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Conference discusses torture of activists

CAIRO: In the wake of reports of torture of political activists while in custody, the Bar Association, along with opposition and political forces, held a joint press conference Sunday to discuss their course of action in what they termed a crisis. “The assaults, the abductions and the physical abuse have revealed the true face of …

Pakinam Amer

Police detain Muslim Brotherhood members in Alexandria

CAIRO: Egyptian police detained approximately 30 members of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood Islamist group in Alexandria as they were preparing to vote in chamber of commerce elections, a spokesman for the group said on Monday. Hamdy Hassan, the official spokesman for the Brotherhood bloc in parliament has confirmed at least 28 people have been arrested. …

Joseph Mayton

Islamists withdraw from vote, allege fraud

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt: The Muslim Brotherhood said on Sunday it had withdrawn from chamber of commerce elections in Alexandria because of interference by security forces to hinder its chances. The Islamist group, Egypt s strongest opposition force, complained that police had stopped its candidates and their representatives from entering polling stations to vote and observe the …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Olmert to meet Mubarak June 4

JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will meet President Hosni Mubarak on June 4 for talks that Cairo said on Sunday would be a preamble to a three-way summit with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Olmert has said he would consult with Mubarak on a plan the Israeli leader has proposed for the future of the …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Six arrested attempting to cross into Israel from Egypt

Associated Press EL ARISH, Egypt: Egyptian police captured six Sudanese, including a one-year-old boy, who were trying to cross into Israel early Friday to seek asylum, a security official said. The six were arrested at dawn as they tried to get over the coil of barbed wire that marks the border in Egypt s northeast …

Ashraf Sweilam

International reports express confidence in Egyptian economy

CAIRO: JP Morgan has issued a report on Egypt’s latest economic developments and performance, with foreign direct investments (FDI) being one of the biggest, reoccurring features in the report. According to the global financial services firm, the government has taken several important steps toward improving the investment climate in Egypt. The report cites the increase …

Najla Moussa

Sinai bombings suspect surrenders

CAIRO: A suspect in the deadly bombings at the Red Sea resort of Dahab last month has surrendered to security forces in North Sinai, the Egyptian press reported Saturday. Mohammed Khidr Sallam Shenub, 26, a resident of the central Sinai region, gave himself up on Friday, just a day after police released his 47-year-old brother …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Capital markets are about more than market-cap

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt: In 1982, an informal Kuwaiti stock market known as Souq Al-Manakh collapsed. Speculators armed with vast funds from booming oil prices and from the dubious use of post-dated checks fueled share prices to unprecedented levels. Excited by their easy gains, most traders did not care to notice that many of the companies …


Interbank rate falls to 8.075 percent

CAIRO: The median overnight interbank rate on the pound dipped to 8.075 percent on Sunday from 8.177 percent on Thursday on continuing liquidity from the cancellation of a T-bill auction, bankers said. The market has been pretty liquid since they cancelled the one-year auction on Thursday, one banker said. The Finance Ministry had offered 364-day …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Demanding top quality

CAIRO: Quality in the local food industry is a major concern in terms of safety, as well as a huge hurdle to exporting success. Only around 80 local food producing companies follow the international hazard analysis critical control point (HACCP), a necessary requirement to export. Other companies do not even sustain basic safety standards or …

Sarah El Sirgany

Tackling the issues

  ŠΘ # # # First Lady Susan Mubarak attended and gave a speech on the matter, here, Susan Mubarak and Mr and Mrs, Shafik Gabr # # It was then followed by a lunch at the Four Seasons at the Nile Plaza where the conference took place, see here, American Ambassador Francis J. Ricciardone …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Solidarity hunger strikes begins at Tora prison

CAIRO: In the wake of Thursday’s turmoil and claims of abuse and torture, the inmates as Tora prison, where Karim El Shaer and Mohamed Sharkawy are currently being held, have initiated a hunger strike. El Shaer and Sharkawy were released from prison last week but defied orders to stay away from demonstrations by being present …

Joseph Mayton

Present and Tense: A blow to justice

I was offered the job of a justice minister in a hurry and almost took it. But Sophie, my therapist in Vienna, advised me against it. “With your design firm in Milan, a pending court case in Palermo and your frequent trips to Mogadishu, do you really think you have the time? I took her …

Nabil Shawkat

Al-Azhar sheikh denounces extremism

SINGAPORE: A leading Sunni Islamic cleric spoke out against religious extremism and encouraged Singapore s Muslims to work with other races and religions for the good of their nation, a local newspaper reported Friday. Sheikh Mohammed Sayyed Tantawi, the grand sheik of Egypt s Al-Azhar, one of the most powerful Islamic institutions in the Middle …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Opening the North Coast to foreign tourism

CAIRO: Travco Group, an Egyptian travel leisure group, in partnership with TUI AG, the largest integrated German travel and leisure group, announced the inauguration of the Almaza Beach Resort on May 30, the first of five hotels that will be launched as part of Almaza Bay Resort, a mega tourism project developed by the two …

Najla Moussa

Rio in Cairo

  ŠΘ # # # The Brazilian theme, hence the name “Rio,” and it is the latest night spot managed by Nisha, right, seen here with Andre and Nadie # # Nisha also has Absolute, Abou El Sid, Latex and other successful bars and restaurants, above are Detsy, Irma and Johanna

Daily Star Egypt Staff

White leads summer colors

CAIRO: In the fashion world colors come and go, but although every season has its hits, some are recycled and some never leave. So which colors do we bring out from the back of the closet? Although runways have seen plenty of colors for the summer, soft faded half tones are the dominant chic for …

Farah El Alfy

Kefaya presents reform initiative to parliamentIntro: Fighting the battle for a peaceful shift of power in a historic tradition

CAIRO: Kefaya (Enough) movement leaders and members have decided demonstrations are not sufficient opposition to the government, and the movement is presenting what they call a “new reform initiative, and is currently negotiating its enactment with parliament members. “There is a need to engage the people to make a change, says George Ishaq, Kefaya founder …

Pakinam Amer

Claims of sexual abuse, torture surround Thursday's protests

CAIRO: Thursday’s protests began right, went smoothly, but ended in disarray as plainclothes police surrounded a BBC correspondent’s vehicle and dragged away Karim Al Shaer. In the process of arresting Al Shaer, the men are reported to have thrown objects at the vehicle, breaking windows and forcing the car to stop. “Plainclothes security raided Dina …

Joseph Mayton

Six arrested attempting to cross into Israel from Egypt

Associated Press EL ARISH, Egypt: Egyptian police captured six Sudanese, including a one-year-old boy, who were trying to cross into Israel early Friday to seek asylum, a security official said. The six were arrested at dawn as they tried to get over the coil of barbed wire that marks the border in Egypt s northeast …

Ashraf Sweilam

Capitals of cash

The petrodollar really does make a difference. Look no further than the international sports calendar to see what a lot of money does and what little of it cannot do. In Qatar, December brings in the Doha Golf Masters. The end of February is reserved for the Qatar Women’s Tennis Open in Doha, followed by …

Alaa Abdel-Ghani

Egypt to host oil and gas talks in November

CAIRO: Egypt has invited the world s major oil and gas producers and consumers to a roundtable in November to discuss supply security, Petroleum Minister Sameh Fahmi told AFP Thursday. I took the initiative to ask for a roundtable, bringing together members of the Organization of the Oil Exporting Countries (OPEC) countries, as well as …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Be prepared, stay alert

CAIRO: While there is no official safety manual for acts of terrorism, there are now ways to be prepared; to expect the unexpected and act accordingly. Safety and security agencies around the globe are doing their best to put together all the possible signs of impending terrorist attacks and all the steps people need to …

Najla Moussa

Egypt reaps benefits of gas intifada

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: Egypt has unexpectedly reaped huge economic and strategic benefits as a result of an acrimonious battle between Israel, the Palestinians and British Gas over the Gaza Strip s new-found energy bonanza. After years of secretive horse-trading, Egypt is set to pip Israel at the post to buy gas recently discovered off the …

Daily News Egypt

Brief controversy over Egyptian sarcophagus ends happily

Associated Press CHICAGO: A sudden concern about an Egyptian sarcophagus owned by Exelon Corp. CEO John Rowe threatened briefly to disrupt the long-standing relationship between the Field Museum and Egypt s Supreme Council of Antiquities. A settlement of the spat announced Thursday evening means the lakefront museum will obtain the sarcophagus for its permanent collection, …

Daily News Egypt

The proof of the pudding

CAIRO: Some may accuse it of being an excessive bureaucracy, others may say that its stringent product standards are a barrier to trade, but the European Union s extensive experience with writing rules and creating institutions to support its economic and political ambitions is a fact. Europe has a good deal of experience with institution-building …


Make it stop

CAIRO: Fatma El Labban had to take her daughter Yomna to a private lesson. It was shortly before Yomna’s Thanaweya Amma finals and private lessons were vital to her passing. El Labban was alone in Cairo since her husband was out of town on work. As she was leaving, she had a disabling pain on …

Daily News Egypt

AUC sit-in geared toward educating the student body

CAIRO: While demonstrations were occurring at both the judges and journalists syndicates on Thursday, Cairo also bore witness to one of the first demonstrations at the American University in Cairo (AUC) in a long while. Approximately 100 students attended a teach-in, followed by a sit-in on the steps inside AUC. The student activists placed tape …

Joseph Mayton