Yasmine Saleh

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Three editors questioned as syndicate, council exchange blame

CAIRO: Three chief editors were referred to the Journalists’ Syndicate’s disciplinary committee, as both the syndicate and Higher Press Council denied responsibility for the decision. Abdel Halim Kandil, former chief editor of independent weekly Sout Al-Umma, Mohamed Tarabia, chief editor of Al-Thawra newspaper and Gamal Al-Assy, chief editor of Al-Tareeq independent daily, are accused of …

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Parliament to set 'social raise,' says finance minister

CAIRO: Public sector employees will receive an 11 percent raise this year, said Finance Minister Youssef Boutros-Ghali, adding that it will be up to the People’s Assembly to decide on the annual “social pay raise. Last year, President Hosni Mubarak announced a 30 percent social raise for public sector employees. Momtaz Al-Saeed, deputy minister of …

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Efforts continue to slaughter Egypt's pigs

CAIRO: Despite resistance from pig farmers and criticism from the World Health Organization (WHO), Egypt continued slaughtering the nation’s pigs and will to do so until the end of May, Saber Abdel Aziz, an official at the General Authority for Veterinary Services, said. The government has so far slaughtered 22,000 pigs, Abdel Aziz said, as …

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11,591 pigs slaughtered in Egypt

CAIRO: Over 11,000 pigs have been slaughtered as part of the government’s precautionary measures against swine flu, Saber Abdel Aziz, an official at the Veterinary Service Authority, told Daily News Egypt. Up to press time 11,591 pigs were slaughtered. He emphasized, however, that the total number of pigs in Egypt which was erroneously reported as …

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Government cuts promised 30% annual raise to 5%

CAIRO: The government revoked its decision to give a 30 percent annual raise to all civil servants, offering instead a 5 percent salary increase, citing a lack of financial resources. All promised raises, including pensions, will also decrease, according to Mohamed Khalil Kwaitah, a ruling party MP and member of the People’s Assembly’s economic committee. …

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Azhar Sheikh permits abortion for rape victims with 'good reputation'

CAIRO: Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar Mohamed Sayed Tantawy said that rape victims are allowed to undergo abortion if the pregnancy is unwanted, and provided that she is not “comfortable with what happened, referring to the rape. During a press conference at the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs this week, Tantawy said that for rape victims …

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PA suspends swine flu discussions as Egypt remains free of the virus

CAIRO: Health officials and parliament members reiterated that Egypt remains free of the H1N1 virus, otherwise known as swine flu, as the People’s Assembly (PA) suspended discussions on the situation. Kamal Sabra, deputy minister of health, told Daily News Egypt that there are no reported cases of swine flu in Egypt so far. The Ministry …

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Muslim Brotherhood calls for more 'active' role against Israel

CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood said May 15 will mark ‘International Anger Day’ in commemoration of the Nakba, in protest against “the Zionist violation of Arab land, Mohamed Habib, the group’s deputy leader said. In a conference Thursday, Habib highlighted the plight of the Palestinian people, saying it is time action is taken against the Israeli …

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Ibdaa magazine to reappear on newsstands

CAIRO: One month after the State Council Administrative Court revoked its license, Ibdaa (Creativity), a monthly magazine, will reappear again starting Thursday. A source at the magazine’s Downtown headquarters told Daily News Egypt that the magazine filed a lawsuit to appeal the verdict. Meanwhile, the magazine will put out a new issue next Thursday, the …

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Education sector administrators forced to sit assessment exams

CAIRO: The Ministry of Education has stipulated that education sector administrators sit assessment exams before granting them a promised 50 percent salary increase. The decision heightens tensions between the ministry and education sector administrators, as they continue to stage protests demanding better government housing facilities, and a 50 percent pay increase which was approved by …

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12 injured, 14 arrested as pig breeders clash with police

CAIRO: Twelve were injured, including seven policemen, and 14 were arrested during clashes between riot police and pig breeders resisting a government order to cull pigs as a precaution against the spread of swine flu. Clashes occurred with the largely Christian garbage collectors who raise pigs on the refuse and live in the teeming slums …

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Brotherhood MP to propose law punishing Muslim converts

CAIRO: A Muslim Brotherhood MP says that he is working on a draft law that would penalize Muslims who convert to any other faith. MP Ali Laban told Daily News Egypt that he is drafting this new law with Sheikh Al-Sayed Askar, a member in the PA’s Religious Committee. The two based their initiative on …

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Death penalty to murderer of wife, son and daughter

CAIRO: The Cairo Criminal Court sentenced to death Sherif Kamal Al-Din, who has confessed to killing his family after suffering huge financial losses in the stock market in January. During the first court session on Saturday the Kamal Al-Din pleaded guilty as he described his crime in detail. “I first killed my wife by hitting …

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MPs accuse government of overspending

CAIRO: Independent and Muslim Brotherhood members in the People’s Assembly filed an investigation request into what they claim is the government’s overspending on officials’ luxury cars and offices. The request was filed to the prime minister and the minister of finance and was presented to the PA’s chairman Ahmed Fathi Sorour, according to Hamdy Hassan, …

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Egypt prepared to combat swine flu, says WHO

CAIRO: Egypt is well-prepared to combat the recent outbreak of the swine flu given its experience in dealing with the deadly H5N1 virus, Hussein Al-Gezairy, the World Health Organization’s regional director, said. Al-Gezairy however warned that swine flu is a more dangerous epidemic because it can be transmitted between humans. In a press conference Tuesday, …

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Muslim Brotherhood washes its hands of Sunni-Shia debate

CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood dissociated itself from an ongoing debate between two of its members regarding Sunnis and Shias in Islam. In a press statement sent to Daily News Egypt, Mohamed Mahdy Akef, the Brotherhood’s supreme guide, said the group is not responsible for a debate between Youssef Nada and Mohamed Ghazlan over both sects. …

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Environment ministry demands relocation of pig farms

CAIRO: Four days after the eruption of swine flu in Mexico, the Egyptian Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs ordered the swift transfer of all pig farms far from residential areas in Egypt. In an official media statement released by the ministry on Sunday, all pig farmers are to be relocated to the 238-acre in …

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PA refutes claims of 70 illegal MPs

CAIRO: The People’s Assembly has refuted reports that 70 of its member were voted in fraudulently and thus their parliamentary status must be automatically annulled. On Sunday, independent MP Alaa Abdel Moneim said during the PA’s morning session that he has a list of 70 names whose membership in parliament has been annulled by an …

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Health minister plays down bird flu crisis, MP concerned about pig flu

CAIRO: Minister of Health Hatem Al-Gabaly announced that “Egypt has one of the lowest death rates among patients with bird flu , during a press conference on Saturday, a day after the deadly virus claimed its 26th victim in Egypt. The 33-year-old Kafr El-Sheikh woman was hospitalized April 15 with a high fever and respiratory …

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Court rules against Minister of Justice

CAIRO: The Administrative Court on Wednesday ruled against Minister of Justice Mamdouh Marei for refusing to implement a court order to retry 20 judges who were suspended from their judicial positions. In 2000, the Supreme Judicial Council ruled against 20 judges, reassigning them to administrative positions, Mahmoud Mekky, deputy chief justice at the Court of …

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Tantawy rejects family planning laws

CAIRO: Al-Azhar Grand Sheikh Mohamed Sayed Tantawy denounced family planning laws that limit the number of children per household, but added that parents must be able to fully provide for their kids. In a press conference this week, Tantawy said that the number of children a family decides to have is a “personal choice, but …

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'Emo' group allegedly behind odd sketches

CAIRO: The appearance of unusual sketches on the pavements of Downtown Cairo and Zamalek was traced back by security forces to a group who refer to themselves as “Emos. Featuring images such as a headless man with a broomstick, were disconcerting to residents in the area prompting them to alert security forces, who detained three …

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Education administrators resort to ILO

CAIRO: Chairman of the Higher Committee to Defend the Rights of Education Sector Administrators, Fawzi Abdel Fattah, announced Saturday that education administrators will hold another protest in front of the International Labor Organization (ILO) office in Cairo on April 29. He said that they decided to resort to the international organization after the negative response …

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Al-Azhar urges Muslims against eating fiseekh

CAIRO: Al-Azhar’s fatwa committee urged Muslims against eating fiseekh, a salted, dried fish traditionally eaten during the spring feast of Sham El-Nessim. The committee’s chairman Sheikh Abdel Hamid Al-Atrash issued a fatwa (religious edict) against eating fiseekh after the Ministry of Health highlighted the health risks resulting from it. According to Al-Atrash, Muslims are forbidden …

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Lawyers' Syndicate elections face more setbacks

CAIRO: After the Lawyers’ Syndicate opened the door for nominations in its general elections last week, controversy resurfaced as the syndicate faces setbacks in the legal framework governing the elections. Ali Kamal, former member of the syndicate’s high board, explained that the elections’ charter overlooked key factors which could create problems. The charter, he said, …

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MB question transportation minister

CAIRO: Head of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) parliamentary bloc, Hussein Ibrahim, led a furious attack on Mohamed Mansour, minister of transportation during last Wednesday’s parliamentary session. During the session, the MB group stonewalled Mansour, accusing the minister of wasting public funds and held him responsible for “the deteriorating conditions of the railway authority. Hussein and …

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Education administrators continue protests

CAIRO: Education sector administrators staged another protest in front of the Ministry of Education Wednesday, demanding the promised 50 percent salary increase. Hundreds of protestors called on President Hosni Mubarak to intervene and resolve the matter, after which the protest was thwarted by security forces. This comes as part of a series of protests staged …

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No plans to dissolve PA, says NDP

CAIRO: The National Democratic Party (NDP) denied news reports claiming it planned to dissolve the People’s Assembly. Mohamed Kamal, the official NDP spokesperson, told Daily News Egypt that the news is false and “has no basis. In its Wednesday issue, Al-Shorouk daily newspaper reported that the NDP plans to dissolve the PA at the end …

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Court rules in favor of Brotherhood leader

CAIRO: A Cairo court verdict lifted a nine-year travel ban on prominent Muslim Brotherhood (MB) leader Essam Al-Erian. The State Council Administrative Court ruled Tuesday in favor of Al-Erian, in a lawsuit he filed against both the Minister of Interior and the director of the Travel and Migration Authority. The ban has prevented him from …

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Essawy sentenced to death for Al-Nada murder

CAIRO: The Giza Criminal Court sentenced Wednesday 19-year-old Mahmoud Sayed Abdel Hafez Essawy to death for the murder of Heba El-Akkad and Nadine Khaled. Essawy’s lawyer said he will appeal the verdict. Essawy was found guilty in the high-profile murder case that took place in Khaled’s home in Al-Nada compound in Sheikh Zayed city last …

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