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Four more swine flu deaths raise the total to 232 in Egypt

CAIRO: The Ministry of Health reported Tuesday four more swine flu deaths, raising the total to 232 in Egypt. The deaths include a 25-year-old man and a three-year-old girl from Damietta, a 50-year-old man from Sixth of October City and a 30-year-old man from Gharbeya. Official spokesperson of the Ministry of Health, Abdel Rahman Shahin, …

Daily News Egypt

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

Gov't failed to handle Nagaa Hammadi shooting, says report

CAIRO: The government failed to deal with the Nagaa Hammadi shootings prior to and following the tragic incident, a report by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) said. In addition to noting the political dimension of the violence, the report said the government failed on three fronts, the first of which was recognizing warning …

Daily News Egypt

Egypt says Coptic killings were criminal, not sectarian – Focus

CAIRO: Egypt sought to minimize the repercussions of the recent killing of six Coptic Christians in the south by qualifying the incident as a criminal rather than sectarian affair. On Jan. 6, the eve of the Coptic Orthodox Christmas, three gunmen raked worshippers emerging from mass in Nagaa Hammadi with bullets, the deadliest attack since …

AFP

Four more swine flu death brings total to 228 in Egypt

CAIRO: The Ministry of Health reported four more H1N1 deaths bringing the total in Egypt to 228. These include a 41-year-old woman from Assiut, a 35-year-old woman from Alexandria, a 27-year-old woman and 59-year-old man from Sharqeya. Meanwhile, the governors of Giza and Minya ordered the closure of four more schools for a period of …

Daily News Egypt

Trial of Coptic man accused of rape postponed

CAIRO: The trial of an Egyptian Coptic Christian man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 12-year-old Muslim girl has been adjourned till Feb. 17, the official MENA news agency reported. The hearing took place in the southern city of Qena, around 600 km south of Cairo. Girgis Baroumi Girgis, 21, is accused of having …

AFP

11 deaths in Aswan and Sinai as flooding continues

CAIRO: The number of confirmed deaths in Egypt as a result of the recent floods has reached 11 Egyptians and a British tourist. There are at least 13 injured and a number of people missing since the flooding began Sunday night. Torrential rain leading to floods hit the five governorates of North and South Sinai, …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

PA discusses antiquities trade draft law

CAIRO: A controversial draft law to legalize the trade of replicas of antiquities in Egypt is currently on the People’s Assembly’s agenda. The law was proposed by steel mogul Ahmed Ezz, senior official at the ruling National Democratic Party, and seeks to legalize the trade in replicas of Egyptian antiquities. It will also require royalties …

Safaa Abdoun

H1N1 claims five more lives, death toll reaches 224 in Egypt

CAIRO: The global H1N1 pandemic claimed the lives of five more people in Egypt, raising the death toll to 224, announced Abdel Rahman Shahin, spokesperson for the Ministry of Health. The five cases include a 27-year-old woman from Gharbeya, a 20-year-old woman from Sohag, a 62-year-old man from Port Said, a three-month-old baby from Beni …

Safaa Abdoun

Four dead in Sinai floods

CAIRO/EL-TOR: Four people died, 13 were injured and dozens went missing as a result of flooding caused by heavy rain in Central Sinai Sunday night and Monday. The area of Wadi El-Amr, near Al-Oja Crossing, was the hardest hit, and entire villages in the area have been evacuated. Electricity has been cut in the most …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Slipping off the mother tongue

CAIRO: In an Arabic-speaking country, it is not uncommon to hear friends, families or coworkers communicating in foreign languages. Multilingualism is widespread among Egypt’s middle and upper class communities, with most opting to perfect their English or French rather than their own mother tongue. The number of foreign schools in Egypt is increasing to meet …

Daily News Egypt

Three lawyers accuse Sorour of concealing information about Nagaa Hammadi shootings

CAIRO: Three lawyers have filed a case against Parliament Speaker Ahmed Fathy Sorour accusing him of concealing information on the Jan. 6 shootings in Nagaa Hammadi that left six Copts and a Muslim guard dead. The lawyers are accusing Sorour of hiding information about the perpetrators of the Christmas shootings that sparked sectarian tension in …

Essam Fadl

Egypt rescuers search for lost British diver

CAIRO: Egyptian rescue boats searched with fading hope for a British tourist on Sunday who was lost while scuba diving in the Red Sea, one of the rescuers said. The three boats focused their search in an area 13 kilometers south of the Red Sea port town of Safaga, where the 45-year-old tourist was last …

AFP

Shoddy organization taints Alexandria's solar eclipse sighting

At 7 am this past Friday, a few astronomy enthusiasts gathered at the plaza of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina to watch the first solar eclipse of the year. They were waiting to see the moon cross the face of the sun and block part of its light. A photographer getting his camera ready talks to a …

Daily News Egypt

Activists puzzled by Nagaa Hammadi arrest

CAIRO: Members of a group of activists arrested while en route to pay condolences to relatives of Coptic Christians murdered outside a church in Nagaa Hammadi on Jan. 6 say they are baffled by their treatment. “We were shocked and amazed, Shahinaz Abdel-Salam, one of the group of 18 activists released on Saturday afternoon, told …

Sarah Carr

Engineers protest against ministry's refusal to organize general assembly

CAIRO: The Engineers Against Receivership, a group formed to end government control over the syndicate, protested on Tuesday in front of the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation against the ministry’s refusal to organize a general assembly for the Engineers’ Syndicate. “We submitted a request to the minister in April 2009, signed by 150 engineers, …

Omnia Al Desoukie

No incitement in Nagaa Hammadi murders, says General Prosecutor

CAIRO: There was no incitement behind the Nagaa Hammadi murders, according to General Prosecutor Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud as he referred the three suspects to the Emergency Supreme State Security Court in Qena Saturday. In a statement, Mahmoud stressed that there was no mastermind behind the attacks and no involvement aside from the three perpetrators. This comes …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Doctors debate draft 'further education' law

CAIRO: Members of Doctors Without Rights (DWR) group have expressed concern about a draft law on further education that is currently before parliament. A copy of the draft “continuous professional development law was published on the Doctors’ Syndicate’s website this week. The draft law provides for the establishment of a “national authority for continuous professional …

Sarah Carr

Seminar discusses women's rights in Islam

CAIRO: Ignorance leads people to believe that Islam discriminates against women, when actually the opposite is true, said Zainab Anwar, project director of Musawah, a global movement for equality and justice in the Muslim family. Women’s rights activists, as well as professors and journalists, gathered at the American University in Cairo’s Oriental Hall on Jan. …

Daily News Egypt

World scrambles rescue teams to quake-hit Haiti

WASHINGTON: Rescue teams, doctors and soldiers rushed by land, sea and air Thursday to bring life-saving food and medicines to the survivors of Haiti’s devastating earthquake. From all corners of the world, a vast relief operation swung into top gear as hundreds of thousands of homeless, injured and traumatized spent a second night on the …

AFP

Egypt's swine flu death toll reaches 210

Cairo: The Ministry of Health announced late Monday 10 swine flu related deaths, raising the death toll in Egypt to 210. The H1N1 virus claimed the lives of an 18-year-old boy from Cairo, a 45-year-old woman from Port Said, a 23-year-old woman from Menufiya, a 30-year-old man from Beheira and a 22-year-old woman from Marsa …

Daily News Egypt Authors

Penal code amendments to combat sexual violence

CAIRO: Proposed amendments introduced to the Egyptian Penal Code will toughen penalties for sexual offences, Justice Minister Mamdouh Marei was quoted as saying by official news portal egynews.net. The amendments are aimed at combating the spread of sexual violence, egynews reports, and will be discussed by cabinet in the coming days. Under the amendments, defendants …

Sarah Carr

NDP MP accused of inciting sectarian strife in Nagaa Hammadi

CAIRO: Head of Al Kalima Human Rights Center Mamdouh Nakhla filed a lawsuit against National Democratic Party (NDP) MP for the Nagaa Hammadi constituency Abdel Riheem El-Ghoul, accusing him of inciting sectarian strife that led to the recent Christmas shootings. Nakhla filed the case to Prosecutor General Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud alleging that El-Ghoul is responsible for …

Essam Fadl

Health ministry reports four swine flu deaths, tally at 205

CAIRO: The Ministry of Health reported four swine flu related deaths late on Tuesday bringing the death toll in Egypt to 205. The virus claimed the lives of a one-year-old boy from Menufiya, a 41-year-old woman from Daqahleya, a 23-year-old from North Sinai and a 25-year-old from Minya. Additionally, the governor of Cairo announced the …

Daily News Egypt Authors

UN, Egypt protest Italy's treatment of migrants

ROME: UN human rights officials said Tuesday that they were worried about Italy’s deep-rooted racism against migrants following clashes in a southern town between African farmworkers, residents and police. Hundreds of Africans fled the farm town of Rosarno in the underdeveloped southern region of Calabria in trains, cars and caravans of buses arranged by authorities. …

Daily News Egypt

WFP appoints Hend Sabry ambassador against hunger

CAIRO: The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) appointed Tunisian actress Hend Sabry an ambassador against hunger crowing her consistent efforts with the program since February 2009. She will be supporting WFP in its fight against hunger in developing countries around the world and especially in the Middle East. “Last year during the war on …

Safaa Abdoun

Lawyers' Syndicate forms committee to investigate Qena shootings

CAIRO: The Lawyers’ Syndicate formed a fact-finding committee headed by Ramsis El-Naggar to prepare a report on the investigations into the Nagaa Hammadi shootings. The committee, which comprises some of the syndicate’s board members including Khaled Abu Greisha, Omar Haridy, headed to Nagaa Hammadi Wednesday morning accompanied by Chairman of the Lawyers’ Syndicate Hamdy Khalifa …

Essam Fadl

Little improvement in freedom of association in Arab region in 2009, says report

CAIRO: There was very little improvement in respect for the right to association in Euro-Mediterranean countries, the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) said in its third report on freedom of association, released Wednesday. In fact, respect for the right in the region has deteriorated as national legislations and arbitrary interference by security bodies restrict civil …

Sarah Carr