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HMS Bulwark ends security operation in the Red Sea

SUEZ, Egypt: The HMS Bulwark travelled through the Suez Canal on Sunday after having conducted patrol and security operations in the Red Sea and Arabian Gulf, encouraging maritime security. The amphibious flagship, the first of its kind employed in the region, was also called to assist the Al-Salam Ferry and the rescue the MV Ocean …

Daily News Egypt

Militants issue ultimatum as Israel moves on Gaza

Egyptian delegation meets with captured corporal GAZA CITY: Palestinian militants holding an Israeli soldier captive issued an ultimatum Monday for Israel to free prisoners or face the consequences as the army kept up its military assault on the Gaza Strip. The 03:00 GMT Tuesday deadline was immediately rejected by Israel and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

A summery celebration

  ŠΘ # # # Tahani Halawa and Susan Hassan # # The bride and groom danced all night with friends and family and many of Egypt’s leading businesspeople and socialites attended the wedding

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Mobile license mania stimulates bourse

CAIRO: Wild speculation about the likely winner of an auction of Egypt s third mobile license stimulated trade on the stock exchange on Monday, but most of the companies competing in the auction ended the day down. The market as a whole closed slightly higher as an extension of what one broker called a technical …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Convening to study hepatitis

International symposium meets in Paris to share findings PARIS: For over a decade, the world’s medical experts on hepatitis have come together to discuss, share and present the causes, effects and treatment for this global disease at the International Symposium in Viral Hepatitis and Liver Disease. Together, these world-renowned doctors are joining forces to bring …

Najla Moussa

Press Round-up: Cathedral inaugurated, press law rejected

Orthodox Christians open first cathedral, while journalists sit in at the Press Syndicate CAIRO: Egypt has officially inaugurated the first cathedral church for Egyptian Orthodox Christians under the authority of Bishop Maximos and in the presence of high-profile National Democratic Party (NDP) members, reported Al-Masry Al-Youm on its front page, Monday. The Orthodox Cathedral Church …

Pakinam Amer

Egypt's "poet of the people" is no fan of the government

Associated Press CAIRO: To hear Ahmed Fouad Negm talk, nothing riles Egypt s most popular poet more than President Hosni Mubarak. Compared with Mubarak, Gamal Abdel-Nasser was a prophet and Anwar Sadat was a very kind man, Negm says of the Egyptian leader s predecessors, who, between them, jailed the poet for 18 years. Abdel-Nasser …

Hamza Hendawi

Art from shards of glass

Nanci El Sahafi introduces a new look at mosaic CAIRO: For those looking for a fresh alternative to the humdrum art scene in Egypt, head to El Sakia Gallery, where an exhibit of Nansi El Sahafi’s glass-mosaic art is on display starting today. This first-time exhibitionist is part of a new wave of Egyptian artists …

Najla Moussa

Israeli aircrafts blast Palestinian premier's office

Hundreds protest in Egypt against Israeli incursion GAZA CITY: Israeli aircrafts blasted the office of the Palestinian prime minister on Sunday, in an unmistakable message to militants from his ruling Hamas party to release a captive Israeli soldier. Top Israeli officials, meanwhile, considered whether to escalate military operations in Gaza or give diplomatic efforts involving …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

U.S. attorney general defends rendition of terror suspects

CAIRO: In his first visit to Egypt, the U.S. attorney general defended the transfer of terror suspects for incarceration and interrogation in other countries. Human rights groups have raised concerns about the so-called extraordinary rendition of terror suspects, some of whom have charged they were tortured in the countries where they were sent. The U.S. …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Goalkeepers make the difference

During the quarterfinals of the World Cup, teams relied on them to save the day The quarterfinals of the World Cup proved that quality goalkeeping can make the difference between two evenly-skilled teams. During the knock-out stages, a heart-breaking penalty-shoot may be the only way to decide on a winner. In the highly anticipated game …

Daily News Egypt

Egypt struggling to defuse Mideast crisis

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: Egypt is trying to defuse a rapidly escalating crisis over the capture of an Israeli soldier by Palestinian militants but has so far little to show for its efforts despite the involvement of President Hosni Mubarak. President Hosni Mubarak is in overall command and the head of the intelligence service, Omar Suleiman, …

Daily News Egypt

Activists call for an end to imprisonments

CAIRO: Activists have continued to call for the release of their fellow activists who remain in prison. Egypt’s most famous blogger, Alaa Seif Al Islam, is spearheading the current move to support pro-reform activists still imprisoned. Al Islam has been instrumental in galvanizing activists in calls for the release of Mohamed El Sharkawy and Karim …

Joseph Mayton

More than 4,000 Palestinians stuck at Egypt-Gaza border

Associated Press RAFAH: More than 4,000 Palestinians are stuck in two towns near Egypt s border with Gaza, unable to return home amid an Israeli assault on the coastal strip, an Egyptian security official said Saturday. Brigadier Khairi Awwad, head of the Rafah city council, said more than 4,000 Palestinians were in staying in Rafah, …

Ashraf Sweilam

Freedom of the press under fire

Press syndicate rejects amendments to press law, government sends draft to parliament for review CAIRO: Following lengthy negotiations and protests, the press syndicate has announced its rejection of government-proposed article amendments to Egypt’s press law; the syndicate sent an official letter Sunday to the president of the state expressing their “discontent and refusal of the …

Pakinam Amer

Head: U.S. offers cash for information on Al-Qaeda's Masri

WASHINGTON: U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Friday authorized a reward of up to $5 million to anyone providing information leading to Abu Ayyub Al-Masri, a senior Al-Qaeda leader in Iraq. The Egyptian-born Masri is believed to be the successor to Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, the Al-Qaeda leader in Iraq who was killed in a …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Central bank merges three banks into United Bank

CAIRO: Egypt s Central Bank has merged three banks into a new bank called the United Bank, to which it has granted a LE 3 billion ($520 million) loan, the central bank and an Egyptian newspaper said. In a statement posted on the Cairo stock exchange Web site, the central bank said it had merged …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Samir Sarhan, writer, critic, Cairo book fair organizer, dies

CAIRO: Samir Sarhan, a writer and literary critic who organized the Cairo International Book Fair for years died Saturday of heart failure. He was 65 years old. Sarhan died three days after he was discharged from Dar Al Fouad Hospital in Cairo, the Middle East News Agency said. Sarhan graduated from Indiana University in 1968 …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Switzerland seeks to expel Islamist for anti-Swiss hate campaign

BERN: Switzerland is seeking to expel an Egyptian Islamist accused of publishing race hate material hostile to the country, a federal police spokesman said on Sunday. The Swiss foreign ministry is looking for a country to receive Mohammed Al-Ghanam, a former Cairo police colonel living in Switzerland as a political refugee, spokesman Guido Balmer said, …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Unfair media representation

People with disabilities need more attentive media CAIRO: In a park one child approaches another to play with him. Immediately the mother of the first child grabs him and tells him not to talk with the second child anymore. When asked why she did that, the mother answered that she s afraid the second child …

Sarah El Sirgany

Mubarak reverses exam result of student who criticized U.S.

CAIRO: An Egyptian student who initially failed her secondary school exams for criticizing the United States and her own government was given a helping hand by the president, newspapers reported Friday. President Hosni Mubarak yesterday ordered the re-marking of an answer sheet of the 16-year-old student who harshly criticized the U.S. president and the Egyptian …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Poor nations set high bar on industry goods at WTO

GENEVA: A group of big developing countries said on Thursday they would only cut their tariffs for industrial imports by a lot less than reductions sought by the European Union and the United States. The move underlined how deep differences remained between leading players at the World Trade Organization who are meeting in Geneva this …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Israel offensive stirs anger in Egypt

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: Israel s offensive in the Palestinian territories is drawing fierce accusations in neighboring Egypt that the Jewish state is seeking to destabilize the region. Cairo newspapers as well as ruling party and opposition politicians are lashing out at Israel. Israel should not think that the peace reached with an Arab country can …

Daily News Egypt

Church attack suspect sent to mental hospital

CAIRO: Egypt has committed to a mental hospital a man accused of killing a Christian worshipper in a knife attack on churchgoers in Alexandria that sparked sectarian clashes in April, a judicial source said on Thursday. Egypt s prosecutor-general ordered Mahmoud Hussein, 25, committed after a medical evaluation and without trial, the source said. The …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

It's not just us

Four days and eight games into the 2006 World Cup, all was quiet on the middle front. Not a single refereeing gaffe of note had been recorded. But, then the first big boo-boo of the games – one made in Egypt. Referee Essam Abdel-Fatah had been minding his own business when suddenly Australian goalkeeper Mark …

Alaa Abdel-Ghani

It's his moment to shine

Men s involvement in planning their weddings could be helpful or just a hassle CAIRO: It s time to plan a wedding but the groom is getting involved. His interest is not just in the suit he will be wearing but in the other details as well. But what might sound at first as an …

Daily News Egypt

Present and Tense: Holy water

It isn’t everyday that a former criminal is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and I am grateful to have lived long enough for my day to come. I wish I could be with you today, to thank you from the bottom of my heart for this unexpected honor, but my doctors don’t think that I …

Nabil Shawkat