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Press watchdog say Mideast states restrict media as US push for freedom falters

Associated Press CAIRO: Across the Middle East, journalists who challenge the government are threatened by the state, prosecuted and imprisoned, an international press watchdog said Monday. In a survey, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists reported that the failure of US President George W. Bush to push through democratic reform in the Arab world …

Salah Nasrawi

WHO confirms Egyptian girl dies of bird flu

CAIRO: An Egyptian girl has died of bird flu south of Cairo, bringing the number of confirmed deaths from the disease in Egypt to 12, a World Health Organization official said on Monday. The girl has been identified as Nouri Nadi, 17, of Fayoum province. The WHO official said the girl was believed to have …

Reuters

Some Copts say Sharia should not be main source of legislation

CAIRO: The Center of Humanitarian Dialogue held a joint lecture Sunday with the Egyptian Association for Enlightenment to discuss the Coptic vision of constitutional amendments. There s pessimism about the future of political life in Egypt in general, political and rights activist and executive general of the Middle East Forum in Washington Magdy Khalil, said. …

Maram Mazen

And the bride and groom were smelly pigs

TAIPEI: The bride was a real smelly porker and she wore pink. Two Musk hogs were married in a lavish ceremony in Taiwan, with the blessings of a Catholic priest. The bride and groom – Huang Pu-pu and Shu Fu-ko – wore tailor-made outfits for the nuptials that included wedding cake, portrait photographs, a marriage …

Reuters

Child dies after swallowing meat

CAIRO: A child died on the way to hospital after a piece of meat was stuck in his throat, the press reported. The child Ahmed Ismael who lives in Al Nozha, Heliopolis crept to a bowl of meat that was left on the floor by his mother Mahrusa Abu Al Hassan. He swallowed a chunk …

Agencies

Egypt to significantly lower import duties, says minister

CAIRO: Egypt will significantly reduce import duties on a wide range of both manufactured goods and raw materials, in an effort to lower consumer prices and combat smuggling, the minister of finance said on Monday. Youssef Boutros-Ghali told a news conference the average import tariff would drop around 25 percent to 6.5 percent, and that …

Reuters

Egyptian girl dies of bird flu, country's 12th avian flu

CAIRO: A 17-year-old girl has died of bird flu, bringing the number of fatalities from the avian flu strain in Egypt to 12, MENA, the state-run news agency reported Monday. The girl, identified as Nora Nadi from the city of Fayoum, about 70 km south of Cairo, had tested positive for H5N1 strain. Nadi was …

Agencies

Savola to start Egypt sugar plant in Aug

Reuters DUBAI: Saudi Arabia s Savola Group expects to start up a sugar refinery in Egypt in August and to further expand its Saudi facility to meet rising domestic and regional demand, a senior company official said on Monday. Output from the 750,000 tons a year Egypt plant, a joint venture with companies including Tate …

Daily News Egypt

Somali refugee deported back to Dubai

CAIRO: Cairo Airport’s security police chased a refugee as he was about to be deported on a UAE-bound plane, Al-Masry Al-Youm reported. Somali passenger Abdel Qader Osman, 22, who had arrived Friday from Dubai carrying a UN-refugee document, was refused entry by the airport authority. While being escorted to a Dubai-bound Egypt Air flight, he …

Ahmed Maged

Egypt asks Interpol to arrest three Israelis charged with espionage

Associated Press CAIRO: Egypt asked the international police organization to arrest three Israelis it accuses of being part of a spy ring, a judicial official said Monday. Egypt s state security prosecutor on Saturday charged a 26-year-old Egyptian and three Israelis with spying for Israel and harming national interests. Authorities arrested Mohammed al-Attar, a former …

Salah Nasrawi

Ahly's Jose fined, suspended by Egyptian FA

Zamalek team gets punished, too CAIRO: Ahly coach Manuel Jose has been suspended for four games and fined LE 50,000 for inappropriate conduct during his team’s league game against Harras Al-Hodoud, the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) announced on Monday. The Portuguese manager started to undress on the sideline in protest over referee Nasser Abbass’s decisions. …

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Palestinians trade fire at Egypt border.

GAZA CITY: Hamas and Fatah security officials traded fire at Gaza s border with Egypt on Tuesday as Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh passed through on his way to reconciliation talks between his Hamas movement and the rival Fatah group in Saudi Arabia, witnesses said. Haniyeh, who was in a VIP hall and not in the …

Daily News Egypt

Cairo's medieval heritage undergoes facelift

The most gorgeous medieval buildings are being painstakingly restored in Islamic Cairo and discerning tourists are walking past Khan Al-Khalili into a medieval city of wikalas, through mighty Fatimid gates and sitting down to rest inside the Hassan Mosque, where Crusader knights were once chained for their sins. Sitting inside the marvellous Hassan Mosque I …

Peter A. Carrigan

Turks to supply World Bank chief with socks

ANKARA: Turkish manufacturers have rushed to supply World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz with new socks after he revealed two large holes in his socks during a visit to an Ottoman-era mosque in Turkey. If he had bought from our high quality socks he would not have had such troubles. The quality of Turkish socks has …

AFP

Think cartoons and relive the past

Last week when I was chatting online with my best friend, I suddenly remembered an old cartoon that we used to watch with much attention when we were around 10 years old. I asked him, do you remember Jonger the cartoon show? And he answered me with an opened-mouth emoticon smile, yes of course. And …

Daily News Egypt

Attempted rape at Sadat metro station shocks the nation

CAIRO: Two policemen were arrested Wednesday after they allegedly attempted to rape a girl at the Sadat metro station in broad daylight, local press reported. The prosecution is carrying out investigations of the shocking incident that took place in the office assigned for the service of metro users at the station. The aggrieved girl reported …

Ahmed Maged

The US Congress is hoisting the white flag on Iraq

Members of the United States Congress, distressed with the flagging popularity of the Iraq war, have spent the first month of 2007 scrambling to offer the public the exit strategy it seeks. Bereft of a serious and comprehensive strategy for several years, the American public now has a surfeit of offerings from their elected representatives. …

Daily News Egypt

The Golan's Druze wonder what is best

When, earlier this month, the Israeli daily Haaretz uncovered the details of secret, unofficial Syrian-Israeli peace talks, it revived a familiar menu of questions and concerns whenever Syria and Israel negotiate: Would Israel give back to Syria all of the Golan Heights? How would the water resources be shared? Can either side trust the other …

Daily News Egypt

Suez Canal blocks large ships due to bad weather

CAIRO: The Suez Canal was closed on Sunday to large ships because of bad weather in the country, an official in the Suez Canal Authority said. The official said three ships seeking to cross to the Red Sea were denied permission to do so. Bad weather forced Egypt to close seven ports on the Red …

Reuters

A trip that highlights Germany's rising regional interests

The visit of German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the Middle East, which began on Saturday, comes at an opportune moment. Germany currently holds both the presidency of the European Union and that of the Group of Eight industrialized countries. Since December 2006, Merkel has held talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud …

Daily News Egypt

IFC to fund Egypt hospitals

CAIRO: In response to a strong need for private medical services in Egypt, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, has stepped in to help according to news reports. IFC will support the Middle East and North Africa s health care industry by financing the expansion of the …

Agencies

Islamic finance market worth $500 billion grows up to 15 percent a year

DUBAI: The director of Dow Jones Islamic Index Group has said the Islamic finance market valued at $500 billion was edging up at an annualized growth rate of 10-15 percent, arguing that Islamic indexes had outperformed regional stock markets. Speaking to Al-Khaleej, A. Rushdi Siddiqui maintained that concerted efforts from all players were necessary in …

Noozz

Political activists tread carefully in Egypt, Bahrain

CAIRO: The recent arrests of Egyptian and regional bloggers have highlighted the pressures political activists in the Middle East have come under in the past several years. The trial of blogger Abdel Kareem Soliman Amer, currently incarcerated in Alexandria and awaiting trial for allegedly slandering and defaming both the government and Islam, has also gained …

Alexandra Sandels

Palestinians prepare for Mecca crisis talks

GAZA CITY: Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas supremo Khaled Meshaal will Tuesday hold crunch talks in a bid to broker an elusive national unity deal and end fighting that has killed 63 people. On the eve of the talks, a shaky ceasefire between Abbas s Fatah faction and the warring Hamas was taking a …

AFP

Cleric reverses course: Muslim women can be presidents too

CAIRO: Within a week of issuing a fatwa that Muslim women could not fill the top post in the country, Egypt’s mufti Sheikh Ali Gomaa has reversed course and said Islam does not bar women presidents. He denied comments purportedly attributed to him published in Akhbar Al-Youm newspaper on Jan. 27 that women could not …

Yasmine Saleh

Iraqi refugee crisis hits Cairo

CAIRO: As violence continues in Iraq, the oil-rich country’s neighbors are beginning deal with a widening refugee crisis. According to a November United Nations report, two million Iraqis were estimated to have already fled to Jordan, Syria, Turkey and Lebanon while 2,000 more leave Iraq everyday. Some 150,000 Iraqi refugees have found haven in Cairo …

Daily News Egypt