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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

Report on ferry disaster slams shipping co., government

CAIRO: A report submitted to parliament last week assigned blame for February’s Al-Salam 98 ferry disaster, in which more than 1,000 passengers died, to the ship’s owner and government transportation agencies. “The parliamentary findings showed up the situation at Egypt’s Red Sea ports, said Hafez Abu Seada, secretary-general of the non-governmental Egyptian Organization for Human …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

PM says verdict still out on church attacks

CAIRO: Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif has said the verdict is still out on official claims that the recent attacks on churches that left one man dead were committed by a mentally unstable man. Meanwhile, a senior Coptic cleric added his doubts on the official statements and said wider tensions were behind the attacks. During the …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Sympathy for the Devil

CAIRO: My interest in Hitler and the Nazi-era Germany stemmed from one of the most unusual discourses about this issue in my Public Opinion and Propaganda class back in university. Part of the course focused on the use of propaganda during that time and the various, devilishly-intelligent techniques used to shape German public opinion in …

Joseph Fahim

Making use of natural resources

CAIRO: Minister of Trade and Industry Rashid Mohammed Rashid announced on Monday that the ministry has begun implementing a plan created by the government to promote industry and trade in various governorates in the hopes of creating greater job opportunities. According to the Al Ahram newspaper, by using the natural resources, mineral resources, in addition …

Najla Moussa

Egypt turns up pressure on reformists

CAIRO: After a period of hope and mounting calls for political reform in Egypt, analysts say the government is now seeking to systematically gag dissident voices as Washington turns its attention to other issues. The reform process has backslided because the United States, busy with other issues in the region like Iraq and Iran, has …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Islamists receive mixed signals from government

CAIRO: The government has been sending mixed signals to Islamist groups, with state security arresting members of the Muslim Brotherhood almost simultaneously with the release of hundreds of members of Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya. With Islamists caught between random detentions, crackdowns and releases, the state of the emergency law has been vehemently debated, with the government strongly …

Pakinam Amer

Mubarak invites Olmert to Egypt

JERUSALEM: President Hosni Moubarak on Friday invited Israeli prime minister-designate Ehud Olmert to visit Cairo after forming his new cabinet, the premier s office said. Mubarak telephoned Olmert to wish him luck with his consultations to form a new coalition after his Kadima party emerged the largest faction in Israel s general election on March …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Iran makes rare call to Egypt on nuclear standoff

CAIRO: Egypt said Friday that Iran wants a diplomatic solution to the standoff with the international community over its nuclear program, but also insists on its right to peaceful nuclear technology. Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki called Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul-Gheit about next week s report to the U.N. Security Council on Iran s nuclear …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

No new human cases of bird flu, say authorities

CAIRO: No fresh cases of the potentially deadly H5N1 bird flu virus have been detected among humans in Egypt for more than a week, health authorities said. “The National Veterinary Poultry Production Monitoring Laboratory stated that test results of all specimens of suspected avian flu infection were negative, according to an April 19 statement by …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Muslim Brotherhood leader calls on Muslims to support Iran

CAIRO: The head of the Muslim Brotherhood called on Arab and Islamic countries to support Iran s nuclear position in the face of U.S. arrogance and asked Iran to reassure its neighbors of its commitment to Iraq. All countries have to the right to adopt peaceful nuclear activities, whether they be British, Indian, Iranian, Egyptian …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Economic woes add to tension in Egypt

CAIRO: Egypt s latest bloodletting between Christians and Muslims has many fearing an explosion of sectarian violence in the Arab world s most populous country, fueled by frustration with plummeting living standards. Increasingly radicalized Muslims, facing growing unemployment, have found it easier to take out their anger on the small Christian minority than confront the …

Daily Star Egypt Staff