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Bird flu kills again, afflicts three due to negligence expert says

CAIRO: The 18th Egyptian to be afflicted of H5N1 avian flu died Sunday, bringing the count to eight deaths in Egypt since the virus was first detected in February. Two of Intisar Farid’s relatives, a man, 26, and his sister, 15, occupying the same house had also contracted the disease after slaughtering a flock of …

Deena Douara

Export Development Bank to increase facilitated loans

The Egyptian Export Development Bank is mulling over a proposal to increase its facilitated credit to exporters and to cut interest rates in order to encourage export-oriented industries, said the Bank chairman Hisham Hassan. He said that the bank has developed a plan to increase credit facilities for labor intensive industries that are mainly directed …

Noozz

Michel joins Zamalek race

CAIRO: In what is quickly becoming a parade of potential coaches to lead the Zamalek club, French manager Henri Michel will be in Cairo today to open talks with the beleaguered team. Zamalek general manager Alaa Mekled said on Sunday that the club contacted Michel after ensuring they can afford the signing fees. Michel is …

Daily News Egypt

Egyptian bourse quiet in pre-holiday lull

CAIRO: Egyptian share indexes were barely changed on Sunday after a day of quiet trade as foreign investors began their holidays and local and Arab investors adjusted their portfolios ahead of their own holiday period, traders said. It s quiet — all foreign institutions started their holidays on Saturday, and we will have (the Muslim …

Reuters

Pope calls for Middle East peace

VATICAN CITY: Pope Benedict XVI on Monday made a fresh appeal for a just and lasting peace in the Middle East, where he said he hopes to pay a pilgrimage if circumstances permit. The 79-year-old pontiff also called for an end to brutal violence in Iraq and a democratic Lebanon in his traditional Christmas Urbi …

AFP

Police detain 5 members of the Muslim Brotherhood

Police detained five members of the main opposition Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo Sunday, along with 20 staff of a construction company owned by one of them, security sources said. It was the latest move in an escalating crackdown on the group, which holds 20 percent of the seats in parliament, since student members held a …

AFP

Hutchison of China to construct container terminals in Alexandria

ALEXANDRIA: The Chinese Hutchison Whampoa Limited Company has set off to construct two container terminals in the Alexandria and Al-Dekhaila seaports in Egypt with total investments of $100 million. Ibrahim Youssef, chairman of the Alexandria Port Authority said the combined capacity of the terminals would amount to 800,000 containers. This will increase the number of …

Noozz

Clip, strip, nip, tuck, pluck, suck

CAIRO: The 30th Cairo International Film Festival ended two weeks ago and fast on its heels was the Marrakech film fest. When that ended, Dubai, the concrete jungle, hosted its own cinematic extravaganza. Film fans and critics were absolutely delighted to catch their favorite stars. Why, JF was absolutely giddy when he managed to interview …

Daily News Egypt

Seven Egyptians on Hunger Strike in Israeli Prison

CAIRO: Recent reports in both Egyptian and Israeli media indicate that some seven Egyptian prisoners incarcerated in the Israeli Al Naqab (Negev) prison have embarked on a hunger strike. According to Egyptian newspaper reports that came out Thursday, Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit instructed the Egyptian Embassy in Israel to follow up on the matter …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

George W. Bush's Last Chance in Iraq: an Israeli view

Though triggered by the need to devise an exit strategy from the Iraqi quagmire, the Iraq Study Group’s grim report is a devastating indictment of the Bush administration’s entire foreign policy. The report challenges the core principles of a faith-driven administration and of a president whose political gospel led him to a sharp departure from …

Daily News Egypt

Brotherhood insists it rejects violence

CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood reiterated their rejection of violence Thursday as they continued to come under attack over a miltia-type demonstration staged by students earlier this month. The Muslim Brotherhood reject violence, said the deputy leader of the opposition Islamist movement s parliamentary group, Hussein Ibrahim, in a statement. The statement was issued after a …

AFP

Tragic Blair, dishonest to the end

There is a tragic, pitiful quality to British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s current tour around the Middle East. He says the trip is an effort to resurrect the Arab-Israeli peace process, but it seems much more obviously designed to salvage Blair’s fading reputation. It is unlikely to succeed on either count, for the prime minister …

Rami G. Khouri

EU monitors say Egypt to keep Hamas funds out of Gaza

JERUSALEM: European monitors overseeing the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt said on Thursday that Egypt made a commitment to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to keep Hamas officials from using the border to bring in funds. But top Abbas aide Saeb Erekat said later that Egypt may not stop officials from Hamas, which took control …

Reuters

Dreaming of a military victory in Iraq is dangerous

Robert Gates, the new secretary of defense, warned this week that an American failure in Iraq would be a ‘calamity’ that would haunt the United States for decades. Unfortunately, he’s right. But what is a realistic definition of success? If we ‘surge’ tens of thousands more troops into Iraq and march them up the hill, …

David Ignatius

NDP usurping talk of constitutional amendments, says analyst

CAIRO: The National Democratic Party (NDP) is practically the only decision maker overseeing proposed constitutional amendments, said political analyst Diaa Rashwan. According to the constitution, there are two mechanisms by which it can be amended – either via a request from the president or from the parliament. In this case, the president has requested the …

Yasmine Saleh

Eid Al Adha is on but many have to suffer skyrocketing meat prices

CAIRO: The high prices of meat and sheep are causing people to have second thoughts about offering the Eid Al Adha sacrifice. Traditionally, Muslims slaughter sheep during this Eid to offer the meat as charity to those most in need. The sacrifice ritual traces its roots to the Quranic and Biblical story of Abraham and …

Ahmed Maged

Tis' the season to give

The holiday season is always the best excuse to either throw or attend a party: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year s Eve, and all the days in between. But so much labor goes into preparing for and hosting the party and perhaps showing the hostess (and host if she can persuade her …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Bahais to fight court ruling

CAIRO: Another court case and another wait for a permanent solution to determine the status of the Bahais of Egypt. On Jan. 23, the less than 2,000 Bahais in Egypt will await another court hearing in the three year case of twins Nancy and Emad, 13, and their parents’ attempts to acquire Egyptian birth certificates …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

What lurks in your kitchen

If you think you are safe eating in your clean kitchen, think again. The kitchen is the dirtiest place in any home, nurturing millions of unseen germs on each object, surface and crevice. Every kitchen surface, from doorknobs, knife handles, surfaces to floors is contaminated with teeming bacteria that may cause food borne illness. With …

Daily News Egypt

A brief look at the Bahai faith

CAIRO: Bahaism has recently been making headlines in the national press. As the debate on whether or not to recognize the faith officially heats up, it spurs a seemingly endless stream of misinformation about Bahaism. Here is a quick glance at what is considered “one of the youngest of the world’s major religions. The Bahai …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Walk like an Egyptian, but with a foreign passport

A popular Egyptian adage says “El Masry met-han gowa we bara – the Egyptian is demeaned inside and out [of their country]. This may explain why the desire du jour for many Egyptians is to possess a second, foreign passport. Whether giving you a way around Egyptian laws or giving you preferential treatment, a foreign …

Jumana Shehata

An Egyptian dog's terrorist act

CAIRO: A sniffer dog charged with ensuring the security of an EgyptAir flight from Cairo to New York answered a call of nature Friday that cost the airline an estimated $10,000. The flight had to be delayed for more than an hour when the unnamed animal did his business in a cabin filled with 179 …

AFP

SUV giants in Cairo's narrow streets

The trend of driving Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) and large super performance cars, a phenomenon that has plagued Europe for the past year, seems to finally have reached the streets of Cairo. On a small street in Zamalek, the driver of a Hummer, under heavy complaints from his date, is desperately trying to park the …

Alexandra Sandels

Sports Talk: Aboutrika deserves the best

They told him to stay a while longer on the field because he had been selected as one of the best footballers in the championship. He waited. and waited until he was told sorry, he hadn’t won after all. Deco, Luiz Adriano and Ronaldinho were chosen the three best players in the World Club Championship. …

Alaa Abdel-Ghani

Ahly object to Egyptian FA decision over limiting squads

CAIRO: Ahly is objecting to the Egyptian Football Federations’ decision to limit teams to 25 players starting next season. The decision is wrong and can’t be applied immediately, club officials said. A club source told FilGoal.com on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to talk to media that Ahly will request a transition …

filgoal.com

Healthy, none fattening and won't make a dent in your wallet

As the world gets more health conscious, people are substituting confectionery and chips with cereal bars – a healthier and less fattening alternative snack. Imported brands like Kellogg’s and Nature Valley have always been available, but lately a local product by Temmy’s has appeared on the shelves for about a fifth of the price. Temmy’s …

Farah El Alfy

Gimme That Healing Feeling

Alternative healing gaining ground in Cairo If pharmaceutical companies had their way, they would be bombarding us with cure-all multi-purpose pills, and in the process breed a generation of faux-hypochondriacs willing to pop a pill at the slightest suspicion of any incoming malady. In the meantime, some would gaze enviously at the East, how they …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein