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War of Ideas: Insurgent channel spreads its wings

A controversial TV channel that is the voice of Iraq’s anti-American insurgents looks set to launch another front in the propaganda war against the U.S. The head of al-Zawraa, which airs footage produced by the Islamic Army of Iraq, says he has finalized a deal for the channel to be distributed on three European satellites, …

Daily News Egypt

Seven Muslim Brotherhood members arrested

CAIRO: Egyptian security forces arrested seven members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood north of the Egyptian capital on Wednesday in a widening crackdown on the country s largest opposition movement, the group said. The arrests brought the number of Brotherhood members held in Egyptian jails to more than 270, most of them arrested over the …

Reuters

From Vietnam to Egypt, bird flu still raging across continents

Associated Press VINH THUAN, Vietnam: Even before the boat drifts into sight, all senses are alerted to its cargo – a chorus of raucous quacking mixed with an unmistakable stench. About 1,400 Peking ducks waddle inside four long cages within the vessel that serves as a taxi for thousands of waterfowl ferried to feed on …

Daily News Egypt

Life returns to normal in Beirut after day of violence

Associated Press BEIRUT, Lebanon: Cleaners swept smoldering car tires and bulldozers removed debris and other obstacles from major highways as a tense calm shrouded Lebanon Wednesday, a day after violence between government supporters and opponents killed three and injured more than 170. As the country took toll of the worst escalation of the Hezbollah-led opposition …

Daily News Egypt

Mother-in-law angry in sympathy with Saddam!

CAIRO: This is one of the oddest but most amusing of complaints that might have ever come to the media’s notice. An Iraqi widow who resided with her Egyptian mother-in-law in Qena, Upper Egypt, has reported her kids’ grandmother to the police. Having heard that former president Saddam Hussein was hanged, she turned out her …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Amr Moussa warns US on Iran attack

DAVOS: The threat of a US attack on Iran is very serious and would risk spreading sectarian violence throughout the Middle East, Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa said on Wednesday. It s a 50/50 proposition, and we hope that it won t happen. Attacking Iran would be counterproductive, Moussa said at the World Economic …

Reuters

BBC documentary allegedly slanders Egyptian doctor

CAIRO: Mohamed Al Taranissi, an Egyptian London-based fertility doctor, was the subject of a smear campaign in the famous BBC’s popular Panorama program. The documentary, which was aired in the UK on Monday Jan. 15, showed police confiscating 24 boxes of documents at Al Taranissi s Assisted Reproduction and Gynaecology Centre (ARGC). It claimed that …

Daily News Egypt

Egypt refuses US request to shut down Iraqi channel

Cairo: Nilesat continues to host Sunni Insurgency channel Friendly US requests to pull an Iraqi satellite channel off the Egyptian government-run Nilesat satellite have been rebuffed. The Al-Zawraa channel highlights the point of view of the Iraqi resistance and various armed groups who say they are fighting against US and Iranian occupation. It often airs …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Lebanon, like Iraq and Palestine before it, is slowly dying

CAIRO: It is said that for those who fall from a height, time slows down. Depending on which floor they are on or which precipice they are leering over, the drop could take four seconds. Give or take. In Lebanon, the fall into the abyss has taken two years. Two years since former Premier Rafik …

Firas Al-Atraqchi

Shura Council agrees on petrol deals in record time

CAIRO: The Shura Council (SC) discussed and decided on Monday to finalize nine agreements for drilling and searching for petroleum and natural gas in Egypt. The discussion of the estimated 412-page draft agreements lasted an hour and half. Deputy Mohammed Farid Zakaria objected to the way the government pushes such important agreements through the SC. …

Magdy Samaan

High-end Serrenia construction launched near Hurghada

Project one of three luxury resorts to be launched in 2007 HURGHADA: Jordan’s Shaheen Group broke ground Tuesday on its $2 billion Serrenia project, a high-end resort now under construction in Sahl Hasheesh. Construction is expected to last for 3 years on the 2.5 million square meter property designed by London-based Foster & Partners. In …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Visa pushing cashless society program in Egypt

New school aims to educate banking sector CAIRO: Underlining the financial sector’s interest in pushing bank payment cards into the domestic marketplace, credit giant Visa will launch a certification program for Egypt’s banking sector this May. The educational program and certifications will enable local bank managers and employees to familiarize themselves with the basics of …

Jered Stuffco

Egypt to sign trade agreement with EFTA

Cairo: Minister of Trade and Industry Rachid Mohamed Rachid said on Tuesday that Egypt will sign a free trade agreement with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), which includes Switzerland, Norway, Finland and Liechtenstein. The agreement is scheduled to be signed on Saturday on the sidelines of this month’s World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting …

Noozz

Kaza Royal Club extends benefits with EgyptAir

CAIRO: Kaza Royal Club announced today an exclusive partnership with EgyptAir and Karnak Travel to add a new range of airline and travel benefits for its members. Egypt is a strategic market for us at TVB Group and we are keen in offering customers in Egypt the most benefits of any program, said David Home, …

Agencies

Islamic banking – opportunity or threat?

Islamic banking, which implies the avoidance of interest, has become a substantial industry during the last four decades. One obvious question is whether its emergence further segregates Muslims from Western values and norms, creating a financial ghetto. An alternative view is that as increasing numbers of people in the West are dissatisfied or skeptical about …

Daily News Egypt

Ayman Nour acquitted of assault charge

CAIRO: Egypt s jailed opposition leader Ayman Nour was found not guilty on Tuesday of physically assaulting a voter during the September 2005 presidential elections, his wife and security sources said. The Bab Al-Sharia criminal court acquitted Nour – who came in a distant second in the 2005 presidential elections – because of the lack …

AFP

Ill communication: Egyptian scientists struggle to connect

Doctors and researchers are cut off from the world – and each other CAIRO: Dr. Hala Badawi is the president of one of the country’s largest research institutes, and yet, her office doesn’t have a computer. If she wants to send an email, research the latest online medical journals or email a colleague, she has …

Jered Stuffco

Global image of America sinks

LONDON: The image of the United States has deteriorated around the world in the past year because of issues such as Iraq and prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, according to a poll by the BBC World Service released on Tuesday. The proportion of people believing the United States has a mainly positive influence in world affairs …

Reuters

Egypt boy dies in latest Saddam gallows reenactment tragedy

CAIRO: A teenager has hanged himself in Alexandria in an apparent imitation of last month s execution of ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, a security source said Saturday. Abdullah Farag, 15, put a hood over his own head before hanging himself with a cord from one of the windows in his room on Friday, the …

AFP

Lebanon on edge amid violent protests

Reuters BEIRUT: Thousands of Shia Muslim and Christian protesters blocked roads in Lebanon with blazing tires on Tuesday in a campaign to oust the government, and at least a dozen people were wounded in gunfire between rival factions. At least 48 people were hurt in scuffles, especially in Beirut and Christian areas, security sources said. …

Daily News Egypt

Downtown Beirut paralyzed by anti-government protest

BEIRUT: The chic shops and eateries of Downtown Beirut have fallen eerily silent as opposition parties, led by Hezbollah and the party of Christian General Michel Aoun, have erected a sprawling tent city across the heart of this seaside capital. The protestors demand the resignation of Prime Minister Fouad Seniora and the creation of a …


Egyptian embassy worker disappears in Baghdad

Experts think kidnapping might be related to Egyptian support in Iraq CAIRO: A worker for the Egyptian embassy in Baghdad disappeared on Monday the Foreign Ministry said. Foreign Ministry Press Spokesman Alaa Al Hadidi issued a statement announcing the disappearance of the embassy employee, adding that Egyptian security officials were in contact with their Iraqi …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Ministry of Investment denies privatization report

Moheiddin: Companies to be offered for sale after individual preparation CAIRO: The Ministry of Investment (MOI) denied Monday news reports of its plans to privatize 100 fully and partially state-owned companies in 2007 including Eastern Tobacco, North Cairo Mills, Delta Fertilizers and Heliopolis Housing. “News published this morning of the Ministry’s intentions to privatize a …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Egypt, Italy to continue Debt-for-Development Swap

CAIRO: Minister of International Cooperation Fayza Abol Naga started negotiations with the Italian ambassador to Egypt Antonio Badini on the application of the second phase of Debt-for-Development Swap program. The agreement that was signed in 2001 was utilized in financing several developmental projects including rural development in Nubariya, establishing schools in different governorates, and subsidizing …

Agencies

History repeats itself

AIN EL SUKHNA: I picked up “The Shield of Achilles from my bookshelf and headed to the well-loved Palmera Resort for a breath of fresh air over the Islamic New Year weekend. I had been prompted to reread Philip Bobbitt’s tome of war, peace and the course of history, because I had met a Norwegian …

Peter A. Carrigan

The United States in Africa: addressing the combustible mix of Islam and oil

In the post-Sept. 11, 2001 world it is thoroughly understandable that the United States should reorganize its military, diplomatic, and military resources to engage, understand, and, if required, contest militant Islam. Since those tragic events in 2001, Washington has initiated wars in Afghanistan and Iraq; it has seized “enemy combatants, and has detained and interrogated …

Daily News Egypt