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Egyptian ferry rescued in Red Sea

CAIRO: An Egyptian ferry carrying about 1,000 passengers, mainly Muslim pilgrims, was rescued in the Red Sea after running into difficulty, the official MENA news agency reported Monday. The Cleopatra I sent distress signals when one of its engines broke down as it was heading to the Egyptian port of Suez. It was towed back …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Building bridges of understanding

Organization works to teach people how to present Islam CAIRO: To prepare its recently hired American employees for their new life in Cairo, the American Embassy in Egypt, in coordination with the Bridges Foundation, has organized a lecture about how to live in an Islamic country. The lecture was given by Fadel Soliman, founder of …

Daily News Egypt

Eight killed in building collapses

CAIRO: Eight people were killed when two buildings collapsed within hours of each other in Egypt, and rescuers were searching for any others who could be trapped in the rubble, security sources said on Monday. The two residential buildings, one in Cairo and another in the town of Qalyoub 20 km north of the city, …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egyptian workers stage Jordan pay protest

AMMAN: Around 200 Egyptian workers staged a peaceful protest Sunday outside the Amman governorate accusing their employer of not paying them, state-run Petra news agency reported. It said the unidentified firm failed to keep a promise to pay the workers 200 dinars ($280) monthly and provide them with living quarters and legal residency in Jordan. …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Al Ahli wins with early four-goal blitz

CAIRO: Holders Al Ahli scored four goals in an opening 20 minute blitz to easily beat Asante Kotoko of Ghana in their African Champions League Group A match on Saturday and ease closer to a semi-final place. The 4-0 win puts the Egyptian champions well in contention for the final four with two more matches …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

The anatomy of a downtown demo

“But they are my grandchildren’s age, were reportedly among the last words uttered by 72-year-old Ahmed Mustagir, geneticist, philosopher and poet, and one of Egypt’s greatest contemporary scientists, as he watched the televised coverage of the Israeli devastation of Lebanon from what was to prove to have been his deathbed. Yet again Arab children were …

Daily News Egypt

Alexandria event focuses on documentaries

Summer film festival defies myth that culture has no place in the sun CAIRO: Less than four months since the last one, the Fourth Caravan of the Euro-Arab Cinema opened last week in Alexandria and ended on Tuesday with a surprisingly successful round. The festival gave film lovers an uncommon opportunity, since most cultural activities …

Joseph Fahim

Deal for Israel-Hezbollah prisoner swap reportedly in the works

CAIRO: Israel and Lebanese militant group Hezbollah have reached a deal brokered by Germany for a prisoner exchange to take place within two or three weeks, the state-owned daily Al-Ahram reported Sunday. The prisoner swap between Hezbollah and Israel is to take place within two or three weeks maximum, thanks to a German mediation which …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Council discusses journalistic integrity

Journalists hope for a sign that the syndicate retains ultimate power CAIRO: Journalism is renowned for being a profession that at times lands those working in it in trouble. Unveiling information, criticizing authority and searching for news always brings journalists problems. But sometimes journalists make their own brand of trouble by taking the easy route …

Ahmad Aboul-Wafa

Egypt urges dialogue in Iranian nuclear standoff

Iran says it will pursue atomic work despite deadline TEHRAN: Iran insisted on Sunday it would never stop uranium enrichment despite a looming UN deadline intended to ensure it cannot develop atomic weapons. Egypt called Sunday for dialogue to resolve the long-running standoff over Iran s nuclear program, just four days before a UN Security …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Thanks to incentives for Qualified Industrial Zones, Egyptian textiles are reaching the U.S. market

CAIRO: After a slow start, Egypt s Qualified Industrial Zones (QIZs) are finally beginning to deliver significantly increased textile export growth. And, perhaps just as importantly for the long term, they are attracting fast-growing numbers of foreign investors. Top representatives of Italian fashion houses Ferragmo, Ermenegildo Zegna and Marioboselli recently toured Egypt to look at …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Head: Egypt, Sudan brace for Nile spate after Ethiopia floods

CAIRO: Egypt and Sudan braced Saturday for a major spate on the Nile after the worst flooding in a generation killed more than 600 people in the Ethiopian highlands where the Blue Nile has its source. Special commissions in the (Egyptian) ministry of irrigation and water resources are meeting on a regular basis to follow …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Muslim Brotherhood members arrested

Akef continues to slam government through statements CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood’s secretary general and 16 other leading group members were arrested during a recent meeting. State security has also revoked an earlier decision to release three senior group leaders, including the Brotherhood’s official spokesman Essam Al-Arian. “Through this excessive measure, [the government] has confirmed that …

Pakinam Amer

Ship home to stranded crew from Egypt to be auctioned

CHARLESTON, South Carolina: The crew of a stranded Egyptian freighter may have to stay on board another month, after a U.S. judge ordered the vessel be auctioned amid a shipping dispute. The Edco will be put up for auction Sept. 21, U.S. District Judge David Norton ruled Friday. Bidding on the 22,350-ton ship is expected …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Sports Talk: Uneven playing fields

This really is the summer of the cheat. Laboratory tests have caught three of the most compelling champions of their sport using banned substances to enhance their performances. World and Olympic 100-meter champion Justin Gatlin has been handed an eight-year ban from athletics after a doping violation. Gatlin will forfeit the world record he tied …

Alaa Abdel-Ghani

Egypt-Gaza border opens for a day, after weeks

Israeli air strikes wounds eight Palestinians in Gaza GAZA: The Gaza-Egypt border opened for a day Friday, after weeks of closure following the kidnapping of an Israeli soldier by Hamas-allied militants in Gaza. The brief opening of the Rafah terminal comes at the end of the summer travel season and will enable hundreds of stranded …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

While the world focuses on Lebanon, Gaza lay in ruins

CAIRO: The Gaza Strip has become a place where workers take pictures with anachronistic 200 Sheqel bills (approximately $50), and an entire community drops soldier into mundane telephone conversations to confuse Israeli intelligence. Wesam Ragad Abu Diab, a Palestinian studying at an Egyptian university, was in Gaza before Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was kidnapped by …

Deena Douara

Lebanon war tarnishes Egypt diplomatic prowess

Reuters CAIRO: Egypt s flagging prestige as a key broker in the Middle East has taken a further blow after its slow and indecisive response to the war between Hezbollah and Israel, analysts and political commentators said. At the start of the conflict last month, President Hosni Mubarak indirectly blamed Hezbollah for starting the war …

Daily News Egypt

Cairo bids joyous farewell to giant Ramses statue

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: Hundreds of thousands of people lined Cairo s streets Friday to bid farewell to one of the metropolis s landmarks as the colossal statue of Ramses II completed its journey from the polluted city to a spot near the Pyramids. Ramses should be happy. He would have cursed us from his tomb …

Daily News Egypt

Annual party

  ŠΘ # # # Hany Mahna, Farouk El Fishawy and Wahby Misheel # # Photography by Hassan IbrahimHazem Omran and Amr Balbaa

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Present and Tense: Nellie's secret

Dan was back from Beirut’s southern suburb, where he was taking care of routine business. A little war always lifts his spirits, but he looked a bit preoccupied. “I don’t know how to break the news to you, he said. I knew immediately what was coming. Only two weeks ago, he told me that his …

Nabil Shawkat

Crisis escalates between NTRA and MobiNil over EDGE technology

Noozz CAIRO: Mobile phone service provider MobiNil announced on Thursday that the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) had officially notified the company that the introduction of the 2.75G, or EDGE, network would require a special license. The industry regulator regards EDGE as similar to 3G technology which requires obtaining a license before installation. MobiNil, meanwhile, …

Daily News Egypt

More than just the land of Pharoahs

Egypt’s untapped tourism resources boundless CAIRO: Along with the Suez Canal and oil and gas revenues, tourism is one of Egypt’s main sources of foreign currency and, as the number of tourists increase every year, so does the importance of the money they pump into the national economy. Patterns, however, are shifting, with tourists looking …

Ahmad Aboul-Wafa

The silence and beauty of the Western Desert

Trip to Bahariya Oasis uncovers some of the country s unknown attractions BAHARIYA, Western Desert: The oases of Egypt are like few other places on earth; an awesome range of geographical features, terrain and wildlife are concentrated on the outskirts of the Sahara. Used in ancient times by the Egyptians for agriculture, the beautiful scenery …

Daily News Egypt

In Cairo, boom times for Arabic language schools

Demand for Arabic-speakers fuels surge in language school enrolments CAIRO: Tomader Rifaat has been in charge of the International Student Service Offices at AUC for 21 years, and she has never seen anything like this. “I remember 21 years ago, there were only 40 students in our study abroad program. And just a handful studied …


Mubarak takes fresh swipe at Syria over Lebanon

CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak has suggested that his detractors have lost their nerve, and asked God to calm them, in the latest verbal jab at Damascus over the Arab stance on the conflict in Lebanon. I hold my nerve and I am unflappable in the face of provocation. May God calm those who have lost …

Daily Star Egypt Staff