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Word on the Street

CAIRO: How the government has performed in light of recent events, such as the outbreak of bird flu in the country and the ferry disaster in February, has people talking. The government has been ridiculed, both in local and international press, for its handling of certain situation, with the most notable being its reaction to …

Ahmad Aboul-Wafa

Poultry industry set to recover says union

CAIRO: As alarm over the avian influenza virus H5N1 has begun to dissipate among the public over recent weeks and with demand for chicken rising, the poultry industry appears set to make a recovery. Demand for poultry products has definitely risen over recent weeks, as have sales, said Mohammed Al-Shafei, director of the General Union …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

King Tut comes to Chicago

Agence France-Presse CHICAGO: The blockbuster King Tut exhibit opens in Chicago today with eerily displayed artifacts offering a window into the world of the pharaohs. Glittering gold statues stand guard in rooms designed to look like tombs and the voice of film star Omar El-Sharif narrates an audio guide that gruesomely describes the mummification process. …

Daily News Egypt

IFC signs on to support oil and gas projects

CAIRO: The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, announced that it has signed a $25 million financing package for Rally Energy Corporation, a Calgary-based oil and gas firm, to support upstream oil and gas projects in Egypt and Pakistan to help strengthen energy production in order to meet …

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

Democracy and the ruling elite

CAIRO: Political protests have become a common scene in Cairo in recent weeks. While yesterday s wide-scale demonstrations concluded without violence, previous protests were less benign with plain-clothed and uniformed security forces beating demonstrators. Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif described previous protests, which were concerned with free press and an independent and effective judiciary, as dominated …


Violence averted during solidarity protests

CAIRO: The much-anticipated “Black Wednesday anniversary went smoothly, as hundreds of Kefaya (Enough) movement and other activists gathered in front of the journalists syndicate. Despite an attempt to march down the road, which was blocked by black clad soldiers, they stayed on the steps and yelled out chants and opposition slogans for hours, Thursday. From …

Joseph Mayton

Egypt calls Israeli West Bank raid provocative

CAIRO: Egypt described an Israeli raid into the West Bank town of Ramallah on Wednesday as provocative and incompatible with peace efforts. We demand an immediate end to the use of disproportionate violent measures which are likely to deepen the chasm between the sides, said Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul-Gheit. He was reacting to a raid …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Sinai Bedouins aid police in terror hunt

CAIRO: Sinai Bedouins have pledged their assistance to Egyptian security forces in their search for people suspected of involvement in deadly attacks on Red Sea tourist resorts in the last two years, the official news agency MENA reported Saturday. There is an agreement between all the tribe leaders of central Sinai to help the security …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Journalists face trial for denouncing vote-rigging

CAIRO: Three Egyptian journalists and a lawyer were charged by a criminal court Wednesday for denouncing state-sponsored fraud in last year s parliamentary elections, judicial sources told AFP. Wael Al-Ibrashi and Hoda Abu Bakr, both journalists with the independent Sawt Al-Umma weekly, were charged with slandering a local electoral commission chief and publishing the names …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Authorities free 41 students detained during street protests

CAIRO: Authorities have released 41 students detained during street protests last week in support of two pro-reform judges, a security official said Thursday. The students included members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group and the opposition movement Kefaya, (Enough) said the official on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Warnings for WTO deal as trade talks flounder in Paris

Agence France-Presse PARIS: A senior U.S. official cast doubt Wednesday on chances the WTO will be able to wrap up a global trade deal by December and Egypt warned that negotiations could collapse if the needs of developing countries were ignored. There s an awful lot of work that has to be done and frankly …

Daily News Egypt

Median interbank rate falls to 8.15 percent

CAIRO: The median overnight interbank rate on the pound dipped to 8.15 percent on Thursday from Wednesday s 8.27 percent, with the cancellation of a T-bill auction boosting liquidity in the market, bankers said. The Finance Ministry had offered 364-day T-bills worth LE 1.5 billion ($260 million) for auction on Thursday and issue on May …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Stocks fall in early trade, wipe out rebound

CAIRO: Egyptian stocks extended this week s heavy losses in early trade on Thursday in a bout of panic-selling by small investors and Gulf investors, traders said. The benchmark Hermes index was 4.9 percent lower at 12:25 GMT at 44,132.50 points, and the Case 30 was off 5.4 percent at 5,017.14 points. The slump in …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt asks Interpol to arrest owner of sunken ferry

CAIRO: Egypt issued an arrest warrant Wednesday which it transferred to Interpol against a businessman who fled to London after one of his ferries sank in the Red Sea, killing more than 1,000 people. Prosecutor Maher Abdel Wahed is seeking the arrest of Mamduh Ismail and his son Amr who left Egypt in the aftermath …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Arab art auction garners impressive results

Associated Press DUBAI: The status-obsessed Gulf emirate of Dubai notched another milestone Wednesday as international auction house Christie s pulled off the Middle East s first major international art auction, selling paintings by Indian artists for more than a half-million dollars apiece, among total sales that reached $8.5 million. A handful of American works changed …

Daily News Egypt

Press Round-up

CAIRO: With the World Economic Forum on the Middle East making headlines, newspapers covered a variety of topics this week including the stock market crash, subsidiaries, Palestinian links to the Dahab bombings and the latest Amnesty International report. Al-Akhbar said in the paper’s editorial that the “forum has confirmed the world’s trust in our economy. …

Sarah El Sirgany

National Bank of Bahrain looking at Egyptian bank

CAIRO: The Central Bank of Egypt has given National Bank of Bahrain clearance to do a due diligence study on Egypt s Delta International Bank, the Egyptian stock exchange said in a statement. Similar statements in the past have been the prelude to takeover bids in the banking sector, which the government is trying to …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

EU outlines farm moves

Reuters PARIS: The European Union outlined to the United States on Tuesday how it might improve on its agricultural offer in a long-delayed global trade round and said the next move must come from Washington, an EU official said. EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson and Susan Schwab, who is expected to be confirmed as U.S. …

Daily News Egypt

Wide-scale protests expected today

CAIRO: After weeks of violent demonstrations and the anniversary of “Black Wednesday looming today, activist groups are expected to continue to put pressure on the Egyptian government. Last week, violence erupted for the second straight week as demonstrators showing their solidarity with judges Mahmoud Mekki and Hisham El-Bastawisy. Plainclothes police grabbed protesters from the procession, …

Joseph Mayton

El-Bastawisy leaves hospital and thanks his supporters

CAIRO: An Egyptian judge reprimanded for blowing the whistle on alleged electoral fraud left the hospital Tuesday morning after heart surgery, his wife said. Hesham El-Bastawisy suffered a heart attack last Wednesday and underwent two operations to unclog his coronary arteries, Ulfat Al-Sahli told The Associated Press by telephone from her home in Cairo. El-Bastawisy, …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Devil in disguise

CAIRO: With the increase in credit card usage, shopping is getting easier. But as the bill reaches a new high every month, card owners are also paying the even higher price of compromising their financial safety, especially if they are fans of Internet shopping. Legal systems around the world, and especially in Egypt, are still …

Sarah El Sirgany

WHO chief warns of bird flu "blind spots"

Reuters GENEVA: Bird flu threatens human lives in hundreds and possibly thousands of disease blind spots around the globe, the late head of the World Health Organization said in remarks prepared before his death. The UN agency issued the report on Tuesday to the organization s annual assembly of Director-General Lee Jong-wook, who died on …

Daily News Egypt

Farafra trip

  ŠΘ # # # The field trip was jointly run by the Math and Geography departments at BISC and focused on learning through experience, above, Kareem Bishara, Ary Erzingatzian and Mazen Nadim # # Students were able to take part in a White Desert tour and discuss ecotourism with industry leaders as well as …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Placing brings Egypt's El Sewedy Cables to market

CAIRO: Major shareholders in El Sewedy Cables raised LE 1.29 billion ($224 million) through a private placing carried out through the Egyptian stock exchange, a company statement said on Wednesday. The shareholders, many of them members of the Sewedy family, sold 30 million shares, or half the company s stock, at LE 43 a share, …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Taking a stride in the technology race

CAIRO: Under the auspices of Tarek Kamel, minister of communication and information technology, Orascom Telecom (OT) and Intel Capital, the venture capital investment arm of Intel Corporation, announced on Tuesday that they have signed an agreement to create Orascom Telecom WiMAX Limited. This joint venture company will work with the government and private sector to …

Najla Moussa

Verbal clash continues with Interior Ministry

CAIRO: Muslim Brotherhood members in parliament continue to appeal for what they have called a “confrontation with the Ministry of Interior and the Prime Minister. The Brotherhood says they still need explanations and justifications for the events of “Black Wednesday, involving large-scale arrests of Brotherhood members. “This is pressure, not only on the interior minister, …

Pakinam Amer

Zahar says Palestinian extremists collaborating with Sinai bombers are not from Hamas or Jihad

CAIRO: Palestinian extremists who Egypt alleges helped militants carry out terror attacks on Sinai tourist resorts are not connected to the Palestinian groups Hamas or Islamic Jihad, the foreign minister of the Hamas-led Palestinian government said Wednesday. The Egyptian Interior Ministry announced the accusations a day earlier, directly linking Palestinian and Egyptian militants for the …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

CORRECTION

In the May 24 edition of the newspaper, story entitled “Mubarak lashes out at press over coverage of protests, The Associated Press erroneously attributed critical comments in a newspaper editorial to President Hosni Mubarak. The editorial in the Al-Gomhuria newspaper, not Mubarak, criticized news coverage of police actions during the protests as libel and blasphemy …

Daily Star Egypt Staff