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WHO confirms 12 human cases of bird flu in Egypt

GENEVA: The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed on Friday that there have been 12 human cases of bird flu in Egypt, four of them fatal. This took the global total to 113 deaths out of 204 cases since 2003, the United Nations agency said. Egyptian officials had previously announced all 12 cases, including the fourth …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

African champions Ahly confront giantkillers Renacimiento

Head: African champions Ahly confront giantkillers Renacimiento JOHANNESBURG: Egyptian giants Al-Ahly lead a powerful line-up into the third and final qualifying round for the African Champions League this weekend. Defending champions Ahly, who outclassed Etoile Sahel of Tunisia 3-0 on aggregate last November to lift the trophy a fourth time, are among nine former champions …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Reforming the education system

I was sitting in a café just yesterday, listening to a group of Egyptian youth discuss the role of education in the region. Their argument went something like this: because Egypt now uses the American system of education, no longer do Egyptians have the mathematical knowledge to succeed in the world. While they are probably …

Joseph Mayton

Parliamentary probe slams state role in ferry disaster

CAIRO: A parliamentary inquiry into a February ferry sinking that killed more than 1,000 people blamed the ship s owners but also strongly implicated the government, the official MENA news agency reported Wednesday. The circumstances of the accident and its reasons point to a hideous image of corruption in a utility related to people s …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Brotherhood launches campaign to end state of emergency

CAIRO: The opposition Muslim Brotherhood launched a campaign Wednesday to end the state of emergency, which President Hosni Mubarak has renewed for 25 years and is expected to extend next month. The lack of freedom is the cause of all woes. And the state of emergency has heightened tensions in this country instead of easing …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt, Arab League condemn Tel Aviv suicide attack

CAIRO: Egypt and the Arab League condemned Tuesday the Palestinian suicide attack in Tel Aviv that killed nine people and called on both sides to return to the negotiation table. Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul-Gheit described the attack as an act of terrorism, a strong condemnation from an Arab state that usually jointly blames both Israel …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Pro-reform judges stage protest

CAIRO: Pro-reform judges staged a protest Wednesday in support of two colleagues who face disciplinary action after accusing the judiciary of helping to rig parliamentary polls. The two judges have been summoned to a disciplinary hearing over charges they tarnished the judiciary s image by implicating pro-government colleagues in alleged vote fraud in the 2005 …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt says it has foiled bombing attempts

CAIRO: The government said on Wednesday it had arrested a group of 22 militant Islamists planning bomb attacks on tourist targets, a gas pipeline near Cairo and Muslim and Christian religious leaders. The opposition Muslim Brotherhood, which seeks political change through peaceful means, said the government would try to use the report to extend emergency …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Police release 120 Brotherhood activists

Head: Police release 120 Brotherhood activists CAIRO: Police on Wednesday freed 120 students arrested for belonging to the Islamist opposition Muslim Brotherhood organization and referred 30 others to the prosecutor, a security official said. The Brotherhood, which forms the largest opposition bloc in parliament, confirmed the releases on its Web site (www.ikhwanoline.com), adding all 150 …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Keeping tourists satisfied

CAIRO: Setting effective measures to reduce road accidents, activating regulations to protect the national asset of ecotourism, establishing training centers and programs and creating nationwide awareness campaigns are only a few highlights of the plan already put into action by the Egyptian Tourism Federation (ETF) to improve the overall experience of tourists in Egypt. These …

Sarah El Sirgany

Legislators debate draft consumer protection law

CAIRO: The People s Assembly gave its in-principle approval earlier this week for a draft consumer protection law. The approval is the first step toward passing the law and legislators have been debating the clauses for several days. Hesham Ragab, deputy minister for legal and legislative affairs at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, tells …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

Activists blame government for failing to abate sectarian tension

CAIRO: After three days of sectarian tension following a series of attacks on Coptic Christian church-goers in Alexandria, activists blamed the government for failing to subdue rising interdenominational friction. “There have been signs of growing tension between Muslims and Christians for years, said director of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights Hossam Bahgat. “Under the …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Analyzing the fallout of the cartoon crisis

CAIRO: After over three months of protesting the publishing of Danish cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed in a manner deemed offensive, Danish and Muslim youth are trying to reach an understanding through a multitude of dialogues and joint conferences in Denmark and across the Arab world. Muslims around the globe protested when a Danish newspaper, …

Pakinam Amer

Revolutionizing education through IT

CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak met with the president and CEO of Cisco Systems Inc., one of the most widely recognized telecommunications and information technology companies worldwide, to discuss how information technology can aid in revolutionizing the educational system in Egypt. They were accompanied by the Minister of Communication and Information Technology Tarek Kamel, and the …

Najla Moussa

Students speak out against mass arrests

CAIRO: Thirty-five more students were arrested in what has been described as a “hostile and aggressive crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated students. The arrests provoked different reactions among students, and many have risen in rowdy protests while others have chosen to be less vocal in their anger. “No to the emergency law, one banner read at …

Pakinam Amer

State paper backs Tel Aviv bombing

CAIRO: A state-owned Egyptian newspaper said on Tuesday that a suicide bombing which killed nine people in Tel Aviv was a response to Israeli attacks on Palestinians, and Palestinians should not abandon the struggle against Israel. But another state newspaper said the bombing on Monday, claimed by the militant group Islamic Jihad, should be condemned …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Mideast conflict, Iran top Chirac's agenda as he heads to Egypt

PARIS: French President Jacques Chirac heads to Egypt on Wednesday for a two-day visit set to be dominated by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and rising tensions over Iran s nuclear ambitions. Traveling with an 80-strong delegation including Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy and top business leaders, Chirac is to head straight into talks Wednesday afternoon with his …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Gomaa released from custody

CAIRO: Prosecutors on Monday released a prominent opposition figure who was detained early this month after a fight with his rivals at party headquarters. Noaman Gomaa, 71, walked free on bail from the Cairo hospital where he was admitted after complaining of heart problems, prosecutors said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Stock market panic resumes

CAIRO: The stock market continued its downward trend yesterday after an apparent lull on Monday. The CASE 30 index, which tracks the top 30 stocks on the Cairo and Alexandria Stock Exchanges, dropped by 2.59 percent, closing at 6,345.56 points on Tuesday. The index has been on the decline for five consecutive days of trading …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

Median overnight interbank rate steady at 8.25 percent

CAIRO: The median overnight rate on the pound was 8.25 percent on Tuesday, little changed from Monday s 8.288 percent, bankers said. They were awaiting the result of a central bank auction on Tuesday of 14-day certificates of deposit worth LE 7.6 billion ($1.3 billion). The central bank sets a corridor for overnight interbank rates …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Christians voice concerns following Church stabbing

CAIRO: On this the fourth day of Pascha, the holiest week in Christian Orthodoxy, spirituality for some has taken a back seat to civil unrest. Hurling rocks and bottles at security forces, Copts in Alexandria took to the streets for a fourth consecutive day claiming they are the victims of discrimination and inequality by the …

Vivian Salama

The winding journey of The Constant Gardener

CAIRO: For decades, Africa s role in Hollywood was restricted to a mere backdrop of picturesque exotic locations. Classics like Out of Africa, King Salmon s Mines, Mogambo and The African Queen told typical stories centering on white characters, with the native Africans playing stereotypical supporting roles. Never has a movie of that period dared, …

Joseph Fahim

Raising awareness about dangers of Hepatitis B crucial

CAIRO: Although flu-like symptoms, nausea, stomachache, skin rash and yellow eyes and skin are all signs of a hepatitis B infection, experiencing them can actually be good news. These symptoms usually indicate that a patient has a short-term liver infection and within about six months the immune system will clear the body of the virus. …

Sarah El Sirgany

OT to raise stake in HTIL, eyes Europe

CAIRO: Orascom Telecom Chairman Naguib Sawiris is increasing his company s stake in Hutchison Whampoa s emerging markets phone unit, he told Reuters in an interview on Sunday. Sawiris said OT had a right to raise its stake by 3.7 percent as part of last December s $1.3 billion deal in which OT bought 19.3 …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Admit to the causes of sectarian violence

The Alexandria riots are something that Egypt needs to figure out; what is causing all this hate? We have heard that this is an anomaly and it doesn’t happen often, simply a few ‘fanatics’ that are ruining the good name of Muslims and Copts across the nation. It is hard to digest. Within the past …

Joseph Mayton

Two U.S. films draw ire of Arab censors

DUBAI: Two Oscar-winning U.S. films have caused headaches for government censors in the conservative Muslim Arab states of the Gulf, including booming and relatively tolerant Dubai. Syriana is a sinister tale of the United States goals of fighting terrorism, promoting democracy in the Middle East and securing its oil and military interests. It premiered in …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Kafr El Sheikh growing into new oil and gas hotspot

CAIRO: Banque du Caire has signed a LE 200 million agreement with Trans Gas Company to finance delivering natural gas to the Kafr Al Sheikh governorate in Egypt. Within the last year, the Kafr El Sheikh governorate has become home to some of the biggest natural gas and oil projects in the country, and is …

Najla Moussa

Knife-wielding man detained in Cairo

CAIRO: Egyptian authorities on Monday ordered the detention of a Muslim who entered a Cairo church with a knife, security sources said, days after another Muslim stabbed six Christians, killing one, in Alexandria. Police arrested the 25-year-old unemployed man on Sunday when he went into the church in the Egyptian capital, where Coptic Christians were …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Sectarian violence dominates local and international news

CAIRO: Sectarian violence between Muslims and Christians in Alexandria and the death of a 24-year-old Muslim man made the headlines in Egypt’s national and independent press, with the incidents also receiving extensive coverage in international media. Egypt’s second largest city experienced heavy rioting Sunday with police using teargas and live ammunition to disperse groups of …

Pakinam Amer

Jailed opposition leader threatens new hunger strike

CAIRO: The jailed leader of the opposition El-Ghad (Tomorrow) party will go on a hunger strike if the prosecution does not improve the conditions of his detention, his wife and spokeswoman told AFP Sunday. Ayman Nour will go on hunger strike on Wednesday if the prosecution does not meet his demands, Gamila Ismail said after …

Daily Star Egypt Staff