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Lawyers' Syndicate elections set for May 23

CAIRO: The Lawyers’ Syndicate opened the door for nominations in its general elections on Monday, after having postponed it three times since October 2008. The deadline for nominations is April 19 and the elections will be held on May 23. Controversy continues to shroud the elections. Last week, lawyers appealed the nominations list before the …

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Brotherhood leader files lawsuit to end travel ban

CAIRO: Prominent Muslim Brotherhood member Essam Al-Erian filed a lawsuit Saturday against the interior minister to lift a travel ban that has prevented him from leaving the country for nine years. The lawsuit was filed at the Egyptian Administrative Court against both the Minister of Interior and the director of the Travel and Migration Authority. …

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National Circus employees protest low salaries

CAIRO: Over 200 workers at the Egyptian National Circus staged a four-hour protest on Sunday, demanding an increase in their salaries and accusing the Ministry of Culture of neglecting the circus. The workers protested from 1 pm to 5 pm in Agouza. They also expressed concern over the Ministry of Culture’s intention to privatize the …

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Brotherhood leader highlights bonds with Iran on Al Jazeera

CAIRO: In an interview with Al Jazeera news channel Friday, Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood Mohamed Mahdy Akef, praised the young generation of Brotherhood bloggers and highlighted the strong bonds between the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and their counterparts in Iran. “There are no differences between Brotherhood members inside and outside Egypt. We are …

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Al-Dostour journalist detained for one day

CAIRO: An Al-Dostour journalist was detained for one day allegedly for covering news related to the Muslim Brotherhood, according to Khaled Badran, another journalist at the newspaper. Ahmed Seif El-Din was arrested Friday and released on Saturday in Fayoum, where he is Al-Dostour newspaper’s correspondent. Badran linked the arrest to the fact that Seif El-Din …

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Bouteflika wins another five-year term

CAIRO: Incumbent Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, 72, won the presidential race for the third time, as official results indicated on Friday. Bouteflika, who had the constitution changed last year to allow him to run, won his third five-year term as president of Algeria amid much violence. Six terrorist attacks aimed at disturbing the election process, …

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Court shuts down magazine for insulting God

CAIRO: The State Council Administrative Court on Tuesday revoked the license of Ibdaa (Creativity) monthly magazine for publishing a poem it deemed “blasphemous. The court found the magazine guilty of publishing a poem that included expressions that insulted God. Ibdaa was published by the General Egyptian Book Organization, which works under the authority of the …

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Al-Badil newspaper turns weekly

CAIRO: Independent newspaper Al-Badil will start printing on a weekly rather than on a daily basis starting May 5, its chief editor Khaled Al-Belishy told Daily News Egypt. The newspaper will cease printing starting today, Thursday, until then, he said. Al-Belishy attributed the decision to the global economic crisis that he says has taken its …

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Malaria case appears in Fayoum

CAIRO: A man from the governorate of Fayoum had contracted malaria, according to a Ministry of Health laboratory report released last week. Mahmoud Mohamed Abdel Hafiz, 54, allegedly caught the disease in Sudan, said Hamdy Al-Sayed, chairman of the Doctors’ Syndicate. The patient came back on March 10 already sick with malaria from Sudan, Al-Sayed …

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19 private clinics close on a day of protest

CAIRO: Nineteen private clinics located in Cairo and Helwan closed down on Thursday in protest against low salaries. The Doctors’ Syndicate called on private clinics to join a series of protests it said it is organizing until their demands are met. An official statement issued by the syndicate said they are protesting against doctors’ low …

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Egypt's electricity sector to get rewired

CAIRO: Egypt’s production of electricity without the use of fuel has expanded to 22 billion kilowatt/hour annually, Minister of Electricity and Energy Hassan Younes said Sunday. The figure represents 37 percent of the country’s electricity generation capacity and is one of the highest non-fuel produced electricity rates in the world. Meanwhile, improvements are being made …

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Hosni making strides towards UNESCO bid

CAIRO: In a statement welcoming Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim to perform in Cairo, Egypt’s Culture Minister Farouk Hosni is making strides in his campaign to head UNESCO, analysts say. In a press statement sent to Daily News Egypt, Hosni said that Barenboim is known for advocating peace in the Arab world, and opposes Israel’s policies …

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Egyptian swingers locked up

CAIRO: On Saturday Al-Agouza Misdemeanors Court sentenced a couple charged with spouse swapping to seven years for the husband and three for the wife. The court also stated in its verdict that the couple will be placed under court surveillance for at least one year after they complete their jail term. Husband Tolba Abdel Hafez, …

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Brotherhood MPs boycott Nazif speech

CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood’s parliamentary bloc boycotted Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif’s speech Monday at the People’s Assembly (PA) in solidarity with the April 6 movement strike. Hussein Ibrahim, head of the Brotherhood’s parliamentary bloc, told Daily News Egypt that all the group’s members walked out of the session during Nazif’s monthly speech. “We are boycotting …

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Brotherhood urges Egyptians to join April 6 strike

CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) called on Egyptians to participate in the April 6 strike and “express their anger, the group said in a press statement. “The Muslim Brotherhood is calling on the Egyptian people to express their anger and protest in the coming April 6 . against the government’s policies and practices that wasted …

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Egypt to invest Japan grant in wind power

CAIRO: The People’s Assembly’s industry and energy committee approved new plans between Japan and Egypt to develop wind energy projects in Egypt. Moustafa Mohamed Moustafa, member in the industry and energy committee, told Daily News Egypt that Japan will grant Egypt LE 12 million to allocate in wind energy projects. “This amount will be paid …

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Psychological health law to be discussed in PA

CAIRO: The People’s Assembly’s (PA) legislative committee approved the psychological health law which will be discussed in parliament over the next few weeks. The PA’s health committee recently finalized the controversial draft law on which MPs disagreed over two main points: the first of which is the proper definition of a psychiatric patient and the …

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Muslim Brotherhood to participate in April 6 strike

CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood announced their participation in the coming April 6 strike, the group’s deputy leader told Daily News Egypt. Mohamed Habib explained that Brotherhood students in different universities will actively participate in the strike. On their part, the group’s leaders and members will issue a statement detailing and analyzing the reasons behind this …

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Education sector administrators continue protest

CAIRO: Education sector administrators will continue their protests in various governorates in Egypt for the third day. Even though today was planned to be the last, protestors said that if their demands are not met, they will resume their protests on April 5, 6 and 7 in front of the People s Assembly (PA). Between …

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Education sector administrators begin protest

CAIRO: Education sector administrators started the first of a three-day protest on Sunday in Daqahleya governorate. Sunday s two-hour protest began at 9 am and ended at 11 am. The protest is also scheduled for 9 am Monday but will last until noon, and on Tuesday, it will last until 2 pm. Salah Abou Al-Ainien, …

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New law to contain illegal drugs in Egypt

CAIRO: The Ministry of Health, in association with the Pharmacists’ Syndicate, has announced that the People’s Assembly will be discussing amendments to a law combating illegal drugs in Egypt next April. Abdel Rahman Shahin, the Health Ministry’s official spokesperson, told Daily News Egypt that the current law has been in place since 1964, when the …

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Environment ministry cracks down on Ain Shams hospital

CAIRO: The Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs filed a complaint against Ain Shams Specialized Hospital at the office of the Attorney General after it found 20 tons of illegal hospital waste in its possession. According to a ministry press statement, the ministry was making a spot check at the hospital when it came across …

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Islamic Research Center rejects gov't control over zakat money

CAIRO: The Islamic Research Center said on Thursday that no Muslim is obliged to deliver zakat money through the government. The Research Center’s statement was a response to a draft law which the government referred to the Center for advice. The proposed law would have zakat money (a fixed sum which is compulsory alms to …

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Muslim Brotherhood leader says he won't run for a second term

CAIRO: Mohamed Mahdy Akef, the supreme guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, will not run for a second term, the group’s deputy leader told Daily News Egypt. Akef, whose tenure ends in January 2010, announced that he was not planning on running for another term, Mohmed Habib said. He said that the group did not discuss …

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Education sector administrators disclose protest dates, locations

CAIRO: Education sector administrators will be holding four protests over the next month, Fawzi Abdel Fattah, chairman of the committee to defend the rights of the education sector administrators, said in a meeting Wednesday at their syndicate. The series of protests will kick off with one in front of the cabinet building in Downtown Cairo …

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NDP to amend personal status law

CAIRO: Egypt s ruling party announced plans to amend the current personal status law, in place since 1929, according to MP Mohamed Khalil Kwaitah. National Democratic Party MP Kwaitah said that he has proposed amending Article 20 of Law 25, which grants visitation rights to grandparents, uncles, aunts and other family members of children whose …

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PA extends law giving Mubarak authority over arms trade until 2011

CAIRO: The People’s Assembly approved the extension of Law 29 of 1972 on Monday, giving President Hosni Mubarak authority over decisions pertaining to arms trade until the end of his term in 2011. The PA approved the law after 313 of 338 members voted for its extension. Most of the independent and opposition members voted …

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Medical insurance law to kick in gradually starting May

CAIRO: To test the new medical insurance law, the Ministry of Health will start by implementing it in the governorate of Suez next May, Dr Abdel Rahman Shahin, the ministry’s official spokesperson, told Daily News Egypt. Shahin explained that should the law prove successful in Suez; the ministry will implement it in Alexandria and Sohag …

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Opposition MPs file 11 investigation requests, attempt to dissolve cabinet

CAIRO: In a heated confrontation, one month before the end of the current PA session, independent and opposition MPs filed 11 investigation requests to cabinet, hoping but failing to clinch a no confidence vote against the government. On Sunday, parliament discussed 11 requests, one of which accused the government of “failing to confront monopolistic practices …

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Education admins accuse government of ignoring their rights

CAIRO: In protest at the education ministry’s failure to deliver a 50 percent pay increase, the syndicate for education sector administrators issued a statement criticizing the government for overlooking the difficult economic conditions in Egypt. “Our low salaries cannot keep up with the price hikes in food, real estate and medical services, the statement read. …

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