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Ibrahim Al-Mazini’s “Ten Again And Other Stories takes us into early 20th century Egypt “Ten Again and other stories By Ibrahim Al-MazaniTranslated by William M. HutchinsThe American University in Cairo Press, 2006Hardback, 256 pages CAIRO: Ibrahim Al-Mazini’s works provide one of the best representations of the social life of early 20th century middle class Egypt, …

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Etisalat wins third mobile license with LE 16.7 billion offer

CAIRO: The much-anticipated bid for the third mobile license was awarded to the Etisalat consortium, which offered LE 16.7 billion, plus six percent of annual revenues paid to the government as license fees. Besides the UAE telecom operator, the consortium includes Egyptian partners Egypt Post, National Bank of Egypt (NBE) and Commercial International Bank (CIB). …

Sarah El Sirgany

Recent report by Kefaya urges government to root out corruption

CAIRO: As part of its mission to accelerate social development and end corruption, the Kefaya movement has issued a report tackling various cases in Egypt under the name of “The Hidden Corruption. George Ishaq, head of Kefaya, said in a press conference yesterday that the report is composed of five main parts, each addressing different …

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Israel warns of "long war" over captured soldier

Egypt, Saudi urge continued mediation efforts GAZA: Israel warned the governing Palestinian faction Hamas that the sky will fall on them if they harm a captured soldier after a deadline passed on Tuesday for the Jewish state to accept a prisoner exchange. While Israeli tanks and infantry massed along the Gaza Strip s northern border …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

MPs call for expulsion of Israel ambassador

CAIRO: Egyptian MPs called Monday for the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador and his Egyptian counterpart to be recalled from Tel Aviv in protest at Israel s offensive in the Gaza Strip. The official news agency MENA said several deputies supported the call from Ibrahim Al-Gugari, head of the house s constitutional committee. Some MPs …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Mobile shares jump on reports of high bid

CAIRO: Shares in existing Egyptian mobile phone operators jumped sharply on Tuesday on reports of higher bids than expected for the country s third mobile license. Mobinil shares surged 31 percent to LE 170 pounds as news leaked out from the site of an auction for the license. Vodafone Egypt, the other existing operator, rose …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Interbank rates rise to 8.25 percent

CAIRO: The median overnight interbank rate on the pound rose to 8.25 percent on Tuesday from 8.11 percent on Monday at the start of a new two-week period for calculating bank reserves. Four out of nine banks contacted by Reuters had traded overnight money at rates between 8.2 and 8.35 percent, compared with a range …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Charitable meeting

  ŠΘ # # # President of the club, Awatef Serag El Deen, other Lions member, in addition to many of Egypt’s businesswomen, socialites and charity volunteers attended the meeting, here She is with Manal Mounir, Olfat El Etreby, Habiba and Hoda Hamada, Deen, Soad Khatab, Dina and Ghada Serag # # Nariman Seliman and …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Italian role investigated in CIA kidnapping of Egyptian cleric

Reuters ROME: A magistrate is investigating whether Italian officials helped CIA agents abduct a terrorism suspect who says he was flown from Milan to Egypt and tortured, Interior Minister Giuliano Amato said on Monday. An Italian court has issued arrest warrants for 22 suspected U.S. agents accused of kidnapping Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, also known …

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One out of seven Egyptians has hepatitis C

Changing personal habits essential in combating spread of disease PARIS: On the second day of the 12th International Symposium in Viral Hepatitis and Liver Disease, hepatitis C (HCV) held center stage, with the symposium attempting to shed light on Egypt’s widespread problem with this form of hepatitis. Egypt currently possesses the highest reported prevalence of …

Najla Moussa

Analysis: Journalists as activists?

CAIRO: A current debate among journalists in the country is whether a reporter can be an activist as well as do their job. A journalist’s job is to report from the ground about what is happening. In Egypt, this is often about opposition-group demonstrations. Can a reporter be an active participant at demonstrations as well …

Joseph Mayton

Judicial law passes over judges' objections

ACIJLP publishes report outlining the law’s shortcomings CAIRO: Members of the self-elected Judges Club have decided to stand firm in their protests against a recently amended draft of the judicial law, clinging hard to their independence, as parliament decided to pass the final draft of the law despite the club’s reservations and recently voiced objections …

Pakinam Amer

Gaza crisis tests limits of Egyptian mediation

Reuters JERUSALEM: A crisis in Gaza has tested Egypt s ability to mediate between the Palestinians and Israel, whose mutual refusal to give ground over a soldier captured by militants has upset Cairo s diplomatic efforts, analysts say. Egypt last year coaxed a unilateral halt to attacks on Israel from Palestinian factions. But difficulties persuading …

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Analysis: Egypt's mediation crucial in stopping Israel's retribution

CAIRO: Nearly 1 million people are currently being held responsible for the kidnapping of 19-year-old Corporal Gilad Shalit on Sunday, as Israel’s first incursion into the Gaza Strip since last autumn continues to escalate. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said that “Israel will not hesitate to carry out extreme action to bring Corporal Shalit back …

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Strangers among us

Rached’s latest documentary highlights the trials of girls living on the streets CAIRO: A young girl stuffs a shirt up her blouse pretending to be pregnant. She and her friends playfully tease her that there are many possible candidates for the baby’s father. “He’s ibn el shaab (a son of the people), they jest. Though …

Aida Nassar

Preserving Coptic heritage

A renovated Coptic Museum opens its doors to visitors CAIRO: Displaying over 15,000 precious old Coptic monuments gathered from various Egyptian governorates, the Coptic museum has recently been renovated to include a new tube uniting both wings for a better display of the artifacts of Coptic culture. The main entrance to the museum is across …

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HMS Bulwark ends security operation in the Red Sea

SUEZ, Egypt: The HMS Bulwark travelled through the Suez Canal on Sunday after having conducted patrol and security operations in the Red Sea and Arabian Gulf, encouraging maritime security. The amphibious flagship, the first of its kind employed in the region, was also called to assist the Al-Salam Ferry and the rescue the MV Ocean …

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Militants issue ultimatum as Israel moves on Gaza

Egyptian delegation meets with captured corporal GAZA CITY: Palestinian militants holding an Israeli soldier captive issued an ultimatum Monday for Israel to free prisoners or face the consequences as the army kept up its military assault on the Gaza Strip. The 03:00 GMT Tuesday deadline was immediately rejected by Israel and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

A summery celebration

  ŠΘ # # # Tahani Halawa and Susan Hassan # # The bride and groom danced all night with friends and family and many of Egypt’s leading businesspeople and socialites attended the wedding

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Mobile license mania stimulates bourse

CAIRO: Wild speculation about the likely winner of an auction of Egypt s third mobile license stimulated trade on the stock exchange on Monday, but most of the companies competing in the auction ended the day down. The market as a whole closed slightly higher as an extension of what one broker called a technical …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Convening to study hepatitis

International symposium meets in Paris to share findings PARIS: For over a decade, the world’s medical experts on hepatitis have come together to discuss, share and present the causes, effects and treatment for this global disease at the International Symposium in Viral Hepatitis and Liver Disease. Together, these world-renowned doctors are joining forces to bring …

Najla Moussa

Press Round-up: Cathedral inaugurated, press law rejected

Orthodox Christians open first cathedral, while journalists sit in at the Press Syndicate CAIRO: Egypt has officially inaugurated the first cathedral church for Egyptian Orthodox Christians under the authority of Bishop Maximos and in the presence of high-profile National Democratic Party (NDP) members, reported Al-Masry Al-Youm on its front page, Monday. The Orthodox Cathedral Church …

Pakinam Amer

Egypt's "poet of the people" is no fan of the government

Associated Press CAIRO: To hear Ahmed Fouad Negm talk, nothing riles Egypt s most popular poet more than President Hosni Mubarak. Compared with Mubarak, Gamal Abdel-Nasser was a prophet and Anwar Sadat was a very kind man, Negm says of the Egyptian leader s predecessors, who, between them, jailed the poet for 18 years. Abdel-Nasser …

Hamza Hendawi

Art from shards of glass

Nanci El Sahafi introduces a new look at mosaic CAIRO: For those looking for a fresh alternative to the humdrum art scene in Egypt, head to El Sakia Gallery, where an exhibit of Nansi El Sahafi’s glass-mosaic art is on display starting today. This first-time exhibitionist is part of a new wave of Egyptian artists …

Najla Moussa

Israeli aircrafts blast Palestinian premier's office

Hundreds protest in Egypt against Israeli incursion GAZA CITY: Israeli aircrafts blasted the office of the Palestinian prime minister on Sunday, in an unmistakable message to militants from his ruling Hamas party to release a captive Israeli soldier. Top Israeli officials, meanwhile, considered whether to escalate military operations in Gaza or give diplomatic efforts involving …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

U.S. attorney general defends rendition of terror suspects

CAIRO: In his first visit to Egypt, the U.S. attorney general defended the transfer of terror suspects for incarceration and interrogation in other countries. Human rights groups have raised concerns about the so-called extraordinary rendition of terror suspects, some of whom have charged they were tortured in the countries where they were sent. The U.S. …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Goalkeepers make the difference

During the quarterfinals of the World Cup, teams relied on them to save the day The quarterfinals of the World Cup proved that quality goalkeeping can make the difference between two evenly-skilled teams. During the knock-out stages, a heart-breaking penalty-shoot may be the only way to decide on a winner. In the highly anticipated game …

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Egypt struggling to defuse Mideast crisis

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: Egypt is trying to defuse a rapidly escalating crisis over the capture of an Israeli soldier by Palestinian militants but has so far little to show for its efforts despite the involvement of President Hosni Mubarak. President Hosni Mubarak is in overall command and the head of the intelligence service, Omar Suleiman, …

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