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Ten injured in Beheira train collision

CAIRO: Ten people were injured when two trains collided near the village of Hagnaya in the government of Beheira in the early hours of Friday, according to local news reports. The first train, which was heading from Alexandria to Mansoura, broke down and stopped in Damanhour and the second train, going from Matrouh to Cairo, …

Safaa Abdoun

Egypt among five countries where bird flu persists

CAIRO: Egypt is listed as one of five countries where the H5N1 virus, or avian influenza, still persists, said a statement by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The H5N1 virus has been combated in 135 countries while an outbreak remains a threat in Egypt, China, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Vietnam. Unfortunately, …

Safaa Abdoun

Three ElBaradei supporters detained in Kuwait: reports

CAIRO: Three Egyptian supporters of Mohamed ElBaradei’s National Coalition for Change were reportedly arrested in Kuwait on Thursday, according to members of the coalition quoted in the local press. The Egyptian nationals were reportedly detained after the launch of the campaign’s Kuwait office on Thursday. Hamdy Qandil, spokesperson of the coalition, told Al-Masry Al-Youm that …

Daily News Egypt

Doctors' Syndicate head says losing 'patience' with wage saga

CAIRO: Doctors’ Syndicate head Hamdy El-Sayyed said that he has “lost patience as a result of young Ministry of Health doctors’ financial situation, in a letter sent to the minister. El-Sayyed informed Health Minister Hatem El-Gabaly that “the decree to improve young doctors’ financial situation has not ended their suffering, and incentive payments are paid …

Sarah Carr

Iraq Al-Qaeda group claims Baghdad embassy bombs

BAGHDAD: A group linked to Al-Qaeda has claimed responsibility for suicide car bombings aimed at embassies in Iraq which killed 41 people, a group that monitors insurgent communications said. Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) said in a message posted on jihadist internet forums that it was behind attacks on Sunday at the Iranian, Egyptian and …

Daily News Egypt

Interior ministry 'lying' about April 6 demo crackdown, says NGO

CAIRO: An Egyptian NGO yesterday condemned the “many lies and misinformation in a Ministry of Interior statement on the demonstration violently broken up by the police on Tuesday. “The Egyptian interior ministry’s statement contains many lies and misinformation in order to cover up the shameful crimes committed by security forces against unarmed civilians who only …

Sarah Carr

PA approves proposal to amend State Council law

CAIRO: The proposals and complaints committee at the People’s Assembly approved Wednesday the proposal to amend Article 104 of the State Council law, changing the term “men of the State Council to “members of the State Council. The proposal was brought forth by MP Ibtisam Habib and will open the door for the appointment of …

Safaa Abdoun

Cultural program exposes Egyptian bloggers to Dutch society

CAIRO: A group of eight Egyptian bloggers were sent to the Netherlands last month for six days as part of the Netherlands’ embassy’s cultural program. The program was aimed at exposing them to the Dutch society to get a better understanding of Holland. Blogging is rising, there are blogs associated with newspapers, independent blogs, opposition …

Omnia Al Desoukie

ElBaradei needs to develop a rights agenda, says activist

CAIRO: Mohamed ElBaradei, chair of the National Coalition for Change, met with 10 human rights organizations on Tuesday to discuss “the human rights situation in Egypt and its main priorities , the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) said in a statement. CIHRS General Director Bahey Eddin Hassan told Daily News Egypt that the …

Sarah Carr

Court refuses religion change in Christian twins’ documents

CAIRO: The Administrative Court at the State Council ruled Tuesday against a lawsuit filed by a Christian mother requesting a change in her twin sons’ identification documents from Muslim to Christian. Kamilia Gabballah, the mother of Andrew and Mario, failed to get approval to issue birth certificates for her two sons, registering them as Christians …

Essam Fadl

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Rights groups condemn 'lawless brutality' against April 6 protestors

CAIRO: Thirty-one protestors facing criminal charges after their participation in a peaceful demonstration Tuesday have been released, amid condemnation of the violent response to the protest by riot police. “This intimidation of opposition activists and government critics must end immediately, said Malcolm Smart, Middle East and North Africa director at Amnesty International, in a statement …

Sarah Carr

Average income of gov't employee LE 98, says study

CAIRO: An official study by the Egyptian Investment Authority puts the monthly income of a government employee on tier six at LE 98, which is LE 66 less than the per capita income marking the poverty line. The study suggests that according to the national poverty line, the monthly income of a family comprised of …

Heba El-Sherif

Al-Azhar Sheikh stirs anger with anti-Shia comments

CAIRO: Shia clerics are warning that comments made by the new Grand Sheikh of the renowned Sunni Al-Azhar institute in Egypt risk fuelling the divide between the two sects of Islam. Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tayeb reportedly said he was against “any attempt to spread the Shia school of thought in any Islamic country, or to spread …

Daily News Egypt

Bahr El-Baqar massacre 40 years on

BAHR EL-BAQAR: Pictures of dead children, a destroyed school, and memories of shock and loss have become synonymous with Bahr El-Baqar since 1970, when the school was destroyed by an Israeli air raid. What do parents expect when they wave goodbye to the children in a dewy early school morning? I was looking for an …

Daily News Egypt

Prosecution releases Al Masry Al Youm editor in Al-Wafd scuffle investigation

CAIRO: Prosecutor General Mohamed Ghorab of the South Cairo Prosecution Office released editor in chief of Al-Masry Al-Youm Magdy El-Gallad on Sunday on professional grounds warranted by his press license. The prosecution is investigating a complaint filed by head of Al-Wafd party Mahmoud Abaza against El-Gallad and Ammar Ali Hassan, Al-Masry reporter and head of …

Heba El-Sherif

Egypt suspends Saudi Airlines' Madina-Cairo flights

CAIRO: Egypt’s Ministry of Civil Aviation halted all Saudi Airlines flights from Madina to Cairo in response to a decision by Saudi authorities to stop EgyptAir’s flights to Madina, state media reported. The General Authority of Civil Aviation in Saudi Arabia (GACA) halted EgyptAir flights to Madina on Sunday and Monday. According to state-run daily …

Daily News Egypt

Security arrests boat owner, accomplice in trafficking illegal immigrants

CAIRO: Egyptian security forces arrested a boat owner and his accomplice allegedly responsible for two boats full of illegal immigrants that capsized last week off Egypt’s coast. The two are facing charges of cooperating to illegally transport young people abroad, killing 10 passengers and jeopardizing the lives of the rest as well as using the …

Safaa Abdoun

Women judges stir up old debate in Egypt

CAIRO: When women tried to join the bench on Egypt’s top administrative court, the uproar from its judges was fierce. Women are too emotional, they insisted – and who will take care of the family if the mother is busy with the arduous tasks of the courtroom? In internet chat rooms, the response from Egyptian …

AP

Hashish shortage in Egypt sparks plot theories

CAIRO: Egypt s market for the illegal drug hashish is going through a shortage that is stoking a wide variety of theories, many of them colored by a sense of widespread distrust towards the government. The authorities have very little tolerance for hashish, and are happy to take the credit for curbing the trade in …

AFP

Labor activists give gov't a month to implement minimum wage ruling

CAIRO: Workers and labor activists have given the government a month to implement a court ruling obliging it to set a minimum wage, or face a wave of protests. Around 300 workers gathered outside the cabinet office on Saturday where they protested against government privatization policies and condemned the Egyptian Trade Union Federation (ETUF). Kamal …

Sarah Carr

Egypt: Border guards wound 5 illegal migrants

RAFAH: An Egyptian security official says border guards have shot and wounded five African migrants and arrested 15 others trying to cross illegally into Israel. The official said the guards first fired warning shots Saturday to stop the migrants from crossing the border south of Rafah and at the Al-Kontella crossing with Israel. The official …

Ashraf Sweilam

Publisher of pro-ElBaradei book released, says security source

CAIRO: The Egyptian publisher of a book supporting former UN nuclear watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei was released from custody Sunday a day after his arrest, a security source said. He has been released, the official who requested anonymity told AFP without indicating the reasons for his arrest. Ahmed Mahanna, who runs the Dawin publishing house, …

AFP

Bird flu death toll reaches 34

CAIRO: Egypt’s Ministry of Health announced the 34th bird flu-related death in the country, an 18-year-old woman from Fayoum. This comes one week after Minister of Health Hatem El-Gabaly lauded the success of the government’s plan in combating bird flu (H1N5), explaining that the death rate from the virus has substantially decreased while citizen awareness …

Safaa Abdoun

Policeman gets 2 years in prison for assaulting physician in court

CAIRO: A policeman who assaulted a psychiatrist was sentenced to two years imprisonment on Sunday. The Damanhour Criminal Court found Ahmed Antar Ibrahim guilty of physically assaulting Dr Magda El-Adly from the Nadim Center for the Rehabilitation of the Victims of Violence in August 2008. The attack took place in April 2008 in a courthouse …

Sarah Carr

Security warns April 6 Movement against organizing Tuesday march

CAIRO: The Cairo Security Directorate warned the April 6 Youth Movement against holding demonstrations on Tuesday, April 6. The Directorate sent an official warning to members of the movement through the headquarters of the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), in its capacity as the legal representative for the members of the movement. ANHRI …

Essam Fadl

Saudi Arabia 'holds off on executing sorcerer'

BEIRUT: Saudi Arabia has apparently decided to hold off on carrying out the execution of a Lebanese former TV presenter convicted of sorcery, a Lebanese minister and the man s lawyer said on Thursday. Ali Sabat s mother should rest assured tonight, Lebanese Justice Minister Ibrahim Najjar told AFP. That is what I called his …

AFP

Al-Balagh official says board only wanted to develop Islam Online

CAIRO: The issue at popular Islamic resource Islam Online (IOL) was part of a “plan to diversify the website’s content and outreach and not an attack on the website’s progressive approach to editorial content, according to Mohamed Badr El-Sada, one of IOL’s founders and current board member of Qatar’s Al-Balagh Foundation. “We are not against …

Heba El-Sherif