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Prince Charles to visit Egypt, Saudia Arabia, India

CAIRO: Since assuming the role of Supreme Governor of the Church of England, Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, has worked to establish himself not as a defender of one faith, but rather, the “defender of faiths . On Monday, the British royal and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, will embark on a …

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Muslim Brotherhood rallies support for Palestine

CAIRO: As the recently elected Hamas government struggles to come to terms with their newly bestowed power and formulate an alternative plan to get Palestine up and running, the West Bank and Gaza face a great dilemma. Since assuming the reins of power following Palestine s first parliamentary elections in a decade, Hamas has been …

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Coptic Museum receives a face lift

CAIRO: The ladies of Club International 2 got a sneak peak at renovations being completed at Cairo s Coptic Museum this week with a special visit from Mr. Egyptology himself, Zahi Hawass, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities. Started by Hoda Maher, the wife of Egypt s former Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher, the …

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Mubarak meets with catholic pontiff

CAIRO: Pope Benedict XVI of the Vatican hailed the efforts of President Hosni Mubarak for his regional leadership during these turbulent times. Wrapping up his European tour yesterday with a stop in Vatican City, Mubarak and the Catholic leader also discussed concerns regarding the succession of a Hamas-heavy parliament in Palestine, and the threat of …

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Hog-wild for Harleys

CAIRO: My colleagues tell me I’m not exactly what you’d call a biker babe. I don’t wear leather, I don’t like loud noise and I can be a bit of a wimp. Until recently, I was far too petrified to even attempt getting on a motorcycle. Cairo isn’t exactly what I’d characterize as ideal for …

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Muslim Brotherhood launches bird flu awareness campaign

CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood has launched an awareness campaign of its own to contain the spread of bird flu and assist Egypt s dilapidated poultry industry. Strongly criticizing the government s handling of the recent outbreak in Egypt, the banned but tolerated group has sought to put their recent parliamentary gains into action through financial …

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Paradise Now sparks anger on Oscar night

CAIRO: For the Arab world, the stakes were high at this year’s Academy Awards. Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad’s controversial film, Paradise Now, has already won Hollywood’s second highest honor, the Golden Globe, last month and so many predicted it would walk away with the Oscar last night as well. The Arabic-language film documents 27-hours in …

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CAREER

CAIRO: So, you’re fresh out of university. You’ve got a lifetime of excitement ahead of you; paying bills, buying a house or apartment, starting a family with expenses, expenses and expenses. The first step is to find a job, not a job in daddy’s company, a job that you earned and genuinely want to do. …

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Journalists rally for freedom of the press

CAIRO: Journalists and political activists gathered at Cairo s Journalists Syndicate to discuss the detainment of Al-Masry Al-Youm reporters one year ago for what the government called irresponsible, false attacks against a public figure. Abdel-Nasser Al-Zoheiry was sentenced earlier this week to one year imprisonment for allegedly slandering Egypt s former housing minister, Ibrahim Suleiman. …

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Point of View

CAIRO: There are many names for it depending on where you are in the world, but the objective is the same. Whether you call it niqab, burga, purdah or abaya; the face veil, to those who believe in it, represents the ultimate act of superficial modesty as written in the Quran. My interest first began …

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Health officials look to assuage bird flu fears

CAIRO: Restaurants across much of the country have stopped serving chicken. Supermarkets are selling out of mineral water following word that the Nile-source drinking water may be contaminated. Multiple theories have emerged regarding bird flu: how it got here, where it came from, who s in danger and how to protect yourself. In an effort …

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Rice urges Egypt to act as regional mediator

CAIRO: U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice holds a second day of talks with Egyptian dignitaries today as part of her tour urging Middle East allies to stand strong against Hamas and Iran. Rice is scheduled to meet with President Hosni Mubarak as well as a number of Egyptian intellectuals this morning, before departing for …

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Timing is off for FTA

CAIRO: U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, ahead of her four-day diplomatic tour to Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, said now is not the time for the United States to negotiate a free trade agreement with Egypt. Rice was quick to add, however, that the decision is in no way meant to …

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Egypt's international image takes another hit

CAIRO: With the spirit of Egyptian citizens reeling after bombings, political turbulence, forced refugee removal, cartoon chaos and ferry disasters, the recent 11th hour African Cup win lent a much-needed boost to the tapering spirits of the traditionally patriotic Egyptian. Then this weekend, it rained on Egypt’s parade, both literally and figuratively. News of the …

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U.S. faces dilemma in its regional push for democracy

CAIRO: Democracy activists are accusing the United States government of being too yielding in their response to the People’s Assembly vote to delay Egypt’s municipal elections for two years. In a statement this week from the U.S. State Department, spokesman Sean McCormack expressed America’s displeasure with the postponement of any election, adding that Secretary of …

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France issues travel warning to nine Arab countries

CAIRO: France is the latest European country to issue a travel warning to the region in the wake of uprisings over a cartoon depiction of the Prophet Mohammed. French citizens have been advised to be extremely vigilant if traveling to Egypt, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, Lebanon, Syria or the Palestinian territories. Denmark, …

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The Arab world's love-hate relationship with St. Valentine

CAIRO: Whether you’ve chosen to run through the streets professing your joy, or lock yourself in a closet, Valentine’s Day is once again upon us. Viewed by many as a “Hallmark Holiday, as it is called in the United States, named after the country’s largest greeting card maker, cupid has made his mark on lovebirds …

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The Struggle for a new social contract

CAIRO: Business as usual just isn’t going to cut it anymore. That is the core message of Egypt’s Human Development Report for 2005. The in-depth study released yesterday by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in collaboration with Egypt’s Institute of National Planning, calls for the intense modernization of social services and utilities for ensuring …

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In the event of an emergency

CAIRO: If there is one thing critics say was revealed following last week’s tragic Red Sea ferry accident that left as many as 1,000 people dead, it is the lack of a concrete emergency plans from the government as well as the Al-Salam Company. One week later, conflicting remarks and accusations between the government, the …

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Protesters warned their lives were in danger

CAIRO: A preliminary report detailing the forced breakup of a Sudanese refugee sit-in at a park in Mohandiseen says protesters were given ample warning by security officials to leave peacefully before the incident turned violent. Last December, police fired water cannons late into the night on the more than 2,000 people gathered in the Moustafa …

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Sending mixed signals

CAIRO: A series of events have unfolded in recent weeks thrusting Muslims and their faith equally into the focus of the media. Islamic scholars, activists and moderates, however, caution that the events making news as of late should be linked neither to Muslims nor the religion in general. Elections in nearly a dozen countries over …

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Galloway leaves lighthearted after detainment

CAIRO: He characterizes himself as a freedom fighter and friend to the Arabs. So, when George Galloway, outspoken British MP was detained this weekend at Cairo International Airport on what officials called matters of “national security, it came as a surprise to both he and the anti-war activists he has long supported. Galloway arrived late …

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Egypt seeks to boost military presence in Rafah

CAIRO: Egyptian officials are reportedly seeking to send more troops to the Sinai. Talks come following a security breech at the Gaza-Egypt border crossing last month, when Palestinians bulldozed through the security wall, killing two Egyptian border police. Under the Gaza disengagement agreement signed last August, it was decided that Egypt would send 750 troops …

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Egypt highlighted as an example of political reform in State of the Union address

CAIRO: It was January 1790 when America’s first president, George Washington, delivered the first address detailing to Congress and consequently to the American people, the state of the union, his administration’s initiatives and accomplishments. Since then, the “Annual Message, later renamed the “State of the Union address has evolved into an expansive communicator between the …

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Giving kids something to smile about

CAIRO: For the 3,000 Egyptian children born annually with a cleft lip or a cleft palate, life is fraught with hardship. They are unable to nurse and their speech is impaired. Sinus and ear infections are a regular occurrence. Ingestion becomes complicated as those suffering from this birth defect have trouble keeping food in their …

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Scholars debate the role of women in the judiciary

CAIRO: Legal scholars and members of the Egyptian judiciary went head to head to debate the controversial question of whether women should be permitted to sit as judges in Egypt. The Arab Center for the Independence of the Judiciary and Legal Profession (ACIJLP), in collaboration with the Delegation of European Commission in Egypt, hosted the …

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Washington speaks out against Nour verdict

NEW YORK: The sentencing of El-Ghad party leader Ayman Nour to five years imprisonment on charges that he forged signatures to register his party has received sharp criticism from Washington. In a statement released shortly after the verdict was announced Saturday, White House spokesman Scott McClellan called upon the Egyptian government to release the political …

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Middle East, North Africa risk HIV/AIDS epidemic

CAIRO: It was 1986 when the first case of HIV was reported in Egypt. The patient, a man in his 20s, was quarantined against his will at one of Egypt’s local fever hospitals. Reluctant to stay, the infected patient attempted to escape. A hospital security guard shot him down in cold blood. Another case surfaced …

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Kefaya looks ahead at the long road to change

CAIRO: Kefaya demonstrators carried a makeshift coffin, draped in black, with an image of the Maglis El Shaab (People’s Assembly) building on one side and a picture of President Hosni Mubarak on the other, as part of their march commemorating one year of active protesting. The demonstration kicked off with roughly 100 people on the …

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Toddler latest to die in Sudanese protest

CAIRO: Alongside the grassy park which lies in front of the Moustafa Mahmoud Mosque in Mohandaseen, children ages five through 10 stood shoulder to shoulder, each holding up a photo of a dead toddler – underneath the photos were messages calling him a martyr. Deng Kual, 4, is the latest person to die as the …

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