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Egypt to play South Africa Griffin Park in London

Egypt s friendly international against South Africa on Nov. 15 has been fixed for Brentford s Griffin Park, the South African Football Association said on Monday. The ground in the west of the capital has a capacity of almost 13,000, although division Brentford average around half that for their third division games. The friendly will …

Reuters

Israel again threatens to intensify Gaza offensive

Agence-France Presse JERUSALEM: Israel again warned Tuesday that it would up its offensive in the Gaza Strip, a day after the ruling Islamist Hamas movement threatened to teach the Israeli army a lesson it will not forget . Gaza should not become a second Lebanon, Immigrant Absorption Minister Zeev Boim told public radio, reiterating a …

Daily News Egypt

In Japan, it's sushi 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

Let's get medieval

Música Antigua deliver the goods CAIRO: For concert-goers accustomed to guitar amps, vocal mics and slamming sound systems, a live performance by the Spanish quintet Musica Antigua can require a slight adjustment. Not only does the group – which was formed by musical scholar Eduardo Paniagua in 1994 – forgo amplification in favor of natural …

Jered Stuffco

Man launches annual Asian Literary Prize

Egyptian author, academic among those who will judge submissions HONG KONG: Asian literature by authors living in the region and writing in their own languages is finally being recognized with a prize of international standing. The Man Asian Literary Prize was launched in Hong Kong Tuesday with the aim, organizers said, of pushing Asian authors …

AFP

Chances exist for an orderly American Iraq withdrawal

As the security situation in Baghdad has deteriorated over the past month, there has been growing talk among Iraqi politicians about a “government of national salvation –a coup, in effect–that would impose martial law throughout the country. This coup talk is probably unrealistic, but it illustrates the rising desperation among Iraqis as the country slips …

David Ignatius

Coach lashes African Champions League finalists Ahly

Agence-France Presse CAIRO: Al-Ahly have received a tongue lashing from coach Manuel Jose despite reaching a second consecutive African Champions League final at the weekend. Portugal-born Jose was furious after the Red Devils of Cairo meekly surrendered a half-time lead against ASEC in Ivory Coast to lose 2-1 in the second leg of a semi-final …

Daily News Egypt

Climate change floods developing countries with challenges

Children on one of southern Africa’s mightiest rivers are playing the Limpopo board game, literally for their lives. Piloted in places like Zimbabwe s Matabeleland and Mozambique s Gaza Province, it uses the power of play to teach ways of reducing vulnerability to flooding. If a counter lands on a space showing a well designed …

Daily News Egypt

Sensible ideas on why to engage Iran

You know you’re in the heartland of the global energy world when the front page of the local newspaper carries daily oil and gas prices. I have had the good fortune this week to be in Texas while following two major global developments: the world’s major powers returning the Iran nuclear file to the UN …

Rami G. Khouri

Mubarak in Libya for talks with Kadhafi

CAIRO: Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak traveled to Libya on Monday for talks with Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi, official media said. During a visit that was only to last a few hours, Mubarak was to discuss regional politics and African issues with Kadhafi, Egypt s official MENA news agency said. The two leaders held a summit …

AFP

Egypt's benefit from Arab GDP hike minimal, says expert

Government looks to industrial contribution to GDP for future growth CAIRO: Egypt is less likely to reap the benefits of the latest increase in total Arab gross domestic product, says economist Galal Amin. Amin was commenting on a report published Sunday that said that a sharp rise in global oil prices contributed to the increase …

Sarah El Sirgany

EFG adjusts cement valuations on costs

CAIRO – Investment bank and equities researcher EFG-Hermes has raised its long-term fair value estimates for three Egyptian cement companies because of their exposure to a more favorable export market. But it cut its estimates for two other companies because of changes in the domestic market, where higher energy costs and government pressure to hold …

Reuters

Amlak Finance to offer first Islamic mortgage loans in the Egyptian market

Noozz After nearly four years of bargaining between the United Arab Emirates’ Amlak Finance Company and the Egyptian Mortgage Finance Authority, the company has decided to launch an operation in Egypt. The move comes as part of Amlak’s regional expansion strategy following the company’s decision that mortgage finance in Egypt is compliant with Islamic Sharia …

Daily News Egypt

AMOC bidders seek feedstock details-minister

CAIRO: Potential buyers have asked Egypt s government for more details on supply of raw materials before they commit to buy 50 percent of Alexandria Mineral Oils Company (AMOC), a cabinet minister said on Monday. The investors are still waiting for some answers related to the availability of the raw material or feedstock, Investment Minister …

Reuters

Orascom Telecom looks to control Hong Kong's Hutchison

Subsidiary Mobinil enters 3G negotiations with NTRA SINGAPORE: Orascom Telecom (OT) Chairman Naguib Sawiris said Monday the company is looking to buy a controlling stake in Hong Kong s Hutchison Whampoa s (HW) emerging markets phone unit. Speaking on the sidelines of a conference in Singapore, Sawiris said negotiations are now underway for OT s …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Press round-up: Straw's anti-niqab remarks spark debate

Cholera threat assessed in local press; judges hold first meeting after passing of new law Taking the spotlight in this week’s news is a debate over the niqab initiated by Jack Straw, the British minister of foreign affairs, who criticized wearing the garment. The niqab is the full veil, which covers the face, leaving only …

Maram Mazen

World Food Day marks a busy month for the United Nations

In an effort to raise awareness of its eight development goals, UN schedules series of events CAIRO: The United Nations local offices are planning a series of events to raise awareness of the organization s millennium development goals, including efforts to eradicate poverty and world hunger. Under the theme of “Investing in Agriculture for Food …

Sarah El Sirgany

Ramadan jewel on the banks of the Nile

Spectacular view and great food make for an evening to remember CAIRO: With Ramadan in its final week, I decided to check out the Grand Hyatt’s Ramadan tent after hearing rave reviews from many picky, hard-to-impress people. Si Omar was not a disappointment. The venue itself was out of this world. The seating takes advantage …

Farah El Alfy

Golden boy King Tut shines

Royal city of Tutankhamun s childhood is focus of US exhibition PHILADELPHIA: Tutankhamun, ancient Egypt s famous boy pharaoh, grew up 3,300 years ago in the royal court at Amarna, the ancient city of Akhetaten, whose name meant the Horizon of the Aten. This extraordinary royal city grew, flourished – and vanished – in hardly …

Reuters

US foreign policy has endangered the planet

The proof of a pudding is whether it tastes good and doesn’t make you ill. If the ‘War on Terror’ was a dessert, we’d all be suffering from food poisoning. It’s a failure, and according to numerous leaked documents, that’s official. But when, oh when, will the myopic ones inhabiting the White House and Number …

Daily News Egypt

A Bush policy of 'Apres moi, le deluge'

During her recent visit to Egypt, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice would have profited from a short visit to the bookstore of the American University in Cairo, where she could have purchased the extraordinary memoirs of “The Last Khedive of Egypt Abbas Hilmi II, which recently went on sale. Abbas Hilmi succeeded his father …

Daily News Egypt

Egypt police bust antiquities traffickers

CAIRO: Egyptian police have broken up a trafficking ring that was trying to sell stolen and highly valued ancient busts of pharaohs and mythical figures at an undercut rate of two million dollars, a security source said on Sunday. The five-person ring included a former employee of the Superior Council for Egyptian Antiquities and acquired …

AFP

Central Beirut rocked by rocket fire

BEIRUT: Six people were slightly injured when rockets smashed into a building next to the UN headquarters and the prime minister s offices in downtown Beirut early Sunday, police said. Unknown assailants fired on Sunday at 2:25 am (23:25 GMT Saturday) three rockets from an assault rifle, and not RPG rockets as initially reported, towards …

AFP

Egypt's veiled actresses make a comeback on satellite TV

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: Egyptian actresses who left the world of entertainment for a more religiously correct lifestyle are back on TV screens this Ramadan, in a bid to reinvent their image more in line with the growing Islamic trend. More than 50 television serials have been produced for the month when soaps are big business, …

Daily News Egypt

Golden keys to new opportunities

Egypt joins international union Les Clefs d’Or CAIRO: President of Les Clefs d’Or Greece, Emmanuel Vrettos, visited Cairo last week for the founding assembly of Egypt s new section of the Union Internationale des Concierges d’Hôtels Clefs d’Or (UICH) at Sheraton Heliopolis. “Governors, ministers, they all know what we do – and can do – …

Daily News Egypt

A khawaga's tale

Initiation into the rite of fasting CAIRO: At 3:30 a.m. on Thursday, in the pitch dark, I tripped over my shoes, banged my knee on a chair and with hands outstretched I found the kitchen. Opened the fridge and flipped the lid off a plastic tub of fruit salad my lovely wife had prepared for …

Peter A. Carrigan