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Christmas comes to Cairo Euro-style

CAIRO: The scents of Swiss cheese raclette, Scandinavian mull wine, and Belgian waffles welcomed more than a thousand visitors eager to enjoy the festivities at the 12th Annual European Christmas Bazaar at the Nile Hilton Hotel Garden on Sunday morning. More than 20 participating European countries offered a wide variety of ethnic European Christmas food …

Alexandra Sandels

Youth educate each other on AIDS

ISMAILIA: When Shadia El Shewy was a young girl, the bulk of her questions about sex weren’t addressed in the classroom or in her home – they were answered in the playground. Predictably, that early education was flawed. “I got most of the information from my peers, but it was false information, says El Shewy, …

Jered Stuffco

Osama set for Arab Champions League appearance

Zamalek young striker Hossam Osama is set to take part in his side s Arab champions League (ACL) game against Ahli Bordj on Monday. The Cairo side submitted a request to the Olympic national team coaching staff to drop Osama from the training camp due this week. The 21-year-old forward scored twice during Zamalek s …

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Goals eased the pressure, says victorious Jose

Ahly coach Manuel Jose said his players reeled under pressure in the first-half against Auckland City FC on Sunday but they looked comfortable and produced their normal game when goals came after the interval. The African champions romped to a 2-0 win over the New Zealand side in the opening game of the 2006 FIFA …

Daily News Egypt

Address to mark International Human Rights Day New York City

My dear friends, Thank you all for being here. I could not ask for better company, on the last International Human Rights Day of my time in office, than this group of courageous human rights leaders from around the world. I don’t need to tell you, of all people, that the United Nations has a …

Daily News Egypt

Believe in my players, urges Ahly's Jose says

NAGOYA: Al Ahly coach Manuel Jose called for more belief from his players after they overcame a nervy start to down Auckland City s amateurs 2-0 in the Club World Cup. The African champions from Egypt will play Brazil’s Internacional in the semi-finals on Wednesday and Jose said they would need greater self-confidence against the …

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France releases men detained in Egypt

PARIS: French anti-terrorist police have freed eight Frenchmen accused by Egyptian authorities of plotting attacks in the Middle East and expelled from Egypt, judicial officials said Sunday. The eight Frenchmen were arrested upon their arrival in France on Friday. The DSAT anti-terrorist agency released four Saturday, and four more Sunday, the judicial officials said. The …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Writers' Forum Shut Down

Café owner allegedly threatened to end weekly meeting For years, Egyptian novelist Alaa Al Aswani held a weekly literary forum on Thursdays at Downtown Cairo’s Al Nadwa Al Thaqaffiya café. Last Thursday, however, the artists and writers – who meet to discuss themes like the influence of various literary eras on contemporary Egyptian fiction – …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Privatization revenues hit LE 12.5 bln in five months

Revenues from privatization surged to LE 12.5 billion over the five months from July to November 2006, compared to LE 15 billion over the past fiscal year 2005-2006, which ended in June 2006, said Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmad Nazif on Sunday. During the two-day Cairo Investment Forum, held under the auspices of President Hosni Mubarak, …

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Was Shakespeare an imperialist ethnocentric goon?

Cairo: The works of William Shakespeare have long fascinated readers for their insight into human behavioral patterns and historical perspectives, but one scholar now says that even Islam had a historical presence in the English bard’s writing. Dr Jerry Brotton, Senior Lecturer in Renaissance Studies at Queen Mary, University of London says Shakespeare s works …

Daily News Egypt

Chinese film defies critics and wins the Golden Pyramid

Egyptian film Cut & Paste is another big winner at the 30th Cairo Film Festival CAIRO: Chinese film The Road, came out the clear winner at the 30th Cairo International Film Festival, taking home two prizes and the Jury s Special Mention in a lackluster closing ceremony Friday. The tearjerker, following the story of a …

Sarah El Sirgany

Activists: Lack of democracy leads to abuse of human rights

While poverty might be an influential factor in the absence of human rights, it is due more to a result of lack of democracy, especially in the Middle East, Egyptian human rights activists have said. The United Nations decided that this year’s observance of Human Rights Day on Dec. 10 would be dedicated to the …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Death of film icon still a puzzle, family says

The June 2001 death of film star Soad Hosni, also known as Cinderella of Arab Cinema, continues to be a mystery that has baffled many of her fans and is now fuelling speculation by her family that she may have been murdered. The actress had been receiving treatment for spinal fracture in London when she …

Ahmed Maged

Security forces discover tunnel to Gaza Strip

Egyptian security forces in Sinai, on heightened alert since October, have discovered a tunnel underneath a kitchen reportedly used by smugglers in Rafah, along the border with Gaza. The find came after security forces found a half ton of weapons caches in the area, the seventh such find in as many weeks. In late October, …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Al-Ahli slays New Zealand's best

Scoring in the 51st and 73rd minutes of the game, Ahli sealed Auckland City FC’s fate in the opening salvo of the Fifa Cup World Cup 2006 at Toyota Stadium in Tokyo, Japan. Despite rough play from the New Zealanders (four players were yellow carded – were they playing Aussie rules rugby or football?) our …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Up in smoke as tobacco company privatization reaches impasse

Cleopatras and Marlboros might be at the opposite ends of the cigarette price range but one thing they and all other cigarettes available on the market have in common is that they are produced by the same company, the Eastern Company S.A.E. which maintains a near-monopoly in the local market, most experts agree. Although the …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Football fans to be dazzled by FIFA's Club World Championship

Ahli makes second consecutive showing, hopes for improved game The crowning of the world s best team for the year 2006 will be a hard fought climb to the top for six continental champions in Japan where the third edition of FIFA s Club World Championship will come to its exciting climax on Dec. 17. …

Daily News Egypt

Make music not war

Is cultural diplomacy the key to international relations? Darryl John Kennedy brought his unique brand of musical diplomacy to Cairo on Friday when he beckoned the small audience at El Sawy Cultural Center on a world jazz tour, featuring themes from Japan, southern Africa, Egypt, the US, and Europe. Kennedy, an “independent cultural ambassador has …

Daily News Egypt

KHAWAGA'S TALE: Plastic surgery

Dr Galil’s hands are the tools of his trade. It is with these precision instruments that he welcomes me with an old fashioned hearty handshake, reminding me that manners are a signature of breeding. Plastic surgeon and native of Zamalek, Dr Galil, 56, rode his bike as a boy from his parents’ apartment on Hassan …

Peter A. Carrigan

Festival improves but awards leave a lot to be desired

Critic bashes Arab films as “plainly rubbish Cairo: The 30th Cairo International Film Festival had its ups and downs, but if we sidestep what could be considered controversial judging, this year’s cinematic extravaganza was a remarkable improvement on yesteryear. However, as predicted, Egyptian films, apart from the award winner Qass We Lazq (Cut and Paste), …

Joseph Fahim

Political Blogging is fast becoming the media's new frontier

“Blog Me If You Can is a working title of a book I am writing. The idea was born during a moment of clarity as I pondered about the troubled world we endure everyday. My frustration may have been inspired by the usual news bulletins featuring images of dead civilians and soldiers caught between the …

Daily News Egypt

Killing Lebanon, economically

And so to the latest tented village. That the Rafik Hariri-inspired downtown area should be the field of battle between what must be seen – wittingly or unwittingly – as those who want prosperity and those who wish to obstruct it, is sadly fitting. Say what you want about the late prime minister, he was …

Daily News Egypt

Containing Iran with Gulf minnows will be tough

With no sign of Iran retreating on its nuclear program and growing acknowledgment of the risks and limitations of military options, the Bush administration appears to be gearing up for a less than optimal policy that it long rejected: Iran’s containment. Its strategy relies on international diplomacy and the threat of sanctions, as well as …

Daily News Egypt

Washington listens to Arab-Americans, for a change

With the Middle East in turmoil, the State Department convened a two-day meeting for Arab-American leadership recently. Over 100 community leaders from across the United States responded, some traveling great distances at their own expense to participate in the sessions. Eleven State Department officials participated and topics ranged from Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine, to US …

Daily News Egypt

Insurance Federation investigates anti-terrorism insurance policy

CAIRO: The Insurance Federation of Egypt is investigating a proposal for an insurance policy against risks of terrorism, which may be presented to regulators for approval. Elhamy Al-Kady, the Secretary General of the Federation, said Thursday that the business group was investigating the new policy and the terms of issuance. He pointed out that the …

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