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Wisdom of a national scribe

If you have sincerely loved the world, the Afterlife will love you warmly, reads a quote taken from Naguib Mahfouz s work, Echoes of an Autobiography. This is one of the nuggets of wisdom that can be found in the latest tribute to the late Nobel Laureate Naguib Mahfouz to hit bookstore shelves: Life s …

Aida Nassar

Egypt to continue to export a third of its LNG production

Fahmi: LNG exports necessary for foreign sector investors to achieve profitability CAIRO: Minister of Petroleum (MOP) Sameh Fahmi said Tuesday he hopes one day Egypt will no longer have to export natural gas and retain its reserves for local consumption. Fahmi s comments came in response to growing public criticism of the government s liquefied …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Parliament re-elects speaker from ruling party over Muslim Brotherhood challenger

CAIRO: Parliamentarians voted their speaker another term Wednesday as he faced his first serious challenger, from the Muslim Brotherhood, since taking the post in 1990. Fathi Sorour began another year-long term with 80 percent of the vote, winning approval from 319 deputies, while his contender, Mohammed Saad El-Katatny, received 79 votes, Egypt s official Middle …

AP

MPC consultants suggest selling off theme park to propel the company

Management of the Egyptian Media Production City will be market-oriented so that the company can secure sufficient liquidity for upgrading and achieving proper returns on investment, says Chairman and Managing Director of the MPC Sayed Helmi. He points to the main features of a study conducted by KPMG Hazem Hassan Public Accountants & Consultants in …

Noozz

AMIG wins El-Sewedy Cables LE 2.5 bln insurance deal

The Arab Misr Insurance Group, AMIG, has won a deal offered by El-Sewedy Cables Company for insurance coverage of more than 20 factories and 400 vehicles against marine transport, fire, robbery and riot risks. Ali Bashandy, head of the technical affairs department at AMIG, said that the deal would exceed LE 2.5 billion, representing the …

Noozz

Vodafone Egypt backs away from competition over international calls license

Vodafone Egypt has retreated from competition over the license for international calls and roaming services for its customers and extended its exclusive agreement with the state-owned Telecom Egypt beyond 2007. The agreement between Telecom Egypt, which monopolizes international calls services in Egypt, and Vodafone Egypt will terminate by the end of next year. The move …

Noozz

Piraeus Bank Egypt reports LE 13.5 mln 9-month net

Piraeus Bank Egypt reported a net profit of LE 13.5 million ($2.4 million) for the first nine months of 2006, the Egyptian stock exchange said on Wednesday. No comparison figures were available. Piraeus Bank Egypt is the outcome of last year s buyout of Egyptian Commercial Bank by Greece s Piraeus Bank. Piraeus Bank bought …

Reuters

Sokhna port projects to construct jetty, two facilities at a cost of $60 mln

The Ministry of Transport has approved a proposal for constructing a 150,000 square meters jetty and a liquids storage facility at Ain Al-Sokhna Seaport for Al-Sokhna Port Development Company at a total cost of $60 million. The construction of a 400 m jetty will serve a storage facility for liquid petrochemicals and oil products in …

Noozz

Saudi investments in Egypt reach LE 675 mln in the first five months of 2006

Saudi investment in Egypt increased during the first five months of this year to LE 675 million, official Egyptian statistics revealed today, according to Al-Sharq Al-Awsat ITALICS daily newspaper. The announced figure includes LE 417 million in internal investments and the rest in free-duty shopping. According to the findings of the report, the volume of …

Noozz

The koshariman's dilemma

Koshari dealers serving it cheap despite the high price of onions Koshari outlets are having a hard time struggling to keep the price of that popular, nutritious and consumer-friendly dish within the reach of the low-income groups.While usually koshari is only rivaled by foul and falafel for a cheap meal, it could soon give way …

Ahmed Maged

Egyptian cleric allegedly abducted by CIA recounts torture in Egypt

Associated Press An Egyptian cleric who disappeared from a Milan street in 2003 in an alleged CIA kidnapping said he was tortured with electric shocks, left in a cell where rats crawled on his body and threatened with rape when he was taken to Egypt, an Italian newspaper reported Thursday. Corriere della Sera said Osama …

Daily News Egypt

As climate changes, can we?

If there was any remaining doubt about the urgent need to combat climate change, two reports issued last week should make the world sit up and take notice. First, according to the latest data submitted to the United Nations, the greenhouse-gas emissions of the major industrialized countries continue to increase. Second, a study by the …

Daily News Egypt

Love the prices, hate the quality

Informal survey says Egyptians admire the Chinese for production capabilities CAIRO: During the first week of November, President Hosni Mubarak visited Beijing, where the nuclear issue was high on the agenda. But whenever China comes up in conversation, the first thing that comes to people’s minds is the onslaught of Chinese products that seem to …

Daily News Egypt

Muslim Brotherhood cries foul over parliament's presidential elections

13 Brotherhood dissenters unlikely according to head of Islamist Labor Party It is unfair, unfair, unfair, chanted members of Egypt’s opposition and Muslim Brotherhood MPs in front of the parliament building in Kasr El-Aini Street Wednesday. Magdy Ahmed Hussein, head of the Islamist Labor Party, said results indicating that National Democratic Party’s Ahmed Fathy Sorour …

Yasmine Saleh

Activists, bloggers say government targeting them in a crackdown

The Egyptian government is cracking down on bloggers and writers who cover sectarian issues, journalist and website owner Hossam El-Hamalawy has said. “To be frank, all the bloggers who have been arrested from their houses have been detained for [touching upon] religious matters. If other, [more politically oriented] bloggers are arrested, they are arrested at …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Take Your Pick

Art: Nubian Tales A collection of work by Dr. Ahmed Selim Ahmed featuring Nubian life. Ahmed was born in Aswan in 1968 and studied mural paintings at the Faculty of Fine Arts in El-Minya and Helwan Universities, as well as the Siegan University in Germany. In spite of his extensive travels, he always maintained strong …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Cairo Film fest celebrates its 30th anniversary with added competitions

Arab cinema, digital films and Latin American productions mark the festival CAIRO: In celebration of its 30th anniversary, the International Cairo Film Festival has added two competitions to its proceedings to encourage Arab cinema and digital filming, says Youssef Cherif Rizkallah, the festival’s artistic director. This year Latin America has been chosen as the celebrated …

Sarah El Sirgany

Raised rubbing shoulders with stars

Growing up in the entertainment world, Adel Ashoub’s turn to cinema is hardly surprising Growing up in the fast-paced, high-profile world of celebrities can produce conflicting effects on an impressionable boy. For Adel Ashoub, however, it made him fall in love with acting and taught him never to be scared of a rolling camera. The …

Sarah El Sirgany

Arab leaders 'break the silence' on AIDS and discuss religion's role

Region at critical point with action needed to stop spread of disease CAIRO: The time to address AIDS is now is the common message leaders were trying to convey at the 2nd Regional Religious Leaders Forum in Response to HIV/AIDS in the Arab states, sponsored by the UN Development Program (UNDP). We have a window …

Deena Douara

African Human Rights Charter needs improvements

Members of the African Human Rights Protection System said their charter needs to be modified to better serve the African people at a conference held in commemoration of the organization’s 25th anniversary on Monday. The conference which was organized by the Law Department of the American University in Cairo and several international human rights organizations, …

Alexandra Sandels

Egypt announces Chinese cooperation on nuclear front

But will the agreement materialize, analysts ask CAIRO: Following a week of speculation that Egypt was readying to make a major foreign policy shift away from the US and towards Asian-European powers, President Mubarak and his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao announced the two countries would work together to boost Egypt’s nuclear capabilities. The president was …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Cairo Carousel

Diseases and displease The Big Kahuna is ill Something I caught in a taxi ride en route to interviewing a chef for my second column. But the detour left me frazzled. Befuddled. Watch out for that puddle, yasta. That kid running from behind the bus, don’t hit him. No, hit him. Wait . he stopped. …

Daily News Egypt

Townhouse showcases up-and-comers

Unexpected selection of drawings from Shawky; Marzouk looks at “The New World The Townhouse Gallery opened its doors last Sunday on its exhibit of new contemporary art, and viewers, mostly fellow artists and art critics have been piling in to see the work of two of the country’s up-and-coming modern artists’. The upstairs gallery hosted …

Farah El Alfy