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Egyptian student indicted on assault charges following golf club melee

Associated Press GARDEN CITY, New York: A grand jury on Tuesday returned a 10-count indictment against an Egyptian college student accused of driving into a group of people at an upscale golf club last month. His attorney insists he was the victim of a racial attack. Sayed Khaled El-Waraky, a student at American University in …

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The world according to Chadi

CAIRO: Located on the second floor of Alexandrina’s Bibliotheca, a well-presented exhibition documents the life and work of Chadi Abdel Salam, (1930-1986) an Egyptian film director and producer, but perhaps most well known for his set and costume design. Chadi worked intensely to create costumes that were as historically accurate as possible, allowing each film …

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El Sawy Film Festival announces the year's winners

CAIRO: Judges at El Sawy’s second film festival had some tough decisions to make before presenting the awards at the closing ceremony on June 18 at El Sawy’s Hakma Hall. Islam Azazi, director of “Et Hakim Fe Enak or (“Dominate your Eyes ), won the best movie award for long documentary films, bringing with it …

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Hero or reckless? Nasrallah seen through Arab eyes

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: Israel s punishment of Lebanon because of Hizbullah has left Arabs torn between criticism for the Shiite movement s head Hassan Nasralah and praise for a man who many say is restoring Arab pride. Arab leaders, commentators and the man on the street alike appear to be in two minds as Israel …

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Abousariya's symbolic art brings cultures together

Artist combines a European palette with Egyptian cultural influences CAIRO: Lutfi Abousariya’s art exhibition captures the viewer’s attention with its uniqueness, pushing the viewer to understand the symbolic expression behind the paintings. In fact, it’s almost impossible to walk past a painting without stopping to ponder its significance. The artist graduated from the Faculty of …

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Lack of fitness cost Al Ahli unbeaten record, says coach

Lack of fitness cost Al Ahli unbeaten record, says coach Reuters JOHANNESBURG: Continental champions Al Ahli paid the price for a lack of early season fitness when they lost their 78-match unbeaten record on African soil, according to their Portuguese coach Manuel Jose. The Egyptian side, who had not lost a game in domestic or …

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Italian spy chief questioned over alleged CIA kidnapping case

Reuters MILAN: The head of Italy s military intelligence agency was questioned by prosecutors for the first time on Saturday on suspicion of helping the CIA kidnap a terrorism suspect in Milan, judicial sources said. The development makes Nicolo Pollari the highest ranking official connected to the Italian investigation, which has already led to the …

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Swarms of swimming pools

Stuck in Cairo doesn t mean you can t enjoy sun and water CAIRO: So your air-conditioner has been on full power 24/7, your only weapon against the scorching heat. Give the poor thing a rest and avoid racking up a high electricity bill. Trek to a nearby swimming pool, drink a fresh fruit shake …

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Alexandria isn't just about seafood

Selected picks of the culinary delights of the popular coastal city ALEXANDRIA: The summer time means more sun and sand. For Egyptians, the summertime also means more food. Since Alexandria is the main attraction in the summer, its array of foods has people enjoying their meals from morning to night. Alexandria, being a coastal city, …

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Ethanol boom could hurt world's poor

Egypt among countries that could be most vulnerable Reuters NEW YORK: The race to boost ethanol production could one day hurt food supply for many of the world s poor, an environmental expert said on Thursday. This is shaping up as competition between the 800 million people in the world that own automobiles and the …

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J8 members outline issues facing developing nations

Delegates in Egypt conduct conference call with Russian President Vladimir Putin CAIRO: For the first time in G8 history, children are being given an official voice at the international summit that begins this Saturday in St. Petersburg, Russia. On Friday morning, youths from Cairo had a chance to offer their views to the G8 countries’ …

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Arab nations mild in reaction to Israeli offensive in Lebanon

Associated Press CAIRO: Moderate Arab governments reacted with relative restraint to Israel s offensive in Lebanon, condemning attacks on civilians and infrastructure, but also implicitly criticizing Hezbollah. The relative silence appeared to reflect a sentiment in Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia that the Shiite Lebanese guerrilla group had dragged Lebanon into a needless fight by …

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Recognizing literary excellence

Story competition awards young talent On Thursday, in the Writers’ Union in Zamalek, the awards for the first Youth Creativity Competition were distributed with the first winner receiving a LE 25,000 scholarship to help in the tuition fees of the university of their choice. This short story competition, which is co-funded by Kotob Arabia, AK …

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Prevention and preparedness vital in fire fighting

Fire officials counter citizens complaints about slow response to emergencies CAIRO: It s a catch-22 situation. Complaints by Cairo s citizens about slow or in some cases, non-existent response, to fire emergencies, is on the rise. On the other hand, fire officials blame citizens for their ignorance of the emergency procedures that should be followed. …

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Truth from a director's lens

El Sakia commences its second documentary film festival CAIRO: El Sakia Cultural Center starts its second documentary film festival tomorrow at 8:30 p.m. Awards will be distributed at the closing ceremony of the four-day festival on July 18. This year, 50 documentary films are participating in the festival, with 26 being short documentary films of …

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Why is Africa getting poorer?

CAIRO: There is an African country where 19 population of the population lives under the poverty line, yet whose government donates aid to other African countries. While this country gives the World Food Program in excess of $1.5 million for use elsewhere on the continent, more than 500,000 of its own people are classified as …

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Al Ahli continues defense of unbeaten record

JOHANNESBURG: Title holders Al Ahli have two records in their sights when the group phase of the African Champions League begins this weekend. Al Ahli, who beat Etoile Sahel in last year s final, is away to another Tunisian side, CS Sfaxien in its opening Group A match on Saturday. The Egyptian side is looking …

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Matters of the harp

Manal Mohie El-Din puts the virtues of the harp on display CAIRO: How apt that the instrument which owes its very existence to Egypt should still find a home here. This most marginalized of instruments, apparently confined to the satellite provinces of any orchestra in which it has the audacity to feature, was propelled to …

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Mubarak sees no need for vice president

Reuters CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak said in remarks published on Wednesday there was no need to appoint a vice president, suggesting he will leave open the post from which both he and his predecessor became leader. Analysts and the opposition Muslim Brotherhood said that by not appointing a vice president, 78-year-old Mubarak strengthened the chances …

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Study in static dynamism

Shayma Aziz exhibits her collection of stills that encapsulate movement CAIRO: Shayma Aziz’s Contrast in Still Motion is a striking exhibition using rust or black and white dyes to highlight a sequence of still figures fashioned from charcoal. The Falaki Gallery her work is exhibited in could more accurately be described as simply a hallway …

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A memorable cup

CAIRO: The 2006 World Cup will go down in the books as a tournament which features egregious mistakes by referees, unprecedented bookings, as well as solid defensive tactics which overshadowed most offense, allowing a number of defenders to shine. The side that won the most coveted cup in the world of sports was in fact …

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Foreign media scramble to win over Arab viewers

Reuters BEIRUT: Rarely have Western news organizations wooed Arab hearts and minds so avidly, or with so little certainty of political or commercial reward. Freed by satellite television and the Internet from the dreary monopoly of state media, Arabs already get news in their own language from a plethora of local and foreign sources. Western …

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El Sawy promotes kids' talents

Introducing new meaning to summer vacation CAIRO: If you think local children don’t have great artistic potential, think again. Al Sawy’s first concert of the “My Vacations Program captivated the audience with the talent of these young performers. For the fourth year in a row, the summer program has proved to be successful, with over …

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Egypt's role in the UN propelled by aid initiatives

CAIRO: Egypt has stepped up its aid initiatives with the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), assisting Niger, Sudan and other African countries, providing aid relief. The Egyptian government has been a regular donor to WFP activities for many years, contributing $1.69 million since 2001 and assisting recently in Sudan. Allan Jury, head of WFP …

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Little to glow about at World Cup for Africa

Agence France-Presse BERLIN: Africa is ready, Africa s time has come, Africa is calling. Those emotive words from South African president Thabo Mbeki about South Africa s hosting of the 2010 World Cup could just as well sum up Africa s hopes of actually winning the trophy. They may be ready but their time has …

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Dying Egyptian artform revived in Cairo

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: When Omm Sameh sings, trendy students, young intellectuals and tourists looking for a taste of the exotic sway to her captivating sounds. The voluptuous, dark-eyed singer sings to the Prophet Mohammed and his descendants, to Jesus and to unseen spirits to the pulsating rhythms of drums and strings. She is one of …

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Defense-minded teams advance to the finals

CAIRO: For any teams looking to advance in the next World Cup, thinking that an assortment of talented strikers and attack-minded midfielders are enough, this World Cup may cause them to think again. As goalkeepers turned out to be the hero’s in the quarter-finals, the defenders prevailed during the semi-finals. In the first semi-final between …

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Israel presses Gaza assault, 26 killed

Agence France-Presse GAZA CITY: Israel pressed on with its bloody offensive against Gaza on Friday, a day after reoccupying land and waging multiple air strikes in the deadliest 24 hours in the Palestinian territories for four years. Three Palestinians, one of them a teenager, were killed as Israeli artillery and aircraft pounded the northern Gaza …

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Get your children out of the house

Summer activities are pivotal to children s development, not mere time fillers CAIRO: Whether it is a low-key teenager or a hyperactive seven-year-old, summer time is always a problem. More than three months of children lying around the house, either wrecking havoc in all its rooms or glued to the TV screen and playing video …

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