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Egyptian police kill two African migrants near Israel border

AL-ARISH: Egyptian police shot dead two migrants near the border with Israel, bringing to five the number of Africans killed on the frontier this year, a security official said on Thursday. He said police shot the two migrants in separate incidents on Wednesday night and Thursday morning after they refused orders to stop. The nationality …

AFP

Egypt lifts Ban for Hajj and Umrah

CAIRO: Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif has overturned a ban on allowing certain groups from observing Umrah and Hajj pilgrimage, a measure taken in early 2009 to combat the spread of swine flu. Individuals under 25 or over 65, pregnant women as well as people suffering from chronic illness, were not allowed to perform the Islamic …

Daily News Egypt Authors

WHO to doctors: Don't perform female circumcision

GENEVA: The World Health Organization says doctors, nurses and midwives in African countries should stop performing female genital mutilation. WHO specialist Elise Johansen says health workers are still assisting in cutting young girls genitals to limit their sexual activity as women. She said Friday they are responsible for nearly 75 percent of the cases in …

AP

Fatwa forbids Facebook for encouraging marital infidelity

CAIRO: In an interview with London-based Asharq Alawsat newspaper, an Egyptian cleric has issued a fatwa forbidding the use of the popular social networking site Facebook. Muslims using such sites must be considered sinners said the religious edict s author, Sheikh Abdel Hamid Al-Atrash, claiming that statistics show that divorce rates have risen since the …

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Tamim murder appeal postponed to March

CAIRO: Egypt’s Court of Cassation decided Thursday to postpone till March 4 the appeal decision in the case of Hisham Talaat Moustafa and Mohsen Al-Sukkari, the two men indicted for the murder of Lebanese singer Suzanne Tamim. Both Moustafa and Al-Sukkari were given the death sentence in May 2009 in the initial murder trial. The …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Butane cylinder shortages cause crisis, price wars

CAIRO: A week-long shortage in butane gas cylinders, has led to the birth of a vicious black market, hiking prices from LE 10-15 per unit, to LE 35-40. As residents nationwide struggle to get their hands on the essential cooking gas, the industrial committee of the People’s Assembly proposed heavy penalties on those behind the …

Daily News Egypt

Editor to pay thousands in fine in libel suit

CAIRO: In the latest installment in the ongoing feud between newspaper editors Mostafa Bakri and Yasser Barakat, a court found Barakat guilty in two libel cases raised by Bakri. Both sentences were handed down by the Giza Criminal Court in separate proceedings on Feb. 2, 2010. In a statement issued Wednesday the Arab Network for …

Sarah Carr

Saudi activists urge king to probe violations

CAIRO: A group of Saudi activists has urged King Abdullah to set up an independent commission to probe human rights violations by the nation s powerful security agencies. The group – the Committee of Civil and Political Rights – also called on the monarch to introduce political reforms he promised when he ascended to the …

AP

Protestors urge PA to take action against sectarian violence

CAIRO: Protestors called on the People’s Assembly to take decisive action against sectarian acts of violence Wednesday at a protest held outside parliament. “Egypt is for all Egyptians the roughly 50 protestors chanted while holding up photographs of Abanop Kamal, one of six Coptic young men shot dead outside a church in Upper Egypt’s Nagaa …

Sarah Carr

Egypt editor challenges union over Israel 'warning'

CAIRO: Egypt s journalists union issued a warning to a magazine editor on Tuesday after she received the Israeli ambassador in her office at the state-run Al-Ahram newspaper building, prompting her to cry foul over freedom of the press. Hala Mustafa, editor-in-chief of Al-Demoqratiya magazine, stirred up a controversy in September after receiving Israeli envoy …

AFP

Rumors surround Cairo University security recruitment

CAIRO: Cairo University is reportedly recruiting security officers, raising speculation that it plans to replace state security forces on campus with a civil security unit in line with an Administrative Court verdict, according to Al-Shorouk newspaper. The university recently published an announcement recruiting security specialists and a security supervisor and received thousands of applicants for …

Daily News Egypt

Egypt's veil wearers see it as barrier to harassment

CAIRO: Female students at Cairo University are defying religious and state efforts to ban the controversial niqab from schools and colleges, saying that wearing the controversial face veil is a religious obligation that also protects against sexual harassment. I wear the niqab essentially to avoid harassment on the street and on public transport, said law …

AFP

Rights groups meet with UN officials ahead of periodic review

CAIRO: Egyptian rights groups embarked on meetings with United Nations officials in preparation for Egypt’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) scheduled to take place at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva on Feb. 17. Independent Egyptian human rights groups have begun initial discussions with UN figures regarding the discrepancies between the independent groups’ reports …

Essam Fadl

Amonseto workers protest delayed pay, demand job security

CAIRO: More than 100 workers at textile and garments company Amonseto International continued a sit-in for the second consecutive day in front of the Shoura Council, demanding either to return to their jobs or the closure of the company. About 1,200 current workers – down from 5,000, who worked at one of Amonseto’s 12 factories …

Tamim Elyan

Driving growth with innovation

CAIRO: Following the Euro-Mediterranean Innovation Marketplace, which wrapped up last week in Cairo, was a rare chance to read into the future of Egypt’s research and technology efforts. The Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) program organized this event in its first year. The RDI was established in late 2007 through a grant of ?11 million …

Daily News Egypt

Former housing minister resigns from PA, faces investigation

CAIRO: Former Housing Minister and current National Democratic Party (NDP) MP Mohamed Ibrahim Suleiman resigned his seat in the People’s Assembly (PA) and is facing an investigation into alleged profiteering during his tenure as minister. House Speaker Ahmed Fathi Sorour also announced during Monday’s PA session that the State Council had annulled the decision to …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

H1N1 death toll reaches 258 in Egypt

CAIRO: Egypt’s health ministry said that the total number of swine-flu related deaths in the country reached 258, with total of 15,832 people infected with the H1N1 virus. The latest death is a 53-year-old Egyptian man from Assiut, according to a ministry statement. The number of infected cases at schools reached 5,554 since the beginning …

Daily News Egypt

Lawyer takes case of Muslim converts to Christianity to UN

CAIRO: The lawyer of a man who converted from Islam to Christianity sent a memo to the United Nation’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), in a bid to urge the Egyptian government to allow him to change his religious affiliation on official documents. Ashraf Edward Kirolos called on the OHCHR to …

Essam Fadl

Commerce Syndicate members protest against five-month pension delay

CAIRO: One thousand members of the Commerce Syndicate held a protest Saturday in front of the syndicate s headquarters in Abassiya demanding the approval of a draft law they had presented to parliament and the payment of five months of delayed pensions. The syndicate s extraordinary general assembly held on the same day also decided …

Tamim Elyan

Global swine flu death toll rises to 14,711, says WHO

GENEVA: The death toll from the swine flu pandemic has risen to at least 14,711, up 569 from a week ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday. WHO said the spread of the A(H1N1) virus peaked in most of the northern hemisphere in October and November, but transmission was still active in parts of …

AFP

Students lend a helping hand to cancer rehabilitation center

CAIRO: What started as a casual conversation over lunch ended with LE 5 million raised in funds for a cancer rehabilitation center for children in a record period of three months. Tatiana Halawa, 14, and Omar Barakat, 16, learnt about the Health and Hope Oasis NGO and the difficulties it’s facing to build a recreational …

Safaa Abdoun

Alaa Mubarak supports national football team

CAIRO: In a telephone interview with terrestrial TV show “Sabah El-Kheir ya Masr (Good Morning Egypt) Sunday, President Hosni Mubarak’s older son Alaa said that Egyptians will continue to back the national football team to take home the African Cup to claim a historic third consecutive title. Alaa and younger brother Gamal Mubarak flew to …

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Eight Egyptians die as fishing boat sinks off Libya

CAIRO: Eight Egyptian fishermen drowned when their boat capsized off the Libyan coast, an Egyptian security official told AFP on Friday. The small fishing boat had left the Egyptian port town of Al-Salloum near the border with Libya on Thursday when it capsized due to bad weather and high waters, the official said. Eight people …

AFP

Egypt's fertile Nile Delta falls prey to climate change

ROSETTA: The Nile Delta, Egypt s bread basket since antiquity, is being turned into a salty wasteland by rising seawaters, forcing some farmers off their lands and others to import sand in a desperate bid to turn back the tide. Experts warn that global warming will have a major impact in the delta on agriculture …

AFP

3G: Exploring generational difference in Egyptian women's lives

CAIRO: Since liberalization reforms of the 1980s and 1990s, Egypt has registered a remarkable economic growth rate. According to data compiled by the British economist Angus Maddison, Egypt’s GDP grew by 61 percent between 1990 and 2006. Since 1950 the GDP per capita has increased by 370 percent despite the significant growth of population that …

Daily News Egypt

Rights activist detained for four days for exposing child marriages

CAIRO: A woman who discussed underage marriage between Egyptian minors and men from the Gulf on an Egyptian satellite TV channel was detained by the police and held for four days. Sabah Khalil Eid was eventually released on Jan. 27 2010. The Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) said in a statement released Thursday …

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Would-be Gaza migrants face endless hurdles

GAZA CITY: Abu Luay sold his wife s gold to pay for a visa to Germany, but if the Egyptian border does not open soon he will lose his only ticket out of Gaza, where life is an endless struggle against conflict and an Israeli siege. Like him, untold numbers of Palestinians are scraping together …

AFP