasmine Saleh

MP asks PA to revoke khol' law

CAIRO: A member of the People’s Assembly (PA) filed a request to annul the law that permits khol’, or a women’s right to divorce. Nine years after its introduction, the law is once again the subject of debate with Independent MP Mohamed Al-Omdah arguing that it contradicts with Islamic teachings. On Thursday, Al-Omdah asked the …

Yasmine Saleh

Swine flu will probably spread to new regions, says WHO

GENEVA: The World Health Organization said Friday research suggests the A(H1N1) swine flu virus is so contagious it will probably spread to new, so far unaffected regions. Acting WHO Assistant Director-General Keiji Fukuda said studies by experts indicate a “significant number of people had been infected but remained undetected or unconfirmed by laboratory tests. “Their …

Yasmine Saleh