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British Airways opens new venue at the InterCon

CAIRO: British Airways (BA) recently inaugurated the opening of its new offices at the InterContinental Residence Suites at the City Stars complex. The British Ambassador Sir Derek Plumbly attended the event and gave a good luck speech for the new offices. He was welcomed by Mervat Alfy, the commercial manager of BA in Egypt, as …

Daily News Egypt

Mido ends goal-drought as Tottenham march on

Egyptian striker Ahmed Hossam Mido ended a three-month goal-drought when he scored on Saturday to help Tottenham Hotspur beat Championship side Southend 3-1 and advance to the FA Cup fifth round. Irish striker Robbie Keane put the Spurs ahead after 12 minutes when he received Didier Zokora s pass before hitting a low shot that …

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The Dilemma of Islamic Financial Systems: for good or ill?

CAIRO: In today’s hyper-competitive business and financial world, Islamic financial systems are witnessing an unprecedented growth. However, many scholars, researchers and academics are currently accusing the system of creating confusion. Issues like participation of Islamic banking in the stock exchange markets, mortgage and the overall operation of Islamic financial systems, particularly in western societies, tend …

Daily News Egypt

Fire at Siag hotel causes panic

CAIRO: A big fire broke out Sat at the Siag Hotel in the pyramids area last weekend causing panic among residents, the Al Gomhuria reported. The flames raged into the other floors causing the hotel residents to rush out in their pajamas. Six Egyptians, six Koreans and an American, in addition to an on-duty policeman, …

Agencies

Helping to "illuminate" the illiterate, one woman at a time

CAIRO: A teacher praises her students as she inspects their half-filled Arabic copybooks, some perfect, some with mistakes. What is different about this class though is that when time is up at 4 pm, nobody wants to leave. Almost an hour later they are still reading, writing, and teasing each other. Oh, and the oldest …

Deena Douara

Mahalla textile workers demand union dissolved and greater independence

CAIRO: Over 200 workers from the Mahalla Textile Factory, Egypt’s largest, presented a petition to the General Union of Textiles Workers, demanding that their local factory union be impeached during a meeting yesterday at their headquarters in Shubra. The workers called for new elections for their local factory union. If their demands are not met, …


Court releases 16 Muslim Brotherhood members

Associated Press CAIRO: Egypt s Criminal Court on Monday ordered the release of the banned Muslim Brotherhood s No. 3 leader and 15 others after 45 days in detention, the Islamist group and police said. The group s third-highest ranking member, Khayrat El-Shater, 55, the movement s chief strategist and a main financier, was arrested …

Daily News Egypt

'Veteran' thief arrested red-handed in metro

CAIRO: A thief and pickpocket wanted in connection with 61 such cases were finally apprehended when he attempted to rob a man in broad daylight at the Sayeda Zaineb metro station. The thief, who had snatched a handbag from a man, jumped over the station’s electronic ticket barriers but was finally cornered and arrested despite …

Agencies

Al-Ahram claims Iran behind Egyptian ambassador's murder

CAIRO: Egypt’s biggest-circulation daily Al Ahram claimed in a front page article published Sunday that former Egyptian ambassador to Iraq Ihab Al-Sherif was killed by Iranian intelligence in 2005. The front page article cited “diplomatic sources who said that Iranian intelligence “stood behind the kidnapping and subsequent disappearance of Al-Sherif with the aim of preventing …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Maadi stabber emails television show

CAIRO: A man claiming to be the Maadi stabber has emailed a television show in response and asked that the contents of his message be broadcast. In the email received by the program Kalam Wel Salam (Just Talk), a man purporting to be the Maadi stabber comments on a previous broadcast and its guest, psychiatrist …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Was the White House infiltrated by Iranian agents?

US is aiming to destroy what it first built In early January, US forces in Iraq began to arrest Iranian men and charge them with inciting sectarian warfare in the already war-ravaged country. In the northern city of Mosul ten days ago, US troops arrested three Iranians who had no identification papers. Despite the irritating …

Firas Al-Atraqchi

Zamalek thrash Vital'O in Champions League opener

CAIRO: Zamalek celebrated their African Champions League return with a thrashing 4-1 home win over Burundi s Vital O in the first-leg of the competition s preliminary round on Sunday. Amr Zaki, Hazem Emam, Mostafa Gaafar and Tarek Al-Sayed were on the score sheet to help Zamalek, who didn t feature in last year s …

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Urgent political action needed to stem Darfur crisis, concern worldwide

NAIROBI: The humanitarian crisis in the western Sudanese region of Darfur will deteriorate this year unless key political decisions involving the government, the Darfurian rebel groups and the international community are urgently taken, an international nongovernmental organization working in the war-torn region warned on Friday. Unless there is increased recognition, within Sudan and internationally, of …

Daily News Egypt

FTA not on agenda, US-Egypt trade volume up by 30 pct

CAIRO: The time is not right for the proposed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Egypt and the US because economic considerations are not yet ripe, Minister of Trade and Industry Rachid Mohammed Rachid said Monday at a press conference kick-starting a US-Egypt Business Council meeting. “On the economic and trade fronts there is progress, but …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Banks compete over loans to finance Vodafone's 3G license

CAIRO: State-owned Banque Misr has launched sober negotiations with Vodafone Egypt on a LE 2 billion loan ($350 million) to finance the company s license for 3G services obtained last week for LE 3.34 billion. A senior official at the bank said the bank was examining the proposal to finance the company s efforts, including …

Noozz

Minimum capital requirement for LLCs reduced to LE 1,000

IFC official: positive potential of decision outweighs negative CAIRO: Minister of Investment (MOI) Mahmoud Moheiddin issued a decree Saturday lowering the minimum capital requirement for limited liability companies (LLC) from LE 50,000 to LE 1,000. According to an MOI statement, the decision was made to encourage small and medium enterprises (SME) to structure themselves according …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Golden fingers: Up close with Ramzi Yassa

What do you do if you’ve been dubbed “the most important of all Egyptian musicians by your country’s flagship publication; have won a string of international awards, and performed with the greatest classical musicians in the world’s top venues? If you were Ramzi Yassa, you would go to Spain, Russia, Macedonia, Belgium, France, and Kuwait, …

Deena Douara

Abandon the notion of a binational state in Palestine

As progress towards a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict stalls, an old idea has gained increased currency in some circles, that of one binational state for both Israelis and Palestinians. There are a number of variations on this argument, but proponents essentially call for foregoing the concept of two distinct national entities. Instead, they …

Daily News Egypt

Without the rule of law, an Asian Union can't be the EU

It is tempting for Europeans to project their own history onto Asia and to view current developments there as a mere repetition, if not an imitation, of what occurred in Europe. In fact, Asians themselves encourage this temptation, with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) openly aiming to become increasingly like the European Union. …

Dominique Moisi

The US is better on Palestine, but we're not there yet

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s recent visit to Jerusalem and Ramallah was different from her eight previous trips to Israel and the Palestinian Authority in her current job. This time around, Rice announced a deeper American involvement in Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking, a notable departure from the erstwhile hands-off policy of the Bush administration. Moreover, the …

Daily News Egypt

Muslim Brotherhood blames Palestinian leaders for bloodshed

CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood opposition group on Saturday lashed out at the leaders of the rival Palestinian factions, holding them responsible for the bloodshed in the Palestinian territories. Deadly clashes between supporters of the ruling Hamas movement and loyalists of President Mahmoud Abbas s Fatah party have resulted in the deaths of at least 23 …

AFP

Sole Arab diplomat in Iraq quits over lack of vision

CAIRO: The Arab League envoy to Baghdad, the sole Arab diplomat still in the city, has resigned because of a lack of Arab vision over the conflict in Iraq, according to his resignation letter obtained by AFP Sunday. In the handwritten letter, Mokhtar Lamani said he had decided to quit at the end of February, …

AFP

Gaza neighborhood becomes ghost town

GAZA CITY: In Gaza s Tal al-Hawa neighbourhood, the buildings are riddled with bullet holes and windows have been shattered – grim reminders of the fierce internecine clashes that have turned this metropolis into a ghost town. This neighborhood has become a ghost town in a state of war, says one resident, Jumaa al-Saqqa, a …

Daily News Egypt

UN condemns Holocaust denial in draft US resolution

Reuters UNITED NATIONS: The UN General Assembly condemned on Friday denials of the Holocaust in a US-drafted resolution responding to a Tehran conference dominated by speakers questioning the extermination of 6 million Jews in World War Two. The measure, co-sponsored by more than 100 countries, including all Western nations as well as Rwanda, Brazil, Mexico …

Daily News Egypt