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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

Shehab promises more dialogue with rights organizations

CAIRO: Egypt agreed to apply new programs for improving the status of education, health, women empowerment and child care and rights, after the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted the country’s report on human rights last Friday. Egypt will also offer more economic and social services to citizens, said Minister of State for Parliamentary …

Safaa Abdoun

Foreign press reacts to ElBaradei's return

CAIRO: The return of former International Atomic Energy Agency director Mohamed ElBaradei to Cairo has sparked a variety of foreign press reactions, ranging from praise to skepticism. Referring to a “grassroots effort. to draft Dr. ElBaradei to run in the presidential election in 2011 despite Egyptian laws constraining opposition politics, the New York Times, praised …

Daily News Egypt

'I want to be an instrument of change in Egypt,' says Baradei

CAIRO: Stopping short of an outright announcement of his intention to run in the 2011 presidential elections, former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency Mohamed ElBaradei told Orbit’s Amr Adib that he hoped to be an instrument of change for Egypt. In an interview televised Saturday evening but filmed in Vienna before ElBaradei’s arrival …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Egypt police kill two African migrants near Israel border

AL-ARISH: Egyptian police shot dead two African migrants as they attempted to enter Israel illegally on Sunday, a security official told AFP. Both men, whose nationalities are not known because they were not carrying identity papers, died on the spot after being shot three times each, the official said. He said police opened fire after …

AFP

800 Tanta Flax workers promised LE 700,000

CAIRO: Striking workers from the Tanta Flax and Oils Company will be paid a sum the equivalent of two months wages, but not until they break up the sit-in outside the cabinet office they started almost two weeks ago, said Egypt’s labor minister. Manpower Minister Aisha Abdel-Hady was quoted as saying by state newspaper Al-Ahram …

Daily News Egypt Authors

ElBaradei receives hero's welcome at Cairo Airport, amid scant security

CAIRO: Amid scant security presence at Cairo International Airport’s Terminal 3, approximately 800 people thronged to welcome the former Secretary General of the International Atomic Energy Agency and Nobel Peace Laureate Mohamed ElBaradei upon his arrival in Cairo Friday afternoon. Wild crowds drove ElBaradei back into the airport as soon as he attempted to leave, …

Daily News Egypt Authors

Rights center takes church land dispute to President

CAIRO: In the ongoing dispute over the land surrounding the Virgin Mary Church in Alexandria, Al Kalima Center for Human Rights presented a memo to President Hosni Mubarak reasserting the church’s legal ownership of it. The memo, which was drafted by vice president of Al Kalima Center Joseph Malak, includes historical and legal accounts that …

Essam Fadl

Blogger Wael Abbas found innocent of 'fabricated' charges

CAIRO: Hadayeq El-Qobba Misdemeanors Court found blogger Wael Abbas innocent on appeal Thursday. Abbas was facing a six-month prison sentence for “tampering with an internet cable brought by his neighbors, brothers Ahmed and Ashraf Maher Aglan. When asked whether the verdict had given him faith back in the Egyptian judiciary Abbas said “of course. “I’m …

Sarah Carr

Over 7 mln children in Egypt deprived of basic rights, says study

CAIRO: More than seven million children in Egypt are deprived of one or more of their rights, which include the right to nutrition, water and sanitation facilities, access to basic health care services, shelter, education, participation and protection, according to a study launched Tuesday. Of these, five million children lack sufficient housing conditions including shelter, …

Safaa Abdoun

Survey targets 15,000 Egyptian youth

CAIRO: Four in five girls still undergo female genital mutilation, according to a study conducted by the Population Council and the Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC) exploring Egypt’s young population. The study surveyed over 15,000 people nationwide aged 10-29, describing them as “a national priority and the future investment of the country. It covered …

Safaa Abdoun

Slums and their dwellers: Finding solutions (Part 2)

CAIRO: Loza Gamal, 24, along with the residents of Establ Antar, were recently relocated to Sixth of October City to live in housing projects offered to the government by telecom mogul Naguib Sawiris. “The area is cleaner, there is fresh air we can breathe, she said. Their homes in Establ Antar, a shantytown that was …

Omnia Al Desoukie

Egypt's swine flu cases surpass 16,000

CAIRO: The Ministry of Health has announced that the number of swine flu cases in Egypt has reached 16,053, out of which 268 have died since the A(H1N1) virus first appeared in the country last June. The total number includes 5,589 cases among school students and 862 university students. The latest virus-related death was that …

Safaa Abdoun

Human Rights Council's Egypt review reveals UN political alignments

CAIRO: The United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) examined Egypt’s human rights record Wednesday, in a process which revealed the influence of political alignments within the UN body. Egypt’s allies dominated the three-hour session, during which the government presented its report on the human rights situation in the country and HRC member states made comments …

Sarah Carr

Amnesty calls for relocation of 200 families facing rockslide

CAIRO: Amnesty International released a call for action to evacuate and relocate 200 families from Al-Me’adessa Street in Manshyiet Nasser that are facing the risk of a rockslide. The rights organization is urging people to write to Cairo Governor Abdel-Azim Wazir and the Informal Settlement Development Fund Director Ali Faramawy to press them to take …

Omnia Al Desoukie

Clinton town hall chat proves hard sell to Muslim students

DOHA: In a charm offensive targeting Arab and Muslim public opinion, US State Secretary Hillary Clinton held a televised debate on Monday with students in Qatar at which Washington’s policies on Tehran proved a hard sell. “It is a personal privilege for me to meet students, said a smiling Clinton as she took part in …

AFP

Slums and their dwellers: The history (Part 1)

CAIRO: Although he was aware of the risks it posed, Mohamed Gharib had no choice but to endure living in the slums of Duweiqa until he watched his home collapse, killing five members of his family. Gharib, 62, had bought the land 16 years ago in Mansheyet Nasser, to accommodate his family. Hashem Mohamed Ismail, …

Omnia Al Desoukie

Doctors Without Rights demand syndicate emergency meeting

CAIRO: Rights group Doctors Without Rights (DWR) are demanding that the Doctors’ Syndicate convene an emergency general assembly to discuss a draft law which they say will have a “serious impact on doctors’ futures. The draft “continuous professional development law was published on the website of the Doctors’ Syndicate last month. If passed, it would …

Sarah Carr

71 journalists' killed in 2009, says CPJ

CAIRO: Journalists’ death toll rose to the highest level recorded by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) in 2009 with the massacre of 31 journalists and media workers in Philippines, CPJ said in its latest report CPJ released the New York-based annual report entitled “Attacks on the Press in 2009, in Cairo Tuesday. According to …

Omnia Al Desoukie

Legal specialists urge justice ministry to present draft law to PA soon

CAIRO: Ministry of Justice’s legal specialists expressed concerns that the committee formed by the ministry to present a new draft law to the People’s Assembly (PA) would delay it to the next parliamentary round. The committee assigned by the ministry to work on a new law for specialists’ authority was heavily criticized by specialists as …

Tamim Elyan

American accused of evangelizing in Egypt deported

CAIRO: An American accused of evangelizing in Egypt was arrested on arrival at Cairo airport and deported overnight, an airport official said on Tuesday. Airport authorities picked up the 71-year-old man, who was on a list of people banned from entering Egypt, on his arrival from New York on Monday night. He was deported and …

AFP

Police detain activists handing out anti-wall leaflets

CAIRO: A group of activists were detained on Monday evening while attempting to hand out leaflets in downtown Cairo. The group of four, composed of foreign nationals and Egyptians, were stopped on the central Talat Harb Street. They were later joined by two friends who were also detained. While all the foreigners have been released, …

Sarah Carr

Women judges barred from influential Egypt court

CAIRO: Judges voted on Monday to bar women from ruling in an influential court which advises Egypt’s government, official media reported, in a move slammed by human rights activists. The State Council association voted by an overwhelming majority against appointing women as judges in the council, Egypt’s MENA news agency said. “Three-hundred and eighty judges …

AFP

Tanta workers joined by families in eighth day of protest

CAIRO: Wives and children yesterday joined workers from the Tanta Flax and Oils Company staging a sit-in, as the action entered its eighth day. Some 50 women and children joined the roughly 300 men who are demanding that the company either be run properly or that it be shut down and they receive their financial …

Sarah Carr

Experts blame media for Egypt-Algeria football riots

CAIRO: Four months after an Algeria-Egypt football match sparked large-scale riots and drew international attention, prominent journalists, academics, and others met to discuss the media’s role in the incidents. The seminar, entitled “Media Between Professionalism and Politics: the Aftermath of the Egypt-Algeria Games, was organized by the Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute and the Arab Forum …

Daily News Egypt

Education ministry to punish drafters of religiously-biased art exam

CAIRO: A representative of the Minister of Education Ahmed Zaki Badr’s office called for “severe penalties to those responsible for drafting a religiously-biased preparatory school art exam in Beheira. Naguib Gobrael, board member of the Egyptian Union for Human Rights Organization (EUHRO), who had submitted a complaint on Feb. 7 when Christian parents objected to …

Essam Fadl

Low-income citizens won't pay health insurance, says El-Gabali

CAIRO: Minister of Health Hatem El-Gabali said that low-income citizens will be a priority in the new health insurance draft law the ministry plans to propose at the People’s Assembly. The objective of the law is to provide citizens with health care, El-Gabali told the National Conference for Youth in Luxor, according to a press …

Safaa Abdoun

Killing of Egyptian in Milan sparks unrest, say reports

ROME: A group of Peruvian and Ecuadorian youths stabbed an Egyptian to death in Milan, sparking an inter-ethnic riot overnight in the northern Italian city, news reports said Sunday. Around 100 mainly north African youths went on a rampage following the killing of the 19-year-old Egyptian, bashing in the windows of South American shops, overturning …

AFP