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Nordic lovers defy Dahab bloodbath to wed

DAHAB, Egypt: We had to show the bombers. We believe in love, said Icelander Anak Aldin, who tied the knot with his girlfriend in Dahab amid the carnage of Monday s triple bomb attack. He dismissed any suggestion of canceling his Bedouin-style wedding to Swedish girlfriend Kerstin Hellman after the explosions ripped through the Red …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Bedouins feel shadow of suspicion after bombs

DAHAB, Egypt: The Bedouin of the Sinai Peninsula felt the shadow of suspicion fall across their tight-knit community on Tuesday after bombs killed 24 people in the tourist resort of Dahab on the eastern coast. At the Bedouin-run Mirage Village hotel in Dahab, not far from the scene of Monday s bombings, manager Atef Salem …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Judicial controversy continues to heat up

CAIRO: Riot police resorted to violence to disperse protestors sitting-in at the Judges Club on Monday, with one judge allegedly beaten while at least a dozen were arrested. The attorney general’s official report, however, denies the use of force against demonstrating crowds. “This incident sends a message to the judges . Yet physical abuse will …

Pakinam Amer

Bombings raise question of foreign connection

CAIRO: A third set of bombings targeting tourists on the Sinai Peninsula adds to the mystery about the secretive group thought to be behind them, driving some analysts to suspect a foreign connection. Hours after Monday s bombings in the budget resort of Dahab, Western analysts mentioned Al-Qaeda as a possible culprit. But many security …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Police questions 30 in connection with bombings

DAHAB, Egypt: Police were questioning some 30 people yesterday in connection with the attacks. Security officials say three of those being detained, three computer engineers. They are identified as Moumen Farouk Mohammed, Ali Karim Ashraf Abdallah and Maged Ali Mahmoud, and arrived at the resort on Sunday and left an hour after the attacks. The …

Vivian Salama

Two suicide bombers attack north Sinai

ISMAILIA, Egypt: Two men blew themselves up in north Sinai on Wednesday, one near an airport used by an international observer force and one near the northern town of El Arish, security sources said. The bombs, which followed three deadly explosions in the east Sinai resort of Dahab on Monday, killed only the bombers, an …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Ten people arrested following bombings

DAHAB, Egypt: Ten people have been arrested in connection with three powerful explosions that rocked the Red Sea resort town of Dahab as vacationers wrapped up a long holiday break. The consecutive blasts were all within 200 feet of one another and left some 24 people dead and at least 150 injured, according to the …

Vivian Salama

Two suicide bombers attack north Sinai

ISMAILIA, Egypt: Two men blew themselves up in north Sinai on Wednesday, one near an airport used by an international observer force and one near the northern town of El Arish, security sources said. The bombs, which followed three deadly explosions in the east Sinai resort of Dahab on Monday, killed only the bombers, an …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

World leaders condemn triple-bombing

VIENNA: World leaders united to roundly condemn Monday s deadly triple bomb attack in Dahab. The European Union on Tuesday called the bombings “despicable, and leaders across Europe said they were standing with the Egyptian government against terrorist attacks. In a statement issued by Austria, the current holder of the rotating EU presidency, the 25-nation …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

As Mubarak era enters twilight, spotlight falls on son

CAIRO: Egyptian writer Ahmed Fekri is so convinced President Hosni Mubarak will step down soon that he has drafted a resignation speech for the long-time leader. I have entrusted my son, Gamal, to take the post of president of the Republic. Before you, I advise him to guard the system of the Republic, jested Fekri, …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Sinai bombings turn resort town into war zone

DAHAB: It was like war. I d never seen anything like it before, a child, a baby, blood everywhere, said German doctor Michael Hartlich, shaking at the memory, and tears in his eyes. A boy died in my arms. As the sun rose Tuesday over the Red Sea, the appalling destruction of three deadly explosions …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Brotherhood fears government will use blasts to extend emergency law

CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood warned Tuesday against any attempt by the government to use the deadly bombings in Dahab to silence opposition to the planned renewal of a longstanding state of emergency. The [government] had already decided to extend the state of emergency before the bombings, the opposition Islamist movement s spokesman Essam Al-Aryan told …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Still unclear who plotted Dahab blasts: minister

LONDON: It remains a mystery that was behind Monday s suicide bombing in the Red Sea resort of Dahab in which 24 people were killed, Minister of Tourism, Mohamed Zoheir Garana, said Tuesday. Later on during the day, at least 10 people were arrested in connection with the bombings. It would be very premature to …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

TUI suspends trips to Sinai peninsula after Dahab blast

HANOVER: TUI, Europe s leading travel and tourism group, said Tuesday that it was suspending all trips and excursions to the Sinai Peninsula in the wake of the three deadly blasts that ripped through Dahab on Monday, killing 24 people. All excursions scheduled for today (Tuesday) and tomorrow (Wednesday) on the Sinai peninsula have been …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Preparing for the possibility of more attacks

JERUSALEM: Militants in the Sinai Peninsula are already plotting their next attack in the popular resort area, an Israeli anti-terrorism expert said Tuesday, a day after a triple bombing killed at least 24 people there. * Brig. Gen. Elkana Har Nof, an official in the prime minister s counterterrorism department, said the Red Sea coast …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Israel makes common cause with Egypt after attacks

JERUSALEM: Israel looked to make common cause with the Egyptian government against Islamist extremists Tuesday after the latest Sinai bombings, having warned for months about possible attacks in the region. In a late night phone call to President Hosni Mubarak, Israel s acting premier Ehud Olmert offered condolences and any assistance required in the aftermath …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Press links Dahab blasts to other Islamist attacks

CAIRO: State-owned newspapers on Tuesday linked the deadly blasts which rocked the Red Sea resort of Dahab with previous Islamist attacks in the Sinai. The preliminary findings of the investigation show a possible link between these attacks and those in Taba and Sharm El-Sheikh, the top-selling Al Ahram daily said. According to the interior ministry, …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Four strong actors with a weak script

CAIRO: A plotline following the entangled lives of two or more couples seems to be the in story for any Egyptian romance, comedy or drama. Kalam Fel Hob (Talk about Love) is no different, except for the entangled part; the film lacks the required depth to make the term entangled applicable. Following two waitresses, played …

Sarah El Sirgany

Privatization program focuses on workers rights

CAIRO: Egypt’s privatization program and concerns as to whether it lessens the unemployment figures is once again in the spotlight. Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif and Minister of Investment Mahmoud Mohieddin reiterated the benefits of the program for job creation, on two separate occasions. In an interview with Al Ahram on Monday, Nazif said that Egypt’s …

Najla Moussa

Deputy housing minister under investigation

CAIRO: Helmy Zein El Dein, deputy housing minister, is under investigation for squandering public funds, facilitating their appropriation and profiting from his post. Zein El Dein, who acts as the housing minister s deputy for external funding and presides over the Cooperative Union for Central Housing, faces a total of eight charges that fall under …

Sarah El Sirgany

Three bombings rock Egypt's Sinai resort city of Dahab, at least 24 killed

DAHAB, Egypt: Three nearly simultaneous bombings hit this Egyptian beach resort popular with foreigners, killing at least 24 people on streets filled with vacationers and Egyptians enjoying a long weekend marking a national holiday. The early evening bombings in the Sinai seaside city of Dahab blew out storefronts along a crowded promenade of shops, restaurants …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Ayman Nour moved to public hospital

CAIRO: The attorney general agreed Saturday that the jailed leader of the opposition El-Ghad (Tomorrow) party be transferred to a public hospital as demanded by his family and lawyer, a judicial source said. Maher Abdul Wahid consented that Ayman Nour be moved from the prison hospital where he was being treated for multiple ailments, including …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

President says Israeli-Palestinian summit premature

CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak said in an interview published Monday it was too early to plan an Israeli-Palestinian summit, stressing the need to settle internal Palestinian disputes first. He told the semi-official Al-Gomhuriya newspaper in an interview published in Monday s edition, distributed late Sunday that it was premature to speak of a Palestinian-Israeli summit …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Judge wounded and 15 others detained in protest

CAIRO: One judge was wounded and 15 activists were detained Monday when police broke up a protest in support of judges calling for reforms, a security official and witnesses said. Fifteen people were detained in the early hours of Monday outside the judges’ syndicate in Cairo, the official said on condition of anonymity. Plainclothed security …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Spanish FM says Israeli recognition of Hamas possible

CAIRO: Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos said Sunday that Israel may yet recognize the Hamas-led Palestinian government, calling for an end to infighting between Palestinian factions. When we refer to the success of Hamas in the elections, Israel must decide whether it will recognize Hamas, and I think this is a possibility, said Moratinos …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Press Round-up

CAIRO: The crisis overwhelming the Egyptian judicial system continues to unfold, as next Thursday two judges face a disciplinary hearing before Minister of Justice Mahmoud Abul-Leil, national and international newspapers have extensively reported. Hisham Al-Bastawisy and Mahmoud Mekki, the two high-profile deputies to the Court of Cassation, were referred to a disciplinary board after they …

Pakinam Amer

Protesters call for release of jailed militants from new Islamist group

CAIRO: Family and friends of 22 young men arrested in Egypt on suspicion of plotting terrorist attacks protested Friday against the detentions. More than 1,000 demonstrators gathered in the low-income El-Zawiyah El-Hamrah district of Cairo chanting slogans urging authorities to Release our innocent sons, and asserting that they would give our blood in exchange for …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Women's activists petition for abandoned women

CAIRO: For Mervet Mahmoud Awees, her unwavering commitment to family provided little in return. Married some 20 years ago, Awees’s husband would abandon her and her five children, often for days at a time. When he did return, he would frequently beat her, occasionally in public. He’d even go so far as to sometimes stab …

Vivian Salama

Mubarak seeks to reassure Copts following outbreak of sectarian violence

CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak sought to allay the fears of the Coptic community after violent communal clashes in Alexandria, in a message published Sunday to coincide with Orthodox Easter. Egypt is strong … and nobody can harm the unity that exists between Muslims and Christians, Mubarak said in the message published in state-owned newspapers. They …

Daily Star Egypt Staff