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US policy and Yemen: Balancing realism and reform on the Arab periphery

In an ironic turn of events, Yemen s September 20 presidential and local elections garnered extensive favorable coverage by the normally critical Al-Jazeera, while they received only scant attention from the US government, heretofore eager to highlight any sign of reform in Arab states. Why did US officials refrain from highlighting what many foreign observers …

Daily News Egypt

'Plan B' for Iraq raises more questions than answers

Despite Washington’s most recent reiteration that there will be no dramatic shifts in the US policy toward Iraq, not many except US President George W. Bush’s coterie know what exactly awaits the war-torn country. But many of the ‘Plan B’ or “course correction recommendations doing the rumor rounds in the United States pose more questions …

Daily News Egypt

The beckoning beaches of Egypt's Mediterranean coast

Guidebook author encourages travelers to explore the historical and natural heritage of the coast Egypt’s Mediterranean coast is associated with leisurely summer holidays where the vacationers lounge on the white sandy beaches and swim in the cool, choppy waters of the Mediterranean. For the most part, holidaymakers stay within the confines of the resort compounds …

Aida Nassar

Lively premier

  ŠΘ # # # The film is also has three musicians Saed El Saghir, Mohammed Attia and Rico who are the essence of Egyptian pop culture, here is Dina playfully dancing as Saed El Saghir sings to her

Hassan Ibrahim

London-based Egyptians called up for South Africa friendly

LONDON: Tottenham s Egyptian international duo, Mido and Hossam Ghaly, will be called up for the international friendly against South Africa, Egypt s assistant coach Shawki Gharib said on Monday. Gharib told FilGoal.com that London-based Mido and Ghaly are expected to play a pivotal role in the match that will take place on Nov. 15th. …

Daily News Egypt

Status of Egyptian police on Gaza border unknown

President Hosni Mubarak’s statement denying that 5,000 Egyptian police had been deployed near the border with Gaza has further raised confusion concerning the security situation there. “There is no truth to these reports, he told his ruling National Democratic Party members of parliament yesterday. His statements contradicted earlier Egyptian news reports that had said that …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

The great tomato controversy

Have the vegetable vendors gone mad? Prices of vegetables soared to worrying levels for consumers who were out looking for cheaper foodstuff after the Eid Al-Fitr holiday. But most of them were disappointed that the price of tomatoes – considered a staple – had reached LE 5 per kg. and onions and potatoes, which were …

Ahmed Maged

Egypt conference focuses on investment initiatives

CAIRO: Egypt Invest, heralded as the largest conference on investment in Egypt, kicks off its fourth annual meeting at the InterContinental Hotel in Heliopolis today. With over 430 international and local delegates representing 26 countries, organizers expect the conference to once again be the leading investment to be the leading investment forum for the country. …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Nuclear program not included in restructuring of US aid

Director of US foreign assistance meets with ministers CAIRO: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) won’t be contributing to Egypt’s nuclear plans for the time being, American and Egyptian officials have announced. In a meeting between Minister of International Cooperation Fayza Abu El-Naga and Ambassador Randall L. Tobias, director of US Foreign Assistance …

Sarah El Sirgany

Seventh person dies of bird flu

The Ministry of Health has confirmed a seventh fatal case of bird flu. The patient was infected through slaughtering and cleaning infected domestic poultry at her home city of Samoud, El-Gharbiya governorate, read the ministry s statement. The female patient was admitted to the hospital in El-Mahalla El-Kobra on Oct. 4 suffering from fever, coughing …

Sarah El Sirgany

Out and about: What's next?

Catching up with Cairo’s coffee craze Coffee run, A.N. said on the phone. A coffee run . in Cairo? Well, sure, I had been away for a while but finding out that some offices in the city send staff out to buy coffee for everyone or order coffee, muffins and even bagels . was all …

Daily News Egypt

Villa Incognito by Tom Robbins makes readers see it his way

Author takes the reader on twisted trips of bizarre imagination, with a hidden political undertone. “It has been reported that Tanuki fell from the sky using his scrotum as a parachute. That is not so ridiculous when we take into account the unusual size of Tanuki’s scrotum, reads the opening paragraph of the novel “Villa …

Farah El Alfy

Eid marred by rise in alleged attacks on women

Alarming accounts of sexual harassment riddle blogs CAIRO: As Egyptians began their Eid Al-Fitr holidays last week, rumors of a wave of alleged sexual harassment tainted the joy of what is usually a family-oriented festive occasion. The wave of harassment, manifested by public groping and touching of women accompanied by pushing and shoving and even …

Pakinam Amer

Egyptians believe US should change Middle East policies

Associated Press CAIRO: Egyptians are not happy with the way the US is involved in the Middle East, a new poll recently found. A June poll by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press found that less than one-third of the people in Egypt, Jordan, Pakistan and Turkey had a favorable view …

Daily News Egypt

Foreign buying pushes Egyptian stocks up

CAIRO: Egyptian share indexes rose more than 1 percent on Tuesday as Arab and other foreign investors bought into the major listed companies, brokers said. Arab investors were net buyers by a margin of about LE 50 million ($8.7 million) and other foreigners by a margin of 12 million, the stock exchange said. There was …

Reuters

Egyptian-born Australian cleric takes leave of absence after meaty remark

SYDNEY: Battling widespread condemnation and failing health, Australia s beleaguered Islamic leader stepped aside and conceded that his comparison of women without head scarves to uncovered meat was not appropriate in western society. The 65-year-old Egyptian-born Sunni cleric was admitted to a Sydney hospital Monday after weathering accusations in the media last week that he …

AP

CIB completes investment bank plan

Reuters CAIRO: Commercial International Bank (CIB) and businessman Naguib Sawiris have completed details of their alliance in investment banking and brokerage operations, a CIB statement said. Sawiris, along with fellow investors in Oasis Capital, will integrate their banking and brokerage activities with those of the CIB subsidiary Commercial International Capital Holding (CICH), said the statement …

Daily News Egypt

Diary: Tune In Line

Every once in a while, we TV journalists have to admit that we’ve made a bad choice of stories. You can research an idea from afar, call local producers to check that it’s viable, arrange for interviews and apply for all the proper permissions, yet somehow, despite all the careful planning, the whole project occasionally …

Daily News Egypt

Palestine: How Weak is Hamas?

Negotiations for a unity government between Fatah and Hamas are the fruit of international pressure, which has forced Hamas to consider sacrificing some of its formal authority within the Palestinian Authority (PA) despite the fact that the Islamic movement and its allies hold 77 out of 132 seats in the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC). How …

Daily News Egypt

Leprosy in Egypt on the wane again: WHO

Once considered incurable, treatment widely available The number of leprosy patients in Egypt has started to fall again, according to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO). The United Nations body reported 134 leprosy patients in 2005. “[The number of] leprosy cases reported in 2003 is 1,412, while in 2004 …

Sarah El Sirgany

Workers Demand Changes to Election System, Fear Fraud

Workers Protest Election Laws, Demand Changes CAIRO- Members of Workers for Change (WFC), an affiliate of the Egyptian Movement for Change (Kefaya), demanded judicial oversight in a demonstration at the High Court downtown yesterday. Students and workers from local factories rallied at the buildings main entrance holding banners that said “No to fraudulent union elections, …

Daily News Egypt

Rumors about the Metro Cinema theater riots persist

What happened on Oct.24, the first day of Eid Al-Fitr, in downtown Cairo? According to shop owners in the vicinity of Metro Cinema near Talaat Harb Square, up to a thousand young men accosted several women in the area between the hours of 9 p.m. and midnight. According to eyewitness reports, the men had been …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Israeli official: No decision yet on Gaza operation

Egypt wants to prevent arms smuggling through tunnels An Israeli official told The Daily Star Egypt that “no decision has been made regarding Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s statement yesterday that the military would launch an operation in the Gaza Strip. The comments come two days after nearly 5,000 Egyptian security police were deployed in …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Egypt vows to ease restrictions on presidential bids

CAIRO: Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak promised Monday to ease restrictions on running for the country s top job. At a meeting of MPs from his ruling National Democratic Party, Mubarak vowed to amend Article 76 of the constitution which says a legal party must control five percent of both houses of parliament to field a …

AFP

World experts meet in Cairo to tackle health needs of developing nations

CAIRO: The Global Forum for Health Research launched its international conference towards “Combating disease and promoting health in developing countries on Sunday. First Lady Suzanne Mubarak kicked off the conference, delivering the keynote speech focusing on gender issues. Mrs. Mubarak suggested that while health issues centered on a woman’s reproductive years have received attention, there …

Deena Douara

Where there is no will, there is a way for Sfax

Sfax of Tunisia managed a 1-1 draw in Cairo Stadium against championship holders Al-Ahli. The Tunisians, who have never won the African Champions League tournament, obviously had more willpower than ever before yesterday as they took on titleholders Al-Ahli and 85,000 incensed football fans. To the home crowd’s disappointment, the cheering fans, the number of …

Daily News Egypt

Jailed cleric Hamza appeals against convictions

LONDON: Jailed Islamic cleric Abu Hamza Al-Masri begins a legal challenge on Monday against his convictions for inciting racial hatred and soliciting murder. Egyptian-born Hamza, 48, was jailed for seven years in February after being found guilty of 11 of 15 charges. The charges mostly referred to sermons he delivered in the late 1990s. His …

Reuters

Thirty Egyptian tech firms to participate in GITEX Dubai 2006

CAIRO: Over thirty Egyptian companies will participate in the GITEX Dubai 2006 exhibition scheduled for Nov. 18-22 this year with support from the Egyptian Ministry of Communication and Information Technology. The Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) will be responsible for the organization and arrangement of Egyptian companies’ participation in the event. Mohammad Emran, chief …

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