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Human rights groups condemn extended detainment of student blogger

More than 14 human rights organizations have condemned the decision of the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Alexandria to extend the detention of student blogger Kareem Amer for an additional 15 days pending further investigation into his online writings in which he reportedly criticizes Islam. In a press release issued on Nov. 11, the organizations called …

Alexandra Sandels

French FM seeks Darfur compromise with sudan

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy conferred with Egyptian officials Sunday ahead of a trip to Khartoum aimed at finding a compromise with Sudan on the deployment of peacekeepers in Darfur. The French diplomat held talks with Khartoum s Egyptian allies in a bid to explore new solutions after the Sudanese government made …

Daily News Egypt

Iranian influence a double edged sword for Egypt's Shiites

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: Iran s rising regional influence has emboldened Egyptian Shiites to demand more rights, but has also left them vulnerable under a regime that questions their loyalty and treats all religious groups with suspicion. The post-Saddam Hussein rise of Iraq s long-downtrodden Shiites, the popularity of Lebanon s Hezbollah movement and Iran s …

Daily News Egypt

Arab FMs discuss Gaza crisis

CAIRO: Arab foreign ministers convened in Cairo Sunday for an emergency meeting to discuss Israel s devastating raids in the Gaza Strip, an AFP correspondent reported. The meeting was convened at Lebanon s request to discuss the current situation in the Palestinian territories and the escalation of Israel s aggression against the Palestinian people, especially …

AFP

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

Al-Ahli victorious in the Rades showdown In an incredible show of sheer will and stamina, Al-Ahli managed a righteous injury time goal to blow Tunisian hopes and win the African championship for the second year in a row. The roaring Tunisian crowd filled the Rades stadium but the Ahli players were on a mission. They …

Daily News Egypt

Rapid growth in Sharia compliant finance

CAIRO: The Arab world is experiencing a sudden explosion in vehicles for Islamic-compliant finance, which is rapidly becoming one of its most dynamic growth areas. Analysts contrast the speed of the new developments in efforts to expand investment activity compliant with the tenets of the Koran with the fact that the world’s first Islamic bank …

Noozz

Suez Canal revenue up 10 percent

CAIRO: Revenue from the Suez Canal was $3.2 billion in the first 10 months of the year – boosting Egypt s coffers by $400 million more than in the same period in 2005, the chairman of the canal authority Ahmed Fadel said Saturday. “The Suez Canal earned revenue of $3.2 billion between Jan. 1, 2006 …

AFP

Take me out to the ballgame!

Softball alive and kicking in Cairo CAIRO: The Apache woman’s softball team caressed, crushed and cheered the ball to all points of the field on Friday, scoring eight runs in the fifth inning, to post an impressive 15-5 victory over Cairo’s Conrad Hotel. The power hitting of the Apache women was evident from their first …

Peter A. Carrigan

After Rumsfeld, a good time to refocus on 'soft power'

The midterm elections in the United States earlier this week were the sharpest popular rebuke that President George W. Bush has yet suffered at home. With Congress lost to the Democrats and exit polls showing six in 10 voters opposed to the Iraq war, Bush finally fired Donald Rumsfeld, his disastrous secretary of defense. But …

Daily News Egypt

Consider an interim deal to avoid a risky political vacuum

Since Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert shelved his unilateral withdrawal, or “convergence plan for the West Bank, his government has had no political agenda at all for dealing with the Palestinian issue. Between the weakness displayed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the escalating military activity in Gaza brought on by Hamas’ arms buildup and …

Daily News Egypt

Dream of permanent peace by delaying it for a decade

Here in the Gaza Strip, where I live, few dream of peace. For now, most dare only to dream of a lack of war. It is for this reason that the Hamas movement proposes a long-term truce during which the Israeli and Palestinian peoples can try to negotiate a lasting peace. A truce is referred …

Daily News Egypt

Rumsfeld resignation positive sign for Egypt and the region, experts say

Republicans trying to appease public on unpopular Iraq policy after Congressional losses CAIRO: The resignation of US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld after the Democratic sweep to power in both houses of the Congress – the House of Representatives and the Senate – signals a change in American policy towards Iraq and more positive outlook …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

New government regulations tighten control over Gulf consortium transportation projects

Ministry of Transportation reserves the right to increase share in future projects beyond 20 percent CAIRO: Minister of Transportation (MOT) Mohammed Mansour approved new regulations Monday to help his ministry retain some control over future transportation projects to be established by the Gulf consortium created in August to invest in Egypt s transportation infrastructure. With …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Restaurant review: For simple family fun on Fridays

Andrea on El-Mariottiya canal road is a great spot for a weekend family outing CAIRO: As soon as the weather shows signs of cooling down, on Friday afternoons families head in droves to Andrea on El-Mariottiya canal road. Lured in by the smell of roasting chicken, a casual atmosphere, and the promise of a donkey …

Aida Nassar

Remembering the war to end all wars

Many war dead from WWI buried in Egyptian cemeteries CAIRO: This month marks the anniversary of the end of World War I, fought in 1914-1918, the memory of which usually pales in comparison with that of World War II, which decided the political track that the world has taken and still plays a significant role …

Ahmed Maged

Egyptian public unfazed by US Democratic win

The few who follow midterm elections are not optimistic regarding American plans for the region CAIRO: In the United States, excitement over the midterm elections reached fever pitch on Tuesday night as the Democratic Party was poised to overrun the Republicans in both branches of Congress: the Senate and the House of Representatives. But for …

Sarah El Sirgany

Sci-tech scene: Your name's not down, you're not coming in

Biometrics isn’t content with your name, serial number, and social security So once you’ve bought your e-ticket, maybe printed it out, and are on your way to the airport after already having electronically checked in, selected your seat, and picked which starter you’re having with the chicken – via the web, you could be anyone. …

Wael Elazab

Early detection of breast cancer saves lives

Simple steps can increase survival chances to 95 percent “I discovered the lump in my breast by mere chance. I was in the shower and felt something under my hand. Three days after I discovered it, I was on the operating table [for a mastectomy], says Faiza Abdel Khalick, breast cancer survivor and co-founder of …

Daily News Egypt

Religious discrimination against Egypt's Christians debated at seminar

CAIRO: Christian activists, representatives from the Muslim Brotherhood, social researchers, and official spokesmen for the Center for Socialist Studies gathered last week to debate whether the rise of political Islam in Egypt has triggered a sectarian polarization of religious groups. The meeting also addressed whether Christians are the only religious minority facing discrimination, and how …

Alexandra Sandels

'Harmless hookah' targeted in Egypt health drive

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: A hookah set complete with apple-flavored tobacco has become compulsory hand luggage for many tourists returning from a holiday in Egypt. But as trendy hookah lounges are flourishing from Europe to California, the hubbly bubbly addiction is also gaining ground in the homeland of shisha-smoking and causing growing concern among health officials. …

Daily News Egypt

European cultural centers celebrate "European Day of Languages" in Cairo

The British Council, the Goethe Institute in Cairo, the French Center for Culture and Cooperation, the Spanish Cultural Center (Cervantes) and the Italian Cultural Center held a ceremony in celebration of the European Day of Languages at the Spanish Cultural Center in Giza on Wednesday night. The European Day of Languages is a new joint …

Alexandra Sandels

Present and Tense: World's supply of small feet held in readiness

I have small feet, 136,000 of them to be exact. The first time feet came up in conversation was during the Lockerbie crisis. An international investigator, who wasn’t working for me yet, wanted to know if the Libyans had feet. “I was in Libya only two or three times, back when I was putting together …

Nabil Shawkat

Sports Talk: Today belongs to Sfaxien

Weighing the odds for an Al-Ahli win CAIRO: Our all too brief one-game winning streak of correct predictions came to an abrupt halt when Egypt’s Al-Ahli drew 1-1 with Sfaxien of Tunisia in the first leg of the African Champions League final in Cairo two weeks ago. We had said Al-Ahli would win by a …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Jordanian cargo ship catches fire in the Red Sea, 1 dead

CAIRO: A fire onboard a Jordanian cargo ship killed one sailor and seriously wounded three others in the Red Sea on Friday, an Egyptian naval officer said. The engine of the Petra Express ship overheated during a crossing between the Jordanian port of Aqaba and Nuweiba in Egypt s Sinai Peninsula, said Brig. Mohammed Sayed. …

AP

Failed drugs test rules Al-Ahli midfielder out of final

TUNIS: Midfielder Amro Samaka from Egyptian club Al-Ahli has been ruled out of the African Champions League final after failing a drugs test. Al-Ahli tackle surprise qualifiers Club Sportif Sfaxien of Tunisia Saturday at the November 7 Stadium in the Tunis suburb of Rades in the unaccustomed role of underdogs after being held 1-1 at …

AFP