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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

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 the …

AP

Egypt's energy bill increased sevenfold in a decade, Fahmy admits

CAIRO: Minister of Petroleum Sameh Fahmy said on Wednesday that the cost of buying oil and natural gas from foreign partners has increased sevenfold over the past ten years, citing an international upsurge in energy prices as the main reason behind the increase. He pointed out that the government paid as much as $5.7 billion …

Noozz

Al-Ahli face tough task against free-scoring ASEC

Reuters JOHANNESBURG: Al-Ahli face the prospect of determined rear guard action when they face Ivory coast side ASEC Abidjan, who have an enviable goal scoring record at home, in Sunday s African Champions League semi-final second leg tie. Al-Ahli won 2-0 in Cairo in the first encounter at the start of the month and are …

Daily News Egypt

Syria's ruling party rejects Israeli invitation for President Assad to visit Jerusalem

DAMASCUS: Syria on Thursday rejected Israel s invitation for President Bashar Al-Assad to visit Jerusalem, saying the Israeli gesture reflected the country s weak position after its war with Lebanon. The rejection came in a front page editorial in the ruling party s Al-Baath newspaper, which said: Israel knows … that no Syrian citizen would …

AP

'Air born' baby gets 18 years of free flights

KUWAIT CITY: A baby girl born aboard an Egypt-bound Jazeera Airways flight will be able to fly the Kuwait-based airline for free until the age of 18, the carrier said Thursday. The baby was delivered by a traveling doctor and two cabin crew members en route between Kuwait City and Alexandria, in northern Egypt, after …

AFP

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

Masters of an ancient complex art

Calligraphy makes sweeping strokes at the El-Sawy CAIRO: For Ramadan, the El-Sawy Cultural Wheel highlights one of the most important forms of Islamic art: calligraphy. Featuring 32 contemporary artists from Egypt, this show contains a variety of types of calligraphy, ranging from the simple and traditional, to bright and modern. Artists use four of the …

Daily News Egypt

Health clinic aims to educate

Volunteers confront myths, misconceptions and suspicions about sex Shebin El-Kom, Menufiya Governorate: When six teenage volunteers helped launch a sexual health center for youth in this conservative farming town three years ago, many of the locals were suspicious. Instead of lauding the teens’ efforts to educate young people and bust long-held myths about sex, some …

Jered Stuffco

Word on the Street

Taking the court to the street CAIRO: Though politics occupies a limited amount of people s interests during Ramadan, these days the case of Talaat El-Sadat, parliament member and nephew of slain President Anwar El-Sadat, has grabbed many people’s attention. El-Sadat, the nephew, lost his parliamentary immunity at the request of the military prosecutor after …

Daily News Egypt

Brotherhood travel, dorm bans lead local press

CAIRO: The plans of the National Democratic Party for the country, the status of the Muslim Brotherhood in politics and within civil society and recollections of the October 6, 1973 victory dominated editorials this week. News about the Muslim Brotherhood led the front pages, consequently providing various topics for discussion in editorials. The security forces …

Sarah El Sirgany

Poll finds most Egyptians haven't heard of opinion polls

CAIRO: An Egyptian government opinion poll showed 61 percent of those surveyed had never heard of opinion polls, the official Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported on Thursday. The poll, conducted by the Cabinet s Information and Decision Support Centre, also showed that only 10 percent of those surveyed had taken part in opinion polls …

Reuters

Visa announces global restructuring

Intends to begin the IPO process and list its shares on a major stock exchange SAN FRANCISCO: Visa announced this week that it intends to restructure its organization in order to create a new public global corporation called Visa Inc. As a part of this restructuring, Visa Europe will remain a membership association, owned and …

Agencies

Moody's downgrades Egypt's credit rating

Report praises accounting modifications for greater transparency CAIRO: Moody s Investors Service downgraded Egypt s government bond ratings to Baa3 with a negative outlook in local currency and Ba1 with a stable outlook in foreign currency, the organization reported earlier this week. The annual report, Egypt: 2006 Credit Analysis, rates the country on the risk …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Telecom Egypt eyes Saudi market

Reuters CAIRO: The country s sole fixed-line telecoms operator, Telecom Egypt, is considering competing for Saudi Arabia s second fixed-line license next year, a senior company executive said on Thursday. Saudi authorities are expected to offer the second fixed-line and the third mobile licenses in 2007. Of course we would have to look at the …

Alaa Shahine

Television campaigns against terrorism

Backers are shadowy but message is clear in graphic TV ad against terrorism Associated Press CAIRO: A TV commercial aimed at thwarting terrorism has hit Middle Eastern TV networks using high-tech effects to show the anatomy of a suicide bombing in graphic detail. The $1 million (LE 5.74 million) ad is packed with special effects …

Daily News Egypt

Rally takes competitors on spectacular trip through the desert

CAIRO: Ten days in Egypt, seven days racing, the Pharaons International Cross Country Rally 2006was a highly successful event across the board. Four hundred and fifty people, as opposed to the 390 that attended last year, set out on a grueling 3,000 kilometer run through the Sahara Desert. The race began under the watchful gaze …

Daily News Egypt

Murderer turns up TV to hide sounds of struggle

Shoe thief apprehended, uncle stabs nephew over shirt and pants CAIRO: Many Egyptians have turned reading the crime section in newspapers into a hobby, some even buying the newspaper only to read about the most recent crimes. Some tabloids, including national ones, even specialize in crime and accident news. Crime enthusiasts over the past few …

Ahmad Aboul-Wafa

Human rights delegation to investigate Abdel Latif case

CAIRO: A delegation of human rights organizations met with El-Minya Governorate officials to discuss the Mohamed Ali Abdel Latif case, who was cleared of charges in Sept. 6, 2006 accusing him of gruesomely killing 10 people, including four children, in Dec. 2005. A delegation of several prominent Egyptian human rights organizations reportedly met with the …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Rachid after closer ties with Russia

Moscow trip enforces economic Eastern-shift policies, seeks progress on FTA CAIRO: Minister of Foreign Trade and Industry (MFTI) Rachid Mohamed Rachid arrived in Moscow yesterday to begin a three-day visit aimed at boosting bilateral trade and moving forward on free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations. Rachid s trip comes just one month after a nine-day visit …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Telecoms help send Egyptian shares higher

CAIRO: Egyptian shares edged higher on Wednesday, driven by optimism about telecom firms and with investors also buying undervalued stocks, traders said. Telecom Egypt was among the day s best performers, gaining around 3 percent to close at LE 15.75 ($2.75) per share after officially concluding a deal to increase its stake in Vodafone Egypt …

Reuters

IMC secures LE 890 million of loans to manufacturers in fifteen months

CAIRO: The EU-financed Industry Modernization Center has coordinated with a number of Egyptian banks for offering LE 890 million of loans to manufacturers over the fifteen months from July 2005 to September 2006, according to Helmi Abul Eish, the executive director of the IMC. Abul Eish added that the IMC has provided financial services to …

Noozz

'Fatwa' website forum thrives during Ramadan

Muslims can t eat and drink while fasting, but what about smoking Agence-France Presse CAIRO: A Cairo-based website has become a thriving meeting place for Muslim Internet surfers eager to read fatwas on what can and cannot be done under Islamic law during Ramadan, the month of fasting. We don t stop. We issue 300 …

Daily News Egypt

Egypt still battling with bird flu, new case detected

CAIRO: A new case of human bird flu, the first since May, was detected in Egypt Wednesday, indicating behavior has been slow to change despite widespread awareness campaigns, officials and experts said. Health officials announced the H5N1 strain of bird flu, its most aggressive form, had been detected in a woman from the northern delta …

AFP

Israeli strike hits home of Hamas lawmaker in Gaza

Reuters GAZA: An Israeli missile hit the Gaza Strip home of a well known lawmaker from the governing Islamist group Hamas on Wednesday in what the army said was an attack on a weapons factory. In the West Bank city of Nablus, Palestinian hospital workers said a civilian had been shot dead during an Israeli …

Daily News Egypt

UN eyes prompt Israel pullout from Lebanese village

BEIRUT: The United Nations representative in Lebanon said on Wednesday that a solution was near on the matter of Israeli troops who continue to occupy the Lebanese border village of Ghajar. We discussed the issue of Ghajar and we are confident that we will find very soon a good solution to the question of Ghajar, …

AFP

Egypt Islamists lambast Straw for veil remarks

CAIRO: The leader of Egypt s opposition Muslim Brotherhood on Wednesday hit out at Britain s Jack Straw for his comments on the Islamic veil. I feel like telling Jack Straw: mind your own business, Mohammed Mehdi Akef told AFP. It s a politically-motivated position from which he hopes to gain. Straw, the leader of …

AFP