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Bora Bora opening

  ŠΘ # # # Guests stayed all night socializing and enjoying the delicious food and atmosphere of Bora Bora, here, Mohmmed and Ezz El Deen Magdy # # Ahmed Helal, Ahmed El Beltagy and friend

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Tobacco group Altadis upbeat

PARIS: French-Spanish tobacco group Altadis is confident about its prospects and is examining possible deals in Egypt and Algeria, the company s chairman said in a newspaper interview published on Monday. Jean-Dominique Comolli told French paper La Tribune that despite difficult market conditions, Altadis was confident over its strategy and said the company could maintain …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Antiquities head reappointed

CAIRO: Zahi Hawass, Egypt s voluble and media-savvy chief archeologist, dubbed the King of the Pharaohs, was reappointed head of the country s top antiquities body on Monday. The decision made by Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif came as no surprise after four years of high-profile efforts by Hawass to rejuvenate Egyptology in his home country. …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt ranked first in trade policy reforms

CAIRO: According to a World Bank survey of 100 countries, Egypt ranked as the number one economy in terms of trade policy reforms. Actual GDP growth was estimated by the report at 4.9 percent for 2005, up from 4.2 percent for 2004 and 3.1 percent for 2003. There are expectations for GDP growth to reach …

Najla Moussa

Egypt calls for calm following Gaza border attack

KEREM SHALOM: Two Israeli soldiers were killed and one was missing after a brazen Palestinian militant assault on an army post on the Gaza Strip border Sunday that also left two Palestinian fighters dead. Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul-Gheit on Sunday condemned an attack against an Israeli army post near Gaza which killed two Israeli …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Mediterranean rim states seek EU aid at talks

Reuters TUNIS: North African and East Mediterranean countries are expected to voice commitment to economic reforms in exchange for billions of euros in European Union (EU) aid at a meeting in Tunis on Sunday and Monday. The gathering of EU finance ministers and their counterparts from the southern and eastern Mediterranean is the latest of …

Daily News Egypt

Onto the real action

CAIRO: Two weeks of mediocre play in the Fifa World Cup resulted in only a few moments of excitement, as the majority of the games of the first round produced score lines which, while not always disappointing, resulted in little of the flair usually associated with the World Cup. Among the 16 sides that made …

Daily News Egypt

Judges protest proposed judicial law

Judges Club demands right to review law to ensure judicial independence CAIRO: Egypt’s judges have stood firm in their objection to the parliament-proposed draft of the judicial law, even though the parliament has reportedly amended the law “to suit the judges’ demands, as stated by head of parliament Fathi Sorour. “The regime is trying to …

Pakinam Amer

Thanaweya amma continues to be a real-life nightmare for millions of Egyptians

CAIRO: A group of high school students attempted to collectively commit suicide because the questions on their thanaweya amma exam were too difficult. Related incidents simultaneously took place throughout the country last weekend, as students and sometimes their parents revolted in protest over the difficulty of one of the thanaweya amma exams. It may sound …

Sarah El Sirgany

The darker side of memories

A powerful and disturbingly dark exhibit lends a view into the travels of Turkish artists Nursen Tor and Shayma Aziz CAIRO: The Hanager Cultural Center is not easy to spot. Camouflaged by the shrubbery alongside the entrance to the Cairo Opera House, the building is not advertising itself to visitors, and indeed anyone who is …

Daily News Egypt

Winner of BOA bid to be announced in November

Privatization process aimed at banking continues CAIRO: Thirteen European, Arab and Egyptian financial institutions are expected to submit their technical valuation for buying a 75 percent to 80 percent stake in Bank of Alexandria (BOA) by the end of the first week in July. They will also submit their preliminary financial bids to the Central …

Najla Moussa

Analysis: The power of the blog

CAIRO: The government and mainstream media have recognised one of the most immediate impacts the Internet has had on commentary, as blogs continue to grow in popularity. Blogs have turned many political pundits and subjugated individuals into successful online journalists, providing a variety of perspectives on current affairs that were often inaccessible in the mainstream …

Daily News Egypt

Present and Tense: Truth hats

CAIRO: I worked hard all last spring, putting together an orphanage in Namibia, arming insurgents in Somalia and arranging arrests in Cairo. It was a work of love and it paid off. You should hear what the critics said about my Santa Fe fashion collection. “The combat gear evokes rugged sensuality while the business casual …

Nabil Shawkat

Fair trade an essential human right

Annual event stresses the importance of giving producers their share CAIRO: The second annual Fair Trade Egypt event, which is slated to last until the end of the month, opened Wednesday at the Al Sawy Cultural Center, and will host a number of conferences that aim at spreading awareness among Egyptians as to what fair …

Daily News Egypt

Things being waved around

It would seem rather odd to write about anything except the World Cup these days but stranger things have happened. Like what happened on Friday last week. It was the final of the Egyptian Cup. Ahli had been cruising to a 3-0 win over its forever rivals Zamalek when in the second half pandemonium occurred, …

Alaa Abdel-Ghani

Games and Lebanese snacks

The Katameya Heights Clubhouse Salon joins the World Cup fever CAIRO: On June 9, the Katameya Heights Clubhouse Salon caught on to World Cup fever, changing seating arrangements and upgrading their audio-visual set-up for for football fans. Besides the already installed plasma screen, a projector was added for better viewing. As a match starts, rows …

Safaa Abdoun

FASHION FOCUS: The right to shoes

Buy more flats but don t toss your stilettos CAIRO: “I ve spent $40,000 on shoes and I have no place to live? I will literally be the old woman who lived in her shoes! wines Carrie Bradshaw in “Sex and the City. If shoes are that crucial, maybe we should scan the fashion world …

Farah El Alfy

The perfect summer party

Plan ahead and get experts’ advice before sending out the invitations CAIRO: The sun is shining and the beach is beckoning. Summer is here and there is no better way to celebrate the season than by throwing a party. For first-time party hosts, hosting can be a stressful and terrifying experience. Is anyone going to …

Najla Moussa

Award-winning blogger released from prison

CAIRO: On Thursday, award-winning blogger Alaa Seif Al Islam was released from his detention. Al Islam was arrested on May 7, during a sit-in downtown. According to a friend, Al Islam was in good spirits following his release, joking that he would see him at the next demonstration. However, reports before his release suggested that …

Joseph Mayton

Ghana apologizes to Arab diplomats over Israel flag

ACCRA: Ghana s foreign minister has apologized to ambassadors from Arab nations after a Ghanaian soccer player triggered a diplomatic bust-up by raising the Israeli flag to celebrate a World Cup victory. Defender John Paintsil, who plays his club football in Israel with Hapoel Tel Aviv, waved a small blue and white Israeli flag after …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Arbian Nights and Days in English

  ŠΘ # # # Journalist Mohamed Hassanein Heykal attended the event along with many of Mahfouz’s fans, here, Mohamed Hassanein Heykal, with Mohamed El Salmawy and Nazly Madkour # # Nani Salem, Nazly Madkour, Nermine Barrada and Esmat Zedan

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Following another closure, Egypt-Gaza border opens

GAZA CITY: The Gaza Strip s sole gateway to the world that evades Israel, where it borders Egypt, was reopened on Friday after an ongoing Israeli security alert was lifted, officials said. EU monitors who oversee the Rafah terminal had been unable to get to work earlier Friday, and the Rafah liaison office had been …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Poll finds considerable divide between Westerners and Muslims

Agence France-Presse WASHINGTON: Westerners view Muslims as fanatical, violent and intolerant while Muslims in the Middle East and Asia generally view Westerners as immoral, selfish and greedy, according to a new poll released Thursday. After a year marked by riots over cartoon portrayals of Mohammed, a major terrorist attack in London, and continuing wars in …

Daily News Egypt

Egyptians show support for Iran

CAIRO: When Mexico scored their second goal to go ahead 2-1, a group of Egyptians threw up their arms in displeasure. Mexico was not playing Saudi Arabia or Tunisia, but that didn’t stop the men in the local café from expressing their frustration with how Mexico’s opponent was playing. The team was Iran and Egyptians …

Joseph Mayton