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Grave robbers pillage Old Cairo graveyard

No welcome to Suez visitors; passengers saved from train fire The highlight of the crime scene this week was the arrest of a gang specialized in stealing corpses from the Bab Al-Wazir graveyard in Old Cairo. Arabic dailies reported that, while driving past on Salah Salem Road, a police night patrol spotted a man beckoning …

Ahmed Maged

The Pyramids survive what time and sand has erased

New list of world wonders likely to spawn race to the finish line Associated Press GENEVA: A global competition to name the new Seven Wonders of the World is attracting widespread interest, with more than 20 million people voting so far, organizers say. The Egyptian pyramids are the only surviving structures from the original list …

Daily News Egypt

MobiNil Denies Plans to Drop Application for International Calls License

CAIRO: MobiNil’s managing director Alex Shalabi has denied allegations that MobiNil is in talks with Telecom Egypt to provide international call services to its clients in return for dropping its licensing bid. Shalabi said his company has arranged meetings with the National Telecom Regulatory Authority to negotiate licenses for both 3G and international calls services. …

Noozz

US wheat struggles to maintain market share in Egypt

French, Russian competition surges ahead of the former market leader CAIRO: US Wheat Association Vice President Dick Prior said Egyptian imports of US wheat should again reach nearly 2 million tons this year, worth an estimated $400 million, countering claims that Egypt is shifting away from the American product in favor of French and Russian …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Egypt blocks travel for Muslim Brotherhood members

CAIRO: Egypt has barred several members of the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt s strongest opposition group, from travelling to Jordan for an event commemorating the group s founder, the Brotherhood said on Thursday. Brotherhood deputy leader Mohamed Habib told Reuters the members had wanted to travel on Wednesday to a celebration marking the centenary of the …

Reuters

Egypt unable to resolve Palestinian-Israeli conflict, experts say

Too many factors beyond Egyptian control in regional clash CAIRO: Egyptian efforts to bring about a peaceful resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict go beyond merely negotiating the release of a captured Israeli soldier, said Ambassador Soliman Awad, after President Mubarak met with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday. But according to many experts and critics, …

Sarah El Sirgany

A continent apart

Film festival offers first chance to view some of Australia’s contemporary films Often overlooked, the Australian industry is famous for the stars it has launched in Hollywood rather than the undervalued contribution to world cinema. As a reminder, and possibly an introduction for some, the Australian Embassy in Cairo is hosting a film festival at …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

You're so gangsta: director Scorcese delivers his finest work in years

“The Departed could finally win best picture Oscar gold for seasoned director Starring Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen and Vera Farmiga. Directed by Martin Scorsese.At major theaters now. CAIRO: Martin Scorsese is back. After going for Oscar gold and coming up short with 2002’s “Gangs of New York and 2004’s …

Jered Stuffco

Students react to perceived political oppression

Free Student Union elections held in protest of campus clampdown on activism CAIRO: Students for the second year in a row voted this week in parallel, unofficial Free Student Union elections with candidates mostly composed of students affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood and socialist groups. The elections came amid controversy and violence that erupted two …

Deena Douara

Marry a stranger, say the experts

Campaign warning against marriage between relatives kicks into high gear CAIRO: An awareness campaign targeting the downsides of consanguineous marriages – marriages between blood relatives – will start this month in different parts of Egypt after statistics indicated that the high rate of handicapped newborns is due to that type of marriage, revealed Dr Adel …

Ahmed Maged

Copts call for church reform, greater role for secularists

Spokesman dismisses idea that non-Copts should have say in church affairs CAIRO: Coptic researchers and intellectuals attending the Secular Vision on Church Problems Conference Tuesday demanded reform and a larger role for secularists in the running of the Coptic Orthodox Church. The conference came on the sidelines of the Coptic Church’s celebration of Pope Shenouda …

Magdy Samaan

Mubarak meets with Palestinian leader in Cairo

CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Wednesday to discuss the latest developments in the Gaza Strip and Palestinian unity talks, an official said. President Abbas and President Mubarak met over breakfast and discussions are ongoing, an official at the presidency said on condition of anonymity. Palestinian officials are currently engaged in …

AFP

Winter may bring more bird flu, health ministry says

CAIRO: With the onset of winter, there may be an increase in cases of the potentially lethal avian flu virus H5N1 among fowl and humans in Egypt, according to health ministry officials. “In Egypt, as in the rest of the world, although we have all the necessary precautions well in place, there might be a …

Daily News Egypt

Egypt says prisoner swap key to Mideast peace process

CAIRO: Restarting the Middle East peace process depends on an exchange of Palestinian prisoners for an Israeli soldier captured by Gaza militants in June, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul-Gheit said Tuesday. The peace process depends on several factors, the most important one being resolving the question of an exchange of Palestinian prisoners for the Israeli …

AFP

New Egyptian Austrian Business Council to push for bilateral economic relations

CAIRO: Representatives of Egypt and Austrian public and private sectors came together this week to celebrate the establishment of the Egyptian Austrian Business Council. The high profile event included speeches by Minister of Industry and Trade Rachid Mohammed Rachid; Ambassador Mostafa El-Fiqi, president of the Egyptian Austrian Friendship Association; and Richard Schenz, vice president of …

Sarah El Sirgany

Questioning reality but visualizing life

Does one truly have a distinct vision of what is real and what is an illusion? Love is the world’s infinite mutability; Lies, hatred, murder even, are all knit up in it; it is the inevitable blossoming of its opposites, a magnificent rose smelling faintly of blood. A dream which makes the world seem . …

Farah El Alfy

UN team due in Central Africa

Visits to Cairo and Khartoum to convince are to convince Sudan to accept UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations said Tuesday it was sending a team to assess how to protect refugees and displaced people in Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR) from a spillover of fighting in neighboring Darfur. Jean-Marie Guehenno, the French head …

AFP

Grasp whatever is left of the scattered hopes for peace

I lay in a hospital bed in Tel Aviv receiving treatment for a blood problem when the news from Beit Hanoun pierced the silence with its images and sounds of extraordinary pain on the faces of the dead and living alike. My own concerns paled into insignificance. Why was the mother who lost her child …

Daily News Egypt

Now to overhaul all Middle East policy

Change is coming soon to American policy in the Middle East. The neoconservatives in Washington who defined American foreign policies in the past six years were down before the elections Tuesday, and they are now well on the way out. The common sense of ordinary Americans has reasserted itself over the reckless militaristic bravado of …

Rami G. Khouri

Europe is involved on Palestine, but so incoherently

Is there a European approach to the Israel-Palestine conflict? At first sight the answer is yes. The European Union Council of Foreign Ministers meets regularly and draws up declarations and statements. Occasionally, one of its envoys is sent to talk to the respective leaders in the region. The EU helped bankroll the Palestinians in various …

Daily News Egypt

Plainclothes, uniformed police suppress demonstration downtown

Activists had gathered to call for fight against sexual harassment Activists from “The Street is Ours , an opposition group, were barred from holding a demonstration protesting alleged incidents of sexual attacks three weeks ago. Dozens of cars and armored vehicles and hundreds of state security members filled the blocks surrounding the Metro Cinema, the …