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Still the greatest

Mohamed Mounir proves he’s still got it with a magnificent performance CAIRO: The first time I was introduced to Mohamed Mounir s music was in 1999, when I listened to his album “El Farha (The Joy). I have personally never been a true fan of mainstream Arabic music, and none of Mounir s previous few …

Joseph Fahim

In a story about love and second chances, the script shines through

“An El Esheq Wal Hawa a must-see “An El Esheq Wal Hawa (“About Love and Affection )Director: Kamla Abu ZekryScriptwriter: Tamer HabibStars: Ahmed El Sakka, Mona Zaki, Menna Shalaby, Magdy Kamel, Tarek Lotfy, Ghada Abdel Razek, Boushra, Khaled Saleh CAIRO: Love is a weird thing, I don t understand it, mutters Salma (Menna Shalaby) to …

Sarah El Sirgany

Privatization of Bank of Alexandria nears

Bidders on bank to be narrowed to five CAIRO: For those keeping abreast of the news in the ongoing saga of the privatization of the Bank of Alexandria (BOA), there is light at the end of the tunnel. Nine local, regional and international banks have made their interest in the BOA official. The interested parties …

Najla Moussa

Purported Al-Zarqawi successor doing time in Egyptian jail

U.S. military released inaccurate report of identity of Al-Qaeda leader Al-Muhajir CAIRO: For more than seven years, Abu-Ayoub Al-Masry, the purported successor to Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, has been held in an Egyptian prison, an Islamist lawyer Mamdouh Ismail told The Daily Star Egypt. After the death of Al-Zarqawi in Iraq, the U.S. military claimed that …

Pakinam Amer

Hundreds of Palestinians evacuate Rafah crossing after bombing

North Sinai declares state of emergency AL-ARISH: In the hours following the explosion at the Egyptian border with Gaza, scores of Palestinians who were stranded on the Egyptian side of the border rushed into Gaza. Meanwhile, North Sinai Governor Ahmed Abdel Hamid declared a state of emergency, according to the official MENA news agency, prompting …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

New Egyptian party launches campaign

CAIRO: A former member of the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) on Sunday launched a campaign rallying support for his breakaway liberal opposition party. Osama Ghazali Harb, editor of the quarterly Al-Siyassa Al-Dawliya, presented plans for the new party, the Democratic Front, which is based on the build up of a true and complete democratic …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Three Egyptians wounded in Israeli raids on Lebanon

SIDON: Three Egyptian workers were wounded and a fourth missing in a series of Israeli raids in Lebanon at dawn on Saturday, including an attack near the home of pro-Syrian parliament speaker Nabih Berri. Warplanes raided four gas stations across southern Lebanon, police said. Three workers were wounded and a fourth was missing after an …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Twelve Egyptian sailors on board ship hit by rocket off Beirut

CAIRO: An Egyptian civilian ship off the coast of Lebanon was hit during an exchange of fire between Hezbollah and the Israeli military, Egypt s foreign ministry confirmed on Saturday, but the crew of 12 survived. The 12 sailors have reached Syria safely, Foreign Ministry spokesman Alaa El-Hadidi said, adding there were no casualties among …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

CS Sfaxien end Al Ahli's two-year unbeaten run

SFAX, Tunisia: A first half header from CS Sfaxien defender Issam Merdassi ended a run of more than two years without defeat on African soil for defending champions Al Ahli of Egypt, at the start of the group phase of the African Champions League on Saturday. Tunisian international Merdassi headed home at the back post …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Italian spy chief questioned over alleged CIA kidnapping case

Reuters MILAN: The head of Italy s military intelligence agency was questioned by prosecutors for the first time on Saturday on suspicion of helping the CIA kidnap a terrorism suspect in Milan, judicial sources said. The development makes Nicolo Pollari the highest ranking official connected to the Italian investigation, which has already led to the …

Daily News Egypt

The Prince of Egypt on top of the squash world

World champion squash player determined to hold onto his title CAIRO: Often nicknamed “The Prince of Egypt by the international press, Amr Shabana has proven to be the best squash player, not only in Egypt, but also in the world. The charismatic Shabana is the quickest left-hander in the league, which has helped him reach …

Farah El Alfy

Human rights expert expresses concern over judiciary law in Egypt

CAIRO: The following statement was issued by an independent United Nations human rights expert on the independence of the judiciary: The Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Leandro Despouy, expressed serious concern over a law regulating the judiciary in Egypt, which was approved by the Egyptian Parliament on June 26, 2006. Promulgation …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Prevention and preparedness vital in fire fighting

Fire officials counter citizens complaints about slow response to emergencies CAIRO: It s a catch-22 situation. Complaints by Cairo s citizens about slow or in some cases, non-existent response, to fire emergencies, is on the rise. On the other hand, fire officials blame citizens for their ignorance of the emergency procedures that should be followed. …

Daily News Egypt

Life's a beach

The essential seaside guide NORTH COAST, Alexandria: Beach time is here at last. Everyone is excitedly heading off to the North Coast every weekend, showing off their new swimsuits, swimwear and big beach bags. So what actually goes into that big colorful bag? Water sprayIn the humid and sunny weather you can’t take a dip …

Farah El Alfy

Recognizing literary excellence

Story competition awards young talent On Thursday, in the Writers’ Union in Zamalek, the awards for the first Youth Creativity Competition were distributed with the first winner receiving a LE 25,000 scholarship to help in the tuition fees of the university of their choice. This short story competition, which is co-funded by Kotob Arabia, AK …

Daily News Egypt

Swarms of swimming pools

Stuck in Cairo doesn t mean you can t enjoy sun and water CAIRO: So your air-conditioner has been on full power 24/7, your only weapon against the scorching heat. Give the poor thing a rest and avoid racking up a high electricity bill. Trek to a nearby swimming pool, drink a fresh fruit shake …

Daily News Egypt

Arab nations mild in reaction to Israeli offensive in Lebanon

Associated Press CAIRO: Moderate Arab governments reacted with relative restraint to Israel s offensive in Lebanon, condemning attacks on civilians and infrastructure, but also implicitly criticizing Hezbollah. The relative silence appeared to reflect a sentiment in Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia that the Shiite Lebanese guerrilla group had dragged Lebanon into a needless fight by …

Daily News Egypt

Mubarak, Abdullah hold meeting on escalating conflict

Egypt persuades Hamas figure to leave, citing danger CAIRO: Jordan s King Abdullah II met in Cairo with President Hosni Mubarak on Friday in a hastily-called meeting to discuss escalating Mideast violence. The two leaders of moderate, U.S.-backed Arab regimes, the only countries in the region to sign peace treaties with Israel, discussed the Israeli …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

J8 members outline issues facing developing nations

Delegates in Egypt conduct conference call with Russian President Vladimir Putin CAIRO: For the first time in G8 history, children are being given an official voice at the international summit that begins this Saturday in St. Petersburg, Russia. On Friday morning, youths from Cairo had a chance to offer their views to the G8 countries’ …

Daily News Egypt

Police break up Muslim Brotherhood meeting, arrest eight members

CAIRO: Egyptian police broke up a financial planning meeting of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood and detained eight members of the Islamist group, the state news agency MENA reported. The meeting in a Cairo suburb on Thursday evening was between an official of the Muslim Brotherhood s central financing committee and seven committee members from the …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

EU demands opening of Egypt-Gaza border for aid

HELSINKI: The European Union on Friday called for the border between Gaza and Egypt to be opened, saying it was deeply concerned by the poor conditions facing Palestinians stranded there. Israel has blockaded Gaza after the abduction of an Israeli soldier during an attack on a military post at the end of June. We demand …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Married in style

  ŠΘ # # # The bride and groom danced with friends and family to the tunes of Talaat Zein until the early hours of the morning # # Ahmed Fawzi, Noha Abou El Ezz, Zeinab Fawzi and Amr Nashaat

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Present and Tense: Recycled pasta

Carlita Mikalovic, the NUN deputy secretary general, called me for the third time in one week. “Talk to your friends, we cannot allow this war to continue. I couldn’t agree more. When the NUN (New United Nations) was created seven years ago, it made its message clear to all member states. Global resources were under …

Nabil Shawkat

Ethanol boom could hurt world's poor

Egypt among countries that could be most vulnerable Reuters NEW YORK: The race to boost ethanol production could one day hurt food supply for many of the world s poor, an environmental expert said on Thursday. This is shaping up as competition between the 800 million people in the world that own automobiles and the …

Daily News Egypt

Orascom commissions plant in Iraq

Cement production in the third world has become big business with increasing environmental restrictions elsewhere CAIRO: Orascom Construction Industries (OCI) Cement Group announced that they have commissioned a cement facility in northern Iraq and are in the process of production. According to an official company statement, the rehabilitation of the 2.3 million ton per year …

Najla Moussa

Textile cluster exploits migration of industry from Europe

CAIRO: Over a century ago, Egypt s ruler Mohammed Ali took advantage of the halt of the American cotton trade owing to the civil war in that country and compelled Egyptian farmers to cultivate cotton almost exclusively. The cotton that was grown was long-staple, meaning that its fibers are longer than the other cotton produced …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

So that's what he said

From Bogotá to Berlin, from Sunday to Wednesday, people had been lip reading, guessing, presuming and supposing, trying to figure out what on earth did Italian devil defender Marco Materazzi say that was so bad, so insulting, so upsetting that Zinedine Zidane lost his head just by using it. Now we know, without the exact …

Alaa Abdel-Ghani

Alexandria isn't just about seafood

Selected picks of the culinary delights of the popular coastal city ALEXANDRIA: The summer time means more sun and sand. For Egyptians, the summertime also means more food. Since Alexandria is the main attraction in the summer, its array of foods has people enjoying their meals from morning to night. Alexandria, being a coastal city, …

Daily News Egypt

Arab states to meet in Cairo on Mideast violence

Reuters CAIRO: Arab governments agreed to send their foreign ministers to Cairo for an emergency meeting on Saturday to discuss Israeli attacks on Lebanon and the Palestinian territories, the Arab League said on Thursday. But the 22-member League has not yet seen specific proposals for a joint Arab response to the attacks in which Israel …

Jonathan Wright