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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

Jose issues an apology to Ahly's fans over Al-Hodoud incident

CAIRO: Portuguese coach Manuel Jose issued a statement on Sunday apologizing for his unsporting behavior during Ahly s Egyptian League match against Harras Al-Hodoud on Friday. Jose was ejected from the game for his inappropriate objection over referee Nasser Abbass in the 73rd minute. The Ahly manager was so frustrated by the decisions of referee …

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Egypt should not pursue nuclear energy: EU diplomat

Alternative renewable energy should be developed instead CAIRO: Contradicting US policy, the European Union (EU) will not fully support Egypt’s ambitions to create a nuclear program for peaceful energy purposes, a top EU diplomat said yesterday. Rather than pursuing nuclear power to solve the country’s energy needs, Egypt should instead work towards energy diversification and …

Jered Stuffco

Government's rights watchdog report highlights prisoner, detainee abuse

CAIRO: The National Council of Human Rights (NCHR) called Sunday for amending the penal code and improving the treatment of detainees in its third annual report on the country s human rights situation. The report s focus on the treatment of prisoners and abuses by security services came even as Egypt s bloggers and human …

AFP

The strange case files of Egypt-Israel espionage

CAIRO: Long normalized but still tense relations between Egypt and Israel hit a potential snag with the announcement on Saturday that an Egyptian had been arrested inside Egypt, charged with spying for Israel. Three Israeli intelligence officers were also charged and warrants issued for their arrest, though they remain outside of Egypt. While the reports …

Daily News Egypt

The value of travel: End for a means?

CAIRO: The advertisement piqued my interest: “A very exciting trip , it said to “major Pharaonic sites, which, though rarely visited are “really out of this world. The day-trip to neighboring Sharqeya governorate was organized by some friends who spread the word via email, guaranteeing a mix bag of Egyptians and expatriates all hoping to …

Deena Douara

Eno problems don't concern me, says Michel

CAIRO: Zamalek coach Henri Michel said he doesn t care about the ongoing saga between Zamalek board of directors and the club s midfielder Moetazbellah Mohamed Eno . The Cairo giants are purportedly enraged at Eno after he missed several training sessions and failed to take part in Zamalek s 4-1 victory over Vital O …

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Ahly coach thought undressing was no foul

CAIRO: Manual Jose, the Portuguese coach of Egyptian and African champions Al Ahly, apologized on Sunday for starting to undress in public in protest against a referee s decision. Jose took off his jacket and started to unbutton his shirt after referee Nasser Abbas booked Ahly s Tunisian midfielder Anis Boujelbene during the team s …

AFP

Italian Edison wins deal for gas exploration east of Alex

CAIRO: Italian Edison Company has won a new deal launched by the Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) to explore for gas in a submarine area east of Alexandria. A senior official at EGAS said the Italian company would explore for natural gas in Area 8 in the deep waters of the Mediterranean, noting that …

Noozz

Egypt, Germany sign four agreements to increase economic cooperation between the 2 countries

CAIRO: The Egyptian-German Business Forum concluded its meetings Sunday with the signing of four agreements aimed at modernizing Egyptian industries and increasing bilateral trade. On the industrial front, Siemens Egypt Automation and Drives signed three agreements with the Industrial Modernization Center (IMC) and the Industrial Training Center (ITC) to develop the production capabilities of select …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Monetary Policy Committee decides against expected interest rate hike

Central Bank: Inflation rate expected to remain high until effects of previous price increases level off CAIRO: The Monetary Policy Committee decided in its monthly meeting Thursday to maintain overnight lending and deposit rates at 8.75 and 10.75, respectively, despite wide analyst expectations of another hike to counter rising inflation. As of press time, the …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Germany's Merkel presses Israeli-Palestinian peace drive

CAIRO: German Chancellor Angela Merkel Sunday pressed on with a tour of the Middle East focused on efforts to lay the ground for a resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Merkel, who held talks with President Hosni Mubarak soon after her arrival in Cairo on Saturday, had a busy schedule of meetings Sunday including with Prime …

AFP

Another arms cache unearthed near Gaza border

RAFAH: Two arms caches in northern Sinai near the Rafah border were discovered by security forces on Saturday, officials have said. The arms find comes a week after a suicide bomber killed three Israeli civilians in Eilat and infighting between Palestinian factions intensified. There had been speculation that the bomber had tunneled his way near …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

WORD ON THE STREET: Opinions on alleged Egyptian spy

“I think it’s stupid of the government to arrest him and investigate. I think he’s a normal person. But maybe the government has some reason. Mohmmed Qawasme, cameraman “If he’s Egyptian he should not be spying on his own people, especially for an issue as sensitive as Israel. I personally am against it. We all …

Daily News Egypt

Zotye Auto examines manufacture of Chinese models in Egypt

CAIRO: Chinese Zotye Auto Company is mulling over a proposal to manufacture Chinese models in the domestic market to benefit from the government incentives to car manufacturers in Egypt. The company’s general manager said last week that Zotye Auto plans to offer two or three models in the Egyptian market this year and, in cooperation …

Noozz

Sawiris allies with two Saudi companies to compete over third operation license

CAIRO: Nagib Sawiris, the chairman of Orascom Telecom, said his company’s competition over the third mobile phone operation in Saudi Arabia would be made through an alliance with Saudi Arabian Al Rajehi Group and Abdullah Kamel Group. Sawiris said on Thursday that on winning the deal, he would offer 40 percent of the third mobile …

Noozz

Insecurity and corruption hinder reconstruction in Iraq

Insecurity, corruption among Iraqi officials and weak US contract management have led to tens of millions of dollars in Iraq reconstruction aid going missing, a new audit report said on Wednesday. The quarterly audit prepared by the office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (Sigir), Stuart Bowen Jr, is the latest to paint …

Daily News Egypt

New questions concerning the European Union's future

Ever since France and the Netherlands rejected the European Union’s proposed Constitutional Treaty, EU leaders have been busy pointing fingers at each other, or blaming French and Dutch citizens for misunderstanding the question they had been asked. But no amount of finger pointing can obscure the fact that, 50 years after the European Community’s creation, …

Daily News Egypt

New questions concerning the European Unions future

Ever since France and the Netherlands rejected the European Unions proposed Constitutional Treaty, EU leaders have been busy pointing fingers at each other, or blaming French and Dutch citizens for misunderstanding the question they had been asked. But no amount of finger pointing can obscure the fact that, 50 years after the European Communitys creation, …

Daily News Egypt

Giving life a chance in Lebanon

Much has been written in the past few months to accommodate either the March 8 or the March 14 movement. Their rivalry has been eating at the very core of Lebanon. Our country has reached a point where people have lost all interest in the first prize, whoever takes over power. Many Lebanese are searching …

Daily News Egypt

Bird flu continues to threaten developing world

CAIRO: In recent weeks, Egyptian media has highlighted the dangers of the possibilities that the current H5N1 avian influenza, also known as the bird flu virus, could spread or mutate. Warda Eid Ahmed, 27, from Beni Suef was the 11th Egyptian to die of the H5N1 strain of bird flu in Egypt in lat January, …

Deena Douara

Egyptian intelligence services arrest man on charges of spying for Israel

CAIRO: An Egyptian who holds Canadian citizenship was arrested on charges of spying for Israel, the authorities have said. Three Israelis were also charged with spying for Israel, a state prosecutor said on Saturday. High State Security Prosecutor Hisham Badawi said the Egyptian, Mohamed Essam Ghoneim El-Attar, 31, had been arrested and charged. The rest …

Reuters

Iranian involvement in envoy's murder cannot be ruled out, analysts say

Iraqi government whitewashed the investigation CAIRO: Iranian involvement in the disappearance of Egyptian ambassador to Iraq Ihab Al-Sharif in 2005 cannot be proven conclusively, yet some things point in that direction an analyst has told The Daily Star Egypt. “In any assassination, if no group has claimed responsibility then it is very hard to find …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

UN agencies raised human rights awareness through photo exhibit

CAIRO: The United Nations, and its various agencies, is known to routinely raise issues of social, economic and political importance and bring to the fore the plight of global impoverishment, displacement and disease. A photo exhibit – a joint project between the World Food Program, Unicef, and the UN Information Center in Cairo to highlight …

Alexandra Sandels

Paris Hilton seeks to shut down website publishing nude photos

LOS ANGELES: Paris Hilton filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles on Monday demanding the closure of a website where visitors can pay to view nude photos and other items that formerly belonged to her. Hilton s suit alleged that the website – parisexposed.com – which displays photos, home videos, diary entries and audiotapes of her …

AFP

The desert-dweller is no less important than water

CAIRO: Human resource development in desert societies is a key element in developing and preserving emerging desert settlements in different parts of the country, stressed a desert expert. Dr Zinat El Sherif, head of the Agricultural Studies and Development of Rural Societies Desert Research Center in Cairo, pointed out that when plans to reclaim the …

Ahmed Maged