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Vodafone Egypt says Q3 net profit up 34 percent

CAIRO: Vodafone Egypt said on Thursday its net profit for the third quarter to end-December rose 34 percent to LE 430 million ($75 million) compared with a year earlier. A subsidiary of Vodafone Group Plc, Vodafone Egypt also said it had increased its subscriber base to 6.125 million customers from 5.921 million at the end …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Mido and crowd hold key for Egypt

CAIRO: Egypt are hoping they will be able to bank on top striker Mido and a fickle home crowd in Friday s African Nations Cup quarter-final against the Democratic Republic of Congo. Mido is an injury doubt for the host nation after picking up a groin strain in Saturday s 3-1 win over World Cup-bound …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Mubarak warns of terrorist threat over prophet cartoons

CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak warned Thursday that the reprinting by several European newspapers of cartoons deemed offensive to Islam risked provoking a terrorist backlash. The president warned of the near and long term repercussions (of the) campaign of insults against the noble Prophet, Mubarak s spokesman said in a statement in English. Irresponsible management of …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Promoting regional cooperation

CAIRO: In a bid to provide assistance to countries in need, the Egyptian ministry of foreign affairs has stepped up efforts to support and aid the growth of neighboring third-world countries. Egypt’s latest stab at support has led the country in extending a helping hand to Afghanistan as part of international efforts to reconstruct the …

Najla Moussa

Egypt highlighted as an example of political reform in State of the Union address

CAIRO: It was January 1790 when America’s first president, George Washington, delivered the first address detailing to Congress and consequently to the American people, the state of the union, his administration’s initiatives and accomplishments. Since then, the “Annual Message, later renamed the “State of the Union address has evolved into an expansive communicator between the …

Vivian Salama

Egypt mediation makes shaky start with Palestinians

CAIRO: Egypt made a shaky start on Wednesday in its mediation on the future of the Palestinian Authority after the militant Islamist group Hamas won last week s parliamentary elections. After talks between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, a senior Egyptian official said Abbas would not ask Hamas to form a …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Al-Wafd Party crisis continues

CAIRO: The stakes were raised in the internal crisis in the Al-Wafd Party, as Noaman Gomaa, overthrown chairman of Al-Wafd, was barred by his rivals from the party’s headquarters for approximately three days; an act that weakened chances for reconciliation between the party rivals. Gomaa, after being denied access to the party’s headquarters by the …

Pakinam Amer

E.U. threatens to take Danish cartoon dispute to WTO

CAIRO: A series of cartoons in a Danish newspaper has prompted a controversy that threatens to escalate into a global trade dispute between the European Union and Muslim countries. A series of caricatures first published last September that made light of Prophet Muhammed are at the center of the controversy. Danish daily Jyllands-Posten had published …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

And now for the quarter-finals.

CAIRO: Over the span of 11 days, 16 nations at the 25th African Cup of Nations fought to cement their place in the quarter-finals. After injuries, extra-time and plenty of heart-stopping moments, only eight can continue the race toward the prestigious title. Twenty-four games have been played thus far, and football analysts, viewers and players …

Daily News Egypt

Bani Mazar killings provoke nationwide speculation

CAIRO: In yet a new twist in the case of the killing spree that took place in Shams El Din Bani Mazar in El Menia that rocked the country, the accused murderer’s family has finally spoken out, confirming popular belief that the man standing trial is not the same person that killed 10 people. According …

Najla Moussa

Mubarak promotes son in ruling party

CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak on Wednesday promoted his son Gamal to a more senior role in the ruling party in what analysts and opposition politicians saw as a step to position him for the presidency. Mubarak appointed Gamal, already one of the most influential figures in the National Democratic Party (NDP), to one of three …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Press Syndicate discusses press freedom, honors three journalists

CAIRO: Following several incidents regarding Egyptian journalists, the press syndicate put together a closed discussion on the status of press freedom and its future in Egypt, honoring three “courageous journalists. Over the past few months, harassment of reporters and press personnel has contradicted all expectations of a free press. The ruling party assured the public …

Pakinam Amer

WHO declares country polio free

CAIRO: Egypt has been declared polio-free for the first time ever by the World Health Organization (WHO). Over a year has passed since the last sample of polio was found here, says Faten Kamel, a medical officer with the WHO polio program in Cairo. We can safely say that we have successfully eradicated polio in …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

No regrets for Lemerre after Tunisia humbled

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt: Tunisia coach Roger Lemerre says he has no regrets over fielding a weakened side that lost 3-0 to Guinea in their final group match at the African Nations Cup on Monday. Leading scorer Francileudo dos Santos was among the players rested by the Frenchman, who decided to experiment rather than make sure of …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

No deportation for Sudanese detainees, says government

CAIRO: The government will not deport Sudanese detainees lacking official status as asylum seekers or refugees, according to an official at the foreign affairs ministry. “Now that the [UN refugee agency] UNHCR has completed its assessment interviews, it’s been decided that none of the remaining detainees will be deported back to Sudan, said Nasser Al-Hamzawi, …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

South Sudan demands probe into Cairo refugee deaths

CAIRO: The government of South Sudan is sending a delegation to Egypt to demand a probe into the deaths of 27 Sudanese when police broke up a protest in Cairo, the official SUNA news agency reported. It said the delegation would leave in the coming days with a message from southern leader and Sudanese First …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Fighting dirty money

CAIRO: Since the introduction of the money laundering law of 2002 in Egypt, about 12 perpetrators have been caught, according to sources at the Ministry of Interior. The country has also become an international partner in cooperative efforts aimed at money laundry, with last week marking its most recent participation in financial corruption talks. Representatives …

Sarah El Sirgany

Egyptologists find war goddess, rare Nubian king

CAIRO: Egyptologists have discovered two 3,400-year-old statues of the lion-headed goddess Sekhmet and a rare statue depicting a king with Nubian features, an archaeological conservation director said on Monday. War goddess Sekhmet embodied the cruel powers of the sun, and was also responsible for both curing and causing illness. The excavation team believe the statues …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Giving kids something to smile about

CAIRO: For the 3,000 Egyptian children born annually with a cleft lip or a cleft palate, life is fraught with hardship. They are unable to nurse and their speech is impaired. Sinus and ear infections are a regular occurrence. Ingestion becomes complicated as those suffering from this birth defect have trouble keeping food in their …

Vivian Salama

Fourteen Hong Kong tourists killed in Egypt bus crash

CAIRO: Fourteen tourists from Hong Kong were killed and 30 others wounded in a bus accident Tuesday in southeastern Egypt, the official MENA news agency reported. The bus, carrying the tourists from the Red Sea resort of Hurghada to the southern Nile city of Luxor, was going at high speed when it spun off the …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Angola finally wins but misses out on quarterfinals

CAIRO: Only one goal separated Angola from a quarterfinal place at the African Cup of Nations. It could have come even at a different stadium and the Black Antelopes would have made the last eight. But Angola headed home despite Sunday s 3-2 win at Cairo sInternational Stadium – their first victory at the championship …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt's CIB lifts 2005 net profit

CAIRO: Egypt s Commercial International Bank (CIB) increased its net profit by 20.6 percent to LE 610.14 million ($106.48 million) in 2005, the bank said in a statement on Monday. The bank said it made LE 505.76 million in net profit in 2004. Most of the increase in 2005 came from an increase in net …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

No money, no quarter-final say DR Congo

GIZA, Cairo: Democratic Republic of Congo will not play their African Nations Cup quarter-final against Egypt if bonuses are not paid in time, coach Claude LeRoy said on Monday. DR Congo nearly boycotted their opening Group B game against Togo over unpaid bonuses for reaching these finals. A fresh row has now broken over cash …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Job creation tops new cabinet's program

CAIRO: Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif said plans to tackle crippling unemployment levels are high on the agenda of his new government programme, which he unveiled Monday in parliament. The cabinet gives priority to job creations in order to absorb the growing workforce and implement President (Hosni) Mubarak s program for 4.5 million new jobs …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Al-Wafd reporters protest peacefully

CAIRO: More than 30 of the temporarily banned Al-Wafd newspaper journalists sat-in on Sunday in front of the High Committee for Journalists, protesting the halt of their daily publication. In front of the committee’s headquarters, reporters staged a silent and peaceful protest that lasted around three hours, during which members of the committee were assessing …

Pakinam Amer

Scholars debate the role of women in the judiciary

CAIRO: Legal scholars and members of the Egyptian judiciary went head to head to debate the controversial question of whether women should be permitted to sit as judges in Egypt. The Arab Center for the Independence of the Judiciary and Legal Profession (ACIJLP), in collaboration with the Delegation of European Commission in Egypt, hosted the …

Vivian Salama

Arab neighbors will work with Hamas-led cabinet

CAIRO: All the Arab governments around Israel will deal directly with a Palestinian cabinet dominated by the militant Islamist group Hamas, ignoring U.S. and European attempts to isolate the group, analysts said on Monday. The Egyptian and Syrian governments already have good working relationships with Hamas, although some of their main domestic opponents are Islamists, …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt arrests 22 Muslims over religious violence

ASSIUT, Egypt: Egyptian authorities have arrested 22 Muslims suspected of murder, arson and vandalism during sectarian violence which killed a Christian, judicial sources in the southern town of Luxor said on Sunday. Muslim youths set fire to building materials being used by Christians to turn a house into a church in the southern Egyptian village …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

London Lord Mayor visits with U.K. business delegation

CAIRO: The Lord Mayor of the City of London, David Brewer, is visiting Egypt this week with a business delegation to meet local companies and government officials, including President Hosni Mubarak, Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif and a number of other ministers. Brewer heads up government services for the Square Mile, an area in central London …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani