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Egypt heads large entry for African Nations Cup draw

CAIRO: Defending champions Egypt head a 47-country entry for the 2008 African Nations Cup qualifying competition draw to be made here today. Until two years ago, title holders were automatic entrants for the biennial tournament won by hosts Egypt for a record fifth time two weeks ago after a penalty shootout against Ivory Coast. But …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

More glory beckons for Egypt as Al-Ahly eye African Super Cup

CAIRO: More international football glory beckons for Egypt just two weeks after winning the African Cup of Nations. Local club Al-Ahly host FAR Rabat of Morocco Friday in the annual, one-off African Super Cup match between the holders of the African Champions League and the African Confederation Cup. The appealing fixture will be staged at …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Omar Effendi for sale

CAIRO: Minister of Investment Mahmoud Mohieddin announced last Monday that the employees of Omar Effendi, Egypt’s largest state-owned department store chain, with more than 80 outlets, will retain their company benefits after the company is sold as part of the government’s asset management program to privatize retail department stores. In a meeting with the Minister …

Najla Moussa

Lebanon's BLOM eyes retail in its new Egypt market

CAIRO: Lebanese bank BLOM plans to double the number of branches at its newly acquired Egyptian operation to 16 in 2006, part of a plan to expand the retail business, a senior executive said on Tuesday. BLOM, Lebanon s biggest bank, bought Egypt s Misr Romanian Bank in a deal worth about $97.8 million in …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Rice meets with democracy activists, adviser to top Islamic cleric

CAIRO: U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met with democracy activists Wednesday as she continued a Mideast trip complicated by disagreements over the militant group Hamas. For the first time, Rice also planned to meet with an adviser to the sheik of Al-Azhar mosque, in an apparent attempt to bridge gaps exposed by the controversy …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Opposition leader seeks nuclear reactors

CAIRO: Imprisoned opposition leader Ayman Nour asked U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Wednesday to look into whether Egypt can benefit from a U.S. offer to help developing countries develop nuclear energy. Nour, President Hosni Mubarak s main rival in presidential elections last year, is serving a five-year sentence for forgery but says the …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Bird flu hits Egypt's multi-billion-dollar poultry industry

CAIRO: The sudden outbreak of avian influenza in Egypt has dealt a huge blow to the poultry industry, in a country which consumes 800 million birds a year and exports to the entire region. The destruction of flocks and transport restrictions imposed by the authorities to stem the spread of the disease are costing the …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt sets up gas shipping firm

CAIRO: Egypt has set up a joint venture shipping company to transport gas and is ordering a new ship that is planned to enter operation by the end of 2007, a senior Egyptian official said on Tuesday. “We are in the process to acquire the ship … We will be having the ship operated, God …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

U.S. Middle East policy: Between Iraq and the hard guys

This week’s visit to the region by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice brings with it another reminder that U.S. Middle East policy is firmly wedged between Iraq and the hard guys. There were never any easy answers to the Middle East morass. Washington’s drunken lurching in search of exactly that has only made matters worse. …

Daily News Egypt

Citing irregularities, rights activists appeal for Nour retrial

CAIRO: Human rights activists are appealing to judicial authorities for a retrial of opposition MP Ayman Nour due to irregularities in the initial investigation and trial. “A retrial should be carried out as quickly as possible, said Bahieddine Hassan, head of the Cairo Institute of Human Rights Studies, in order to address the serious legal …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Bird flu rumor sparks nationwide panic

CAIRO: Approximately two hours after a rumor that bird flu was found in the Nile River raged through the country, Metro supermarkets throughout Cairo ran out of water. The rumor, which sparked a national frenzy, was leaked through a number of media and telecommunication outlets; namely, Sabah Al Kheir Ya Masr, a radio station, El …

Najla Moussa

Twenty-nine Egyptians test negative for bird flu after showing symptoms of disease, health minister says

CAIRO: The health minister on Monday said that 29 people who had shown symptoms of bird flu after coming in contact with dead birds had tested negative for the disease. Hatem Mustafa Al-Gabaly told a ministerial committee, which included the ministers of agriculture and environment and officials from the information and interior ministries, that the …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Hundreds of Egyptians gather in protest

CAIRO: A few hundred Egyptians, waving the bright yellow or orange banners of their opposition movements, gathered on the grounds of Cairo University on Tuesday to rally against a range of topics. Members of the Kefaya, or Enough, movement protested alongside the opposition El-Ghad Party, taking advantage of the day that marks both International Student …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Painting Cairo's soul

CAIRO: It’s a given that some people are harder to track down for an interview than others. After taking a few days to secure an interview with renowned artist Gazbia Sirry, and finally arriving at the fixed time, I must say that I was slightly overwhelmed. The artist, born in 1929, has an unbelievable presence, …

Farah El Alfy

Report cites technical failure in Egypt Boeing crash

CAIRO: The final report on the crash of a Flash Airlines plane carrying French tourists two years ago off the coast of Egypt cites a failure in the automatic pilot and guiding system, the official MENA news agency said Monday. “The report points to faults in the automatic pilot and guiding system. There was not …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Female Entrepreneur

CAIRO: For the simple reason that they are young, many men and women are not taken seriously in their careers. Yasmine Shihata, the editor and co-founder of Enigma magazine, has more than one story to illustrate that point, but she also credits her young age – early twenties – for preparing her to take more …

Sarah El Sirgany

Rice urges Egypt to act as regional mediator

CAIRO: U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice holds a second day of talks with Egyptian dignitaries today as part of her tour urging Middle East allies to stand strong against Hamas and Iran. Rice is scheduled to meet with President Hosni Mubarak as well as a number of Egyptian intellectuals this morning, before departing for …

Vivian Salama

Egyptian papers blast Rice shortly before yesterday's talks

CAIRO: Shortly before she arrived in Cairo for talks with President Hosni Mubarak on key Middle East issues including regional political reform, Egyptian newspapers blasted the United States for meddling in the country s internal affairs. In two days of diplomatic shuttling in the region, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was expected to ask …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Median o/n interbank edges up to 8.4 pct

CAIRO: The median overnight interbank rate on the Egyptian pound edged up in quiet trade to 8.4 percent on Tuesday from Monday s average of 8.318 percent as traders awaited the result of a central bank auction of 7-day notes, dealers said. The central bank offered notes worth LE 7.1 billion ($1.2 billion). Traders said …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Poultry businesses brace for damage

CAIRO: As panic spreads about the arrival of bird flu, Egyptian poultry companies are scrambling to deal with the crisis. The poultry business was already affected prior to the government s announcement of the first cases of the virus last week. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, consumption of poultry had declined by 60 percent …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

Sunken ferry's black box recovered

CAIRO: The black box from an Egyptian ferry that sank in the Red Sea leaving some 1,000 people dead was recovered Tuesday, Transport Minister Mohammed Mansour announced. “Two experts, from France and Great Britain, belonging to the International Maritime Organization, located the black box and brought it back to the surface, the minister was quoted …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt offers 17 pct of aluminum firm for sale

CAIRO: The Egyptian government said on Tuesday it was offering 17 percent of Egypt Aluminum at a minimum of LE 54 ($9.42) a share, giving the company a value of at least LE 6.75 billion. The offer is split into 8.75 million shares, or 7 percent of the company, by public subscription, and 12.5 million …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egyptian rights groups support judges' call to reform the legal system, ensure judges' independence

CAIRO: Twenty-three Egyptian human rights and civil society groups expressed support Monday of liberal judges who have called for legal reforms, including legislation that would make the judiciary completely independent of the government. “The groups express their full solidarity with Egypt s judges, who are calling for a new law that protects and consolidates the …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Second Algerian fixed-line network to start up Thursday

ALGIERS: Egypt-based Orascom Telecom (OT) and Telecom Egypt will start operating Algeria s second fixed-line telephone network this week, officials said on Monday. State-owned Algerie Telecom, currently the sole fixed-line operator with some 3.2 million subscribers, is struggling to meet rising demand in the North African country of 33 million. OT, which already operates the …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Ezz Steel helps lift stock market

CAIRO: Shares in Ezz Steel Rebars climbed more than 5 percent on Monday, helping boost the Egyptian bourse overall with news that the company planned to increase its stake in another steel firm, traders said. Ezz Steel is planning to raise its holding in Alexandria Iron and Steel to 50.86 percent from 21.48 percent, via …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Bird flu continues to spread in Egypt, hitting poultry trade

CAIRO: Bird flu has spread to new parts of Egypt, adding to the devastation in a poultry industry which provided almost 50 percent of the animal protein consumed by Egyptians, officials said on Monday. Health Minister Hatem El-Gabali said cases of the disease had turned up in Minufia, Sharkia and Kafr El-Sheikh provinces in the …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Defiant judges charged with "defamation"

CAIRO: Human rights groups condemned a recent decision by the Higher Judiciary Council to strip three members of the Egyptian Judge s Club of their right to judicial immunity for calling attention to voting irregularities during recent elections. “This kind of behavior goes in line with the government s insistence to use the public prosecutor …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Economic reform among issues discussed between World Bank and Ministry of Investment

CAIRO: Following a meeting held between World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz and Egyptian Minister of Investment Mahmoud Mohieddin, Wolfowitz announced that the bank will continue supporting Egypt’s reform programs. In the meeting both men discussed economic reform in Egypt and gender issues, in addition to reviewing ongoing cooperative projects between the country and the bank, …

Najla Moussa