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With flu season in swing, an innocent kiss may be harmful

Could lead to bird flu outbreak, says doctor CAIRO: Be on the guard against kissing friends on the cheek for it could lead to transmission of bird flu, warned Dr Adel Ashur, director of the emergency unit at the National Research Center. The National Research Center, which has been leading a campaign against the unnecessary …

Ahmed Maged

Egypt seeks unified Arab front to promote investment

Emerging economies looking for their share of FDIs and overseas investments CAIRO: An Egyptian initiative to create a Union of Arab Authorities to promote investment in the region was announced by the chairman of the General Authority for Investment and Free Zones (Gafi), Dr Ziad Bahaa El-Din, Saturday, on the closing day of the Second …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Siemens Egypt eyes opportunities for electronic auto parts manufacturing

CAIRO: Siemens Egypt is eying opportunities for investment in the electronic auto parts segment, in view of the recent government incentives for operators in this industry, says Mohammad Al-Mahdy, chairman of Siemens Egypt. He added that his company had received an offer from the EU-financed Industry Modernization Center to start an electronic auto parts manufacturing …

Noozz

High-growth companies selected for venture capital investment

Egypt s Technology Development Fund backs top early-stage IT companies as they expand to the international market DUBAI: The Technology Development Fund (TDF), a venture capital fund propelling the growth of innovative, early-stage Egyptian companies in the field of information technology, has selected nine companies exhibiting well-researched, viable and innovative plans for inclusion in the …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Innovative delivery of financial consulting

Launch of Maadi Branch Shows Allianz Egypt’s Continued Customer Focus As the next step in a continued emphasis on customer needs, Allianz Egypt this week launched the expansion of its operations to ensure that Maadi residents have access to sound, comprehensive financial consulting services to meet their long-term goals. The new branch not only provides …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Hollywood shoots new Egyptian secret police film

CAIRO: Mega Hollywood stars Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal started shooting New Line Cinema s production Renditions, a thriller about the practices of the Egyptian secret police this month. According to TotalFilm.com, the film revolves around a CIA analyst (Gyllenhaal) who witnesses the radical interrogation of an Egyptian-American by the Egyptian secret police. Together with …

Joseph Fahim

New group calls for "vital" democratic reforms, off to a shaky start

76, 77 Committee focuses on constitutional amendments and need for amendments CAIRO: A group of intellectuals, politicians and constitutional experts have established a committee to pressure the government to undertake genuine constitutional amendments and are ready to take to the streets to further the cause of what they call crucial democratic reforms. But cracks may …

Magdy Samaan

The European Union is being unfair with Turkey

Turkey has been given what looks like an ultimatum from the European Union Commission: open your ports for ships from Cyprus within a month, or you may risk a halt to the EU accession talks now underway. At the same time, the Commission’s latest report on Turkey’s progress toward accession notes that political reforms htave …

Daily News Egypt

Hezbollah: pragmatic but not reformist

Serious thinking about reforming Lebanon’s fragile and inefficient system of governance has been among the casualties of the recent war. Political reform has never topped the agenda of Lebanon’s leaders, including the one actor most people believe would benefit most: Hezbollah. A closer look at the reasoning behind Hezbollah’s political strategy can explain why it …

Daily News Egypt

Don't wrongly assume Arab strongmen are the right man

The recent American election has brought an unhappy convergence of left and right, a bizarre meeting of the minds in which liberals who despise the American mission in Iraq and conservatives who value stability over democracy agree: President George W. Bush’s freedom agenda must end. Iraq, unsurprisingly, is at the heart of misgivings about advancing …

Daily News Egypt

Religious scholars slam Farouk Hosny for anti veil remarks

Minister’s supporters fear disproportionate reactions for expressing their opinion CAIRO: Farouk Hosny, Minister of Culture, set off a firestorm late last week when he criticized the hijab head scarf and those who chose to wear it. His remarks garnered swift and often angry reactions from Egyptian and Arab religious scholars, some of whom said Egyptian …

Sarah El Sirgany

Moheiddin: Gafi to remain under Ministry of Investment control

CAIRO: Minister of Investment Mahmoud Moheiddin said Friday the government has no intention of separating the General Authority for Investment and Free Zones (Gafi) from the Ministry of Investment (MOI), despite the latter s ongoing success and resulting expansion. Moheiddin also acknowledged that more needs to be done to combat corruption in Egypt s business …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

African scientists urge cooperation with NGOs, rewarding innovation at Cairo conference

Participants endorse basic science over sophisticated science for continent s advancement CAIRO: African scientists and non-governmental organization (NGO) representatives issued 18 recommendations Friday, lobbying for targeted promotion of science and technology in schools and more cooperation between governments and NGOs throughout the continent. The recommendations came one week after the three-day meeting of the 2nd …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Israeli minister calls for invading Gaza, border with Egypt

Experts term hardliner’s recommendation “saber rattling CAIRO: An Israeli minister has reiterated calls for his country’s military to invade and occupy the Gaza Strip, including the border region with Egypt. Avigdor Lieberman, the minister for strategic threats, said Israel’s security depends in part on “taking back control of the Gaza-Egypt border to stop weapons smuggling. …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

A LENS TO THE PAST: The Egyptian Cinderella

As King Farouk’s second wife, Nariman Sadiq (Oct. 31, 1933-Feb. 16, 2005) – the daughter of Husain Fahmi Sadiq Bey, a high-ranking official in the Egyptian government, and his wife Asila Kamil – was the last Queen of Egypt. Farouk divorced his first wife, Queen Farida, in 1948, after a ten-year marriage in which she …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Al-Ahli's Jose says he should coach Portugal

Reuters CAIRO: Manuel Jose, who led Egypt s Al-Ahli to a second successive African Champions League title last week, says he deserves to take over as Portugal coach when Luiz Felipe Scolari leaves. Brazilian Scolari, who was appointed four years ago, agreed in July to extend his contract until 2008. Former Benfica, Boavista and Sporting …

Alaa Shahine

Children gunned down at UN School in Gaza

CAIRO: Two schoolchildren were shot and wounded by snipers at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) Beit Lahia Elementary School in the northern Gaza Strip on Saturday, according to a press release issued by the agency. Seven-year-old schoolboy Ahmed Isam Abdel-Aziz was struck by a bullet …

Alexandra Sandels

The roots of sexual harassment

Police concentrate on political role at expense of social responsibilities CAIRO: Can the ever-increasing phenomenon of sexual harassment in the streets of Cairo be attributed to a social malaise or political discontent? Can its roots be traced to the arena of sexuality or religion? Or was it just a security meltdown? A discussion held at …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Foreigners among dead in fatal road accident

CAIRO: Six people, including a Frenchman and an Italian, were killed and four others injured Saturday in a road accident in Egypt, the official Mena agency said. One car collided into another after its tire burst near the village of Bahnasa, some 240 km south of Cairo, Mena said. The injured were taken to a …

AFP

Egypt says UN report alleging arms embargo violations in Somalia is false

CAIRO: Egypt s Foreign Ministry on Friday denied allegations made in a UN report claiming it was one of several countries providing guns, money, training and other supplies to Somalia s government and a rival Islamic movement in violation of an international arms embargo. The UN panel, charged with monitoring the arms embargo on Somalia, …

AP

Singing it up in Harry's Pub

Karaoke draws a distinguished crowd CAIRO: A balanced diet, a balanced weekend I thought. On Thursday night it was a rich steaming stew of ideas served up by author and historian, William Dalyrmple at an AUC lecture, and on Friday night, karaoke at Harry’s Pub provided the pudding. Dalyrmple is an authority on the history …

Peter A. Carrigan

Conversation with a proven peace-maker

When you want to make peace, it is useful to turn to a proven peace-maker. The other day in New York I had a chance to sit down with one of the successful peace-makers of our time and explore the lessons of his own rich experience, especially in view of current attempts to revive a …

Rami G. Khouri

For Democrats to fly, they must unite the party's wings

The Democrats now have the opportunity the Republicans spurned, which is to build a broad coalition in the center and become once again the nation’s governing party. But to achieve that, the Democrats must stand for values that connect with those of most Americans. The center is meaningless, after all, except as a platform for …

David Ignatius

The EU should put up or shut up in Afghanistan

Time is running out for success in Afghanistan. The Nato summit in Riga of Nov. 28-29 may be the last chance to pull that country back from the brink. Nato assumed responsibility for providing security for all of Afghanistan in October. While about 8,000 of the 20,000 United States troops in Afghanistan operate independently, the …

Daily News Egypt