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UN rights chief urges Egypt to stop shooting at migrants

GENEVA: The UN human rights chief on Tuesday urged Egyptian forces to stop shooting at African migrants trying to enter Israel illegally through Egypt, after 60 were killed in the past two and a half years. While migrants often lose their lives accidentally when travelling in over-crowded boats, or trying to cross remote land borders, …

AFP

Queen Rania dubbed the 'Lady Diana of the Middle East'

CAIRO: Queen Rania’s visit to the American University in Cairo (AUC) left students mesmerized by her youthful spirit and her work in various fields, leading them to draw parallels between her and Princess Diana. Hundreds flocked to AUC’s Bassily Auditorium to attend the queen of Jordan’s speech on civic engagement in terms of social responsibility. …

Daily News Egypt

Dubai murder suspects hiding out in Israel: police

ABU DHABI: Dubai s police chief said on Monday the suspects in a Hamas chief s assassination in the emirate are now hiding out in Israel to avoid arrest and urged the Jewish state to wage its wars at home. Mahmud Al-Mabhouh, a founder of the military wing of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, was …

AFP

Queen Rania calls for civic engagement at AUC

CAIRO: Speaking at her alma mater, the American University in Cairo (AUC), Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan called for reigniting the spark of civic engagement, calling it an “indispensible part of social progress in the region. “Social progress doesn’t come from governments looking down, directing change. It comes from communities, families and individuals looking …

Safaa Abdoun

Egypt to release seven bazaar bombing accused, says report

CAIRO: Egypt s state security prosecutor on Monday ordered the release of seven people accused over a deadly bazaar bombing in February 2009 that killed a French tourist, the official MENA news agency said. Three Belgians, two Palestinians and two Egyptians have been ordered released, MENA said, without providing further details. A judicial source said …

AFP

Youth Views: ElBaradei inspires change

By the end of his live interview with “Al-Ashera Masa’an talk show host Mona El-Shazli a little over a week ago, the official Facebook group supporting Dr Mohamed ElBaradei for presidency in 2011 had shot up from around 40,000 to 71,000 members. Less than a day later, it went up to 86,000. Roughly 40 million …

Daily News Egypt

Military court adjourns blogger's trial

CAIRO: The Egyptian Military Court adjourned Monday the trial of Egyptian blogger Ahmed Mostafa to Tuesday. Defense lawyers, affiliated with the Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), said they were not allowed to acquire copies of the case’s documents. They were only allowed to see certain documents inside the courtroom, they said. Mostafa, a …

Essam Fadl

African migrant killed trying to cross into Israel

RAFAH: An Egyptian security official says border guards fatally shot an African migrant and detained 16 others as they tried to cross the border into Israel. The official said the shot migrant, whose nationality was not known, refused to surrender after guards fired warning shots south of Rafah early Sunday. He spoke on condition of …

Ashraf Sweilam

Chile races to find survivors after monster quake

CONCEPCION: Chilean rescue teams raced Sunday to find survivors in mountains of rubble after one of the biggest earthquakes on record killed more than 300 people and left scores trapped in ruined buildings. With aftershocks still rattling the shaken country – around 115 since the quake -operations centered on the badly hit second city of …

AFP

PA finally adopts organ transplant bill to curb trafficking

CAIRO: Egypt s parliament voted by an overwhelming majority on Saturday to regulate organ transplants in a bid to curb illegal trafficking and tourism over the issue. The law bans commercial trade in organs as well as transplants between Egyptians and foreigners, except in cases of husband and wife. Operations in government hospitals are to …

AFP

Dwindling Religiosity: Changing moral standards (Part 2)

CAIRO: The tide of public piety that swept the country in the past few decades was hailed by some social groups as a move towards religiosity, but according to some views, the phenomenon has backfired. Although today more people adopt the ritualistic aspects of religion, a very small number of Egyptians really cherish the core …

Daily News Egypt

Drug abuse a rising threat among young adults, says report

CAIRO: Drug abuse continues to be a rising threat in the Arab world especially among teenagers and young adults, according to the Annual Report for the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB). Typically, people who had not started using drugs during their adolescent years were unlikely to pick up the habit at all. However, according to …

Omnia Al Desoukie

Black Sea wheat tightens grip on Egypt imports

CAIRO/PARIS: Russia is reinforcing its lead in wheat shipments to Egypt and its grain export push may be emulated by other Black Sea producers, further squeezing US and European sales to the world s top wheat importer. Russia is pressing ahead with investment in grain infrastructure, including a new terminal at the Black Sea port …

Daily News Egypt

Dwindling religiosity: Islamism in the 70s (Part 1)

CAIRO: Radwa Aboulazm, 27, removed the veil after 13 years of donning it. The American University in Cairo (AUC) graduate explains how she has come to think about religion in a broader way. “It increasingly feels like the time of our mothers, when the hijab was for women of the lower classes, Aboulazm says, arguing …

Daily News Egypt

Ruling in case of Christian convert expected in April

CAIRO: The Administrative Court will issue a final ruling on April 27 in the case filed by a man who converted from Islam to Christianity to change his religious affiliation on official documents. The case dates back to 2007, when Mohamed Hegazy, 26, who changed his name to Bishoy Armia Boules, filed a lawsuit demanding …

Essam Fadl

Rights group criticizes health minister statements regarding drugs' price reduction

CAIRO: The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) criticized the Minister of Health’s statements concerning the price reduction of 40 drugs, deeming them as “false. Earlier this month, state-owned Al-Ahram published an article headlined “prices of 40 imported medical products reduced, saying that the medicines in question will be reduced by between 20 and 40 …

Sarah Carr

Tanta Flax workers end 15-day sit-in

CAIRO: Protesting workers ended their 15-day sit-in on Tuesday, after accepting an offer made by the manpower ministry. Worker Hisham El-Okal from the Tanta Flax and Oils Company told Daily News Egypt that manpower ministry representative, Wael Allam, came to the sit-in outside the Cabinet office on Tuesday afternoon and offered workers an early retirement …

Sarah Carr

Sinai Bedouins condemn negative media images

CAIRO: Representatives of the Bedouin tribes in North Sinai held a press conference Monday evening to respond to what they deemed was negative coverage by the foreign press. Organized by the Popular Committee for the Rights of Sinai Citizens, and including representatives from prominent tribes in the area like the Tarabin and Sawarkeh, the press …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Medicine pricing case adjourned

CAIRO: The Administrative Court yesterday adjourned hearings in the case raised against a decree which radically altered the way medicines are priced. The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) lodged a case against ministerial decree 373 last October, on the grounds that in passing it, the minister of health exceeded his powers by introducing a …

Sarah Carr

Arrested synagogue attacker a mentally ill drug addict, says Interior Ministry

CAIRO: The Interior Ministry announced yesterday afternoon that police officers have apprehended a man responsible for what it described as a “threatening incident targeting Cairo’s Adly Street Synagogue. On Sunday witnesses described seeing a small fire on the pavement opposite the synagogue at around 6 am. The interior ministry later said that a bag containing …

Sarah Carr

Swine flu cases declining, says health ministry

CAIRO: The Ministry of Health announced that the number of swine flu cases in Egypt is substantially declining with only 44 reported cases this week. The ministry said that an average of four to seven cases is reported on a daily basis, adding that the total number of cases now reached 16,092. These include 5,592 …

Safaa Abdoun

Judges contest decision to bar female judges from State Council

CAIRO: The procedures to appoint female judges (2008 and 2009 graduates) who successfully applied for a seat in the State Council, will continue, announced Mohamed El-Husseini, head of Egypt’s State Council at a press conference Tuesday, according to official news portal egynews.net. The State Council, established in 1946, hears cases brought by individuals against the …

Safaa Abdoun

25-year-old woman first swine flu victim in six days

CAIRO: The Ministry of Health announced late Sunday the first death from swine flu in six days, raising the total number of deaths up to 269. The latest virus-related death was that of a 25-year-old woman from Sixth of October governorate, said Abdel Rahman Shahin, spokesman of the Ministry of Health. The latest H1N1 weekly …

Safaa Abdoun

Ministry of Social Solidarity mulls raising bread prices, compensating citizens

CAIRO: The Ministry of Social Solidarity is currently considering halting the production of subsidized bread costing 10 and 20 piasters to produce higher quality loaves at 15 piasters, and compensating citizens directly through salary allowances. The decision includes transforming traditional bakeries to higher-end ones capable of producing a 150-gram loaf sold for 15 piasters using …

Tamim Elyan

Moussa discusses Mideast conflict at Nadia Younes memorial lecture

CAIRO: At the fourth annual Nadia Younes Memorial Lecture, Secretary-General of the Arab League Amr Moussa discussed the role of the United Nations, saying the misconceptions that surround it resulted in Younes’ death as well as other conflicts in the region. “Nadia wanted to rebuild the UN credibility worldwide, this is what she worked for, …

Daily News Egypt

Official trade union fed fails to reach resolution with Tanta Flax workers

CAIRO: Negotiations between striking workers from the Tanta Flax and Oils Company and representatives of the Egyptian Federation of Trade Unions (EFTU) failed to reach a solution yesterday, as the sit-in staged by workers outside the Cabinet building entered its 15th day. Members of the company’s union committee met Said El-Gohary, head of the General …

Sarah Carr