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The slums of Haiti's Sun City

There may be worse slums in Haiti, but none so infamous for its violence and grinding poverty as Cité Soleil in the heart of the nation s capital, Port au Prince. Drinking water is scarce, public sanitation non-existent. Most of its 300,000 residents have no electricity; fewer have jobs. The neighborhood s mayor was blunt …

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WITH A GRAIN OF SALT: Al Ahli Bank Visa Card!

An Egyptian lady traveled abroad, carrying a visa card issue by Al Ahli Bank. She was comforted by the idea that she can use it to cover all her expenses, for the credit card was issued by a respected national bank. She wouldn’t have to worry about carrying large amounts of cash that could either …

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Lebanon, a lesson in conflict management?

ATLANTA, Georgia: With a population of four million divided amongst 18 religious sects, it is surprising that the Lebanese political system has managed to survive this long. Now, this already burdened, fractious society heads into what promises to be a tumultuous presidential election. But Lebanon s struggles should be understood as more than simply a …

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The Korean hostage crisis and its wider ramifications

It is not surprising that a number of Muslim governments and civil society organizations have condemned the abduction of South Korean nationals by the Taliban in Afghanistan on 19 July 2007. The Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) itself has taken a strong stand and has called for the immediate and unconditional release of all the …

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Iraq's humanitarian crisis

One of the world’s largest and fastest-growing humanitarian crises is also among the least-known: Iraq. More than four million people, one out of every seven Iraqis, have fled their homes in what is the largest population displacement in the recent history of the Middle East. The continuing violence not only causes so many civilian deaths …

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Christian convert says he'll stay the course, despite threats

CAIRO: “I don’t want people to get the impression that I’m backing down. I plan to go on with the case, 25-year-old Muslim convert to Christianity Mohamed Higazy told Daily News Egypt. Higazy’s case reignited debate over freedom of faith, raising sectarian tensions when he attempted to change his religion and that of his wife …

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Abbas meets Mubarak, calls Hamas siezure of Gaza "destructive"

ALEXANDRIA: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Wednesday Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip was destructive to the quest for a Palestinian state and reiterated his rejection of any talks with the insurgent group. Abbas made the comments after talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, part of a flurry of meetings ahead of a US-sponsored peace …

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Human Rights Watch demands investigation of refugee killings

CAIRO: In a letter to Egypt’s Ministry of Interior, Human Rights Watch demanded an immediate investigation into allegations that Egyptian border officials brutally killed four Sudanese refugees as they tried to flee into Israel. The murders of these four refugees, which reportedly occurred the night of Wednesday Aug. 1, were witnessed by Israeli soldiers patrolling …

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Government introduces alternatives to burning rice husks

CAIRO: In an effort to reduce the pollution caused by black clouds, the Ministry of Environmental Affairs plans to educate farmers and create incentives to prevent rice husk burning. According to reports by Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper, Minister of Environmental Affairs Maged George announced that the Ministry spent almost LE 1 billion trying to reduce rice …

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Celebrating indigenous people

As we celebrate the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People on 9 August this year, the focus of attention for many of these most marginalized peoples will be the decision that is due to be taken in the next days by the United Nations General Assembly in relation to the Declaration on the Rights …

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The Greening of New York

In the coming days, the United States will make a critical decision that has the potential to change America’s standing in the world: whether to approve a $537 million grant that will help make New York City the first environmentally sustainable megacity in the 21st century. Officials at the US Department of Transportation must appreciate …

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Dual nationality: a blessing or a curse?

IFRAINE/CAIRO: In an increasingly globalized world, people are emigrating from one country to another for a variety of reasons, such as the pursuit of specific education or job opportunities, new experiences, or even to escape war-torn situations. There has been a steady movement of Muslims from the Middle East and North Africa to Europe, and …

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Malpractice plagues Ghazl El Mahalla hospital, say patients

El MAHALLA EL KOBRA: The Ghazl El Mahalla Hospital administration has denied accusations that anesthesia related to surgery at the hospital caused patients to have serious health repercussions. Several patients claim that an anesthesia doctor at Ghazl Al Mahalla Textile Company’s affiliated hospital is behind the cases that have had tragic endings over the past …

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Quranists still behind bars despite court decision

CAIRO: Two conflicting court decisions were announced in court hearings on Wednesday concerning the five detained members of the Quranist movement. While the national security court cancelled the Ministry of Interior’s detainment decree, the misdemeanor court rejected their release appeal and renewed their detention for another 15 days. The Quranists are a group of Muslims …

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Nakhla steps down as lawyer for Christian convert case

CAIRO: “I don’t think it would benefit Christianity in any way if there is a person who believes in Islam, yet is labeled a Christian on his national identification card, said Mamdouh Nakhla, lawyer and president of the Word Organization for Human Rights at a press conference Tuesday. Nakhla recanted his support for 25-year-old Mohamed …

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Tailor murders old lady, steals 43 handbags

CAIRO: After carefully observing the balcony of the apartment, 17-year-old Ragab Abdel Latif knocked at the door to ask for a glass of water. He was sure that no one but a feeble 75-year-old woman was inside, and his plan was to murder her, according to the state-run newspaper Al Gomhuria Daily newspaper. Abdel Latif, …

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Intel to launch higher education initiative in Egypt

CAIRO: The Intel Corporation announced that it has partnered up with the Egyptian Education Initiative (EEI) to open several new computer training and development labs on five university campuses. The facilities will be specifically designated towards research in multicore processing – a new form of computer technology that allows researchers to develop more energy efficient …

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The sorrows of cccupation

Our experience in the West Bank this summer gave us a view seldom seen by Americans of Palestinian life under Israeli military occupation. Disregarding travel warnings from the US State Department, we volunteered at hospitals and clinics, visited aid organizations, and traveled widely from our base in Ramallah. We talked with Palestinians of varying ages …

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What use were all the wars?

VELEN, Germany: If turning 40 isn t challenging enough, try preparing for this milestone when you re as old as one of the worst defeats Arab armies ever suffered at Israeli hands. Wars mark time and generations in the Middle East, so it s difficult not to take the humiliation personally. My birth at the …

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Humanitarian crises caught on camera

Sudanese refugees fleeing to Chad, in the middle of a sandstorm; a twice-displaced Iranian Kurdish girl hiding her face in her hands and crying as she recounts the kidnapping of her brother; an elderly woman walking amid the ruins of her home in the southern suburbs of Beirut – those are only some of the …

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Muslim Literary Voices Call for Redemption

Several Islamic blogs have recently started a discussion over means to combat the “pornographic imagination in Arab literary works through the spread of what has been labeled the Islamic novel. This type of novel calls for the need to follow the right path of true believers who should steer clear from the obscenity of word, …

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India in Africa

China’s increasing influence in Africa has attracted great attention in recent years. But Asia’s other rising power, India, is also becoming more active on this front, as its economic links are moving beyond its traditional partners in the British Commonwealth. Indeed, India’s non-oil trade with West Africa currently stands at more than $3 billion and …

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Aswan accident kills 4, injures over 37

CAIRO: A tragic road accident in Aswan, where a bus collided with a truck killing 4, one of which was a Spanish tourist, and injuring over 37, shocked the nation. The truck driver, his assistant and tour guide Ahmed Mahmoud had also lost their lives in the deadly crash. According to the Associated Press, the …

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Iraq: The way out

As Congress debates when and how to withdraw American troops from Iraq, the most critical question for every single member to answer is: What sort of Iraq will the United States leave behind? Having torn the country to pieces, destroyed its social order and brought millions of Iraqis to the point of utter despair through …

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Almost 2,000 Palestinians still trapped in Egypt

EL-ARISH, Egypt: Around 2,000 Palestinians are still trapped in Egypt after the latest batch was allowed to return home to the Gaza Strip via Israel on Monday, a Palestinian security source told AFP. The source said that 900 Palestinians had reached the Al-Oja (Nizana) checkpoint, to the east of the divided town of Rafah on …

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The PLO: A Jordanian perspective

In 1974, the late King Hussein s pleas to Arab leaders to preserve the unity of the two banks of the Jordan and to give Jordanian diplomacy a chance to reach a disengagement of forces on the Jordanian front following the 1973 war fell on deaf ears. The Arab summit in Rabat recognized the PLO …

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Court examines affects of MB detainees, lawyers object

CAIRO: A Cairo military court resumed the tribunal of the 40 high-ranking Muslim Brotherhood detainees and examined their personal possessions yesterday. Lawyers, journalists and human rights groups were not allowed to attend the court session, although the hearing was open to the public. Abdel Moneim Abdel Maksoud, Muslim Brotherhood s lawyer, told Daily News Egypt …

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America's Day of Reckoning

The pessimists who have long forecasted that America’s economy was in for trouble finally seem to be coming into their own. Of course, there is no glee in seeing stock prices tumble as a result of soaring mortgage defaults. But it was largely predictable, as are the likely consequences for both the millions of Americans …

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Kefaya leader committed to democratic process

CAIRO: Appointed at the end of January, General Coordinator of Kefaya Abdel Wahab El Messiri reiterated his commitment to stepping down from his post at the end of his term. I want to lay the rules for a democratic process, he told Daily News Egypt. This is unlike other opposition groups, which do not have …

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