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Electricity ministry doesn’t rule out an increase in electric bills

CAIRO: Officials at the Ministry of Electricity could neither confirm nor deny reports of an expected 7.5 increase in electricity prices in December. “The Cabinet of Ministers is the one responsible for deciding when and how much the increase in the price of electricity will be, not the Ministry of Electricity. So I can’t deny …

Heba Fahmy

Actor Tony Curtis dies at Las Vegas home

Tony Curtis, the Bronx tailor’s son who became a 1950s movie heartthrob and then a respected actor with such films as “Sweet Smell of Success,” “The Defiant Ones” and “Some Like It Hot,” has died. He was 85. The actor died at 9:25 pm MDT Wednesday at his Las Vegas area home of a cardiac …

AP

Iraq rival for power holds talks with Syrian leader

DAMASCUS: Former Iraqi prime minister Iyad Allawi, who is vying to return to the premiership, held talks with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad on Wednesday about his country’s protracted coalition talks, official media said. It was Allawi’s second meeting with Assad in recent months. The two men met in July, when Allawi also held talks with …

AFP

Egypt 273-day T-bills avg yield down at 10.275 pct

CAIRO: The average yield on Egyptian 273-day Treasury bills dipped to 10.275 percent at an auction on Monday from 10.298 percent at the last auction on Aug.30. The central bank said it accepted bids for bills worth LE 3 billion ($526.4 million), the same amount it was seeking. It accepted bids at rates between 10.2 …

Reuters

Malaysian rapper causes stir with anti-racism YouTube rant

An ethnic Chinese rapper who enraged authorities with a profanity-strewn anti-racism rant on YouTube says he was only trying to speak out against discrimination in multiracial Malaysia. Wee Meng Chee, 27, better known as Namewee to his fans, was hauled in for a police grilling last month over the clip which saw him accused of …

Daily News Egypt

No Zamalek role for Emam

CAIRO: Former Zamalek playmaker Hazem Emam said he would not run for a seat in the club’s board of directors in next year’s elections after experiencing a disappointing spell as a board member. The fame of Emam, who retired from professional football in 2008 after becoming a cult figure among Zamalek’s faithful, paved the way …

Hatem Maher

Michael Jackson virtual world taking shape

A virtual planet devoted to Michael Jackson is being created online as a world where fans can go to celebrate the life of the late "King of Pop." California-based SEE Virtual Worlds on Tuesday announced that it had a deal with Jackson’s estate to make "Planet Michael," an internet world based on the artist’s music, …

AFP

‘The King’s Speech’ wins Toronto film fest award

"The King’s Speech," a movie about a stammering British royal pressed to overcome a speech disorder to rally his empire at war, won the Toronto film festival’s People’s Choice Award on Sunday. The film stars Colin Firth as King George VI, who was plagued by a dreaded nervous stammer, and chronicles his reluctant rise to …

AFP

UEFA opens internal probe into Bayern allegations

GENEVA: European football’s governing body said Thursday that it had opened an internal inquiry following reported remarks by a UEFA official allegedly suggesting corruption at German giants Bayern Munich. UEFA President Michel Platini and Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge "discussed recent events that have been covered in the news media and agreed on the need to …

AFP

Activist Shadi Harb released after 30 hours of detention

CAIRO: Shadi Tarek Al-Ghazaly Harb, former member of the Democratic Front Party and assistant medical professor at Cairo University was released on Wednesday by Egyptian authorities after around 30 hours of detention. “They dropped him off at the airport where he was abducted. He said he was blind-folded during the detention, so he couldn’t see …

Heba Fahmy

Springsteen talks ‘Darkness’ with festival doc

Bruce Springsteen says he and the E Street Band were on a mission when they made his "Darkness on the Edge of Town" album 32 years ago. Springsteen opens up about the career-altering album in the documentary "The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town," which premieres Tuesday at the Toronto International …

AP

ICLD employees resume sit-in after unfulfilled pay pledges

CAIRO: Information Centers for Local Development (ICLD) workers were back on the street Tuesday protesting the government’s failure to uphold pay increase pledges. “The government created these centers to address poverty and so on but it doesn’t even solve the problems of ICLD workers,” said Khaled, an ICLD employee from Alexandria. Some 32,000 ICLD workers …

Sarah Carr

Egypt reactor failed in April, says nuclear chief

CAIRO: Egypt’s nuclear chief says there was a breakdown in the country’s small Russian-built reactor last April but no radiation leaked out. Mohamed El-Kulali, head of the Egyptian Nuclear Organization, told the independent daily Al-Masry Al-Youm Tuesday that the 2-megawatt research reactor failed and had to be shut down after a cooling pump broke. He …

AP

Ramadan TV series get more real

  J ust as the Islamic holy fasting month of Ramadan is marked with an increase in charity and religious activities, it has also become synonymous with television series — this year alone there are more than 40.   There has been a rise in both the number and quality of productions. Over the past several …

Safaa Abdoun

Interior Ministry re-arrests Shia Egyptian despite 5 release orders

CAIRO: The Ministry of Interior arrested and detained Egyptian Shia Mohamed Farouk El-Sayed on Sunday for the sixth time in a little more than a year, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) said. This came five days after El-Sayed received his fifth release order from the Higher Court of Emergency State Security on Wednesday. …

Daily News Egypt

Thousands flee as Indonesia volcano erupts

JAKARTA: A volcano on the Indonesian island of Sumatra erupted for the first time in 400 years Sunday, spewing a vast cloud of smoke and ash into the air and sending thousands of people fleeing from their homes. Indonesia issued a red alert after the Sinabung volcano erupted, blanketing the area in thick and acrid …

Daily News Egypt

Sudan gold miners vie with archaeologists for desert riches

Dust-covered miners criss-cross Sudan’s Nubian desert, absorbed by the drone of the pan-shaped metal detectors with which they scour the ground in search of gold. The desert, about 500 kilometers (310 miles) northeast of Khartoum, draws thousands of fortune seekers, some of whom have arrived in their 4X4 vehicles and set up tents equipped with …

Daily News Egypt

Egyptian tycoon accused of beating brother in-law

CAIRO: Egyptian police are investigating a complaint filed by the brother-in-law of jailed politician and businessman Hisham Talaat Moustafa, in which he accused Moustafa of beating him, official media reported on Monday. Ihab Mohamed Madi said Moustafa, the ex-chairman of Egypt’s biggest listed property developer Talaat Moustafa Group (TMG), kicked and insulted him in the …

Yasmine Saleh

Iran says Mideast talks will fail, Saudi welcomes

TEHRAN: Direct peace talks between Israel and Palestinians will fail as long as the "root" of the problem remained, Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said on Tuesday. "We don’t think (peace) talks are going to yield any results," Mehmanparast told reporters at his weekly press conference. "The root of the Palestinian problem should be …

AFP

Analysis: Talks to test Netanyahu’s will for peace

JERUSALEM: Hawkish Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has the security credentials and the political strength to pull off a peace deal with Palestinians now that the US has brokered a new start to direct talks. The big question is: Does he have the will? Netanyahu heads to Washington on Sept. 1 for the launch of …

AP

Elmohamady’s Sunderland sunk at West Brom

CAIRO: Ahmed Elmohamady’s Sunderland were punished for an unadventurous display after losing 1-0 at promoted West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Saturday. Debutant Peter Odemwingie scored the winner nine minutes from time as West Bromwich secured a deserved victory to make up for a humiliating 6-0 defeat by holders Chelsea in their first …

Hatem Maher

Yes You Can: Mental and emotional immunity

There is no stronger power than the power of the word. If we keep listening to bad news every day, our mood will worsen. When we are surrounded by positive and happy people who keep encouraging us and reinforcing our self-belief, our performance will be outstanding. Here comes the importance of the crowd. One of …

Daily News Egypt

Schneer traces lead-up to the Balfour Declaration

"The Balfour Declaration: The Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict,” by Jonathan Schneer: Out of the cauldron that was World War I, the British government gave its blessing to a document that set the stage for what is arguably the most enduring and intractable geopolitical conflict of the past six decades. The approval of the Balfour …

Daily News Egypt

Telecom Egypt Q2 net rises 23 pct on data growth

CAIRO: Landline monopoly Telecom Egypt posted second-quarter net profit at the top end of analyst forecasts on Thursday as growing internet and data revenue offset weakness in its fixed-line voice business. Net income was LE 971 million ($171 million), the company said in a statement, up 23 percent from the second quarter of 2009 and …

Reuters

Palestinian suffering crossing the bridge continues

AMMAN: Once again the summer heat is upon us. And once again, people’s anguish, and appeals at the overcrowded King Hussein Bridge are melting as quickly as an ice cream cone in the Jordan Valley’s high temperatures. The King Hussein Bridge is the only crossing point available to the 3.5 million Palestinians of the West …

Daily News Egypt

Swiss film fest with Asian touch to show banned zombie movie

Switzerland’s Locarno Film Festival opened on Wednesday for 10 days of art-house movies, including a premiere for an explicit gay alien zombie movie that was sidelined by Australian censors last month. New artistic director Olivier Père and his team have kept up the annual southern Swiss festival’s tradition of showcasing upcoming talent and introducing new …

AFP

Believing the invisible: Mime fest in Cairo

Mime is a world in where not hearing and not seeing can still lead to believing. In its sixth year, Sawy’s Mime Festival aims to popularize this elusive, unpopular art form. While Saturday featured many forgettable performances, the second day was filled with pleasant surprises. Mime is the art of portraying a character of story …

Chitra Kalyani

The scoop on unauthorized celeb books: fewer sales

Put Angelina Jolie’s face on a magazine cover and sales will surely rise. Get her to write a memoir and it would be worth millions. But write a book about her, without her cooperation, and you’re taking a chance. Coming a week after the release of her latest film, "Salt," a biography has been published. …

AP

Arabs agree to direct Israel-Palestinian talks

CAIRO: Arab officials agreed on Thursday to the holding of direct Middle East peace negotiations and left it up to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to decide when to start talks with Israel, the Qatari prime minister and foreign minister said. Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabr Al-Thani, who chaired a meeting of foreign ministers and representatives, …

AFP