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Swine flu death toll reaches 64

CAIRO: Three swine flu related deaths were reported on Wednesday bringing the death toll in Egypt to 64, according to the official spokesperson of the Ministry of Health, Abdel Rahman Shahin. The first is a 26-year-old woman from Cairo who passed away on Dec. 12 who suffered from Quadriplegia, the second is a two-year-old boy …

Safaa Abdoun

Law must protect Egypt's women from harassment, says top MP

CAIRO: Egypt s deputy parliament speaker said women needed a law to protect them from sexual harassment which had reached savage levels in the country, Al-Dostour newspaper reported on Tuesday. There must be a law to protect Egyptian society from collapse, the newspaper quoted Zeinab Radwan as telling a conference on sexual harassment on Monday. …

AFP

Eviction campaign turns violent in Izbet El-Haggana

CAIRO: A planned eviction campaign of some 28 buildings in Izbet El-Haggana in Nasr City turned violent Tuesday morning as residents resisted the eviction attempts of central security forces. The eviction notices have since been cancelled in the wake of the violence, in which 11 civilians and 15 central security soldiers were injured, as well …

Daily News Egypt Authors

Gov't UN human rights report hails reform, contradicts NGO reports

CAIRO: The Egyptian government has been responsible for “speeding up the reform and development process.and disseminating a human rights culture in society a government report presented to the United Nations says. The report was submitted to the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) as part of the Universal Periodic Review mechanism, whereby the human rights records …

Sarah Carr

Rights group condemns blogger's detention despite release order

CAIRO: The Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) condemned the Ministry of Interior for not discharging detained Coptic blogger Hani Nazeer, in accordance with a fourth court ruling ordering his release. A Supreme Emergency State Security Criminal Court issued its fourth verdict ordering Nazeer’s release Wednesday in response to a petition submitted by ANHRI. …

Dalia Rabie

Climate negotiators in race against time

COPENHAGEN: UN chief Ban Ki-moon headed to global climate talks on Tuesday warning that negotiators face a race against time to prevent the meeting ending in catastrophic failure after developing nations staged a five-hour walkout. The 12-day gathering was plunged into further acrimony when the world s biggest polluter China also accused the West of …

AFP

Interior ministry denies banning hotel Christmas celebrations

CAIRO: The Ministry of Interior denied claims that it has issued a decree banning Christmas celebrations at hotels this year. Several hotels in Cairo canceled their Christmas carol recital plans this year, citing an official decree from the ministry banning the annual event in hotel lobbies. However, the press office at the Ministry of Interior …

Safaa Abdoun

Gaza's five-star destination

GAZA CITY: On the shore of Gaza City a large building lays as a casualty of the years of conflict. Bullet holes and tanks rounds are visible on the building’s exterior but it’s the interior that makes this building unique. The Gaza City Movenpick Hotel is a completed 250-room, five-star hotel with spa and swimming …

Ian Lee

Tensions mount as Kefaya coordinator's tenure nears end

CAIRO: Internal conflicts among members of the Kefaya movement for change have resurfaced as the deadline for electing a new general coordinator approaches, with Abdel Halim Qandil’s tenure coming to a close this month. Tensions are boiling as Qandil, the movement’s current general coordinator, is adamant on retaining his seat for another year, while some …

Essam Fadl

Ghazl El-Mahalla labor activist sacked after aborted strike

CAIRO: NGO the Center for Trade Union and Workers Services (CTUWS) has condemned the sacking of a worker at the Ghazl El-Mahalla spinning factory as a “dangerous escalation and crude violation of basic labor standards. Mostafa Fouda was informed on Thursday last week that he had been dismissed from his position at the state-owned spinning …

Sarah Carr

Court order allows students wearing niqab inside exam halls

CAIRO: A court verdict has rescinded the Minister of Higher Education’s decision to ban students wearing the niqab from entering examination halls to sit for their exams. Last week, students at Cairo University filed a lawsuit against the university’s administration for banning students wearing the niqab from taking their exams, unless they remove the face …

Omnia Al Desoukie

Egypt's swine flu death toll reaches 56

CAIRO: Eight deaths on Sunday brought the death toll of the HINI virus in Egypt to 56, with officials predicting that the number will reach 100 by the end of December. According to a statement Sunday by the Minister of Health Hatem El-Gabaly, he also predicted that the toll will continue to rise well into …

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Human rights report implicates Egypt in Libyan dissidents' disappearance

CAIRO: A report on the human rights situation in Libya has implicated Egyptian security authorities in the disappearance of Libyan dissidents during the 1990s. Human Rights Watch’s (HRW) report, “Libya: Truth and Justice Can’t Wait is based on a 10-day visit to the country by HRW in April and examines Libya’s human rights records. The …

Sarah Carr

Current Journalists' Syndicate chief Makram Mohamed Ahmed retains seat on repeat elections

CAIRO: Journalist Makram Mohamed Ahmed won a second term as the Journalists’ Syndicate chairman in a Sunday run-off against Diaa Rashwan. Ahmed raked 2,419 votes, while Rashwan, deputy head of Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies, received 1,561. This election is a run-off of the 2007 Journalists’ Syndicate’s election results which were invalidated by …

Safaa Abdoun

Al-Azhar refuses to discuss Coptic adoption draft law

CAIRO: Al-Azhar’s Islamic Research Center refused to discuss a draft law to adopt Christian children because it wasn’t proposed by a legislative party, Sheikh Ali Abdel Baki, secretary general of the Islamic Research Center, said. The draft law was proposed by lawyer Naguib Gobrael, head of the Egyptian Union of Human Rights Organization. According to …

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Africa leads a walkout during 'frustrating' UN climate talks

COPENHAGEN: Africa s frustration at the UN climate summit boiled over Monday as delegates walked out of key talks and continental giant Nigeria warned the negotiations were now on red alert. Sources at the marathon talks said Africa had led a walkout of working groups, with the backing of the Group of 77 developing nations, …

AFP

Egypt car-train collision kills German tourists

CAIRO: Three German tourists were killed on Sunday when their car collided with a freight train near the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Safaga, the official MENA news agency reported. Three other German tourists were injured in the accident and were taken to the nearby Hurghada general hospital, MENA said. Egypt s roads are among …

AFP

Arabic-language Iranian news channel resumes

CAIRO: The Arab world s main satellite operator has resumed broadcasting an Iranian Arabic language channel it drooped nearly a month earlier. The Saudi Arabia-hosted ArabSat abruptly suspended the Iranian station which reaches millions of Arabic speaking viewers in over 100 countries because of contractual violations. The move was widely seen at the time as …

AP

The women who guard other women in conservative Egypt

CAIRO: Her hair neatly tucked under a Muslim headscarf, Dawlat Al-Amine practices aikido regularly in a Cairo gym where she and her female colleagues learn martial arts to protect other women. The black-clad ladyguards provide a niche service to women who have broken through the Arab world s glass ceiling and achieved fame and fortune, …

AFP

Nuclear station location to be announced late December

CAIRO: Minister of Electricity and Energy Hassan Ahmed Younis announced Sunday that the location for the first nuclear energy station in Egypt will be decided at the end of this month. Yassin Ibrahim, head of Nuclear Power Plants Authority, said that El-Daba’a station is fully prepared to act as the first nuclear station’s location in …

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Gibraltar wins Miss World 2009

JOHANNESBURG: Miss Gibraltar Kaiane Aldorino was crowned Miss World 2009 on Saturday, outshining 111 other hopefuls at a glittering ceremony with a distinctly African flavor. “Thank you South Africa, this is the most wonderful moment of my life, said a tearful Aldorino, a 22-year-old human resources clerk. Confetti rained down on the stage as the …

AFP

Egypt's H1N1 death toll reaches 48

CAIRO: The Ministry of Health announced Saturday three swine flu deaths, raising the death toll to 48 in Egypt. The first victim was an 18-year-old pregnant girl from Qaluibiya who was admitted to the intensive care unit suffering from severe respiratory problems and was placed on a ventilator. The second victim was a 58-year-old man …

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Cairo climate change vigil says looking for 'real deal' in Copenhagen

CAIRO: A group of eco-conscious Egyptians organized a vigil last week at the Sawy Cultural Wheel, coinciding with the Climate Change Conference taking place in Copenhagen. “Cairo wants a real deal, was the participants’ message. “We want to show people in Egypt that there is a problem that we never considered before, which is climate …

Omnia Al Desoukie

Kefaya says to boycott Egypt elections, select 'alternative president'

CAIRO: Protest group Kefaya announced that it will “boycott the upcoming 2010 and 2011 parliamentary and presidential elections. Speaking during a demonstration held on Saturday afternoon outside Cairo’s High Court building, Kefaya leader Abdel Halim Qandil said that elections in Egypt merely “rubber stamp administration appointments. He called on opposition forces to join his initiative …

Sarah Carr

No to abolishing death penalty, says Egypt minister

CAIRO: Egypt said on Thursday that it will not abolish the death penalty because it is a deterrent, even though human rights groups say that fair trials are not guaranteed. Egypt will not abolish the death penalty. It is a deterrent, especially in murder crimes, state minister for legal and parliamentary affairs Mufid Shehab told …

AFP

Five deaths raise swine flu toll to 44

CAIRO: The deaths of five females, one on Friday and four, including one child, late Thursday evening have raised the death toll of the H1N1 virus in Egypt to 44. There were six deaths on Wednesday and early Thursday, bringing the toll to 11 deaths in two days, the highest rate since the onset of …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

WFP calls for swift action against climate change

CAIRO: Officials at the World Food Program (WFP) urged world leaders to take quick action with regards to climate change after the number of hungry people reached a record of 1 billion due to the changing weather conditions affecting food production and water availability. “Climate change isn’t theoretical anymore; the growing severity of weather-related disasters …

Tamim Elyan

Egypt denies building iron wall on Gaza border, says report

CAIRO: According to local Al-Shorouk daily on Thursday. Egypt denied building an anti-smuggling underground iron wall on its border with the Gaza Strip. “Egypt is dealing with smuggling seriously and capable of stopping it without this wall, the report quoted a security source as saying. A later report published by the Associated Press (AP) Thursday …

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