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Alex Iron and Steel helps Egypt stock market up

CAIRO: Alexandria Iron and Steel helped the Egyptian stock exchange up on Tuesday on continuing interest in Ezz Steel Rebar s plan to increase its stake in the company, brokers said. Alexandria Iron and Steel shares rose LE 175.29 ($30.59) or 11.7 percent to last trade at an all-time high of 1,670. Ezz said earlier …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Press Round-up

CAIRO: As Egypt’s national press is continuously focused on covering President Hosni Mubarak’s diplomatic visit to the Gulf, with updates of his tour dominating headlines, opposition and independent newspapers are offering more stories related to bird flu, as well as freedom of expression, on their front pages. According to national newspapers, the talks being held …

Pakinam Amer

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 rises to 8.65 pct

CAIRO: The median overnight interbank rate on the Egyptian pound rose slightly to 8.65 percent on Monday from Sunday s 8.64 percent in active trade on the final day of the central bank reserve period, bankers said. The central bank measures banks reserves over a two-week period ending on Monday. A new period begins on …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Imprisoned journalist hopes for a pardon

CAIRO: Local press and human rights organizations are still fuming over the one-year prison sentence handed to an Al-Masry Al-Youm journalist. Opposition and independent newspapers are vowing to relentlessly support their associate, calling on President Hosni Mubarak to immediately intervene. “The verdict is unjust, Abdel-Nasser Al-Zoheiry, the sentenced journalist, tells the The Daily Star Egypt. …

Pakinam Amer

Living in moderation

CAIRO: Being an Islamist is an already assuming task, even in a country that has turned toward Islam in recent years. However, for some, there is a middle road between modernist and Islamist. That path is the chosen route of Walid Ramadan, a Cairo businessman, who expressed his desire to see Egypt become a moderate …

Joseph Mayton

Sharm El-Sheikh to host World Economic Forum

CAIRO: The 2006 World Economic Forum (WEF) will be hosted this year by Egypt from May 20-22 in Sharm El-Sheikh, the country’s red sea tourist attraction. According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the WEF decision to come to Egypt “reflects the forum s recognition of Egypt s long-standing commitment …

Najla Moussa

Egypt to release three British Islamists from jail

CAIRO: Egypt has agreed to release three Britons sentenced to five years in jail in March 2004 for promoting the aims of the Hizbut Tahrir Al-Islami (Islamic Liberation Party), an Interior Ministry official said on Monday. The Britons; Reza Pankhurst, Maajid Nawaz and Ian Nisbett, were among a group of 26 men jailed for between …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

All too familiar

CAIRO: The depth of reformers disappointment over Egypt s would-be democratic Spring might be best seen in judge Hesham El-Bastawisi. When the president announced a year ago his drive for greater democracy, the deputy head of the country s top appeals court felt hope. Now he faces possible interrogation by the police for trying to …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Denmark denies Egypt offered help to avoid cartoon crisis

COPENHAGEN: Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Moeller denied Friday a claim by his Egyptian counterpart that Copenhagen had ignored offers from Egypt to help it avoid the crisis over cartoons of Prophet Mohammed first published in a Danish newspaper. In an interview published Thursday in the Politiken daily, Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul-Gheit described discussions with …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Heineken takes over management of Al-Ahram Beverages Co.

CAIRO: Al-Ahram Beverages Co. (ABC), which changed hands twice in the past decade, is now firmly in Heineken s hands. The company was nationalized in 1963 then privatized in 1997. For five years thereafter, it was headed by Ahmed El-Zayat, who turned around the company, bought out competitors and introduced several new brands including I.D. …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

Ancient temple discovered beneath Cairo flea market

CAIRO: An ancient solar temple has been discovered beneath a flea market in a Cairo suburb, the Supreme Council of Antiquities announced Sunday. The temple was found on Thursday embedded in green shist rock beneath the market, said Zahi Hawass, the council s secretary general. Royal statues in pink-colored granite, probably from the time of …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egyptian man gets three years for stabbing nun

CAIRO: A criminal court in Alexandria sentenced a young man to three years in jail on Sunday for stabbing a nun, the official MENA news agency reported. The court also found Mohammed Al-Said Ahmed, 19, guilty of wounding a lawyer after he tried to help the nun, carrying a knife illegally and resisting the authorities, …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt to import more frozen meat, replaces chicken

CAIRO: Egypt will make it easier to import frozen meat to combat rising prices after shoppers spurned chicken following cases of bird flu in the North African country, the Trade and Industry Ministry said on Saturday. Many Egyptians have reacted with anger over the surge in meat prices, which some say have risen as much …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt says containing spread of bird flu

CAIRO: Egypt said on Friday it was containing the spread of avian flu in the North African country, saying some new cases in birds had been identified but they were all in previously infected areas. The authorities have also been testing people who have been in close contact with infected birds but no human cases …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Filming gone too far?

CAIRO: Israeli filmmaker and journalist Nimrod Kamer put together a nine minute video documenting what he calls “a new cultural phenomenon of the girls at the Cairo International Stadium, during one of the matches in the African Cup of Nations a couple of weeks ago. The film takes place during Egypt’s 4-2 victory over Congo …

Farah El Alfy

Australia suspends cattle exports to Egypt over mistreatment charges

SYDNEY: Australia on Sunday announced a temporary ban on the export of live cattle to Egypt while claims of mistreatment in abattoirs there are investigated. The suspension came ahead of the broadcast later Sunday by commercial television of footage said to show cattle suffering serious mistreatment. Agriculture Minister Peter McGauran said he had suspended the …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Sandstorm wreaks havoc on transportation

CAIRO: Egyptian authorities diverted some flights and delayed the takeoff of others Sunday as a sand storm blanketed the capital, airport officials said.Bad weather and low visibility were also blamed for numerous accidents that left seven people dead and 17 injured. At Cairo airport, at least six flights were diverted to smaller airports in Egypt, …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Al-Hadary the hero

CAIRO: Goalkeeper Essam Al-Hadary was once again the hero of Egypt as Al-Ahly lifted the African Super Cup with a penalty shootout triumph over FAR Rabat Friday. Neither club could score in the 120 minutes of regulation, and extra time, before Ahly converted four consecutive kicks while Al-Hadary saved two Moroccan kicks at a well-populated …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Contemporary art seeks to step out of Pharaohs' shadow

CAIRO: Egyptian art is often reduced to ancient statues, sarcophagi and the wondrous riches that fill the Cairo museum. Some 24 centuries after the decline of the Pharaohs, contemporary works may finally have found new legitimacy via the web. To break the shackles of their country s artistic heritage and circumvent a state system which …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt seeks to showcase furniture industry

CAIRO: The Egyptian furniture industry will take part in The Hotel Show 2006 for the first time this year as part of a government plan to get the industry to showcase its ability to take part in the increasingly profitable regional market. As the regional hospitality industry s meeting place, The Hotel Show will take …

Najla Moussa

Egyptian Sunni leader offers to help end violence in Iraq

CAIRO: The head of Al-Azhar University, Sunni Islam s highest seat of learning, said Saturday he was ready to travel to Baghdad to help quell the wave of communal violence convulsing Iraq. Sheikh Mohammed Sayyed Tantawi told a press conference he was willing to meet his Sunni and Shiite Iraqi brothers to help them reconcile. …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Bird flu spreads to areas in west, south

CAIRO: Bird flu has spread to birds in provinces in the south and west of Egypt, which has launched a campaign that will include mosque sermons to raise awareness about the virus, the government said on Thursday. The government said cases of the deadly virus had now been found in birds in Beheira, on the …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Opposition figure Ayman Nour questioned for battery

CAIRO: Opposition figure Ayman Nour, sentenced in December to five years in prison for falsifying official documents, was questioned on Thursday for allegedly beating a member of the ruling party. Nour appeared before a court in southern Cairo to respond to charges of hitting and wounding a member of the National Democratic Party (NDP) with …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Health activists censure government's bird flu response

CAIRO: Government measures to prevent the spread of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus are insufficient, according to independent Egyptian health experts. Action in Egypt to tackle the problem has been confused and chaotic, said Raouf Hamed of the National Organization for Drug Control and Research. Moataz Billah Osman, researcher at the Arab Organization for …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Point of View

CAIRO: There are many names for it depending on where you are in the world, but the objective is the same. Whether you call it niqab, burga, purdah or abaya; the face veil, to those who believe in it, represents the ultimate act of superficial modesty as written in the Quran. My interest first began …

Vivian Salama