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Kafr El Sheikh growing into new oil and gas hotspot

CAIRO: Banque du Caire has signed a LE 200 million agreement with Trans Gas Company to finance delivering natural gas to the Kafr Al Sheikh governorate in Egypt. Within the last year, the Kafr El Sheikh governorate has become home to some of the biggest natural gas and oil projects in the country, and is …

Najla Moussa

Admit to the causes of sectarian violence

The Alexandria riots are something that Egypt needs to figure out; what is causing all this hate? We have heard that this is an anomaly and it doesn’t happen often, simply a few ‘fanatics’ that are ruining the good name of Muslims and Copts across the nation. It is hard to digest. Within the past …

Joseph Mayton

Raising awareness about dangers of Hepatitis B crucial

CAIRO: Although flu-like symptoms, nausea, stomachache, skin rash and yellow eyes and skin are all signs of a hepatitis B infection, experiencing them can actually be good news. These symptoms usually indicate that a patient has a short-term liver infection and within about six months the immune system will clear the body of the virus. …

Sarah El Sirgany

Violence and confusion take over Alexandria

ALEXANDRIA: In the Cidi Bishr section of the city, parishioners at the Saints Church pushed through wooden barriers and security guards to receive a Palm Sunday blessing. As Egypt s Coptic Christians commemorated the entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem just days before his execution, it was the death of an elderly parishioner Thursday night …

Vivian Salama

Whatever happened to GAFTA?

CAIRO: Arab countries have a reputation of cooperating better with the outside world than amongst themselves. The statistics are telling on the trade front; intra-Arab trade accounts for some 8 percent of the total international trade of the Arab world. This illustrates both the challenge and the opportunity for closer commercial ties. Enter the Arab …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

Stocks tumble 5 percent, in line with Gulf

CAIRO: The benchmark Hermes index fell nearly 5 percent in the first half hour of trade on Sunday, in line with declining Gulf bourses and amid jitters over sectarian clashes in Alexandria, traders said. The slump follows recent sell-offs in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, the Arab world s largest bourses. Saudi shares are falling on …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Hamas points donors to Cairo bank with French ties

JERUSALEM: Hamas, facing a funding crisis two weeks after taking over the Palestinian Authority, is asking supporters to deposit money into an Egyptian bank linked to one of France s biggest financial institutions. In a rare public appeal on its Web site, Hamas asked donors to wire money into an account at the Misr International …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Muslim Brotherhood sees no harm in nuclear Iran

CAIRO: A leading member of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood said on Sunday he saw no harm in an Iranian nuclear weapon because it would help restore the balance between Israel and the Arab and Muslim world. Mohamed Habib, deputy leader of Egypt s main opposition group, told Reuters that Washington s motive for opposing Iran …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Mubarak tries to defuse anger over remarks on Shiites

CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak has sought to defuse anger over remarks he made about Shiite Muslims being more loyal to Iran than their own countries, saying he was referring only to religion. My remarks about Shiites dealt with their religious loyalties and sympathies, without putting into question the patriotism of Shiites in Iraq or any …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Police continue arrests of Brotherhood members

CAIRO: Police on Sunday detained 100 Muslim Brotherhood activists as part of a crackdown on the Islamist opposition group to undermine its campaign against emergency laws, the group s deputy leader said. Mohamed Habib told Reuters the arrests were in southern Egypt. Some were taken from their homes, some from the street, he said. Some …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

All options still on the table regarding Iran

CAIRO: In a brief visit to Egypt last week, U.S. Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, Robert Joseph further rallied Egypt s support for American efforts to end Iran s nuclear program. Egypt s announcement that it won’t accept another nuclear power in the region is not the first along the same lines. …

Sarah El Sirgany

Arab film festival in NY is shouting to be heard

NEW YORK: More than 30 movies from the Arab and Muslim world will be playing at a week-long New York film festival, but will anybody be watching? The Alwan Film Festival, created by a nonprofit group in lower Manhattan, features several well-known Middle Eastern directors. The films tackle timely subjects like the war in Iraq, …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Setting Alexandria ablaze

ALEXANDRIA: Egyptian police fired live ammunition into the air and lobbed tear gas into rioting crowds of Christians and Muslims Sunday in a third day of sectarian violence in Egypt s second-largest city. One Muslim reportedly died of wounds suffered a day earlier and dozens more were wounded and arrested. Mustafa Meshaal, who was wounded …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Devout frenzy

Gods were everywhere. They were hiding under my bed, in the bottom of my closet and under the kitchen sink. Ever since my wife started taking pottery lessons in Maadi three months ago, I couldn’t look anywhere in the apartment and not find a new carved image. So you can imagine my relief when Ali …

Nabil Shawkat

International Coptic community plans upcoming conferences

ZURICH: Following their third conference in Zurich held from March 25-27, Coptic immigrants announced their plans to hold a fourth conference in Montréal, Canada on April 7, and another in Sydney, Australia, on May 12. Adli Abadir, leader of the Coptic immigrants, said during the Zurich conference that they intend to organize eight conferences around …

Magdy Samaan

Are you chicken?

CAIRO: Millions of consumers have stayed away from poultry products ever since the first reported bird flu cases were announced on Feb. 17, while a far smaller number of consumers have also chosen to avoid eating beef following the reported cases of foot and mouth disease. The economic repercussions of the bird flu scare have …

Daily News Egypt

Changing futures one song at a time

CAIRO: Politicians, humanitarians, celebrities and students gathered in Cairo’s grand Opera House Thursday night to celebrate local and international efforts for building bridges of peace and understanding. First Lady Suzanne Mubarak was on hand to debut a new national initiative for peace, called “Together Toward a Peaceful and Safe Society. The program, set to officially …

Vivian Salama

Fourth Egyptian woman dies of bird flu

CAIRO: Egypt said on Thursday a fourth woman had died after being infected with the bird flu virus, the state MENA news agency said. The latest victim was an 18-year-old woman from a province north of Cairo, who was admitted to hospital on Monday. Egypt has so far reported 12 human bird flu cases. An …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Names and games

We talked about Amr Shabana before but we need to talk about him a little more. He is the number one squash player in the world. Shabana is now the best squash player on earth after he replaced Montreal s Jonathon Power in the number one spot in the latest world rankings released by the …

Alaa Abdel-Ghani

Rights advocates welcome the release of Islamist prisoners

CAIRO: Rights advocates hailed the release of 950 former militants from the Gamaa Al-Islamiya, a reformed Islamist group that participated in the Islamist insurgency that gripped the country in the early and mid-1990s. The prisoners release is definitely a step in the right direction, said Montasser Al-Zayyat, head of the Lawyers Syndicate Liberties Committee and …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

One killed, five wounded in church stabbings

CAIRO: A mentally ill Egyptian man killed a worshipper and wounded five others on Friday in knife attacks at two Coptic Christian churches in the coastal city of Alexandria, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. Security and police officials said earlier three Egyptians working together had killed one person and wounded three others in …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Nour files petition against writing ban Egypt's

CAIRO: Jailed opposition leader Ayman Nour filed a petition Wednesday accusing prison authorities of banning him from writing articles for his party newspaper, his wife said Gamila Ismail added that Nour, leader of the El-Ghad (Tomorrow) party and the runner-up in presidential election last year, also complained about conditions of his detention during a brief …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

A newly assertive Iran unsettles cautious Egypt

CAIRO: Egyptian officials have done their utmost to squelch the uproar caused by President Hosni Mubarak’s suggestion last week that the Shiites in Iraq and the Gulf are more loyal to Iran than their own countries, saying the remarks were taken out of context. Both Iraq and Iran took umbrage, of course, with Baghdad canceling …

Daily News Egypt

The nanny: The essential luxury

ALEXANDRIA: When walking in sports clubs in Alexandria and Cairo, where members of Egypt’s “high society usually take their children for fresh air and sun, it is not odd to see women and girls of all ages and nationalities wearing white coats tailing the young kids. These women are called nannies, in reference to their …

Daily News Egypt

Fashion: In Short

CAIRO: Believe it or not, shorts are the newest addition to a trendy wardrobe. I am not talking about beach shorts or Daizy Dukes; what’s “in today are shorts of all lengths that flatter all types of figures and work for almost any occasion. Last winter every ultra-fashionable woman in Cairo was wearing them, mostly …

Farah El Alfy

Moving toward electronic trading

CAIRO: Trading shares is an intricate process. Between the buyer and seller are at least three intermediaries: the broker, the stock exchange and the depository. Each intermediary fulfills its role through a combination of phone calls, faxes and electronic communication. The procedure as a whole is partly automated with computers and digital networks, but substantial …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

A global citizen for the new epoch

CAIRO: In a world of hyper-globalization and the idea of a clash of civilizations taking hold in the west and the Islamic world, it is difficult to find those individuals that truly transcend borders. Ahdaf Soueif is one of those few people that are able to capture the entire world through her writing. She is …

Joseph Mayton

Remembering Ramses

CAIRO: The founder of ancient Egypt; the son of the Sun god and the greatest warrior king are all slogans that have been attributed to Ramses II, who at one point, although he was not of royal descent, was considered the symbol of power in Egypt as he took over the 18th Dynasty. The granite …

Farah El Alfy