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Government to start measures to curb Israeli component in QIZ agreement

Cairo: The Qualified Industrial Zones (QIZ) Unit at the Ministry of Trade and Industry has set off a number of measures to cut down the Israeli component requirement by one percentage point to 10.7 percent. Minister of Trade and Industry Rachid Mohamed Rachid said in a statement Monday that the QIZ Unit would coordinate its …

Noozz

Misr Insurance plans to launch Iraq operation

Cairo: State-owned Misr Insurance Company plans to launch a new arm in the Iraqi market with a capital estimated at LE 30 million. The move represents the first initiative of its sort among Egyptian insurance companies. A senior official at Misr Insurance said on Monday that his company would contribute LE lion to the new …

Noozz

A golden archive of folkloric traditions

When the state of Bavaria in Germany claimed that koshari was a dish prepared by ancient Visigothic tribes, street protests broke out in Old Cairo as residents demanded proof that the lentil and rice delicacy is exclusively a product of this Egyptian culinary genius. While the above is a fictitious spoof of nations arguing over …

Ahmed Maged

A regional settlement requires revived multilateralism

One of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s favorite metaphors was that of the “chute, the narrow fenced structure through which ranchers push cattle to the slaughterhouse. The rancher-turned-prime minister frequently used it to refer to what he saw as attempts by the international community to force upon Israel a solution to its conflict with …

Daily News Egypt

The enigma of Russia: Is the country more market-driven?

Fifteen years after the Soviet Union collapsed and split apart, Russia still fits Winston Churchill’s characterization of Stalin’s USSR nearly seven decades ago: “A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. Throughout the presidencies of Boris Yeltsin in the 1990s and today that of Vladimir Putin, Russia has opened its doors to international trade, …

Daily News Egypt

Goalkeeper quits African champions

CAIRO: National team goalkeeper Nader Al-Sayed has moved from African champions Al Ahly to Cairo rivals ENPPI in a high-profile Egyptian transfer. Al-Sayed signed a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee with a club in the bottom half of the 16-club national championship after failing to unseat Ahly first-choice goalkeeper Essam Al-Hadary. I do not …

AFP

Washington must consider a contact group for Iraq

Last November’s congressional elections dealt US President George W. Bush a sharp rebuff over his Iraq policy. Shortly after the election, the Iraq Study Group offered a bipartisan formula for the gradual withdrawal of American troops. But Bush rejected this, and persists in speaking of victory in Iraq – though it is unclear what that …

Daily News Egypt

Ahly regains footing, trounces Asyut

Cairo: Hassan Mostafa s goal gave Al Ahly a 1-0 win over bottom club Asyut Petroleum on Monday to extend their premier league lead to nine points. Second-placed Ismaili lost 1-0 to struggling ENPPI, who earned a first win for their new coach, former Bundesliga player Hani Ramzy. Zamalek stayed third, 11 points behind Al …

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REGIONAL FOCUS: Israel set the spark of Palestinian infighting

Neighboring Arab states face uphill battle to temper situation in Palestinian territories Thirty people have lost their lives in the power struggle that has engulfed the Palestinian territories in the past several weeks. There is a face-off between Fatah, which holds the Presidency under Mahmoud Abbas, and Hamas, the cash-strapped elected government headed by Prime …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Germans go globetrotting, but not so much to Egypt

BERLIN: Germans retained their position as the world leaders in expenditure on foreign travel last year, a study released on Tuesday showed. Germans spent a total of $78.3 billion on business and leisure trips in 2006, according to Dresdner Bank’s annual report on the tourism sector. The figure represents 11 percent of worldwide expenditure on …

AFP

Egypt improves Human Development Report ranking

Literacy up to 71.4 percent, but water issues persist CAIRO: Egypt moved up 8 places to No. 111 out of 177 countries on the United Nations Development Program s (UNDP) annual Human Development Report, UNDP announced Monday. The report attributed the improvement in Egypt s position to several factors, the most significant of which was …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

National Geographic to launch first Arabic youth magazine in Egypt

CAIRO: What’s yellow, glossy and read everywhere? With 40 million readers a month in 31 languages, National Geographic magazine has certainly been read all over the world, but until now, not in Arabic. But starting Jan. 23, Arabic-speakers will have their own glossy scientific magazines to peruse thanks to the joint production efforts of National …

Deena Douara

Russian dies while diving in the Red Sea

CAIRO: A Russian has died while diving at a depth of 100 m in the Red Sea, Egyptian police said Tuesday. He was the fourth Russian diver to drown this month off the Egyptian coast. Alexander Nikitan, 41, was found dead on Monday near the shore at Ras Mohammed, a resort on the southern tip …

AP

Belly dancer gets scammed

CAIRO: In many of the country’s cabarets and seedier night spots, it is not uncommon to find a belly dancer or a singer of sorts flooded with banknotes of all kinds as he or she is performing at a night club or a wedding. This is a common form of adulation for the performer. But …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Six Egyptian Islamists remanded in custody

Cairo: Egypt s public prosecutor remanded six senior members of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood in custody for 15 days on Monday on charges of belonging to an illegal organization and possessing Brotherhood literature. The six members, including a member of the group s Guidance Council and three businessmen, were detained on Sunday as part of …

Reuters

Al-Jazeera producer released on bail

CAIRO: Egyptian authorities have released Howayda Taha, a producer at the Al-Jazeera documentary channel, on bail for the amount of LE 10,000 after accusing her of fabricating scenes of torture in police stations. A source at the channel said that Taha underwent two consecutive days of interrogation and was released on bail on Monday. Her …

Daily News Egypt

Etisalat to revolutionize Egypt's telecom market, says UAE minister

Cairo: Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat) is leading a “big revolution in Egypt s telecom market, the Emirates News Agency (WAM) quoted the UAE Minister of Government Sector Development Sultan Bin Saeed Al-Mansouri as saying. In June 2006, Etisalat won the bid for the third Egyptian mobile network license, with a bid of LE16.7 billion. The …

Noozz

Online gallery opens up new vistas for artist Nagla Ezzat

Local artist Nagla Ezzat has just opened the largest show of her career and thankfully, you can check it out without leaving the comfort of your home. Like many ambitious young artists, Ezzat has skipped the judicious eyes of gallery owners and the sneering words of the critics and decided to take her work directly …

Jered Stuffco

CAIRO CAROUSEL: The most popular game in town

So, guess which game is a runaway hit with folks of all generation in my part of the world. No, it’s not lacrosse, football or picking ticks from your best friend’s scalp with homemade tweezers. Hanging. Yes, hanging is the number one game in the Middle East. And beheading comes a rank second. In fact, …

Daily News Egypt

Punished for what I do right

It is only natural that people go to sleep not sure that they will wake up alive the next day, but what is not natural is the new feeling I have these days. I go to sleep everyday not sure that I will wake up to go to work the next day, I go to …

Daily News Egypt

Ahly land Sfaxien midfielder Boujelbene

Cairo: Al Ahly club has signed Tunisian midfielder Anis Boujelbene from Sfaxien on a two-and-half year contract for $50.000, the African champions said on Monday. Boujelbene will be paid $400.000 as signing fees and monthly salaries till June 2009, marketing manager Adli Al-Qayei said. The 29-year-old Boujelbene, who can play on the left wing or …

filgoal.com

Some enduring myths of Arab-Israeli peace-making

Precisely because expectations of US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s trips to the Middle East usually plunge lower than the Dead Sea, she seems to feel that she can quietly gauge receptivity to new approaches to the Israeli-Palestinian situation without setting off world headlines. As President George W. Bush puts forth a new strategy in …

Daily News Egypt

Egyptian among those arrested in Sicily for trafficking immigrant minors

ROME: Italian police have uncovered a scheme by which the families of some 200 illegal immigrant minors were duped into paying a gang for their freedom, police said Monday. Six suspects – an Egyptian, three Tunisians and two Italians – were arrested in the scam, which had run since 2002 in Sicily, police said in …

AFP

Enough pandering to the Shiite militias

As the United States prepares to implement a new strategy in Iraq, its main target in Baghdad is the Mehdi Army led by Moqtada al-Sadr. In December, the bipartisan Iraq Study Group identified the Mehdi Army and the Badr Brigade, the armed wing of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), as …

Daily News Egypt

Unemployed man jumps to his death

A man suffering from chronic depression committed suicide by jumping from the fourth floor, reported Al Masaa newspaper. The body of Mahmud H. A, 47, was taken to Boulaq Hospital. His wife told police investigators that her husband had been taking medication for depression. He had been seeking employment for the past two months following …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Washington must consider a contact group for Iraq

Last November’s congressional elections dealt US President George W. Bush a sharp rebuff over his Iraq policy. Shortly after the election, the Iraq Study Group offered a bipartisan formula for the gradual withdrawal of American troops. But Bush rejected this, and persists in speaking of victory in Iraq–though it is unclear what that now means. …

Daily News Egypt

Crisis over blood bags: Corruption will not be tolerated, says health minister

CAIRO: Corruption will not be tolerated, Minister of Health Hatem El Gabaly told the Shura Council Saturday following fallout and public concern over the infected blood bags scandal. In an address to the health committee of the Shura Council, El Gabaly said the ongoing investigation would answer questions including how the contested company Hidelina won …

Magdy Samaan