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Mom of US man charged with terrorism speaks out

WASHINGTON: Pakistani authorities beat confessions out of some of the five residents of the state of Virginia accused of planning terrorist acts in that country, the mother of one of the men said Friday. Amal Khalifa, mother of Ramy Zamzam, said her son looked gaunt when she briefly visited him in a Pakistan jail, where …

Daily News Egypt

BioVision hopes to reverse the brain drain

ALEXANDRIA: Arabs must become producers of knowledge, not just consumers of technology, said Ismail Serageldin, director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, at the biennial BioVision Alexandria (BVA) conference this week. “Science is advancing every day, technology is like magic, and the Arab world is falling behind, he said. “Scientists are not sufficiently engaged. Held April 11-15 …

Daily News Egypt

Ash grounds first Baghdad-London flight in 20 years

BAGHDAD: A huge cloud of volcanic ash from Iceland on Friday grounded the first commercial flight between Baghdad and London in 20 years, Iraqi officials told AFP. An Iraqi Airways flight to the British capital, via Malmo in Sweden, would have been the first such journey since sanctions imposed by the UN after Saddam Hussein’s …

AFP

COMMENTARY: Blogs go beyond traditional media to bridge divides

PARIS: The way mainstream media has covered major events of the past two decades leaves much to be desired. After the 9/11 attacks, rigid, insular debates and discussions too often replaced free and open discourse, creating an environment ripe for the rise of blogs. The prominence of a “good versus “evil , “us versus “them …

Daily News Egypt

No PA discussion of freedom of association law, says minister

CAIRO: No modifications of the freedom of association law will be adopted by parliament in this session, said Minister Mufid Shehab, Minister of State for Legal Affairs and Parliamentary Councils in a meeting with heads of NGOs. The forum of Independent Human Rights Organizations, along with representatives of other NGOs requested a meeting with Shehab …

Omnia Al Desoukie

Health minister reiterates plans to cut medicine prices

CAIRO: Health Minister Hatem El-Gabaly has said that “there will be no backtracking on plans to reduce the prices of 93 medicines. El-Gabaly told representatives of the Pharmaceutical Medicines Chamber on Thursday that the prices of 40 medicines will be reduced in May with a further 53 reduced in August. In February the health minister …

Daily News Egypt

Egypt praised as model in fight against maternal mortality

CAIRO: Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) in Egypt decreased almost 70 percent, from 174 deaths per 100,000 life births in 1992 to 55 in 2008, a study revealed this week. Reducing MMR by 75 percent between 1990 and 2015 is one of the UN Millennium Goals, but according to the study, only 23 countries are currently …

Katharina Natter

Egypt guards kill African migrant on way to Israel

RAFAH: An Egyptian security official says border guards fatally shot an African migrant and arrested five others trying to cross illegally into Israel. The Eritrean man, 42, had ignored calls to stop as well as warning shots before being hit by a bullet in the head, an official told AFP. The migrant was brought dead …

Agencies

Opposition, independent MPs relaunch Egypt arm of Arab anti-corruption org

CAIRO: Opposition and independent Members of Parliament announced the reestablishment of the Egyptian branch of the Arab Parliamentarians Against Corruption, an international organization based in Beirut. Established in 2004, the organization has branches in a number of Arab countries including Morocco, Bahrain, Kuwait, and is headed by Nasser Al Sayegh, former vice president of the …

Essam Fadl

25 people killed in 2 road accidents

  CAIRO: Egyptian officials say 25 people have been killed in two road accidents in the country’s south. A security official in the southern town of Sohag said 14 people were killed and five injured Wednesday when a van trying to avoid a parked truck collided head-on with another truck. Another security official says 11 …

AP

Egypt says Nile sharing meeting fails

CAIRO: Egypt s state news agency reported Tuesday that 10 African nations have failed to conclude a long delayed new agreement for sharing water from the Nile and will call for closer cooperation instead. The Nile basin nations have failed for years now to agree on the Nile River Cooperative Framework Agreement to administer the …

Salah Nasrawi

Protestor says was tortured for hours by police on Tuesday

CAIRO: A protestor arrested during a Kefaya demonstration on Tuesday says that he was tortured in police custody. Bahaa Saber was seen by Aida Seif El-Dawla, a psychiatrist with the Nadeem Center for the Rehabilitation of the Victims of Violence, on Tuesday night in the El-Hilal Hospital. Seif El-Dawla says that Saber had extensive injuries. …

Sarah Carr

Chamber of Tourist Establishments calls for red meat boycott April 26

CAIRO: The Egyptian Chamber of Tourist Establishments (ECTE) has ordered all food outlets and tourist enterprises to boycott red meat on April 26, protesting the recent hike in prices that pushed 1 kg of meat to LE 80 in certain areas. “As a board of directors, we believe that this is a civilized reaction, chairman …

Heba El-Sherif

400 dead as quake devastates remote China region

BEIJING: Rescuers dug with their bare hands through the rubble of a devastating quake which hit a remote area of China Wednesday, killing 400 people and injuring thousands as it toppled mud-and-wood houses and school buildings. Among the dead were children buried when the quake measuring at least 6.9 rocked a predominantly Tibetan region in …

AFP

Experts hope to cultivate relationship between film and tourism

CAIRO: Realizing the importance of art, particularly cinema and television, and its direct effect on tourism, experts from the Egyptian tourism sector and key players in the movie and television industry decided to join forces for the welfare of Egypt’s economy. Experts from both industries gathered earlier this week to discuss the effect of film …

Safaa Abdoun

Tagammu Party members declare support for ElBaradei

CAIRO: Young members of the leftist Tagammu Party announced their support for Mohamed ElBaradei and declared that they joined the National Coalition for Change. A statement signed by 200 members from 10 governorates read, “Since our party was established in 1976, it has always been at the forefront of the national call for democracy, freedom …

Essam Fadl

Egypt cleric featured in Jewish lobby group ad

CAIRO: A full-page advertisement in Tuesday’s Washington Post criticized several prominent Muslim leaders for hindering a Middle East peace process, including Egyptian cleric Sheikh Youssef Al-Qaradawi. The advertisement, paid for by the American Jewish Committee (AJC), shows a picture of Al-Qaradawi preaching, along with photographs of Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, …

Daily News Egypt

Polluted water in Kafr El-Sheikh threatens lives, say lawyers

CAIRO: The Hisham Mubarak Law Center (HMLC) and the Association for Health & Environmental Development (AHED) are calling on MPs and members of the local council of Desouk to step up efforts to monitor the quality of drinking water accessible to families in the rural governorate of Kafr El-Sheikh. In a press conference held at …

Heba El-Sherif

Army truck collision in Egypt kills 1 soldier

CAIRO: An Egyptian security official says a road accident near the border with Israel has killed one Egyptian soldier and left 21 others seriously injured. The official says a truck carrying soldiers driving back to base after their night shifts collided head-on with a merchant truck. The accident took place on Tuesday morning in Egypt …

AP

Sandstorm sweeps across Egypt, closing ports

EL-ARISH: A sandstorm sweeping across parts of Egypt has forced the closure of ports at the mouth of the Suez Canal and a major desert highway through the Sinai Peninsula. The dust reduced visibility, and winds whipped up 3.5-meter (11-foot) waves on the Red Sea. Maj. Gen. Mamdouh Diraz, head of the Ports Authority, said …

Ashraf Sweilam

Deported Egyptians will be paid, says Kuwaiti ambassador

CAIRO: The deportation of a number of Egyptians from Kuwait will not affect relations between the two countries, the Kuwaiti ambassador told Daily News Egypt, adding that all deportees will receive their financial rights in full. “We abide by international conventions, not individual ones. The Egyptians are our brothers, so of course all their rights …

Essam Fadl

Mubarak accepts Azhar Sheikh's resignation from NDP

CAIRO: On Sunday, President Hosni Mubarak approved the resignation of Al-Azhar’s Grand Sheikh Ahmed El-Tayeb from the National Democratic Party’s influential policies committee. In an unexpected move, El-Tayeb announced on March 26 that he will resign from his NDP post pending presidential approval. This decision contradicts a statement made by the Grand Sheikh on his …

Daily News Egypt

Court sets retrial of Egyptian tycoon for April 26

CAIRO: A retrial of Egyptian property tycoon and politician Hesham Talaat Moustafa will start on April 26, an appeals court said on Sunday, after his conviction for the murder of a Lebanese singer was found to be flawed. A court in March ordered a retrial for Moustafa, a member of parliament for Egypt s ruling …

Yasmine Saleh

Conference recalls success stories of Arab female judges

CAIRO: In light of the ongoing debate regarding the appointment of female judges in the Egyptian State Council, female judges from Egypt and all over the Arab World came together to discuss success stories of women in the judiciary. “Arab Women Judges: Success Stories was held by the League of Arab States in collaboration with …

Safaa Abdoun

Rights groups warn against deporting Darfur refugees from Egypt

CAIRO: Human rights groups are calling on the Egyptian authorities not to deport two recognized refugees back to Darfur, and to respect international obligations concerning refugees as Egypt prepares to take over chairmanship of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees’ (UNHCR) executive committee. Amnesty International says that Mohamed Adam Abdallah and Ishaq Fadl Ahmed …

Sarah Carr

Gunmen kill 7 at memorial service in Qena

QENA: Egyptian police say a group of armed men have opened fire at a memorial service in southern Egypt, killing seven and injuring four others. Gen. Mohammed Badr says the men targeted a memorial service marking the anniversary of the death of a local man in the town of Al-Hojairat in Qena province, about 465 …

AP

Rights group launches study on sectarian violence in Egypt

CAIRO: “It is very clear that the ministry of interior’s investigations can be described as inadequate, violent, short-sighted and in many cases illegal, said the head of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) Hossam Bahgat at the launch of an a study about sectarian violence in Egypt Sunday. “There have been around 53 incidents …

Omnia Al Desoukie

Architect faces off with Aswan officials over flood homes

CAIRO: Architect Mamdouh Hamza slammed the government’s decision to seize land donated to build homes for Aswan’s flood victims, branding it as a “[personal] defamation and a blow to grassroots initiatives . During a press conference Saturday at the Journalists Syndicate, Hamza said: “There are certain entities that specialize in destroying such projects … There …

Heba El-Sherif

Prosecution hears testimonies of assaulted April 6 activists

CAIRO: Activists accused the police of assault during their arrest on Tuesday, April 6 at the Downtown Cairo prosecution office, where they were gave testimony Saturday evening. The testimonies continued to roll out on Sunday by activists Asmaa Mahfouz, Jeanette Abdel Alim and Abdel Rahman Fares, who was arrested by police after giving his testimony. …

Essam Fadl

Career conference preps students for working world

CAIRO: The office of Career Advising and Placement Services (CAPS) at the American University in Cairo (AUC) held its third annual Career Conference offering senior students the opportunity to network with members of the corporate community and exchange career related information that would equip them with the necessary tools for their career planning and job …

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