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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

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

Noozz CAIRO: Egypt plans to speed up its steps towards the fulfillment of a joint-venture to produce methanol between three Egyptian companies, the Canadian Methanex Corporation and the Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP), according to Sameh Fahmy, the Egyptian Minister of Petroleum. During a general meeting of Methanex Egypt, the minister said the project aims …

Daily News Egypt

Contaminated water kills one person, hospitalizes 100 others in Egypt

CAIRO: Contaminated water has killed one person and sickened more than 100 others in Al-Daqahliya province, according to police and medical sources. The ill were admitted to area hospitals over the last two days with symptoms including fever, stomach aches and vomiting. Many were released from the hospital after receiving treatment, but more than 50 …

Agencies

Toxic gases poison 7 Egyptians, 12 Koreans, official says

CAIRO: Chemical gases have poisoned seven Egyptian workers and 12 Korean and seven Egyptian workers outside of Cairo, police said Friday. The 19 people were working at a motorcycle manufacturing plant in Giza when they inhaled the toxic gases from a nearby chemical factory Thursday night, according to a police official who spoke on condition …

AP

Italy's Naguib Mahfouz School suspended

Only days after opening, the Egyptian school has been closed down by authorities CAIRO: Italian authorities in Milan shut down an Egyptian school only three days after its initial opening on Monday. Egyptian and Italian elementary and middle high school students were prevented from attending their classes at the Naguib Mahfouz School Thursday, according to …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

SPORTS TALK: Ahli faces pivotal match

Coach gets off without a reprimand CAIRO: By day’s end on Sunday, Al-Ahli will be crowned the defending champions of the African Champions League or referred to in less pristine terms. Ahli plays ASEC of Ivory Coast in Abidjan, nursing a delicate 2-0 lead from the first-leg of the semi-final. ASEC don’t usually lose at …

Alaa Abdel-Ghani

Ahli channel to air games exclusively

FilGoal.com Ahli satellite channel, set to launch later this year, will have the exclusive satellite rights of airing the team s domestic games, club Chairman Hassan Hamdi said on Wednesday. The matches will be aired terrestrially as usual but our channel will be the only available satellite broadcaster, Hamdi told a press briefing. There are …

Hatem Maher

Sci-tech: Smooth operator

Where do we drop it, and why are we dragging it anyway? CAIRO: Whether you will die for your Macintosh, or can’t wait to get a new dual-core processor for your PC; we must all give a bow to the software that makes trillions of electrons all stand to attention at the stroke of a …

Wael Elazab

Give these versatile vegetables a try

Add variety to your table using local ingredients CAIRO: For fabulous versatile vegetables you don’t have to look farther than your local market. Artichokes, eggplants and lentils offer a cornucopia of possibilities that have their origins in Egyptian cuisine. Many simple recipes make use of these locally grown ingredients and yield healthy and tasty results! …

Daily News Egypt

Holy nights of prayer disturbed by theft

Simple measures to guard against pickpockets Alexandria: As Egypt mark the last 10 days of Ramadan, it is customary for mosques to be filled with worshippers seeking divine guidance and mercy on what is called the night of power, known in Arabic as laylat El-Qadr. In Islamic tradition, the night of power is the night …

Daily News Egypt

Despite a few smudges, Pasqua Café shines

Live music and charming patio make the difference CAIRO: Pasqua Café sits a stone’s throw from Mohandiseen’s chaotic Lebanon Square, where bright billboards look down over honking cars as they twirl around the circle’s dusty highway fly-over. The scene in the square is typical Cairo, but the café down the street, on Lebanon Street, is …


Mounir satisfies fans

CAIRO: Wo yo yo and Ahhhahhh may not mean much to most people, but for fans attending Mohamed Mounir s Thursday night concert, these incoherencies signified the epitomes of joy and suffering. Mounir played his expected emotional and socially-conscious ballads to an audience of devotees at The Opera House, just two days after his birthday. …

Deena Douara

PRESENT AND TENSE: A sensational fashion statement

This week, Nabil Shawkat is a know-it-all arms dealer with a fiendish, yet meticulous, interest in the world of fashion. CAIRO: I have been in the fashion business for two or three decades now, mostly offering my clients collections that are usually sensible but imaginative, things you can wear in the office or for casual …

Nabil Shawkat

Museum round-up

Living in Cairo we tend to forget there s a number of places to explore at our doorstep. We pass museums every day, often making note that we should pop in for a visit – one day. But that day never seems to come. Whatever your interests you re bound to find a museum that …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Ramadan's cultural kaleidoscope of colors

Photographer Amr Nabil’s exhibit captures essence of local traditions Although Ramadan is a religious month shared by Muslims all around the world, it is observed differently in every Muslim country. AP Photographer Amr Nabil has put together a photography exhibition featuring several different cultural aspects of Ramadan here in Egypt. He has pulled out all …

Farah El Alfy

Hamas chief says Israel refusing prisoner exchange

CAIRO: The exiled political head of the Palestinian movement Hamas accused Israel of refusing to free Arab prisoners in exchange for the release of a captured soldier, according to remarks published Thursday. The idea is to free [Israeli soldier Gilad] Shalit and that Israel would then release detainees in a political context, Khaled Meshaal said …

AFP

Hamas suggests unity talks with Fatah in Cairo

GAZA CITY: A political advisor to Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Wednesday proposed holding a meeting in Egypt between Hamas and Fatah on the formation of a national unity government. The time has come for an expanded meeting in Cairo between the leaders of Hamas and Fatah … to discuss new attempts or to …

AFP

Egyptian court convicts outspoken tabloid editor of libeling a journalist

CAIRO: An Egyptian editor known for inflammatory comment has been sentenced to six months imprisonment for libeling a journalist, a court official said Thursday. A Cairo court rejected the appeal of Mustafa Bakri, editor-in-chief of the weekly tabloid Al-Osboa, and upheld the lower court s prison sentence but set aside its fine of LE 5,000 …

AP