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Midnight cinema screenings cancelled after 'harassment'

CAIRO: Egypt s morality police have cancelled midnight screenings in Cairo cinemas to prevent women being harassed, a police source and a cinema official told AFP on Saturday. The morality police have advised cinema proprietors in Cairo of its decision to cancel the midnight screening… following reports of several cases of sexual harassment outside the …

AFP

Football: Mainz snap up Egyptian Zidan from Bremen

MAINZ, Germany: Egyptian international striker Mohammed Zidan has signed for struggling Bundesliga club Mainz 05 after failing to make his mark at table-toppers Werder Bremen. Zidan, 25, signed a contract that will see him at Mainz until 2010, with Bremen believed to have received 2.5 million euros for the Egyptian s services. Zidan moved to …

AFP

Egypt lose to Spain in handball World Championship

Cairo: Egypt wasted a chance to kick-off their 2007 World Handball Championship with a win after losing to title holders Spain 33-29 in Bremen on Saturday. Spain are joint leaders with Czech Republic in Group D with two points while Egypt is third with no points. Egypt produced a fine display in the first-half, inspired …

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Ten die in Egypt road crash

MINYA: Ten people were killed, including two children, and another 10 wounded Sunday when a truck and a minibus collided on a desert road in Minya, police said. The minibus driver lost control of his vehicle when a tire burst; the minibus was hit by a truck coming in the opposite direction, police said. The …

AFP

Holier than now: young Jerusalem offers plenty of treats

Great food, hip cafes and a bumping nightlife Jerusalem: In a brick theatre dating from pre-Ottoman times, a crowd of revelers has gathered to groove to the unrelenting thump of minimal techno. Even though it’s closing in on 4 am, the packed dance floor hasn’t let up, and the unyielding rhythms of Berlin-based DJ Aaron …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

All about trashing Trans Fats

The hidden fats in your everyday meal or snack You may be aware that processed foods and junk foods are bad for you, but do you know why? Numerous dietary culprits in these foods make them unhealthy but one group that has recently come to the fore as being particularly villainous on your health are …

Daily News Egypt

Egypt to free Israeli trucker found with bullets

EL-ARISH: The authorities in El-Arish have decided to free an Israeli truck driver found in possession of pistol bullets as he crossed the Israeli-Egyptian border, a judicial source in the town said. Vitaly Sergey was arrested at the Al-Awja frontier post on Thursday as he tried to cross with a cargo of clothing for delivery …

AFP

A woman's guide to making a marriage work

We have never seen more marriages ending in divorce than in this decade but the concept of marriage counseling is still relatively new to Egypt. Because of upbringing and rigid beliefs and habits, not many of the couples having problems seek to solve them in this non-traditional approach. More often than not, the burden to …

Jumana Shehata

Egypt, Jordan seek more cooperation in gas sector

Minister of Petroleum Sameh Fahmi and Jordanian Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Khaled Shreidah discussed current progress of the Arab gas pipeline in Cairo earlier this week, reported the State Information Service. The project hopes to export Egyptian natural gas to several Arab countries, including Jordan. The ministerial meeting focused on the second phase …

Agencies

Seven-way power linkage project states accept Palestine's membership in principle

Several recommendations were adopted at a meeting of electricity ministers of the seven member states of a regional power linkage project on earlier this week, including the approval of Palestine s accession to the project in principle, reported Egypt’s State Information Service. The seven countries included in the project are Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, …

Agencies

Business recap: Government to pay-off LE 6 billion in public bank debt

CAIRO: The government announced Wednesday it has allocated LE 6 billion to its financial sector reform program for public banks, a joint Ministry of Investment (MOI), Ministry of Finance (MOF) and Central Bank statement released Wednesday said. The money will go toward paying off the banks debts, with LE 2 billion slated for The National …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Local gallery opens its doors to Cairo's creative outsiders

Nationalities and ideas mix in artistic exchange In a city where studio space for young painters is a prized commodity, the Townhouse Gallery is running an innovative program which aims to give every artist a place to get creative. The idea is simple: the downtown gallery provides the materials, opens its doors and lets people …

Jered Stuffco

Arab leaders to hold summit in Libya next week

CAIRO: The leaders of five Arab countries will hold a summit in Libya next week, President Hosni Mubarak was quoted on Friday as saying. The leaders, from Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Sudan and Tunisia, will talk about Arab and African issues, the state news agency MENA said, quoting an interview with Mubarak to be published in …

Agencies

Flamenco Fusion

The stomping feet of the dancers mesmerized the full house that came to watch the Ballet Flamenco de Madrid perform “Carmen on opening night. With only a black backdrop, there were few distractions – except for the latecomers – to divert the audience’s attention from the fast footwork and the colorful costumes of the dancers. …

Aida Nassar

Two Egyptians lose limbs to Sinai landmine

SHARM EL-SHEIKH: Two Egyptian workers lost limbs Friday when an anti-personnel mine left over from one of the Israeli-Arab wars exploded in the Sinai peninsula, police said. Adel Mohammed Abdul Aal, 31, lost a leg while Abu Bakr Ahmed, 35, lost an arm in the accident at Al-Nabq near the Red Sea resort of Sharm …

AFP

Rice swapped rhetoric for rhetoric in Mideast

Reuters CAIRO: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made a deal with Arab leaders this week: Washington will show an interest in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Arabs will say they support the new US strategy for Iraq. But the actions on both sides of the deal are largely cosmetic or rhetorical, because the parties are …

Jonathan Wright

EU's Solana in Egypt, meeting Mubarak to push for Mideast peace

CAIRO: EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana met President Hosni Mubarak on Thursday, at the start of his Middle East tour meant to revive the drive for peace in the region. Before leaving Brussels on Wednesday, Solana said that the time was right for a new push for peace between the Israelis and Palestinians. After …

Agencies

A new Great Game, with oil and gas as stakes

A dictator s sudden death almost always triggers political instability. But it is doubly dangerous when it poses a risk of region-wide destabilization and a scramble for influence among the world s greatest military powers – the United States, Russia, and China. The sudden death in late December of Saparmurat Niyazov, Turkmenistan s authoritarian president-for-life …

Daily News Egypt

Kefaya holds demonstration against high commodity prices in memory of 1977 'Bread Intifada'

CAIRO: Surrounded by a field of state security and curious locals, Kefaya activists held a demonstration outside Sayeda Zeinab mosque, marking the 30th anniversary of the 1977 Bread Intifada, which erupted in protest of the exponential price increases of basic commodities, such as bread and vegetables. Everything is expensive these days. People don’t find anything …

Alexandra Sandels

Better a gut-check than a poll-check for the Democrats

With the start of the new congressional session, the Democratic exile has officially ended. So begins the hard part: governing. Over the past few years, many commentators have criticized the party s failure to put forward a coherent vision for national security. Now with control in the House and Senate, Democrats have an opportunity to …

Daily News Egypt

PA gives preliminary approval to 34 constitutional amendments

CAIRO: Despite the disapproval of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) block in parliament, as well as that of a number of opposition and independent MPs, the PA gave its preliminary green light to constitutional amendments suggested by President Hosni Mubarak late last year. The Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported that Parliament Speaker Fathi Sorour announced …

Yasmine Saleh

Lebanon knows 'lose-lose' when it sees it

With political polarization reaching alarming levels in Lebanon, one of the most pressing questions is whether or not the country will return to the gruesome chapters of its past and degenerate into civil war. It is difficult to predict when or how Lebanon will emerge from its present mess. The impression I got when I …

Daily News Egypt

Brotherhood promises no restrictions on Copts if in power

CAIRO: The banned-but tolerated Muslim Brotherhood (MB) group seeks to promote the Sharia, and the khilafa (Caliphate rule), without imposing financial or legal restrictions on Copts in Egypt, says Brotherhood-affiliated MP Hamdy Hassan. In a phone interview, Hassan told The Daily Star Egypt that the MB stance has always been clear. They have always said …

Yasmine Saleh

UN and aid agencies warn of Darfur tipping point

Crisis is at a dangerous junction they say Cairo: The United Nations (UN) and affiliates have issued a statement calling for urgent change in Darfur as the situation is becoming untenable. In a joint statement issued in conjunction with such organizations as the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and World Health Organization (WHO), the UN …

Sarah El Sirgany

Learn to have cultural family fun

The long weekend and mid-year break, as well as the cooler winter temperatures, are a great time to explore the city with your family. It’s also a great way for your children to learn about Egypt’s history and culture. For those who are faced with the challenge of making an educational excursion with the family …

Aida Nassar

Maadi stabber strikes again

CAIRO: A new crime reported by the Maadi stabber Wednesday, has triggered a fresh wave of panic and rumors among Maadi residents and those of surrounding areas Basateen, Saqr Qureish and Hadayek Al Maadi. Two sisters were said to have been stabbed at the door of their flat in Al Arab area near New Maadi …

Ahmed Maged

Affordable sushi at my place

If you are one of the people who regularly crave sushi then you are either loaded and willing to pay the big bucks or you practice admirable self control. In Cairo, sushi is expensive. It s offered in restaurants where they charge you for the mere act of taking you to the table you reserved …

Sarah El Sirgany