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Ramadan jewel on the banks of the Nile

Spectacular view and great food make for an evening to remember CAIRO: With Ramadan in its final week, I decided to check out the Grand Hyatt’s Ramadan tent after hearing rave reviews from many picky, hard-to-impress people. Si Omar was not a disappointment. The venue itself was out of this world. The seating takes advantage …

Farah El Alfy

Golden boy King Tut shines

Royal city of Tutankhamun s childhood is focus of US exhibition PHILADELPHIA: Tutankhamun, ancient Egypt s famous boy pharaoh, grew up 3,300 years ago in the royal court at Amarna, the ancient city of Akhetaten, whose name meant the Horizon of the Aten. This extraordinary royal city grew, flourished – and vanished – in hardly …

Reuters

US foreign policy has endangered the planet

The proof of a pudding is whether it tastes good and doesn’t make you ill. If the ‘War on Terror’ was a dessert, we’d all be suffering from food poisoning. It’s a failure, and according to numerous leaked documents, that’s official. But when, oh when, will the myopic ones inhabiting the White House and Number …

Daily News Egypt

A Bush policy of 'Apres moi, le deluge'

During her recent visit to Egypt, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice would have profited from a short visit to the bookstore of the American University in Cairo, where she could have purchased the extraordinary memoirs of “The Last Khedive of Egypt Abbas Hilmi II, which recently went on sale. Abbas Hilmi succeeded his father …

Daily News Egypt

Egypt police bust antiquities traffickers

CAIRO: Egyptian police have broken up a trafficking ring that was trying to sell stolen and highly valued ancient busts of pharaohs and mythical figures at an undercut rate of two million dollars, a security source said on Sunday. The five-person ring included a former employee of the Superior Council for Egyptian Antiquities and acquired …

AFP

Central Beirut rocked by rocket fire

BEIRUT: Six people were slightly injured when rockets smashed into a building next to the UN headquarters and the prime minister s offices in downtown Beirut early Sunday, police said. Unknown assailants fired on Sunday at 2:25 am (23:25 GMT Saturday) three rockets from an assault rifle, and not RPG rockets as initially reported, towards …

AFP

Egypt's veiled actresses make a comeback on satellite TV

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: Egyptian actresses who left the world of entertainment for a more religiously correct lifestyle are back on TV screens this Ramadan, in a bid to reinvent their image more in line with the growing Islamic trend. More than 50 television serials have been produced for the month when soaps are big business, …

Daily News Egypt

Golden keys to new opportunities

Egypt joins international union Les Clefs d’Or CAIRO: President of Les Clefs d’Or Greece, Emmanuel Vrettos, visited Cairo last week for the founding assembly of Egypt s new section of the Union Internationale des Concierges d’Hôtels Clefs d’Or (UICH) at Sheraton Heliopolis. “Governors, ministers, they all know what we do – and can do – …

Daily News Egypt

A khawaga's tale

Initiation into the rite of fasting CAIRO: At 3:30 a.m. on Thursday, in the pitch dark, I tripped over my shoes, banged my knee on a chair and with hands outstretched I found the kitchen. Opened the fridge and flipped the lid off a plastic tub of fruit salad my lovely wife had prepared for …

Peter A. Carrigan

Crime Scene:Silent killer tops the crime news

Girl receives brutal beating from father; stepfather hurls baby against the wall CAIRO: This week’s greatest culprit is . bacteria. On Oct.12, FilBalad.com reported that Dr. Hatim Al-Jabali, minister of health and population, said lab tests proved salmonella and not cholera had led to the poisoning of nearly 100 people in Al-Daqahleya province. Al-Jabali added …

Daily News Egypt

Insurance industry expects new medical insurance regulations in three months

Noozz CAIRO: The Egyptian Insurance Supervisory Authority (EISA) is set to explore a new bill on national medical insurance, proposed by the Union of Egyptian Insurance Companies. Adel Monir, chairman of EISA remarked that the new bill sums up the required amendments on the Egyptian medical insurance regulations, such as the creation of a market-motivated …

Daily News Egypt

Zidane to visit Bangladesh at Nobel laureate's invitation

DHAKA: French football star Zinedine Zidane is set to visit Bangladesh next month at the invitation of Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus to open a new food manufacturing project. The World Cup Golden Boot winner will be in the country from November 7-8 to unveil the Grameen Danone Food Factory, a joint venture between …

AFP

CASE to re-launch bid over trading systems supplies

Noozz CAIRO: After receiving only two proposals that failed to fulfill technical requirements, the Cairo and Alexandria Stock Exchanges (CASE) has decided to re-launch its calls for bids to provide it with new trading systems. A senior official at the bourse said that the Swedish OMX Company and the French Euronext had submitted proposals in …

Daily News Egypt

Methanex Egypt looks to export $350 million worth of Methanol to overseas markets

Noozz CAIRO: Three Egyptian companies plan to speed up their involvement in a joint-venture to produce methanol with the Canadian Methanex Corporation and the Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP), Sameh Fahmy, the Egyptian Minister of Petroleum, said. During a general meeting of Methanex Egypt, the minister said the project aims to produce 1.3 million tons …

Daily News Egypt

Egypt invites Russian businesses to invest in specialized industrial zones

Noozz CAIRO: A senior official at the Ministry of Trade and Industry said Russian businesses will be invited to invest in two Egyptian specialized industrial zones for heavy trucks and engineering industries during President Mubarak’s next visit to Russia in November. Amr Assal, the chairman of Egypt’s Industry Development Authority, said a delegation from the …

Daily News Egypt

Final bids Monday for Egypt's Bank of Alexandria

CAIRO: Six European and Arab banks will place their final bids Monday for the Bank of Alexandria, Egypt s only state-owned bank to be put up for sale, banking officials said. The bids to acquire up to 80 percent of BoA must be placed by Monday night and the envelopes containing the offers will be …

AFP

Egyptian intelligence chief discusses Palestinian unity government with exiled Hamas leader

Associated Press DAMASCUS: Egypt s intelligence chief held talks Saturday with Hamas exiled political leader in Damascus on forming a Palestinian unity government and swapping prisoners for a kidnapped Israeli soldier, a Hamas official said. Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal met with Omar Suleiman about containing the conflict between the ruling Hamas and Fatah party, Hamas …

Daily News Egypt

Beijing looks to brush up on its English for Olympics

BEIJING: Beijing will try to stamp out embarrassingly bad English on bilingual signs as part of the Chinese capital s image make-over in the run-up to the 2008 Olympics, state media said Sunday. The municipal government will issue translation guidelines for signs in hotels, shopping malls, public transport and tourist attractions by the end of …

AFP

'Pregnant' smuggler bust by false labor pains

CAIRO: An Egyptian woman pretending to suffer from labor pains gave such a poor performance at customs that a quick hand-search revealed her bundle of joy to be 48 mobile phones, an airport source said. The young woman, whose identity was not released, began to complain of labor pains after arriving at Cairo airport from …

AFP

NTRA official denies postponement of International Gateway License offering

Official: TE interests are a factor but not everything in delay in offering international calling licenses CAIRO: National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (NTRA) Vice President Sherif Ginena denied Sunday a news report of plans to postpone the offering of two international calling licenses from the fourth quarter of this year to the first quarter of next …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Lawyer confirms Muslim Brotherhood arrests

CAIRO: Sources in the Muslim Brotherhood confirmed to The Daily Star Egypt that Egyptian police arrested eight members of the opposition group early on Saturday. Brotherhood lawyer Abdel Moniem Abdel Maqsoud denied earlier reports that they men were arrested because of membership to an illegal organization and possessing anti-government pamphlets. “They weren’t accused of anything …

Sarah El Sirgany

Egypt, Gazprom sign MOU

MOSCOW: Russia s Gazprom and the Egyptian government have signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in Egypt s gas sector, the Egyptian Trade and Industry Minister told Reuters on Friday. Minister Rachid Mohamed Rachid said the Russian gas giant could help Egypt develop its natural gas production and exports. The memorandum covered exploration, sharing …

Reuters

Abul-Gheit tells US envoy to avoid escalation with Sudan

Reuters CAIRO: Egypt said on Friday it had warned Andrew Natsios, the new US special envoy to Sudan, against the dangers of seeking confrontation with Khartoum over the Darfur crisis as he began his first visit to the African country. Instead, Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul-Gheit told Natsios during a telephone conversation on Thursday that Washington …

Alaa Shahine

Libya shows Egyptian coach the door

CAIRO: Egyptian manager Mohsen Saleh has been relieved of his duties as head coach of the Libyan national team, the Libyan Football Federation (LFF) announced. Saleh has been sacked following poor results in the two opening qualifying games of the 2008 African Nations Cup. The LFF thanked Saleh for his work during the last period …

Agencies

Democratic reforms missing from Egypt's political debate

Middle East expert says region lost golden chance for democratic reforms CAIRO: Democratic reforms, recently the center of political debate in Egypt, have been rolled back, said Middle East analyst Amr Hamzawy, of the Washington-based Carnegie Endowment, on Wednesday. “We might have missed a chance in our region, Hamzawy told a standing room only audience …


Don't let your health go up in smoke

College kids warned about starting hookah habit Reuters NEW YORK: Puffing on a water pipe full of flavored tobacco may sound more glamorous than smoking a regular cigarette, but it s probably just as bad for your lungs, if not even more harmful, a Washington, DC researcher warns. Dr. Christopher Loffredo, director of the Cancer …

Daily News Egypt

Egyptian imam travels to Denmark to cool cartoon row

Reuters COPENHAGEN: A visiting Egyptian imam was among the muslim clerics in Denmark praising the Danish government s condemnation of the latest group of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad and at Friday prayers urged increased respect for religion. In a Copenhagen mosque, Ahmed Turki, a guest imam from Egypt visiting during Ramadan, addressed several hundred …

Daily News Egypt