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Global economic crisis thwarts achievement of MDGs

CAIRO: The number of workers living on less that $1.25 increased worldwide by around 215 million in 2009 in the aftermath of the financial crisis, a United Nations report said. Last Monday, the UN Information Center in Cairo presented the UN report entitled “Keeping the Promise, which analyzes success stories and obstacles to achieving the …

Katharina Natter

16 rights groups to monitor Egypt's implementation of HRC recommendations

CAIRO: The Egyptian government must take “immediate and transparent measures towards the drafting of an action plan for the implementation of human rights recommendations it has vowed to honor, 16 human rights organizations said Wednesday. Members of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) reviewed Egypt’s human rights record in February under the Universal Periodic …

Sarah Carr

Mental health patients to finally have national IDs

CAIRO: Patients in Al-Abassiya, Al-Khanka and Helwan mental health facilities are slated to obtain national identification cards following a year-long campaign initiated by the Egyptian Center for Development and Human Rights (ECDHR). The unprecedented move, to be implemented across 17 mental institutions, will grant patients greater social and political rights. The project is being carried …

Essam Fadl

HIV/AIDS should be on Egypt's agenda, says UN Secretary-General on HIV/AIDS

CAIRO: While Egypt is categorized as a low-prevalence country when it comes to HIV/AIDS, the virus should be atop the country’s health agenda before it becomes an epidemic, Dr Nafis Saddiq, Special Envoy for the UN Secretary-General on HIV/AIDS, said in an interview with Daily News Egypt. “What we’re saying about the Middle East and …

Safaa Abdoun

Healthcare draft law to be postponed, says minister

CAIRO: Health Minister Hatem El-Gabaly says that the passing of a controversial draft law that if approved will radically shake up Egypt’s healthcare system is to be “postponed for further discussion. According to official news portal egynews.net, El-Gabaly told a seminar on health policy in Egypt held Monday evening at the Opera House that implementation …

Sarah Carr

Eight injured as passenger jet from Hurghada crash lands near Moscow

MOSCOW: A Russian passenger jet with only crew on board crash landed in forest near Moscow s Domodedovo International Airport on Monday, injuring all eight crew members, three seriously, officials said. The Tu-204 plane arriving from the Egyptian resort of Hurghada landed on its belly at 23:34 GMT around 1,500 meters short of the runway, …

AFP

Austrian skydiver aims to break record

CAIRO: When he makes that 120,000-foot leap out of his balloon next April, Austrian Skydiver Felix Baumgartner will be the first man to free-fall at supersonic speed equivalent to 690 mph as part of Red Bull Stratos adventure. If he succeeds, Baumgartner will also break United States Air Force Colonel Joseph Kittinger’s record of 102,800 …

Tamim Elyan

New Azhar Sheikh tackles controversial issues in TV interview

CAIRO: In his first televised interview as the new Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar, Ahmed El-Tayeb addressed controversial issues such as the niqab, religious programs on satellite channels and the overall role of the institution. With regards to niqab, I will handle the issue through education, El-Tayeb said on Sunday in an interview with “Masr Enaharda, …

Omnia Al Desoukie

Appeals court reduces ferry captains prison sentence

CAIRO: An appeals court reduced a prison sentence handed down to two ferry captains from Rosetta accused of negligence from one year to three months. Ferry captains Tantawy Mohamed Abdel Hamid and Mansour Mohamed Mansour were also required to pay a LE 1,000 bail and a LE 100 fine for steering the ferry without a …

Daily News Egypt

Special Council postpones ruling on female judges

CAIRO: The Special Council deferred its decision regarding the appointment of female judges at the State Council pending the formation of a committee of judges who are to prepare a report on the issue and give its opinion on it. “There is no legal or constitutional barrier against the appointment of females at the State …

Safaa Abdoun

State security raids student's home, assaults her family

CAIRO: State security forces forcibly entered the home of a fourth-year Ain Shams student and physically assaulted her family, the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression (AFTE) said in a statement yesterday. AFTE says that police officers entered Maha Magdy El-Khadrawy’s home on Saturday – while she was not at home – and used …

Sarah Carr

The Future of Islam: Esposito analyzes the challenges of pluralism, hostility

BROOKLYN: According to a recent Gallup poll, a majority of Americans still have little to no knowledge of Islam’s basic tenets. More disheartening, if not outright frightening, is that even given this avowed lack of knowledge, a sizeable percentage of US citizens nonetheless maintain a negative perception of Muslims. So, either an informed, nuanced understanding …

Daily News Egypt

Nagaa Hammadi case hearing postponed to April 18

CAIRO: The Qena Emergency State Security Criminal Court postponed on Sunday the trial of three men accused of killing six Copts and one Muslim guard in a drive-by Christmas shooting to April 18. The shootings, which took place in the Upper Egyptian town of Nagaa Hammadi on Christmas Eve last January, also left nine people …

Essam Fadl

University students celebrate the pre-launch of the International Year of Youth

CAIRO: University students from all over Egypt gathered Sunday at Cairo University to celebrate the pre-launch of the International Year of Youth, which is set to kick off on Aug. 12. “In its resolution proclaiming the International Year of Youth, the [United Nations] General Assembly called on governments, civil society, individuals and communities worldwide to …

Safaa Abdoun

Zeitoun case defendants claim torture, case adjourned to April 18

CAIRO: Some of a group of 25 men accused of carrying out acts of terrorism in what is known as the Zeitoun case, told the Abbaseyya State Security Court during Saturday’s court session that they had been tortured. Videos published online by Egyptian daily El-Youm El-Sabaa show one of the defendants, Mohamed Khamis, lifting his …

Sarah Carr

NDP MP sentenced to two years, fined for attempted smuggling

AIRO: National Democratic Party MP Yasser Salah was sentenced by a Cairo misdemeanors court to two years in prison with labor and fined LE 50,000 after being caught at Cairo airport attempting to smuggle 550 mobile phones into the country, according to official news portal egynews.net. The telephones were confiscated and Salah was also made …

Daily News Egypt Authors

Cairo hosts donor conference to rebuild Darfur

CAIRO: International donors are to gather in Egypt s capital on Sunday with a $2 billion target for the reconstruction of Darfur, Sudan s western region devastated by a seven-year war. The one-day conference has been organized by the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), which groups 57 members to form the world s largest …

AFP

Will campaign efforts register with voters?

CAIRO: It’s the question on everybody’s mind; who will you vote for? Or better yet, will you vote at all? With the 2011 presidential elections on the horizon, campaigns are abound to encourage Egyptians to issue voting cards on social networking websites as well as through efforts by civil societies and some political parties. The …

Omnia Al Desoukie

Mubarak names successor to late Al-Azhar cleric: report

CAIRO: Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Friday appointed a new head of Al-Azhar, Sunni Islam s most prestigious institution, after the death of its top cleric last week, the official MENA agency reported. Mubarak, who is recovering from surgery in Germany, has issued a presidential decree appointing Sheikh Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed Al-Tayeb to head Al-Azhar, …

AFP

MB arrests continue as 21 more detained

CAIRO: Security forces continue to crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, detaining 21 more members from the governorates of Sharqeya and Beheira on Thursday, in the aftermath of anti-Israeli demonstrations staged last week. State security has detained 236 Muslim Brotherhood members this year, from high-ranking officials to university students, the majority of whom are detained indefinitely …

Safaa Abdoun

Board to vote on Islam Online's possible move to Qatar

CAIRO: The board of Qatar’s Al-Balagh Foundation is expected to vote on whether to keep the Islam Online (IOL) office in Egypt or move it to Doha within 15 days. IOL staff continued their strike, which began last Monday, and conducted their Friday prayers at IOL premises in Sixth of October city. Employees are conducting …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Marsa Matrouh Muslims and Copts sign reconciliation

CAIRO: Muslims and Christians in Marsa Matrouh signed a reconciliation agreement on Wednesday after sectarian violence struck the coastal governorate last week, injuring 24 people and damaging several houses owned by Copts. The agreement was signed in the presence of Marsa Matrouh Governor Ahmed Hussein; Bishop Makhomios of Beheira and Matrouh; the head of the …

Essam Fadl

Students gain more than winning in science challenge

CAIRO: The atmosphere resembles a school’s annual sports day: parents and teachers eagerly looking on, teams of students cheering each other, and a general expectant buzz. Yet it is not a battle where muscles are being stretched, but a tussle of minds that requires exercising the imagination. At the FIRST LEGO League Challenge held in …

Chitra Kalyani

Prince Alwaleed inaugurates hall at AUC

CAIRO: In what he considers a part of his wider efforts “to build bridges and promote better understanding between West and Islamic World, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud inaugurated a hall under his name at the American University in Cairo (AUC) Monday. The hall houses the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and …

Safaa Abdoun

Islam Online sit-in continues after mass resignation

CAIRO: Employees of the Islam Online (IOL) website continued their sit-in for the third day running at their Sixth of October offices, demanding their settlement packages after the majority of them submitted their resignation. A source from IOL who spoke on condition of anonymity said, “Qatar has reneged on the deal for the severance packages. …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Marsa Matrouh Muslim-Christian reconciliation talks begin today

CAIRO: Marsa Matrouh community and religious leaders will meet on Wednesday for reconciliation talks under the auspicious of Marsa Matrouh governor, to discuss ways to curb sectarian violence that struck the coastal governorate recently. Several Coptic figures, however, are skeptical of the reconciliation talks, claiming that they are skirting the issue instead of directly tackling …

Essam Fadl

NTRA: We are targeting illegal voice traffic on mobile internet

CAIRO: The National Telecommunication Regulatory Agency’s (NTRA) enforcement of the ban on internet-based telephone services such as Skype, has gone into effect, according to all three Egyptian mobile network operators. “The ban is on Skype on mobile internet, not on fixed, and this is due to the fact it is against the law since it …

Annelle Sheline