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Spring trends take center stage

CAIRO: With spring in full swing, it is the ideal time to focus on the most popular trends on the fashion runways that can be incorporated into your wardrobe in Egypt. With few changes this season, or no changes in some cases, both men and women have a lot to choose from to quench their …

Farah El Alfy

Easy on the furniture, braver in the colors

CAIRO: Redecoration is always a burden, whether financially or the amount of time involved. Summer homes are even worse; once people have spent a winter of frequent traveling overlooking the decoration of their beachside house and spending a fortune in the process they don t even want to think about renovations. But giving the house …

Sarah El Sirgany

Egyptians protest detentions amid tight security

CAIRO: About 100 protesters, vastly outnumbered by riot police, chanted anti-government slogans in central Cairo on Wednesday, two days after the authorities stopped activists holding a similar gathering. Organizers had intended to hold the latest demonstration outside the public prosecutor s office but police ushered the protesters to the nearby journalists syndicate. The demonstration was …


Twenty-three opposition activists detained

CAIRO: Police on Thursday detained 23 activists from the Muslim Brotherhood who were campaigning against the Emergency Laws, a leader for the opposition Islamist movement told AFP. They were arrested at dawn as they were putting up posters and banners denouncing the renewal of the state of emergency, deputy leader of the Muslim Brotherhood Mohammed …


Egypt and Cyprus sign five cooperation deals

CAIRO: Egypt and Cyprus signed five cooperation deals on Thursday, including an agreement on oil and gas prospection, during Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos visit to Cairo. The accords, which also cover scientific research, electricity and cultural cooperation, were signed during a ceremony attended by Papadopoulos and Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif, the official MENA news agency …


Emergency Law stifling any hope for change

CAIRO: An interior ministry spokesman and deputy to the ministry claimed in a live TV show on Tuesday that no violations of human or prisoners’ rights occur under the Emergency Law, saying that any incidents of ill-treatment were indeed rare. When faced with written complaints, the deputy simply said that no investigation was launched into …

Pakinam Amer

AMOC net profit up 28 percent

CAIRO: Alexandria Mineral Oils Co (AMOC) reported net profit of LE 509.2 million ($88.4 million) for the nine months to March 31, a rise of 28 percent on the same period a year earlier. The oil products company, in which the government sold a 20 percent stake last September, reported its results in a statement …


Telenor has no Africa growth plan after Egypt

OSLO: Norway s largest telecoms group Telenor is not looking to expand into other African countries despite submitting a bid for a mobile license in Egypt, Chief Executive Jon Fredrik Baksaas said on Thursday. Many years ago we gave it a try for South Africa and we were not successful, Baksaas said at a presentation …


Reforms to slash budget deficit level

CAIRO: More tax revenues and economic reforms will help Egypt s government slash its budget deficit to 2 to 3 percent of gross domestic product in three to four years, the finance minister said on Wednesday. That compares to about 9.3 percent of GDP this year, Youssef Boutros-Ghali also told Reuters in an interview. He …


Living a little girl's dream

CAIRO: A dearly held fantasy of most little girls is to be a beauty queen when they grow up, complete with the jeweled crown, the beautiful dress and the satin sash across the chest, which are all essential details of the fairytale. Fawzeya Mohamed is one of the few little girls who have grown up …

Farah El Alfy

Fifth death from bird flu reported

GENEVA: An Egyptian woman died Thursday of the H5N1 strain of avian influenza, the fifth fatal case in the country, the official MENA news agency reported. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed on Thursday a 13th human case of bird flu in Egypt, a woman who remains hospitalized in Cairo. The Egyptian health ministry …


Extension of Emergency Law heads week's news

CAIRO: A variety of news items have vied for headlines this week. Reoccurring themes in this week’s local and international papers have been the extension of the Emergency Law, the death of the policeman in the hunt for the Dahab bombers, in addition to Egypt and Jordan’s collaboration to end terrorism and promote peace in …

Najla Moussa

Reacting to the renewal

CAIRO: Last Sunday, Prime Minister Ahmad Nazif asked parliament to extend the highly controversial Emergency Law for another two years. For approval, it needs two thirds of parliament to back it and, with the National Democratic Party providing more than enough candidates, it was soon passed. The extension was expected in spite of the campaign …

Ahmad Aboul-Wafa

State to appeal ruling that favors Egypt's Baha'is

CAIRO: The government will appeal against a court ruling in favor of the rights of the country s small Baha i minority, a minister said on Wednesday. Religious Endowments Minister Mahmoud Hamdi Zakzouk told parliament the government would base its appeal on the opinion of the country s leading Muslim cleric, the Sheikh of Al-Azhar, …


Gamal Mubarak believes extension of Emergency Law not counter to reforms

CAIRO: Under criticism for the renewal of the Emergency Law, Gamal Mubarak stated that the renewal does not indicate a setback in the reform polices of the National Democratic Party (NDP) at a press conference held at the party’s headquarters yesterday. “I disagree with those saying that reform has stopped, he says. “We are committed …

Sarah El Sirgany

Thousands protest on highway against lack of traffic regulations

CAIRO: Thousands of angry Egyptians blocked a highway north of Cairo Wednesday, burning tires and debris, after a speeding car struck a cyclist. The cyclist, Bakri Gomaa, was moderately injured in the incident. Some 5,000 people from the village of Sindarhum, on the outskirts of Cairo swarmed on to highway in protest against motorists who …


Mubarak says Palestinians need to close ranks

CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak urged Palestinian factions to unite in a common bloc to resume peace talks with Israel, in an interview published Wednesday. Egypt is engaged in consultations with all Palestinian factions in an attempt to get them to close ranks and speak with one voice, which is something that would confirm the existence …


Egypt demands St. Louis museum return mummy mask

ST. LOUIS: The Supreme Council of Antiquities has given the Saint Louis Art Museum a May 15 deadline to turn over an ancient burial mask that they believe was taken out of the country illegally. Officials with the museum are evaluating documents from the council that seek to prove the mask, dated from between 1307-1196 …


Interbank rate up at 8.35 percent

CAIRO: The median overnight interbank rate on the pound rose to 8.35 percent on Wednesday from 8.255 percent on Tuesday with a central bank auction drawing some funds from the market, traders said. The auction for 35-day Central Bank of Egypt Notes worth LE 5.7 billion ($1 billion) is not covered by maturing funds. There …


Hellenic Petrol wins Egyptian energy acreage

ATHENS: Greek oil company Hellenic Petroleum said on Tuesday it had won a tender to explore for natural gas and oil in Egypt. State-owned Egypt General Petroleum Corporation informed us that the West Obayed area has been awarded to Hellenic Petroleum as the operator, Greece s largest refiner said in a statement. Hellenic Petrolum said …


Bird flu back in the spotlight

CAIRO: Egypt reported a new human case of the H5N1 strain of avian influenza Wednesday, bringing to 13 the total number of Egyptians who have been infected by the deadly virus. The health ministry said late Tuesday that the new case was detected in a 27-year-old woman who was infected by poultry from her domestic …


CIB Q1 2006 net profit up 31 percent

CAIRO: Egypt s biggest private bank, Commercial International Bank, increased its first-quarter net profit 31 percent to LE 187.56 million ($32.56 million), the bank reported on Wednesday. Net profit for the same three-month period last year was LE 142.91 million, CIB said in a newspaper announcement. Provisions fell to LE 39.73 million from LE 81 …


Doing business with Australia 101

CAIRO: Businesspeople looking for investment opportunities in Australia, trying to locate the most suitable Australian exporters, or simply exploring the option of doing business with the country, gathered together yesterday for a seminar at the Egyptian Businessmen Association (EBA). During the morning event, about 100 representatives of the country s different trade and industrial sectors …

Sarah El Sirgany

U.S. "disappointed" by renewal of Emergency Law

WASHINGTON: The United States on Tuesday strongly criticized Egypt s decision to approve a two-year extension of the Emergency Law President Hosni Mubarak slapped on the country 25 years ago after the assassination of his predecessor Anwar Sadat. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack noted that during last year s presidential campaign Mubarak said he was …


Brotherhood speaks out on renewal of Emergency Laws

CAIRO: Mass arrests targeting Muslim Brotherhood members coupled with the renewal of the Emergency Laws have left Brotherhood leaders angry and speculating on a “conspiracy against Islamists in general and the Brotherhood in particular. “All hopes for reform have totally vanished, declare Muslim Brotherhood leaders on their official Web site, with spokesman Essam Al-Arian vocal …

Pakinam Amer

Four killed in accidental Cairo blast

CAIRO: Four Egyptians were killed and another wounded when a device accidentally exploded Wednesday at a mechanical workshop in the low-income Cairo neighborhood of Imbaba, security sources said. An 18-year-old mechanic, Radi Mahmum Abdul Latif, was using the silver-coated metal device to try to unscrew part of a car when it went off, killing him, …