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Early start on human rights awareness

NGO aims to enhance human rights education in Cairo elementary schools through children’s stories Domestic and international organizations recently launched training programs aimed at educating youth on human rights issues and international law. “The children are our future and thus our hope. We need to educate them and teach them the universal principles of human …

Alexandra Sandels

Crime Scene: Parents turn on their own children

Suicides choose to leap this week; passenger saves the train CAIRO: As Ramadan comes to an end and Eid El-Fitr approaches, shocking crimes including suicide, parental murders of their own children, and transportation mishaps continue to fill the pages of the local press. Al-Masry Al-Youm in its Oct. 14 edition reported that a high school …

Daily News Egypt

Prominent Brotherhood member detained

CAIRO: Authorities have arrested a Muslim Brotherhood leader Hassan Al-Hayawan, the group’s lawyer told The Daily Star Egypt. Security forces arrested El-Hayawan at his clinic in the Nile Delta province of Al-Sharqia, on Tuesday night, according to an online statement released by the Brotherhood. “This is an unjustifiable escalation, reads the Brotherhood statement. The media …

Sarah El Sirgany

Sodic approves LE 1.1 billion capital increase

Company to acquire almost 1 million sq. m. in New Cairo by end of October CAIRO: Sixth of October Development and Investment Company (Sodic) shareholders approved Monday a LE 1.1 billion capital increase to finance the acquisition of 984,900 square meters of land, including a 858,500 square meter plot in New Cairo on Road 90 …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Average Cement Prices Drops 15 pct after Government Imposed

CAIRO: The Minister of Trade and Industry said on Tuesday that seven local cement producers complied with a government decision to curb cement prices at factory ground to LE 295 and LE 302.5 per ton. “The move led to a 15 per cent drop in cement prices at the marketplace to LE 340 per ton …

Noozz

Mobinil selects Followap for mobile instant messaging

SINGAPORE: Mobinil has selected Followap, the leader in mobile instant messaging (IM), presence and interconnect solutions to power its own brand of instant messaging services. Subscribers to Mobinil s operator IM service will be able to enjoy the benefits of real time communications on their mobile device through Followap s Instant Messaging Service Center (IMSC). …

Agencies

Telecom Egypt to contribute 20 pct in the first Arab Egyptian submarine communication cable

CAIRO: State-owned communication giant Telecom Egypt plans to participate with 20 percent in the Arab Egyptian consortium, which will build a submarine international communications cable at a cost of $520 million (almost LE 3 billion). The move comes as part of the Ministry of Communication’s efforts to liberalize international communications services in Egypt. Akil Bashir, …

Noozz

In Japan, sushi and chicken teryaki for iftar

TOKYO: Japan s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will Tuesday treat ambassadors from Islamic nations to sushi and teriyaki chicken in a fast-breaking dinner for the holy month of Ramadan. Forty-four envoys from Islamic nations including Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan have been invited to the iftar, a dinner which Muslims eat during Ramadan to break their …

AFP

Al-Ahly coach upbeat ahead of African Champions League final

LISBON: Al-Ahly s Portuguese coach Manuel Jose is confident his Egyptian side can overcome CS Sfaxien of Tunisia in the African Champions League final, which gets under way at the end of the month. The title holders will face first-time finalists CS Sfaxien in their hometown Cairo on Oct. 29 while the return match will …

AFP

He did it all for a kiss

CAIRO: Two young Egyptians caught in the act of kissing in public in Cairo during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan have been fined 100 pounds ($17.50) each, newspapers reported Wednesday. A court in Kasr al-Nil district found the pair guilty of offending public morals when they kissed in broad daylight on the banks of …

Agencies

Iran warns of regional consequences if sanctions imposed

TEHRAN: Iran s top nuclear negotiator warned Wednesday that any UN sanctions over its nuclear program would have negative consequences in the region and also affect Tehran s cooperation with the UN atomic watchdog. If sanctions are pursued by the UN Security Council they know that this will accentuate the regional crisis, Ali Larijani told …

AFP

Inter-faith love story needs a "miraculum" to survive

Filmmaker tackles Egypt’s biggest taboos including socio-politics, sex and religion CAIRO: Prior to controversial remarks made by Pope Benedict XVI about Islam last month, several rounds of inter-faith dialogue in Egypt had already taken place, particularly in the wake of the vandalizing of a church in Alexandria last year. Journalist Sherif Nakhla entered the fray …

Farah El Alfy

Egypt's development projects only benefit the rich

The centerpiece of successful (i.e. long-term, organic) town and city development is usually a community enterprise or institution, concretized by a structure that declares the community s primary need or intent. For example, a harbor serving fishermen, a marketplace for farmers or craftsmen, a place of worship serving a spiritual ideal, a university serving the …

Daily News Egypt

The Arab League breaks with the past and attempts a rebirth

With the United States Congress appealing to Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa for intervention in Darfur, and with Moussa’s offer to provide peacekeeping troops, one gets the impression that the League is finally taking itself seriously. Historically, the Arab League has been perceived as quasi-legitimate due to its western alliances, since Egypt, Saudi Arabia …

Daily News Egypt

So much for a peaceful Ramadan

With one week left till the end of Ramadan, a holy month of piety and quiet reflection, one cannot help but recount that the Muslim world has witnessed anything but such temperance this year. Wherever you look today in the Muslim world, there is a disturbance – to put it mildly. In Lebanon, schoolchildren, farmers, …

Daily News Egypt

Egypt, Libya leaders seek consensus on Darfur

Sudan’s neighbors wary of international interference CAIRO: Discussions focusing on the Darfur crisis between President Hosni Mubarak and Libyan leader Moammar Qaddafi in Tripoli on Monday were aimed at bridging differences in their approaches to ending the violence, a Sudan expert says. Hani Raslan, Sudanese affairs expert at the Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic …

Sarah El Sirgany

Health minister warns of winter bird flu upsurge

CAIRO: Health Minister Hatem Al-Gabali said Tuesday he feared a fresh spate of human bird flu cases in the coming weeks. Bird flu is still present and we will witness new cases this winter. We just hope they won t be fatal, he told parliament. The population still refrains from informing the authorities when poultry …

AFP

Support the Pyramids, O Egypt

The last remaining original world wonder faces stiff competition on the New Seven Wonders list LONDON: Only one of the ancient wonders of the world still survives. History buffs are being invited to choose a new list of seven. Among 21 locations shortlisted for the worldwide vote is the last remaining original wonder, The Great …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Pre-iftar fight leads to murder by screwdriver

Violence in Boulaq El-Dakrour ends in death CAIRO: On Ibrahim El-Desouky Street in Giza’s Zenin district, a number of boys were playing opposite the auto repair shop of Mahmoud Badr Shaaban. They were making such a ruckus that Shaaban, 34, shouted at them to quiet down. As they left the area, he got into one …

Daily News Egypt

US lawyer gets jail term for aiding Egyptian cleric in terrorist plot

A US rights lawyer convicted of conspiring with terrorists by acting as a go-between for a jailed Egyptian cleric and his militant followers was sentenced to 28 months in jail Monday. Lynne Stewart, 67, was convicted in February 2005 of lying to the government and conspiring with her client, Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, to convey …

AFP

Abdel Latif still faces persecution after acquittal, says human rights group

Human rights delegation visits El-Minya governorate officials to inquire about Beni Mazar case CAIRO: Delegates from nine local human rights organizations paid a surprise visit to the security director of El-Minya governorate, General Mohamed Nour El-Din, last week to investigate complaints concerning alleged police maltreatment and harassment of the family of a man formerly accused …

Alexandra Sandels

Banking shares push Egypt's bourse higher

CAIRO: A banking sector buoyed after Italy s Sanpaolo won 80 percent of Bank of Alexandria for about $1.6 billion helped Egyptian shares edge higher on Tuesday, traders said. The auction for the state-owned bank was one of the largest Egyptian privatizations of the year and a landmark in the process of reducing the state …

Reuters

EFG values El-Sewedy at LE 58.50

CAIRO: Investment bank and equities researcher EFG-Hermes gave El Sewedy Cables an estimated fair value of LE 58.50 ($10.21) a share and recommended buying for both the short and long term. The estimate was a fraction below the LE 58.70 at which EFG-Hermes valued the shares in July, before El Sewedy released its results for …

Reuters

Al-Naeem holding to list shares in CASE within two months

CAIRO: Al-Naeem Holding Company will fulfill measures to list its shares in the Cairo and Alexandria Stock Exchanges (CASE) within a maximum of two months to offer them for trading by early December 2006, a senior official at the financial investment group said on Sunday. Al-Naeem Holding is majority controlled by the Saudi Arabia Al-Naeem …

Noozz

CIB to set up Algerian subsidiary

CAIRO: Commercial International Bank (CIB) will set up a subsidiary in Algeria in conjunction with investors from Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, the bank said on Tuesday. CIB and the other investors, who were not named, have signed a memorandum of understanding on the bank, which will be called CIB-Algeria, it said in a …

Daily News Egypt

Minister predicts $7.5-8 bln FDI in 2006-2007

Reuters CAIRO: Egypt expects foreign direct investment (FDI) to climb to between $7.5 billion and $8 billion in the year ending June 2007, up from $6.1 billion a year earlier, Investment Minister Mahmoud Mohieddin said on Monday. The 2006-2007 year will be unprecedented in terms of FDI in Egypt despite all the major obstacles still …

Alaa Shahine

Egyptians won't stop Mubarak dynasty – Islamist

Reuters CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood sees little likelihood of a popular backlash if Gamal Mubarak succeeds his father as president, the Islamist group s deputy leader said on Tuesday. Mohammed Habib, whose group is among the country s opposition force, said plans seemed to be moving ahead for Gamal to succeed his father Hosni Mubarak, …

Daily News Egypt

Italian minister of defense to visit Egypt

CAIRO: Italian Minister of Defense Arturo Baresi will meet with his Egyptian counterpart Mohammed Sayid Tantawy in Cairo today before heading to El-Alamein and Sharm El-Sheikh. The visit comes within a wider initiative to reinforce political ties between Italy and Egypt on military, economic and cultural issues. Italian Embassy Press Officer Maria Michela La Roccia …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein