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How AIDS has become a woman's Plight

CAIRO: Enara, age 11 of Dandara, Zimbabwe, cried in 2002 as she described the difficulties of daily living after being left orphaned by AIDS. More than 20 years after the breakout of the Human-Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), the pandemic still shows no sign of receding. The shocking figures all over the world leave many scared of …

Daily News Egypt

Ghaly loses four teeth during Portsmouth draw

Cairo: Egyptian midfielder Hossam Ghaly lost four teeth in a collision with Portsmouth defender Noe Pamarot during their 1-1 draw in the Premiership. Ghaly wasn t even awarded a foul and Tottenham manager Martin Jol was left fuming over the challenge. I asked the referee and he said it wasn t a foul but when …

filgoal.com

New Year's rowdiness and the fat black cats of Cairo

CAIRO: They must have had one too many, apparently. On New Year’s Eve, residents of the Al Wayli district were awakened to quite the ruckus when 10 inebriated foreign nations attempted to vandalize a bus. The bus driver escaped unharmed. The men then chased a cab, the daily Masry Al Youm reported, and damaged it. …

Ahmed Maged

Fathi set for Sheffield move

Cairo: Egypt and Ismaili defender Ahmed Fathi is set to join Premiership side Sheffield United during January for 700,000 sterling pounds (just under LE 8 million), the coastal club said. Ismaili vice president Ibrahim Ashour told FilGoal.com on Monday that the club accepted the English offer because Fathi was keen on moving to Europe. Sheffield …

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Brotherhood members arrested in dawn raid

CAIRO: Egyptian police arrested 20 members of the Muslim Brotherhood for membership of a banned organization Tuesday, a security source said, in the latest crackdown on the leading opposition group. The activists were detained in dawn raids on their homes in three provinces in the Nile Delta for membership of the banned Brotherhood and possession …

AFP

Man who filmed Saddam on mobile phone arrested

Associated Press BAGHDAD: The person believed to have recorded Saddam Hussein s execution on a cell phone camera was arrested Wednesday, an adviser to Iraq s prime minister said. The adviser to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media, did not identify the …

Daily News Egypt

Olmert in Egypt as prisoner exchange talks continue

CAIRO: Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert meets President Hosni Mubarak today as Egypt attempts to reach a successful resolution in the prisoner exchange negotiations between Hamas and the Israeli government. “Olmert is coming to discuss prisoner exchange. We are hosting him to lift the suffering off the Palestinian people and see him deliver on his …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Brotherhood official denies group seeking official status

CAIRO: Mahmoud Ezzat, Secretary-General of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), has denied reports that the banned, but tolerated Islamist group convened to establish an official political following President Mubarak’s announced plans to amend the constitution. As far as I know no such meeting took place and no action or decisions were taken concerning Al-Azhar University [demonstrations] …

Yasmine Saleh

CAF says Ahly match in Addis, not Khartoum

CAIRO: The Confederation Africaine de Football (the Confederation of African Football, sometimes known as CAF) yesterday denied reports that it had scheduled the Ahly game with Etoile du Sahel in Khartoum and said the appointed venue was in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia. According to www.cafonline.com, CAF’s official website, “The super cup match between Ahly …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Government to import 100 American and Chinese locomotives

Purchase part of $8.5 billion restructuring program CAIRO: The Ministry of Transportation (MOT) is set to sign contracts in January to import 100 new locomotives from Chinese and American manufacturers, a senior ministry official revealed Wednesday. The official, who declined to be identified because the deals have not yet been finalized, said the companies include …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

A film that does not leave audiences Justifable Betrayed

CAIRO: If a good detective story is about suspense and excitement, “Khiyana Mashruaa (Justifiable Betrayal), the new film release by film director Khalid Yousif, satisfies the requirements of that genre. There are all the elements that make up a suspense hit: a complex winding plot that no sooner reaches a denouement than it starts winding …

Ahmed Maged

THE REEL ESTATE: The Christian "Hostage"

The long, marginal history of Copts in film is about to change.kind of! I wasn t intending to write a full-length review of Al Rahina (The Hostage), one of the most high-profiled films of the current Eid releases. The film, after all, looked like intrinsic entertainment fare with little substance. Halfway through the film though, …

Joseph Fahim

CAIRO CAROUSEL: This silence past compare

I miss the Eid break. No, am not overtly pious nor philanthropically inclined – I do my bit for charity. But it is the eerie, almost apocalyptic silence that accompanies Eid in many parts of Cairo. First off, you are not awakened by the honking terrorist activities of the minibus drivers. The hustle bustle of …

Daily News Egypt

Israel's dominance may be going into slow reversal

By most measures, it would seem the Israelis are winning the Palestinian-Israeli war. They control and colonize Arab lands, enjoy military superiority and total American support, and unilaterally define most diplomatic parameters of the conflict. Yet this may be a mistaken assessment: the Palestinians and Arabs are perhaps starting to win some battles, while Israel …

Rami G. Khouri

An opportunity lost for human rights in the region

The swift execution of Saddam Hussein following a flawed trial was a blunt reminder that the former dictator’s “Republic of Fear gave way, under Anglo-American occupation, to an Iraqi state of revenge. The fate of Saddam, whose atrocious crimes were reminiscent of those of the notorious Umayyad governor Al-Hajjaj bin Yusif, seemed to have been …

Daily News Egypt

Three walking into a tightrope of a future

As the new year approaches, I think of three people who symbolize for me some of the difficulties of the year we have just lived through, and also the promise and potential of the one that is ahead. Each of them reminds me that we are walking into the future balanced on a tightrope. The …

David Ignatius

Zamalek will miss Zaki in Mahalla clash

Cairo: Zamalek striker Amr Zaki missed his side s training on Monday, two days ahead of the Mahalla game in the Egyptian League. Ibrahim Saied, Mostafa Gaafar, Magdi Atwa and Tamer Abdul-Wahab also didn t take part in the practice. Ahmed Abdullah, Zamalek s team director said Zaki and Saied met with coach Mahmoud Saad …

filgoal.com

'Black wizard' arrested

‘Black wizard’ arrested Cairo: Police in Kafr Al Sheikh arrested a man for carrying out acts of black magic online in return for money paid to him by his victims, the press recently reported. Police were tipped off that Hamad A.L., 35, was using jinn to fool people into believing that he was serving their …

Ahmed Maged

Misr Banque to Open Bidding Envelopes for Misr Ameriya in January

Cairo: Board members of the state-owned Misr Banque have earmarked Jan. 9, 2007 as the date for opening bid envelopes for ownership of 100 percent of the Misr Ameriya Company for Real Estate Investment. The company s is earmarked for sale under the government stake privatization scheme. Helmi al-Saeed, investment official at the Misr Banque, …

Noozz

Police officers in sexual abuse case could face prison sentence

CAIRO: The Southern Cairo Prosecution Court detained on Thursday two police officers, accused of sexually abusing a microbus driver, pending a criminal court session to determine their fate this week. The two officers, Islam Nabeh, assistant investigator, and Reda Fathy, a non-commissioned officer, have been accused of torturing Imad Al-Kabir, an Egyptian microbus driver, in …

Daily News Egypt

Israel denies breakthrough over captured soldier

No progress has been made in talks to free an Israeli soldier held captive by Palestinian fighters in Gaza, an Israeli government official said on Monday, denying Hamas assertions of a breakthrough. Palestinian armed factions have demanded Israel release more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Corporal Gilad Shalit, abducted in June by gunmen …

Reuters

Israel says no progress on Egyptian-sponsored prisoner swap

Associated Press JERUSALEM: Israeli officials on Monday denied claims that they were close to a deal that would secure the release of a captured soldier held by Palestinian militants, citing excessive demands by the Islamic Hamas. Expectations have been building in the media that an announcement could be made at an Israel-Egypt summit on Thursday, …

Daily News Egypt

Egyptians outraged by Saddam Hussein's hanging

CAIRO: Saddam Hussein has always been a controversial figure but ironically, his execution may create even greater contention. He was praised by the several US administrations in the beginnings of his reign, then vilified as a ruthless madman, respected by some Arab allies and hated by others, and then finally in his final years mocked …

Deena Douara

African Player of the Year heats up, but Aboutrika tossed

CAIRO: Samuel Eto o was named among the three candidates for the 2006 African Player of the Year Award, putting him in contention to win the title for a record fourth straight year. But Egypt’s star player, Mohamed Aboutrika, who scored repeatedly in both the African Champions League for team Al Ahly and the African …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

How FIFA Snubbed Ahly's Aboutrika

Cairo: No one can deny that Ronaldinho is the best player in the world. The Brazilian’s talent speaks for itself, as does the host of prestigious awards that he has under his belt, but the FIFA Club World Cup Bronze Ball should not have been one of them. The fact that Barcelona’s playmaker received the …

filgoal.com

Cadbury Egypt Denies Product Recall in Local Market

Cairo: A senior official at Cadbury Egypt has denied that the company had recalled its products from the Egyptian market following reported news that Cadbury UK had withdrawn chocolate bars form the market in Britain and Ireland after traces of salmonella were found in product samples. An Egyptian daily newspaper has recently published reports that …

Noozz

INTERVIEW: Literature with a human conscience

Nadine Gordimer speaks about her role as a writer and social activist The written word has always been powerful, but as a writer gains prominence the power of the author’s persona often augments the power of the words. The most coveted honor for any writer worldwide is the Nobel Prize for Literature. It is the …

Aida Nassar

Egyptian Youth and Azhar Demos

It is not the proper time to discuss the Al Azhar University incidents. The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) has already apologized for the students’ parade that was the focus of media attention for a few days and was used as a launching pad to arrest a few of the MB’s top leaders, including Deputy Chairman Khayrat …

Daily News Egypt

The boomerang effect

The Hussein execution is likely to have serious repercussions for the region I miss the old days of colonialism. You know, the days when the suppression of the natives was done with a little panache. Nowadays, it’s all shoving and a none-too elegant boot up the collective backside. Former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein was hanged …

Daily News Egypt