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Ah, the night before

Beatles fans flash back to the “Swingin’ 60s for one night CAIRO: Not quite “Beatlemania, but a small fan club gathered at the Nile Hilton Thursday night to listen to the leading Beatles tribute band, “The Complete Beatles, perform. But first, we were treated to a three-course dinner by Executive Chef Denis Gourand. The meal …

Aida Nassar

Teaching dependence

Education NGO decries private lessons ALEXANDRIA: Everyone adopts habits in their early years that shape their personality and that they carry with them for the rest of their lives. A child s environment at school and at home, where many of these habits are formed, may foretell their future capacity in the workplace and interaction …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

Present and Tense: My Guantanamo

I envy Frankie, and not just because of the rustic mansion he’s bought in a sleepy island in the Bahamas. I envy the simplicity of his lifestyle. It’s all about setting up boundaries and enforcing order. You cross the boundaries and he sends his lieutenants to sort you out. A Mafioso from the Bronx has …

Nabil Shawkat

Football for a price

Like all World Cups, this one is being judged by comparing with its predecessor. So here comes the inevitable. Long-range shooting while the ball is in motion is back in vogue. Dynamite boots from Germany, the Czech Republic, Italy and Brazil unleashed thunderbolts from 25 to 30 yards out in abundance not seen in 2002. …

Alaa Abdel-Ghani

Cleric wants to return to Italy

ROME: The lawyer for an Egyptian cleric allegedly kidnapped by the CIA in Milan in 2003 said his client, now in a Cairo prison, wants to return to Italy and sue the former government of Silvio Berlusconi, according to a newspaper interview published Friday. Earlier this week, the head of a European investigation into allegations …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Should I stay, or should I go?

Knowing when to resign from your job is all about weighing your options CAIRO: The weekend is drawing to a close, and your dreading going back to the office Sunday morning. With the inter-office politics, the constant pressure, the lack of appreciation, you feel like you just can’t take it anymore. Job satisfaction has been …

Aida Nassar

Keep the water close

Mild dehydration can go unnoticed so be alert to symptoms CAIRO: If the rolling heat waves and summer advertising jingles are anything to go by, the summer season is already in full swing. But before whipping out the beach balls and the bathing suits, it’s time to think about literally staying cool in the summer. …

Najla Moussa

Wedding mania

Elegantly navigate your way through this summer s weddings CAIRO: June is statistically proven to be the peek of the wedding season. It seems everyone wants to get hitched at the start of summer. Weddings are always fun, but there is one thing everyone always dreads, the issue of what to wear. The invitation tells …

Farah El Alfy

Unconventional dating

Forget the standard routine and explore new activities with your date CAIRO: The summer is finally here but it won t last for long, so forget the classic date routine of dinner-and-a-movie and get inspired. Whatever relationship stage you are at – whether you have just started dating or you are an established couple – …

Daily News Egypt

Imprisoned leaders refuse questioning

Detainment renewed for Muslim Brotherhood members CAIRO: Protesting the previous two renewals of their detention, top Muslim Brotherhood leaders have refused to submit to a questioning scheduled yesterday or to stand trial for their charges; the leaders and members were sent back to custody in Tora Mazraa and Wadi Al-Natroun prisons. Muslim Brotherhood spokesperson Essam …

Pakinam Amer

Saudis hand over manager of sunken ferry to Egypt

CAIRO: Saudi authorities handed over to Egypt on Friday the manager of the company that owns the Egyptian ferry which sank in February, killing about 1,000 people, airport sources told AFP. Egypt was handed Mamdouh Orabi, the manager of the company that owns Al-Salam 98 by Saudi authorities after he was arrested a few days …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Palestinian president heads to Egypt, Jordan

RAMALLAH: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas left the West Bank on Friday for top-level meetings in Cairo and Amman as part of a brief regional tour, a source in his office said. Abbas is scheduled to meet President Hosni Mubarak on Saturday before heading to Amman to meet King Abdullah II of Jordan on Sunday. The …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Rio opening

  ŠΘ # # # Mariam Amin, Dina Shaker, and Zeinab # # Among the attendees were Yuri Markadi and many of Egypt’s celebrities, businessmen and socialites, here, Nadine, Yuri Markadi and Ingy Wagih

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Journalists protest colleagues' trial

CAIRO: Several dozen journalists protested in Cairo Thursday in solidarity with three colleagues charged for denouncing alleged fraud in the country s legislative elections in November. Wael Al-Ibrashi and Hoda Abu Bakr from the weekly independent Sawt Al-Umma and Abdel Hakim Hamid, editorial director of the weekly Afaaq Arabiya, which is close to the Muslim …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Amidst Cairo's high-rises, a drama of poverty plays out on the Nile

Associated Press CAIRO: It was not looking like a good day for the skipper and his family, the crew of Boat 578. From shortly after sunrise, Mohammed Abdel-Hameed, his wife and two of their daughters had shared duties rowing along the Nile, casting the net and hauling it in. By midday the return on their …

Hamza Hendawi

LNG exporting heavyweights meet with U.S. industry

Reuters WASHINGTON: Four major international exporters of liquefied natural gas met with U.S. utility and industry executives on Wednesday to discuss future supply. Government officials from Nigeria, Algeria, Qatar and Egypt met with executives from about 30 U.S. companies in the closed-door session organized by former U.S. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham s consulting shop. Both …

Daily News Egypt

Daring Egyptian actress dons headscarf, calls Iran 'role model'

CAIRO: Young Egyptian actress Hanan Turk, known for her daring roles in a conservative society, caused a stir when she recently called Iranian cinema a role model and donned the Islamic headscarf. Her conversion was the latest event to electrify the ongoing debate on the Islamization of Egyptian society, with artistic circles lamenting her decision …

Daily News Egypt

Premier of China kicks off Africa tour in Egypt

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao kicks off a tour of Africa in Egypt on Saturday, celebrating Sino-African political ties in the nation where they began, before resuming the hunt for mineral wealth in six other countries. On May 30, 1956, Egypt became the first African state to establish diplomatic relations with the People …

Daily News Egypt

World Cup on everyone's mind

Coverage focuses on high school exams, violence in Palestine CAIRO: The Thanaweya Amma finals, the World Cup and the newest court order in the infamous MP loans case dominated news throughout the week. Meanwhile, state-run newspapers and their opposition counterparts were running contradictory news about the new judiciary law. Thanaweya Amma, the term for the …

Sarah El Sirgany

GAFI chief suggests collective resolution of disputes between businesses and the government

CAIRO: General Authority for Investment and Free Zones (GAFI) Chairman Ziad Bahaa El-Din suggests closer ties between the authority and business associations in resolving private sector disputes with the government. It allows us to move from the state of mind of dealing with individual issues and individual problems towards dealing with collective problems, says Bahaa …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

Word on the Street

Leaders of tomorrow CAIRO: While political reform is foremost on the minds of most Egyptians, the younger generations are now faced with another, more urgent matter: exams. This year, the exams have coincided with the World Cup, and while not everyone will be able to watch the Cup due to the rights held by Arab …

Ahmad Aboul-Wafa

Report slams rights violations in Egypt

CAIRO: May was the worst month in the past quarter century for the freedom of expression, says a report recently released by the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (HRinfo). According to the report, the actions the government took between April 24 and May 25 were among the worst months in the country’s history. “What …

Joseph Mayton

China's Wen to visit Egypt in regional tour

Agence France-Presse BEIJING: China will begin round three of an intense diplomatic campaign in Africa on Saturday when Premier Wen Jiabao embarks on a hectic seven-nation tour of the continent. Wen will spend one week traveling through Egypt, Ghana, the Republic of Congo, Angola, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda, pushing ever harder his nation s …

Daily News Egypt

Egypt refers controversial judiciary bill to parliament

CAIRO: Egypt s government Wednesday approved and sent to parliament a draft law on the authority of the judiciary, setting the stage for a fresh standoff with pro-reform judges who said they were not consulted. After a meeting today chaired by Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif, the cabinet referred the bill containing amendments to the law …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Too expensive for a uniting event

High subscription prices put World Cup out of reach of most Egyptians CAIRO: World Cup fever is raging throughout the globe, and the Middle East is no exception. For one month every four years, the world stops for the most anticipated sports event in history, as indicated by the 1.7 billion people who tuned in …

Najla Moussa

Portraits of the city

Michael Haag captures Cairo’s main attraction in his pictorial guide CAIRO: I was flipping through the book when a photograph of a downtown building grabbed my attention; its interior was stunning. I had driven by the Tiring department store in Ataba sq. countless times, with little more than a cursory glance. Not once did I …

Aida Nassar

Summer screen sensations

Arabic movies dominate movie theaters this season and vie for their share at the box office CAIRO: Despite the start of the World Cup, the season of summer films has started with a bang. Five Egyptian films have overrun the multiplexes nationwide as their producers and distributors gamble with all their assets: catchy one-liners, singers …

Daily News Egypt

The Slamdance experience

A young Egyptian filmmaker gives a personal account of his experience at an international film festival CAIRO, November 2005: For a young filmmaker, getting the opportunity to showcase your work at an international film festival is big. I had recently obtained my One-Year Directing Diploma from the New York Film Academy, where I wrote, directed …

Daily News Egypt

Just ban it?

Minister of Culture confirms that “The Da Vinci Code will be banned from Egyptian cinemas CAIRO: The rumors that the blockbuster hit “The Da Vinci Code is to be banned from Egyptian cinema were confirmed by Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni, who made the announcement during a session of parliament on Tuesday. No surprise there. …

Farah El Alfy