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Pakistan reopens NATO routes

Pakistan announced the reopening of its supply routes for NATO facilities passing into Afghanistan. The announcement follows the United States Secretary of State Hilary Clinton’s formal apology for the killing of 24 Pakistani soldiers on the border with Afghanistan last November by airstrikes. Pakistan closed the NATO supply routes after the incident, demanding a formal …

Rana Muhammad Taha

A Palestinian woman walks past a mural of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in Gaza City AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD HAMS

Yasser Arafat’s body to be exhumed

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas agreed on Wednesday to exhume former leader Yasser Arafat’s remains following allegations that he was poisoned with the radioactive element polonium-210 in 2004. “President Mahmoud Abbas has issued orders to the committee investigating President Yasser Arafat’s martyrdom to follow up on all new information and reports regarding this issue and to …

Ahmed Aboulenein

Pakistani-US generals in border talks

General John Allen, who commands 130,000 NATO troops fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan, flew into Chaklala air base and went straight into the talks with General Ashraf Kayani at his Rawalpindi headquarters

Daily News Egypt

Turkey’s war against the PKK rages on

The Turkish government carried out several aerial strikes deep in northern Iraq between June 22 and 24, in retaliation for several Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) attacks days before, the government conceded recently. In a statement released by the Turkish government on Sunday, officials noted most of the targets were in the Qandil region, and that …

Ahmed Khalifa

Carter warns US abandoning role as rights champion

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Former president Jimmy Carter warned Monday that the United States is losing its moral authority on human rights by engaging in targeted assassinations and other widespread rights abuses. Writing in The New York Times, Carter charged that US counterterrorism police was in violation of 10 of the 30 articles of the Universal …

Daily News Egypt

Three killed in Kenya bar grenade attack

The attack is the latest in a series of violent incidents in the tourist town of Mombasa. An unknown attacker tossed a hand grenade into a bar where customers were watching the Euro 2012 England vs Italy quarter final game

Ahmed Aboulenein

Clash along Iraq-Turkey border

Turkish military and Kurdish militants from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) clashed near the border of Iraq leaving eight Turkish soldiers dead and at least 16 others wounded,Turkish officials said. The incident is the bloodiest clash over the contentious Kurdish region in recent months. It was reported by Reuters that the attacks were launched in …

Ahmed Khalifa

Two activists arrested, released over Eid holiday

CAIRO: In separate incidents, two political activists were detained and released over the Eid holiday. Walid Shawqy, an activist with the National Association for Change (NAC) founded by Mohamed ElBaradei, was arrested early on Friday morning after Eid prayers and taken to a police station in Dakerness, El-Daqhileya. Fellow activist Ahmed Bermawy wrote on micro-blogging …

Sarah Carr

A sunbed fit for Pharaohs

“We basically took the form of the barge on the Nile, which inspires images of the outdoors and summer, [and] turned it into an outdoor sofa,” said Hedayat Islam of design firm Eklego, which specialize in fusing different elements from both past and present, various cultures and art forms to produce unique furniture and product …

Heba Elkayal

&Cairo: Telling the city's narrative

“We grew up with wood — wood around us all the time,” said Cherif Makram who, along with brother Rami, is the third generation in a family of furniture producers and designers. The family brand is Hardwood Furniture Company, started in 1935 by their grandfather with a specialization in retro and Arab-inspired designs. Today, their …

Heba Elkayal