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CAIRO: National newspapers have gone back to their custom of dedicating their headlines to announcing government-related plans and presidential events, while opposition papers have their front pages dedicated to corruption cases, updates on the tragic ferry accident and bird flu summaries. Al-Ahram reports a joint summit between Egypt and South Korea due to start Tuesday …

Pakinam Amer

Opinion

CAIRO: Amr Khaled’s efforts to organize venues for dialogue between Muslims and Danes have put him under attack, not from Western critics, but from local religious leaders, who say Khaled’s initiative undermines their own efforts, implying the young preacher has a hidden political agenda. Last weekend, Cairo demonstrators protested Khaled’s move. Other demonstrations throughout the …

Sarah El Sirgany

Ancient war goddess statues unearthed in Egypt

CAIRO: A team of Egyptian and German archeologists has unearthed six statues of the lion-headed war goddess Sekhmet during restoration work at an ancient temple in the southern city of Luxor, officials said Monday. The team found the artifacts in the Kom Hitan area on the location of the 18th dynasty (1580-1314 BC) temple of …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Taking it to the streets

CAIRO: On Thursday, March 2, the Movement of Writers and Artists for Change (MWAC) held a street performance in Talaat Harb Square that included the recital of lyrics by famous poet Ahmed Foad Negm and Sayyed Higab, as well as songs by young artists in the movement. This was the movement’s first appearance since the …

Daily News Egypt

Chinese delegation to continue business with Alexandria

CAIRO: A delegation of Chinese investors will visit Alexandria today to discuss bilateral business opportunities between China and Alexandria with potential local business partners. According to the chairman of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, Mostafa El Naggar, the group will discuss the possibility of establishing joint trade fairs for both Chinese and Egyptian businesses in …

Najla Moussa

South Korean president heads to Africa

SEOUL: South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun left on Monday for a three-country tour of Africa, where securing steady energy supplies for his resource-poor country will be high on the agenda. Roh will visit Egypt, Nigeria and Algeria, in a first trip by a South Korean president to the region in 24 years, the presidential Blue …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Hala Gorani Interview

CAIRO: In one of her news reports, CNN’s Hala Gorani learned to stuff pigeons. As it took 14 takes to get the right shot, Gorani eventually got “pretty good at it. Another time, she learned all about Aleppoan food, the best culinary offerings of her hometown. It’s not just cooking though; “Inside the Middle East, …

Sarah El Sirgany

More Brotherhood members arrested

CAIRO: Security forces arrested five members of the Muslim Brotherhood on Sunday in what the opposition Islamist group said was the latest sign of curbs on political freedoms. An Interior Ministry official said the arrested men were found in possession of anti-government publications. By making the arrests, the government was sending a message to Egyptian …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Leading German cap producers inaugurate factory in Egypt

CAIRO: The German group BERICAP inaugurated its new cap factory in Egypt yesterday. The group is a leading international manufacturer of plastic caps for a wide range of containers, including those for food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic products. It has production facilities in 16 countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Spain, China and Turkey. …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

Median o/n interbank steady at about 8.65 percent

CAIRO: The median overnight interbank rate on the Egyptian pound was broadly unchanged on Sunday at 8.65 percent compared to 8.631 percent on Thursday with no new factors affecting liquidity, traders said. Demand was also quiet in the middle of a two-week central bank period to calculate banks reserves, the traders added. The market is …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

EgyptAir made $75.2 million profit last year

CAIRO: State carrier EgyptAir, 20 percent of which the government is preparing to sell, made a profit of LE 431 million ($75.2 million) last financial year, the chairman of the company said on Friday. Atef Abdel Hamid, chairman of EgyptAir Holding Company, said the sale of the 20 percent stake would not take place until …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Reporters and housing minister reconcile

CAIRO: In an unexpected change of heart, former Housing Minister Ibrahim Suleiman agreed to reconcile with the press, reportedly withdrawing more than 30 libel cases and petitions that he had brought against journalists in the past few years. The official withdrawal annuls a one-year sentence issued last week against Al-Masry Al-Youm journalist Abdel Nasser Al-Zoheiry, …

Pakinam Amer

Paradise Now sparks anger on Oscar night

CAIRO: For the Arab world, the stakes were high at this year’s Academy Awards. Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad’s controversial film, Paradise Now, has already won Hollywood’s second highest honor, the Golden Globe, last month and so many predicted it would walk away with the Oscar last night as well. The Arabic-language film documents 27-hours in …

Vivian Salama

Arab League decides to open office in Baghdad

CAIRO: The Arab League decided on Saturday to open an office in Baghdad as part of its preparations for a reconciliation meeting of Iraqi politicians to be held in Iraq in June, Egypt s foreign minister said. Abul-Gheit made his comments after a meeting of Arab foreign ministers at the 22-member Arab League s Cairo …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Quiet surrounding voter registration angers opposition

CAIRO: Egyptians have until March 9 to register tand receive a voting card, which allows the holder to vote in any future presidential elections or national referendums. The lack of publicity of the registration process has come under pressure from opposition groups. Many, including the Kefaya movement, believe that this is due to the National …

Joseph Mayton

A walk-in kaleidoscope

CAIRO: What is a Kaleidoscope? According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, it is an instrument containing loose bits of colored material, perhaps glass or plastic, between two flat plates and two plane mirrors. So placed that changes of orientation of the bits inside are reflected in an endless variety of patterns. Now imagine that this …

Farah El Alfy

Investors eyeing textile industry

CAIRO: According to the Ministry of Trade and Industry, international investors are eyeing the Egyptian textile industry. The ministry stated that it is developing and aiding in the growth of textile companies in order to meet the demands of European importers and global markets. “A number of initiatives and programs have already begun to assist …

Najla Moussa

CAREER

CAIRO: So, you’re fresh out of university. You’ve got a lifetime of excitement ahead of you; paying bills, buying a house or apartment, starting a family with expenses, expenses and expenses. The first step is to find a job, not a job in daddy’s company, a job that you earned and genuinely want to do. …

Vivian Salama

Morning cravings

CAIRO: It’s customary to go out for lunch or dinner; those favoring late night meals also have their preferred locales. The breakfast market, meanwhile, has long been cornered by the numerous fuul and taamiya outlets available on almost every street in the city. That, however, seems to no longer be the case, as many restaurants …

Sarah El Sirgany

A taste of M1NT

CAIRO: “The atmosphere is of a very feminine club … It’s very seductive, says Tahir Sultan, as he explains the essence of London’s high-end club M1NT. “You walk in and you see eclectic turner prize artworks on the lush purple walls, suede couches with velvet cushions, fish tanks and the lights get dimmer and dimmer …

Farah El Alfy

Head: Former minister drops cases against press

CAIRO: Former Housing Minister Mohamed Ibrahim Suleiman dropped all his lawsuits against the press on Friday, clearing the way for an end to a confrontation between the press and the government over prison sentences. President Hosni Mubarak promised two years ago to work to abolish custodial sentences for publishing offences but the law has not …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Mubarak to visit Germany

BERLIN: President Hosni Mubarak will visit Germany later this month for talks expected to address the situation in the Palestinian areas and moves toward democracy in the Middle East, the German government said Friday. Mubarak will meet Chancellor Angela Merkel on March 11, spokesman Thomas Steg said. He also is expected to meet Germany s …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Analysis

CAIRO: With the demise of an immediate free trade agreement between Egypt and the United States, the time has come to shed light on other priorities of the trade and industrial development agenda. Qualified Industrial Zones (QIZ), which were expected to be eventually made redundant by comprehensive free trade with the U.S., have now become …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

Egypt to study second landline operator mid 2008

CAIRO: Egypt will not begin studies on a second fixed-line telephone operator until mid-2008, Communications Minister Tarek Kamel said on Thursday. Kamel said prices for local calls should be reviewed before a second operator is considered. The study of the existence of a second land line operator will not happen until mid-2008, the state news …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Today we are not united

CAIRO: Good news for people in a hurry. This evening, sometime between 6-9 p.m, you ll get where you want to go in no time because of the unusual emptiness of the city s perpetually bustling streets. Ahli and Zamalek will be at it again and only those coming from Mars will not be watching …

Alaa Abdel-Ghani

Britain's Prince Charles to tour Egypt, Saudi Arabia, India

LONDON: Britain s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, will visit Egypt, Saudi Arabia and India during a two-week official tour later this month, Charles office said Thursday. The trip will be the second the he and his second wife have made since their marriage in April 2005, having visited the …

Daily Star Egypt Staff