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Over 300 Islam Online employees resign

CAIRO: The majority of Islam Online (IOL) Egypt’s 330 staff submitted their resignation following a two-day sit-in spurred by warnings of mass lay-offs and employee investigations by the website’s Qatari owner. The sit-in, at IOL’s Egypt headquarters in Sixth of October City, continued for the second day Tuesday after staff at the Cairo office were …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

April 6 and Kefaya reach reconciliation

CAIRO: Coordinator of the April 6 movement Ahmed Maher and General Coordinator of the Kefaya Movement for Change Abdel Halim Qandil, who have been engaged in a war of words for over three months, reconciled their differences in a meeting Saturday at the home of Ambassador Ibrahim Youssry. Maher and Qandil had accused each other …

Essam Fadl

Constitutional Court says no obstacles to female judges in State Council

CAIRO: In response to a government inquiry regarding the constitutionality of denying female judges seats in the State Council, the Supreme Constitutional Court stressed that the law grants both men and women equal rights to assume judicial positions in administrative courts. The decision came after Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif requested a clarification of the legislation …

Safaa Abdoun

Opposition parties call for constitutional reform in two-day conference

CAIRO: A coalition of opposition parties is set to conclude its activities today with a press conference at Al-Wafd Party headquarters in which they will announce their demands for constitutional reform, free and fair elections and plans to mobilize the masses. Under the slogan the nation s safe alternative , the conference, which started on …

Tamim Elyan

Egypt listed as 'enemy of the internet'

CAIRO: Egypt was listed as an “enemy of the internet by Reporters Without Borders as a US State Department 2009 report on human rights highlighted Egypt’s ill-treatment of bloggers and internet activists in 2009. The internet has become a “battlefield for supporters and opponents of fundamental human rights, the US State Department report said. “During …

Daily News Egypt

Marsa Matrouh prosecution detains 30 suspects following clashes

CAIRO: The Marsa Matrouh prosecution detained 30 suspects – four of which are Muslim – for 15 days pending investigations after clashes broke out between Christians and Muslims Friday, leaving 24 people injured. The suspects are facing four charges; illegal congregation, destruction of public property, arson and assault. Marsa Matrouh Governor Ahmed Hussein said calm …

Essam Fadl

World leaders praise Tantawi's legacy

CAIRO: The death of Mohamed Sayed Tantwai, Sunni Islam’s top cleric and Grand Imam of Egypt’s Al-Azhar University, has sparked an outpouring of condolences from foreign leaders and the foreign press. Prior to his appointment as sheikh of Al-Azhar in 1996, Tantawi served as Egypt’s Grand Mufti for 10 years. While known for his sudden …

Daily News Egypt

Siwa's livelihood threatened by too much underground water

SIWA: Raham Osman wants inquiring minds to know that, despite being surrounded on all sides by desert, including the Great Sea of Sand, Siwa Oasis doesn’t have a water shortage. Far from it. Siwa doesn’t suffer from a lack of water, Osman, said, as he washed his face with a strong flow of cold, fresh …

Daily News Egypt

Prophet Mohamed cartoon published again in Sweden

STOCKHOLM: Leading Swedish newspapers on Wednesday published what Muslims consider to be an offensive cartoon of Prophet Mohamed by a caricaturist after he was targeted by an alleged assassination plot. Sweden’s paper of reference Dagens Nyheter published the controversial drawing, insisting artist Lars Vilks “is not alone in this conflict after seven Muslims were arrested …

AFP

No drastic measures in schools for declining H1N1 cases

CAIRO: Due to the substantial decline in swine flu cases, the Ministry of Health has officially announced that during the second semester of the academic year, no classrooms where the H1N1 virus appears will be shut down. Only precautionary measures giving the student who shows swine flu symptoms one week off, will be applied, said …

Safaa Abdoun

Rights groups urge gov't to repeal emergency law

CAIRO: “We can do everything with you and no one will know. We bury people alive, a policeman reportedly told Abdel-Aziz Mujedin, blogger and business student arrested on Nov. 2, 2009. Mujedin is only one out of several torture victims that are mentioned in the latest report of the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH). …

Katharina Natter

Shoura Council approves anti-human trafficking law 'in principle'

CAIRO: The Shoura Council, Egypt’s Upper House of Parliament, approved an anti-human trafficking law in principle, Shoura Council Speaker Safwat El-Sherif said. The MPs have approved the law in principle in order to curb the growing phenomenon of human trafficking in Egypt, El-Sherif told news reports. “Human trafficking has become the third most profitable illegal …

Safaa Abdoun

Women's rights first step towards democracy, says family and population minister

CAIRO: “Integrated rights and equal opportunities equal full development, Minister of State for Family and Population Moshira Khattab said during an International Women’s Day celebration at the British Council. In partnership with the Gender and Development (GAD) donor subgroup, the British Council held a two-day celebration on March 9-10, commemorating International Women’s Day; a global …

Safaa Abdoun

14 Egyptian NGOs support UN call to stop shooting migrants at border

CAIRO: Fourteen Egyptian human rights groups expressed their support Tuesday to a statement issued by the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights condemning the Egyptian security forces for killing up to 60 migrants on the Egyptian side of the borders with Israeli since mid 2007. The 14 NGOs echoed the UN stance by calling on …

Omnia Al Desoukie

Women-only taxis hit Cairo streets

CAIRO: A waxed rag in hand, Inas Hamam gives her car a good buff as she awaits her first clients of the day – Egyptian women, tired of sexual harassment, who prefer a female taxi driver. Following in the tracks of other female-friendly services – carriages reserved for women on Cairo’s metro and women-only cafes …

AFP

Egypt rejects UN criticism of emergency law

CAIRO: Egypt rejected on Tuesday UN rights investigator Martin Scheinin’s criticism of the government’s use of emergency law in a report discussed at the UN Human Rights Council on Monday. Scheinin, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms while Countering Terrorism, presented the report which is the …

Daily News Egypt Authors

Head of Al-Azhar Tantawi dies in Saudi Arabia, buried in Medina

CAIRO: Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar Mohamed Sayed Tantawi died in Saudi Arabia Wednesday after suffering a heart attack in the King Khaled airport in Riyadh. He was 81. Tantawi was in Riyadh to attend this year’s prize-giving ceremony of the King Faisal World Awards for the service of Islam. He is to be buried in …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Rights group proposes creation of body to oversee elections

CAIRO: Rights group The National Foundation for Transitional Justice presented a draft law to parliament on Monday proposing the establishment of an intermediary body to permanently oversee local elections, according to Ali El-Feel, the group’s director. The body will ensure all citizens are granted their full political rights with regards to standing for elections and …

Essam Fadl

Living in democratic country is Arab youth's top priority, says survey

CAIRO: Sixty-six percent of the Arab youth think their country of residence was going in the right direction during the last five years, the Second Annual ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller Arab Youth Survey revealed. The survey also showed that “the most important priority for young people in the Middle East today is living in a democratic country. …

Katharina Natter

A watchful eye on Gaza and Jerusalem

CAIRO: Ramzi Khoury has a busy day ahead of him. Yesterday was also busy. Tomorrow will be too. Khoury is the director of “Sleepless in Gaza & Jerusalem, a video diary project creating a half-hour of footage of everyday life in Palestine. Every day, Khoury and his team follow four Palestinian women around with their …

Daily News Egypt

Supreme Constitutional Court to decide on female judges March 14

CAIRO: The Egyptian Supreme Constitutional Court will announce on March 14 its decision on Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif’s request to explain and clarify the legislation governing appointing members to the State Council, which had rejected the appointment of female judges. The current legislation stipulates that members of the State Council have to be “Egyptian, a …

Safaa Abdoun

Synagogue attack suspect detained for further 15 days

CAIRO: The detention of a suspect accused of the botched firebomb attack on a Downtown Cairo synagogue on Feb. 21 was extended for 15 days pending further investigations. State Security Public Prosecutor Hisham Badawi extended the detention of Gamal Hussein Ahmed, 49, who is accused of carrying out the attack which resulted in a small …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Fugitive executive Lakah settles Egypt debt: agency

CAIRO: Egyptian businessman Rami Lakah, who fled to Europe in 2001, has reached a settlement on debts owed to banks, paving the way for his possible return to Egypt, the country s official news agency MENA reported on Monday. An official with state-owned Banque Misr, Lakah s main creditor bank, told Reuters that Lakah had …

Reuters

6.0 earthquake hits eastern Turkey, kills 57

OKCULAR VILLAGE: A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6 struck eastern Turkey on Monday, killing 57 people as it knocked down stone or mud-brick houses and minarets in at least six villages, the government said. The government s crisis center said about 100 other people were injured in the quake, which hit at …

Daily News Egypt

Petroleum ministry denies rumors of increasing diesel fuel prices

CAIRO: Mahmoud Nazeem, Deputy Minister of Petroleum denied Monday rumors of an increase in the price of diesel fuel, that has led to over-crowding in filling stations. Taxis, buses, and some private cars have, however, been complaining from diesel fuel shortages. On Sunday queues in some filling stations stretched up to 500 meters. Local bakeries …

Daily News Egypt

PA immunity lifted from Talaat El-Sadat for bribery charges

CAIRO: The People’s Assembly (PA) has lifted parliamentary immunity from independent MP Talaat El-Sadat due to charges of bribery brought against him by the State Security Prosecution Office. The Ministry of Justice had requested from PA speaker Fathi Sorour to lift El-Sadat’s immunity since he is under investigation into charges that he had received a …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein