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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

UNAIDS concludes year of raising HIV awareness

CAIRO: UNAIDS, The United Nations Joint Program on HIV/AIDS, celebrated the end of Egypt’s World AIDS campaign for 2009 by awarding the local partners that contributed to the campaign. Head of Egyptian Television Nadia Halim led the list of honorees that contributed to the “universal access and human rights -themed world campaign, which aimed to …

Omnia Al Desoukie

'Rapidly fatal' swine flu kills in different ways, says study

WASHINGTON: People who die of swine flu contract a “rapidly fatal form of the disease and tend to die of lung injury, although it strikes different people in different ways, an autopsy study showed Thursday. In the first study of its kind, researchers in Brazil examined 21 patients aged one to 68 who died in …

AFP

Pope delivers Christmas message after assault

VATICAN CITY: Pope Benedict XVI reappeared in public Friday urging tolerance for migrants in his Christmas message, hours after a woman knocked him to the floor during evening mass in St Peter’s Basilica. The 82-year-old appeared unshaken as he addressed tens of thousands in St Peter’s Square and millions around the world, urging “acceptance and …

Daily News Egypt Authors

Arab gov'ts can't stop the internet, says rights group report

CAIRO: The internet is a “snowball of democracy in the Arab world and cannot be stopped by governments, the Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) said in a report issued during this week. “Blogging – and in general anything published on the internet – is beyond the control of Arab governments which attempts to …

Sarah Carr

More fatwas to make your day

While 2008 was dominated by quirky, often shocking fatwas – non-binding religious edicts – by Arab sheikhs, mainly from Saudi Arabia, in 2009 the fatwa-churning machinery reestablished its base in Cairo, as usual triggering heated debate. Abortion May witnessed one of the most controversial statements by Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar Mohamed Sayed Tantawy who said …

Daily News Egypt

Egyptians divided on Virgin Mary apparition

CAIRO: Despite eye-witness accounts and numerous videos flooding the internet, some believe the apparition of the Virgin Mary in Warraq last week was merely a hoax meant to strengthen people’s religious convictions. Thousands of Christians as well as Muslims lined up for more than three hours last week to catch a glimpse of the Virgin …

Raghda El-Halawany

Court rejects retrial of jailed blogger Kareem Amer

CAIRO: Cairo’s Misdemeanor Cassation Court rejected on Tuesday Egyptian blogger Kareem Amer’s last appeal and upheld the previous four-year sentence he had received for insulting Islam and defaming Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on his internet blog. “This decision shows the Egyptian judicial system’s lack of independence, Reporters Without Borders said in a press statement. “The …

Safaa Abdoun

H1Ni deaths hit 94 in Egypt

CAIRO: Egypt’s Ministry of Health has announced three more deaths from swine flu Monday, raising the death toll from the H1N1 virus to 94. The three cases were all female, the first a 16-year-old from Beheira, the second a 20-year-old from Dakhalia and the third a 26-year-old from Cairo. In the latest swine flu weekly …

Safaa Abdoun

YEAREND SPECIAL: Morals called into question in 2009

The year 2009 has seen its share of moral controversies which highlighted the conflict between Egypt’s so-called secular government and its age-old traditions. The debate took center stage when rumors surfaced of a crackdown on people seen eating, drinking or smoking before sunset during Ramadan. Human rights groups were up in arms before the news …

Dalia Rabie

YEAREND SPECIAL: Normalization with Israel takes a hit

Despite Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel, the concept of “normalization is still frowned upon by the majority of politicians and intellectuals. Any collaboration between the two countries, whether on the economic, cultural or touristic level, is always sure to stir up debate. At the dawn of 2009, Arab foreign ministers and United Nations’ Security Council …

Safaa Abdoun

YEAREND SPECIAL: Human rights in the dock

That nothing had changed about Egyptian authorities’ attitude towards political protest was clear from the very start of 2009, and was experienced first-hand by demonstrators and journalists attacked and arrested during protests against the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. Demonstrations and activists While very few, tightly-controlled protests were allowed, spontaneous displays of mass anger …

Sarah Carr

YEAREND SPECIAL: Prison sentences mar freedom of expression; significant progress in right of belief

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s 2005 promise that custodial sentences for journalists who commit publishing crimes would be abolished remained unfulfilled in 2009. Freedom of expression In October, Al-Shorouk editor Salama Ahmed Salama and journalist Saber Mashour were sentenced to one year in prison in absentia (with the option of paying a fine instead) after the …

Sarah Carr

YEAREND SPECIAL: Hot court cases closed in 2009, others suspended

Court cases that caught public attention over the past year have been nothing short of dramatic, with many verdicts taking an unexpected, but generally accepted, twist. The biggest case in 2008 involving real estate mogul Hisham Talaat Moustafa, who was accused of ordering the death of Lebanese singer Suzanne Tamim in July 2008, was ruled …

Daily News Egypt

YEAREND SPECIAL: Swine flu pandemic takes its toll on academic year

After more than three months of summer vacation and the postponement of the first day of school for a whole month, students around Egypt headed to schools and universities on Saturday Oct. 4, only to face more school closures because of the global swine flu pandemic that had reached Egypt in June. Public schools and …

Safaa Abdoun

Rights group calls for withdrawing dissident priest's ID card

CAIRO: Head of the Egyptian Union for Human Rights Organization Naguib Gobrael filed a lawsuit at the Administrative Court against the Ministry of Interior’s decision to grant dissident bishop Maximus I a new national ID card affiliating him with the American National Council of Churches. The ministry’s civil affairs department issued the priest, whose real …

Essam Fadl

Egypt university to appeal niqab ruling

CAIRO: A leading Cairo university will appeal a court decision allowing female students to don the full face veil on campus dormitories, a university official said on Monday. Cairo s Ain Shams University will immediately appeal the decision issued by the Supreme Administrative Court on Sunday, the official said. The court had said that donning …

AFP

Rights groups, opposition parties form committee to fight sectarian violence

CAIRO: Nineteen rights groups and three opposition parties came together to form a committee aimed at combating the “escalating sectarian violence. The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, the Hisham Mubarak Law Center and Egyptians Against Religious Discrimination (MARED) joined forces with the Tagammu, Al-Ghad, the Democratic Front parties …

Essam Fadl

Egypt's swine flu death toll reaches 89

CAIRO: Three swine-flu related deaths reported Monday brought Egypt’s toll to 89, according to Ministry of Health spokesperson Abdel Rahman Shahin. The ministry said a total of 7,330 cases have been reported in the country. According to the latest swine flu report, 2,538 cases were reported from Dec.14 to Dec. 20, including 1,270 cases in …

Safaa Abdoun

Mahalla labor activists may go on hunger strike

CAIRO: Labor activists from the Ghazl El-Mahalla spinning factory are threatening to launch a hunger strike in protest at the sacking of factory workers. The Center for Trade Union and Workers Services (CTUWS) said in a statement issued Monday that 15 workers are protesting inside the company’s headquarters. CTUWS also says that more than 500 …

Sarah Carr

Deep sea freediver pushes endurance to the limit

LONDON: Briton Sara Campbell is on a mission to stretch the limits of the human body – diving down into the murky ocean depths for minutes at a time, on a single gulp of air. Extreme depth freedivers swim down and back as far as possible, while coping with pressure that crushes their lungs to …

AFP

Marriage registrars hold protest at People's Assembly

CAIRO: Around 200 ma’azouns, or marriage registrars, have organized a sit-in in front of the People’s Assembly building in protest at the legislative authority’s failure to draft a law to form a Supreme Council for Marriage Registrars. The ma’zouns believe they need an authority to oversee their welfare and protect their rights as in any …

Safaa Abdoun

Six swine flu deaths bring toll to 86

CAIRO: Six more deaths reported on Sunday have brought the death toll from the HINI virus in Egypt up to 86, announced Ministry of Health spokesman Abdel Rahman Shahin. The cases include a pregnant woman in her fifth month from Gharbia. The ministry will start vaccinating pregnant women later this month or in early January, …

Safaa Abdoun

A foot in both cultures

NEW YORK: The American dream lured El-Sayed El-Deeb to New York City to pursue medical studies in the year 2000. He had the fantasy of becoming a millionaire in Uncle Sam s World. Although the idea of eventually returning home never crossed his mind, he was resolute about marrying an Egyptian woman of the same …

Daily News Egypt

Monument lifted from Cleopatra's underwater city

ALEXANDRIA: Archaeologists on Thursday hoisted a 9-ton temple pylon from the waters of the Mediterranean that was part of the palace complex of the fabled Cleopatra before it became submerged for centuries in the harbor of Alexandria. The pylon, which once stood at the entrance to a temple of Isis, is to be the centerpiece …

Daily News Egypt

9,301 cases of underage marriages in Egypt

CAIRO: A total of 9,301 cases of underage marriage were found in Egypt, according to Prosecutor General Abdel Meguid Mahmoud. Around 4,100 of these cases were found in Cairo, Mahmoud said at a conference Wednesday titled “Combating Underage Marriage as a Form of Child Trafficking. Mansoura ranks second after Cairo with 3,382 cases, followed by …

Safaa Abdoun

Conference discusses women's rights in MENA region

CAIRO: The Alliance for Arab Women, Karama and UNIFEM organized two conferences on women’s rights in the Arab world in Cairo this week. The weeklong series of events culminated on Tuesday with the Mahfoutha Sindiyanat El-Karama Award Ceremony. The award is given out every year to a woman who has relentlessly fought to keep her …

Daily News Egypt

Church demands compensation for Farshout residents

CAIRO: The Egyptian Church is demanding compensation for the Coptic residents of a village in Qena whose houses and shops were looted and burned in sectarian clashes last month, sources told Daily News Egypt. Sources inside the church told Daily News Egypt that “negotiations are underway between the church and government officials to reach a …

Essam Fadl

Six swine flu deaths bring Egypt tally to 77

CAIRO: Six swine flu related deaths were reported on Thursday, raising Egypt’s death toll to 77, according to health ministry spokesperson Abdel Rahman Shahin. Three cases were announced early Thursday, including two pregnant women, a 23- and a 25-year-old. The third case was of a 12-year-old student. Later that day three more cases were announced; …

Safaa Abdoun