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Nagaa Hammadi trial postponed to March 20

CAIRO: The trial of the three men accused of killing six Copts and one Muslim guard in the drive-by shootings in Nagaa Hammadi on Christmas Eve last year, has been postponed to March 20 after chaos ruled the court room Saturday. The decision came only 35 minutes into the first hearing at the emergency State …

Essam Fadl

Killing of Egyptian in Milan sparks unrest, say reports

ROME: A group of Peruvian and Ecuadorian youths stabbed an Egyptian to death in Milan, sparking an inter-ethnic riot overnight in the northern Italian city, news reports said Sunday. Around 100 mainly north African youths went on a rampage following the killing of the 19-year-old Egyptian, bashing in the windows of South American shops, overturning …

AFP

Cleric laments Facebook 'fatwa' backlash

CAIRO: After denying news reports claiming he’d issued a fatwa forbidding Facebook, Sheikh Abdel Hamid Al-Atrash lamented the backlash of his “misinterpreted quotes, calling on the media to present opinions objectively. When the issue was the topic of discussion in the media, he said, those who weighed in on the matter were not qualified to …

Daily News Egypt

Obama names special envoy to pan-Islamic body

DOHA: US President Barack Obama on Saturday named Rashad Hussain as his special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference, aiming to build on pledges to restore ties with the Muslim world. In a recorded video message to the seventh annual US-Islamic World Forum meeting in the Qatari capital, Obama said he wanted to …

AFP

Police suspected of kidnapping man allegedly tortured by police

CAIRO: A man who is suing police officers he claims tortured him has been “kidnapped and taken to the same police station in which the alleged assault took place. The Nadeem Center for the Rehabilitation of the Victims of Violence says that Shady Zaghloul was stopped at 6 pm Tuesday by officers from the Sixth …

Sarah Carr

'Children are the catalyst for change,' says Plan's CEO

CAIRO: An award-winning television show for children and a successful youth employability program are just two of the many initiatives Plan International is spearheading to improve the standard of living for children in Egypt. Plan International is one of the largest child-centered community development organizations in the world. Working in 66 countries, Plan’s projects and …

Safaa Abdoun

Egypt's H1N1 death toll reaches 265

CAIRO: The Ministry of Health announced Tuesday the death of three cases of A(H1N1) flu, raising the death toll to 265. The ministry said that the latest victims were all females between 50-61, two from Daqahlia and the third from Sixth of October. Despite the new deaths, a ministry report on the HIN1 virus, or …

Daily News Egypt Authors

Marriage registrars renew calls for forming union

CAIRO: Marriage registrars (ma’zoun) renewed their request to parliament Thursday to form a union overseeing their welfare and protecting their rights. The marriage registrars had made the same request last year and were promised that their demands would be met by the government. They threatened to stage a number of protests in front of the …

Essam Fadl

Governorates say gas cylinders' crisis improving

CAIRO: Several governorates reported a slight improvement in the butane gas cylinders’ crisis after the supply of cylinders in distribution outlets was increased following violent clashes Wednesday that left one person dead, three injured and several arrested. A plumber in Imbaba died in a fight with a truck driver’s assistant after he’d jumped on the …

Tamim Elyan

Trying Nagaa Hammadi suspects 'not enough,' says rights group

CAIRO: The trial of the men accused of carrying out the Nagaa Hammadi shootings last month “will not be enough to reveal the truth behind the attacks and circumstances surrounding them, an NGO warned on Thursday. “This trial may reveal who pressed the trigger and punish these individuals, but it will leave many questions unanswered, …

Sarah Carr

Campaign raises money to build over 800 houses in Aswan

CAIRO: A campaign by television presenter Amr Adib managed to raise enough money to build 880 houses to help Aswan flood victims, garnering donations from architects, ministers, celebrities and even electrical appliance companies. Launched on the popular talk show “Al-Qahera Al-Youm earlier this week, donations almost instantly poured in from all over the Arab world, …

Safaa Abdoun

Protesting Tanta Flax workers continue sit-in in front of Cabinet

CAIRO: Workers from the Tanta Flax and Oils Company vowed to continue their sit-in yesterday until the government responds to their demands. At time of press there were reports that clashes broke out between workers and police officers surrounding the sit-in, and that two workers, Hisham El-Owkal and Ahmed El-Waheery were briefly detained for ten …

Sarah Carr

Newspaper editors apologize to actors for homosexuality scandal

CAIRO: Al-Balagh Al-Gadid editors Abdou El-Maghraby and Ehab El-Agamy apologized to actor Nour El-Sherif for defaming him in a report about an alleged homosexual prostitution ring. Maghraby, the paper’s editor-in-chief, apologized on Egyptian talk show “90 minutes to El-Sherif, Khaled Aboul Naga and Hamdy El-Wazeer, who the paper claimed were involved in the ring. “I …

Daily News Egypt

Egyptians rile over mosque cameras

CAIRO: Egyptians are protesting against an alleged plan to install surveillance cameras in thousands of mosques throughout the country. Egypt’s Ministry of Islamic Endowments denied the existence of such a plan on Monday, but the reports have caused ripples throughout the local media and the blogosphere. Critics say the security forces are abusing their power …

Daily News Egypt

Arab League hosts freedom of assembly forum

CAIRO: Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa will host today around 100 representatives of civil society groups from the Arab world, the European Union and other international organizations to discuss freedom of assembly in the region. The conference, which will take place from Feb. 10-12, aims at devising a joint Arab document on freedom of …

Essam Fadl

Lawyer of alleged Coptic rapist requests trial transfer

CAIRO: Days before the resumption of the trial of a Coptic man accused of raping a 12-year-old Muslim girl in the village of Farshout in Qena, his lawyer placed a request on Tuesday to relocate the court proceedings to Cairo. Lawyer Peter El-Naggar, a member of the legal council defending the accused Girgis Baroumi Girgis, …

Essam Fadl

Outspoken deputy of NCHR discharged in surprise move

CAIRO: In a sudden move Monday, the Shoura Council (Egypt’s Upper House of Parliament) announced the replacement of Deputy Head of the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) Ahmed Kamal Aboul Magd, by the former head of the Higher Judicial Council and the Court of Cassation Moqbel Shaker. Aboul Magd told the local press that …

Daily News Egypt

Amnesty calls for Brotherhood members' release

CAIRO: Amnesty International called for the immediate and unconditional release of the Muslim Brotherhood members detained in raids before dawn on Monday. Amnesty considers the Brotherhood members prisoners of conscious, detained merely for their peaceful political activities. Prominent members of the Muslim Brotherhood including its Deputy Supreme Guide Mahmoud Ezzat and members of its Guidance …

Omnia Al Desoukie

Alexandria building collapse kills 3

CAIRO: A two-floor building in Alexandria collapsed Sunday morning, killing three people and leaving four others injured, according to Al-Masry Al-Youm. Initial investigations revealed that a decision to demolish the property earlier in 2006 has been taken, but residents refused to evacuate on their own risks. The top floor’s ceiling initially caved in, leading to …

Daily News Egypt Authors

Former minister facing corruption inquiry to pay back LE 340,000

CAIRO: Former housing minister Mohamed Ibrahim Soliman will return LE 340,000 he had received during his tenure as the head of the Petroleum Marine Services Company since July 2009. According to a statement to Al-Shorouk newspaper by his lawyer Gamil Said, the ex-minister has already signed two checks, one worth LE 317,000 which he received …

Daily News Egypt Authors

Rate of swine flu cases declining, says health ministry

CAIRO: The rate of swine flu cases reported nationwide has been declining and will continue to do so until April, said Abdel Rahman Shahin, spokesman of the Ministry of Health. He added however that they are expecting a new wave in March. The ministry announced that the number of swine flu cases in Egypt reached …

Safaa Abdoun

Newcomers to France should sign 'no-burqa' clause, says minister

PARIS: Foreigners who come to live in France should sign a contract recognizing that the wearing of the full Islamic veil is banned, a minister said Sunday. The no burqa clause and a second provision rejecting female genital mutilation should be added to the integration contract that newcomers have been asked to sign since 2007, …

AFP

Appeals court upholds prosecution's decision to detain Qena rioters

CAIRO: The Qena Appeals Court upheld the prosecution’s decision to detain 29 people accused of inciting riots in Nagaa Hammadi for 15 days pending investigations. The group appealed to the Qena Court against their detention, but to no avail. No one understands the reasons behind the court s decision, said Ishaq Ibrahim from the Egyptian …

Daily News Egypt Authors

Amnesty condemns border shootings of illegal immigrants

CAIRO: Killings on Egypt’s border with Israel are currently at their highest since September 2009, Amnesty International said this week. “The killings are a stark reminder that, despite repeated warnings by Amnesty International and other organizations, Egypt’s security forces have still not been given adequate instructions or training to conduct border policing, the London-based rights …

Sarah Carr

Prosecutor orders elimination of Russian wheat in Daqahlia

CAIRO: The Prosecutor General’s office in Daqahalia governorate announced on Saturday its decision to eliminate parts of a Russian wheat shipment which was stored by the Central Administration for Seed Certification. After testing, the Ministry of Health found that the wheat is not fit for human consumption. However, it had already been distributed to nine …

Safaa Abdoun

Rights group files complaint against religiously-biased art exam

CAIRO: The Egyptian Union for Human Rights (EUHR) submitted a complaint Saturday to Minister of Education Ahmed Zaki Badr after some Christian parents objected to what they deemed a religiously biased preparatory school art exam in Beheira. The question in the art exam asked students to depict the Hajj ritual of standing atop Mount Arafat …

Essam Fadl

Controversial organ transplant bill welcomed by WHO

CAIRO: A controversial organ transplant bill expected to become law in the next few weeks could regularize organ transplants and curb Egypt’s booming illicit trade in human organs, experts say. Hundreds and possibly thousands of poor Egyptians sell their kidneys and livers every year to pay off debts and buy food, making the country a …

Daily News Egypt

Egypt-Israel gas deal expanded to cover more exports

CAIRO: A new deal increasing the export of Egyptian natural gas to Israel has come into effect despite popular protest in Egypt. The Egyptian Mediterranean Gas company, which exports natural gas to the state owned Israel Electric Corporation and the private Israeli firm Dorad, has expanded a deal signed in 2005 with Israel Electric. The …

Daily News Egypt

Arab Contractors security guard injured in Rafah shootout

CAIRO: A security guard working for the Arab Contractors Company was wounded in a random shootout Saturday afternoon in the Safa neighborhood of Rafah near Egypt’s border with Gaza. Ahmed Fathi, 21, was shot in the leg and transferred to Al-Arish Hospital for treatment. He was hit by a number of assailants in a private …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein