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New government regulations tighten control over Gulf consortium transportation projects

Ministry of Transportation reserves the right to increase share in future projects beyond 20 percent CAIRO: Minister of Transportation (MOT) Mohammed Mansour approved new regulations Monday to help his ministry retain some control over future transportation projects to be established by the Gulf consortium created in August to invest in Egypt s transportation infrastructure. With …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Restaurant review: For simple family fun on Fridays

Andrea on El-Mariottiya canal road is a great spot for a weekend family outing CAIRO: As soon as the weather shows signs of cooling down, on Friday afternoons families head in droves to Andrea on El-Mariottiya canal road. Lured in by the smell of roasting chicken, a casual atmosphere, and the promise of a donkey …

Aida Nassar

Remembering the war to end all wars

Many war dead from WWI buried in Egyptian cemeteries CAIRO: This month marks the anniversary of the end of World War I, fought in 1914-1918, the memory of which usually pales in comparison with that of World War II, which decided the political track that the world has taken and still plays a significant role …

Ahmed Maged

Egyptian public unfazed by US Democratic win

The few who follow midterm elections are not optimistic regarding American plans for the region CAIRO: In the United States, excitement over the midterm elections reached fever pitch on Tuesday night as the Democratic Party was poised to overrun the Republicans in both branches of Congress: the Senate and the House of Representatives. But for …

Sarah El Sirgany

Sci-tech scene: Your name's not down, you're not coming in

Biometrics isn’t content with your name, serial number, and social security So once you’ve bought your e-ticket, maybe printed it out, and are on your way to the airport after already having electronically checked in, selected your seat, and picked which starter you’re having with the chicken – via the web, you could be anyone. …

Wael Elazab

Early detection of breast cancer saves lives

Simple steps can increase survival chances to 95 percent “I discovered the lump in my breast by mere chance. I was in the shower and felt something under my hand. Three days after I discovered it, I was on the operating table [for a mastectomy], says Faiza Abdel Khalick, breast cancer survivor and co-founder of …

Daily News Egypt

Religious discrimination against Egypt's Christians debated at seminar

CAIRO: Christian activists, representatives from the Muslim Brotherhood, social researchers, and official spokesmen for the Center for Socialist Studies gathered last week to debate whether the rise of political Islam in Egypt has triggered a sectarian polarization of religious groups. The meeting also addressed whether Christians are the only religious minority facing discrimination, and how …

Alexandra Sandels

'Harmless hookah' targeted in Egypt health drive

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: A hookah set complete with apple-flavored tobacco has become compulsory hand luggage for many tourists returning from a holiday in Egypt. But as trendy hookah lounges are flourishing from Europe to California, the hubbly bubbly addiction is also gaining ground in the homeland of shisha-smoking and causing growing concern among health officials. …

Daily News Egypt

European cultural centers celebrate "European Day of Languages" in Cairo

The British Council, the Goethe Institute in Cairo, the French Center for Culture and Cooperation, the Spanish Cultural Center (Cervantes) and the Italian Cultural Center held a ceremony in celebration of the European Day of Languages at the Spanish Cultural Center in Giza on Wednesday night. The European Day of Languages is a new joint …

Alexandra Sandels

Present and Tense: World's supply of small feet held in readiness

I have small feet, 136,000 of them to be exact. The first time feet came up in conversation was during the Lockerbie crisis. An international investigator, who wasn’t working for me yet, wanted to know if the Libyans had feet. “I was in Libya only two or three times, back when I was putting together …

Nabil Shawkat

Sports Talk: Today belongs to Sfaxien

Weighing the odds for an Al-Ahli win CAIRO: Our all too brief one-game winning streak of correct predictions came to an abrupt halt when Egypt’s Al-Ahli drew 1-1 with Sfaxien of Tunisia in the first leg of the African Champions League final in Cairo two weeks ago. We had said Al-Ahli would win by a …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Jordanian cargo ship catches fire in the Red Sea, 1 dead

CAIRO: A fire onboard a Jordanian cargo ship killed one sailor and seriously wounded three others in the Red Sea on Friday, an Egyptian naval officer said. The engine of the Petra Express ship overheated during a crossing between the Jordanian port of Aqaba and Nuweiba in Egypt s Sinai Peninsula, said Brig. Mohammed Sayed. …

AP

Failed drugs test rules Al-Ahli midfielder out of final

TUNIS: Midfielder Amro Samaka from Egyptian club Al-Ahli has been ruled out of the African Champions League final after failing a drugs test. Al-Ahli tackle surprise qualifiers Club Sportif Sfaxien of Tunisia Saturday at the November 7 Stadium in the Tunis suburb of Rades in the unaccustomed role of underdogs after being held 1-1 at …

AFP

Religious leaders unite to take on problems of AIDS sufferers

The Chahama network will support people living with AIDS and vulnerable groups CAIRO: The First Network of Arab Religious Leaders Responding to AIDS launched today with the aim of uniting various organizations and religious leaders to raise awareness and support people living with AIDS. Muslim and Christian sects from 20 Arab countries formed the Chahama …

Sarah El Sirgany

Reports: Iran will not back down on nuclear program, says top negotiator

MOSCOW: Iran s top nuclear negotiator said Friday that his country wanted talks on its disputed nuclear program, but would not relinquish its right to pursue atomic energy, Russian news agencies reported. We want to use our rights under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, and in this context, there will be no retreat, but we are …

AP

Jordanian cargo ship catches fire in the Red Sea, 1 dead

CAIRO: A fire onboard a Jordanian cargo ship killed one sailor and seriously wounded three others in the Red Sea on Friday, an Egyptian naval officer said. The engine of the Petra Express ship overheated during a crossing between the Jordanian port of Aqaba and Nuweiba in Egypt s Sinai Peninsula, said Brig. Mohammed Sayed. …

AP

Vodafone and TE strategic partnership could rattle telecom market

CAIRO: Vodafone and Telecom Egypt announced on Thursday that they had entered into a strategic partnership to increase cooperation between both parties and to jointly develop a range of products and services for the Egyptian market. The agreement will focus on restructuring the Vodafone Egypt Board, reflecting the new shareholding structure and its extension of …

Agencies

Wisdom of a national scribe

If you have sincerely loved the world, the Afterlife will love you warmly, reads a quote taken from Naguib Mahfouz s work, Echoes of an Autobiography. This is one of the nuggets of wisdom that can be found in the latest tribute to the late Nobel Laureate Naguib Mahfouz to hit bookstore shelves: Life s …

Aida Nassar

Egypt to continue to export a third of its LNG production

Fahmi: LNG exports necessary for foreign sector investors to achieve profitability CAIRO: Minister of Petroleum (MOP) Sameh Fahmi said Tuesday he hopes one day Egypt will no longer have to export natural gas and retain its reserves for local consumption. Fahmi s comments came in response to growing public criticism of the government s liquefied …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Parliament re-elects speaker from ruling party over Muslim Brotherhood challenger

CAIRO: Parliamentarians voted their speaker another term Wednesday as he faced his first serious challenger, from the Muslim Brotherhood, since taking the post in 1990. Fathi Sorour began another year-long term with 80 percent of the vote, winning approval from 319 deputies, while his contender, Mohammed Saad El-Katatny, received 79 votes, Egypt s official Middle …

AP

MPC consultants suggest selling off theme park to propel the company

Management of the Egyptian Media Production City will be market-oriented so that the company can secure sufficient liquidity for upgrading and achieving proper returns on investment, says Chairman and Managing Director of the MPC Sayed Helmi. He points to the main features of a study conducted by KPMG Hazem Hassan Public Accountants & Consultants in …

Noozz

AMIG wins El-Sewedy Cables LE 2.5 bln insurance deal

The Arab Misr Insurance Group, AMIG, has won a deal offered by El-Sewedy Cables Company for insurance coverage of more than 20 factories and 400 vehicles against marine transport, fire, robbery and riot risks. Ali Bashandy, head of the technical affairs department at AMIG, said that the deal would exceed LE 2.5 billion, representing the …

Noozz

Vodafone Egypt backs away from competition over international calls license

Vodafone Egypt has retreated from competition over the license for international calls and roaming services for its customers and extended its exclusive agreement with the state-owned Telecom Egypt beyond 2007. The agreement between Telecom Egypt, which monopolizes international calls services in Egypt, and Vodafone Egypt will terminate by the end of next year. The move …

Noozz

Piraeus Bank Egypt reports LE 13.5 mln 9-month net

Piraeus Bank Egypt reported a net profit of LE 13.5 million ($2.4 million) for the first nine months of 2006, the Egyptian stock exchange said on Wednesday. No comparison figures were available. Piraeus Bank Egypt is the outcome of last year s buyout of Egyptian Commercial Bank by Greece s Piraeus Bank. Piraeus Bank bought …

Reuters