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The sunny side of life

CAIRO: The sun has always figured prominently in life in Egypt. Its scorching rays beat down on the country during the summer months, and history is full of examples of the significant role it has played. In ancient Egypt, it was first worshipped as Horus, then Ra and later as Amun-Ra. Artist Laila Izzat has …

Farah El Alfy

Banks short-listed for Eastern Tobacco privatization

CAIRO: Rumors of the sale of Egypt s sole tobacco producer have been rampant for months. Citing unnamed sources, Britain s Sunday Times reported last December that several multinational cigarette makers were considering a bid for the government s 53 percent stake in Eastern Tobacco. The newspaper stated that British American Tobacco, Altria Group, which …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

Egypt sends food to Gaza via Israeli crossing

GAZA: Egypt sent food shipments to Gaza on Wednesday to help alleviate a shortage of flour and other basic goods suffered by Palestinians due to Israel s frequent closure of the main commercial crossing into the strip. Palestinian security officials and witnesses said an Egyptian army truck laden with flour rolled into the Israeli side …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Seeking a dangerous high

CAIRO: Six Egyptian teenagers have died while playing a dangerous game dubbed by teenagers as “the choking game. The victims were found dead, hanging from a rope. While initially termed suicide, after intensive investigation, it was determined that the victims died while playing the choking game. Using everything from shoelaces to belts and bike chains, …

Najla Moussa

Publication of Afaq Arabiya still on hold

CAIRO: The inner conflicts apparent in party newspaper Afaq Arabiya have heightened as journalists continue to protest the halt of the papers publication, endorsed by Managing Director and Editor Mahmoud Atiyya in his attempt to throttle the Muslim Brotherhood’s control over the paper. “I refuse having the newspaper turn into a sectarian newspaper because of …

Pakinam Amer

Centurion Energy signs deal with Shell Egypt

LONDON: Canada-based oil and gas explorer Centurion Energy International Inc said on Monday Shell was to take a 50 percent interest in two Centurion-operated exploration concessions in the Nile Delta. Centurion, which is listed in Toronto and on London s junior Alternative Investment Market (AIM), said Shell would make an initial payment of $15 million …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Sunni authority objects to Jesus film in Egypt

CAIRO: A film due to be shot in Egypt on the life of Jesus Christ has stirred protests from the highest authority in Sunni Islam, the Al-Azhar institution in Cairo. Abdel Mooti Bayumi, an Al-Azhar professor, noted Monday that the institution had issued fatwas, or religious edicts, against any depiction of the prophets, which is …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Demonstrations on the rise

CAIRO: Holding banners high, chanting slogans protesting local or regional matters and getting attacked on the street is a lifestyle that many Egyptians now gladly adopt. Throughout the past six years, demonstrations have made their way back onto the Egyptian streets. Gradually, it has become customary to organize a march, a sit-in or a demonstration …

Sarah El Sirgany

Turning Egypt around

CAIRO: The fourth Business Roundtable with the Egyptian government, a turnkey event attended by the country’s government and business leaders, will take place this year on April 2, 2006. An intensely interactive day of discussions and debates on government policy and future plans for business, the roundtable is a strategic event at which the Egyptian …

Najla Moussa

Charles blasts cartoon violence in appeal for tolerance

CAIRO: Britain s Prince Charles on Tuesday condemned the violence sparked by the Prophet Mohammed cartoons and appealed to religious leaders to foster common values in a speech at a renowned Cairo university. Highest among those values of our common inheritance, and born of our love of God, must always come respect for each other, …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt reports fourth human bird flu case

CAIRO: Egypt reported a fourth suspected case of bird flu in humans on Tuesday, in a 17-year-old boy whose father had an outbreak of the disease on his chicken farm in the Nile Delta on Saturday and Sunday. Health Minister Hatem el-Gabali, quoted by the state news agency MENA, said the boy was taken to …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Emergency food agreed for Gaza through Egypt so U.S. says

JERUSALEM: Emergency shipments of food will be brought into Gaza from Egypt on Monday, a U.S. diplomat announced on Sunday after hosting talks with Israel and the Palestinians on alleviating an impending humanitarian crisis. We have agreed that the crossing from Kerem Shalom will open tomorrow for imports of food and other essential humanitarian products …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Businesses race to file taxes by deadline under new law

CAIRO: The end of the current tax season is near. Companies and their auditors are rushing to meet the deadline of Mar. 31 for finalizing their financial statements in accordance with the Companies Law. These statements will form the foundation for the tax returns that must be filed by April 30, unless an extension of …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

Egypt shares rise on bargain-hunting

Institutional investors buying stocks like Orascom Telecom (OT), which have fallen in recent sessions, pushed up the Egyptian market, traders said. Local and foreign institutions were looking for stocks that had strong fundamentals but had fallen to levels considered cheap, the traders said. The benchmark Hermes index rose 1,520.43 points, or 2.7 percent, to 57,177.19 …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

For the sake of the child

CAIRO: For the children involved, winning a case proving parenthood means the difference between having a birth certificate or going without one. Without a man’s name to fill the blank space under “father on a child’s birth certificate, the certificate cannot be issued. Thus the 14,000 parenthood proving cases waiting for the court’s decision aren’t …

Sarah El Sirgany

Press Round-up

CAIRO: Taking priority on the front pages of all newspapers, both national and independent, is the breaking news of a second human bird flu case discovered in the city of Banha (in the Qalyoubiya governorate); most reports including the picture of the patient lying in a hospital bed. In Al-Ahram, the latest news of Hosni …

Pakinam Amer

A mountain of a movie

CAIRO: Brokeback Mountain is an emotional, heartbreaking movie about two men who fall deeply in love with each other. Heath Ledger stars as Ennis Del Mar, a young cowboy, whose parents passed when he was a child. He ended up being raised by his siblings. The movie begins in Wyoming in 1963, when Ennis finds …

Daily News Egypt

Boosting tea imports in Egypt

CAIRO: According to the Ministry of Investment, the country has slashed taxes on Indian tea from 30 percent to five percent, thus brightening the future of Indian tea in Egypt by allowing Indian exporters to re-enter the Egyptian market. The largest exporter to Egypt in the early 1980s, India lost its foothold to Sri Lanka …

Najla Moussa

Worried Egyptians head to hospital for bird flu tests

CAIRO: Egyptians are heading to hospital fearing they might be the next victim of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu after two human cases were detected in the country, officials said Monday. There are two or three cases of people who came to hospital and tests are underway, said Nasser Kamel, spokesman for the …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Winning start to Al Ahli's defense of African crown

JOHANNESBURG: Al Ahli made a winning start to the defense of their African Champions League crown on Saturday, defeating Tusker FC of Kenya 2-0 in Nairobi in the first leg of a second-round tie. Both goals came from Emad Motaeb, one of the heroes of Egypt s triumph at last month s African Nations Cup, …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Mohieddin reassures American investors

CAIRO: Minister of Investment Mahmoud Mohieddin visited the United States for 48 hours late last week to promote investment in Egypt and met with 14 representatives of financial institutions, funds and investment companies. The minister was accompanied by Ziad Bahaa-Eldin, chairman of the General Authority for Investment and Free Zones, and joined members of the …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

Identifying the fathers

CAIRO: In 2005, Egyptian courts witnessed 14,000 parenthood proving cases. The women who filed these lawsuits were trying to prove their marriage (whether orfi, unregistered, or otherwise) to the men they claim are the fathers of their children. The only way to register the baby under the name of the man in question is by …

Sarah El Sirgany

Egypt finds foot-and-mouth disease in eight calves

ASSIUT, Egypt: Egyptian vets have detected foot-and-mouth disease in eight calves on a government-owned farm in southern Egypt, an official said on Sunday. Mohammed Marzouq, head of veterinary medicine for the governorate of Assiut, said 80 other calves were being tested for infection with the disease, which does not affect humans but can have a …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Second suspected case of human bird flu discovered

CAIRO: An Egyptian man has apparently recovered from a suspected case of bird flu, the health ministry said on Sunday, a day after announcing the virus had killed a woman in the same part of the country. Health and Population Minister Hatem El-Gabali announced the appearance of a second suspected human case of bird flu …

Daily Star Egypt Staff