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Get creative with wedding invitations

Creativity and experimenting are on the rise in the invitation business CAIRO: A few weeks ago I received a large, colorful lollypop that looked straight out of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. At first I was confused, but when I took a closer look I realized that the cartoon at the front was of a …

Farah El Alfy

Stocks fluctuate within narrow band

Egyptian stocks failed to break out of their recession over the past week trading, moving up and down within a narrow band with sluggish trading volume as investors showed little desire to sell off their holdings at extremely low prices. Shares of the Egyptian American Bank, however, were among the short list of best performers, …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Protestors express support for Palestinians, Hamas

Boycott of American products called for at demonstration CAIRO: Thousands rallied at Al Azhar Mosque following Friday prayers in protest of the recent Israeli incursion into Gaza. The Muslim Brotherhood organized event proceeded peacefully, with leading Islamic figures speaking to the approximately 5,000 supporters. Mohamed Habib, deputy of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, called for a …

Joseph Mayton

Israeli planes strike Gaza as offensive grows

Mubarak: Islamist group gives “conditional approval for release GAZA: Israeli warplanes pounded Gaza on Friday, setting ablaze the Interior Ministry offices of the Hamas-led Palestinian government in a widening military effort to secure the release of a captured soldier. President Hosni Mubarak said in a newspaper interview that the Hamas Islamist group had given conditional …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Most foreign fighters in Iraq come from Egypt: U.S. military

BAGHDAD: The U.S. military said on Thursday that it has several hundred foreign fighters in custody in Iraq and that most of them come from Egypt, followed by Syria, Sudan and Saudi Arabia. We have several hundred foreign fighters in captivity at this point of time and the greatest number come out of Egypt, spokesman …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

The unpopular detail

Pre-marital medical tests are only seen as useful when the couple is related by blood CAIRO: The wedding ring, the ceremony, the flowers and the honeymoon are counted as essential wedding prerequisites. But many couples still ignore the most critical detail: The pre-marital check-ups. “Although I heard about these pre-marital examinations, I and my fiancée …

Daily News Egypt

Muslim Brotherhood denounces Israeli incursion in Gaza

CAIRO: Egypt’s largest opposition group, the Muslim Brotherhood, condemned the ongoing Israeli incursion into the Gaza Strip. “We stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people who fight for their nation’s honor and pride, said the Muslim Brotherhood statement, “These peoples that are now suffering from a barbaric and an outrageous incursion from the Zionist enemy. …

Pakinam Amer

U.S. accuses Egyptian couple of human trafficking

Couple residing in California pleads guilty to holding a girl in involuntary servitude CAIRO: A former husband and wife, Egyptian nationals residing in Southern California in the U.S., pleaded guilty on Thursday to federal charges of holding an Egyptian girl as a “slave in their home. She arrived in the U.S. in August of 2000 …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Palatial pageantry

Shirley Johnston writes about Egypt’s palaces and villas When Shirley Johnston arrived in Egypt to write and produce her book, “Egyptian Palaces and Villas: 1808-1960, she never expected it to take five years. “There was much more to explore than I thought, says Johnston of Egypt’s architectural treasures from that period. The historical period that …

Daily News Egypt

Gaza gunmen blow hole in Egypt-Gaza border wall

GAZA: Masked Palestinian gunmen blew a 4 meter wide hole on Thursday in the border wall between the Gaza Strip and Egypt after Israel launched a military campaign to free a kidnapped soldier, witnesses said. Two Palestinian security personnel were injured in the explosion, and security forces were ordered to the area to prevent people …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Israeli forces arrest Hamas Cabinet ministers, dig into Gaza

GAZA CITY: Israeli troops rounded up dozens of ministers and lawmakers from the Palestinians ruling Hamas party on Thursday, while pressing a military campaign in Gaza meant to win the release of an Israeli soldier held by Hamas gunmen. Israeli warplanes also buzzed over the summer home of Syria s president, Bashar Assad, who harbors …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Second Round Wrap-up Part Two

Football super powers dominate the World Cup CAIRO: Italy was fortunate to walk away with a last-minute victory against an impressive Australian team. From the start, the Italians resorted to a defensive mode of play, with few counter-attacks that resulted in hardly any problems for the Australian side; the Australians had the better percentage of …

Daily News Egypt

Arab League in emergency talks over Mideast flare up

CAIRO: The Arab League was due to convene an emergency meeting Thursday to discuss the spiraling crisis between Israel and the Palestinians, an official said. The meeting, held at the level of permanent representatives, was requested by Palestinian Foreign Minister Mahmoud Zahar, the official said. Zahar s governing Hamas movement came under unprecedented pressure overnight …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egyptian MP warns Israeli offensive could threaten peace deal

CAIRO: The head of the Egyptian parliament s foreign affairs committee warned Thursday that Israel s offensive in the Palestinian territories could threaten Egypt s peace treaty with the Jewish state. Israel should not think that the peace reached with an Arab country can be guaranteed while it continues to perpetrate its crimes and aggressions, …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Press round-up: News centers around intellectual freedom

New judiciary law and Ibrahim Eissa s imprisonment dominate news CAIRO: The new judiciary law, the year-long jail sentence Al-Destour editor Ibrahim Eissa received for insulting the president, and the coverage of Pope Shenouda s illness showed a widening gap between independent, opposition and state-run press. This gap was topic for discussion in several editorials. …

Sarah El Sirgany

A glamorous wedding

  ŠΘ # # # The couple danced till the early hours of the morning with family and friends to the tunes of Assy El Helani, Samir Sabry and Assy El Helani, above, Ahmed El Halaby and spouse with Kholoud El Hagal # # Youssra, Karim and Sara

Daily Star Egypt Staff

EU refuses to link aid to political reform

CAIRO: The European Union (EU) on Tuesday reaffirmed its policy of not making political reform a conditional requisite of the aid it supplies to Egypt. Speaking at a press conference to mark the latest stage of EU aid in the Egyptian education sector, EU Head of Operations in Egypt, Georgios Tsitsopoulos says that “the EU …

Daily News Egypt

Word on the Street

Third mobile license receives mixed reactions CAIRO: Egyptian authorities have received more than 11 bids for the third mobile license since it was first announced. The winner will compete with Vodafone Egypt and Mobinil in the Egyptian mobile phone market, both of which have dominated the market. The bid will start at LE. 2.5 billion. …

Ahmad Aboul-Wafa

NGO's present plans to EUROMED conference

CAIRO: In an effort to enhance and facilitate the creation and management of women’s enterprises, 30 non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) from 10 Mediterranean countries presented seven different projects for women’s economic development in a three-day EUROMED conference under the theme: “Enhancing Opportunities of Women in Economic Life Program. Catherine Colomb-Nancy, EUROMED operations manager, says the program, …

Daily News Egypt

Tomb in Egypt reveals flowers, not mummies

Could have been tomb of King Tutankhamen’s mother LUXOR, Egypt: Archaeologists hoped the first tomb discovered in the Valley of the Kings in 80 years would hold the mummy of King Tutankhamen’s mother. They opened the last of eight sarcophagi, revealing no mummies but finding something almost as valuable: embalming materials and ancient woven flowers. …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Turning an ordinary plane ride into an enthralling experience

CAIRO: “Liberty of expression can come in the form of writing, film, from intellects or from body language. The body is a huge tool for reflecting social and political issues, says Walid Awni, pioneering choreographer of modern dance, an art often described as the most expressionistic form of dance. On the stage of the Cairo …

Farah El Alfy

Treasuring our heritage

UNESCO funds museums to showcase antiquities in Cairo and Alexandria Two grand museums in Cairo and Alexandria have been given the go-ahead by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, (UNESCO). Shadia Kenawy, Egypt s ambassador to UNESCO, said that investment from the international organization will support a number of projects being implemented in …

Daily News Egypt

Touring the capital

Author of “Cairo: The Family Guide talks about discovering the city CAIRO: School is out for the summer and the kids are on the loose. While trying to figure out how to keep them occupied and out of trouble during the holidays, this is a good time to explore Cairo, and Lesley Lababidi, author of …

Aida Nassar

MSA's 10th anniversary

  ŠΘ # # # The event, held at the MSA Sixth of October campus, was attended by more than 1,000 people including Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa, seen here with his spouse and Nawal El Degwy # # Abdel Aziz Hegazy and spouse, and Ahmed Darwish

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Second round wrap-up: Football super powers dominate the scene

Traditional powerhouses fill up the ranks of the quarterfinals CAIRO: An intense level of world-class football was exhibited throughout the round of 16 at the World Cup 2006, where traditional powerhouses in the world of football have booked their place in the upcoming quarterfinals. The quarterfinals will witness six of the former world champions, Brazil, …

Daily News Egypt

New coins still rare in Cairo

LE 1 and 50 piaster coins are interesting novelties but still a hassle CAIRO: When Yehia Mohamed showed a cab driver the newly introduced LE 1 and 50 piaster coins, the driver immediately asked to take them; Mohamed had no option but to hand them to the eager driver. About a month after their introduction …

Sarah El Sirgany

Activists continue to push for change

CAIRO: On Tuesday evening, a few hundred activists demonstrated in front of the press syndicate, calling for the release of fellow pro-democracy activists currently detained. Among the demonstrators were several recently released detainees who showed up dressed in white, a tribute to what they were forced to wear while in detention at Tora prison. Kamal …

Joseph Mayton

French court rules Egyptian crash case must be heard in France

PARIS: A French court Tuesday rejected an appeal by families of victims of a plane crash at the Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh for the civil case to be heard under United States jurisdiction. The accident on January 3, 2004 claimed 148 lives, including those of 134 French passengers, when a chartered Boeing 737-300 …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Reformers say new judiciary law doesn't go far enough

Associated Press CAIRO: Parliament approved changes in judiciary laws, meeting some key demands of Egypt s pro-democracy movement though reformers said Tuesday it did not go far enough to guarantee judges independence from the government s control. The bill was passed Monday night after months of debate, sharpened by the arrests of hundreds of people …

Daily News Egypt

World pressure exerted upon Egypt to clear old mines from past wars

CAIRO: Two landmines south of the resort town of Dahab exploded, killing three Egyptians and severely wounding two others, amid warnings from local and international human rights groups concerning Egypt’s landmine problem and their constant calls for immediate aid to end it. Egypt was declared by Landmine Monitor (LM) in late 2005 as “one of …

Pakinam Amer