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Choosing an alternative

CAIRO: Homeopaths in Egypt not only meet patients, diagnose them and prescribe remedies, but they also face a struggle for recognition and fight a battle to acquire the legal status their counterparts abroad enjoy. With a great deal of passion for her job, along with strong convictions about the effect of homeopathy, Nazli Shafik is …

Sarah El Sirgany

Mubarak thinks Hamas will recognize Israel, Israeli defense minister says

CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak believes that after Hamas becomes the Palestinian government, it will succumb to international pressure, renounce violence and recognize Israel, Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz said Tuesday. Hamas, whose suicide bombers have killed hundreds of Israelis, won a landslide victory in the Palestinian elections last month and is set to take over …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

France issues travel warning to nine Arab countries

CAIRO: France is the latest European country to issue a travel warning to the region in the wake of uprisings over a cartoon depiction of the Prophet Mohammed. French citizens have been advised to be extremely vigilant if traveling to Egypt, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, Lebanon, Syria or the Palestinian territories. Denmark, …

Vivian Salama

IT sector set for growth but inhibited by lack of investment

CAIRO: The software industry in Egypt has been on the rise since the establishment of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology in 1999. While the country has long been a center for Arabization and localization of software for the region, the liberalization of telecommunications, along with e-government initiatives, have stimulated information technology (IT) and …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

Big Egyptian stocks recover some losses

CAIRO: Big Egyptian stocks recovered some of their recent losses on Tuesday, led upwards by investment bank EFG-Hermes and Orascom Construction Industries, which announced it had a stake in a large wastewater project in the Gulf emirate of Ajman. EFG-Hermes, which peaked at LE 285 ($49.74) in late January, gained 5.4 percent to last trade …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Poverty rampant in rural areas, says new report

CAIRO: The rich-poor divide in Egypt remains significant, especially in rural areas, according to the UN and government ministries. “Improvements in the gap between rich and poor are marginal, noted Khaled Abdel Kader of the Cairo Institute for National Planning, speaking at the release of the UNDP s latest human development report on Sunday. “Poverty, …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt median o/n interbank rate steady at 8.45 pct

CAIRO: The median overnight interbank rate on the pound rose to 8.45 percent on Tuesday from Monday s 8.365 percent with pound demand stronger at the start of a new central bank reserve ratio period, bankers said. Four of seven banks contacted by Reuters had dealt overnight at rates of between 8.3 to 8.65 percent. …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Taking back the roads

CAIRO: Proving that saving lives is a serious part of their business, British Gas (BG), one of the leading gas companies in Egypt with over $4 billion worth of investments, is once again sponsoring the second International Road Safety and Traffic Management Exhibition that will take place at the Cairo International Conference Center (ICCC) beginning …

Najla Moussa

What the newspapers are saying

CAIRO: The continuously unfolding events regarding Egypt’s ferry accident still dominate the headlines of national and independent newspapers. In response to the tragedy, the government promises a thorough investigation supervised by a Parliamentary committee. More than 1,000 Egyptians are dead or missing in a Red Sea ferry accident that occurred less than 10 days ago. …

Pakinam Amer

Egypt warns against clash of civilizations over cartoons

CAIRO: Egypt called Monday for urgent dialogue between the West and Muslim countries to avert a clash of civilizations over the world crisis about cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed. “We are witnessing the early signs of a campaign and a clash between the West and Islam, Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul-Gheit said at the opening of …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt delays local elections, Islamists cry foul

CAIRO: Egyptian authorities have postponed local elections for two years in a move opposition Islamists said on Monday was designed to maintain the ruling party s monopoly over presidential nominations. The delay means that if current President Hosni Mubarak, 77, were to die or step down, the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) would be the …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Credit where credit is due

CAIRO: At approximately 9:00 pm Friday night, Mohamed Aboutrika sent his penalty shot into the back of the net, bringing Egypt the African Cup of Nations title. Egyptian goalkeeper Essam Al Hadari raced after Aboutrika immediately following the goal, and the celebrations began. At the stadium, across Cairo and throughout Egypt, people came together in …

Joseph Mayton

BBC reaches out to Arab youth

CAIRO: “Your future . Who decides it? is a question on the minds of many Arab youths. While it is troublesome for youngsters, it is also an intriguing question for the older generation, who find it difficult to come up with an informative or satisfactory answer. BBC Arabic will try its hand at providing an …

Sarah El Sirgany

Egypt to offer 20 pct of Bank of Alexandria on bourse

CAIRO: Egypt will sell 20 percent of Bank of Alexandria on the stock exchange, 5 percent to employees and the rest to a strategic investor, the bank s head said in remarks published on Sunday. Mahmoud Abd Ellatif, Bank of Alexandria chairman, told Al Alam Al Youm newspaper, large investors would within two weeks be …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Retail panic pulls down stocks

CAIRO: Small investors panicked by falling Egyptian stock prices pulled the market lower still on Monday in a bout of selling, traders said. “A lot of the prices are being broken too easily. There are no support levels, Yasser Hassanein of Dynamic Securities said. The benchmark Hermes index dipped 2,160.97 points, or 3.3 percent, to …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Students at Al-Azhar University protest cartoons lampooning prophet

CAIRO: Thousands of Al-Azhar University students demonstrated Monday at their campuses in Cairo and the southern city of Assiut, denouncing the caricatures of Islam s prophet and warning that those who published the drawings have opened the gates of hell on themselves. The protests at Al-Azhar University, the oldest and most important seat of Sunni …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

The Arab world's love-hate relationship with St. Valentine

CAIRO: Whether you’ve chosen to run through the streets professing your joy, or lock yourself in a closet, Valentine’s Day is once again upon us. Viewed by many as a “Hallmark Holiday, as it is called in the United States, named after the country’s largest greeting card maker, cupid has made his mark on lovebirds …

Vivian Salama

My ticket, my seat

CAIRO: After a troublesome journey to get tickets for the African Cup of Nations final, I arrived at the stadium last Friday holding my ticket. Standing amid hundreds of others . Just holding our tickets. We were denied entrance on the grounds that the stadium was full. They were right; the stadium was packed. In …

Sarah El Sirgany

Mummies found at Egypt's Valley of the Kings

CAIRO: Five mummies in wooden sarcophagi and colored funeral masks from the 18th Pharaonic dynasty were discovered by a US team from the University of Memphis, in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt on Friday. This is the first such discovery since the grave of Pharaoh Tutankhamen was uncovered in 1922. The mummies were …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

One to remember

CAIRO: The 25th African Cup of Nations produced many memorable moments throughout three weeks of highly-competitive football, with Egypt winning the prestigious title for the fifth time and setting a new record of winning the title. Backed by an eager crowd of 74,100 at Cairo International Stadium, the pharaohs faced Ivory Coast; a young vigorous …

Daily News Egypt

Football fever

CAIRO: The only thing people are able to talk about these days is Egypt’s fantastic defeat over the African nations. “Our land, Our Cup, said one of the artistic banners at the very first match, which is one of many creative slogans that people came up with to support our team during the African Cup …

Farah El Alfy

European Union envoys tour Toshka

CAIRO: Thirty envoys from the European Union concluded a two-day tour of the Toshka Project. The envoys, representing a range of countries, from Russia to Japan, were invited to tour the project courtesy of the Holding Trade Company in cooperation with the Egyptian Business Counsel, the Minster of Investment and the Chairman of the Egyptian …

Najla Moussa

The Struggle for a new social contract

CAIRO: Business as usual just isn’t going to cut it anymore. That is the core message of Egypt’s Human Development Report for 2005. The in-depth study released yesterday by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in collaboration with Egypt’s Institute of National Planning, calls for the intense modernization of social services and utilities for ensuring …

Vivian Salama

AUC grants El Baradei honorary doctorate

CAIRO: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Mohammad El Baradei left Cairo Friday for the Austrian capital Vienna after a several days visit to Egypt. President Hosni Mubarak held a ceremony to honor El Baradei, who won the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize. El-Baradei is the fourth Egyptian to win a Nobel Prize, after late …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Rights groups slam interior ministers' call to close websites

CAIRO: Human rights groups have condemned a recent proposal by the Council of Arab Interior Ministers aimed at giving member governments wide scope to ban websites suspected of supporting terrorism . Activists say legislation permitting such bans will be used as an excuse to clamp down on websites not favored by authorities. This development is …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt poised to delay local polls, Islamists cry foul

CAIRO: Egypt s consultative council on Sunday approved the two-year postponement of municipal polls that had been due within two months, in a move slammed by the opposition Muslim Brotherhood. The postponement now has to be approved by parliament to take effect. The Shura council, the country s upper chamber of parliament, approved a proposal …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

The textile projection

CAIRO: Textiles, garments and cotton cultivation employ a substantial portion of the Egyptian labor force. These sectors have benefited substantially from the Qualified Industrial Zones (QIZ) protocol under which Egyptian goods with a minimum level of inputs from Israel are allowed tariff-free access to the United States. It stands to gain further from last December …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

Egypt frees last remaining Sudanese protestors

CAIRO: Egypt said Sunday it had freed the last 156 Sudanese who had been detained and threatened with expulsion after police brutally broke up a Cairo sit-in demanding resettlement. The foreign ministry said in a statement that the Sudanese in the last batch to be released were not entitled to refugee status and were technically …

Daily Star Egypt Staff