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Deterioration of archeological sites deplored

CAIRO: Archeologists and officials meeting in Cairo Wednesday deployed the deterioration of the country s ancient sites, which they attributed both to government agencies and to private individuals. The assault, they said, runs from illegal construction activities to farming. Zahi Hawass, director general of the Supreme Council for Antiquities, said there were 6,000 such cases …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

OCI details rights issue

CAIRO: Orascom Construction Industries (OCI) said on Wednesday it was offering existing shareholders 11.5 million new shares at a price of LE 201 ($35.08) per share. The offer works out at about one share for every 16.57 existing shares and will bring the total number of OCI shares issued to 202.075 million. The company will …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

More than war; traffic-related deaths exceed armed conflict

CAIRO: Do you leave Heliopolis at 2:30 p.m. to make a 3 p.m. appointment downtown, only to arrive 15 minutes late cursing the slow drivers and dilapidated cars that caused your delay? If this sounds familiar, then you are a typical traffic offender. Most individuals who speed and violate traffic laws have poor time management …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

Egypt and Nigeria big movers after African Cup of Nations

ZURICH, Switzerland: Egypt has reached its highest position in world football in eight years on the back of its fifth African Cup of Nations title in FIFA s monthly world rankings released Wednesday. Egypt rose 15 places to 17th in February s rankings, with Nigeria up 12 positions to 12th. African Cup semi-finalist Cameroon is …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Newly observed patriotism

CAIRO: Everyone is talking about the thousands at Cairo International Stadium that cheered on the national team during the African Cup of Nations: they were organized and enthusiastic even though many had no idea what off-side actually means. Analysts and government officials have translated the phenomenon as a new wave of patriotism. Those audiences, analysts …

Sarah El Sirgany

The PR prerogative

CAIRO: In the aftermath of a progressive government and a growing economy, Egypt is witnessing the entrance of a slew of multinationals and local businesses with a modern outlook, to the delight of the public relations industry (PR). The Daily Star Egypt sat down with Loula Zaklama, the founder of PR in Egypt, to talk …

Najla Moussa

Controversial poll delay approved by parliament

CAIRO: The Egyptian parliament has approved a two-year postponement of municipal polls despite fierce objections from opposition Islamists and the United States, lawmakers said Wednesday. The postponement of the municipal polls, in which the local councils exercise supervisory powers over provincial governors and officials working in local council units, are already having repercussions. President Hosni …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Salve for Muslim wounds

CAIRO: European Union Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana said in his last press conference in while in Egypt late Tuesday that his visit to Cairo had cleared up many misunderstandings, and his talks with Al-Azhar High Council and the Arab League secretary general were “very good, and productive. During his visit, Solana met with Al-Azhar …

Pakinam Amer

Be a doll, won't you?

CAIRO: “What I always love about Huda’s work is that there is a lot of intelligence because she has the background and knowledge of all religions and of the local culture . But not in a stiff way, it is extremely creative and artistic, says young artist Malak Helmy while admiring Huda Lutfi’s new exhibition …

Farah El Alfy

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