Latest in Politics Highlight

Advertising Area






Latest in Politics


Mobinil given two weeks to stop using EDGE

CAIRO: Telecoms regulators, embroiled in a licensing dispute with Mobinil over the use of EDGE technology, have given the mobile phone operator two weeks to stop using the technology, government officials said on Sunday. A senior official at Egypt s National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) said Egypt considered EDGE, whose enhanced speed allows users to …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Implementing an effective IT infrastructure

Service availability and data management “key challenges for Mideast companies CAIRO: A technology infrastructure conference was held yesterday that targeted CEOs, CIOs and IT company directors and professionals. Its goal was to further inform the attendees about how to best manage a company’s technology set-up while also insure long-term stability and cost-effectiveness. Organized by the …

Wael Elazab

Cabinet reshuffle tops the news

Rumor of a possible train drivers’ strike reported by Al-Masry Al-Youm CAIRO: A minor shuffle in the cabinet is in effect, read Monday’s headlines. Three ministries out of the 31 headed by Prime Minister Ahmad Nazif have been restructured. Nazif remains in office despite previous reports falsely predicting his discharge. According to Al-Ahram newspaper, President …

Pakinam Amer

U.S. seeks Egyptian support on Iran nuclear issue

CAIRO: Washington s top nuclear negotiator held talks in Cairo Monday as part of U.S. efforts to harmonize positions on the response to give to Iran s fast-advancing nuclear program. Working with Egypt is critical to our success, said Gregory Schulte, the chief U.S. representative at the International Atomic Energy Agency, after a meeting with …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

President effects minor cabinet shuffle

CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak made minor adjustments to his cabinet Sunday, topping the changes with the reassignment of the justice portfolio. The heads of the foreign affairs, interior and defense ministries retained their portfolios. Mamdouh Marei, head of the Supreme Constitutional Court, replaces Mahmoud Abu El-Leil, who resigned 10 days ago from his post as …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Median interbank rate rises to 8.65 percent

CAIRO: The median overnight interbank rate on the pound rose on Monday to 8.65 percent from Sunday s 8.416 percent with the market short after a recent central bank auction drained market liquidity, traders said. The market is very squeezed. Yesterday s auction absorbed all the liquidity in the market, one dealer said. On Sunday, …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Sewedy Cables posts $45 million H1 net income

CAIRO: El Sewedy Cables, listed on the stock exchange in May, reported a net income of LE 256 million ($45 million) for the first half of 2006, the stock exchange said on Monday. The results were the first by the cable manufacturer since major shareholders sold 30 million shares, or half of the company, in …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Three firms bid for stakes in Raya Telecom

CAIRO: Three multinational companies have submitted offers to buy stakes in Egypt s Raya Telecom, a subsidiary of Raya Holding, the stock exchange said on Monday. In a statement on its Web site (www.egyptse.com), the exchange said the offers ranged from bids for a minority interest to a full acquisition of the subsidiary. It did …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egyptian ferry rescued in Red Sea

CAIRO: An Egyptian ferry carrying about 1,000 passengers, mainly Muslim pilgrims, was rescued in the Red Sea after running into difficulty, the official MENA news agency reported Monday. The Cleopatra I sent distress signals when one of its engines broke down as it was heading to the Egyptian port of Suez. It was towed back …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Building bridges of understanding

Organization works to teach people how to present Islam CAIRO: To prepare its recently hired American employees for their new life in Cairo, the American Embassy in Egypt, in coordination with the Bridges Foundation, has organized a lecture about how to live in an Islamic country. The lecture was given by Fadel Soliman, founder of …

Daily News Egypt

Eight killed in building collapses

CAIRO: Eight people were killed when two buildings collapsed within hours of each other in Egypt, and rescuers were searching for any others who could be trapped in the rubble, security sources said on Monday. The two residential buildings, one in Cairo and another in the town of Qalyoub 20 km north of the city, …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egyptian workers stage Jordan pay protest

AMMAN: Around 200 Egyptian workers staged a peaceful protest Sunday outside the Amman governorate accusing their employer of not paying them, state-run Petra news agency reported. It said the unidentified firm failed to keep a promise to pay the workers 200 dinars ($280) monthly and provide them with living quarters and legal residency in Jordan. …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Al Ahli wins with early four-goal blitz

CAIRO: Holders Al Ahli scored four goals in an opening 20 minute blitz to easily beat Asante Kotoko of Ghana in their African Champions League Group A match on Saturday and ease closer to a semi-final place. The 4-0 win puts the Egyptian champions well in contention for the final four with two more matches …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

The anatomy of a downtown demo

“But they are my grandchildren’s age, were reportedly among the last words uttered by 72-year-old Ahmed Mustagir, geneticist, philosopher and poet, and one of Egypt’s greatest contemporary scientists, as he watched the televised coverage of the Israeli devastation of Lebanon from what was to prove to have been his deathbed. Yet again Arab children were …

Daily News Egypt

Alexandria event focuses on documentaries

Summer film festival defies myth that culture has no place in the sun CAIRO: Less than four months since the last one, the Fourth Caravan of the Euro-Arab Cinema opened last week in Alexandria and ended on Tuesday with a surprisingly successful round. The festival gave film lovers an uncommon opportunity, since most cultural activities …

Joseph Fahim

Deal for Israel-Hezbollah prisoner swap reportedly in the works

CAIRO: Israel and Lebanese militant group Hezbollah have reached a deal brokered by Germany for a prisoner exchange to take place within two or three weeks, the state-owned daily Al-Ahram reported Sunday. The prisoner swap between Hezbollah and Israel is to take place within two or three weeks maximum, thanks to a German mediation which …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Council discusses journalistic integrity

Journalists hope for a sign that the syndicate retains ultimate power CAIRO: Journalism is renowned for being a profession that at times lands those working in it in trouble. Unveiling information, criticizing authority and searching for news always brings journalists problems. But sometimes journalists make their own brand of trouble by taking the easy route …

Ahmad Aboul-Wafa

Egypt urges dialogue in Iranian nuclear standoff

Iran says it will pursue atomic work despite deadline TEHRAN: Iran insisted on Sunday it would never stop uranium enrichment despite a looming UN deadline intended to ensure it cannot develop atomic weapons. Egypt called Sunday for dialogue to resolve the long-running standoff over Iran s nuclear program, just four days before a UN Security …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Thanks to incentives for Qualified Industrial Zones, Egyptian textiles are reaching the U.S. market

CAIRO: After a slow start, Egypt s Qualified Industrial Zones (QIZs) are finally beginning to deliver significantly increased textile export growth. And, perhaps just as importantly for the long term, they are attracting fast-growing numbers of foreign investors. Top representatives of Italian fashion houses Ferragmo, Ermenegildo Zegna and Marioboselli recently toured Egypt to look at …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Head: Egypt, Sudan brace for Nile spate after Ethiopia floods

CAIRO: Egypt and Sudan braced Saturday for a major spate on the Nile after the worst flooding in a generation killed more than 600 people in the Ethiopian highlands where the Blue Nile has its source. Special commissions in the (Egyptian) ministry of irrigation and water resources are meeting on a regular basis to follow …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Muslim Brotherhood members arrested

Akef continues to slam government through statements CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood’s secretary general and 16 other leading group members were arrested during a recent meeting. State security has also revoked an earlier decision to release three senior group leaders, including the Brotherhood’s official spokesman Essam Al-Arian. “Through this excessive measure, [the government] has confirmed that …

Pakinam Amer

Ship home to stranded crew from Egypt to be auctioned

CHARLESTON, South Carolina: The crew of a stranded Egyptian freighter may have to stay on board another month, after a U.S. judge ordered the vessel be auctioned amid a shipping dispute. The Edco will be put up for auction Sept. 21, U.S. District Judge David Norton ruled Friday. Bidding on the 22,350-ton ship is expected …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Sports Talk: Uneven playing fields

This really is the summer of the cheat. Laboratory tests have caught three of the most compelling champions of their sport using banned substances to enhance their performances. World and Olympic 100-meter champion Justin Gatlin has been handed an eight-year ban from athletics after a doping violation. Gatlin will forfeit the world record he tied …

Alaa Abdel-Ghani

Egypt-Gaza border opens for a day, after weeks

Israeli air strikes wounds eight Palestinians in Gaza GAZA: The Gaza-Egypt border opened for a day Friday, after weeks of closure following the kidnapping of an Israeli soldier by Hamas-allied militants in Gaza. The brief opening of the Rafah terminal comes at the end of the summer travel season and will enable hundreds of stranded …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

While the world focuses on Lebanon, Gaza lay in ruins

CAIRO: The Gaza Strip has become a place where workers take pictures with anachronistic 200 Sheqel bills (approximately $50), and an entire community drops soldier into mundane telephone conversations to confuse Israeli intelligence. Wesam Ragad Abu Diab, a Palestinian studying at an Egyptian university, was in Gaza before Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was kidnapped by …

Deena Douara

Lebanon war tarnishes Egypt diplomatic prowess

Reuters CAIRO: Egypt s flagging prestige as a key broker in the Middle East has taken a further blow after its slow and indecisive response to the war between Hezbollah and Israel, analysts and political commentators said. At the start of the conflict last month, President Hosni Mubarak indirectly blamed Hezbollah for starting the war …

Daily News Egypt

Cairo bids joyous farewell to giant Ramses statue

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: Hundreds of thousands of people lined Cairo s streets Friday to bid farewell to one of the metropolis s landmarks as the colossal statue of Ramses II completed its journey from the polluted city to a spot near the Pyramids. Ramses should be happy. He would have cursed us from his tomb …

Daily News Egypt