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  ŠΘ # # # This casual event was a great success as guests enjoyed food from the grill, salads and deserts, here are Amelia Vinobel and Carolina Held # # Photography by Hassan IbrahimThe event started at 5:00 p.m. and went on into night time, here are Miriam and David

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Doha Round could still be a success in 2007 – WTO chief

GENEVA: Frozen talks on reducing barriers to global commerce could be revived and brought to a successful conclusion by the end of 2007, World Trade Organization chief Pascal Lamy said on Thursday. Lamy said that he still believed it was possible for the 149 trading nations which make up the WTO to overcome their differences, …

AFP

Syria defies US threat, still backs Hamas, Hezbollah

DAMASCUS: Syria will keep supporting Hamas and Hezbollah despite U.S. threats to impose more sanctions on it, a government newspaper said on Thursday. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice threatened this week to toughen sanctions Washington imposed on Syria in 2004, mainly because of its support for the two movements, which Washington regards as terrorist …

Reuters

Turkey accepts pope's efforts to soothe anger over remarks on Islam

ROME: Turkey has accepted Pope Benedict XVI s efforts to make amends for his recent remarks on Islam and violence, a top Turkish official said Thursday in Rome. We thought the words were unfortunate, but, on the other hand, we [have accepted] the pope s corrective attempts, said Ali Babacan, Turkey s economy minister and …

AP

Lebanese president slams Chirac over summit snub

PARIS: Lebanon s pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud Thursday accused his French counterpart Jacques Chirac of barring him from a summit of French-speaking countries, saying it was an interference in Lebanese affairs. The president of Romania does what Chirac tells him to do, Lahoud told France Inter radio. President Chirac told him a few months ago …

AFP

Rice in Israel, Palestinian territories next week; will also visit Egypt

JERUSALEM: U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will visit Israel and the Palestinian territories next week during a 24-hour stopover as part of a regional tour, a diplomatic source told AFP Thursday. Secretary of State Rice will be arriving in Israel and the Palestinian territories for talks with [Palestinian] President [Mahmoud] Abbas and Israeli leaders …

AFP

Unpaid policemen close roads in Gaza, burn tires

Reuters GAZA: Hundreds of Palestinian police and security officers blocked all main roads in Gaza City with garbage containers and burning tires on Thursday in a protest over largely unpaid wages. Policemen, firing rifles into the air, turned some garbage bins upside down, causing rubbish to spill out and also broke up concrete to halt …

Daily News Egypt

More than 20 killed in series of traffic disasters

CAIRO: A truck ran over a minibus in southern Egypt on Thursday, killing 20 people and seriously wounding one, police said. The accident occurred at 6 a.m. in the town of Maghagha in the Minya province, about 220 km south of Cairo. The minibus tried to overtake a car on a two-lane road, and hit …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egyptians relish Ramadan nightlife on the Nile

CAIRO: Ramadan is a holy month where people fast, feel at one with the poor and are very charitable. It is also a month where people go out late, smoke lots of shisha and play backgammon. Egyptians have created a Ramadan culture, based mainly on the local love of staying up late and socializing; we …

Farah El Alfy

Celebrating Ramadan around the world

National Geographic, as part of its series Holidays Around the World, has published a book Celebrate Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr with Praying, Fasting and Charity. Bound by one religion, Muslims worldwide share similarities in the way they observe the holy month. As opposed to showing the similarities, the book s strong photographic images, however, highlight …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Restorative Ramadan evenings

Restored Beit Al-Harawi has helped restore Cairo’s cultural scene Even before entering the house, the oud music greeted us. Inside the courtyard a group of young musicians, led by Iraqi oud player Naseer Shamma, were rehearsing for an upcoming performance. It seemed the perfect soundtrack to a tour of Beit Al-Harawi house. Since its restoration …

Aida Nassar

Ahmed Askalany comments on modern life in Sound Body, Sound Mind

CAIRO: It might be easy to assume that local sculptor Ahmed Askalany is a dour nihilist. His new show entitled “Sound Body, Sound Mind, which runs at the Mashrabia Gallery until October 12, features hulking slabs of clay, iron and plastic and explores themes such as isolation, betrayal and the loss of individuality. However, in …

Daily News Egypt

Word on the Street

Gamal Mubarak drops the bomb: Egypt wants nuclear power CAIRO: While the recent annual National Democratic Party meeting tackled a number of issues, perhaps the most covered was the announcement by Gamal Mubarak that Egypt plans to restart its civilian nuclear power research program. The government s Supreme Council for Energy met on Sunday for …

Ahmad Aboul-Wafa

Italian intelligence chief under fire in CIA kidnap scandal

ROME: The head of Italy s military intelligence service came under heavy fire from parliamentarians Wednesday over allegations that he helped the CIA kidnap a Milan-based imam, said Italian news agency ANSA. In an extremely tense hearing in front of the Parliamentary Committee for Control of the Secret Services (COPACO), Nicolo Pollari repeatedly refused to …

AFP

All in the family

Housewife finds new way of bringing family together – robbery CAIRO: The Cairo Bureau of Investigations recently arrested a family gang. A 61-year-old housewife from Hadaeq El-Qubba apparently found a way to supplement the family income. Nagwa Goma Mohamed roped in both her daughters, her son-in-law and her sister to form a gang to rob …

Daily News Egypt

Moody releases report on Egyptian banks

CAIRO: Implementation of the banking sector reform plan, now well under way, is resulting in a strengthening banking system, says Moody s Investors Service in its new Banking System Outlook for Egypt. Nevertheless, the ongoing reform process still has some way to go. According to Moody s, the Egyptian government has acknowledged the longstanding issues …

Reuters

Stocks edge up in quiet Ramadan

CAIRO: Stocks edged upwards on Thursday in quiet Ramadan trade at the end of the third quarter. Interest in Vodafone Egypt subsided on an announcement that Cairo-based business group Alkan will accept Telecom Egypt s offer to buy its 5 percent stake in Vodafone at 100 pounds a share. The Egyptian press had speculated that …

Reuters

Egypt signs 10 agreements on $405 million of American grants

CAIRO: The Egyptian Minister of International Cooperation Fayza Abul Naga has signed 10 agreements on financial grants provided by U.S. economic aid to Egypt at a combined value of $405 million. The funds will be used to support efforts to revamp infrastructure in health and education, in addition to supporting economic reforms and the private …

Agencies

Alkan chairman accepts Telecom Egypt offer

CAIRO: Alkan chairman Mohamed Nosseir has accepted Telecom Egypt s offer of LE 100 ($17.42) a share for the business group s 5 percent stake in Vodafone Egypt, a Vodafone Egypt spokeswoman said. The company has been notified that the chairman has submitted sell orders for Alkan s stake, investor relations manager Marwa El Ayouti …

Reuters

EFG-Hermes receives online trading licence

CAIRO: EFG-Hermes announced yesterday that it has received approval from Egypt s Central Monitory Authority to launch and operate its online trading in Egypt. Since launching online trading in the UAE in May 2006, trading volumes have grown 10 fold. Mamdouh El Baz, regional head of On-Line Trading for EFG-Hermes, said Now our customers in …

Agencies

Jordanian Group to build $2 billion resort in Sahl Hasheesh

CAIRO: Jordanian-based Shaheen Group unveiled plans Wednesday to construct a $2 billion (LE 11.5 billion) resort in Sahl Hasheesh near Hurghada on the Red Sea. Construction on the project, aimed to attract the rich and the elite of Europe and the World, as stressed by Shaheen officials, will begin in early 2007 and last for …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Diwan Book Chart

1) The Dreams by Naguib Mahfouz for L.E. 70AUC PressNaguib Mahfouz977424866x 2) 7 Habits of Highly effective people by Stephen R. Covey for L.E. 89 Simon and Schuster1416502491 3) Muhammad a biography of the prophet by Karen Armstrong for L.E. 79Phoenix Press1842126083 4) Like the Flowing River by Paulo Coelho for L.E. 79Harper Collins0007235798 5) …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Al-Gezira's "fiercest elections" less fierce than expected

Incumbent El-Saeid and the majority of his electoral list win CAIRO: Although it was billed as the most competitive elections in the club s history, the Gezira Sporting Club elections surprisingly featured low voter turnout, favoring the incumbent, Ahmed El-Saeid. Club member and former volleyball player, Farida Essmat, attributes the high expectations concerning the competitiveness …

Sarah El Sirgany

SPLM organizes, recruits Cairo refugees

CAIRO: The crowded, narrow lanes of Souq El Tawfiqqeya are an unlikely spot for an embassy, located in one of the most dusty and noisy corners of the capital. But there, among shops selling spare auto parts and stands selling koshary for LE 1 a bowl, down a dim hallway in an unmarked apartment is …


New case of bird flu detected in rural area

CAIRO: Another case of avian flu in birds has been confirmed in Egypt. Ministry of Health officials and World Health Organization (WHO) staff said on Wednesday that a case of H5N1 (avian flu) in birds was detected in a house near Aswan, in Upper Egypt. WHO spokesman Hassan Rl-Bushra told IRIN that the infected animals, …

Daily News Egypt

Trust in me

The NDP just wants you to love them. Really I think people should give the National Democratic Party a break. Really, it’s unfair the way that party’s been treated. Its members can’t help that they belong to the largest and most powerful party in the country. They can’t help it that nothing gets done in …

Daily News Egypt

Nassiri aims to change the world one chorus at a time

Pyramids to act as backdrop during filming of international music video clip CAIRO: International singer, composer and peace advocate Fred Nassiri announced earlier this week that he will kick off his worldwide peace initiative Sunday, September 24 with a 12-country video shoot (Sept. 24-Oct. 12) for his epic peace anthem “Love Sees No Color. Filming …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Talaat El-Sadat: Chip of the old block

Outspoken government critic to run for top parliamentary position CAIRO: In a brazen move by any independent or opposition politician, controversial Member of Parliament (MP) Talaat El-Sadat announced Wednesday that he will run for parliament s top position. El-Sadat, a controversial lawyer, nephew of former president Anwar El-Sadat and a fierce critic of the government, …

Pakinam Amer

Egypt demands Hamas release Israeli soldier

CAIRO: Egypt has demanded that Hamas immediately release a captured Israeli soldier to avoid a worsening crisis in the violence-battered Gaza Strip, Palestinian officials and Arab diplomats said. The Egyptian demand came in a strongly worded letter from Egypt s powerful intelligence chief Omar Suleiman to the Syrian-based Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, the officials said …

Agencies