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Orascom says to bid for third Saudi mobile license

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt: Orascom Telecom will be among bidders for a third mobile phone license in Saudi Arabia, but does not intend to take a large stake, Chairman Naguib Sawiris said on Saturday. Saudi authorities plan to grant new mobile and fixed-line licenses by the end of the year, breaking a monopoly of Saudi Telecom …

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Kuwait's NBK wants to buy Egyptian bank next year

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt: National Bank of Kuwait is looking to buy an Egyptian bank with a strong retail business next year and hopes to push into the United Arab Emirates and Syria soon, its chief executive said on Saturday. Kuwait s largest bank is expected to emerge unscathed from a regional stock market slump and …

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Spurring development

CAIRO: Ask any random passer by on an Egyptian street if they are familiar with the name Sawiris, and the answer will be more often than not a definite yes – the name is almost as, if not as, well known as the Mubaraks. The office, from a first impression, is unassuming. Taking a seat …

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Olmert deputies to meet Abbas in Sharm El-Sheikh

Reuters JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert s top two deputies will hold talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday in the highest-level contact since Hamas swept to power in January, officials said. The meeting, at the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Egypt, will come on the eve of Olmert s first …

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Developing nations want more say in selection of next UN chief

Associated Press UNITED NATIONS, Egypt: A group of poor nations might reject the next candidate for UN secretary-general in protest unless it gets more say in finding Kofi Annan s replacement, Egypt s ambassador said Thursday. Developing nations that make up the majority of the 191-nation UN General Assembly believe their opinions are being ignored …

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Tensions rise after Hamas aide caught with cash on Egypt-Gaza border

Reuters GAZA: Rival Palestinian forces faced off briefly at Gaza s border crossing with Egypt on Friday after a Hamas official was caught with 639,000 euros hidden in his clothing, authorities said. Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniya vowed during Friday prayers not to disband a new Hamas-led security force and said he was prepared to …

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La Pietra's specialties now available at El Gezira Club

CAIRO: Imagine yourself sitting in a garden with grass swaying to the rhythms of a cool summer breeze on a hot sunny day; sipping an icy chocolate drink under the cool shade of an umbrella and reading a book or just relaxing in the sun. La Pietra s new branch in El Gezira Club offers …

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Crime Pays

http://www.thecwa.co.uk/http://www.mysterywriters.org/http://murderink.com/catalog/ If you’re a writer, that is. And if you’re a mystery fan, you’re glad to pony up the price of the latest thriller, especially if it has won an Edgar or a Gold or Silver Dagger. The former, named after Edgar Allan Poe, who invented the mystery genre with “Murder in the Rue Morgue, …

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Word on the Street

CAIRO: Following the much criticized extension of the Emergency Law, some 240 protestors demonstrating in support of two judges facing disciplinary hearings were arrested by police. The relationship between ordinary citizens and the police forces has always been a tumultuous one, and so The Daily Star Egypt took to the streets to find out how …

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Opposition call for an all-night protest in support of judges

CAIRO: Activists are expected to take to the streets in protest today, despite an official statement by the government warning of the consequences. In an effort to avoid more violent clashes between police and protestors, organizers have called for an all-night sit-in nearby to where two judges are set to face disciplinary hearings. Hisham El-Bastawisy …

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Forgotten history and the sites left behind

CAIRO: Before the 1952 revolution, the Egyptian flag contained a crescent and three stars, each star representing each one of the country’s main religions; one symbolized Egypt’s 75,000 Jews at the time, while today the number has significantly reduced. “Today, in Israel, many people do not know about the Jewish past in Arab countries, especially …

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Putting paint to canvas

CAIRO: “You imagine this quiet house in this quiet place and you want to be there. I always wanted to live in a house by the sea, says artist Sherine Abdelbaki, currently exhibiting at the El Sawy Culture Wheel. Her landscape paintings take you to those quiet places in nature where you’d like to stay …

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COOKING

CAIRO: Many are still hesitant to eat chicken or any type of poultry, as bird flu news never leaves the papers; others are worried about mad cow disease. The result is a number of people who are now following an almost strict vegetarian diet. While the diet itself is healthy, many find it problematic to …

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WWW World

You are being watchedwww.hrw.org Human Rights Watch (HRW) is younger, smaller and somewhat more militant than Amnesty International. Established in 1978 as Helsinki Watch to monitor the compliance of Soviet bloc countries with the human rights provisions of the landmark Helsinki Accords, it grew to cover other areas of the world, and acquired its current …

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Reacting to the U.S.-Iranian standoff

CAIRO: According to United States President George W. Bush, a diplomatic solution would be the ideal way of solving the Iranian nuclear standoff, which has continuously escalated over the past few months. The International Atomic Energy Agency has stated that Iran is continuing its nuclear fuel enrichment in defiance of the UN Security Council, and …

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Give Peace a Chance http://www.amnesty.org/ British historian Lord Acton observed over a century ago that “power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. This is still true today, especially in the so-called “Third World, where free elections are a mirage and where the ruling elites are hampered by very few restraints in their pursuit …

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Run through the desert

WESTERN DESERT, Egypt: An extraordinary run through the Western Desert of Egypt began at the tip of the Quattara Depression and continued into the environs of the Bahareya, Farafra, Dakhla and Kharga Oases from April 21-30, 2006. Fenouil, director of Dakar 1994 and Rallye des Pharaons (1982-1994), was the brains behind the event. The finale …

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Woof

“I like pigs, Winston Churchill is supposed to have said on what must have been a rainy day. “Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals. Well, I don’t know about pigs, but he certainly had cats and dogs figured out. Which doesn’t reflect very well on the …

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Are you chicken?

CAIRO: Millions of consumers have stayed away from poultry products ever since the first reported bird flu cases were announced on Feb. 17, while a far smaller number of consumers have also chosen to avoid eating beef following the reported cases of foot and mouth disease. The economic repercussions of the bird flu scare have …

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A newly assertive Iran unsettles cautious Egypt

CAIRO: Egyptian officials have done their utmost to squelch the uproar caused by President Hosni Mubarak’s suggestion last week that the Shiites in Iraq and the Gulf are more loyal to Iran than their own countries, saying the remarks were taken out of context. Both Iraq and Iran took umbrage, of course, with Baghdad canceling …

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The nanny: The essential luxury

ALEXANDRIA: When walking in sports clubs in Alexandria and Cairo, where members of Egypt’s “high society usually take their children for fresh air and sun, it is not odd to see women and girls of all ages and nationalities wearing white coats tailing the young kids. These women are called nannies, in reference to their …

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The Other White Househttp://www.whitehouse.org/ This is not the official site of the White House. The tip-off might be the fact that the bird on the seal of the presidency is not an American eagle but rather a vulture. And then there’s the merchandise from affiliated site Cafepress, which include a whole line of “wifebeaters (sleeveless …

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Life in rural Egypt

CAIRO: Abdel Hakim Kasem s Ayam El Ensan EL Sabaa (The Seven Days of Man) paints a unique and detailed picture of life in a small village in Egypt. The novel tells the story of Abdel Aziz, the son of a respected mystic village leader who could not be physically closer, yet at the same …

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Choosing a party

CAIRO: Egypt has been immersed in a political transition period for over a year. From the first multi-candidate presidential elections to the violence-marred parliamentary elections, the country has witnessed its fair share of positive and negative changes. During the last few years, opposition parties have come to the forefront in the hopes of attracting people …

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Contrived outrage over Mubarak's "civil war" comment

Amazingly, the Egyptian President has managed the impossible, and it only took a matter of minutes. Eat your heart out Condi and Jack! Hosni Mubarak has actually succeeded in uniting members of the Iraqi government-in-waiting with his civil war comments on Dubai s Al-Arabiya network. In fact, in comparison to top Iraqi officials, who have …

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It's Israel's system that makes peace so difficult

Before remarking on the meaning of Israel’s March 28 elections for Israeli-Palestinian relations, it behooves us to recall why Israel has such frequent elections, yet can’t install a government capable of resolving the Palestinian issue. The reasons are both Israeli and Palestinian in substance. At the Israeli domestic level, every Israeli government since 1988 has …

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Unfortunately, strangers on a train

I was on the evening train from Washington to New York, happily reading a book, when I overheard a sliver of conversation that would make it impossible to concentrate and remind me just what an uphill struggle it could be to be a Muslim in America, today. “And those cartoons! They get so angry about …

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The nanny: The essential luxury

ALEXANDRIA: When walking in sports clubs in Alexandria and Cairo, where members of Egypt’s “high society usually take their children for fresh air and sun, it is not odd to see women and girls of all ages and nationalities wearing white coats tailing the young kids. These women are called nannies, in reference to their …

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War of wordshttp://www.bushflash.com/ Mohamed Ragheb This prescient pronouncement by the fourth president of the United States, James Madison (1809-1817) scrolls across the top of the home page: “If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy. The foreign enemy is of course Al-Qaeda, and the …

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