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Housing policy gets mixed reviews

CAIRO: The government s policy on low-income housing districts received mixed reactions from experts, with some praising it for providing basic utilities and others criticizing it for not addressing the root cause of slum growth. A new UN-Habitat report, The State of the World s Cities 2006-7, praises the government for investing in electricity, water …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

The Yacoubian Building" broaches taboo topics in Egyptian society

CAIRO: Marked by both controversy and praise, “The Yacoubian Building opened in cinemas around Cairo. Fans of the best-selling novel that the movie is based upon flocked to Monday night’s screenings, expectations flaring as tickets sold out rapidly. The Opera House premiere began with a red carpet entrance, with young female stars like Somaya El-Khashab, …

Pakinam Amer

Kharafi announces major expansion of Marsa Alam International Airport

CAIRO: The M.A. Kharafi Group of Kuwait, the developer, financier and concessionaire of the Marsa Alam International Airport, the international gateway airport to Egypt’s South Red Sea Marsa Alam Coast, has announced that they are undertaking a major expansion of the airport that will double the terminal size, increase the runway length to handle larger …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

IT security needed for SME growth

CAIRO: With approximately two million small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the country, and more popping up on the radar, increasing importance has been placed on the SME sector in Egypt and its role in job creation and export promotion. Unfortunately, not many SMEs are making it big because the government, in its efforts to …

Najla Moussa

UN statement condemns government's actions

CAIRO: Three independent United Nations human rights experts condemned the actions of the Egyptian government during the dispute with judges Mahmoud Mekki and Hisham El Bastawisy. The experts expressed their concern in regard to the decision to transfer Mekki and El Bastawisy to the disciplinary council. The statement was issued by Leandro Despouy, special rapporteur …

Joseph Mayton

Jordan denies rift with Syria for Egypt to settle

AMMAN: Jordan strongly denied Monday reported comments by President Hosni Mubarak suggesting that Cairo was mediating a crisis between Amman and Damascus. There is no Egyptian mediation bid between Jordan and Syria, government spokesman Nasser Jawdeh told a weekly news conference. There is no crisis between Jordan and Syria. Relations between our two countries are …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

European monitors close Gaza crossing with Egypt

GAZA CITY: European monitors closed the Gaza Strip s border crossing with Egypt on Tuesday in response to a security alert in the area, officials said. Europeans at the Rafah crossing told the Palestinians operating the passage to close the crossing, said a spokesman for the European monitors, Julio De La Guardia. Israel had warned …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Students connect with the stock market

CAIRO: The American University in Cairo (AUC) will establish a finance lab that will be connected directly to the Cairo and Alexandria Stock Exchange (CASE) The facility, which will include a simulated trading room, is being funded by a donation of $250,000 by Citadel Capital. It will, in effect, recreate the environment of the Cairo …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

Median interbank rate rises to 8.24 percent

CAIRO: The median overnight interbank rate on the pound rose to 8.24 percent on Tuesday from 8.058 percent on Monday, sidelined by a Central Bank auction of seven-day certificates, bankers said. The bankers said liquidity was lower because banks had little interest in dealing in the interbank market due to a preference for the Central …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Case put forth by Bahai couple postponed

CAIRO: An appeal made in the case of a Bahai couple against the government was postponed yesterday until September 16. Nothing substantial was reached at the hearing, with an advisory report that was supposed to be given to the court by the government failing to appear. The government asked for and received a postponement of …

Joseph Mayton

Fury in Egypt over Ghana's Israeli flag waver

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: Ghana defender John Paintsil s waving of an Israeli flag to celebrate his team s World Cup goals drew a barrage of insults and furious reactions in Monday s Egyptian newspapers. Paintsil, who plays for Israeli club Hapoel Tel Aviv, celebrated the two goals in Ghana s 2-0 win over the Czech …

Daily News Egypt

Police detain 31 Islamists in Marsa Matrouh

CAIRO: Police arrested 31 members of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood on Monday in the Mediterranean city of Marsa Matrouh, a security source told AFP. Thirty-one members of the Muslim Brotherhood from Alexandria were detained while on holiday in Marsa Matrouh for belonging to an outlawed group, the source said. The Brotherhood, which is officially banned, …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Making AIDS a private sector responsibility

Thirty companies join the fight against the global epidemic CAIRO: More than 30 of Egypt’s biggest private sector companies have recently joined the fight against AIDS in Egypt, making this global epidemic a private sector business. Realizing the negative impact AIDS will have on their businesses if not addressed, a number of international and local …

Najla Moussa

Mentoring as a way of life

Valerie Morris stresses the importance of mentoring CAIRO: You must reach back in order to move forward, is advice Valerie Morris first heard from her mother at an early age. In order to do well for yourself, you must do it for other people, she had told her. Fighting back tears as she remembers her …

Sarah El Sirgany

Press Round-up: Discussions between Mubarak and Abdullah make headlines

Palestinian issues, student exams top local news CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak’s summit with King Abdullah II of Jordan in the Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh dominated headlines; the leaders discussed the Arab situation including escalating conflicts between Palestinian factions and the Israeli raids on Gaza. After a two-hour meeting, reports Xinhua news agency, Foreign …

Pakinam Amer

Bank offers 82 percent stake in steel firm

CAIRO: Egypt s state-owned Banque du Caire will sell by auction the state s 82 percent stake in Suez Steel, the Investment Ministry said in an announcement in Al Ahram newspaper on Monday. The offer is open to strategic investors or groups of investors, who will have to declare an interest in the stake by …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Runaway rumors wreak havoc

What’s behind the uproar of The Da Vinci Code, the Bahai, Danish cartoons and the rumors-law? CAIRO: It s either one way or another, one extreme or the other. That is how we run things in Egypt. We either don t acknowledge bird flu or we kill all the birds; The Da Vinci Code is …

Sarah El Sirgany

World Refugees Day

Participating in global events that draw attention to refugee plight CAIRO: Student Action for Refugees (STAR) hosted the fourth annual World Refugees Day on June 17 at the American University in Cairo (AUC) to celebrate cultural diversity and raise awareness about issues concerning refugees and forced migration. The event featured live music and dance performances, …

Safaa Abdoun

Xerox pursues wider range of document services

CAIRO: Having established its printing services with a number of large clients, Xerox plans to expand its range of document solutions in Egypt. Xerox currently serves several local companies that have a sizeable customer base and a need to communicate with those customers through customized documents such as bills, statements and pay slips. Documents that …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

Foreign companies looking at the Egyptian tourism sector

CAIRO: The Egyptian Company for Touristic Resorts has struck a deal with Al Shahin Group for Investments, a Jordanian company, to sell 1.5 million square meters of Sahl Hashish on which the group intends to build a resort with a marina for a total investment cost of $300 million. Recently, the Egyptian government has been …

Najla Moussa

Popular support swells for journalists on trial

CAIRO: The press syndicate continues to vehemently protest two parliament-proposed press laws and the prosecution of three prominent opposition journalists. At their trial Sunday, independent Sawt Al-Umma journalists Wael El-Ebrashi and Hoda Abu Bakr, and Afaq Arabiyya’s Abdel-Hakim Al-Shamy did not have the chance to plead innocent to charges of libel. As relatives and supporters …

Pakinam Amer

Identity of Zarqawi's successor remains enigma

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: The true identity of Abu Ayyub Al-Masri, the man said to have succeeded the slain Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi as leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, remains an enigma in his reported homeland of Egypt. His real name is Yussef Al-Dardiri, he is around 38 years old and he comes from Upper Egypt, Montasser …

Daily News Egypt

Abbas says EU funding mechanism 'not adequate' during visit to Egypt

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas said Saturday an EU funding mechanism for the cash-strapped Palestinians was not adequate after a meeting with President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo. The mechanism is I believe not adequate because the funds must go through the government, Abbas told reporters, referring to how under the EU plan the …

Daily News Egypt

Palestinian foreign minister says he'll keep funneling cash through crossing

GAZA CITY: The Palestinian foreign minister who returned from a seven-nation trip with $20 million in his luggage says he will continue to funnel money across the Egyptian border despite European objections. The European monitoring mission has complained that the entry of money through the Rafah crossing violates a U.S.-brokered agreement giving Palestinians control over …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Trial opens for 14 implicated in Cairo terror attacks

CAIRO: Fourteen people went on trial Saturday for assisting in three terrorist attacks last year in Cairo that killed two French tourists and an American. All 14 defendants, two of whom are women, pleaded innocent to charges that included collaborating in the April 2005 attacks, the unlicensed possession of weapons, ammunition and explosives, harboring fugitives …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt and Jordan discuss "Arab differences"

SHARM EL-SHEIKH: President Hosni Mubarak met Jordanian King Abdullah II on Sunday to discuss certain Arab differences and Cairo s efforts to resolve them, in reference to recent tensions between Amman and Damascus. The two leaders met in Sharm El-Sheikh, where Mubarak is due to meet his Syrian counterpart Bashar Al-Assad on Tuesday, official sources …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Brotherhood member detained after acquittal

CAIRO: Egyptian authorities detained prominent Muslim Brotherhood member Hassan El-Hayawan last week immediately after a court acquitted him of firearms and other charges, the Brotherhood said on Sunday. Hayawan, a university professor in the Nile Delta province of Sharkia, was arrested during last year s parliamentary elections on charges which the Brotherhood said were fabricated …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt, China discuss economic relations

CAIRO: Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao on Sunday denied his country was seeking to become a counterbalance to the United States by boosting ties with Africa as he kicked off a tour of the continent. He said his booming economy was in need of Africa s natural resources but hit back at accusations that Beijing …

Daily Star Egypt Staff