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Kafr El Sheikh growing into new oil and gas hotspot

CAIRO: Banque du Caire has signed a LE 200 million agreement with Trans Gas Company to finance delivering natural gas to the Kafr Al Sheikh governorate in Egypt. Within the last year, the Kafr El Sheikh governorate has become home to some of the biggest natural gas and oil projects in the country, and is …

Najla Moussa

Knife-wielding man detained in Cairo

CAIRO: Egyptian authorities on Monday ordered the detention of a Muslim who entered a Cairo church with a knife, security sources said, days after another Muslim stabbed six Christians, killing one, in Alexandria. Police arrested the 25-year-old unemployed man on Sunday when he went into the church in the Egyptian capital, where Coptic Christians were …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Sectarian violence dominates local and international news

CAIRO: Sectarian violence between Muslims and Christians in Alexandria and the death of a 24-year-old Muslim man made the headlines in Egypt’s national and independent press, with the incidents also receiving extensive coverage in international media. Egypt’s second largest city experienced heavy rioting Sunday with police using teargas and live ammunition to disperse groups of …

Pakinam Amer

Jailed opposition leader threatens new hunger strike

CAIRO: The jailed leader of the opposition El-Ghad (Tomorrow) party will go on a hunger strike if the prosecution does not improve the conditions of his detention, his wife and spokeswoman told AFP Sunday. Ayman Nour will go on hunger strike on Wednesday if the prosecution does not meet his demands, Gamila Ismail said after …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Estonian soldier pardoned in UAE, avoids flogging: official

TALLINN: An Estonian soldier who was sentenced in the United Arab Emirates to a month in jail and 80 lashes for sexually harassing an Egyptian policewoman while drunk has been pardoned, a defense official in Estonia said Sunday. The ruler of the emirate of Sharjah has pardoned Andrei Korol. Corporal punishment has been averted, Major …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Amid arrests, activists urge official recognition of the Brotherhood

CAIRO: Activists renewed calls for official recognition of Islamist opposition group the Muslim Brotherhood after dozens of the banned party s members were arrested in recent weeks. We call for the government to recognize the Muslim Brotherhood as a legitimate political party, said Nigad Al-Borai, director of the Cairo-based Group for Democratic Development. Only then …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Two prominent judges sent to disciplinary board

CAIRO: The Egyptian government has sent two prominent judges to a disciplinary board for possible expulsion from the judiciary, raising the stakes in a conflict between the government and judges seeking judicial independence. The decision by Justice Minister Mahmoud Aboul Leil provoked a storm in parliament on Monday when opposition members called for an urgent …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Inching closer to Europe

CAIRO: Natural gas is an increasingly popular source of energy. It is a cleaner alternative to oil and can be used to generate electricity more efficiently. Its transport, however, is complicated as it requires either the construction of costly pipelines or the condensation of gas into a liquid form prior to storage and shipment. The …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

Setting Alexandria ablaze

ALEXANDRIA: Egyptian police fired live ammunition into the air and lobbed tear gas into rioting crowds of Christians and Muslims Sunday in a third day of sectarian violence in Egypt s second-largest city. One Muslim reportedly died of wounds suffered a day earlier and dozens more were wounded and arrested. Mustafa Meshaal, who was wounded …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Stocks tumble 5 percent, in line with Gulf

CAIRO: The benchmark Hermes index fell nearly 5 percent in the first half hour of trade on Sunday, in line with declining Gulf bourses and amid jitters over sectarian clashes in Alexandria, traders said. The slump follows recent sell-offs in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, the Arab world s largest bourses. Saudi shares are falling on …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Arab film festival in NY is shouting to be heard

NEW YORK: More than 30 movies from the Arab and Muslim world will be playing at a week-long New York film festival, but will anybody be watching? The Alwan Film Festival, created by a nonprofit group in lower Manhattan, features several well-known Middle Eastern directors. The films tackle timely subjects like the war in Iraq, …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Whatever happened to GAFTA?

CAIRO: Arab countries have a reputation of cooperating better with the outside world than amongst themselves. The statistics are telling on the trade front; intra-Arab trade accounts for some 8 percent of the total international trade of the Arab world. This illustrates both the challenge and the opportunity for closer commercial ties. Enter the Arab …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

All options still on the table regarding Iran

CAIRO: In a brief visit to Egypt last week, U.S. Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, Robert Joseph further rallied Egypt s support for American efforts to end Iran s nuclear program. Egypt s announcement that it won’t accept another nuclear power in the region is not the first along the same lines. …

Sarah El Sirgany

Violence and confusion take over Alexandria

ALEXANDRIA: In the Cidi Bishr section of the city, parishioners at the Saints Church pushed through wooden barriers and security guards to receive a Palm Sunday blessing. As Egypt s Coptic Christians commemorated the entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem just days before his execution, it was the death of an elderly parishioner Thursday night …

Vivian Salama

Police continue arrests of Brotherhood members

CAIRO: Police on Sunday detained 100 Muslim Brotherhood activists as part of a crackdown on the Islamist opposition group to undermine its campaign against emergency laws, the group s deputy leader said. Mohamed Habib told Reuters the arrests were in southern Egypt. Some were taken from their homes, some from the street, he said. Some …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Mubarak tries to defuse anger over remarks on Shiites

CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak has sought to defuse anger over remarks he made about Shiite Muslims being more loyal to Iran than their own countries, saying he was referring only to religion. My remarks about Shiites dealt with their religious loyalties and sympathies, without putting into question the patriotism of Shiites in Iraq or any …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Muslim Brotherhood sees no harm in nuclear Iran

CAIRO: A leading member of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood said on Sunday he saw no harm in an Iranian nuclear weapon because it would help restore the balance between Israel and the Arab and Muslim world. Mohamed Habib, deputy leader of Egypt s main opposition group, told Reuters that Washington s motive for opposing Iran …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Hamas points donors to Cairo bank with French ties

JERUSALEM: Hamas, facing a funding crisis two weeks after taking over the Palestinian Authority, is asking supporters to deposit money into an Egyptian bank linked to one of France s biggest financial institutions. In a rare public appeal on its Web site, Hamas asked donors to wire money into an account at the Misr International …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

A newly assertive Iran unsettles cautious Egypt

CAIRO: Egyptian officials have done their utmost to squelch the uproar caused by President Hosni Mubarak’s suggestion last week that the Shiites in Iraq and the Gulf are more loyal to Iran than their own countries, saying the remarks were taken out of context. Both Iraq and Iran took umbrage, of course, with Baghdad canceling …

Daily News Egypt

Nour files petition against writing ban Egypt's

CAIRO: Jailed opposition leader Ayman Nour filed a petition Wednesday accusing prison authorities of banning him from writing articles for his party newspaper, his wife said Gamila Ismail added that Nour, leader of the El-Ghad (Tomorrow) party and the runner-up in presidential election last year, also complained about conditions of his detention during a brief …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

One killed, five wounded in church stabbings

CAIRO: A mentally ill Egyptian man killed a worshipper and wounded five others on Friday in knife attacks at two Coptic Christian churches in the coastal city of Alexandria, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. Security and police officials said earlier three Egyptians working together had killed one person and wounded three others in …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Rights advocates welcome the release of Islamist prisoners

CAIRO: Rights advocates hailed the release of 950 former militants from the Gamaa Al-Islamiya, a reformed Islamist group that participated in the Islamist insurgency that gripped the country in the early and mid-1990s. The prisoners release is definitely a step in the right direction, said Montasser Al-Zayyat, head of the Lawyers Syndicate Liberties Committee and …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Names and games

We talked about Amr Shabana before but we need to talk about him a little more. He is the number one squash player in the world. Shabana is now the best squash player on earth after he replaced Montreal s Jonathon Power in the number one spot in the latest world rankings released by the …

Alaa Abdel-Ghani

Changing futures one song at a time

CAIRO: Politicians, humanitarians, celebrities and students gathered in Cairo’s grand Opera House Thursday night to celebrate local and international efforts for building bridges of peace and understanding. First Lady Suzanne Mubarak was on hand to debut a new national initiative for peace, called “Together Toward a Peaceful and Safe Society. The program, set to officially …

Vivian Salama

Are you chicken?

CAIRO: Millions of consumers have stayed away from poultry products ever since the first reported bird flu cases were announced on Feb. 17, while a far smaller number of consumers have also chosen to avoid eating beef following the reported cases of foot and mouth disease. The economic repercussions of the bird flu scare have …

Daily News Egypt

International Coptic community plans upcoming conferences

ZURICH: Following their third conference in Zurich held from March 25-27, Coptic immigrants announced their plans to hold a fourth conference in Montréal, Canada on April 7, and another in Sydney, Australia, on May 12. Adli Abadir, leader of the Coptic immigrants, said during the Zurich conference that they intend to organize eight conferences around …

Magdy Samaan

Fourth Egyptian woman dies of bird flu

CAIRO: Egypt said on Thursday a fourth woman had died after being infected with the bird flu virus, the state MENA news agency said. The latest victim was an 18-year-old woman from a province north of Cairo, who was admitted to hospital on Monday. Egypt has so far reported 12 human bird flu cases. An …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Devout frenzy

Gods were everywhere. They were hiding under my bed, in the bottom of my closet and under the kitchen sink. Ever since my wife started taking pottery lessons in Maadi three months ago, I couldn’t look anywhere in the apartment and not find a new carved image. So you can imagine my relief when Ali …

Nabil Shawkat