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U.S. democracy institute asked to shut down all operations

CAIRO: Egypt has told the U.S.-based International Republican Institute (IRI) to stop its activities in Egypt, saying comments by its representative were interfering in the country s internal affairs. The Foreign Ministry said on Sunday it had summoned country director Gina London and told her to suspend all activities until the organization, which monitors political …

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Raul scores in Spain's 2-0 win over Egypt in World Cup warm-up

ELCHE: Raul Gonzalez ended a seven-month goal drought to help Spain to a 2-0 win over Egypt in a World Cup warm-up on Saturday. Raul, who last netted on Oct. 26 in a Real Madrid game, struck from close range in the 14th minute at Martinez Valero Stadium after Egypt goalkeeper Essam Al Hadari fumbled …

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Let the games begin

CAIRO: The numbers are lining up to make this a sensational event: 32 nations representing six continents, 64 games of highly competitive football, 12 remarkable venues, 1,112,000 tickets sold via the Internet, with anticipated ticket sales revenues worth 200 million euros and tight security precautions. The football scene worldwide eagerly anticipates the 18th World Cup, …

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Gym mythology

It’s time to separate fact from fiction and understand the truth about gym myths CAIRO: Myths come from various “trustworthy sources. Fitness magazines, gym rats and supplement and equipment companies are all a part of putting personal opinion, and not scientific back up. Discard the common myths to understand what has become gym tradition and …

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A different Toon

http://www.jibjab.com/ Brothers Gregg and Evan Spiridellis founded Jibjab in 1998 and since then have been among the foremost purveyors of web-based satirical animation. They reached the height of their fame in 2004 with an inspired 2-minute spoof of the U.S. presidential campaign titled “This Land. Set to the tune of the celebrated Woody Guthrie song, …

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African nations agree on joint measures to fight piracy and trafficking

Next international conference on maritime security in Africa to take place in Egypt Agence France-Presse ABUJA: African nations have agreed on joint measures, in which they will get U.S. assistance, to confront threats to their maritime, fisheries and oil export activities ranging from piracy to smuggling people and drugs. Faced with many maritime problems, they …

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Letter to the Editor

In response to the story entitled “Filming gone too far? in the February 27, 2006 issue of The Daily Star Egypt: In February 2006, during the African Cup of Nations, I created a video called Girls At The Cairo National Stadium, as an artist. The video was shown in several exhibitions and in Google Video …

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Olmert faces hard task to sell borders plan to Mubarak

Agence France-Presse JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will hold his first summit with an Arab head of state Sunday in talks with President Hosni Mubarak that will be a likely precursor to a meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. The summit in Sharm El-Sheikh will be Olmert s first opportunity to explain to the …

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Winner in paternity case sees precedent

Reuters CAIRO: A woman who rocked Egyptian society by taking a famous actor to court to prove he was the father of her child is urging thousands of other women in a similar position to speak out and get help. Hind El-Hinnawy, 28, told Reuters on Wednesday that the relative speed with which she won …

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Egyptian police says terror group had planned further attacks

Associated Press ISMAILIYA, Egypt: A group of 13 suspects tried for terror attacks that killed nearly 100 people in Sinai Peninsula resorts over the past two years were plotting to bomb a church and archaeological sites, an Egyptian security official told the court on Tuesday. Police Capt. Nabil Mohammed said defendant Bassam Hammad Eid had …

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Iraq PM declares state of emergency in Basra

Reuters BASRA, Iraq: Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki on Wednesday declared a state of emergency for a month in oil-rich Basra which is in the grip of a power struggle among Shiite factions. We hope after this month that we will come back to Basra and see that the situation has improved a lot, Maliki …

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Seven Palestinians killed in Israeli raid on Gaza

Agence France-Presse GAZA CITY: Israeli troops staged their first ground operation in the Gaza Strip Tuesday since pulling out of the territory last year, killing three Islamic Jihad militants and a Palestinian policeman. Three other militants were also killed in the occupied West Bank overnight, making it the deadliest spike in violence since the radical …

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Gaza businessmen look to Egypt as embargo bites

Reuters GAZA: Businessmen in Gaza, facing steadily worsening economic conditions since Israel limited trade in and out of the poor coastal strip, are trying to move their operations across the border into Egypt. Unable to import raw materials or export finished goods because of the near embargo, many factories are having to lay off workers …

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Make it stop

CAIRO: Fatma El Labban had to take her daughter Yomna to a private lesson. It was shortly before Yomna’s Thanaweya Amma finals and private lessons were vital to her passing. El Labban was alone in Cairo since her husband was out of town on work. As she was leaving, she had a disabling pain on …

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Brief controversy over Egyptian sarcophagus ends happily

Associated Press CHICAGO: A sudden concern about an Egyptian sarcophagus owned by Exelon Corp. CEO John Rowe threatened briefly to disrupt the long-standing relationship between the Field Museum and Egypt s Supreme Council of Antiquities. A settlement of the spat announced Thursday evening means the lakefront museum will obtain the sarcophagus for its permanent collection, …

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Architects to revive Pharaonic style in Egypt

Reuters CAIRO: Adorned with lotus and papyrus columns, Egypt s top courthouse evokes the pharaonic temples of the country s ancient past. The Supreme Constitutional Court, built in 2000, marked the most prominent attempt in decades to revive the pharaonic style in Egypt. On the east bank of the Nile south of Cairo, the court …

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Egypt reaps benefits of gas intifada

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: Egypt has unexpectedly reaped huge economic and strategic benefits as a result of an acrimonious battle between Israel, the Palestinians and British Gas over the Gaza Strip s new-found energy bonanza. After years of secretive horse-trading, Egypt is set to pip Israel at the post to buy gas recently discovered off the …

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WWW World

The brainchild of author Robert McCammon, the Horror Writers Association was founded in 1985 and boasts a membership of over 600. Yet it is unable to provide a clear answer to the question: “What is horror fiction? On the face of it, any fiction that elicits feelings of fear, dread and dismay qualifies. This covers …

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Arab art auction garners impressive results

Associated Press DUBAI: The status-obsessed Gulf emirate of Dubai notched another milestone Wednesday as international auction house Christie s pulled off the Middle East s first major international art auction, selling paintings by Indian artists for more than a half-million dollars apiece, among total sales that reached $8.5 million. A handful of American works changed …

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Warnings for WTO deal as trade talks flounder in Paris

Agence France-Presse PARIS: A senior U.S. official cast doubt Wednesday on chances the WTO will be able to wrap up a global trade deal by December and Egypt warned that negotiations could collapse if the needs of developing countries were ignored. There s an awful lot of work that has to be done and frankly …

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King Tut comes to Chicago

Agence France-Presse CHICAGO: The blockbuster King Tut exhibit opens in Chicago today with eerily displayed artifacts offering a window into the world of the pharaohs. Glittering gold statues stand guard in rooms designed to look like tombs and the voice of film star Omar El-Sharif narrates an audio guide that gruesomely describes the mummification process. …

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EU outlines farm moves

Reuters PARIS: The European Union outlined to the United States on Tuesday how it might improve on its agricultural offer in a long-delayed global trade round and said the next move must come from Washington, an EU official said. EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson and Susan Schwab, who is expected to be confirmed as U.S. …

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WHO chief warns of bird flu "blind spots"

Reuters GENEVA: Bird flu threatens human lives in hundreds and possibly thousands of disease blind spots around the globe, the late head of the World Health Organization said in remarks prepared before his death. The UN agency issued the report on Tuesday to the organization s annual assembly of Director-General Lee Jong-wook, who died on …

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U.S. Treasury's Snow lauds Mideast development focus

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt: Middle East oil producers seem correctly focused on putting more oil wealth into domestic development and this poses no threat to the U.S. dollar, U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow said on Sunday. More than $200 billion of extra income has flowed to producers who belong to the Broader Middle East and North …

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Intel unlikely to slash jobs in efficiency review

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt: Intel Corp. is unlikely to shut plants or slash jobs following a top-to-bottom review announced last month to address shrinking market share and slowing computer sales, a senior executive at the world s biggest chipmaker said on Sunday. That has not been the expected outcome, Gordon Graylish, Intel s vice president and …

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U.S. Treasury's Snow lauds Mideast development focus

Reuters SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt: Middle East oil producers seem correctly focused on putting more oil wealth into domestic development and this poses no threat to the U.S. dollar, U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow said on Sunday. More than $200 billion of extra income has flowed to producers who belong to the Broader Middle East and …

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Brotherhood says Nazif's comments betray reform

CAIRO: Egypt s banned Islamist opposition Muslim Brotherhood said on Sunday comments by the prime minister about preventing its members from standing in future elections proved the government was not committed to reform. The group, which won a fifth of parliament s seats in elections last year, would attract more support from Egyptians if the …

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Orascom says to bid for third Saudi mobile license

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt: Orascom Telecom will be among bidders for a third mobile phone license in Saudi Arabia, but does not intend to take a large stake, Chairman Naguib Sawiris said on Saturday. Saudi authorities plan to grant new mobile and fixed-line licenses by the end of the year, breaking a monopoly of Saudi Telecom …

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Kuwait's NBK wants to buy Egyptian bank next year

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt: National Bank of Kuwait is looking to buy an Egyptian bank with a strong retail business next year and hopes to push into the United Arab Emirates and Syria soon, its chief executive said on Saturday. Kuwait s largest bank is expected to emerge unscathed from a regional stock market slump and …

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