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Informant's letter to Clinton irrelevant to bomb-plot case, government says

Associated Press NEW YORK: Recent complaints by a discontented paid police informant to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton should have no impact on a subway bomb-plot case, federal prosecutors argue in court papers. A letter sent to Clinton last month by Egyptian-born Osama El Dawoody in which he complains about his treatment contains no new information …

Daily News Egypt

Anti-pope protests subside but anger remains

CAIRO: Protests against remarks about Islam by Pope Benedict XVI tapered off in the Middle East on Tuesday but anger remained and there were calls for demonstrations on Friday, the Muslim day of prayer. Angry protests against the pontiff s remarks seen as critical to Islam were held from Indonesia to Iraq on Monday and …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Median interbank rate steady at 9 percent

CAIRO: The median overnight interbank rate on the pound was 9 percent on Tuesday, barely changed from Monday 9.022 percent, with bankers shunning interbank trade in favor of central bank auctions. It s better for me to participate in the auctions, one banker said. Banks tend to prefer to invest in higher-yielding central bank instruments, …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Telecom Egypt seeks bigger Vodafone Egypt stake

CAIRO: Telecom Egypt said on Tuesday it would seek to increase its stake in Vodafone Egypt by up to 24.4 percent in a deal worth LE 5.856 billion ($1.02 billion). Telecom Egypt already holds a 25.5 percent stake in Vodafone Egypt, one of two mobile phone operators in the country of 73 million. Telecom Egypt …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Women's rights approached from different perspectives

Thebes presents contradictory takes on a vital issue from experts CAIRO: Improvements in women rights are not always related to the nature of ideologies or the status of democracy prevalent in a country. The issue is more relevant to the dominant social culture that often imposes conservative terms on both liberal leftist ideologies and political …

Sarah El Sirgany

Ministry of Trade struggles to enforce cement price cap

Rachid promises tough measures ; some producers lower factory price to LE 300 CAIRO: Almost one month after the government capped the ex-factory and retail prices of cement at LE 290 and LE 330 per ton, respectively, none of the local producers have complied. Non-compliant producers include the 95 percent government-owned National Cement Company (NCC). …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

UN report reveals steady poverty rates in world's most vulnerable countries despite 10-year action plan

CAIRO: Poverty rates remain steady or are simply falling slightly in the world’s most vulnerable economies, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan argues in two United Nations releases prepared for the General Assembly High-Level Meeting on the Least Developed Countries (LDCs). While the LDC’s as a group are experiencing high growth rates of six percent or …

Alexandra Sandels

Egyptian regulator to unveil takeover code on Nov. 1

Reuters DUBAI: Egypt s capital markets regulator will introduce a takeover and acquisition code governing publicly listed companies on Nov. 1, the exchange chairman said. Hani Sarie-Eldin said the Egyptian Capital Market Authority (CMA) drafted the policy due to growing interest in Egyptian companies from regional and global investors. In 2005, nine Egyptian firms, mainly …

Daily News Egypt

The weather is beautiful

Bring your imagination along CAIRO: “An absurd play composed of split second disjointed scenes that bring out the circus in the streets and the street in the circus, says the synopsis of the play El-Gaw Gameel, (The Weather is Beautiful) by Nada Thabit. The script is actually an improvised version of the French play by …

Farah El Alfy

Press round-up: Pope's comments on Islam makes headlines around the world

School starts without a tour by the minister of education CAIRO: Independent and national newspapers focused heavily on Pope Benedict s comments on Islam and the Prophet Mohammed and the consequences of such comments. In a visit to Germany, Pope Benedict XVI quoted a criticism of Islam and the Prophet Mohammad by a 14th century …

Maram Mazen

Tourism numbers fall for third month running

CAIRO: The number of people visiting Egypt fell 5.5 percent year-on-year in July, according to figures available on Monday, the third consecutive monthly drop since April bombings in a Red Sea resort. The figures released by Egypt s Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) show the number of tourists visiting Egypt fell to …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Still not your ideal swimming pool, Nile cleaned up

CAIRO: The waters of the Nile are running cleaner this week after dozens of volunteers taking part in a United Nations-sponsored drive removed more than a ton of trash from the river. “It’s a big amount of garbage, says Essam Nada, executive director of the Arab Office for Youth and Environment, a local group which …

Jered Stuffco

Egyptian dance brings life to City of the Dead

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: In the depths of Cairo s City of the Dead, Umm Essam unveils her latest creation: a blood-red bellydance costume, complete with golden pearls. But there are no models or podiums in this dressmaker s tiny workshop hidden deep in the alleys of one of the city s oldest cemeteries. At the …

Daily News Egypt

Back to basics for aspiring writers

Creative writing workshop encourages young writers to express themselves in their native language CAIRO: In an attempt to resurrect a passion for Arabic writing, Maadi’s Kotob Khan bookstore recently launched a creative writing workshop for young Arabic speakers and writers-to-be. The program examines the rough works of young Egyptian aspiring writers; around 12 participants, mostly …

Pakinam Amer

Kodak shifts focus in Egyptian market

CAIRO: In a move to improve slumping profits, photography giant Kodak is handing over a major chunk of its Egyptian operations to a new, domestically-based group, company officials announced this week. Vision International S.A.E., created from the ashes of Kodak’s former management team in Egypt, will handle the distribution, sales and servicing of the photo …

Jered Stuffco

Egypt lawmakers demand Vatican ties be frozen

Pope s apology fails to stem Muslim anger CAIRO: Egyptian lawmakers on Monday demanded diplomatic ties with the Vatican be suspended in protest at Pope Benedict XVI s use of a medieval quotation describing Islam as evil and inhuman. The pope must offer direct and unequivocal apologies, said a statement issued after a meeting of …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Mubarak says Israel could free many Palestinians

CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak said the number of Palestinian prisoners Israel is ready to release in exchange for a captured soldier is higher than expected, the official MENA news agency reported Monday. Egyptian contacts and efforts are progressing, and according to the outline of the agreement, which has not yet been finalized, the soldier will …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Deck stacked against visually disabled

IBM and PAVI program graduate seven instructors for visually impaired in computer application CAIRO: IBM and the Parents Association of People with Visual Impairments (PAVI) celebrated the graduation of seven certified instructors and four trainers of computer skills for the visually disabled. Yet, during the joyful event, many of the graduates expressed their dismay that …

Sarah El Sirgany

Vodafone to bid for international gateway license

Licensing fee still not set by NTRA; license to be offered by end of year CAIRO: Vodafone Egypt (VFE) has unofficially announced its decision to bid for one of the two international gateway operators licenses to be offered by the National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (NTRA) by the end of this year. The move comes just …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Fresh music to suit all tastes

SOS Music Festival a success for all concerned CAIRO: The first ever SOS Music Festival took place on Friday, showcasing a wide variety of new Egyptian music for an enthusiastic crowd at Cairo International Conference Center s Chinese Garden. Brain Candy opened the event, warming up the crowd in the afternoon sun with their distinctive …

Daily News Egypt

Reworked Othello falls short

The Temple Independent Theater Company s latest experiment is a lavish production of meek content CAIRO: In their reworking of the Othello parable, directors Ahmed El-Attar and Nevine El-Ibiary pose an interesting question: Is the Moor tragically doomed even without the interference of Iago? Unfortunately, their production is not fit to provide the answer. Few …

Daily News Egypt

Magical night

  ŠΘ # # # Mr. and Mrs. Abdel Moneim Kamel, Ms. Sylvie Fernandez Delmau the wife of Cuban Ambassador to Egypt and Mr. Vladimir Ganzales Charger D’affaires for the Cuban Embassy, Jean Michel Casse all honoring Ms. Alicia Alonso prima ballerina and General director of National Ballet of Cuba # # Jean Michel Casse …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Imprisoned opposition leader Nour speaks out from prison

CAIRO: One year after President Hosni Mubarak was reelected president in Egypt s first multi-candidate elections, jailed politician Ayman Nour sent a letter from prison thanking those who elected me and those who imprisoned me. One year has passed since that day on September 7, 2005 when millions of Egyptians looked for their votes in …

Pakinam Amer

Pope says he is sorry over reaction to Islam speech

Brotherhood says apology is “sufficient, Egypt summons Vatican envoy over remarks CAIRO: Pope Benedict said on Sunday he was deeply sorry at the anger caused by his remarks on Islam and said a quote he used from a medieval text about holy wars did not reflect his personal thoughts. The Pope had been under pressure …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Crime scene: Explosives theft warrants swift action

Avian flu back in the news; woman tries to sneak gun into Egyptian Museum CAIRO: Crime journalists, over the past week, have had their work cut out for them. The crime pages of the local newspapers were packed with reports of various types of crimes. A quarry incident in Sinai warranted special attention, as explosives …

Daily News Egypt

Pioneering Egyptian comedian Fouad El-Mohandes dies at 82

CAIRO: Fouad El-Mohandes, one of Egypt s most beloved comedians whose plays and movies made over a half century brought him fans across the Arab world, has died. He was 82. El-Mohandes suffered from liver problems during the past few years, according Egypt s state-run news agency MENA, which reported that he died Saturday in …

Daily Star Egypt Staff