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Enel sells Weather stake to Sawiris for $2.6 bln

CAIRO: Enel has agreed to sell its remaining 26.1 percent stake in Weather Investments to controlling shareholder Naguib Sawiris for ?1.962 billion ($2.59 billion), the Italian energy firm said on Thursday. Enel said the amount would be paid in two installments, adding it expected the transaction, to be signed over the next few days, to …

Reuters

Egyptian firm seeks Telkom Kenya unit stake

CAIRO: An Egyptian telecoms firm has offered to pay $24 million for a stake in a losing unit of state-owned Telkom Kenya as part of the firm’s restructuring process ahead of a planned privatization. Egypt Telephone Company, also called Quicktel, wants to acquire 70 percent of Gilgil Telecommunications Industries, a unit of Telkom Kenya that …

Reuters

Cairo International Film Festival Highlights

SATURDAY Indigenes (Algeria) The 2006 Cannes winner for best ensemble male cast tells the forgotten true story of the bravery of four Algerian WW II soldiers fighting the Nazis for the French army, while battling racial discrimination from their fellow comrades. A likely Oscar contender for next year’s best foreign film, the movie became a …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Saudi investors offer to implement railway project between Egypt and Sudan

CAIRO: A group of investors from Saudi Arabia have submitted a proposal to finance and construct a new railway line connecting Aswan to the Sudanese city of Wady Halfa with total investments of $500 million, a senior official at the Egyptian Ministry of Transport said. The official added that Sudan’s Ministry of Transports had approved …

Noozz

Inside the Middle East diary

In the TV news business, if a story breaks, you better be ready to turn on a dime, pack your bags and head to the nearest airport. I was calmly preparing a trip to Dubai to host the December edition of Inside the Middle East, when the assassination of a Lebanese cabinet minister forced a …

Daily News Egypt

Government proposes multi-pricing of gasoline and LNG

Economists criticize 1997 court decision declaring the practice unconstitutional CAIRO: Minister of Petroleum Sameh Fahmy proposed to the Shura Council’s Industrial Production and Energy Committee Tuesday lobbying the High Constitution Court to reverse its 1997 decision prohibiting multi-pricing of gasoline and natural gas. Fahmy argued that since demand for investment in Egypt has become stronger, …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Egypt tells Israel soldier will be freed

Egyptian foreign minister pledges support for Palestinian state CAIRO: Intelligence Chief Omar Suleiman has told Israeli officials that Hamas-captured Israeli soldier Corporal Gilad Shalit will be released within the next three weeks according to Israeli Cabinet Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer in an interview with Israel’s Army Radio Thursday. Ben-Eliezer was quoted as saying, “Within three weeks …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

AUC to announce the recipient of the Mahfouz Medal for Literature

CAIRO: The American University in Cairo (AUC) Press will announce the winner of the 2006 Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature on Dec. 11, 2006, in AUC’s Oriental Hall. The award will be presented by Mr. David Arnold, president of the American University in Cairo. The Mahfouz Medal is awarded every year by a distinguished panel …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Experts disagree on how to confront Egypt's pressing energy needs

With gas and oil running out, alternative energy has to figure into Egypt’s agenda CAIRO: Experts agree that oil and gas in Egypt are set to expire in approximately 30 years. Those same experts agree on little else regarding Egypt s energy woes and solutions, however. The Economic and Business History Research Center hosted a …

Deena Douara

Foreign investors could ask for ease of access, says Mohieddin

CAIRO: The government will explore possible avenues for granting foreign investors a special card to help ease investment in Egypt if they are asked said Investment Minister Mahmoud Mohieddin. This card, which has already been provided for Arab investors, might also be given to foreign investors if there is enough demand. “There are no plans …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

All that bling

Cairo jewelry lovers can take it all in CAIRO: Being surrounded by so many diamonds is always a pleasure, and if you’re looking to buy, your life just got easier. The Sixth International Jewelry, Precious Stones and Luxurious Watches Exhibition for the Middle East and Africa has opened at the City Stars InterContinental. This year …

Farah El Alfy

Review: Have they really been made for happiness?

Nisaa Al-Saada questions whether feminine political rule would be different The presence of different ethnic groups or the wide gap between the rich and poor could be perceived as some of the factors leading to civil strife in any country. But very few of us could have even entertained the idea that the current feminist …

Ahmed Maged

"Lethal Weapon" star's visit is part of outreach effort

Commercial films have been his stepping stone to reaching his goals CAIRO: In the “Lethal Weapons series of films, Danny Glover was usually the butt of Mel Gibson’s jokes. But in Cairo for the International Film Festival, Glover was serious about breaching cultural divides around the world. Dressed in a brown suit and a white …

Sarah El Sirgany

Cairo International Film Festival: Today's highlights

Zuzu Angel (Brazil)Zuzu Angel was an iconic fashion designer during the 70 s. Her works were applauded in New York, Madrid and, of course, Rio De Janeiro. Her happy and uplifting style still defines Brazilian fashion, even three decades after her tragic demise. This movie, brought up by Sergio Rezende, of Canudos and Lamarca fame, …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

First competition film is a stinker

Film doesn’t live up to standards of Iranian cinema Screenings of the Cairo International Film Festival s international competition movies kicked off Wednesday with the Iranian film Somewhere Too Far, a substandard melodrama that represents the worst type of story telling from a rather rich, highly respected cinema. The film opens with a close up …

Joseph Fahim

Book review: 'Gardens of paradise or the pits of hell?'

Award winning book explores truth vs appearances “Wedding Night By Yusuf Abu RayyaTranslated into English by R. Neil HewisonAmerican University in Cairo, 2006 CAIRO: Houda is deaf and mute; he hears no evil and he speaks no evil. However, his disabilities certainly do not stop him from spying on his neighbors. With a talent for …

Aida Nassar

Taxi, would you not take me there please

Word on the street tells you where not to go in a taxi CAIRO: Driving a taxi has got to be one of the most tiring jobs in Cairo. As passengers, if we find out that a taxi driver unwilling to drive us to our destination, we are inclined to pour curses on him. But …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Accountability theme for World Aids Day 2006

Information and prevention measures still lacking in the region CAIRO: The first of December marks the ninth annual World Aids Day, organized by the World Aids Campaign (WAC) and observed by thousands of organizations worldwide. Established by UNAids in 1997, World Aids Day is meant to raise awareness about HIV/Aids internationally. Over 4.3 million people …

Daily News Egypt

Gang of pedophiles caught

CAIRO: Reports of death squads kidnapping and killing children in the slums of Brazil a few years ago shocked the world community. But who could have imagined something as sinister arising in Cairo? The local press reported on Wednesday the arrest of two men in connection with the murder of 14 boys. Evidence of the …

Ahmed Maged

Man gets 10 years for burning wife alive

CAIRO: A cassation court has sentenced a man to 10 years in prison for having killed his wife by burning her alive following a heated fight triggered by marital differences, reported sources. The incident took place in May 2002 when Amr Abdel Razik Fathallah, 36, an employee, returned to his home late at night and …

Ahmed Maged

Battlestar Galactica takes on Hamas, Iraqi resistance

CAIRO: Science fiction has always breached the boundaries of the normal, the tried and tested. It has widened the scope of human imagination by grasping the conforms of evolution and – by opposing them directly – created a new reality. A new hope. From Leonardo da Vinci to H.G. Wells to Robert Heinlein, Arthur C. …

Firas Al-Atraqchi

Cairo International Film Festival kicks off in style

Festival celebrates world stars in a simple, elegant ceremony CAIRO: Amid a blaze of fireworks and a soundtrack of dreamy classic American tunes, the 30th Cairo International Film Festival opened yesterday at the Cairo Opera House. If it was glamour the connoisseurs of festivals past wanted, it was glamour they got – and then some. …

Joseph Fahim

'Anti-theocracy' grows as Iran's seminaries lost autonomy

Iran’s theocratic regime appears more confident than ever. Its standoff with the West over its nuclear program, together with its ties to Syria and its growing influence in Lebanon and Iraq, suggest the emergence of a strong regional power. But, while Western analysts and Iran’s neighbors raise the alarm, the regime’s authority is in fact …

Daily News Egypt

Thoughts after ending a seven-week American affair

I’ve just spent seven weeks in the United States and encountered hundreds of students, professors and other ordinary citizens all around the country who share a set of powerful ideas–personal liberty, pluralism, and equal rights and opportunities guaranteed by the rule of law. Yet America also runs into great difficulties when it takes its ideals …

Rami G. Khouri

Lebanon's South is quiet now, but it may not last

Talk to one of the newly-arrived United Nations peacekeepers in South Lebanon and one will quickly learn that their principle force protection concern has little to do with Lebanon’s Hezbollah guerrillas, Israeli aerial provocations or indeed potential ill-feeling from the local population. Rather, it’s Al-Qaeda’s possibly taking advantage of nearly 10,000 foreign, mainly Western, troops …

Daily News Egypt