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Latest in Politics


Egypt asks Interpol to arrest three Israelis charged with espionage

Associated Press CAIRO: Egypt asked the international police organization to arrest three Israelis it accuses of being part of a spy ring, a judicial official said Monday. Egypt s state security prosecutor on Saturday charged a 26-year-old Egyptian and three Israelis with spying for Israel and harming national interests. Authorities arrested Mohammed al-Attar, a former …

Salah Nasrawi

Ahly's Jose fined, suspended by Egyptian FA

Zamalek team gets punished, too CAIRO: Ahly coach Manuel Jose has been suspended for four games and fined LE 50,000 for inappropriate conduct during his team’s league game against Harras Al-Hodoud, the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) announced on Monday. The Portuguese manager started to undress on the sideline in protest over referee Nasser Abbass’s decisions. …

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Palestinians trade fire at Egypt border.

GAZA CITY: Hamas and Fatah security officials traded fire at Gaza s border with Egypt on Tuesday as Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh passed through on his way to reconciliation talks between his Hamas movement and the rival Fatah group in Saudi Arabia, witnesses said. Haniyeh, who was in a VIP hall and not in the …

Daily News Egypt

Article 2 of constitution triggers heated debate in parliament

CAIRO: A war of words broke out between MP Mostafa El Fiqi, head of the foreign affairs committee at a lecture, and Refaat Fikry, Patriarch of the Anglican Church in Shubra, over Article 2 of the constitution. The contested Article says the Sharia is the main source of legislation. El Fiqi did not believe that …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Three local outlets take home coveted international award

CAIRO: Winning the race against Dubai and Saudi Arabia, Egypt raked in the much-coveted New Millennium Award. The annual Award, given to the top 105 restaurants, hotels, or caterers, went to Sakkara Country Club & Resort, The Concorde El Salam Hotel, and the First Mall s La Gourmandise restaurant. Ibrahim Sami, owner and general manager …

Deena Douara

Attempted rape at Sadat metro station shocks the nation

CAIRO: Two policemen were arrested Wednesday after they allegedly attempted to rape a girl at the Sadat metro station in broad daylight, local press reported. The prosecution is carrying out investigations of the shocking incident that took place in the office assigned for the service of metro users at the station. The aggrieved girl reported …

Ahmed Maged

The US Congress is hoisting the white flag on Iraq

Members of the United States Congress, distressed with the flagging popularity of the Iraq war, have spent the first month of 2007 scrambling to offer the public the exit strategy it seeks. Bereft of a serious and comprehensive strategy for several years, the American public now has a surfeit of offerings from their elected representatives. …

Daily News Egypt

The Golan's Druze wonder what is best

When, earlier this month, the Israeli daily Haaretz uncovered the details of secret, unofficial Syrian-Israeli peace talks, it revived a familiar menu of questions and concerns whenever Syria and Israel negotiate: Would Israel give back to Syria all of the Golan Heights? How would the water resources be shared? Can either side trust the other …

Daily News Egypt

Suez Canal blocks large ships due to bad weather

CAIRO: The Suez Canal was closed on Sunday to large ships because of bad weather in the country, an official in the Suez Canal Authority said. The official said three ships seeking to cross to the Red Sea were denied permission to do so. Bad weather forced Egypt to close seven ports on the Red …

Reuters

A trip that highlights Germany's rising regional interests

The visit of German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the Middle East, which began on Saturday, comes at an opportune moment. Germany currently holds both the presidency of the European Union and that of the Group of Eight industrialized countries. Since December 2006, Merkel has held talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud …

Daily News Egypt

IFC to fund Egypt hospitals

CAIRO: In response to a strong need for private medical services in Egypt, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, has stepped in to help according to news reports. IFC will support the Middle East and North Africa s health care industry by financing the expansion of the …

Agencies

Islamic finance market worth $500 billion grows up to 15 percent a year

DUBAI: The director of Dow Jones Islamic Index Group has said the Islamic finance market valued at $500 billion was edging up at an annualized growth rate of 10-15 percent, arguing that Islamic indexes had outperformed regional stock markets. Speaking to Al-Khaleej, A. Rushdi Siddiqui maintained that concerted efforts from all players were necessary in …

Noozz

Political activists tread carefully in Egypt, Bahrain

CAIRO: The recent arrests of Egyptian and regional bloggers have highlighted the pressures political activists in the Middle East have come under in the past several years. The trial of blogger Abdel Kareem Soliman Amer, currently incarcerated in Alexandria and awaiting trial for allegedly slandering and defaming both the government and Islam, has also gained …

Alexandra Sandels

Palestinians prepare for Mecca crisis talks

GAZA CITY: Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas supremo Khaled Meshaal will Tuesday hold crunch talks in a bid to broker an elusive national unity deal and end fighting that has killed 63 people. On the eve of the talks, a shaky ceasefire between Abbas s Fatah faction and the warring Hamas was taking a …

AFP

Cleric reverses course: Muslim women can be presidents too

CAIRO: Within a week of issuing a fatwa that Muslim women could not fill the top post in the country, Egypt’s mufti Sheikh Ali Gomaa has reversed course and said Islam does not bar women presidents. He denied comments purportedly attributed to him published in Akhbar Al-Youm newspaper on Jan. 27 that women could not …

Yasmine Saleh

Iraqi refugee crisis hits Cairo

CAIRO: As violence continues in Iraq, the oil-rich country’s neighbors are beginning deal with a widening refugee crisis. According to a November United Nations report, two million Iraqis were estimated to have already fled to Jordan, Syria, Turkey and Lebanon while 2,000 more leave Iraq everyday. Some 150,000 Iraqi refugees have found haven in Cairo …

Daily News Egypt

Jose issues an apology to Ahly's fans over Al-Hodoud incident

CAIRO: Portuguese coach Manuel Jose issued a statement on Sunday apologizing for his unsporting behavior during Ahly s Egyptian League match against Harras Al-Hodoud on Friday. Jose was ejected from the game for his inappropriate objection over referee Nasser Abbass in the 73rd minute. The Ahly manager was so frustrated by the decisions of referee …

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Egypt should not pursue nuclear energy: EU diplomat

Alternative renewable energy should be developed instead CAIRO: Contradicting US policy, the European Union (EU) will not fully support Egypt’s ambitions to create a nuclear program for peaceful energy purposes, a top EU diplomat said yesterday. Rather than pursuing nuclear power to solve the country’s energy needs, Egypt should instead work towards energy diversification and …

Jered Stuffco

Government's rights watchdog report highlights prisoner, detainee abuse

CAIRO: The National Council of Human Rights (NCHR) called Sunday for amending the penal code and improving the treatment of detainees in its third annual report on the country s human rights situation. The report s focus on the treatment of prisoners and abuses by security services came even as Egypt s bloggers and human …

AFP

The strange case files of Egypt-Israel espionage

CAIRO: Long normalized but still tense relations between Egypt and Israel hit a potential snag with the announcement on Saturday that an Egyptian had been arrested inside Egypt, charged with spying for Israel. Three Israeli intelligence officers were also charged and warrants issued for their arrest, though they remain outside of Egypt. While the reports …

Daily News Egypt

Egyptian 'spy' was low-level operative, say officials

CAIRO: Egyptian intelligence had been monitoring the activities of alleged spy Mohammed Essam Ghoneim El-Attar while he lived in Canada, experts have said. “He was discovered and tracked in Canada by Egyptian intelligence due to his irrational behavior with Egyptian expatriates there, Nabil Farouk, a researcher in intelligence and espionage affairs told The Daily Star …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Dancing tents, swirling colors and a cloud of controversy

At first glance, a play featuring six women performing surreal modern dances while wearing colorful tents might not appear to be an overtly political statement. Indeed, for the casual viewer, the frantic and energetic performances in “Letters from Tentland: Return to Sender look less like a catalyst for heated discourse and more like an abstract …

Jered Stuffco

Cairo's medieval heritage undergoes facelift

The most gorgeous medieval buildings are being painstakingly restored in Islamic Cairo and discerning tourists are walking past Khan Al-Khalili into a medieval city of wikalas, through mighty Fatimid gates and sitting down to rest inside the Hassan Mosque, where Crusader knights were once chained for their sins. Sitting inside the marvellous Hassan Mosque I …

Peter A. Carrigan

Turks to supply World Bank chief with socks

ANKARA: Turkish manufacturers have rushed to supply World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz with new socks after he revealed two large holes in his socks during a visit to an Ottoman-era mosque in Turkey. If he had bought from our high quality socks he would not have had such troubles. The quality of Turkish socks has …

AFP

Think cartoons and relive the past

Last week when I was chatting online with my best friend, I suddenly remembered an old cartoon that we used to watch with much attention when we were around 10 years old. I asked him, do you remember Jonger the cartoon show? And he answered me with an opened-mouth emoticon smile, yes of course. And …

Daily News Egypt