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Winds of change in the Holocaust Museum

He swallowed, opened his eyes wide, put one foot forward and one foot back. His eyes were full of regret or fear, perhaps because he had just shaken my hand and dared to greet me. Or perhaps they were just the eyes of an angry man who despises whoever even mentions the name of the …

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Running from Musharraf

Pakistan’s embattled president, Pervez Musharraf, once declared, “I am not at all a politician. I don’t think I’m cut out for politics. Eight years after seizing power and exiling his main civilian opponents, the general is moving heaven and earth to hold on to political office. Though he took power in a bloodless coup, there …

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Sedik terminates Al Masri contract

CAIRO: Former Zamalek and Al Ahly defender Mohamed Sedik terminated his contract with Al Masri on Saturday citing bad luck with the coastal club. I am having too [much] bad luck here to stay, Sedik told FilGoal.com without elaborating. I can t wait until January when I can repay the signing fee and leave. Sedik …

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10 African peacekeepers killed in Darfur attack

KHARTOUM: At least 10 African Union peacekeepers have been killed and dozens are reported missing after an attack on their base in Sudan s western Darfur region, the AU said on Sunday. At least 10 soldiers were killed, seven wounded and dozens are missing, African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS) spokesman Noureddine Mezni told AFP …

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Three Sawiris moguls make Forbes' ME top 20 billionaires list

CAIRO: Egyptian tycoon Naguib Sawiris, along with father Onsi and brother Nassef, were ranked among Forbes Middle East s 20 Richest People. Naguib comes third on the list with a fortune worth $10 billion ¬- nearly quadrupling in 2007 – with his empire Orascom Telecom s expansion in Greece and Italy, according to Forbes.com. In …

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Rare opportunity for peace

Last month, Jordan s Foreign Minister, Abdul Ilah Khatib, and his Egyptian counterpart, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, presented to our prime minister and political leaders the details of the Arab initiative ratified in Saudi Arabia. The initiative, which was rejected by former premier, Ariel Sharon, who was busy with the disengagement at the time, is back …

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Bagels, minimum wage and respect

As I walked out of a midtown Manhattan building after visiting a friend, I bumped into an Enrique Iglesias look-alike who rushed to open the building s door for me. Have a great day , he said with a disarming smile. I later understood that Miguel, half Colombian half Peruvian, worked in this building where …

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There is a role for Damascus

Meeting President Bashar Al-Assad of Syria these days gives you the impression of a much more relaxed, self-confident and, some Syrian observers would add, mature decision-maker than the man who assumed power upon the death of his father seven years ago. This is not so much the result of his re-election in a referendum this …

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AFNCI and SOS Village Ramadan iftar

The management of the Cairo Marriott Hotel organized two entertaining iftar parties for more than 250 children in total. Of those children, 100 are from the AFNCI (Association of Friends of the National Cancer Institute) and 150 of them are orphans and homeless children who were accompanied by their foster parents from the SOS village. …

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YOUTH VIEWS: Humanity doesn't change with geography

CAIRO/IOWA CITY, IOWA: The Arab world and the West represent two sides of the same coin. Though we are from different parts of the globe, we are two parts that make up a whole: we live in the same world. In that respect, though we all have our distinct cultures, it is worth remembering – …

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The Making of Sputnik

MOSCOW: On Oct. 4, 1957, my father, Nikita Khrushchev, awaited a telephone call. Chief Designer Sergei Korolev was expected to call from the Tyuratam launch site (later renamed Baikonur Cosmodrome) in Kazakhstan to report on the launch of the world’s first man-made satellite. Earlier that day, my father was in Kyiv, Ukraine, on military business. …

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It's neither the economy nor politics

You really can t blame those regional and international actors and donors whose image of the West Bank and Gaza has evolved over the years from prospective independent new state to desperate basket case; whose attitude has changed from encouraging and cultivating a political peace process to ensuring that Palestinians don t starve. Two main …

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British University in Egypt receives UK validation

CAIRO: The British University in Egypt (BUE) has received validation for its degree programs from Loughborough University in the UK it was announced at a press conference at the British embassy in Cairo Wednesday evening. Students graduating from the BUE in the fields of Engineering, Business Administration, Economics and Political Science and Informatics and Computing …

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HEALTH MATTERS: Football beats jogging for fitness, says study

There’s good news for all the sportsmen that crowd Cairo’s football fields during Ramadan. A friendly game of football works off more fat and builds up more muscle than jogging, new research shows. Danish scientists, who conducted their research on 37 men, also found the football players felt less tired after exercising than the joggers …

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Part 1: A long summer weekend in El Sahel

As summer around the Mediterranean shifts into high gear every August, the world s beautiful people and everyone else hoping to ride their coat-tails can usually – predictably – be found at the tried and tested destinations of Ibiza, Saint Tropez, Mykonos, Bodrum et al, while the more discerning folks head to Croatia, Formentera, Panarea, …

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Dubbed 'New Baghdad,' real estate prices soar in Sixth of October City

CAIRO: With the influx of high-income Iraqi refugees to the Sixth of October City, the price of residential and commercial property has skyrocketed over the past two years. Egyptians residents of the flourishing satellite city, 20 km southwest of Cairo, say the real estate market there was first a magnate for middle-class and low-income segments …

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WITH A GRAIN OF SALT: That Malicious "X"

In my last visit to Saudi Arabia, I was saddened to see that the Kingdom’s morality police, officially known as the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, has become the target of the advocates enlightenment and reason, who now attack it openly in the press in an unprecedented way. I was …

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Yes to Israel-Syria talks, but talk "Lebanon" first

For many Lebanese, Syrian involvement in regional peace negotiations is only desirable if its practical outcome is increased respect for Lebanese sovereignty and independence. However, the Lebanese are not that optimistic. They fear that once negotiations begin between Syria and Israel, the international community will have little mind to support the international court prosecuting those …

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Message from the Prophet is clear: coexist

WASHINGTON, DC: As the world watches the terrible eruption of violence between Sunnis and Shia in Iraq and is subjected to sporadic communiqués by vigilantes calling for violence against their opponents both within the Muslim community and without, many who are unfamiliar with Islam and Muslims may be forgiven for thinking the worst of both …

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The importance of meeting face-to-face

In 2004 I went to Qom, Iran to participate in a conference called Revelation and Authority , a dialogue between North American Christian Mennonite scholars and local Muslim Shiite scholars. A few months ago, we met again – this time in Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. It was a joyful, collegial reunion and, in addition, a …

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Jailed lawyer denies Ayman Nour's accusations

CAIRO: Controversial ex-president of Zamalek club Mortada Mansour denied accusations that ex-opposition leader Ayman Nour made against him. Last week prisoner and former presidential candidate Nour filed a complaint against Mansour (both inmates in Tora farm prison) claiming that Mansour verbally assaulted him in public and threatened him with murder, while holding a wrapped piece …

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An Opium Alternative for Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s president Hamid Karzai recently came out swinging at the West again, this time on the topic of opium eradication. Responding to the latest UN report showing an opium production increase of 17 percent in 2007, Karzai accused the international community of failing to implement a coherent counter-narcotics strategy in Afghanistan. Opium production has indeed …

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Saad Eddin Ibrahim: I will fight anyone who deprives me of my freedom

Sociologist, dissident and now exile, Saad Eddin Ibrahim spoke to Daily News Egypt from the Qatari capital of Doha about his conflict with the Egyptian government. Ibrahim believes that although his Aug. 21 Washington Post editorial may have irked the regime, it was the conference on Arab Democracy followed by the brief meeting with President …

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Fasting or feasting during Ramadan?

Having lived in Egypt for a few months now, nothing about Ramadan seems particularly surprising. Not the lamps, not the iftar tables set up along every street, and certainly not the massive gridlock that grinds our metropolis to a halt at around 3 pm. There is, however, something rather unique in the Egyptian reaction to …

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Al Islami Foods sets up European hub

DUBAI: In a milestone move, Al Islami Foods, a leading halal food producer in the Middle East, announced a strategic joint venture with 3663 First for Foodservice, a leading foodservice distributor in the UK, which will cater to the British, German and the Benelux markets for Al Islami’s range of healthy halal products. According to …

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Mass wedding in Egypt aims to avert sin

CAIRO: Shy beneath her pearl-dotted veil, Zeinab clutched Reda s arm as they made their entrance as man and wife for the first time to the raucous cheers of all the other brides and grooms. Some 200 couples had gathered in a Cairo stadium to tie the knot in a mass wedding organized by an …

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Rare find: Discovery channel film follows Hatshepsut discovery

In what is the most important find in Egypt s Valley of the Kings since the discovery of King Tutankhamun, Discovery Channel s “Secrets of Egypt’s Lost Queen exclusively reveals archeological, forensic and scientific evidence identifying a 3,500-year-old mummy as Hatshepsut, the queen who would be king of Egypt. The film – premiering on Sunday, …

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Silent Burmese Days

PRAGUE: In the coming days – perhaps even hours – the destiny of Burma (also known as Myanmar), and the fates of over fifty million Burmese, will be decided. Today’s crisis has been brewing for many years. But nobody knew with any precision just when open revolt against Burma’s military dictatorship would erupt. I fear …

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Cycling and Cancer

The cyclist Lance Armstrong recently celebrated an anniversary. It has been ten years since he was diagnosed with metastatic testicular cancer, which his doctors believed would kill him. Based on his inspiring story and his efforts to publicize the disease, Armstrong has become an anti-cancer crusader. But on examining his foundation’s website (www.laf.org) and his …

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