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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

An Iraqi's never-ending dream

Failing to become a filmmaker, this author aspires to turn the story of his efforts into a film Cairo: It’s hard to believe that following decades of a futile search for a cinematic career abroad, a man would end up looking for a film director to turn the story of his struggle to become a …

Ahmed Maged

Egypt pound o/n interbank rate drops to 8.85 pct

CAIRO: The median overnight interbank rate on Egypt s pound dipped to 8.85 percent on Monday from 9.148 percent on Sunday on the last day of a central bank period for calculating bank reserves, traders said. It (the market) is liquid because we are at the end of the reserve period, and more than 90 …

Reuters

Political activisim continues to create a buzz on Egypt's political blogs

CAIRO: As the international press focuses on the recent phenomenon of videos allegedly depicting police torture in Egypt, attention has focused on the blogs that first broke and continue to report on what some bloggers have dubbed “videogate. But that’s not all you’ll find on the Egyptian blogosphere. Many blogs circulated calls to join a …

Daily News Egypt

Medinet Nasr soars, slightly lifting Egypt bourse

CAIRO: Housing stocks led by Medinet Nasr Housing and Development pushed Egyptian stocks to slight gains on Monday after new stakeholders in the firm were granted seats on its board, traders said. Medinet Nasr shuffled its board at a recent assembly meeting to give four seats to the Beltone Group, Beltone said in a market …

Reuters

Wedding night turns into disaster

CAIRO: A tragic accident turned matrimonial bliss into a fatal union for a newly-wedded couple in Cairo last week. Ibrahim Shalabi, 27, and his bride Nagwa Ahmed had worked for years to set up their conjugal home. They organized a wedding party that was attended by their relatives, friends and neighbors who escorted them to …

Ahmed Maged

New public company for small-business financing to begin operation in H1 2007

Company part of LE 1.2 billion small-business financing program CAIRO: A new company specializing in small-enterprise financing is scheduled to begin operating in H1 2007, Minister of Economic Development (MED) Othman Mohamed Othman said Sunday. The company, called for by local businessman and international organizations such as the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Junior's debatable strike lifts Zamalek past Petrojet

Cairo: Substitute playmaker Awuley Quay Junior scored a controversial goal in the stoppage time to give Zamalek a thrilling 2-1 victory over Petrojet in the Egyptian Premier League on Monday. The Ghanaian midfielder tucked home on the rebound in the 90th minute after Osama Hassan s bullet cannoned off the crossbar. Although none of Petrojet …

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Security forces find explosives cache in Sinai peninsula

Security forces discovered a cache of explosives on Sunday in the Sinai peninsula, where bomb attacks have killed more than 100 people since 2004, security sources said. The cache consisted of at least 500 kg of TNT hidden in two gas containers and large plastic bags and was found in the desert area near El-Arish, …

Reuters

Egypt, Arabs offer Rice "Iraq for land" deal

CAIRO: Arab governments are poised to reach an agreement with the United States over its declared policy shift in Iraq in exchange for a renewed effort to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told the press Monday that the planned resumption of high-level Israeli-Palestinian contacts would be the most serious Middle …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Democrats wait to pick up the pieces of Bush's war

Representative Rahm Emanuel, the architect of the Democratic victory in November’s congressional elections, watched President George W. Bush’s Iraq speech Wednesday night like the coach of an opposing debate team: “Tired, he said. “Too wooden. “Doesn’t fill the screen. The military consequences of Bush’s new policy in Baghdad aren’t knowable. But politically in Washington, it …

David Ignatius

Overhaul the peace format for Palestine

It may already be too late for Israelis and Palestinians to be able to reach an agreement using the present format of negotiations – or rather non-negotiations. The methods attempted by the sides thus far, and which, for a moment, seemed as if they were about to succeed, have failed. The peace process that began …

Daily News Egypt

Egypt state rights watchdog got more than 5,000 complaints in 2006

CAIRO: Egypt s official National Human Rights Council received more than 5,000 complaints from citizens during 2006, the state MENA news agency said Sunday. The complaints received by the council reached 5,826, these are the final figures, MENA said. Outgoing council member Bahey Eddin Hassan told AFP that the watchdog was receiving serious complaints but …

AFP

OBITUARY: Nazre Dastgir

Member of the Board and Deputy Managing Director of Piraeus Bank, and Deputy Chairman of Delta Securities, Son of the late Mohamed Golam Dastgir, Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Bangladesh, and the late Mrs. Raushanara Dastgir, Husband of Mrs. Beverly Miller-Dastgir, Has passed on Friday, Jan. 12, 2007. He is survived by …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

State Minister wraps up visit to China

Cairo: State Minister for Administrative Development Ahmed Darwish left China Friday, wrapping up a four-day visit. During his visit to China, which included Beijing and Shanghai, Darwish held talks with senior Chinese officials on means of promoting bilateral cooperation in the fields of human development, e-government and administrative development. In Beijing, Darwish met with Chinese …

Agencies

Orascom Hotels to invest $491mln in budget housing

CAIRO: Egypt s Orascom Hotels and Development said on Sunday it would invest around LE 2.8 billion ($491 million) in budget housing projects associated with the government. The firm said it had set up a new budget housing company to develop 50,000 units on 8.4 million square meters of land it bought last month from …

Reuters

Cold temperature waves flow into Egypt

CAIRO: While colder regions have enjoyed warmer winters this year, fueling fears of global warming, Egypt will be entering the first of many cold spells Fawzy Ghoneimy, Director-General of the Center for Analysis and Forecasting told The Daily Star Egypt. December has been an unusually cold month and January will likely see temperatures dip closer …

Deena Douara

Interior Ministry accuses Al-Jazeera producer of harming public interest

CAIRO: The Ministry of Interior has charged and detained Howayda Taha, a producer in Al-Jazeera’s newly-launched Documentary Channel, for possession of 50 videotapes that allegedly include simulated torture scenes in Egyptian police stations. On Jan. 8, Cairo International Airport security prevented the Doha-based producer from boarding a plane for Qatar and confiscated 50 videotapes in …

Daily News Egypt

Arab League initiative for Lebanon only 'serious' one: Seniora

CAIRO: Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Seniora said Saturday that an Arab League initiative aimed at resolving the ongoing political crisis in Lebanon was the only serious one. It is the only serious initiative that currently exists, Seniora told reporters after a meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo. We must continue to encourage this …

AFP

Egypt teen finds his game squashing the best

CAIRO: Whether he has the potential to be the Tiger Woods or the Michael Jordan of squash is debatable. Right now, Ramy Ashour is just beating the sport’s top players like an old pro. The 19 year-old Egyptian won the Pace Canadian Squash Classic in Toronto on Friday, defeating the second-ranked player in the world …

Daily News Egypt

Muslim Brotherhood in final preparations to establish a political party

CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) is in the final stages of forming a political party, said Mohamed Habib, deputy head of the banned-but-tolerated group. Habib told The Daily Star Egypt that the Brotherhood’s political committee is in the process of finalizing its charter, which will be announced in a matter of weeks. According to a …

Yasmine Saleh

Sports Talk: What handball was

Cairo: Football, football and always football. Isn’t there anything else to talk about around here? So as to not be accused of too much soccer bias, let’s talk team handball. We are, after all, playing in the World Championship in Germany starting Jan. 19. We’ll be making our seventh straight appearance in a World Championship, …

Alaa Abdel-Ghani

World Bank president hails Egypt's economic reforms

Cairo: World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz voiced his appreciation of the economic reforms adopted by Egypt, confirming the bank s support for those reforms in the coming period, according to reports by the State Information Service Saturday. These remarks were made by Wolfowitz during his meeting with Minister of Investment Mahmoud Mohieddin in Washington last …

Agencies