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Germany's Merkel presses Israeli-Palestinian peace drive

CAIRO: German Chancellor Angela Merkel Sunday pressed on with a tour of the Middle East focused on efforts to lay the ground for a resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Merkel, who held talks with President Hosni Mubarak soon after her arrival in Cairo on Saturday, had a busy schedule of meetings Sunday including with Prime …

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Another arms cache unearthed near Gaza border

RAFAH: Two arms caches in northern Sinai near the Rafah border were discovered by security forces on Saturday, officials have said. The arms find comes a week after a suicide bomber killed three Israeli civilians in Eilat and infighting between Palestinian factions intensified. There had been speculation that the bomber had tunneled his way near …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

WORD ON THE STREET: Opinions on alleged Egyptian spy

“I think it’s stupid of the government to arrest him and investigate. I think he’s a normal person. But maybe the government has some reason. Mohmmed Qawasme, cameraman “If he’s Egyptian he should not be spying on his own people, especially for an issue as sensitive as Israel. I personally am against it. We all …

Daily News Egypt

Zotye Auto examines manufacture of Chinese models in Egypt

CAIRO: Chinese Zotye Auto Company is mulling over a proposal to manufacture Chinese models in the domestic market to benefit from the government incentives to car manufacturers in Egypt. The company’s general manager said last week that Zotye Auto plans to offer two or three models in the Egyptian market this year and, in cooperation …

Noozz

Sawiris allies with two Saudi companies to compete over third operation license

CAIRO: Nagib Sawiris, the chairman of Orascom Telecom, said his company’s competition over the third mobile phone operation in Saudi Arabia would be made through an alliance with Saudi Arabian Al Rajehi Group and Abdullah Kamel Group. Sawiris said on Thursday that on winning the deal, he would offer 40 percent of the third mobile …

Noozz

Insecurity and corruption hinder reconstruction in Iraq

Insecurity, corruption among Iraqi officials and weak US contract management have led to tens of millions of dollars in Iraq reconstruction aid going missing, a new audit report said on Wednesday. The quarterly audit prepared by the office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (Sigir), Stuart Bowen Jr, is the latest to paint …

Daily News Egypt

New questions concerning the European Union's future

Ever since France and the Netherlands rejected the European Union’s proposed Constitutional Treaty, EU leaders have been busy pointing fingers at each other, or blaming French and Dutch citizens for misunderstanding the question they had been asked. But no amount of finger pointing can obscure the fact that, 50 years after the European Community’s creation, …

Daily News Egypt

New questions concerning the European Unions future

Ever since France and the Netherlands rejected the European Unions proposed Constitutional Treaty, EU leaders have been busy pointing fingers at each other, or blaming French and Dutch citizens for misunderstanding the question they had been asked. But no amount of finger pointing can obscure the fact that, 50 years after the European Communitys creation, …

Daily News Egypt

Giving life a chance in Lebanon

Much has been written in the past few months to accommodate either the March 8 or the March 14 movement. Their rivalry has been eating at the very core of Lebanon. Our country has reached a point where people have lost all interest in the first prize, whoever takes over power. Many Lebanese are searching …

Daily News Egypt

Bird flu continues to threaten developing world

CAIRO: In recent weeks, Egyptian media has highlighted the dangers of the possibilities that the current H5N1 avian influenza, also known as the bird flu virus, could spread or mutate. Warda Eid Ahmed, 27, from Beni Suef was the 11th Egyptian to die of the H5N1 strain of bird flu in Egypt in lat January, …

Deena Douara

The value of travel: End for a means?

CAIRO: The advertisement piqued my interest: “A very exciting trip , it said to “major Pharaonic sites, which, though rarely visited are “really out of this world. The day-trip to neighboring Sharqeya governorate was organized by some friends who spread the word via email, guaranteeing a mix bag of Egyptians and expatriates all hoping to …

Deena Douara

Eno problems don't concern me, says Michel

CAIRO: Zamalek coach Henri Michel said he doesn t care about the ongoing saga between Zamalek board of directors and the club s midfielder Moetazbellah Mohamed Eno . The Cairo giants are purportedly enraged at Eno after he missed several training sessions and failed to take part in Zamalek s 4-1 victory over Vital O …

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Ahly coach thought undressing was no foul

CAIRO: Manual Jose, the Portuguese coach of Egyptian and African champions Al Ahly, apologized on Sunday for starting to undress in public in protest against a referee s decision. Jose took off his jacket and started to unbutton his shirt after referee Nasser Abbas booked Ahly s Tunisian midfielder Anis Boujelbene during the team s …

AFP

Italian Edison wins deal for gas exploration east of Alex

CAIRO: Italian Edison Company has won a new deal launched by the Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) to explore for gas in a submarine area east of Alexandria. A senior official at EGAS said the Italian company would explore for natural gas in Area 8 in the deep waters of the Mediterranean, noting that …

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Egypt, Germany sign four agreements to increase economic cooperation between the 2 countries

CAIRO: The Egyptian-German Business Forum concluded its meetings Sunday with the signing of four agreements aimed at modernizing Egyptian industries and increasing bilateral trade. On the industrial front, Siemens Egypt Automation and Drives signed three agreements with the Industrial Modernization Center (IMC) and the Industrial Training Center (ITC) to develop the production capabilities of select …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Monetary Policy Committee decides against expected interest rate hike

Central Bank: Inflation rate expected to remain high until effects of previous price increases level off CAIRO: The Monetary Policy Committee decided in its monthly meeting Thursday to maintain overnight lending and deposit rates at 8.75 and 10.75, respectively, despite wide analyst expectations of another hike to counter rising inflation. As of press time, the …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Egyptian intelligence services arrest man on charges of spying for Israel

CAIRO: An Egyptian who holds Canadian citizenship was arrested on charges of spying for Israel, the authorities have said. Three Israelis were also charged with spying for Israel, a state prosecutor said on Saturday. High State Security Prosecutor Hisham Badawi said the Egyptian, Mohamed Essam Ghoneim El-Attar, 31, had been arrested and charged. The rest …

Reuters

Sci-tech: Web 2.0: Serial killer still at large

The newspaper is hemorrhaging, radio and TV wounded; which victim will it claim next? First it stripped print media of its monopoly on publication. By the time this decade came round, the music industry was feeling the thumbscrews: MP3 files were small and being exuberantly exchanged. Today, instead of watching TV, teenagers graze over amateur …

Wael Elazab

Much ado about the macrobiotic diet

Macrobiotic diet: A cancer cure? “I believe in the macrobiotic diet very much. It absolutely helped and saved my life, it is exceptionally powerful, said Diana Berschader, a recent lymphatic cancer survivor, who credits her survival to the macrobiotic diet. Over the past few decades, it has become evident that food can be an intense …

Daily News Egypt

Government officials sent back to school – to learn grammar

MOSCOW: Bureaucrats in a Russian region have been sent back to school to improve their spelling and grammar. Two thousand officials in Russia s Volga River region of Ulyanovsk had to sit a special test on spelling, punctuation and spoken Russian on Thursday after the local governor grew tired of seeing documents full of mistakes. …

Reuters

Cut the booze and get smarter, says new study

Drinkers who dry out for over a month experience brain growth CAIRO: Boozehounds, who jump started the year with alcohol-fueled revelry still have a chance to re-grow parts of their brain. A new study says that alcoholics who quit drinking can enjoy considerable brain growth. European researchers found that alcoholics who dried out for 38 …

Jered Stuffco

Orascom Telecom prices $750 mln 7-yr bond – banker

CAIRO: Orascom Telecom on Thursday priced a $750 million bond with a yield at the low end of guidance, a banker familiar with the sale said. The 7-year bond was priced at par with a coupon of 7.875 percent, the banker said, the tight end of the range given late on Wednesday of 7.875 to …

Reuters

Easy payments means more cars on the road

New models in same price range as last year Vroom Vroom. No, not the sound of those purveyors of prog rock, King Crimson, but rather the dream of almost every male teenager in Egypt, the sound of their own new car revving and raring to go. Most wait for that day with great impatience. The …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Italian judges say Egyptian Madrid bombing mastermind is member of Al-Qaeda

ROME: An Egyptian man accused of being one of the masterminds of the Madrid 2004 train bombings is an influential member of Al-Qaeda , two Italian judges said Thursday. The judges made their assessment in a written statement outlining their reasons for having sentenced Rabei Ousmane Sayed Ahmed, known as Mohamed the Egyptian, to 10 …

AFP

Business recap: Economists attack, government defends MoI's privatization program

CAIRO: Several leading economists attacked the Ministry of Investment s (MOI) privatization program during a round table discussion Tuesday, claiming sales of government assets have lacked transparency and have yet to be proven beneficial to the economy. In the seminar organized by the Development Partners Center, Ahmed El Naggar, senior economist at Al-Ahram Center for …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

European MP barred from seeing Ayman Nour in prison

Reuters CAIRO: A senior member of the European Parliament said on Wednesday Egyptian authorities had barred him from visiting imprisoned opposition leader Ayman Nour and he urged the European Union to take a muscular stand in the case. Britain s Edward McMillan-Scott, a vice president of the parliament and its rapporteur on democracy and human …

Daily News Egypt

Irish Foreign Minister meets officials in Cairo, Mideast

CAIRO: A delegation headed by the Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs Dermot Ahern made a brief trip to Cairo Thursday as part of his Middle East tour Ahern s trip comes on the heels of President Hosni Mubarak s historic visit to Ireland in December, and incorporates Israel, Palestine and Lebanon. Egypt s Minister for …

Jonathan Spollen