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Diwan Bestsellers List

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller for LE 79 Random House ISBN: 0099470462 Al-Waleed Businessman by Riz Khan for LE 199 Harper Collins ISBN: 0007215134 Dreams by Naguib Mahfouz for LE 70 AUC Press ISBN: 977424866X Shalimar the Clown by Salman Rushdi for L.E. 109 Fodor ISBN: 0679463356 End of the Beginning by Clayton LE 89 …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Ring it in

  ŠΘ # # # Nancy with her friends # # The wedding was a lot of fun, with entertainment provided from the two pop icons Waleed Tawfik and Assy El Hiany, here are Hoda Naser, Colette Hilany and Nadia Zeitar

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Museum project to be awarded soon

Two companies compete for the project management of the Grand Egyptian Museum CAIRO: Two international consortiums are now waiting for the final answer as to who will be responsible for the management of the construction and operation of the new Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM). The museum administration reviewed the presentations of the two companies on …

Sarah El Sirgany

He's just not that into you

The ultimate, “no-excuses guide to deciphering men CAIRO: Are you considering asking him out? Do you spend too much time waiting for him to call? Is he avoiding making a commitment? Well, whether you re dating, divorced, or in any state open for relationships, there’s one phrase that will prevent you from enduring disappointment, heartache …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Iran ready for unconditional resumption of nuclear talks: FM

Egyptian FM defends Iran’s right to peaceful nuclear technology HAVANA: Iran is ready to resume unconditional negotiations on the standoff over its nuclear program, its Foreign Minister Manoucher Mottaki told diplomats in Havana, Non-Aligned Movement delegates said Wednesday. In response to the call by the NAM, the Islamic Republic of Iran has also expressed its …

Daily News Egypt

Egypt wants Palestinian borders first before Mideast talks

CAIRO: Egypt is to present the UN Security Council with a plan to reverse the timetable of the moribund roadmap for Middle East peace by fixing the borders of a Palestinian state before resuming talks. The roadmap, drafted in 2003 by the quartet of Middle East diplomatic players – United States, United Nations, European Union …

Daily News Egypt

Helal wedding

  ŠΘ # # # They celebrated their union at the Semiramis InterContinental by throwing a beautiful party, here is the couple with their friends # # The couple entered the ball room with Dina the dancer, and danced the night away to DJ Ahmed Ghandokly’s tunes and singer Ragheb Alama’s popular songs, here, The …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egyptian archaeologist says it is worth digging at Bosnian site some claim might hide pyramids

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina: An Egyptologist who investigated two hills in central Bosnia believed by some to be ancient pyramids on Wednesday recommended that archaeological digs be carried out there. After investigating the two hills for a week, Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim Ali, a professor of Egyptology in Cairo, said nobody should be jumping to conclusions but having …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt records $395 million surplus in trade with U.S.

QIZ credited with shift; possible movement in coming months on FTA CAIRO: The balance of Egyptian-American trade recorded a $395 million surplus after the first three quarters of 2006, U.S. Embassy Commercial Advisor Amer Kiyani told the Egyptian Businessmen s Association (EBA) Wednesday. Egypt has traditionally recorded annual deficits in trade with the U.S. In …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

SOS concert features original music of all varieties

Wust El-Balad plays at promotional event for concert, announces new album CAIRO: Top Egyptian band Wust El-Balad gave a performance to a small group of lucky fans at City Stars’ Virgin Megastore yesterday afternoon at a promotional event for the SOS music concert that is being held later today. In the first festival of its …

Daily News Egypt

Press round-up: Constitutional amendments widely debated

Brotherhood suggests amendments; NDP puts sports on agenda; yamish market depressed CAIRO: News of the upcoming announcement of the ruling National Democratic Party s vision on constitutional amendments is being widely covered by independent newspapers. The ruling party s annual conference is due to be held on September 19, 2006. Under the title of The …

Maram Mazen

Anyone can make a movie

SEMAT caters to the needs of independent filmmakers Over the last decade Egypt’s independent filmmaking industry has been on the rise. With the establishment of the first independent Egyptian production and distribution company, SEMAT, it has begun to take a more organized and hence influential shape. SEMAT was established in 2001 after a group of …

Daily News Egypt

Backstage Productions brings artists front and center

Art and media marketing and production house Kawalis revamps Egypt s music scene If you asked Egyptian youth 10 years ago about the music scene in Egypt, they likely would have mentioned Amr Diab, alongside cover bands emulating Metallica and Pink Floyd. If you asked them 5 years ago, they may have replied Amr Diab …

Deena Douara

Experimental Theater Festival challenges boundaries

Groups come from all around the world to participate and sample other cultures’ theater The set erected at the entrance to the Dar El-Opera complex gives a flavor of what this year’s Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theater hopes to achieve. In the sedate setting of the complex’s modern buildings, the façade of an utterly …

Daily News Egypt

Intel launches innovative vPro Technology to high expectations

CAIRO: Intel Corporation introduced an innovative new package of hardware and software on Wednesday at a lavish event at the Grand Hyatt Cairo. Called Intel vPro, the new technology is poised to remake the way that businesses of all sizes use their personal computers and wider networks by providing IT professionals with higher levels of …


AUC's library receives grant to preserve collections

CAIRO: The American University in Cairo s Rare Books and Special Collections Library has received a grant of $127,450 (just over LE 731,500) from the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities to preserve and improve access to the archives of Hassan Fathy and Ramses Wissa Wassef, two of Egypt s most prominent 20th century architects. …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

India's Marico buys Egyptian hair product brand

MUMBAI: Indian consumer goods maker Marico Ltd. said on Wednesday it had bought Fiancee, a hair care brand owned by Egypt s Ready Group, for an undisclosed sum. The Fiancee range includes hair creams and gels, and has a fifth of the total market, Marico said. The Egyptian haircare market is worth about 1.7 billion …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt's Attaka to buy state-owned Suez Steel

CAIRO: Egyptian steel company Attaka has won a deal valued at LE 1.1 billion ($192 million) to buy the state s 82 percent stake in Suez Steel, state news agency MENA said on Tuesday. MENA said that 800 million of the LE 1.1 billion to be paid for Suez Steel would go toward the company …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egyptian market priority for Nokia

The company s strategy in the upcoming phase and the tastes of local consumers CAIRO: With the number of current mobile phone subscribers topping 14 million and with the new third mobile network operator coming arriving, Nokia s Tomi Paatsila stresses the significant and ongoing growth in the market. During a visit to Cairo this …

Sarah El Sirgany

Opposition forces say American president's statements imply he wants Gamal in office

CAIRO: U.S. President George Bush’s praise for a group of top National Democratic Party (NDP) members close to the president’s son and high-profile NDP figure Gamal Mubarak has sparked angry remarks from principal political forces. Bush’s eager statements were taken to imply support, or at least accommodation, for the much-criticized ruling party. If this is …

Pakinam Amer

Egyptian security forces seize weapons on Gaza border

RAFAH: Egyptian security forces on Tuesday discovered a cache of weapons on the Gaza border destined to be smuggled into the Palestinian territories, security sources said. Thirty-two automatic rifles, around 28 pistols and a large amount of ammunition was found in the Ahrash area on the border of Egypt and Gaza, the source told AFP. …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Mansour appeals to investors to upgrade transportation

No plans to privatize railroads; $1 billion transport holding company established CAIRO: Minister of Transport Mohamed Mansour says the planned LE 8.5 billion upgrades to the country s 100-year-old railway system are set to begin in October and continue for 24 months. The minister s remarks at a German-Arab Chamber of Industry and Commerce luncheon …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Stocks slightly higher, housing sector up

CAIRO: Stock indexes rose slightly on Wednesday as the housing sector surged, led by gains in Sixth of October Development and Investment (SODIC), which plans a capital increase, traders said. But textile shares slumped after Arabia Cotton Ginning announced 12-month results that came in lower than market expectations, they said. Shares in SODIC, which has …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Event takes place in support of free speech at the press syndicate

CAIRO: The Shayfenkom (we see you) movement and the Freedoms Committee in the press syndicate held a musical event at the press syndicate to support Ibrahim Eissa and Wael El-Ebrashy, two journalists being tried for articles they published. We take these trials as a cause for celebration, congratulating one another since we re being tried …

Maram Mazen

Suez dredger sinking kills two, canal shut briefly

ISMAILIA: An Egyptian dredger sank in the Suez Canal on Wednesday, killing two of the 45 crew and prompting a brief closure of the busy international waterway as rescuers searched for two others, officials said. The two missing crew were feared dead, Suez Canal Authority sources said. The other 41 had been rescued, including six …

Daily Star Egypt Staff