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Human rights abuses in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and Syria

DUBAI: In Egypt, the government has again cracked down on members of political opposition party the Muslim Brotherhood. On Aug. 26, state security raided four Brotherhood members’ homes in the Upper Egyptian governorate of Beni Suef, 200 km south of Cairo, and detained them without any charges, according to a report on the Brotherhood s …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Three Egyptians get death sentence over Taba bombings

ISMAILIA: Egypt s state security court sentenced three people to death during a court hearing on Thursday over involvement in a series of blasts targeting Red Sea holiday resorts. The three were convicted of seven charges, including illegal possession of weapons, manufacturing explosives and plotting to kill Egyptians and foreigners. The prosecutors said Younis Gurair, …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Right group says detainees begin hunger strike

CAIRO: Dozens of detainees caught up in a search for militants have gone on hunger strike to protest their imprisonment for more than a year despite having release orders from courts, an Egyptian rights group said Thursday. The 70 detainees have been held since 2004 following an explosion in a packed Cairo market that killed …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Word on the Street

Standoff between the judiciary and the government continues CAIRO: With rumors spreading of more proposed constitutional amendments – specifically to Article 88, which deals with judicial supervision over elections – the ongoing standoff between the government and the judiciary is again heating up. This issue is still occupying the minds of politicians, intellectuals and the …

Ahmad Aboul-Wafa

Technical committee announces findings on Qalyoub train accident

CAIRO: The technical committee formed by the Ministry of Transportation to write a technical report on the deadly train accident that took place in Qalyoub on Aug. 21 announced its findings yesterday. The committee released a statement asserting that it consisted of experts and professors not affiliated with the railway body in anyway. Dr. Booles …

Maram Mazen

Press Round-up

Opposition slams transportation minister in wake of train crashes CAIRO: News of train crashes dominated this week s national, independent and opposition newspapers. Demands for the transportation minister s resignation rang throughout independent and opposition newspapers, with opposition papers insisting that the minister be held responsible for the accidents. As the independent Al-Masry Al-Youm reported …

Maram Mazen

Egypt still trying to release captured Israeli soldier

CAIRO: Egypt said Thursday its efforts to secure the release of an Israeli soldier captured by Palestinian militants had not yet achieved results and denied reports that the conscript was inside Egypt. There is an Egyptian effort to reach an agreement for the release of the soldier in exchange for hundreds of Palestinians … but …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

More than 90 arrested on suspected Islamist links

CAIRO: Security forces have arrested more than 90 Egyptians in the north of the country suspected of links to radical Islamist groups, a lawyer representing them said Thursday. A group of 70 people was arrested in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, while another group was detained in the Nile Delta town of Damanhour, the lawyer, …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Poultry prices drop as Avian Flu returns

Industry officials expect production to reach 2 million chickens per day by end of year CAIRO: Egyptian poultry producers are crediting an increase in production of chickens, not the recent reports of new cases of the Avian Flu Virus among birds, with the continuous decline in poultry prices for consumers. The live chicken per-kilo price …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Egypt aims to boost oil, gas output 40 percent in 5 years

Reuters CAIRO: Egypt aims to boost its oil and gas output by more than 40 percent in the next five years, the country s oil minister said on Wednesday. In the oil and gas sector, we are planning to increase our production to 100 million tons (a year) in the next five years, compared to …

Daily News Egypt

Egypt's Ghibli raceway hosts Middle East Karting Cup

CAIRO: Although local motorsport is still taking baby steps, Egypt will have the honor of hosting the Middle East Karting Cup. Ghibli raceway, located in Sharm El-Sheikh, will co-host the championship in conjunction with the Kartdrome raceway in Dubai. The move is hailed as a step forward, if not a leap, in the still struggling …

Sarah El Sirgany

Ten Arab states agree to establish regional water utilities network

CAIRO: Representatives from 10 Arab countries agreed on Wednesday on a common agenda for the future establishment of an Arab Water Utilities Network (AWUN). The project is developed jointly between The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA) and the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ). The decision concluded a three-day consultative meeting at …

Alexandra Sandels

Palmer performs Houdini act to take world title

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: David Palmer can count himself the bravest and Gregory Gaultier the unluckiest player there has ever been in a World Open final after the Australian beat the Frenchman 9-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-10, 11-2 in front of the illuminated Giza pyramids here on Wednesday. The up-and-down nature of this startling contest hardly paled …

Daily News Egypt

Three clubs on verge of Champions League semi-finals

Reuters JOHANNESBURG: Holders Al Ahli, opponents CS Sfaxien and the Ivorian club ASEC Abidjan can ensure qualification to the semi-finals of the African Champions League with positive results at the weekend. Tunisian provincial club Sfaxien need only draw in Saturday s Group A clash in Cairo to reach the final four. Their Egyptian opponents, however, …

Daily News Egypt

The trials of a photojournalist

Thomas Hartwell reflects upon the challenges for professional photographers Thomas Hartwell says he’s not on the front lines anymore – and he doesn’t want to be. The veteran photojournalist, who has made his 27 year long career in freelancing in Cairo, tells the familiar sad tale of large, networked companies overshadowing the little guy. This …

Daily News Egypt

A look through the camera lens

Mohamed Gabr takes us through the ins and outs of commercial photography After tracking down the very busy Mohamed Gabr, I was able to catch him between shoots and he was nice enough to give me a quick tutorial about the world of commercial photography in just under thirty minutes. The charismatic and talented Gabr …

Farah El Alfy

Simple steps to spectacular photos

Pick any iconic subject, the Great Pyramids for example, and I m sure you ve seen countless photographs. Only a few will stand out from the crowd, captivating the viewer. Some photographers have the rare talent of transforming the image they see through the lens of their camera into a vision that supersedes what the …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt train crash report cites series of failures

CAIRO: An Egyptian government probe into the causes of Egypt s deadliest rail accident in four years blamed a series of human, technical and administrative failures on Tuesday for the crash that killed 58 people last month. The train crash in the Nile Delta town of Qalyoub on Aug. 21 was the first in a …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Band capitalizes on diversity

Salalem’s musical choice eclectic but promising Although the band is still quite new, Salalem is already demonstrating a lot of potential. Refusing to stick to one type of music, they’ve made diversity their trademark. Each of the band’s songs stands on its own. Their music is a mixture of rock, Latin, jazz, Oriental, alternative and …

Maram Mazen

Vodafone Egypt and Raya Join Forces in TELECOM

CAIRO: In a step to explore the opportunities and synergies between both companies, Vodafone Egypt (VFE) and Raya Holdings (Raya) announced today Raya’s acceptance, in principle, of VFE’s offer to acquire 51% of Raya Telecommunication’s shares for 104 MLE. (One Hundred and four million Egyptian Pounds).Both companies have entered into an exclusive negotiation to finalize …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Arab states seek to push Mideast peace plan

Associated Press CAIRO: Arab foreign ministers met Wednesday to promote a plan to revive the deadlocked Middle East peace process amid wide Arab fears the recent war inLebanon helped boost the influence of Iran and the militants it supports. Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa said the 22-nation body will discuss a plan to request …

Salah Nasrawi

Egypt arrests 95 over suspected militant links

CAIRO: Egyptian security forces have arrested close to 95 people suspected of links to Islamic militancy in sweeps north of the capital, security sources said on Tuesday. The sources said 25 Egyptians were detained on Sunday in the Nile Delta city of Damanhour and about 70 others were arrested in the port city of Alexandria …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Technical retail trade pushes Egypt stocks lower

CAIRO: Egyptian stocks fell on Wednesday after retail investors sold on technicals, but bigger stocks were supported by foreigners and institutions trading on fundamentals, traders said. There s no fundamental news, just a technical reason… Yesterday, the 6,185 points level, if broken on the downside is a sign to sell, a trader who declined to …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Record Rice Yields for Egypt

WASHINGTON/ROME/KRASNODAR: Egypt has achieved record rice yields with varieties that included hybrids developed locally under an FAO-led project. The world s highest national average rice yield in 2005 was 3.8 metric tons per acre from Egypt, the Executive Secretary of the International Rice Commission, Mr. Nguu Nguyen, told an international scientific conference on sustainable rice …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Lucent Technologies and TeleTech to Deploy CDMA2000 1xEV-DO

Trial Network to Offer High-Speed Wireless Data Connectivity to Egypt s Schools CAIRO: Egyptian Ministers of Communications and IT and Education Attended the Kickoff of the CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Technology and WiFi Network Trial Deployment The Egyptian Minister of Communications and Information Technology and Minister of Education, Lucent Technologies (NYSE:LU), and TeleTech today announced plans to …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Mobinil agrees to suspend EDGE

NTRA says company never obtained permission to offer technology CAIRO: Mobinil has agreed to suspend using Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE) technology until its dispute with the National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (NTRA) is resolved, the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) announced yesterday. The announcement followed Tuesday s meeting between Mobinil Chairman Naguib …

Ahmed A. Namatalla