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OT may buy back 5 pct of GDRs in 2007

Cairo: Orascom Telecom (OT) may buy back five percent of its global depositary receipts (GDRs) this year, the company said in a statement seen on Tuesday. Orascom Telecom continues to evaluate opportunistic repurchases of its GDRs in light of favorable relative market valuations, the statement said. In order to provide the flexibility to repurchase GDRs …

Reuters

Saad Eddin Ibrahim and students return from political tour of regional hot-spots

CAIRO: A delegation of students led by Saad Eddin Ibrahim, a once-imprisoned democracy activist and current professor of political sociology at the American University in Cairo (AUC), has returned this week from a field trip of a most unusual kind. The much-publicized trip, alternatively described by Ibrahim as a “fact-finding mission and “a study tour, …


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

Autumn of the commandante; another dictator sinks

The death watch for Fidel Castro is something that only Gabriel Garcia Marquez could get right. His novel “Autumn of the Patriarch captures perfectly the moral squalor, political paralysis, and savage ennui that enshrouds a society awaiting the death of a long-term dictator. Commandante Fidel’s departure from power, of course, will be solely a matter …

Daily News Egypt

Lebanese sovereignty, Israeli obstacles

It has been argued that wars create opportunities for security and political changes. The Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982 proved this saying in the negative sense. In fact, Lebanon was plunged into a period of chaos that was later exploited by Syria, which gained full control over the country for over two decades. After …

Daily News Egypt

Change isn't a luxury, it's a necessity to be sought by all people, says researcher

CAIRO: In light of the debate over constitutional amendments that are expected to herald a new era of political expression in the country, a political researcher stressed that the desired change will not take place without the participation of all Egyptians irrespective of class or profession. Mukhtar Shueib, journalist and political analyst Al Aharm, said …

Ahmed Maged

Police tighten noose on Maadi "stabber"

Cairo: Police officials have been surrounding the Arab district in the suburb of Maadi where an investigation indicates the so-called “stabber , who has fueled rumors and conspiracy theories in the local press, is hiding out. Sources said the attacker is a patient who escaped from a hospital of mental disease and psychological disorders. According …

Daily News Egypt

Al Azhar to study possible dialogue with the Vatican on Islam

CAIRO: The Islamic Research Center is expected on Thursday to discuss in a meeting headed by Mohamed Said Tantawy, president of the Al Azhar Institution, the final position of the religious authority regarding comments about Islam made in the Vatican. The meeting is considered the first attempt to organize a formal response to Pope Benedict …

Yasmine Saleh

Trains run despite prank bomb threat in Alexandria

ALEXANDRIA: A wave of panic seized the Alexandria railway station after a prank call warned that explosives were hidden some where on its premises, the press reported. Police equipped with sniffer dogs and bomb squads were instantly deployed to the station, but security forces came up empty. The station’s director said that the hoax call …

Agencies

Egypt shares drift lower, Vodafone jumps on 3G deal

CAIRO: Egyptian shares drifted lower on Monday even as mobile telecom firms jumped on news that operator Vodafone Egypt had bought a 3G licence for $586 million, traders said. Egypt said it had signed a deal with Vodafone for a 15-year third generation mobile license, and Vodafone could start offering 3G services after Egypt s …

Agencies

Whistleblowers now offered an outlet in private – the Wiki way

CAIRO: Imagine being a government worker in a repressive regime and getting your hands on classified memos that depict the ugly truth about your national authorities. How do you leak the valuable information without being subject to either long jail sentences or torture? Oppressive government regimes might be meeting their maker online when Wikileaks.org, a …

Alexandra Sandels

Ex-UN oil-for-food head, Boutros-Ghali kin charged

Reuters NEW YORK: The former head of the UN oil-for-food program for Iraq and a brother-in-law of an ex-UN Secretary General were charged with bribery and conspiracy to commit wire fraud tied to the program. Benon Sevan, 69, the first UN official to be charged with wrongdoing under the program, and Ephraim Nadler, 79, a …

Daily News Egypt

Worlds of fantasy and non-fiction at the Cairo Book Fair

Cairo: This year’s Cairo International Book Fair (CIBF) promises to be a literary extravaganza enticing the book worm in us all. While the fair will be dedicated this year to great Egyptian novelist Naguib Mahfouz – a special section will display his accumulated works and a considerable number of lectures will examine the life of …

Joseph Fahim

Dozens killed in Baghdad market attack

Associated Press Cairo: At least 78 people were killed and more than 150 wounded Monday after two nearly simultaneous bombs struck a predominantly Shia commercial area in central Baghdad in the deadliest attack in two months, officials said. The US military reported the deaths of two Marines, raising the two-day death toll to 27 in …

Daily News Egypt

Avian flu strain takes on more lethal form in recent deaths

CAIRO: Warda Eid Ahmed, 27, from Beni Suef was the 11th Egyptian to die of the H5N1 strain of bird flu in Egypt, the most recent victim of an upsurge of contractions this winter. Investigations into two Gharbiyah province deaths in December – those of a 16-year old female and her 26-year-old uncle – reveals …

Deena Douara

Egypt, Pakistan discuss Arab fighters on Afghan border

Associated Press CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf held talks Monday on the presence of Arab fighters on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border and on a role for Muslim nations in supporting the Israeli-Arab peace process. They also discussed the situation in Iraq during their meeting in Sharm el-Sheik. The meeting came just after …

Salah Nasrawi

Handball Championship: Egypt's World Cup dream shattered

Cairo: Egypt s hopes of going far in the Handball World Cup were scattered on Sunday when they were defeated 30-29 by the Czech Republic. The Pharaohs second group game left them competing for third place when they take on Qatar in the last game. Both sides were handed defeats by the Czechs and defending …

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Libya to host North African Summit

CAIRO: Libya will host a summit today comprising Egypt, Sudan, Algeria and Tunisia to discuss the situation in Sudan and the Middle East. President Hosni Mubarak told the Mena news agency “I am going to participate in the limited summit of five heads of states. Mubarak added that the summit was a Libyan initiative by …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Handball: Egypt in close defeat, Tunisia beats Greenland

FRANKFURT: Egypt came desperately close to netting its first win at the Handball World Championship in Bremen, Germany on Sunday. Losing 30-31 to the Czech Republic 30-31, Egypt has now lost both games in Group D and is likely out of the competition. Germany got five goals apiece from Christian Zeitz and Sebastian Preiss in …

AP

Business Monitor International report reaffirms government forecast for 2007

Report: low potential for political reform positive sign for economy CAIRO: A Business Monitor International (BMI) report released Thursday ranked the Egyptian economy first in the Middle East region on growth potential in 2007. The report confirmed the forecast of Minister of Investment Mahmoud Moheiddin for $7.5 billion to $8 billion in foreign direct investment …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Vodafone acquires 3G license for LE 3.4 billion

Operator to start services “one day after Etisalat CAIRO: The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) and Vodafone Egypt (VFE) signed a contract yesterday for the latter’s purchase of a 3rd Generation operation license for LE 3.4 billion. The signing comes just one month before new mobile operator Etisalat is due to launch its …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Bright lights, big city, big headache

Cairo is hard work. Given the smog, the traffic and the crushing weight of bureaucracy which seeps into all aspects of life, just going about your daily routine feels like a Herculean ordeal. While this tense, crowded environment usually expresses itself through the cacophonous din of car horns on Cairo’s streets, once in a while, …

Jered Stuffco

Bush's Baghdad plan: What do the numbers mean?

President George W. Bush has presented a new strategy for the war in Iraq that may be able to defeat the insurgency and reverse Iraq’s drift towards large-scale civil war. His speeches to date, however, raise many questions as to both the risks it will create over the coming months and the real-world ability to …

Daily News Egypt