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Egypt Invest set to shed light on the investment climate

CAIRO: Since Egypt Invest first appeared in 2003, discussing investment opportunities in Egypt, it has all come a long way. Starting with the FDI figure from 2003 of $452 million, Egypt entered one of the most prosperous and fastest investment paced periods in its history. Youssef Botrous Ghali, minister of finance, said recently that “We …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Pope says Christians, Muslims must reject violence

Muslim Brotherhood says meeting attempt to avoid apology CASTELGANDOLFO, Italy: Pope Benedict told Muslim envoys on Monday that Christian and Muslim believers must reject violence, in an audience meant to defuse anger at his use of quotes saying Islam was spread by the sword. The Pope expressed his esteem and profound respect for members of …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Nour objects to "democracy" letter

Wife says Interior Ministry is trying to defame him CAIRO: Jailed politician Ayman Nour, his wife and supporters from El-Ghad party are furious about a letter that urges U.S. President George Bush to take action to free Nour. The letter, allegedly sent by activists living in various foreign and Arab countries, is meant “to defame …

Pakinam Amer

Eight killed, 14 corpses found in Iraq

BAGHDAD: Insurgents Monday killed at least eight people in Iraq, including three policemen, officials said as the war-torn country s security forces continued to bear the brunt of rebel violence. A roadside bomb killed a policeman in the flashpoint southern Baghdad district of Dura, a center of deadly feuding between Baghdad s rival Sunni and …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt to relaunch civil nuclear program

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: Egypt is to relaunch its civil nuclear energy program after a 20-year freeze, with plans for a nuclear power station on the Mediterranean coast, officials said Sunday. The government s Supreme Council for Energy met Sunday for the first time in 18 years to discuss alternative energy sources including the nuclear option. …

Daily News Egypt

European papers banned for comments on Islam

CAIRO: Egypt has banned editions of two French and German newspapers, Le Figaro and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, because of articles deemed insulting to Islam, the state news agency MENA said on Sunday. Under a decree issued by Information Minister Anas El-Feki, the two editions will not be able to enter the country, it said. …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Club campaigners

  ŠΘ # # # Loud and colorful, the competition was on as every nominee featured a team handing out fliers and telling people what the candidate will do to benefit the club and members, here are Nour Ayoub and Salma Sakr # # Ahmed El Aguizy, Sherif Baroudy, Hassan Abaza and Ahmed Tantawy

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Shortage in poultry supplies continues despite import legislation

Importers: government regulation behind increased import costs CAIRO: The recent government decision to allow for the import of poultry from Brazil is proving to have little effect on reducing the 1 million chicken gap between supply and demand, the General Importer s Council (GIC) says. Due to strict guidelines set by the Prime Minister s …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Abbas to resume unity government talks with Hamas

President meets with Mubarak in Cairo, discusses obstacles facing government CAIRO: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet with Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip as early as Monday to try to revive stalled talks on a unity government, aides said. President Abbas will go to Gaza Monday or Tuesday to pursue efforts to form a …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt criticizes West on Israeli nuclear arsenal

CAIRO: Egypt criticized Western powers on Saturday for blocking efforts to declare Israel s reputed nuclear arsenal a threat. The United States and other Western states combined on Friday to stifle a resolution at the UN s nuclear agency, the IAEA, demanding Israel use atomic energy only for peaceful purposes and help set up a …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Crime Scence

Crocodile leads police on goose chase; magic gone bad in Egypt CAIRO: The widespread spirituality of Ramadan can be felt everywhere in Egypt – except on the crime pages, with the usual assortment of crimes being reported. Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper reported that in Giza a farmer murdered a 70-year-old man in the street, stabbing him …

Ahmad Aboul-Wafa

AUC reacts to Lebanon's tragic events

Fund raising events will span 33 days to remember days under attack CAIRO: Expressing solidarity in the tragic events that occurred in Lebanon over the summer, the entire community of the American University in Cairo (AUC) organized a Day for Lebanon event to raise funds for Lebanese victims. The event included an entertainment program held …

Daily News Egypt

West, Saudi Arabia unable to confirm bin Laden death

Reuters WASHINGTON: Saudi Arabia said on Sunday it had no evidence that Osama bin Laden had died, shedding further doubt on a secret document leaked in France that said Saudi secret services believed he had died last month. France, the United States and Britain have said they were unable to confirm the report in French …

Daily News Egypt

The Crusaders are coming?

‘The Pope has slandered Islam by equating it with violence and irrationality. Let’s bomb the Vatican.’ No one to my knowledge has actually said so, though they might as well have, if one is to go by the climate of hysterical frenzy that has swept the Muslim world since Pope Benedict XVI delivered his now …

Daily News Egypt

Democratic Front Party launches activities

Party asks all political persuasions to contribute to a new constitution for Egypt CAIRO: The Democratic Front party, which is still under construction, held its first public meeting under the slogan of: A new constitution; no to amending the constitution. The party is being established by a former member of the policies committee in the …

Maram Mazen

In Pharaohs' footsteps, Egypt eyes new gold-mining era

Agence France-Presse RED SEA HILLS: After a 2,000-year lapse, Egypt is looking to acquire a gold-mining industry again by revisiting ancient deposits of the precious mineral that symbolized the glory of the Pharaohs. Josef Al-Raghy surveys Sukari Hill, a large reddish outcrop in Egypt s Eastern desert dotted with his Centamin company s drilling rigs. …

Daily News Egypt

U.S. denies entry to Egyptian Muslim clerics

CAIRO: The United States has denied entry to four Egyptian Muslim clerics sent to Florida to officiate at religious events during the month of Ramadan, Cairo airport officials said on Friday. The last of the four, Zain El-Abdin Mohamed El-Sayed, returned to Cairo on Friday after U.S. immigration authorities refused to let him enter the …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egyptian microfinance sector set to expand, says French NGO

CAIRO: The microfinance industry in Egypt has grown rapidly in the last several years and faces a potential eight-fold increase in the number of clients, according to figures compiled by Paris-based Planet Finance. Planet Finance, an international NGO based in Paris, France, does not provide loans or direct aid to the poor, but provides know-how, …


Stocks trend down at start of Ramadan

CAIRO: Stocks trended downwards in mixed trade on Sunday in a session truncated to three hours because of Ramadan. The two main indexes fell about 1 percent, dragged down by heavily traded investment bank EFG-Hermes, which ended 2.2 percent off at LE 41.50 ($7.23). A stock exchange statement said an EFG-Hermes subsidiary had obtained a …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Al-Karama rouses anger and debate

CAIRO: Cairo-based Al-Karama newspaper, published by Al-Karama political group – functioning much as a party and referring to itself as one – has stirred up anger and debate as it published a series of features about the achievements of Moamar Al-Gaddafi, revolutionary leader of neighboring Libya. Al-Gaddafi, who has been in power for 37 years …

Pakinam Amer

The differences between the Arabic and Egyptian languages

CAIRO: Learning Arabic is not the easiest task, and although it will allow you to be able to read newspapers and novels, you will probably need to learn spoken Egyptian or Ammeya to be able to speak to people on a daily basis. In a lecture held at the Center for Humanitarian Dialogue, under the …

Maram Mazen

Gaza's border with Egypt reopens for two days, gun battle ensues

RAFAH: Unidentified gunmen exploded a small bomb near Palestinian police guarding European Union monitors at the Egypt-Gaza border Friday, just after the crossing opened for the first time in a month, Palestinian officials said. Two Palestinian policemen were injured, but none of the EU monitors was hurt, said Hatem Barhoum, a senior police official in …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Sports Talk: Best of all

The patient in hospital room 387 in Maadi used to finish first in some of the biggest, most famous races in the world. Today, he is involved in perhaps the toughest challenge of all – the race against time. A weak heart has sapped much of the strength that once coursed through the sinews of …

Alaa Abdel-Ghani

Middle East ministers hope to meet in Baghdad in two months

UNITED NATIONS: The foreign ministers of Iraq, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Turkey and Egypt agreed here Thursday to meet again in two months in Baghdad if the security situation allows, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Fayssal Mekdad said. He said the decision was made at a meeting here on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Peace Day in Cairo amid un-peaceful events

Politicians and officials from Egypt and beyond recognized International Peace Day at the Arab League Sep. 21, hosted by the U.S. Federation for Middle East Peace and the Young Men’s Muslim Association. Though the day did not see its mission to cease violence throughout the world succeed, leaders of various communities were on hand to …

Deena Douara