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Travel ban imposed on Brotherhood officials

CAIRO: A travel ban was imposed on newly elected Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badea’s, almost two weeks after he was appointed, according to the group’s lawyer.. Barring Brotherhood MPs who enjoy parliamentary immunity such as MP Mohamed Saad El Katatney and MP Saad El Husseiny, members of the newly-elected Guidance Office were also placed …

Safaa Abdoun

Religious, economic experts weigh in on property tax law

CAIRO: Religious and economic experts alike criticized Al-Azhar and the Islamic Research Center for saying that the new property tax law is against Sharia. Earlier this week, members of Al-Azhar as well as the Islamic Research Center said that the controversial property tax law violates Sharia, and called on Finance Minister Youssef Boutros-Ghali to rescind …

Daily News Egypt

Egypt court orders stay of Al-Azhar's ban on niqab

CAIRO: An Egyptian court ordered on Wednesday a stay of a ban on the full face veil, or niqab, in female schools affiliated with the Islamic Al-Azhar University. The administrative court s decision came a week after it ruled, on grounds of constitutional liberties, against a ban by the education ministry on women wearing the …

AFP

Court rejects expulsion of police officers convicted of torture

CAIRO: Cairo’s administrative court rejected a case brought by lawyers seeking the expulsion from the police force of two officers convicted of sexually abusing and torturing a man in their custody. Lawyer Taher Abul Nasr, one of the lawyers who brought the case explained that it was rejected because the Administrative Court found that the …

Sarah Carr

Wheat shipment seized at Safaga Port

CAIRO: The General Authority for Imports and Exports Control seized a shipment of Russian wheat at the Safaga Port after test results found the wheat to be unfit for human consumption. The agricultural quarantine and the Weed Research Institute at the Ministry of Agriculture tested the shipment and reported that it contains a high level …

Safaa Abdoun

Governor to offer compensation to Nagaa Hammadi victims' families

CAIRO: Qena Governor Magdy Ayoub announced Tuesday that the families of those killed and wounded in a drive-by shooting outside a church in Nagaa Hammadi on Coptic Christmas Eve will receive instant compensation, according to the state-run egynews.net. The families of the seven men killed on Jan. 6 in the Upper Egyptian province – six …

Daily News Egypt Authors

Pig-cull induced street rubbish: a 'national scandal'

CAIRO: The Egyptian government’s decision to cull all of the country’s 300,000 pigs in May 2009 is increasingly being viewed by experts and officials as a gross mistake as piles of organic waste the pigs once ate accumulate in Cairo’s streets, posing serious health hazards. The month-long cull was ostensibly to stem the spread of …

Daily News Egypt

French report calls for burqa ban

PARIS: A French parliament report called Tuesday for a ban on the full Islamic veil, saying Muslim women who wear the burqa were mounting an unacceptable challenge to French values. After six months of hearings, a panel of 32 lawmakers recommended a ban on the face-covering veil in all schools, hospitals, public transport and government …

Daily News Egypt

Floods destroyed 1,246 homes, says Aswan governor

CAIRO: Flash floods and rains that decimated 1,246 homes in Aswan have finally subsided, governor Mustapha Al-Sayed said Sunday. At least 15 people were killed in the floods that occurred last week, mainly in Aswan and Sinai but also in Qena and the Red Sea, while thousands of homes were completely or partially destroyed especially …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Ethiopian jet crashes in flames off Lebanon coast

BEIRUT: An Ethiopian Airlines plane carrying 90 people caught fire and crashed into the Mediterranean shortly after takeoff Monday from Beirut, setting off a frantic search as rain lashed the coast and debris washed ashore. At least 23 bodies were recovered. The cause of the crash was not immediately known. Lebanon has been slammed by …

Daily News Egypt

Eight more H1N1 deaths bring total to 248 in Egypt

CAIRO: The H1N1 virus claimed eight more lives in Egypt, raising the total number of deaths in the country to 248, the Ministry of Health announced Sunday. The deaths included a 25-year-old woman, a 51-year-old man and a 43-year-old-woman from Cairo, a 27-year-old woman from Gharbeya, a 35-year-old man from Ismailia, a 42-year-old woman from …

Daily News Egypt Authors

Rights group proposes law to combat sectarian violence

CAIRO: The Egyptian Union for Human Rights Organization (EUHRO) proposed a draft law to combat what it described as “the risk posed by the escalating sectarian violence in Egypt. Naguib Gobrael, head of EUHRO, told Daily News Egypt that he sent the draft law to several government entities, the most prominent of which are the …

Essam Fadl

Centuries-old Holy City cellar at heart of Byzantine battle

JERUSALEM: An Arab-Israeli shopkeeper is locked in a Byzantine battle with the Coptic Church over an ancient Jerusalem cellar, in a saga involving Christianity s holiest site and a 12th century Muslim general. Lawyers on both sides expect authorities to decide soon whether the disputed basement adjacent to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is …

AFP

Police torture allegations fabricated, says interior minister

CAIRO: People who accuse the police of torture and violating human rights without having experienced such abuse first hand are making these allegations up, Interior Minister Habib El-Adly said in an interview with state television Sunday. “I regard people who speak badly of the police as individuals who hate themselves and their country, El-Adly told …

Sarah Carr

Brazil tasked with keeping the peace in quake-hit Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE: The monumental task of stabilizing Haiti, already a challenge for a Brazilian-led UN peacekeeping force in place since 2004, suddenly got a lot harder following last week s devastating earthquake. We will be here as long as it takes, because now we have even more reason to stay, said Colonel Joao Batista Bernardes, the …

Daily News Egypt

HRW report condemns 'oppression' in MENA region

CAIRO: Human Rights Watch (HRW) condemned Sunday the “sadly reoccurring theme of oppression under which people in the Middle East and North Africa region are forced to live their lives. “Arab governments have failed to build institutions such as a free press and political party system which protect people They are most successful in one …

Sarah Carr

Pan-Arab TV police plan 'disturbing', says media watchdog

RIYADH: A proposal to create a pan-Arab television monitor is a disturbing move that could lead to censorship of broadcasts critical of Arab governments, a media watchdog said on Saturday. The Saudi-Egyptian proposal to establish a regional office to supervise satellite broadcasters is aimed directly at Qatar-based Al-Jazeera, the Palestinian Hamas group s Al-Aqsa TV …

AFP

Galal Amin awarded for contributions

CAIRO: Economist Galal Amin was awarded by the Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Cultural Foundation for his work in the “humanitarian and futuristic studies section as well as his contribution to the economic, political and cultural fields in the Arab world. “It makes me very happy to receive this award which makes a great difference …

Daily News Egypt

Blogger's prison sentence upheld

CAIRO: The six-month prison sentence and LE 500 fine of an Egyptian blogger convicted in absentia of “tampering with an internet cable has been upheld. Lawyers from the Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) say that they will appeal the sentence handed down to Wael Abbas, owner of the “Misr Digital blog, in November …

Sarah Carr

Aid convoy collects donations for Aswan flood victims

CAIRO: A committee formed to support victims of the recent floods is sending an aid convoy to Aswan on Sunday Jan. 24. The Public Committee to Support Flood Victims is collecting aid until Sunday including money, blankets and medical supplies. “The main convoy will go to Aswan because it is the most affected and destroyed …

Daily News Egypt

Egypt to send aid to Haiti

CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak announced Monday Egypt’s plans to send medical and humanitarian supplies to Haiti, which was struck by a tragic earthquake last week. “Egypt plans to send medical supplies whose value has not yet been determined, said Ambassador Hisham El-Zemaity, assistant foreign minister for American Affairs, “These supplies will be sent through the …

Daily News Egypt

Food contamination exists everywhere, says agriculture minister

CAIRO: A limited amount of fruits and vegetables in the market are contaminated with pesticides or sewage water, Minster of Agriculture Amin Abaza said at a People’s Assembly session on Wednesday. This problem exists everywhere in the world, he added, explaining that usually a percentage of the stock is contaminated while the majority is healthy. …

Safaa Abdoun

ICANN approves internet addresses in Arabic script

SAN FRANCISCO: The global agency overseeing internet domain names said Egypt, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates can begin creating online addresses in their native languages. The internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) effectively broke the Latin alphabet s three-decade hold on internet domain names. This marks a pivotal moment in …

AFP

US ban on Tariq Ramadan other Muslim scholar critical of US policy lifted

NEW YORK: Two prominent Muslim scholars once accused of having ties to terrorism, can reapply to travel to the United States now that the State Department has concluded they pose no danger to the country, federal spokesmen said Wednesday. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has signed orders enabling the re-entry of professors Tariq Ramadan …

AP

'We gave ample warning of floods,' says meteorological body

CAIRO: The Egyptian Meteorological Authority said it sent sufficient warning to the governors of Aswan, North and South Sinai about the recent floods that destroyed large swathes of land in those areas and claimed at least 15 lives. The Authority’s spokesman, Ali Qotb, told “El-Beit Beitak television show Wednesday evening that he had faxed the …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Political parties, rights activists reiterate rejection of health insurance law

CAIRO: Political parties and rights activists have angrily rejected suggestions that there exists no real opposition to the draft health insurance law currently before parliament. During an edition of satellite channel Dream TV’s “Sabah Dream program broadcast last week, Health Minister Hatem El-Gabaly said that there exists a broad consensus in favor of the draft …

Sarah Carr

New Brotherhood Secretary-General a conservative

CAIRO: The newly-elected Supreme Guide Muslim of the Muslim Brotherhood Mohamed Badea’, appointed Mahmoud Hussein as the new secretary general to replace the former Mahmoud Ezzat. Hussein, 62, is a professor at the Faculty of Engineering in Assuit. In 2006, he was the head of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Administrative office in Assuit. He was then …

Safaa Abdoun

Violence against women claims 301 lives in 2009, says report

CAIRO: One-hundred and twenty-nine women died due to crimes of violence in the second half of 2009, bringing the annual toll to 301 victims, according to a human rights report released Wednesday. The report, published by the Land Center for Human Rights, referred to incidents of violence against women that have been published in local …

Essam Fadl

Egypt floods claim 15 lives until now

CAIRO: Floods in several parts of Egypt have claimed the lives of 15 people in the past four days and left a trail of destroyed houses in its wake. On Wednesday the body of a policeman was discovered in North Sinai after he was killed by the flash floods. The body of Eid Salah Ramadan, …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein