Latest in Politics Highlight

Latest in Politics


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Islamic row over Prince Charles' visit to Egypt

CAIRO: Prince Charles flies into Egypt today facing controversy at Cairo s most renowned Islamic institution over the awarding of an honorary degree to the heir to the British throne. Al-Azhar University, one of the top institutions in Sunni Islam, is to give Charles an honorary doctorate when he arrives with his wife Camilla at …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egyptian born every 23.4 seconds

CAIRO: An Egyptian is born every 23.4 seconds, raising the country s population to 73.6 million since last year, newspapers reported Sunday, citing the National Centre for Mobilization and Statistics. The census conducted in January includes 2.3 millions Egyptians living abroad, said the center s president Abu Bakr Al-Gundi. In the last population survey carried …

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

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

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

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

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

Judges stand by colleagues, seek independence

CAIRO: Judges on Friday stood by four colleagues summoned for questioning about comments on last year s elections and voted against any concessions to the government on a draft law reorganizing the judiciary. A general assembly at the Judges Club, an informal and independent institution, voted that the four judges should not appear before prosecutors …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

The force of gravity

CAIRO: They called it Black Tuesday. Four days of panic selling on the New York Stock Exchange ended on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 1929 with share prices at only a quarter of their peak earlier that year. The event shocked financial markets around the world and precipitated the Great Depression, and the stock market took 25 …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

Prince Charles to visit Egypt, Saudia Arabia, India

CAIRO: Since assuming the role of Supreme Governor of the Church of England, Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, has worked to establish himself not as a defender of one faith, but rather, the “defender of faiths . On Monday, the British royal and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, will embark on a …

Vivian Salama

Too mucho to change diapers

CAIRO: In a world trend that finds mothers wrestling between staying home versus working and where the challenges women face in juggling the roles of the homemaker and the bread-earner has become a social movement, one perplexing question remains: Where have all the fathers gone? Quoting a question put forth by Nancy Gibbs in a …

Najla Moussa

Brains or brawn for men in fitness

CAIRO: Typically, it has always been women that have a preoccupation with staying in shape and getting fit. Traditionally, men have gone to the gym to “get a six-pack, “get big, and “bulk up. However, the world is changing, and fast. Trends such as getting personal trainers and joining group exercises are making their way …

Daily News Egypt