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Swine flu claims six lives in two days

CAIRO: Egypt’s Ministry of Health announced six swine flu related deaths on Wednesday and Thursday, raising the death toll to 39, the ministry’s spokesman Abdel Rahman Shahin said. On Thursday, the ministry announced the death of a 39-year-old man in the governorate of Gharbeya who had severe respiratory problems and was put in the intensive …

Safaa Abdoun

Rashid ferry drivers and owners detained for extra 15 days

CAIRO: Al Mahmouda Misdemeanors Court extended the detention period of the drivers and owners of the two ferries that collided near Rashid city last Friday for 15 days, MENA, the official news agency reported. The two owners and two drivers of the ferries are facing charges including unintentionally causing injury, failure to follow regulations and …

Safaa Abdoun

Ministry of Health reports 33rd swine flu death

CAIRO: A 54-year-old woman from Alexandria died of swine flu, bringing the total number of H1N1 deaths in Egypt to 33, Abdel Rahman Shahin, official spokesperson of the Ministry of Health, said. The woman was suffering from chronic illnesses including diabetes, high blood pressure and a respiratory allergy. Minister of Health Hatem El-Gabali said that …

Safaa Abdoun

Verdict in Al-Ayyat crash due Jan. 4

CAIRO: The Misdemeanors Court will issue its final verdict in the trial of the latest Al-Ayyat train crash on Jan. 4, its judge said Monday. Eight railway workers are on trial, including two train conductors and three signalmen. They are facing charges of negligence and involuntary manslaughter. All eight suspects have been charged with causing …

Safaa Abdoun

Arab countries flop on human rights, says report

CAIRO: Human rights deteriorated across the Arab world in 2009 with torture widely practiced in several countries, namely Egypt, an Arab watchdog said in a report released on Tuesday. The 230-page report by the independent Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies surveyed 12 countries and said that most of them repressed human rights activists, press …

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Rights group demands investigation into Farshout clashes

CAIRO: The Egyptian Union of Human Rights Organization on Tuesday called on parliament to form a committee to investigate the sectarian clashes in Qena last month, where Christian-owned shops were burned and looted. Last month, a Christian man was held by police for allegedly raping a 12-year-old Muslim girl in Farshout, Qena, triggering a burning …

Essam Fadl

Movement calls for forming committee to fight sectarian violence

CAIRO: Following what they described ” an unprecedented escalation in sectarian violence, the Egyptians Against Religious Discrimination (MARED) public movement called for establishing a public committee advocating national unity. The cross-cultural movement said the committee should include representatives of political parties and civil society organizations as well as public figures who would devise a strategy …

Essam Fadl

UNESCO chief on reconciliatory Cairo visit

CAIRO: UNESCO chief Irina Bokova reached out to the Arab world during a Cairo visit on Monday aimed at easing tensions with the Egyptian rival she beat for the organization s top job. By coming here to Cairo which embodies the richness of mixture and diversity of cultures … I want to show UNESCO s …

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3 local environmental activists en route to Copenhagen

CAIRO: Scientific experts say that the next 12 days will determine humanity’s future. If world leaders do not agree to significantly reduce heat-trapping carbon emissions and dig deep into their pockets to help developing nations adapt, the planet we call home will no longer sustain us. The UN summit on Climate Change, COP15, opened Monday …

Heba El-Sherif

Luxor announced Egypt's 29th governorate

CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak on Monday declared Luxor a governorate, making it the 29th in Egypt, the official news agency reported. Mubarak, who is due to issue a presidential decree later for the governorate, called for studying the possibility of including Essna and Armant to the new governorate. The president was inaugurating El Tood Village …

Daily News Egypt

Squash Top seed Gaultier stunned in PSA Masters

MUMBAI: World number two Gregory Gaultier of France crashed out in the first round of the $152,500 PSA Masters squash on Sunday, losing to Daryl Selby of England. Gaultier, the top seed here after world number one Karim Darwish of Egypt withdrew with a back injury, failed to hold on to a 2-1 lead and …

AFP

Mahalla planned strike aborted by security

CAIRO: A strike planned by workers at the Ghazl El-Mahalla spinning factory on Monday was called off because of intimidation by security bodies and the factory’s administration, the Center for Trade Union and Workers’ Services (CTUWS) said in a statement. On Sunday statements had been handed out calling for a strike at the factory, which …

Sarah Carr

Rashwan, Ahmed to battle again for Journalists' Syndicate's chairman Sunday

CAIRO: Journalists Diaa Rashwan and Makram Mohamed Ahmed will be at the forefront of a rerun of the Egyptian Journalists’ Syndicate’s elections this Sunday after neither candidate was able to secure the 50-perecent-plus-one votes required for the chairman position. Ahmed, the current chairman of the syndicate, received 1,497 votes, while Rashwan, deputy head of Al-Ahram …

Safaa Abdoun

Health ministry reports four swine flu deaths in 48 hours

CAIRO: Egypt’s Ministry of Health announced four swine flu-related deaths on Sunday, bringing the H1N1 death toll in Egypt to 32, spokesman Abdel Rahman Shahin said. The four cases include a 45-year-old man from Minya who was admitted to Suzanne Mubarak Health Insurance Hospital on Dec. 3 suffering from asthma and severe respiratory problems as …

Safaa Abdoun

Police says no one is dead or missing after ferries' collision

CAIRO: Egyptian rescue workers ended a search on Saturday for people who were thought missing after two passenger ferries collided the night before on the Nile River, police said. Police now say that initial estimates of about 20 missing passengers were wrong and that no-one died in the accident late on Friday near the northern …

AFP

PA officially approves organ donation law

CAIRO: The People’s Assembly (PA) officially approved Saturday a draft law on organ donations and has referred it to the Shoura Council (Parliament’s Upper House) for deliberations. On Saturday, the PA’s health committee and the constitutional and legislative affairs committee signed off on the draft law which has been discussed in parliament for two years. …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

29th swine flu death, first infected Egyptian pilgrim announced

CAIRO: Egypt’s Health Ministry has announced the 29th death from swine flu as well as the first infection in an Egyptian pilgrim in Saudi Arabia. On Sunday, 45-year-old Hassan Ibrahim Abdel Meguid from Minya died of swine flu after being admitted to hospital with respiratory problems on Dec. 3. Furthermore, pilgrim Mustafa Awad Mohamed Metwalli …

Daily News Egypt

Niqab ban reflects Egypt's fear of hard-line Islam

CAIRO: When Egypt s government the full-face veil (niqab) and all-encompassing robes in the dorms of public universities, it cited reports of men wearing the garb to sneak into the women s quarters. There was a deeper reason in fact behind the move: an intensifying struggle between the moderate Islam championed by the state and …

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Trial begins today of three police officers accused of brutality

CAIRO: The trial begins today of three police officers who a man alleges tortured him and illegally detained him, his wife and child. Haitham Mohamedain, a lawyer with the Nadeem Center for the Rehabiliation of the Victims of Violence says that Shady Maged Saad Zaghloul was stopped by police officer Sherif Samir Ahmed Metwally on …

Sarah Carr

Dubai's Sheikh Mohammed: under fire but unperturbed

DUBAI: Dubai is facing the worst debt crisis of its history that could hurt its reputation but, unless reciting poetry and joking with journalists over tea are signs of stress, its ruler seemed comfortable this week. We are strong and persistent, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum declared. It is the fruit-bearing tree that becomes the …

Daily News Egypt

Out of the slum and into joblessness

CAIRO: When government workmen came in a truck to take Ahmed Mohamed’s furniture to his new home just outside Cairo, the 32-year-old fisherman was overjoyed: His dream of quitting the slum where he had lived for years seemed to be coming true. However, when he got to a new residential area called Sixth of October, …

Daily News Egypt

Court refuses Bin Laden's son entry to Britain

LONDON: A bid by one of Osama bin Laden s sons to visit Britain was rejected by an immigration tribunal on Thursday amid questions about his proposed marriage to a British woman and his attitude to his father. Omar bin Laden, 28, lost his appeal against Britain s refusal in April 2008 to allow him …

AFP

PA health committee okays unrestricted organ donation

CAIRO: The People’s Assembly’s health committee has agreed to unrestricted organ donations, Al-Dostour reported Friday. A draft law on organ donations is currently before the People’s Assembly. The way in which potential organ donors signal their consent to have their organs removed will be left to the draft law’s implementing statute, Al-Dostour reports. The majority …

Daily News Egypt

INTERVIEW: On the right track: Cairo Metro developing under new management

CAIRO: If Cairo’s metro is part of your daily commute, you might have noticed recent developments in services, from renovated platforms to a more efficient staff. You might have also heard the regular public announcements that keep passengers informed on Metro regulations and other important information. This has largely been the task of Cairo metro’s …

Sabah Hamamou

Egypt lawyers, judges to visit Algeria to defuse tension

CAIRO: A convoy of Egyptian lawyers, artists and public figures hoping to defuse the tension between Egypt and Algeria in the aftermath of the WC qualifier in Khartoum last month, is planning a reconciliation trip to Algeria. Refusing the volleyball of abuse and defamation between the two nations, El Sanhoury online forum (mohamoon-arab.com), which brings …

Daily News Egypt

Health ministry reports 23rd swine flu death

CAIRO: Egypt’s swine flu death toll reached 23 after a 30-year-old pregnant woman from Aswan passed away Wednesday, the Ministry of Health announced. She was admitted to Aswan’s fever hospital on Nov. 29 and was suffering from a high fever and difficulty breathing. She was referred to an Aswan educational hospital due to her critical …

Daily News Egypt

'City of a thousand minarets' slams Swiss vote

CAIRO: Muslims in Cairo – once dubbed the City of a Thousand Minarets – have slammed a referendum in Switzerland banning new minarets as intolerant, but few have called for a boycott of Swiss goods. At the prestigious Al-Azhar, Sunni Islam s main seat of learning, authorities were dismayed after more than 57 percent of …

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