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No charges against Al-Shorouk over Mubarak amnesty news

CAIRO: No charges were leveled against independent daily Al-Shorouk for publishing news about ousted president Hosni Mubarak possibly seeking amnesty. Egypt’s Military Prosecution on Thursday released the newspaper’s editor-in-chief Amr Khafagy and the two reporters who wrote the story after speaking to them for 30 minutes. The three were summoned Wednesday, a day after publishing …

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US report criticizes human rights during Mubarak era

CAIRO: A recent US State Department report criticized the human rights situation in Egypt during the era of ousted president Hosni Mubarak. Released by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during a press conference Friday evening, the 2010 Country Report on Human Rights Practices covers the legal status of human rights in more than 190 …

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No TV campaigning outside of set timeframe, says electoral commission

CAIRO: No television broadcasts of paid promotional campaigns will be authorized for candidates outside the specified timeframe ahead of the People’s Assembly (PA) elections, the Supreme Electoral Commission said in a statement late Wednesday. According to the commission, the paid promotional campaign that Al-Wafd opposition party on Sunday requested a permission to broadcast cannot be …

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Egypt’s corruption perception improves in global ranking, says TI

CAIRO: Egypt’s perception of public sector corruption has improved in a global ranking compared to last year, though it has slightly declined on the Arab level, according to a recent report. Released on Tuesday, the Transparency International (TI) 2010 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) ranked Egypt 98th out of 178 countries. Last year, Egypt was ranked …

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Al-Wafd mulls boycotting PA polls, says secretary general

CAIRO: The executive bureau of Al-Wafd opposition party is considering boycotting the upcoming People’s Assembly (PA) elections in case the integrity of the polls is not guaranteed, Al-Wafd secretary general Mounir Fakhry Abdel-Nour said Tuesday. Al-Wafd’s move came Sunday after the Egyptian Radio and Television Union (ERTU) rejected a request to broadcast the party’s paid …

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Pinkeye cases reach 2,637, says health ministry

CAIRO: The total number of cases infected with conjunctivitis, also referred to as pinkeye, amount to 2,637, the majority of which are in Dakahliya, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday. According to the ministry spokesperson Abdel-Rahman Shahin, 2,281 of the cases are in Dakahliya, 258 in Port Said and 99 in Damietta. The percentage …

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Court bans police presence on Egypt’s university campuses

CAIRO: The Administrative Court upheld Saturday a previous ruling that ends police supervision on university campuses in Egypt. Led by Counselor Mohamed Abdel-Ghani, head of the State Council, the court’s verdict makes the presence of interior ministry security illegal, and says Egyptian universities should instead employ civilian guards. Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif, Minister of Higher …

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Reda Edward’s purchase of Al-Dostor illegal, says syndicate board member

CAIRO: Businessman Reda Edward’s purchase of daily independent Al-Dostor newspaper is illegal, Journalists’ Syndicate board member Gamal Fahmy told Daily News Egypt on Thursday. “The law regulating companies that publish newspapers dictates that no shareholder is allowed to own more than a 10 percent stake in the firm,” Fahmy added. According to Fahmy, the syndicate …

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Al-Dostor journos protest procrastination of new owner

CAIRO: A few dozen journalists for the daily independent newspaper Al-Dostor gathered on Monday outside the Higher Press Council’s headquarters in downtown Cairo to protest against the procrastination of the new owner in meeting their demands. “We are here today to protest against the current situation in Al-Dostor,” journalist Khalil El-Meliesy told Daily News Egypt. …

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Student electoral lists due Sunday amid tension on Egypt’s campuses

CAIRO: With the final electoral lists of student union candidates due to be announced Sunday, universities around Egypt have witnessed several protests in the past few days after some students belonging to political groups were excluded while other were reportedly detained. “Many students were rejected with or without reasons, while the universities’ employees procrastinated in …

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Amr Adib denies quitting Orbit, joins Al-Wafd party

CAIRO: Shortly after joining Al-Wafd opposition party, popular talk show host Amr Adib denied quitting Orbit Satellite TV and Radio networks to work for Al-Hayat TV channels, owned by businessman and Al-Wafd head Al-Sayed Al-Badawy. On Tuesday night, Al-Badawy said in an interview with Dream TV’s talk show “Al-Ashera Masa’an” that Adib had signed a …

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Al-Dostor journalists hold an open strike inside syndicate

CAIRO: Over 120 journalists from daily independent Al-Dostor newspaper started an open strike Tuesday evening at the Journalists’ Syndicate in response to the procrastination of the newspaper’s owner to meet them and discuss their demands. The journalists divided the strike into two 12-hour shifts in a bid to object to the recent crisis that broke …

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Analyst quits Al-Wafd newspaper in response to Al-Dostor crisis

CAIRO: Prominent political analyst Amr El-Choubaki quit writing for Al-Wafd, the official newspaper of Al-Wafd opposition party, in response to the recent crisis that led to sacking Al-Dostor editor-in-chief Ibrahim Eissa. “I know that Al-Wafd party was not part of Al-Dostor’s bargain. But the party head Al-Sayed Al-Badawy and party member Reda Edward were behind …

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MB denies quitting NAC after decision to participate in elections

CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) group has not quit the National Association for Change (NAC) after its recent decision to participate in the upcoming People’s Assembly (PA) elections, MB MP Mohsen Rady told Daily News Egypt. “Competing over PA seats does not mean a separation from NAC. [Any] political interaction [always] entails different viewpoints,” Rady …

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Journalists, opposition leaders show solidarity with Al-Dostor staff

CAIRO: Several journalists, opposition leaders and writers gathered Sunday at the headquarters of independent daily Al-Dostor in solidarity with the newspaper’s staff, amidst unconfirmed reports that co-owner Reda Edward has acquired Al-Sayed Al-Badawy’s shares in the newspaper. “Even if this news is right, there is no big difference between Edward and Al-Badawy. Both have the …

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Advertisers called for sacking Ibrahim Eissa, claims Al-Dostor’s co-owner

CAIRO: Executive director and the new co-owner of daily independent Al-Dostor newspaper Reda Edward claimed in a recent TV interview that advertisers had called for sacking of outspoken editor-in-chief Ibrahim Eissa citing his use of “repulsive” language. In his first public statement following the crisis, Edward denied that any differences between him and Eissa led …

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Journalists, activists protest sacking of Al-Dostor editor

CAIRO: About 200 journalists and opposition activists protested Thursday outside the Journalists’ Syndicate in downtown Cairo against the sacking of Ibrahim Eissa, editor-in-chief of independent daily Al-Dostor, while an emergency board meeting was being held inside. The results of the meeting had not been announced at press time. Al-Dostor journalists were mostly absent during the …

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Al-Tagammu party to join race for PA seats

CAIRO: The general secretariat of Al-Tagammu opposition party decided in a meeting Saturday to compete in the People’s Assembly (PA) elections due in November, even though a number of political parties and groups had earlier boycotted the polls. “As long as we are a political party, we have to function among people; or else we …

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Draft law proposes regulating right to peaceful protest, assembly

CAIRO: The right to hold peaceful demonstrations and assembly represents a form of collective expression of opinion granted by the constitution as well as international human rights conventions, according to a draft law recently proposed by the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR). EOHR Secretary General Hafez Abu Seada presented Thursday a draft law to …

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Contradictory accounts over Al-Azhar’s ban on Muslim Brotherhood book

CAIRO: Contradictory accounts have marked a recent book on the Muslim Brotherhood as its author claims that Al-Azhar’s Islamic Research Academy rejected the book based on orders from state security. However, Al-Azhar denied that it followed orders whatsoever from any authority. Earlier in May, writer Ibrahim El-Kholany had sought to register the copyrights of his …

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Controversial Islamic scholar Abdel-Sabour Shahin dies at 82

CAIRO: Renowned Islamic scholar Abdel-Sabour Shahin passed away in his Giza home late Sunday evening. He was 82. Shahin worked as a professor of Arabic linguistics, and as a committee member at Cairo University, in addition to several other positions. He was also the former preacher of the monumental Amro Ibn El-Aas Mosque. Many consider …

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Ex-deputy Cairo governor acquitted in Duweiqa case

CAIRO: Gammaliya and Manshiyet Nasser Misdemeanor Appeals Court acquitted Tuesday former deputy Cairo governor Mahmoud Yassin of charges of involuntary manslaughter and injury of the Duweiqa residents. Head of housing and property management department in Manshiyet Nasser neighborhood Mohamed Hussein Gomaa was also acquitted of the same charges. Verdicts against six other officials were commuted …

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Editor’s real estate tax case adjourned to Oct. 17

CAIRO: The North Giza Criminal Court on Sunday adjourned to Oct. 17 the case filed by the Minister of Finance against editor-in-chief of independent newspaper Sawt Al-Umma Wael El-Ebrashy, accused of inciting the public against the property tax law. El-Ebrashy and Samar El-Dawi, a reporter at the same newspaper, were accused by Minister of Finance …

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Activists call on Al-Wafd party to boycott PA elections

CAIRO: About two dozen activists protested Friday morning outside Al-Wafd opposition party headquarters in Giza, as a general assembly meeting was held inside to decide whether the party will join the race for the coming People’s Assembly elections or not. The protesters, mainly young people, called on the party to reach a unanimous decision to …

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Ayman Al-Zawahri slams ElBaradei in new audio recording

CAIRO: Al-Qaeda terrorist network second-in-command Ayman Al-Zawahri slammed reform advocate Mohamed ElBaradei in a message marking the 9/11 anniversary. A considerable part of a 44-minute audio clip posted Wednesday on Islamist websites featuring Al-Zawahri described the supporters of ElBaradei as adopting “a disabled trend which claims to strive for change by recognizing secular constitutions and …

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Al-Ghad Party to boycott PA elections, says Ayman Nour

CAIRO: Al-Ghad opposition party has officially announced its intentions to boycott the November People’s Assembly elections, party head Ayman Nour told Daily News Egypt Wednesday. “The party took this decision following an internal referendum on Tuesday involving members of the executive board … who unanimously agreed on the boycott,” Nour said. “The regime and the …

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Appeals court adjourns retrial of ex-deputy governor to July 21

CAIRO: Gammaliya and Manshiyet Nasser Misdemeanor Appeals Court Tuesday postponed to July 21 the retrial of former deputy governor of Cairo and seven other local officials charged with the involuntary manslaughter and injury of the Duweiqa residents. A verdict is expected to be announced in the next hearing. “The court might commute the verdict; but …

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