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Orascom Telecom prices $750 mln 7-yr bond – banker

CAIRO: Orascom Telecom on Thursday priced a $750 million bond with a yield at the low end of guidance, a banker familiar with the sale said. The 7-year bond was priced at par with a coupon of 7.875 percent, the banker said, the tight end of the range given late on Wednesday of 7.875 to …

Reuters

Easy payments means more cars on the road

New models in same price range as last year Vroom Vroom. No, not the sound of those purveyors of prog rock, King Crimson, but rather the dream of almost every male teenager in Egypt, the sound of their own new car revving and raring to go. Most wait for that day with great impatience. The …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Italian judges say Egyptian Madrid bombing mastermind is member of Al-Qaeda

ROME: An Egyptian man accused of being one of the masterminds of the Madrid 2004 train bombings is an influential member of Al-Qaeda , two Italian judges said Thursday. The judges made their assessment in a written statement outlining their reasons for having sentenced Rabei Ousmane Sayed Ahmed, known as Mohamed the Egyptian, to 10 …

AFP

Business recap: Economists attack, government defends MoI's privatization program

CAIRO: Several leading economists attacked the Ministry of Investment s (MOI) privatization program during a round table discussion Tuesday, claiming sales of government assets have lacked transparency and have yet to be proven beneficial to the economy. In the seminar organized by the Development Partners Center, Ahmed El Naggar, senior economist at Al-Ahram Center for …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

European MP barred from seeing Ayman Nour in prison

Reuters CAIRO: A senior member of the European Parliament said on Wednesday Egyptian authorities had barred him from visiting imprisoned opposition leader Ayman Nour and he urged the European Union to take a muscular stand in the case. Britain s Edward McMillan-Scott, a vice president of the parliament and its rapporteur on democracy and human …

Daily News Egypt

Irish Foreign Minister meets officials in Cairo, Mideast

CAIRO: A delegation headed by the Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs Dermot Ahern made a brief trip to Cairo Thursday as part of his Middle East tour Ahern s trip comes on the heels of President Hosni Mubarak s historic visit to Ireland in December, and incorporates Israel, Palestine and Lebanon. Egypt s Minister for …

Jonathan Spollen

Can Egyptian writers deliver another "Yacoubian Building" success?

CAIRO: Earlier this week, at a wine and shrimp-fuelled soiree packed with British literati, Egyptian novelist Miral El Tahawi was on the prowl. This was her chance to swap business cards with a group of influential publishers who have the power to put her novels on European bookshelves and nightstands – a feat that’s next …

Jered Stuffco

Report warns Egypt against ignoring troubled Sinai

CAIRO: Continued discriminatory policies against the population of Egypt s Sinai risk giving rise to further terrorist activity in the peninsula, warned a report published recently. In a 37-page report entitled Egypt s Sinai Question , the Brussels-based International Crisis Group (ICG) looked at the socio-economic roots of the deadly terrorist attacks that have rocked …

AFP

Without jobs, military victory and occupation turn to ashes

Afghanistan’s future hangs in the balance as its weak national government struggles to maintain support and legitimacy in the face of a widening insurgency, warlords, the heroin trade, and a disappointed populace. Across an arc extending from Afghanistan to East Africa, violence now also surges in Iraq, Lebanon, Somalia, and beyond, to Sudan’s Darfur region. …

Jeffrey D. Sachs

Cyprus says Turkey is behaving like pirates

Associated Press NICOSIA: Cyprus accused Turkey on Friday of behaving like a pirate over an oil exploration dispute that has threatened to revive tension on the divided island.Turkey earlier this week warned Lebanon and Egypt not to press ahead with oil-and-gas exploration deals signed with Cyprus. But government spokesman Christodoulos Pashiardis said Cyprus had the …

Daily News Egypt

Libby's trial is about a cover-up that failed.

Why was the White House so nervous in the summer of 2003 about the CIA’s reporting on alleged Iraqi attempts to buy uranium from Niger to build a nuclear bomb? That’s the big question that runs through the many little details that have emerged in the perjury trial of Vice President Dick Cheney’s former top …

David Ignatius

Muslim Brotherhood economist questions NDP's recent claims of economic development

CAIRO: Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated members of parliament queried a recent government statement at the PA indicating economic progress, asserting that the Egyptian economy was moving from bad to worse. Abd El-Hamid El Ghazaly, consultant to the Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) group and professor of political science at Cairo University, told The Daily Star …

Yasmine Saleh

Beware of US gamblers playing with Iran

Regardless of whether the United States’ current military surge and slight shift in tactics in Iraq succeeds or not, Washington has clearly defined and started to implement its fallback plan in the Middle East: an across-the-board battle against Iran. The US has unleashed, or unsheathed, military, diplomatic, economic, proxy, clandestine, and rhetorical means to hold …

Rami G. Khouri

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

Starbucks brings authentic Yankee coffee shop feeling to Cairo

Walking into the brand new Starbucks shop in City Center, Nasr City, you may as well be entering the Starbucks branch at Union Square in New York City or at Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles. This place is not Egypt. Soothing tunes from the Dave Matthews Band, a popular music group from Seattle where …

Alexandra Sandels

Malaysia's tiger: sustainable tourism

Falling off the southern coast of Thailand and swallowing a large potion of the South China Sea, Malaysia is the only one of the Asian tigers to have turned towards sustainable tourism. Malaysian society boasts Muslim, Christian, Hindu and Buddhist peoples of mixed backgrounds intermingling harmoniously, allowing aspects of Chinese, Indian and Islamic culture to …

Daily News Egypt

Put an end to the pressure pile-up

“Getting Things Done offers a new approach to getting your life under control We still call them nine-to-five jobs, but only on rare occasions do we switch off our computers at 5pm and head home. More often than not, we’re still at the office around 7pm catching up on the never-ending workload. Being overworked – …

Aida Nassar

El Borg restaurant makes mini-waves

Most fish restaurants have a common problem. You sacrifice pleasurable atmosphere for good food. Unattractive Kleenex boxes sit atop even less attractive tablecloths, resting atop easily-cleanable tile floors, reminding customers that they are just there to eat and will be making a mess. And for some reason, these restaurants tend to be bright with high …

Deena Douara

Sci-tech: Web 2.0: Serial killer still at large

The newspaper is hemorrhaging, radio and TV wounded; which victim will it claim next? First it stripped print media of its monopoly on publication. By the time this decade came round, the music industry was feeling the thumbscrews: MP3 files were small and being exuberantly exchanged. Today, instead of watching TV, teenagers graze over amateur …

Wael Elazab

Aboul Gheit says envoy's murder shrouded in mystery

CAIRO: Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit said Thursday that it cannot yet be verified who was behind the disappearance and murder of former Egyptian ambassador to Iraq Ihab Al-Sherif. Aboul Gheit was talking to members of the press after receiving the Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs Dermot Ahern who is on a four-day trip …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Nicosia fires back at Turkey over to Egyptian-Cypriot oil exploration deal

BP Egypt announces 1 trillion cubic feet natural gas find north of Alexandria CAIRO: Turkish protests against a joint oil and gas exploration deal between Egypt, Lebanon, and Cyprus in the Mediterranean waters surrounding the island nation drew further criticism from Nicosia Wednesday. Speaking on Cypriot State Radio, Minister of Commerce Antonis Michaelides said Cyprus …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Spain's Gamesa sells wind turbines to Egypt

MADRID: Spanish wind energy company Gamesa said it has signed a contract to supply Egypt with wind turbines worth $365 million. The 284 turbines will have a power output of 241 megawatts. They will be used in the construction of two new wind farms in Zafarana, on the shores of the Red Sea.

Agencies

Gafi: More domestic investment needed in Egypt

Emphasis on small and medium sized businesses CAIRO: The General Authority for Investment and Free Zones (Gafi) increased its emphasis on domestic investment alongside attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the past year, chairman Dr Ziad Ahmed Bahaa El Din said. “In the past we focused on investment from abroad mainly, but last year we …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

In search of a code that works

A new controversial play dabbles with solutions for a region crippled by socio-political crises In times of crisis, artists always try to find a thread in any conflict and harp on it to give the impression that they have reached the heart of the matter. But rarely would you find a work that knits all …

Ahmed Maged

Nobel winner discusses literature, avoids politics

Up until two years ago Orhan Pamuk was identified by intellectuals worldwide as one of the greatest Turkish writers in history and one of the world’s most important novelists. Pamuk s popularity soared following his controversial remarks about the Armenian and Kurdish genocide and the subsequent trial from which he was acquitted. Today Pamuk is …

Joseph Fahim