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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

Present and Tense

Time was that birds were at the top of the food chain. The entire planet was their hunting ground with seeds and shrimps and succulent primordial worms. Then we appeared with our arrows and slings and the bird population had to assess the situation. As carcasses, I am told we’re quiet delicious. Alive, we litter, …

Nabil Shawkat

Playing the waiting game at the Rafah border

RAFAH: It is hard to imagine that a gravel road is all that leads to one of the most difficult border crossings on the planet, but that is the reality of the Gaza-Egypt crossing at Rafah. Although construction is underway to pave the road, gravel is all that stands between hundreds of Palestinians and home. …

Daily News Egypt

Britons freed from Egypt claim torture

LONDON: Three Britons who spent nearly four years in prison in Egypt for membership of a banned Islamic group said Wednesday they had been repeatedly tortured for their political beliefs. The allegations came after Reza Pankhurst, Ian Nisbet and Maajid Nawaz were freed by the Egyptian authorities and returned to London s main Heathrow Airport …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Beyond free trade

CAIRO: U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice sealed the fate of free trade with Egypt after her visit last week. Negotiations on any agreement on the matter are now unlikely to commence before 2009. Despite attempts to pass off the postponement of free trade talks to internal political conditions within the U.S. Congress, the topic …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

Press round up

CAIRO: The economic repercussions of bird flu still dominate the news. President Hosni Mubarak’s visit to the Arabian Gulf and Libya has also received a considerable share of coverage, especially since some of the president’s announcements during the tour struck many chords at home. While Al-Masry Al-Youm reported on Tuesday that the ban on selling …

Sarah El Sirgany

Word on the Street

CAIRO: Although the parliamentary elections concluded months ago, their effect is still being felt today. The Supreme Judiciary Council has withdrawn the immunity of four senior judges: Mahmoud El-Khodeiri, Hesham Bastawisi, Mahmoud Mekki and Ahmed Mekki. The four now face charges of damaging the image of the judiciary by accusing fellow judges of involvement in …

Daily News Egypt

Poultry reparations insufficient say rights groups

CAIRO: Rights groups in Egypt criticized a government strategy to compensate poultry farmers and sellers, hard hit by the H5N1 avian virus two weeks ago, for fowl destroyed in a recent prevention drive. Cases of the virus have emerged among birds in 14 of 26 Egyptian governorates, although there have been no-incidences reported among humans …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Human rights lawyers hail U.S. detainee settlement

NEW YORK: Human rights lawyers on Wednesday took heart from the U.S. government s $300,000 settlement with an Egyptian man rounded up after Sept. 11, saying it boded well for hundreds of other former detainees. The government on Monday agreed to pay $300,000 to Ehab El Maghraby, its first settlement out of hundreds of claims, …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Armed robbery investigation underway

CAIRO: A massive investigation is underway after an armed robbery that took place last Friday at Aramex International Egypt’s Maghrabi offices ended in the murder of a security guard and a loss of approximately LE 1.5 million in stolen cash. According to a highly placed executive at the company, the robbery took place at around …

Najla Moussa

Cooperation between private sector and ministry vital

CAIRO: The Egyptian ministry of communication and information technology (MCIT) has praised the partnership between the government and private sector, stating that it has proven to be a successful formula for the implementation of a number of communication information technology (CIT) projects. We are always concerned to strengthen our relations with the business community and …

Najla Moussa

Journalists rally for freedom of the press

CAIRO: Journalists and political activists gathered at Cairo s Journalists Syndicate to discuss the detainment of Al-Masry Al-Youm reporters one year ago for what the government called irresponsible, false attacks against a public figure. Abdel-Nasser Al-Zoheiry was sentenced earlier this week to one year imprisonment for allegedly slandering Egypt s former housing minister, Ibrahim Suleiman. …

Vivian Salama

Quenching the audience's thirst

CAIRO: “I will paint wings on my back. Colorful wings and fly into a painting of Odilon Redon, says Yara Goubran as she enters onto the Howard Theater’s stage. The first play written by Shems Friedlander was in fact designed with this young actress in mind, who managed to take 22 minutes of dialogue and …

Farah El Alfy

Islamist trio, freed in Egypt, due back home in Britain

LONDON: Egypt deported to London three Britons released from jail where they had served almost four years of their five-year sentences for spreading propaganda for an Islamist group, officials said on Wednesday. The Britons were among a group of 26 men jailed for between one and five years for spreading propaganda of the Hizbut Al-Tahrir …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Mubarak sees Egypt's forex reserves rising

CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak said in remarks published on Wednesday he expected his country s foreign exchange reserves to keep climbing. The Egyptian central bank s foreign reserves grew 33.6 percent in the year to January to $22.13 billion. I want the central bank to have $100 billion, and this hope is not far away …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Mubarak says Egypt won over Rice on democracy

CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak said Egypt had won over U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to its views on democracy in the Arab world and quoted her as saying it would take a generation for democracy to take hold. She was very polite as she was listening to Egyptian opinions and points of view. She …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Rulers restore grip on power, U.S. distracted

CAIRO: Egypt s government is cracking down on pro-reform activists, calculating that Washington s drive to democratize the Middle East has flagged after Islamist successes in Egyptian and Palestinian elections, analysts say. The prospect of civil war in Iraq has also distracted the United States and dampened its enthusiasm for rapid change in countries ruled …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Mubarak warns U.S. against hitting Iran

CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak said he had advised the United States against attacking Iran, predicting that Tehran would react through its influence over Shi ite Muslim communities in Arab countries in the Gulf. In remarks to Egyptian newspaper editors published on Wednesday, Mubarak also said an Israeli attack on Iran was most unlikely because Tehran …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Government modifies meat-importing standards

CAIRO: With the news of the spread of bird flu throughout the country the demand for chicken has plummeted. Meat prices have gone through the roof. In response, the government has announced its plans to import more frozen meat, to the dismay of local poultry traders. It has issued new modifications on importing laws to …

Sarah El Sirgany

Teaching hospitality

CAIRO: The Egypt Tourism Workforce Development Program celebrated the graduation of 119 hotel and restaurant professionals on Tuesday. The program, which is funded by the United States Agency for International Development, is in its second phase. The first phase provided training for approximately 10,000 workers in the tourism industry. The second phase started in October …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

Bridge connecting Egypt, Saudi Arabia considered

CAIRO: The Egyptian government is considering building a $3 billion, 9.3-mile-long bridge between Saudi and Egypt in the aftermath of the sinking of the Egyptian ferry Salam Boccaccio 98 in the Red Sea on Feb. 3, 2006. According to a media report referred to by the ministry of investment, the tragic incident that garnered massive …

Najla Moussa

Egypt median o/n interbank rate steady at 8.5 percent

CAIRO: The median overnight interbank rate on the Egyptian pound was 8.5 percent on Wednesday, little changed from Tuesday s 8.534 percent, as bankers awaited the result of a central bank note auction. The central bank was auctioning LE 7 billion ($1.2 billion) of 42-day notes. We don t see a lot of action (in …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Beyond the alphabet

CAIRO: New in the country? Troubled by the fact that you still can’t put together an Arabic sentence? Don’t be too frustrated; most Egyptians can’t do it either. “There is no more than one percent of Egyptians who can put together a correct Arabic sentence, says Mohamed El Sawy, founder of the Zamalek-based El Sawy …

Sarah El Sirgany

Egypt median o/n interbank rate falls to 8.5 percent

CAIRO: The median overnight interbank rate on the Egyptian pound fell to 8.5 percent at a start on Tuesday of a new two-week period for calculating reserves, from 8.842 percent on Monday. Bankers said most dealers had their eyes on an auction of 7-day central bank notes worth LE 4 billion ($670 million), to see …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Calyon Egypt 2005 net profit rises 63 percent

CAIRO: Calyon Bank Egypt, which is 75 percent owned by French investment bank Calyon, made a net profit of LE 60.5 million ($10.6 million) in 2005, 63 percent up on 2004, the stock exchange said on Tuesday. Calyon is a subsidiary of Credit Agricole. Calyon Egypt s net profit in 2004 was LE 37.1 million. …

Daily Star Egypt Staff