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Champions Egypt get soft African Nations Cup qualifying draw

CAIRO: The 2008 African Nations Cup qualifying draw treated newly crowned champions Egypt and runners-up Ivory Coast generously. Egypt are in Group 2 with minnows Botswana, Burundi and Mauritania and the Pharaohs should finish first by a wide margin and secure a berth at the 16-nation tournament in Ghana. Ivory Coast, losers after a penalty …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Health

CAIRO: The rich, smooth taste that melts in your mouth and the feeling of euphoria that comes after a couple of bites. This makes chocolate an indulgence that many enjoy and crave time and again. The guilt however, will usually set in. Now there’s good news for chocoholics. There have been reports that chocolate may …

Aida Nassar

Poultry producers suffer as government's actions questioned

CAIRO: A leading poultry producer says that it has not sold a single baby chick since the outbreak of avian flu in the country 11 days ago. Wadi Holdings breeds and sells day-old chicks to farmers. It also sells chicken feed and poultry-related products make up the majority of its revenues. The company controls 45 …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

Mubarak urged to make good on press law pledge

CAIRO: A media watchdog on Thursday urged President Hosni Mubarak to fulfill a two-year-old pledge to amend a law which lays down jail terms for journalists convicted in libel cases. “The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) urges you to fulfill the commitment you made two years ago today to initiate legislation to eliminate prison sentences …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt offered in vain to help Denmark avoid cartoon crisis: FM

COPENHAGEN: The Danish government ignored several offers from Egypt to help it avoid a full-blown crisis over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed first published in Denmark, media here quoted Egypt s foreign minister as saying on Thursday. “I said that we were approaching something that was very dangerous. The contents of this case risked causing …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Detained Egypt, Saudi suspects lynched in Iraq second city

BASRA, Iraq: Eleven suspected foreign fighters from Egypt and Saudi Arabia were seized by gunmen from a prison in Iraq s largely Shiite second city of Basra Wednesday and all but one of them lynched, police said. A total of 20 gunmen forced their way into the city s Mina prison and disarmed the guards …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt to offer 20 percent of EgyptAir

CAIRO: Egypt is preparing to offer 20 percent of state-owned airline EgyptAir to the public, in the latest big-ticket privatization in the government s drive to sell off state assets. “The shares will be offered as soon as the study is complete, Civil Aviation Minister Ahmed Shafiq said, in comments reported by the official Middle …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Median o/n interbank rate rises to 8.6125 pct

CAIRO: The median overnight interbank rate on the Egyptian pound rose to 8.6125 percent on Thursday from 8.55 percent on Wednesday after central bank auctions drained liquidity from the market, traders said. “Most of the banks are bidding aggressively in the central bank auctions so it s a little bit short, one trader said. The …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Orascom to eye acquisitions after IPO

ALGIERS: Orascom Telecom (OT) will eye more acquisitions including a bid for Greek firm TIM Hellas after the initial public offering of its Weather Investment later this year, its chairman said on Wednesday. Naguib Sawiris told Reuters in an interview the firm had won a $2 billion loan to consolidate existing debt and finance its …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Centurion Energy buys oil and gas sites

LONDON: Canadian-based Centurion Energy International Inc. said on Wednesday it had bought a private U.S. firm with oil and gas operations in Egypt and Texas for $225 million. Centurion, which is listed in Toronto and on London s junior Alternative Investment Market (AIM), said the acquisition would add 8,200 barrels of oil equivalent per day …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Word on the Street

CAIRO: Taxis are a way of life in Egypt. From the quick hop down the street to the longer drives across town. They are readily available . Should they agree to drive you. There are more than 50,000 taxis on Cairo’s streets, and the number seems to be growing daily, with the majority of them …

Daily News Egypt

Egypt offers to buy farm chickens due to bird flu

CAIRO: Egypt s government will buy all healthy chickens offered for sale by farmers until late March in a bid to support farms hard hit by the outbreak of bird flu, Agriculture Minister Amin Abaza said on Wednesday. Demand for chicken has collapsed since the deadly H5N1 virus was first identified in chickens in Egypt …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Health officials look to assuage bird flu fears

CAIRO: Restaurants across much of the country have stopped serving chicken. Supermarkets are selling out of mineral water following word that the Nile-source drinking water may be contaminated. Multiple theories have emerged regarding bird flu: how it got here, where it came from, who s in danger and how to protect yourself. In an effort …

Vivian Salama

Thirty-two held after sectarian clashes

CAIRO: Egypt s attorney general ordered 32 suspects remanded in custody Wednesday in connection with sectarian clashes south of Cairo that left eight people wounded. They included both Christians and Muslims arrested after Monday s violence in the village of Al-Ayat, some 25 kilometers (15 miles) south of Cairo, judicial sources said. The violence came …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Press Round-up

CAIRO: Ending the week featuring almost identical front pages, with the same news, pictures and layout: Al Ahram and Al-Akhbar reported the same dominating news of bird flu and Condoleezza Rice’s visit to the country. The many demonstrations, however, were only reported in the independent newspapers. “Because the government has always been a liar, people …

Sarah El Sirgany

Nour says reform issue goes beyond his case

CAIRO: Jailed opposition leader Ayman Nour said Wednesday that his case represented only one of the many problems confronting the political reform movement in Egypt. “I believe that political reform should not be reduced to only my case, he said in a statement released through his office to coincide with the visit to Egypt of …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt heads large entry for African Nations Cup draw

CAIRO: Defending champions Egypt head a 47-country entry for the 2008 African Nations Cup qualifying competition draw to be made here today. Until two years ago, title holders were automatic entrants for the biennial tournament won by hosts Egypt for a record fifth time two weeks ago after a penalty shootout against Ivory Coast. But …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

More glory beckons for Egypt as Al-Ahly eye African Super Cup

CAIRO: More international football glory beckons for Egypt just two weeks after winning the African Cup of Nations. Local club Al-Ahly host FAR Rabat of Morocco Friday in the annual, one-off African Super Cup match between the holders of the African Champions League and the African Confederation Cup. The appealing fixture will be staged at …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Omar Effendi for sale

CAIRO: Minister of Investment Mahmoud Mohieddin announced last Monday that the employees of Omar Effendi, Egypt’s largest state-owned department store chain, with more than 80 outlets, will retain their company benefits after the company is sold as part of the government’s asset management program to privatize retail department stores. In a meeting with the Minister …

Najla Moussa

Lebanon's BLOM eyes retail in its new Egypt market

CAIRO: Lebanese bank BLOM plans to double the number of branches at its newly acquired Egyptian operation to 16 in 2006, part of a plan to expand the retail business, a senior executive said on Tuesday. BLOM, Lebanon s biggest bank, bought Egypt s Misr Romanian Bank in a deal worth about $97.8 million in …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Rice meets with democracy activists, adviser to top Islamic cleric

CAIRO: U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met with democracy activists Wednesday as she continued a Mideast trip complicated by disagreements over the militant group Hamas. For the first time, Rice also planned to meet with an adviser to the sheik of Al-Azhar mosque, in an apparent attempt to bridge gaps exposed by the controversy …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Opposition leader seeks nuclear reactors

CAIRO: Imprisoned opposition leader Ayman Nour asked U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Wednesday to look into whether Egypt can benefit from a U.S. offer to help developing countries develop nuclear energy. Nour, President Hosni Mubarak s main rival in presidential elections last year, is serving a five-year sentence for forgery but says the …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Bird flu hits Egypt's multi-billion-dollar poultry industry

CAIRO: The sudden outbreak of avian influenza in Egypt has dealt a huge blow to the poultry industry, in a country which consumes 800 million birds a year and exports to the entire region. The destruction of flocks and transport restrictions imposed by the authorities to stem the spread of the disease are costing the …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt sets up gas shipping firm

CAIRO: Egypt has set up a joint venture shipping company to transport gas and is ordering a new ship that is planned to enter operation by the end of 2007, a senior Egyptian official said on Tuesday. “We are in the process to acquire the ship … We will be having the ship operated, God …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

U.S. Middle East policy: Between Iraq and the hard guys

This week’s visit to the region by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice brings with it another reminder that U.S. Middle East policy is firmly wedged between Iraq and the hard guys. There were never any easy answers to the Middle East morass. Washington’s drunken lurching in search of exactly that has only made matters worse. …

Daily News Egypt

Citing irregularities, rights activists appeal for Nour retrial

CAIRO: Human rights activists are appealing to judicial authorities for a retrial of opposition MP Ayman Nour due to irregularities in the initial investigation and trial. “A retrial should be carried out as quickly as possible, said Bahieddine Hassan, head of the Cairo Institute of Human Rights Studies, in order to address the serious legal …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Bird flu rumor sparks nationwide panic

CAIRO: Approximately two hours after a rumor that bird flu was found in the Nile River raged through the country, Metro supermarkets throughout Cairo ran out of water. The rumor, which sparked a national frenzy, was leaked through a number of media and telecommunication outlets; namely, Sabah Al Kheir Ya Masr, a radio station, El …

Najla Moussa

Twenty-nine Egyptians test negative for bird flu after showing symptoms of disease, health minister says

CAIRO: The health minister on Monday said that 29 people who had shown symptoms of bird flu after coming in contact with dead birds had tested negative for the disease. Hatem Mustafa Al-Gabaly told a ministerial committee, which included the ministers of agriculture and environment and officials from the information and interior ministries, that the …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Hundreds of Egyptians gather in protest

CAIRO: A few hundred Egyptians, waving the bright yellow or orange banners of their opposition movements, gathered on the grounds of Cairo University on Tuesday to rally against a range of topics. Members of the Kefaya, or Enough, movement protested alongside the opposition El-Ghad Party, taking advantage of the day that marks both International Student …

Daily Star Egypt Staff