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Probe confirms state role in ferry disaster

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: An Egyptian probe into the sinking of a ferry that killed more than 1,400 people in February confirmed Wednesday its initial findings which accused the government of negligence and incompetence. The parliamentary investigating commission accused the Egyptian Authority for Maritime Safety of negligence in applying maritime safety measures … especially regarding the …

Daily News Egypt

Palestinians face discrimination in Egypt

CAIRO: Palestinian refugees in Egypt continue to face major obstacles, including formidable travel restrictions and a lack of access to basic government services, such as free education. They don t have many rights, says Ashraf Milad, a lawyer specializing in forced migration studies at the American University in Cairo. Unlike their compatriots in Jordan, Syria …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Zamalek banned from Super Cup after medal protest

CAIRO: Cairo club Zamalek have been banned from next season s Egyptian Super Cup because they refused to accept their medals when they were beaten in a tempestuous domestic cup final last Friday. Zamalek s arch-rivals, Al Ahli, won the final 3-0 to complete the league and cup double, having finished 14 points ahead of …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

A one-stop-shop for interior design

CAIRO: Designing your home can either be an absolute pleasure or a colossal pain. Scouring shops for different items, searching for addresses and attempting to park in Cairo’s crowded streets can remove all of the joy associated with it, especially since the process can take months. Bali Belly, or Jawhara Nafa, has decided to make …

Farah El Alfy

Birkenstock opening

  ŠΘ # # # There is a wide range of comfortable footwear for men, women and children, here, Ahmed Ebeid, Sherry El Zommor, Omar and Ahmed El Beltagy # # Anda, Dina, Yasmine, Nehal, Nour, Dania, Sherry and Alia

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Intel collaborates with Raya Academy for joint training programs

CAIRO: Intel Corporation and Raya Academy announced, Tuesday, collaboration for specialized training programs targeted at software developers and architect communities. Under this collaboration, which is the first to be announced worldwide, Intel and Raya Academy will launch a series of training programs that will initially include a three-day, in-depth multi-core programming training featuring lab sessions. …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt-Gaza border closed following Israeli security alert

Reuters GAZA: The Gaza Strip s main international gateway was closed on Wednesday after European monitors said an Israeli security alert prevented them from manning the crossing, officials said. The Palestinian militant group Hamas said it suspected the Rafah terminal with Egypt was closed to send a message to its government to stop carrying cash …

Daily News Egypt

Arab states create group in WTO

Council formed to address GAFTA rules of origin CAIRO: Arab trade ministers met in Cairo on Tuesday to address common product standards issues and form a negotiation group at the World Trade Organization. Product standards were one of the topics covered in the meeting of 20 officials in a ministerial meeting of the Arab Industrial …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

Economic reforms slacken as task gets harder

Reuters CAIRO: The pace of Egypt s economic reform has slowed down as the government faces tough political choices on cutting spending and finds it harder to sell state-owned firms on a depressed stock market. Reiterating the slogan Egypt is open for business, ministers have pledged to continue reforms praised by institutions including the IMF. …

Daily News Egypt

Award-winning blogger to be released from jail

CAIRO: Egyptian authorities on Tuesday ordered the release of an award-winning blogger arrested last month during protests in support of judges demanding greater judicial independence, relatives and friends said. Alaa Seif El Islam was arrested on May 7 with 10 other activists for demonstrating in support of two judges facing a disciplinary hearing for reporting …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Eight drown as Nile boat sinks

CAIRO: Eight Egyptians drowned on Tuesday when their overloaded sail boat being used as a ferry capsized on the River Nile in Upper Egypt, police said. The boat, sailing near the southern city of Asiut, some 400 km south of Cairo, was carrying more passengers than its capacity, they said, without giving details. AFP

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Housing policy gets mixed reviews

CAIRO: The government s policy on low-income housing districts received mixed reactions from experts, with some praising it for providing basic utilities and others criticizing it for not addressing the root cause of slum growth. A new UN-Habitat report, The State of the World s Cities 2006-7, praises the government for investing in electricity, water …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

The Yacoubian Building" broaches taboo topics in Egyptian society

CAIRO: Marked by both controversy and praise, “The Yacoubian Building opened in cinemas around Cairo. Fans of the best-selling novel that the movie is based upon flocked to Monday night’s screenings, expectations flaring as tickets sold out rapidly. The Opera House premiere began with a red carpet entrance, with young female stars like Somaya El-Khashab, …

Pakinam Amer

Kharafi announces major expansion of Marsa Alam International Airport

CAIRO: The M.A. Kharafi Group of Kuwait, the developer, financier and concessionaire of the Marsa Alam International Airport, the international gateway airport to Egypt’s South Red Sea Marsa Alam Coast, has announced that they are undertaking a major expansion of the airport that will double the terminal size, increase the runway length to handle larger …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

IT security needed for SME growth

CAIRO: With approximately two million small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the country, and more popping up on the radar, increasing importance has been placed on the SME sector in Egypt and its role in job creation and export promotion. Unfortunately, not many SMEs are making it big because the government, in its efforts to …

Najla Moussa

UN statement condemns government's actions

CAIRO: Three independent United Nations human rights experts condemned the actions of the Egyptian government during the dispute with judges Mahmoud Mekki and Hisham El Bastawisy. The experts expressed their concern in regard to the decision to transfer Mekki and El Bastawisy to the disciplinary council. The statement was issued by Leandro Despouy, special rapporteur …

Joseph Mayton

Jordan denies rift with Syria for Egypt to settle

AMMAN: Jordan strongly denied Monday reported comments by President Hosni Mubarak suggesting that Cairo was mediating a crisis between Amman and Damascus. There is no Egyptian mediation bid between Jordan and Syria, government spokesman Nasser Jawdeh told a weekly news conference. There is no crisis between Jordan and Syria. Relations between our two countries are …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

European monitors close Gaza crossing with Egypt

GAZA CITY: European monitors closed the Gaza Strip s border crossing with Egypt on Tuesday in response to a security alert in the area, officials said. Europeans at the Rafah crossing told the Palestinians operating the passage to close the crossing, said a spokesman for the European monitors, Julio De La Guardia. Israel had warned …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Students connect with the stock market

CAIRO: The American University in Cairo (AUC) will establish a finance lab that will be connected directly to the Cairo and Alexandria Stock Exchange (CASE) The facility, which will include a simulated trading room, is being funded by a donation of $250,000 by Citadel Capital. It will, in effect, recreate the environment of the Cairo …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

Median interbank rate rises to 8.24 percent

CAIRO: The median overnight interbank rate on the pound rose to 8.24 percent on Tuesday from 8.058 percent on Monday, sidelined by a Central Bank auction of seven-day certificates, bankers said. The bankers said liquidity was lower because banks had little interest in dealing in the interbank market due to a preference for the Central …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Case put forth by Bahai couple postponed

CAIRO: An appeal made in the case of a Bahai couple against the government was postponed yesterday until September 16. Nothing substantial was reached at the hearing, with an advisory report that was supposed to be given to the court by the government failing to appear. The government asked for and received a postponement of …

Joseph Mayton

Fury in Egypt over Ghana's Israeli flag waver

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: Ghana defender John Paintsil s waving of an Israeli flag to celebrate his team s World Cup goals drew a barrage of insults and furious reactions in Monday s Egyptian newspapers. Paintsil, who plays for Israeli club Hapoel Tel Aviv, celebrated the two goals in Ghana s 2-0 win over the Czech …

Daily News Egypt

Police detain 31 Islamists in Marsa Matrouh

CAIRO: Police arrested 31 members of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood on Monday in the Mediterranean city of Marsa Matrouh, a security source told AFP. Thirty-one members of the Muslim Brotherhood from Alexandria were detained while on holiday in Marsa Matrouh for belonging to an outlawed group, the source said. The Brotherhood, which is officially banned, …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Making AIDS a private sector responsibility

Thirty companies join the fight against the global epidemic CAIRO: More than 30 of Egypt’s biggest private sector companies have recently joined the fight against AIDS in Egypt, making this global epidemic a private sector business. Realizing the negative impact AIDS will have on their businesses if not addressed, a number of international and local …

Najla Moussa

Mentoring as a way of life

Valerie Morris stresses the importance of mentoring CAIRO: You must reach back in order to move forward, is advice Valerie Morris first heard from her mother at an early age. In order to do well for yourself, you must do it for other people, she had told her. Fighting back tears as she remembers her …

Sarah El Sirgany

Press Round-up: Discussions between Mubarak and Abdullah make headlines

Palestinian issues, student exams top local news CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak’s summit with King Abdullah II of Jordan in the Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh dominated headlines; the leaders discussed the Arab situation including escalating conflicts between Palestinian factions and the Israeli raids on Gaza. After a two-hour meeting, reports Xinhua news agency, Foreign …

Pakinam Amer

Bank offers 82 percent stake in steel firm

CAIRO: Egypt s state-owned Banque du Caire will sell by auction the state s 82 percent stake in Suez Steel, the Investment Ministry said in an announcement in Al Ahram newspaper on Monday. The offer is open to strategic investors or groups of investors, who will have to declare an interest in the stake by …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Runaway rumors wreak havoc

What’s behind the uproar of The Da Vinci Code, the Bahai, Danish cartoons and the rumors-law? CAIRO: It s either one way or another, one extreme or the other. That is how we run things in Egypt. We either don t acknowledge bird flu or we kill all the birds; The Da Vinci Code is …

Sarah El Sirgany

World Refugees Day

Participating in global events that draw attention to refugee plight CAIRO: Student Action for Refugees (STAR) hosted the fourth annual World Refugees Day on June 17 at the American University in Cairo (AUC) to celebrate cultural diversity and raise awareness about issues concerning refugees and forced migration. The event featured live music and dance performances, …

Safaa Abdoun