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No sex please, we're daddy's little girls

Agence France Presse It has all the ingredients of a wedding. The proud tuxedo-clad father, the frosted white cake, the limousines and an exchange of vows. But there is no groom and the girl in the long gown is no bride. She s daddy s little girl, there to take a vow of chastity. In …

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Possible standoff between farmers and BDAC brewing

CAIRO: A possible standoff is brewing between the government and 5,000 sugarcane farmers in Upper Egypt who reportedly abandoned their plots to escape legal prosecution for not paying back debts to the Bank of Development and Agricultural Credit (BDAC). MP Abdul Rahaman Al Ghoul, chairman of the agricultural parliamentarian committee, who was elected as an …

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Wembley looms for United and Chelsea

Reuters LONDON: The gleaming arch of the new Wembley stadium will beckon for Manchester United and Chelsea this weekend when they start huge favorites in their respective FA Cup semi-final ties. United, fresh from their 7-1 Champions League demolition of Roma, face Premier League basement club Watford at Villa Park on Saturday while Chelsea, who …

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Zamalek edge past Asyut Petroleum with 4-3 win

Zamalek snatched a hard fought 4-3 win against a resilient Asyut Petroleum side in the Egyptian League on Thursday. The win helped Zamalek close the gap on second-placed Ismaili after bagging their 52nd point while Asyut remained second from the bottom with 19 points. Abdul-Halim Ali opened the scoring for Zamalek with a deft header …

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Islamist diversity could lead to Al-Qaeda's decline

Almost six years after the great terrorist attack of 9/11, Al-Qaeda remains an active terrorist organization. With its Taliban allies, it dominates regions along the Afghan-Pakistani border. It is making the life of NATO forces and the Afghan government very difficult in the rest of Afghanistan, and has compelled American forces in Iraq to contemplate …

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The US is losing among Arabs, but not democracy

Four years into a disastrous military adventure in Iraq and with the global war on terror against ill-defined forces of darkness still inconclusive, the collapse of America’s grand strategy has exposed how ill-conceived was its simplistic recipe for democratic change in the Arab world. The paradox is that America might be winning the war for …

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A divorce that Nasrallah cannot afford

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s speech on Sunday formalized Hezbollah’s divorce from the rest of Lebanese society, confirming there is a fundamental rift between the party and a majority of Lebanese over a vision for Lebanon. But the rhetoric was also something more prosaic. It echoed a statement last week by the former minister Wiam Wahab, one …

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Amnesty International says prisoner abuse in Egypt is systematic and widespread

Associated Press CAIRO: Human rights group Amnesty International accused Egypt of systematically abusing prisoners – including torture and years of detention without trial – and warned the problem could worsen because of recent constitutional changes. Among those who have been tortured are prisoners transferred to Egypt under the CIA s controversial extraordinary rendition program in …

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Rachid signs MOU paving the way to Russian Industrial Zone in Borg El Arab

CAIRO: Egyptian and Russian trade and industry delegates on Tuesday inked a Memorandum of Understating (MOU) that will pave the way to the establishment of a Russian Industrial Zone in Borg El Arab. Russian and Egyptian energy, automotive, aviation, heavy machinery and biomedical companies will occupy an area of one million square meters in Borg …

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Young Musicians competition

Musicians between 10 and 20 years old from Egypt, Turkey and Italy preformed Vivaldi to Mariah Carey in three different languages at the El Sawy Cultural Center in Zamalek a few days ago in front of about 60 people. The concert showcased musicians participating in the “Jugend Musiziert, which translates to “Music by the Youth, …

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Bush, back off Syria . try a little diplomacy

America, please stand up for Nancy Patricia D Alesandro Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. Pelosi is not only the moral fiber of courage which the US sorely needs post-Iraq War, but is also the first woman to hold such a position in US politics. In speech after speech, she has embarrassed …

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Sally Abd El-Moez

It has been clear lately that Washington has taken a new approach in dealing with the issues of the Middle East region. The Bush Administration that has long abandoned the use of diplomacy and was being directed by a dogmatic ideological doctrine is now shifting towards diplomatic negotiations with countries in the region. It is …

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The Orange Revolution could be turning into a lemon

Suddenly, Ukraine faces another stark choice: dismiss the government and Parliament and hold new elections, or see the country’s independence surrendered bit by bit. There is renewed talk, too, of violent civil unrest. None of this should be surprising, given how our corrupt rulers systematically incite regional and ethnic hatred. Some say that President Viktor …

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Private education and reform in Egypt and Morocco

On Jan. 22, Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif officially launched Nile University. Located in the high-tech development zone Smart Village, 20 kilometers northwest of Cairo, it is the first Egyptian private university focusing on post-graduate studies and research. Since 1996, more than 10 private universities have been established. Four Egyptian private universities tested the terrain …

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Iran's leaders may have laughed too soon

“You know the thing about Iran, a European ambassador in Tehran once lamented to me. “It has such a rich culture, a grand history, wonderful people. The cuisine is sophisticated and the scenery is breathtaking. It’s got incredible poets, musicians and filmmakers. Beautiful art and architecture. But it’s cursed with lousy politicians. I was reminded …

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Millionaires to Feast at Pyramids

Associated Press CAIRO: From the creators of the $25,000 dinner, there s another pricey gourmet feast on the horizon. Wealthy foodies can mark their calendars for Dec. 12, 2008, when top chefs from around the world will be flown to Egypt to cook a dinner in front of the ancient Pyramids of Giza, organizer Deepak …

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Global warming to slam world's poor, may unleash major species extinction

Agence France-Presse BRUSSELS: Climate change is set to inflict damage in every continent, hitting poor countries hardest and threatening nearly a third of the world s species with extinction, UN experts warned Friday. Global warming will affect much of life on Earth this century, the UN s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said in …

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AFRICA: Creativity key to attaining millennium goals – ECA

ADDIS ABABA: Africa s economic growth is estimated to average 5.8 percent in 2007, but this rate of performance is insufficient to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015, according to Léonce Ndikumana, chief macroeconomic analyst at the trade division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). Countries will never be able …

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Ruling in Al Jazeera documentary postponed

CAIRO: The Nozha Misdemeanour court postponed its final ruling in the case of Al Jazeera producer Howayda Taha till May 2, but a documentary which she had produced – and was central to the trial – was not aired. Ramdan Mohamed, Taha’s husband, says promos of the documentary were aired on Al Jazeera’s documentary channel …

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Abu Dhabi Islamic races Saudis to buy Egypt bank

Reuters ABU DHABI: Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank said on Monday it was competing with Saudi banks to take over Egypt s National Development Bank and enter the most populous Arab country. It could be the first foreign acquisition for Abu Dhabi Islamic, the Gulf s sixth-largest Islamic lender by market value, which wants to expand …

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US Democratic congressman, Brotherhood meet

Associated Press CAIRO: A top US Democratic congressman met a senior figure of the officially banned Muslim Brotherhood, US officials and spokespersons for the Islamist group said. Visiting US House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, who ranks second in the House of Representatives, met with the head of the Muslim Brotherhood s parliamentary bloc, Mohammed Saad …

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Quick eats in Cairo

No time to cook? It’s a common complaint. For a student like me, grabbing a bowl of koshari or a quick sandwich from Baraka is easy enough. But what about those who have families to cook for? Luckily the ever-expanding world of Cairo take-out has something for everyone, and, surprisingly, take-out meals don’t have to …

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Get moving, Grandma!

Associated Press Exercise isn t just about improving your heart and fighting flab that comes with aging. It may also be the answer to preventing stiff, achy joints that can lead to debilitating arthritis. An Australian study suggests the more time older women spend exercising, the better their chances are of staying pain-free from one …

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Hubble Bubble: Points towards toil and trouble

Shisha, the social scourge In Egypt, the popularity of smoking shisha has become something of a phenomena; men, women and adolescents have taken up the habit oftentimes to “be part of the crowd and with the mistaken belief that it is healthier than cigarettes. The social pursuit of smoking shisha has undergone a huge resurgence …

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Shia on the Rise

October 680 AD marked the separation of the Shias from mainstream Islam. It was then that Hussein, son of Ali, was martyred in the Battle of Karbala, losing his claim to the leadership of the Muslims. A total of 1,299 years had passed before a powerful Shia leader summoned up the courage to reclaim the …

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Climate woes plague Africa

JOHANNESBURG: Following months of erratic weather local authorities and aid agencies warn they are stretched beyond capacity in Southern Africa, where unusually heavy rains, a string of cyclones, severe flooding and extreme drought continue to threaten the lives of over a million people. Communities in Madagascar, Angola, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia are struggling to recover. …

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New book says Kissinger kept Nixon in the dark about October War

LOS ANGELES: Newly released documents show that former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger delayed telling President Richard Nixon about the start of the Arab-Israeli War in 1973 to keep him from interfering, according to new book excerpted in Vanity Fair on Monday. Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power, is by presidential historian Robert Dallek, …

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'Norbit'. Not Funny

After his role in “Dreamgirls , one expected better of Eddie Murphy There was always something about Eddie Murphy that made you laugh. Even in some of his sillier and more outrageous roles like “The Nutty Professor , a sweet story evolved – but in “Norbit , there is neither laughter nor compassion. It is …

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