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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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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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Spurring development

CAIRO: Ask any random passer by on an Egyptian street if they are familiar with the name Sawiris, and the answer will be more often than not a definite yes – the name is almost as, if not as, well known as the Mubaraks. The office, from a first impression, is unassuming. Taking a seat …

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Olmert deputies to meet Abbas in Sharm El-Sheikh

Reuters JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert s top two deputies will hold talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday in the highest-level contact since Hamas swept to power in January, officials said. The meeting, at the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Egypt, will come on the eve of Olmert s first …

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Developing nations want more say in selection of next UN chief

Associated Press UNITED NATIONS, Egypt: A group of poor nations might reject the next candidate for UN secretary-general in protest unless it gets more say in finding Kofi Annan s replacement, Egypt s ambassador said Thursday. Developing nations that make up the majority of the 191-nation UN General Assembly believe their opinions are being ignored …

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Tensions rise after Hamas aide caught with cash on Egypt-Gaza border

Reuters GAZA: Rival Palestinian forces faced off briefly at Gaza s border crossing with Egypt on Friday after a Hamas official was caught with 639,000 euros hidden in his clothing, authorities said. Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniya vowed during Friday prayers not to disband a new Hamas-led security force and said he was prepared to …

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La Pietra's specialties now available at El Gezira Club

CAIRO: Imagine yourself sitting in a garden with grass swaying to the rhythms of a cool summer breeze on a hot sunny day; sipping an icy chocolate drink under the cool shade of an umbrella and reading a book or just relaxing in the sun. La Pietra s new branch in El Gezira Club offers …

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Crime Pays

http://www.thecwa.co.uk/http://www.mysterywriters.org/http://murderink.com/catalog/ If you’re a writer, that is. And if you’re a mystery fan, you’re glad to pony up the price of the latest thriller, especially if it has won an Edgar or a Gold or Silver Dagger. The former, named after Edgar Allan Poe, who invented the mystery genre with “Murder in the Rue Morgue, …

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Word on the Street

CAIRO: Following the much criticized extension of the Emergency Law, some 240 protestors demonstrating in support of two judges facing disciplinary hearings were arrested by police. The relationship between ordinary citizens and the police forces has always been a tumultuous one, and so The Daily Star Egypt took to the streets to find out how …

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Opposition call for an all-night protest in support of judges

CAIRO: Activists are expected to take to the streets in protest today, despite an official statement by the government warning of the consequences. In an effort to avoid more violent clashes between police and protestors, organizers have called for an all-night sit-in nearby to where two judges are set to face disciplinary hearings. Hisham El-Bastawisy …

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Forgotten history and the sites left behind

CAIRO: Before the 1952 revolution, the Egyptian flag contained a crescent and three stars, each star representing each one of the country’s main religions; one symbolized Egypt’s 75,000 Jews at the time, while today the number has significantly reduced. “Today, in Israel, many people do not know about the Jewish past in Arab countries, especially …

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Putting paint to canvas

CAIRO: “You imagine this quiet house in this quiet place and you want to be there. I always wanted to live in a house by the sea, says artist Sherine Abdelbaki, currently exhibiting at the El Sawy Culture Wheel. Her landscape paintings take you to those quiet places in nature where you’d like to stay …

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COOKING

CAIRO: Many are still hesitant to eat chicken or any type of poultry, as bird flu news never leaves the papers; others are worried about mad cow disease. The result is a number of people who are now following an almost strict vegetarian diet. While the diet itself is healthy, many find it problematic to …

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You are being watchedwww.hrw.org Human Rights Watch (HRW) is younger, smaller and somewhat more militant than Amnesty International. Established in 1978 as Helsinki Watch to monitor the compliance of Soviet bloc countries with the human rights provisions of the landmark Helsinki Accords, it grew to cover other areas of the world, and acquired its current …

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Reacting to the U.S.-Iranian standoff

CAIRO: According to United States President George W. Bush, a diplomatic solution would be the ideal way of solving the Iranian nuclear standoff, which has continuously escalated over the past few months. The International Atomic Energy Agency has stated that Iran is continuing its nuclear fuel enrichment in defiance of the UN Security Council, and …

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Give Peace a Chance http://www.amnesty.org/ British historian Lord Acton observed over a century ago that “power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. This is still true today, especially in the so-called “Third World, where free elections are a mirage and where the ruling elites are hampered by very few restraints in their pursuit …

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