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Beneficiaries of IMC support sales record $460 mln through international exhibitions

CAIRO: The cumulative value of the exports of the Egyptian companies which participated in international exhibitions with support from the EU-financed Industry Modernization Center reached almost $460m as of September 2006, according to Adham Nadim, deputy executive manager of the IMC. Nadim pointed out that the IMC financed participation of 1,289 companies in international exhibitions …

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Authorities detain Bedouins attempting to smuggle weapons to Gaza

CAIRO: Three Bedouins were arrested on suspicion of attempting to smuggle weapons into the Gaza Strip from northern Sinai, security sources said. Abdullah Salem Abdullah, Kamal Mussalam Salem and Hani Eid Ibrahim were arrested Friday at a checkpoint 160 km. from the border town of Rafah after police found 159 crates containing automatic weapons and …

AFP

Egypt proposes 'middle solution' to Darfur crisis

CAIRO: Egypt on Saturday proposed a middle solution to the Darfur crisis, suggesting UN peacekeepers in Sudan s war-torn region be funded by the international body rather than by their respective states. A middle solution could include funding the necessary peacekeeping forces in Darfur from the budget of the United Nations, removing pressures of funding …

AFP

Iran vows retaliation against UN sanctions

Agence France-Presse TEHRAN: Iran on Sunday warned it would take appropriate measures in retaliation for any punitive UN sanctions on its nuclear program. Imposing sanctions has repercussions on both sides, regionally and internationally. They already know this. If they impose sanctions we will take appropriate measures, foreign ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini said. Asked if …

Daily News Egypt

Israelis threaten to retake Gaza-Egypt border

JERUSALEM, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Several Israeli cabinet ministers called on Sunday for a military operation to retake control of Gaza s southern border and prevent Palestinian militants smuggling in weapons from neighbouring Egypt. Action must be taken without hesitation. Any hesitation is dangerous and we must act immediately, Industry and Trade Minister Eli Yishai …

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Israel admits use of controversial weapon

Shells similar to chemical weapons, some experts say CAIRO: Israel admitted to using the deadly and controversial weapon known as white phosphorus during its war with Hezbollah earlier this year, according to an Israeli newspaper. For the first time, the Israeli army admitted the weapon’s use, which can cause severe burns and painful deaths because …

Jered Stuffco

A tour for the cultured

Salama s Egyptian premier arabesque but hip Fathy Salama and his band Sharkiat s latest album Sultany (or My Sultan ) – the group s first to be released in Egypt – features music that should be played at foreigner-frequented locales: it is arabesque enough for the authentic experience, but hip enough to tolerate. Salama …

Deena Douara

A Khawaga's Tale: In the belly of the beat

An introduction to the planet s most evocative art form CAIRO: The author Anne Rice has a famous book, Interview with a Vampire. I’ve had an enlightening afternoon that can match that: Interview with a Belly Dancer. Belly dancing is arguably the planet’s most evocative art form, conjuring up images of Bedouin tents, plush cushions, …

Peter A. Carrigan

Do you know the difference between a Sunni and a Shiite?

For the past several months, I’ve been wrapping up lengthy interviews with Washington counterterrorism officials with a fundamental question: “Do you know the difference between a Sunni and a Shiite? A “gotcha question? Perhaps. But if knowing your enemy is the most basic rule of war, I don’t think it’s out of bounds. And as …

Daily News Egypt

Why Israel should grab Hamas' truce offer

One of the endlessly fascinating and frustrating aspects of the convergence of American politics with Middle Eastern realities is evident again this season: the application of special rules of conduct to Israel that are not applied to the United States itself. One of the most common themes heard in discussions of US policy in the …

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Muslims should use foreign media to engage west, say scholars

CAIRO: Islamic scholars have said they support President Hosni Mubarak’s appeal to Muslims to counter the ferocious attack on Islam. And goes even further to say it is the responsibility of every Muslim to educate others about their religion. The Muslim world is facing a ferocious attack, describing Islam wrongly and offending Muslims sacred [symbols …

Yasmine Saleh

Fatah, Hamas agree to defuse internal violence

GAZA: Fatah and Hamas officials agreed on Friday to take steps to end violence between the two rival Palestinian movements which has raised fears of civil war. Fawzi Barhoum, a Hamas spokesman in Gaza, said an Egyptian security delegation had brokered the talks, which took place in the coastal strip. These efforts have been crowned …

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Judge quashes parts of Canada's secrecy law in suspected terror case

OTTAWA: A Canadian judge on Thursday quashed key parts of Canada s secrecy law used by federal police to obtain a search warrant to scour a reporter s home in 2004 for evidence of an unauthorized leak in a suspected terror case. Ontario Superior Court Justice Lynn Ratushny said in her ruling that three sections …

AFP

Oh, you dirty hairy

SYDNEY: An airline baggage courier pleaded guilty in Australia on Friday to stealing samples of women s hair from their lost bags and keeping them on file. Rodney Petersen, 30, had faced 110 charges of theft and stalking after taking strands of both head and pubic hair from the luggage of female passengers whose lost …

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Egyptian police: 200 crates of weapons intercepted en route to Gaza

EL ARISH: Three Bedouins were arrested early Friday trying to smuggle nearly 200 crates of automatic weapons and ammunition from Egypt into Gaza, police said.Police seized the weapons on a truck in the village of Ballouza, some 100 km east of the Egypt-Gaza border. The smugglers were heading north to the village of Sheik Zuwayed, …

Ashraf Sweilam

Adopting Egypt's heritage sites

Euromed Heritage Program earmarks seven national landmarks for renovation CAIRO: Seven heritage sites in Egypt have been selected for restoration through “Adopt a Mediterranean Heritage, a new and innovative initiative from the Euromed Heritage Program. Twenty-five historical sites in the Mediterranean partner countries have been selected for restoration through the program. Chief among its aims …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Experts Criticize Government Initiative to Extract Oil from Tafla

CAIRO: Egyptian mining and petroleum industry officials have criticized a project sponsored by the Ministry of Petroleum to extract crude oil from petroleum clay (tafla) citing it as too costly. They also said Egypt’s reserves of petroleum clay are insufficient for the initiative. Fawzy Al-Mahallawy, professor of mining at the Egyptian Faculty of Engineering, Cairo …

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Give the Egyptians more tea

KOLKATA: Indian tea exports to Egypt have surged after Egypt slashed import duties, a senior Tea Board official said on Friday. India, the world s largest producer and consumer of tea, exported just 70,000 kg of the commodity to Egypt last year, but in the first six months of 2006 sales zoomed to 1 million …

Daily News Egypt

Export Promotion Bank to Launch New Mutual Fund at End of October

CAIRO: The Egyptian Export Promotion Bank will launch a new E£100 million cash mutual fund with accumulative daily return to invest in low risk securities, such as treasury bonds and bills and the Central Bank of Egypt’s Sukuk. The fund, which will be launched by the end of this month, will also invest in companies’ …

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Tough competition for Egyptian bank

CARIO: There was a fierce bidding war before victory went to Italy’s Sanpaolo IMI for $1.6 billion in what had been Egypt’s biggest ever auction of state assets. It gave birth to its largest private banking group and signaled continuing foreign interest in the privatization program. That saw 190 state-run companies and facilities sold off …

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Business Highlights

Kuwaitis lead establishment of LE 1 billion north Africa private equity firm CAIRO: Kuwait-based KIPCO Asset Management Company (KAMCO) announced Monday the launch of a KD 50 million (LE 992.4 million) private equity company to invest in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. The company, North African Holdings (NAH), brings together strategic investors including KAMCO, …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Al Jazeera tops Forbes list of Arab brands

Forbes CEO forum comes to the Middle East for the first time DUBAI: Television news channel Al Jazeera won the top spot in a list of the best-known Arab brands compiled by Forbes magazine s Arabic edition, besting Dubai-based Emirates airlines. Qatar-based Al Jazeera, which has been criticized by Washington for airing messages from al …

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Egypt bars public from budget process

Economist say obscurities in budget handling could overburden tax payers CAIRO: Egypt is one of six countries that keep their constituents in the dark about the state of their budgets until they are adopted, according to a new study released on Wednesday. The International Budget Project, formed with the private Center on Budget and Policy …

Sarah El Sirgany

Veiled Prejudice

Britain’s ex-foreign secretary’s recent commentary on the Muslim niqab, or full veil, as a “visible statement of separation and of difference that “makes it more difficult for people “to acknowledge each other signifies the latest in Europe’s embarrassing blunders. Following the Pope’s political impropriety, Jack Straw’s cavalier declaration on what constitutes effective deliberation was inappropriate …

Daily News Egypt

Al-Ahly eases past helpless Mahalla

Team moves into sixth spot on league table CAIRO: Two goals from Flavio Amado and Mohamed Abu Treika gave Al-Ahly an easy 2-0 home win over Ghazl Mahalla in the Egyptian League on Thursday. Angolan international Flavio broke the deadlock early in the first half before Abu Treika sealed the victory in the 33rd minute. …

Hatem Maher

SPORTS TALK: Cover girls

Sports and religion can coexist For millions of people, sport is very nearly a religion, yet few, save neglected wives and girlfriends, complain. Why, then, is there dispute when we want to make room for religion in sport? Dressing modestly, while a visual expression of faith, creates a challenge for Muslim girls wanting to play …

Alaa Abdel-Ghani

Sa'deya wants to try

Tale of peasant woman turned prostitute delves into the forbidden CAIRO: Hussein Abdel Alim’s “Sa’deya wa Abdel Hakam wa Akhroun (Sa’adeya, Abdel Hakim and Others) reads like a short film, a very coherent and informative rendition of a country woman, her brother and a police officer and how their paths converge in Cairo in the …

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