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The Landscape of Civilization

Chinese artist uses calligraphy to convey his message CAIRO: Documenting the development of civilizations can be achieved in various ways, but Chinese artist Qin Feng has chosen to accomplish this end through the art of calligraphy. Feng’s Landscape of Civilization series (2003-2008) consists of 100 ink books (“album leaves ), and he has put together …

Farah El Alfy

Guardians of the source of the Blue Nile

Mireia Cano’s photographs capture daily life on the Ethiopian riverbank CAIRO: When the Fables of the Nile expedition set out to follow the Blue Nile from its source in Ethiopia through Sudan and on to Egypt, the photographer Mireia Cano joined them for the beginning of their journey from Lake Tana to Debre Markos. Armed …

Aida Nassar

Cairo International Airport goes high tech

CAIRO: Thanks to a newly approved, $22 million contract, Cairo International Airport’s embryonic Terminal 3 will be among the most technologically advanced in the world. Some of the planned high-tech gadgets, which go into use when Terminal 3 opens in early 2008, are computerized self-serve kiosks, “fast-track biometric immigration gates and an efficient, number-crunching resource …

Jered Stuffco

Egypt's top Muslim leader demands clearer papal apology

Associated Press CAIRO: The grand sheikh of Al-Azhar Mosque, the Sunni Arab world s most powerful institution, demanded on Tuesday that Pope Benedict XVI apologize more clearly for insulting Islam. The pope s remarks were insulting to Islam and Muslims, and (he made) a religious and scientific mistake, Grand Sheikh Mohammed Sayed Tantawi told papal …

Daily News Egypt

CRIME SCENE

Murders top crime pages throughout the week CAIRO: Crime pages in local newspapers this week read like a thriller. While other crimes took place, murders overshadowed most other news. A carpenter killed a lawyer in Alexandria after an argument over furniture. The victim’s brother asked the carpenter to make living room furniture for him and …

Ahmad Aboul-Wafa

Mahdi Akef accused of incitement to murder

Center for Humanitarian Dialogue files lawsuit against Muslim Brotherhood leader CAIRO: The Center for Humanitarian Dialogue, an Egyptian human rights group, has filed a lawsuit against the Muslim Brotherhood s Supreme Guide Mahdi Akef for incitement to murder. In a public conference that was held at the lawyers syndicate, Akef commented on what he called …

Maram Mazen

Analysts say Bush wasting his time with address to Mideast population

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: Arab commentators on Wednesday dismissed U.S. President George W. Bush s appeal for democracy directly to the people of the region as a patronizing and doomed effort to give a new face to Washington s reviled policies. In a speech at the UN General Assembly Tuesday, Bush conveyed his message by addressing …

Daily News Egypt

Nile Basin Initiative secures $750 million in funding

Public-private-partnerships now vital to move project forward CAIRO: The ministers of irrigation of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia, making up the Eastern Nile basin, announced Tuesday they have secured $750 million in loans and grants to implement the seven-year-old Nile Basin Initiative (NBI). The announcement came at the conclusion of talks, which were scheduled in August, …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Telecom Egypt announces Vodafone Egypt share offer

CAIRO: Telecom Egypt on Wednesday announced its offer to buy up to 24.4 percent of Vodafone Egypt in a move to increase its stake in the mobile phone operator. British group Vodafone will not be reducing its 50.1 percent stake in Vodafone Egypt, a source close to the deal has said. Telecom Egypt, which already …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Resettle or return

Sudanese refugees frustrated by hardships in Egypt dream of being resettled, but there are few slots for thousands of refugees. CAIRO: Sudanese refugees who escaped from the bloody conflict in Darfur say that anything is better than the atrocities in their country. But as they find a safe haven in Egypt, they end up unemployed …

Daily News Egypt

Colombians held by Bedouins arrive at embassy in Cairo

BOGOTA, Colombia: Six Colombians kidnapped by tribesmen and held for months in the Egyptian desert while trying to cross illegally into Israel have arrived safely at Colombia s embassy in Cairo, authorities said. Colombian Deputy Foreign Minister Camilo Reyes said the five missing women and one man arrived at the embassy Monday in a taxi, …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Gaza's human calamity

While the world’s gaze remains focused on Lebanon, less than 200 kilometers south in Gaza, a human time bomb is ticking. Some 1.4 million people in Gaza – more than half of them children – are packed inside one of the world’s most densely populated areas with no freedom of movement and no place to …

Daily News Egypt

British Council brings smart political satire to Cairo Opera House

CAIRO: Performed over 150 times in 25 countries across the globe and winning several awards, The Summit performed by Ralf Ralf is a smart theatrical piece of political satire that portrays the current divided political landscape and international community in an accurate and amusing way. The piece acts out a summit meeting between two politicians …

Alexandra Sandels

Informant's letter to Clinton irrelevant to bomb-plot case, government says

Associated Press NEW YORK: Recent complaints by a discontented paid police informant to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton should have no impact on a subway bomb-plot case, federal prosecutors argue in court papers. A letter sent to Clinton last month by Egyptian-born Osama El Dawoody in which he complains about his treatment contains no new information …

Daily News Egypt

Anti-pope protests subside but anger remains

CAIRO: Protests against remarks about Islam by Pope Benedict XVI tapered off in the Middle East on Tuesday but anger remained and there were calls for demonstrations on Friday, the Muslim day of prayer. Angry protests against the pontiff s remarks seen as critical to Islam were held from Indonesia to Iraq on Monday and …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Median interbank rate steady at 9 percent

CAIRO: The median overnight interbank rate on the pound was 9 percent on Tuesday, barely changed from Monday 9.022 percent, with bankers shunning interbank trade in favor of central bank auctions. It s better for me to participate in the auctions, one banker said. Banks tend to prefer to invest in higher-yielding central bank instruments, …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Telecom Egypt seeks bigger Vodafone Egypt stake

CAIRO: Telecom Egypt said on Tuesday it would seek to increase its stake in Vodafone Egypt by up to 24.4 percent in a deal worth LE 5.856 billion ($1.02 billion). Telecom Egypt already holds a 25.5 percent stake in Vodafone Egypt, one of two mobile phone operators in the country of 73 million. Telecom Egypt …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Women's rights approached from different perspectives

Thebes presents contradictory takes on a vital issue from experts CAIRO: Improvements in women rights are not always related to the nature of ideologies or the status of democracy prevalent in a country. The issue is more relevant to the dominant social culture that often imposes conservative terms on both liberal leftist ideologies and political …

Sarah El Sirgany

Ministry of Trade struggles to enforce cement price cap

Rachid promises tough measures ; some producers lower factory price to LE 300 CAIRO: Almost one month after the government capped the ex-factory and retail prices of cement at LE 290 and LE 330 per ton, respectively, none of the local producers have complied. Non-compliant producers include the 95 percent government-owned National Cement Company (NCC). …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

UN report reveals steady poverty rates in world's most vulnerable countries despite 10-year action plan

CAIRO: Poverty rates remain steady or are simply falling slightly in the world’s most vulnerable economies, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan argues in two United Nations releases prepared for the General Assembly High-Level Meeting on the Least Developed Countries (LDCs). While the LDC’s as a group are experiencing high growth rates of six percent or …

Alexandra Sandels

Egyptian regulator to unveil takeover code on Nov. 1

Reuters DUBAI: Egypt s capital markets regulator will introduce a takeover and acquisition code governing publicly listed companies on Nov. 1, the exchange chairman said. Hani Sarie-Eldin said the Egyptian Capital Market Authority (CMA) drafted the policy due to growing interest in Egyptian companies from regional and global investors. In 2005, nine Egyptian firms, mainly …

Daily News Egypt

The weather is beautiful

Bring your imagination along CAIRO: “An absurd play composed of split second disjointed scenes that bring out the circus in the streets and the street in the circus, says the synopsis of the play El-Gaw Gameel, (The Weather is Beautiful) by Nada Thabit. The script is actually an improvised version of the French play by …

Farah El Alfy

Press round-up: Pope's comments on Islam makes headlines around the world

School starts without a tour by the minister of education CAIRO: Independent and national newspapers focused heavily on Pope Benedict s comments on Islam and the Prophet Mohammed and the consequences of such comments. In a visit to Germany, Pope Benedict XVI quoted a criticism of Islam and the Prophet Mohammad by a 14th century …

Maram Mazen

Tourism numbers fall for third month running

CAIRO: The number of people visiting Egypt fell 5.5 percent year-on-year in July, according to figures available on Monday, the third consecutive monthly drop since April bombings in a Red Sea resort. The figures released by Egypt s Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) show the number of tourists visiting Egypt fell to …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Still not your ideal swimming pool, Nile cleaned up

CAIRO: The waters of the Nile are running cleaner this week after dozens of volunteers taking part in a United Nations-sponsored drive removed more than a ton of trash from the river. “It’s a big amount of garbage, says Essam Nada, executive director of the Arab Office for Youth and Environment, a local group which …

Jered Stuffco