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Is a kiss still just a kiss?

LOS ANGELES: There s the flicking kiss, the ice-cream kiss, the vacuum kiss, the Hollywood kiss and another 50 or so smoochy variations. Who said a kiss was just a kiss? For everyone who s ever wanted to pucker up like a movie star, French kiss like Johnny Depp, or simply add variety to their …

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Court delays trial of Al-Jazeera producer

CAIRO: The Al-Nozha Misdemeanour Court has postponed the trial hearings of Al-Jazeera producer Howayda Taha, accused by the authorities of “harming national interests until Feb. 21. She had been working on a documentary about alleged police torture in Egypt when she was detained at Cairo International Airport as she waited to board a plane for …

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Artist becomes one with his art

Shems Friedlander retrospective breathes spirituality into the Gezira Art Center Shems Friedlander is an artist and a sheikh. While he is known as a professor, author, filmmaker, poet, photographer, graphic designer, and painter, his views on spirituality, move Friedlander’s works beyond the boundaries of his material. His first solo exhibit also serves as his first …

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Enough antics, Iran needs bold diplomacy

Soon after taking office in summer 2005, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sacked most of his country’s ambassadors. Many of the posts left vacant as a result have been slowly filled, but the resulting dearth of professional skill in the conduct of Iranian diplomacy continues to be evident to this day. In fact, at a time …

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'Peaceful' China has a troubling soft spot for despots

China’s president, Hu Jintao, is currently touring Africa, seeking to secure dependable sources of natural resources, but also to promote China’s “peaceful rise. Such tours are designed to give notice that China is emerging on the world stage, as well as to make it look respectable as a major world power. But China’s quest for …

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UNCTAD chief meets Abol Naga to discuss organization's role

CAIRO: Secretary General of UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development) Supachai Panitchpakdi arrived in Cairo Sunday to meet with Egypt s Minister of International Cooperation for Development, Fayza Abol Naga. The meeting was to continued talks that began last October on the theme UNCTAD, the UN reform process, and development . Ambassador and …

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Iraqis face "humanitarian disaster" says UN

AMMAN: The plight of four million Iraqis forced to flee their homes by escalating violence has become a humanitarian disaster , the head of the United Nations refugee agency said on Wednesday. Antonio Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said the international community had to do much more to help ease the plight …

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A powerful Lebanese aphrodisiac, and a potential poison

Toufic Farroukh s latest album, Tootya, serves up unusual musical delicacies BEIRUT: Jazz saxophonist Toufic Farroukh s latest effort is called Tootya, and to those in the know, his album title will surely elicit a smile. Tootya, or sea urchin, refers to the Lebanese seafood delicacy that is fished out from between the crevices of …

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Middle Eastern freedom lags as the US turns away

CAIRO: The state of freedom overall in the Middle East declined in 2006 from the previous year, according to the findings of “Freedom in the World, the long-running annual survey released recently by Freedom House The decline is significant in part because the previous year had shown progress in a number of key Arab nations, …

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Five million infected with hepatitis C

5 million infected with Hepatitis C CAIRO: At least five million people in Egypt are infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV), a new committee formed by the country’s government to tackle the disease has said. It added that action must be taken now to combat rising mortality. “The annual infection rate is more than …

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Iraqi refugees in Egypt 'up to 80,000,' says UN official

UNITED NATIONS: Citing grim daily indicators – 100 people killed, hundreds wounded and thousands displaced – an official with the United Nations refugee agency predicted that Iraq’s humanitarian crisis will last for years, with ramifications extending beyond the country’s borders. “We’ve got a vulnerable population which is being made even more vulnerable by the failing …

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YOUTH VIEWS: Bridge over the Internet

Relations between the Middle East and the United States are undeniably strained. Evidence of this comes to us every day through the news, movies and entertainment television, and in academic writings. What, though, is driving this hostility and what can be done to end it? A survey conducted by Zogby International examining how Arabs view …

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One year on, Hamas is pursuing paradoxical policies

Despite the surprise that greeted Hamas’ election victory in Palestinian parliamentary elections last year, the Islamic Resistance Movement did not come from nowhere. Hamas first emerged as a real player on the Palestinian social and economic scene during the first intifada that started in 1989. Even then it came from the ranks of the long-established …

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How to form an Islamic Democracy

Before we explore the relationship between Islam and democracy, it is important to understand what exactly the idea of democracy entails because too often the notion of democracy is confused with Western culture and society. As such, analysts often dismiss the compatibility of Islam with democracy, arguing that Islam and secularism are opposite forces, that …

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Savola to start Egypt sugar plant in Aug

Reuters DUBAI: Saudi Arabia s Savola Group expects to start up a sugar refinery in Egypt in August and to further expand its Saudi facility to meet rising domestic and regional demand, a senior company official said on Monday. Output from the 750,000 tons a year Egypt plant, a joint venture with companies including Tate …

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Palestinians trade fire at Egypt border.

GAZA CITY: Hamas and Fatah security officials traded fire at Gaza s border with Egypt on Tuesday as Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh passed through on his way to reconciliation talks between his Hamas movement and the rival Fatah group in Saudi Arabia, witnesses said. Haniyeh, who was in a VIP hall and not in the …

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Why the West should work harder in Central Asia

Saparmurat Niyazov Turkmenbashi the Great, dictator of Turkmenistan, recently died. The political class of this remote Central Asian republic rallied round his look-alike successor. Long Live Turkmenbashi! At first glance, there seems little for the outside world to cheer in the trajectory of politics of Turkmenistan, or for that matter the other Central Asian “stans …

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Iraqi refugee crisis hits Cairo

CAIRO: As violence continues in Iraq, the oil-rich country’s neighbors are beginning deal with a widening refugee crisis. According to a November United Nations report, two million Iraqis were estimated to have already fled to Jordan, Syria, Turkey and Lebanon while 2,000 more leave Iraq everyday. Some 150,000 Iraqi refugees have found haven in Cairo …

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The strange case files of Egypt-Israel espionage

CAIRO: Long normalized but still tense relations between Egypt and Israel hit a potential snag with the announcement on Saturday that an Egyptian had been arrested inside Egypt, charged with spying for Israel. Three Israeli intelligence officers were also charged and warrants issued for their arrest, though they remain outside of Egypt. While the reports …

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Think cartoons and relive the past

Last week when I was chatting online with my best friend, I suddenly remembered an old cartoon that we used to watch with much attention when we were around 10 years old. I asked him, do you remember Jonger the cartoon show? And he answered me with an opened-mouth emoticon smile, yes of course. And …

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The US Congress is hoisting the white flag on Iraq

Members of the United States Congress, distressed with the flagging popularity of the Iraq war, have spent the first month of 2007 scrambling to offer the public the exit strategy it seeks. Bereft of a serious and comprehensive strategy for several years, the American public now has a surfeit of offerings from their elected representatives. …

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The Golan's Druze wonder what is best

When, earlier this month, the Israeli daily Haaretz uncovered the details of secret, unofficial Syrian-Israeli peace talks, it revived a familiar menu of questions and concerns whenever Syria and Israel negotiate: Would Israel give back to Syria all of the Golan Heights? How would the water resources be shared? Can either side trust the other …

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A trip that highlights Germany's rising regional interests

The visit of German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the Middle East, which began on Saturday, comes at an opportune moment. Germany currently holds both the presidency of the European Union and that of the Group of Eight industrialized countries. Since December 2006, Merkel has held talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud …

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Giving life a chance in Lebanon

Much has been written in the past few months to accommodate either the March 8 or the March 14 movement. Their rivalry has been eating at the very core of Lebanon. Our country has reached a point where people have lost all interest in the first prize, whoever takes over power. Many Lebanese are searching …

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WORD ON THE STREET: Opinions on alleged Egyptian spy

“I think it’s stupid of the government to arrest him and investigate. I think he’s a normal person. But maybe the government has some reason. Mohmmed Qawasme, cameraman “If he’s Egyptian he should not be spying on his own people, especially for an issue as sensitive as Israel. I personally am against it. We all …

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Insecurity and corruption hinder reconstruction in Iraq

Insecurity, corruption among Iraqi officials and weak US contract management have led to tens of millions of dollars in Iraq reconstruction aid going missing, a new audit report said on Wednesday. The quarterly audit prepared by the office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (Sigir), Stuart Bowen Jr, is the latest to paint …

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