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Friction mixes clothes, sports, music and furniture

CAIRO: Whoever said there are no good places to shop in Egypt? Throughout the past year, several new stores have opened, providing us with a number of the most demanded international labels, from Mango and Sisley to upscale Yves Saint Laurent and Prada. Last week, a new star in the shopping scene was born. Right …

Farah El Alfy

La Pietra's specialties now available at El Gezira Club

CAIRO: Imagine yourself sitting in a garden with grass swaying to the rhythms of a cool summer breeze on a hot sunny day; sipping an icy chocolate drink under the cool shade of an umbrella and reading a book or just relaxing in the sun. La Pietra s new branch in El Gezira Club offers …

Daily News Egypt

Tensions rise after Hamas aide caught with cash on Egypt-Gaza border

Reuters GAZA: Rival Palestinian forces faced off briefly at Gaza s border crossing with Egypt on Friday after a Hamas official was caught with 639,000 euros hidden in his clothing, authorities said. Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniya vowed during Friday prayers not to disband a new Hamas-led security force and said he was prepared to …

Daily News Egypt

Developing nations want more say in selection of next UN chief

Associated Press UNITED NATIONS, Egypt: A group of poor nations might reject the next candidate for UN secretary-general in protest unless it gets more say in finding Kofi Annan s replacement, Egypt s ambassador said Thursday. Developing nations that make up the majority of the 191-nation UN General Assembly believe their opinions are being ignored …

Daily News Egypt

Olmert deputies to meet Abbas in Sharm El-Sheikh

Reuters JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert s top two deputies will hold talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday in the highest-level contact since Hamas swept to power in January, officials said. The meeting, at the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Egypt, will come on the eve of Olmert s first …

Daily News Egypt

Rachid pushes for more intra-Arab trade

CAIRO: Increased economic integration of Arab countries is one of the priorities of Minister of Trade and Industry Rachid Mohamed Rachid, who discussed the measures being taken to address some of the shortcomings of the Greater Arab Free Trade Area in an interview with The Daily Star Egypt. Regional trade is also one of the …


U.S. calls detention of Nour 'miscarriage of justice'

WASHINGTON: The United States on Thursday blasted the continued detention of Egyptian opposition leader Ayman Nour and the harsh tactics used against peaceful demonstrators in its key Middle East ally. The United States is deeply troubled by the continued prosecution and imprisonment of Egyptian politician Ayman Nour. We are also disturbed by reports that Mr. …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Crime Pays

http://www.thecwa.co.uk/http://www.mysterywriters.org/http://murderink.com/catalog/ If you’re a writer, that is. And if you’re a mystery fan, you’re glad to pony up the price of the latest thriller, especially if it has won an Edgar or a Gold or Silver Dagger. The former, named after Edgar Allan Poe, who invented the mystery genre with “Murder in the Rue Morgue, …

Daily News Egypt

Egypt protects WEF from sea attack

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt: Egyptian security closed jetties and moved boats for divers away from the scene of a World Economic Forum event opening on Saturday in the Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh, scene of bomb attacks last year. Police also brought in extra security to check people arriving in the small beach and diving …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Mideast leaders gather in Egypt for economic forum

CAIRO: Arab and Israeli political and business leaders are to meet for three days in Egypt s resort of Sharm El-Sheikh from Saturday, only a month after the Sinai was hit by a fresh spate of suicide bombings. Some 1,200 leaders from the Middle East and beyond are expected to converge on the Red Sea …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Interbank rate falls to 8.05 percent

CAIRO: The median overnight interbank rate on the pound slipped to 8.05 percent on Thursday from Wednesday s 8.099 percent because the central bank accepted fewer funds than expected in an auction, bankers said. The central bank had offered 63-day certificates of deposit worth LE 8.8 billion ($1.5 billion), but accepted bids worth LE 6.464 …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

My big Greek wedding

  ŠΘ # # # Many of Egypt’s socialites, businessmen and artists attended the elegant event. Here, Eva and her friends # # The bride and groom danced with their friends until the early hours of the morning. Above are Dorothy Kamel, Suzy Askalany, Effat Enan, Fifi Kamhawy and Fadia Dorra

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Haim Saban in group mulling Univision bid

NEW YORK: Haim Saban, the billionaire media and entertainment investor, is part of a private equity group considering a bid for Spanish-language broadcaster Univision, sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. Saban s name appeared early on when the bidding interest flared up, but then quickly disappeared as bankers and private equity sources assumed …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Word on the Street

CAIRO: Following the much criticized extension of the Emergency Law, some 240 protestors demonstrating in support of two judges facing disciplinary hearings were arrested by police. The relationship between ordinary citizens and the police forces has always been a tumultuous one, and so The Daily Star Egypt took to the streets to find out how …

Daily News Egypt

National newspapers lay the blame on the protestors

CAIRO: Following last week s violent protests, writers focused on the judges crisis in anticipation of similar events. Whether in reports or editorials, newspapers prioritized the issue along with other related topics. Al Ahram offered its spin on events, saying the Brotherhood had fueled the crisis. In a series of articles, along with a front …

Sarah El Sirgany

Sixth Egyptian dies of bird flu

CAIRO: A 75-year-old woman died of bird flu in Egypt on Thursday, the sixth death caused by the disease, a World Health Organization (WHO) official said. John Jabbour said the woman was from Minya in southern Egypt. She had been in contact with infected poultry, he said, quoting information provided by the Egyptian authorities. Jabbour …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egyptian geologist lends credence to Bosnian pyramid claim

VISOKO, Bosnia: An Egyptian geologist who arrived to check on claims by an amateur researcher that a hill in central Bosnia is hiding an ancient pyramid said Wednesday the structure is man made and worth investigating. My opinion is that this is a type of pyramid, probably a primitive pyramid, said Dr. Aly Abd Alla …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Judicial committee makes ruling in judges' disciplinary hearing

CAIRO: Journalist and human rights activist Saed Ragab walks swiftly through the streets of downtown Cairo. We have to keep walking or they ll see me, he says. He turns left, then right, then left again when suddenly he ducks into a small café. While scouting the restaurant as though looking for someone, he makes …

Vivian Salama

Abbas to meet Israel's Livni at WEF

JERUSALEM: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni at a Middle East economic conference in Egypt on Sunday, a Palestinian official said on Thursday. An Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman said Abbas and Livni would be on a joint panel discussion but did not confirm the two would hold separate talks. Talks …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Ayman Nour denied appeal

CAIRO: Jailed opposition leader Ayman Nour’s appeal case was rejected Thursday, with the Cairo Court of Cassation upholding the five-year sentence originally assigned. Most reporters and journalists were kept away from the courtroom, as hundreds of activists and Nour supporters gradually flocked to Cairo’s Supreme Court. The press was denied entrance to the court, while …

Pakinam Amer

Three more Sinai bombings suspects detained

CAIRO: Police on Thursday detained three more Egyptians suspected of involvement in the triple suicide attacks that killed 20 people in the Sinai Peninsula last month, security sources said. They were on a list of 25 people wanted in connection with the bombings that struck the popular diving resort of Dahab on April 24, a …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt rebuffs EU calls to end state of emergency

CAIRO: Egypt on Wednesday rejected as misinformed calls from the European Union presidency urging Cairo to end its state of emergency and denouncing its use against pro-reform demonstrators. The foreign ministry has received with surprise and dismay the declaration issued by the EU presidency, said a statement received by AFP. The statement issued on Monday …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Congress mulls benefits of aid to Egypt versus cost

WASHINGTON: The Bush administration urged Congress on Wednesday not to cut U.S. aid to Egypt, arguing such punishment for Cairo s democracy crackdown would damage U.S. national interests. Since 1979, the United States has pumped more than $60 billion of aid into Egypt, but many in Congress are growing impatient with Cairo over the slow …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Interbank rate falls to 8.10 percent

CAIRO: The median overnight interbank rate on the pound fell to 8.10 percent on Wednesday from Tuesday s 8.154 percent, with the market experiencing short-term liquidity, bankers said. Four of nine banks contacted by Reuters had dealt overnight, between 8 and 8.15 percent. Rates at banks contacted on Tuesday were at 8.25 percent. We ve …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Sawiris sees Weather listing raising 2 billion euros

MILAN: Egyptian businessman Naguib Sawiris said on Wednesday he aimed to raise about 2 billion euros from the listing of Weather Investments, which controls Italy s second biggest mobile phone operator, Wind. Sawiris, who heads Weather Investments, also said it would likely go to market in Milan by the end of this year at the …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

EAB Q1 net profit down 27.5 percent

CAIRO: Egyptian American Bank (EAB) on Wednesday posted a 27.5 percent fall in its first quarter net profit to LE 64.36 million ($11.15 million). EAB had a first quarter net profit of LE 88.84 million in the same period last year. The largest shareholders in the bank are France s Credit Agricole SA, with 56.15 …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Watching houses of worship crumble

CAIRO: As sectarian tension has grown in Egypt over the past few years, Copts have become more vocal about their concerns with the decades-long difficulties facing the building and restoration of churches topping their list of complaints. The government has allegedly tried to ease the process that Copts have to go through in order to …

Pakinam Amer

Saving 1,500-year-old manuscripts

CAIRO: In Wadi Al Natroun lies the Coptic monastery Deir El Surian, whose library houses an estimated 2,000 of the earliest Christian manuscripts and fragments dating back as far as the fifth century. Texts in Syriac, Coptic, Arabic and Ethiopic have accumulated over hundreds of years since the monastery was established in the sixth century. …

Sarah El Sirgany