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Egypt, EFTA strike free trade deal at Davos

Cairo: Egypt signed a free-trade deal with the four countries of the European Free Trade Association on Saturday, aiming to eliminate customs duties on almost all industrial goods by 2020. The agreement between the EFTA – comprising Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland – covers industrial products, fish and processed farm goods, the parties said in …

Reuters

Where do Russia's middle class vacation? Egypt, of course

Agence France-Presse MOSCOW: Car salesman Alexei Dorofeyev is proud to belong to a club he says is getting less exclusive all the time – Russia s middle class. At 22, Dorofeyev, director of a Moscow auto dealership, is the new kind of Russian businessman. He deals in consumer goods, not raw materials, and eyes an …

Daily News Egypt

Beiersdorf Middle East awards OMD its media buying & planning account

CAIRO: Following a closely fought three-way pitch, Beiersdorf Middle East FZCO (BME) has awarded OMD, part of the Omnicom Media Group, its media buying and planning account for 2007 onwards. The most lucrative asset within the BME portfolio is the globally recognized Nivea brand. Marketing Director for Beiersdorf Jean-Manuel Canga-Valles said: “The three way pitch, …

Agencies

Hidelina scandal leads to decrease in blood donations

CAIRO: Despite intense efforts exerted by different organizations to allay the public s fear of tainted blood banks in the wake of the Hidelina blood bags scandal, blood donations have significantly decreased. Medical authorities are warning of a severe shortage of blood supplies putting patients’ lives at risk. The blood bags scandal sparked uproar after …

Yasmine Saleh

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

Kefaya to focus on political reformation rather than demonstrations

CAIRO: The appointment of Abdel Wahab El Messiri as the new General Coordinator of the Kefaya opposition movement is expected to refocus the group’s energies to push for political reformation. Hany Anan, a founding member of the movement, told The Daily Star Egypt that the next stage in Kefaya’s contribution to the democratic reform process …

Yasmine Saleh

Accidents and how to avoid a tumbling wall

I am often asked, mostly by taxi drivers, what religion I belong to. I have given various answers, all of them funny, but it has dawned on me, the driver is really enquiring after how he should dispose of my body. We are all going to have to go one day. And living in Cairo …

Peter A. Carrigan

Book fair's highlights

Seminar: Civil society and development. 1 pm, 6th of October hall. Seminar: Peaceful applications of nuclear reactors. 3 pm, 6th of October hall. Seminar: Europe, Christianity and Islam: A 14 century old relationship. 12 pm, Italian Culture Center. Seminar: Italian and Egyptian writers face to face. Attended by: Claudio Magris, Gamal Al-Ghitany and Akeel Almarai. …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Jordan begins reacting to the Sunni-Shia rift

The timing of the execution of Saddam Hussein on the first morning of Eid al-Adha, the video clips officially released by the Iraqi government and those from the cell phones documenting the execution, triggered a wave of anger and provoked anti-Shia and anti-Iranian sentiment in Jordan. Jordanians interpreted the event as an act of Iranian-Shia …

Daily News Egypt

Enough abuse of the streets in Lebanon

Just as it was half a century ago, Lebanon is once again a pioneer and pace-setter in the Arab world, though this time the direction of movement may be toward destruction and incomprehensible violence. For years Beirut and Lebanon were known as the Paris and Switzerland of the Middle East, reflecting their freewheeling leisure activities, …

Rami G. Khouri

Egyptian + foreigner = marital harmony or chaos?

What happens when an Egyptian – “conservative , “traditional – marries a foreigner – “liberal, and “independent ? Cultural differences abound, and bliss would seem difficult to find within mixed marriages. And indeed, it often is. Kristine fled the country when her Egyptian husband started getting violent. This, after she discovered that he was having …

Deena Douara

Sci-tech: Burning the midnight rubber

Trackmania Nations: Electronic Sports World Cup If you bought it in a box it would be labeled “for ages 7 to 70 and “fun for the whole family . It might also carry an advisory sticker that says “Warning: users may incur hours of life-loss or “Sleep will be severely restricted . A new version …

Wael Elazab

Putting chic back on the Nile

Stepping onto the Blue Nile boat in Zamalek, you notice the diverse selection of restaurants, from the Applebee’s to the Far Eastern cuisine of Asia Bar, which strategically overlooks the magnificent waters of the Nile. One restaurant in particular located on the upper deck is Il Ritrovo Piano Bar, a new, sophisticated bar and dining …

Daily News Egypt

Egyptians increasingly shunning condom use

With stealth and caution, Hisham walked into a downtown pharmacy and, blushingly, whispered some words, which the pharmacist did not make out immediately. The key word in Hisham’s hushed speech was “condom . Yes, Hisham came to the pharmacy in search of a condom and because he requested it red-faced, the pharmacist, who happened to …

Ahmed Maged

Zamalek in mad scramble to reach African club summit

CAIRO: Zamalek will be one of the most prominent Arab teams in the 11-month climb to the summit of African club football beginning this weekend with a first round of Champions League qualifiers featuring six former title holders. Canon Yaounde of Cameroon, Esperance of Tunisia, JS Kabylie of Algeria, TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic …

AFP

Egypt's Orascom plans $500 mln 7-year bond, banker

LONDON: Egypt s Orascom Telecom plans to sell a $500 million 7-year bond after a roadshow, a banker familiar with the sale said on Friday. Orascom on Thursday hired Credit Suisse and Citigroup to manage the sale. The bond will not be callable for three years, and proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes, …

Reuters

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain through to semifinals in Gulf Cup

ABU DHABI: Saudi Arabia and Bahrain clinched the remaining semifinal spots at the Gulf Cup on Wednesday. Saudi Arabia defeated Iraq 1-0 to top Group B, while Bahrain beat defending champion Qatar 2-1 to edge Iraq to second place on goal difference. Bahrain s victory set up a meeting with Group A leader Oman in …

AFP

Abstract, beautiful and entirely Egyptian

It may be a set of decorative utensils. On the other hand, it might be a man and a woman looking at each other. Yet again, it just might be whimsical, 3-dimensional Rorschach test, in which case it would probably be better to keep quiet. Natural materials merge with commercial objects harmoniously, all draped in …

Deena Douara

Mido targeted by Manchester City, report

Cairo: Egypt and Tottenham striker Ahmed Hossam Mido is reportedly among several targets on Manchester City s shopping list, BBC sport said. The 23-year-old international is sought by City manager Stuart Pearce, who wants to reinforce his attacking options in January, added the Wednesday s unsourced report. Mido finds life difficult at White Hart Lane …

Omar AbdelAziz

The State of our Union is frustrating

You could see it in Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s eyes, sitting atop the rostrum behind George W Bush as he gave this week’s State of the Union address. The vacant stare. The idle scratching of her cheek. Even Dick Cheney spent most of the time looking at his feet. They had heard …


One killed, 20 wounded in Cairo shootout

Cairo: Gunfire broke out Thursday between police and protesters opposed to construction of a cell phone tower south of Giza, and one man was killed and 20 people were wounded, authorities said. Several thousand residents of Kafr Turk, a town about 19 miles south of Cairo s twin city of Giza, had gathered to protest …

AP

Ben Ali's dictatorship is creating more Islamists

Tunisian President Zein al-Abedin ben Ali has on official occasions often referred to the legacy of the great Arab writer Ibn Khaldoun, born in Tunis in 1332. The last time he did so was nearly two months ago on the 19th anniversary of his coup against President Habib Bourguiba. This frequent mention of Ibn Khaldoun …

Daily News Egypt

Market shares fall on retail sentiment

Cairo: The main share indexes fell up to 2.6 percent on Thursday as retail investors adjusted their stock portfolios ahead of the new month, traders said. The sentiment in the market is not that great amongst retail investors, who have sold on a purely sentimental basis ahead of February, said Ahmed El-Hifnauy of EFG-Hermes. Retail …

Reuters

Turkey is changing, despite Dink's murder

Less than a week before Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink was assassinated, his compatriot Orhan Pamuk, winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature, was made editor-in-chief for a day at Radikal, a small but influential newspaper. In a front-page article, Pamuk drew attention to the throngs of security personnel needed to ensure that Greek Orthodox …

Daily News Egypt