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Swine flu vaccination campaign kicks off in schools

CAIRO: The H1N1 vaccination campaign kicked off on Sunday with units going around elementary schools in the governorates of Cairo, Giza, Alexandria, Sixth of October, Helwan and Qaliubeya. The campaign will continue until Jan. 13 during which time over 2 million elementary students, 6-12 years old, are expected to receive the vaccine. Taking the vaccine …

Safaa Abdoun

Egyptian parents start to realize importance of PCs for children, says study

CAIRO: Conventionally, before Egyptian students sit for their thanawya amma exams, outings and time spent watching TV and usining computers is automatically cut down, if not eliminated altogether. Seen by parents as entertainment tools equivalent to video games; this categorization of computers is explained by the dominant pattern of usage. However, this perception is starting …

Tamim Elyan

France joins Europe flu vaccine sell-off

PARIS: France has joined other European countries in selling off millions of its emergency swine flu vaccines after buying far more than it needed to fight the outbreak, the government said Sunday. “We started with a plan for two-dose vaccinations but since one dose is sufficient we can start to re-sell part of the stock, …

AFP

Court bans three students in niqab from attending exams

CAIRO: The Egyptian Supreme Administrative Court supported the prohibition of three university students wearing niqab – the full face veil – from attending exams. On Sunday, the court refused an appeal by 55 students wearing the niqab against a previous ruling that upheld the ban. Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Hani Helal said …

Daily News Egypt

Court quashes murder conviction of youth who confessed under torture

CAIRO: The conviction of a youth found guilty of murdering a three-year-old boy and sentenced to 15 years imprisonment has been quashed. Ramy Ibrahim was 17 at the time the Tama El-Amadeed Criminal Court handed down the sentence in April last year. In total, Ibrahim spent almost 18 months in prison for the crime that …

Sarah Carr

Tight security, calls for peace as world welcomes 2010

NEW YORK: Pope Benedict XVI issued a New Year s Day call for tolerance after massive celebrations worldwide ushered in a fresh decade under heavy security and amid warnings of more extremist plots. The pope s comments came after New Yorkers partied while being protected by rooftop snipers in Times Square following the Christmas Day …

AFP

Study outlines pros and cons of Cairo's fourth metro line

CAIRO: An unprecedented study identified the positive and negative ecological effects of Cairo’s fourth metro line project, with recommendations to deal with the harmful side affects. Conducted by Environics, an environmental consulting firm, the study assesses the effects of the metro line’s first phase which stretches from old Cairo’s Al Malek Al Saleh station to …

Tamim Elyan

Foreign activists in Gaza protest Israeli closures

EREZ CROSSING: Hundreds of people including international activists protested on both sides of a Gaza Strip border crossing on Thursday against Israeli closures imposed on the Hamas-ruled territory. It s a non-violent, peaceful gathering and the aim is to show the international community the suffering of the people of Gaza, Amjad Al-Shawa, a Gaza-based organizer, …

AFP

H1N1 vaccine for pregnant women due soon

CAIRO: An H1N1 vaccine for pregnant women is due to arrive in Egypt within three weeks, Amr Kandil, deputy minister of health for precautionary measures, said. Pregnant women have counted for 18 percent of the total number of swine flu deaths in Egypt, Kandil said in a statement, and the only preventive measure against this …

Safaa Abdoun

2009 among deadliest years for media: watchdog

BRUSSELS: The year 2009 was one of the worst for the targeted killing of media workers, with 113 lives lost, a leading watchdog said Thursday and called on governments to do more to protect reporters. The Brussels-based International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) designated the Philippines, Mexico and Somalia the most dangerous countries for media staff, …

AFP

Leading Egypt clerics back Gaza tunnel barrier: report

CAIRO: A council of leading Muslim clerics has supported the Egyptian government’s construction of an underground barrier along the border with Gaza to impede tunneling by smugglers, a report said on Friday. The Islamic Research Council of Al-Azhar University, Sunni Islam’s highest seat of learning, said that the tunnels were used to smuggle drugs and …

AFP

Deputy governor, seven officials to be tried for Duweiqa rockslide

CAIRO: General Prosecutor Abdel Meguid Mahmoud referred eight government officials, including the deputy governor of Cairo, to a criminal court for involuntary manslaughter and injury to the residents of Duweiqa who were victim to a massive rockslide in September 2008. A source inside the prosecutor general’s office said that interrogations of all parties involved suggest …

Safaa Abdoun

US embassy launches online visa application

CAIRO: The American Embassy in Cairo will automate its non-immigrant visa application system in a bid to streamline the process as well as promote bilateral trade. An online application will be available on the embassy’s website starting Jan. 1, and as of March, all applicants will be obliged to apply online for non-immigrant and business …

Raghda El-Halawany

Investigations with Dresden courtroom guard closed

CAIRO: The German General Prosecutor closed investigations with a guard accused of unintentionally shooting Marwa El-Sherbini’s husband, German media reported. El-Sherbini is a victim of a high-profile Islamophobic crime where she was brutally stabbed by a 28-year-old German of Russian descent in a German courtroom. El-Sherbini’s husband, Egyptian geneticist Elwy Okaz, was shot in the …

Omnia Al Desoukie

Detained Bedouin activist interrogated in prison

CAIRO: An activist who has been held in administrative detention for two years was summoned for interrogation this week, rights group the Hisham Mubarak Law Center (HMLC) said. Mosaad Abu Fagr was called from his cell in the Abu Zaabal Prison for questioning in connection with an incident which took place in El-Masoura two years …

Sarah Carr

Five swine flu deaths bring Egypt tally to 122

CAIRO: The Ministry of Health announced five more swine flu deaths Wednesday, raising the H1N1 death toll in Egypt to 122. All five cases are women: a 61-year-old from Giza, a 48-year-old from Alexandria, a 35-year-old from Kafr El-Sheikh, a 34-year-old from Damietta and a 23-year-old from Qaliubeya. On the other hand, Governor of Cairo …

Safaa Abdoun

WHO chief: swine flu pandemic continues

GENEVA: Many more people could become sick with swine flu this winter even though it has peaked in North America and some European countries, the head of the World Health Organization said Tuesday. The worst of the swine flu outbreak is over in the United States, Canada, Britain and some other countries in the northern …

AP

Court rules to end 15-year receivership of Engineers' Syndicate

CAIRO: A Cairo Court ruled on Dec. 27 to end the 15-year-long receivership over the Engineers’ Syndicate. The Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights, which had filed the lawsuit on behalf of the Engineers Against Receivership, a group formed to end government control over the syndicate, celebrated the verdict. The North Cairo Primary Cassation …

Omnia Al Desoukie

Trial of police officers accused of misuse of force adjourned

CAIRO: The trial of three police officers accused of misuse of force has been adjourned till Jan. 18. Claimant Shady Zaghloul alleges that he was tortured while detained in the Sixth October police station in October 2007. The 24-year-old says that his hands were bound to his feet behind his back and that he was …

Sarah Carr

Poverty tops challenges facing Arab world, says UNDP report

CAIRO: Combating poverty is one of six major challenges facing Arab countries, which are lagging behind in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 as originally planned, according to the United Nations Development Program’s (UNDP) latest report. “The rate of progress towards achieving the MDGs in Arab countries does not live up to the …

Safaa Abdoun

Shoura Council approves organ transplant law

CAIRO: The Shoura Council, Egypt’s Upper House of Parliament, approved a draft law on organ donations and transplant on Monday, following discussions by 84 MPs, including doctors and legal experts, said Shoura Council Speaker Safwat El-Sherif. The discussions highlighted the necessity for a proper organ waiting list, he said, with provisions that would seriously penalize …

Safaa Abdoun

Three Egyptians to hang over rape and robbery: court

ISMAILIA: An Egyptian court sentenced three men to death on Monday after they were convicted of rape and armed robbery. The court, in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia, found the three men guilty of kidnapping a woman at knifepoint then raping and robbing her, judge Fathi Ezzat said. The woman eventually escaped the ordeal …

AFP

Egypt editor fined for delving into steel mogul's private life

CAIRO: A Cairo Misdemeanors Court slammed Adel Hammouda, chief editor of weekly tabloid Al-Fajr, with a LE 10,000 fine for tackling the marriage of steel mogul Ahmed Ezz and Shahinaz El-Naggar, in an “inappropriate manner. The court found Hammouda guilty of discussing the marriage “inappropriately . and the blatant intrusion into their private lives. El-Naggar, …

Safaa Abdoun

Swine flu cases hit 10,000, says cabinet's IDSC

CAIRO: The cabinet-affiliated Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC) Monday, announced that the number of confirmed cases of swine flu in Egypt has surpassed the 10,000 mark. As of Sunday night, the total number of infections had reached 10,056, including 3,990 schools students (mostly in Cairo, Helwan and Giza) as well as 529 university students. …

Daily News Egypt Authors

Possible contender for Brotherhood's top position reluctant to take the job

CAIRO: Reportedly one of the strongest candidates for the next Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, Rashad Bayoumi told Daily News Egypt that he prefers not to be nominated for the position. This is a difficult mission for one to carry, it’s not an honorary position, he said in a telephone interview. Speculation over the …

Tamim Elyan

Mubarak steps in to keep Orbit on air

CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak has intervened in a dispute between Orbit Satellite Television and the Egyptian state-owned Media Production City, to keep anchor Amr Adib’s notoriously critical talk show “Al-Qahera Al-Youm on air. On Saturday, officials at Media Production City ordered shut the offices and studios of Orbit located on its premises, saying that the …

Safaa Abdoun

Women were stronger 30 years ago, says panel

CAIRO: Contrary to popular belief, women were much more persistent and stronger 30 years ago than they are now, a panel discussion organized by the Netherlands Embassy in Egypt concluded. In cooperation with Cairo University, the embassy organized a film screening followed by a panel discussion commemorating the UN Human Rights Day as well as …

Omnia Al Desoukie

H1N1 vaccine available next week, says health minister

CAIRO: Egypt’s Minister of Health Hatem El-Gabali, has announced that starting this week the swine flu vaccine will be available at the ministry’s vaccination centers in Cairo and Alexandria for groups that are most vulnerable to the H1N1 virus. Pregnant women, those with chronic illnesses and school students have been named a priority. The ministry …

Safaa Abdoun