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Israel invades Ramallah, four killed

RAMALLAH: At least four Palestinians were killed Thursday in a major Israel army operation in the West Bank city of Ramallah that wounded more than 20 other people, medics said. Yussef Abdel Khader, 23, Khalil al-Badawi, 20, Ala al-Himran in his 20s, and Jamal Jawela, 29, were mortally wounded in gunfire that erupted after more …

AFP

New tunnel system found on Egypt-Gaza border

CAIRO: A smuggling tunnel under the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt collapsed Thursday morning, Palestinian security officials told the Associated Press. The report came hours before Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert arrived in Egypt for meetings with President Hosni Mubarak. Although there has been widespread speculation among political analysts and Israeli and Egyptian …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Thirteen new party applications in court after rejection

CAIRO: Applications of 13 new political parties will be presented Jan. 6 at Cairo’s Supreme Administrative Court after being rejected by the political parties committee. In Egypt no party can be legally established without the approval of the political parties committee of the Shoura Council – the upper house of parliament. According to Nabil Abdel …

Yasmine Saleh

Egyptian pound gains value against Arab and major currencies

Cairo: The Egyptian currency surged remarkably against major currencies, gaining ground against the British pound, the US dollar, the Yen and the European single currency. The pound also gained value against the UAE dirham, the Saudi riyal and fluctuated against the Kuwaiti dinar. According to a statement from the Central Bank of Egypt, the Egyptian …

Noozz

Sodic and Palm Hills sign merger contract

CAIRO: Following the announcement last week to the Cairo and Alexandria Stock Exchange, Sixth of October Development and Investment Company SAE (Sodic) and Palm Hills for Development S.A.E confirmed today that they have signed a binding legal agreement for a full merger between the two companies. The deal will involve Sodic’s purchase of 3,070,000 shares …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Gasc wheat imports to reach 6 million tons again in 2007

New government rules lead to lower tender amounts CAIRO: The General Authority for Supply Commodities (Gasc) held its first wheat tender in 2007 on Thursday to import 60,000 tons in soft white varieties for delivery in early February. No word from the authority was immediately available on the competing companies. Gasc announced it will hold …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Re-turn to the ancient land

Coptic icons, Bedouin textiles and Cavafy-inspired prints are some of the original pieces currently on exhibit at Mashrabia Gallery. “Re-turn features works by three international artists who used to live in Egypt. It’s a tribute to the days Ros Ford, Sally Hampson and John O’Carroll lived in the country and a testament to their ongoing …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

A Joyful ride "In Cairo Station"

Hot cinematic trio deliver Egypt s first fine entertainment of the year Cairo: So you’ve had one of the biggest hits of the year, received tremendous critical acclaim from the hard-to-please Egyptian critics and your film crew is on course to become an Egyptian cinematic powerhouse. What would you do next? Easy, make a comedy …

Joseph Fahim

By the book

Kotob Khan: innovative culture market in Maadi “It’s my baby, says Karam Youssef, owner of Kotob Khan Bookshop, with pride. This combination library, publishing house, distributor and coffee shop is the latest addition to Maadi’s hip book culture scene. The cozy bookstore is jam-packed with books, stationary and children’s collectables. And the circle is complete …

Farah El Alfy

What are you reading?

Most avid readers do not turn the last page of the book they’re reading without knowing which book they’ll pick up next. Well, if you’re looking for suggestions, here’s what others are currently reading: Firas Al-Atrqchi, Editor of The Daily Star Egypt. “I’m reading a book called ‘Sarek’, it’s a Star Trek novel By A.C. …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

A look at the upcoming cinematic highlights of 2007

By both commercial and critical standards, 2007 will be a great year for films. The year kicks off with a standard selection of Egyptian comedies and a couple of action films which coincided with Eid Al-Adha. Nothing in the Egyptian cinematic calendar looks encouraging thus far except for the Hala Khalil s Cut & Paste …

Joseph Fahim

Brotherhood members arrested in dawn raid

CAIRO: Egyptian police arrested 20 members of the Muslim Brotherhood for membership of a banned organization Tuesday, a security source said, in the latest crackdown on the leading opposition group. The activists were detained in dawn raids on their homes in three provinces in the Nile Delta for membership of the banned Brotherhood and possession …

AFP

Man who filmed Saddam on mobile phone arrested

Associated Press BAGHDAD: The person believed to have recorded Saddam Hussein s execution on a cell phone camera was arrested Wednesday, an adviser to Iraq s prime minister said. The adviser to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media, did not identify the …

Daily News Egypt

Olmert in Egypt as prisoner exchange talks continue

CAIRO: Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert meets President Hosni Mubarak today as Egypt attempts to reach a successful resolution in the prisoner exchange negotiations between Hamas and the Israeli government. “Olmert is coming to discuss prisoner exchange. We are hosting him to lift the suffering off the Palestinian people and see him deliver on his …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Brotherhood official denies group seeking official status

CAIRO: Mahmoud Ezzat, Secretary-General of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), has denied reports that the banned, but tolerated Islamist group convened to establish an official political following President Mubarak’s announced plans to amend the constitution. As far as I know no such meeting took place and no action or decisions were taken concerning Al-Azhar University [demonstrations] …

Yasmine Saleh

Government to import 100 American and Chinese locomotives

Purchase part of $8.5 billion restructuring program CAIRO: The Ministry of Transportation (MOT) is set to sign contracts in January to import 100 new locomotives from Chinese and American manufacturers, a senior ministry official revealed Wednesday. The official, who declined to be identified because the deals have not yet been finalized, said the companies include …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

A film that does not leave audiences Justifable Betrayed

CAIRO: If a good detective story is about suspense and excitement, “Khiyana Mashruaa (Justifiable Betrayal), the new film release by film director Khalid Yousif, satisfies the requirements of that genre. There are all the elements that make up a suspense hit: a complex winding plot that no sooner reaches a denouement than it starts winding …

Ahmed Maged

THE REEL ESTATE: The Christian "Hostage"

The long, marginal history of Copts in film is about to change.kind of! I wasn t intending to write a full-length review of Al Rahina (The Hostage), one of the most high-profiled films of the current Eid releases. The film, after all, looked like intrinsic entertainment fare with little substance. Halfway through the film though, …

Joseph Fahim

CAIRO CAROUSEL: This silence past compare

I miss the Eid break. No, am not overtly pious nor philanthropically inclined – I do my bit for charity. But it is the eerie, almost apocalyptic silence that accompanies Eid in many parts of Cairo. First off, you are not awakened by the honking terrorist activities of the minibus drivers. The hustle bustle of …

Daily News Egypt

Israel's dominance may be going into slow reversal

By most measures, it would seem the Israelis are winning the Palestinian-Israeli war. They control and colonize Arab lands, enjoy military superiority and total American support, and unilaterally define most diplomatic parameters of the conflict. Yet this may be a mistaken assessment: the Palestinians and Arabs are perhaps starting to win some battles, while Israel …

Rami G. Khouri

An opportunity lost for human rights in the region

The swift execution of Saddam Hussein following a flawed trial was a blunt reminder that the former dictator’s “Republic of Fear gave way, under Anglo-American occupation, to an Iraqi state of revenge. The fate of Saddam, whose atrocious crimes were reminiscent of those of the notorious Umayyad governor Al-Hajjaj bin Yusif, seemed to have been …

Daily News Egypt

Three walking into a tightrope of a future

As the new year approaches, I think of three people who symbolize for me some of the difficulties of the year we have just lived through, and also the promise and potential of the one that is ahead. Each of them reminds me that we are walking into the future balanced on a tightrope. The …

David Ignatius

Letters to the Editor

Dear Sir, In regards to your articles on bird flu [“Bird Flu claims another victim , Dec. 26], there is a new peer-reviewed editorial out on bird flu with an interesting slant that your paper might want to cover done by physician/researcher Dr Lawrence Broxmeyer, entitled Bird flu, influenza and 1918: The case for mutant …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Money is only sheep skin deep

CAIRO: If your Eid Al-Adha sacrifice has left a dent in your wallet, don’t despair. Chances are you can take a little of it back by selling the sheep skin and intestines. The leather trade is known to boom during this season; particularly after Muslims have ended the traditional sacrifice of sheep and calves and …

Ahmed Maged

How AIDS has become a woman's Plight

CAIRO: Enara, age 11 of Dandara, Zimbabwe, cried in 2002 as she described the difficulties of daily living after being left orphaned by AIDS. More than 20 years after the breakout of the Human-Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), the pandemic still shows no sign of receding. The shocking figures all over the world leave many scared of …

Daily News Egypt

Ghaly loses four teeth during Portsmouth draw

Cairo: Egyptian midfielder Hossam Ghaly lost four teeth in a collision with Portsmouth defender Noe Pamarot during their 1-1 draw in the Premiership. Ghaly wasn t even awarded a foul and Tottenham manager Martin Jol was left fuming over the challenge. I asked the referee and he said it wasn t a foul but when …

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New Year's rowdiness and the fat black cats of Cairo

CAIRO: They must have had one too many, apparently. On New Year’s Eve, residents of the Al Wayli district were awakened to quite the ruckus when 10 inebriated foreign nations attempted to vandalize a bus. The bus driver escaped unharmed. The men then chased a cab, the daily Masry Al Youm reported, and damaged it. …

Ahmed Maged