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Taking stock after Lebanon's dust of war has settled

The Middle East is a place where the dust hardly ever settles. When it occasionally does, even for a short interval, since United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701 calling for a cessation of hostilities in Lebanon seems to be holding, it is time to take stock of events in the hopes that a responsible debate …

Daily News Egypt

Egypt receives 27 offers to buy Suez steel

CAIRO: Egypt s state-owned Banque du Caire has received offers from 27 investors to buy the state s 82 percent stake in Suez Steel, the bank said in a statement on Thursday. The bank said nine Egyptian investors and 18 foreign companies had bid for the stake. The bank will choose the three highest from …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Present and Tense: The D-Model

President Bush and I don’t get to spend much quality time together. I go to Camp David for the occasional peace talks, but it’s always work and no play. You give me Lebanon’s south I give you Iraq’s north, you reconstruct Beirut I wreck Basra then we switch – that sort of thing. But I …

Nabil Shawkat

Seven years of supplying the country with network solutions

Chinese company reflects on cooperation with local counterparts and its latest project with Telecom Egypt CAIRO: After joining forces with Telecom Egypt (TE) to provide DWDM technology for the local market, it was time for Huawei Technologies to announce its achievements on the domestic and regional level in the past couple of years and reflect …

Sarah El Sirgany

Police hunt suspected militants in Sinai

CAIRO: Egyptian police are searching for five suspected militants in Sinai, focusing on areas surrounding popular tourist resorts in the region and nearby Bedouin camps, security sources said. The sources said police were checking laptops for explosive devices that they believed were brought into the area by militants posing as tourists. Egypt s interior ministry …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Summer swing

  ŠΘ # # # The party was a success and many celebrities attended and were dancing the night away, here are Hind, Mohammed, Nermine and Mahmoud Abdulla with Farouk El Hilany and Tatu Sultan # # Khaled Saleh and Laila Elway

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Human rights organization issues report on migrant labor

Egyptian labor force abroad subject to abuse and deprived of rights CAIRO: For many Egyptians, working abroad seems like a golden opportunity to make good money and facilitate a better life for their families. Yet many end up making nothing and even imprisoned thousands of miles away from their homeland. The Egyptian Organization for Human …

Daily News Egypt

Was it a summer fling or the real thing?

Summer sets the mood for a short lived relationship, but not a long-term commitment, psychologists say CAIRO: In the summer it is very easy to fall in love. The setting is exotic and you are in a relaxed mood, enjoying yourself on stress-free days away from work. But can this summer fling make the transition …

Farah El Alfy

When a phone goes through puberty

The Motorola V3x is better classified as a transition phase in the Razr line CAIRO: Though the Motorola Razr phone has yet to be mistaken for a credit card, its remarkably sublime design has helped to build its iconic status among cell phone users. But that is no more. Its ubiquity has led the Razr …

Wael Elazab

Map your thoughts

Mind maps are a stress-free technique aimed at organizing your thinking process CAIRO: I admit it. I am a procrastinator. When an immediate solution doesn’t present itself, I push the problem aside to deal with later. With a looming deadline I usually come through at the last minute. I’ve told myself that I work better …

Aida Nassar

Opposition calls for human rights meeting

Muslim Brotherhood arrests and custody renewals prompt move CAIRO: Members of Egypt’s opposition forces, including some 100 who are represented in parliament, are calling on the People’s Assembly (lower house of parliament) to convene an emergency meeting of its human rights committee, in protest of the rounding up of Muslim Brotherhood members. In the past …

Pakinam Amer

Australia warns citizens of possible terrorist attack in Egypt

CANBERRA: The Australian government on Thursday warned its citizens there was a high threat of a terrorist attack in Egypt, including the tourist resort of Sharm El-Sheikh. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said in a travel advisory it had received credible information suggesting terrorists could attack targets in Egypt. It didn t provide …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt asks UN to give Sudan more time on peacekeepers

CAIRO: Egypt urged Britain and the United States Wednesday to give Sudan more time before pushing forward a UN resolution calling for the deployment of UN peacekeepers in war-torn Darfur. Egypt is engaged in contacts to convince the parties that drafted the resolution of the need to give more time for negotiations with the Sudanese …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Median interbank rate rises to 8.65 percent

CAIRO: The median overnight interbank rate on the pound rose to 8.65 percent on Thursday from Wednesday s 8.528 after auctions for higher-yielding certificates of deposit drained market liquidity, traders said. The recent auctions we have seen in the market have absorbed liquidity and there is a demand for high-yielding certificates, one dealer said. We …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Two deaths dominate Egyptian news

CAIRO: News of the death of modern Egypt’s greatest author Naguib Mahfouz, 94, the first Egyptian to win a Nobel Prize, dominates headlines in national and independent newspapers alike. Inside pages were dedicated to extensive coverage of the author’s biography and achievements. Mahfouz was hospitalized in July due to a fall. His death is attributed …

Pakinam Amer

World leaders, intellectuals mourn Naguib Mahfouz

CAIRO: Officials and cultural circles in Egypt and worldwide mourned the loss of one the greatest writers of modern times following the death Wednesday of Naguib Mahfouz. Leaders stressed the Egyptian novelist s commitment to peace and dialogue between civilizations, while friends and artists praised the pioneering nature of Mahfouz s works and his simple …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Best-known books by Naguib Mahfouz

Naguib Mahfouz wrote more than 50 novels, five plays and scores of short stories and essays, he depicted with startling realism the Egyptian Everyman balancing between tradition and the modern world. A look at some of the best-known works of the Nobel laureate: THE CAIRO TRILOGY: Published in the 1950s, this epic trilogy: Palace Walk, …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

The Father of Modern Arabic Literature

I first met Naguib Mahfouz shortly after arriving in Cairo in 1945. Aware that a renaissance of Arabic literature was taking place at the hands of a group of writers, of whom Naguib Mahfouz was one, I made a point of getting to know some of them and of trying to make their work known …

Daily News Egypt

Naguib Mahfouz, Egypt's Nobel laureate laid to rest

Novelist Naguib Mahfouz was laid to rest, yesterday, during a state funeral. Mahfouz, was hospitalized last month after he fell in the street, and died after suffering from a bleeding ulcer. He came to this world only to write, writer Youssef Al-Quaid told Egyptian television. He had an incredible ability to create and create all …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt begins defense of African Nations Cup

Reuters JOHANNESBURG: Champions Egypt head a list of 44 African countries who start their campaigns this weekend to qualify for the 2008 Nations Cup. Only Ivory Coast and Zimbabwe have the weekend off. The Egyptians should have little to fear against Burundi in Cairo on Saturday on their way to the 16-team final tournament in …

Daily News Egypt

From pashas to the people: Egyptian photography enters the information age

CAIRO: As an art form, photography in Egypt was once the province of a handful of Armenian artists who brought the first cameras to the country and established small downtown workshops. Their work was funded by the pashas and princes that once dominated the country’s cultural life, some of whom also began taking pictures as …


Football star Abdel Wahab dies in training

CAIRO: Egyptian international defender Mohamed Abdel Wahab died after collapsing on the training field on Thursday, club officials said. The 22-year-old, a member of the Egyptian side that won the African Nations Cup finals in February, was pronounced dead before arriving at hospital, his club Al Ahli added. Abdel Wahab, who would have turned 23 …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Lebanese musicians honor their nation in a somber but hopeful concert

CAIRO: Last night at the Cairo Opera House Lebanese musicians sang of love, suffering and change at a benefit concert entitled Beirut Won’t Cry. The meaningful performances were meant to signal the Lebanese people’s ability to rebuild their country after the destruction left by the Israeli aggression. Four weeks of air strikes tore apart clinics, …

Daily News Egypt

Bidding a fond farewell to the Arab world's Shakespeare

CAIRO: Egypt bade farewell Thursday to its Nobel prize-winning novelist Naguib Mahfouz, celebrated as one of the greatest writers in modern Arab literature, who died at the age of 94. Cairo s district of Nasr City was blocked off to traffic as Mahfouz, who died Wednesday after weeks of illness, was given a fully fledged …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

UNCTAD report proves conventional economic theories wrong

CAIRO: In what could be described as a revolutionary economic study, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) issued their 2006 report, rebuffing conventional theories governing economic growth and suggesting a potential change in domestic and international approach to economy. The widely accepted policies of the Washington Consensus that dictates that competitive exchange …

Sarah El Sirgany

EU to seek new Mideast talks based on 1967 borders

Reuters BRUSSELS: The European Union is set to launch a drive this week to revive long-stalled Middle East peace negotiations based on the principle of a return to Israel s 1967 borders, EU officials say. At an informal meeting in Finland on Friday and Saturday, foreign ministers of the 25-nation bloc will discuss how to …

Daily News Egypt

Word on the Street

Reacting to UN Resolution 1701 CAIRO: Following the 34-day war between Israel and Hezbollah, the UN Security Council imposed Resolution 1701. The resolution is aimed at ending the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah and the immediate cessation of any military operations. The Daily Star Egypt took to the streets to gauge the Egyptian public’s views …

Ahmad Aboul-Wafa