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Egypt needs higher gas prices, says Britain's BG

ALEXANDRIA: One of the biggest gas producers operating in Egypt urged the government on Tuesday to raise domestic prices and ease access to higher value markets to attract capital for exploration. Stuart Fysh, regional executive vice president of British gas and oil company BG Group Plc, said that without revenue increases exploration capital could dwindle …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Investments in Egypt jump 500 percent compared to same period last year

CAIRO: Investments in Egypt are skyrocketing, up 500 percent over last year, according to the minister of investment. During the 4th Economic roundtable meeting held in Egypt, Mahmoud Mohieddin, minister of investment, stated that investments in the petroleum sector amounted to $1.9 billion, and $2.5 billion in other sectors, at the mid-point of the 2005/06 …

Najla Moussa

Profile of key players

President Hosni Mubarak In 1981, Mubarak, then Vice-President, became president of Egypt following the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. Mubarak declared on his inauguration that he would follow the political direction of his predecessor, which was marked by reconciliation with the West and peace with Israel inside internationally recognized borders. Before becoming president, Mubarak served …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

License for aspiring party delayed

CAIRO: In yet another setback for opposition groups, the Egyptian Political Parties Court has once again postponed a request by the Al-Karama (Dignity) group to officially form a party. “We are certainly going to win the case, a young member of Al-Karama, Mohammad Al-Hameedy, tells The Daily Star Egypt preceding Saturday’s court session. “We will …

Pakinam Amer

Egyptian media and the road to democracy

CAIRO: Since the dawn of satellite television across the Arab world, the media has taken on a more combative role in its review of government, once the absolute force behind what was reported. Arab governments in recent years have been forced to take a hard look at their tactics for dealing with the media, as …

Vivian Salama

Three months after parliamentary elections, opposition in shambles

CAIRO: A gunfight that broke out at the headquarters of Egypt’s oldest opposition party on Saturday served to underscore the plight of Egypt’s political opposition, in a state of disarray since parliamentary elections were held three months ago. “The incident is proof that none of the secular opposition parties are capable of resolving their rapidly …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Eight more Islamists detained in central Egypt

CAIRO: Egyptian security forces have detained eight more members of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood in the central city of Al-Minya, the Islamist movement s spokesman told AFP on Tuesday. Eight members of the Brotherhood were arrested in Al-Minya, one of whom is the son of a Brotherhood member of parliament, said Essam Al-Aryan. It is …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

President makes surprise visit to Sudan for talks on Darfur

KHARTOUM, Sudan: President Hosni Mubarak made a surprise visit to Khartoum on Tuesday, his first in more than a decade, and held talks with Sudan s president on the conflict in the Darfur region. The talks came a day after a top U.N. envoy, Jan Egeland, protested over what he called a Sudanese governmental decision …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Intel signs agreement on wireless technology with four universities

CAIRO: Intel signed a memorandum of understanding on Monday with four universities covering wireless technology, entrepreneurship and academic forums. The world s largest microchip manufacturer selected three public universities (Cairo, Alexandria and Ain Shams) and the American University of Cairo after evaluating a number of educational institutions in Egypt. The universities join some 150 others …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

Illegal organ trade thrives on poverty

Head: Illegal organ trade thrives on poverty CAIRO: On the back of dire poverty, legal shortcomings and religious conservatism, a new mafia is prospering in Egypt and turning the country into the regional hub for the human organs trade, experts say. There are no official statistics, but in a country where social inequality is high …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Confessions on a dance floor

CAIRO: The queen of pop returns yet again with an album sounding a bit too familiar. Although Madonna is one of the few artists from a generation ago to still be on top, adapting to new trends doesn’t seem to have worked this time. While her new album, Confessions on a dance floor, features ultra …

Farah El Alfy

Third license bid heats up as joint Telenor-NTC bid announced

CAIRO: In yet another fresh round of bids, Telenor, a Norwegian mobile operator, and the National Telecommunications Holding Corporation (NTC), announced yesterday during a press conference that they are partnering up to bid for the third mobile license. “The partnership with NTC reflects our determination to establish an operation that will benefit from local expertise, …

Najla Moussa

Ten Islamists detained in Alexandria

CAIRO: Egyptian security forces detained 10 members of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood in the northern city of Alexandria, the Islamist movement s spokesman told AFP Saturday. Ten members of the Brotherhood were arrested Friday in Alexandria, some of them as they were eating in a restaurant, Essam Al-Aryan said. He added that among those rounded …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Al-Wafd bloodshed dominates headlines

CAIRO: The aftermath of Saturday’s bloodshed at Al-Wafd headquarters due to in-fighting between two party factions has not yet faded, with news of the incident still sending shockwaves through media outlets as an official investigation into the incident kicks off. Noaman Gomaa, recently overthrown party leader, and others, including Ashraf Nasser, son of MP Ahmed …

Pakinam Amer

Committee recognizes new Al-Wafd Party head

CAIRO: A committee that oversees Egypt s political parties on Monday recognized the new leader of the opposition Al-Wafd Party whose previous ousted head was held for questioning after storming the party s offices. Rival Al-Wafd Party leaders sacked Noman Gomaa in January but he rejected the decision and on Saturday stormed the party offices …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

The pain of change

CAIRO: The government has been clear about the objective of its economic agenda: to reduce the dominance of the government in the economic process and increase the role of the private sector. This transition is not without opposition and the change may be painful to many involved. Ania Thiemann, the Economist Intelligence Unit s recently-appointed …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

Azhar supports religious freedoms

CAIRO: Sheikh Fawzy El Zefzaf, former head of Al Azhar s Religions Dialogue Committee, denied circulating reports that he signed an accord that would grant missionary groups the freedom to work in Egypt. The news has been interpreted as indirectly allowing Muslims to convert to other religions. In a brief interview with The Daily Star …

Sarah El Sirgany

The hidden truths of Caché

CAIRO: Days following the beginning of last year s Cannes film festival, an enigmatic French thriller stormed into what started as yet another disappointing round, and left both critics and filmgoers in utter awe. The film was Caché, the latest masterwork from Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke, which is now being shown in Egypt as the …

Joseph Fahim

Fatwa against statues triggers uproar in Egypt

CAIRO: A fatwa issued by Egypt s top religious authority which forbids the display of statues has art-lovers fearing it could be used by Islamic extremists as an excuse to destroy Egypt s historical heritage. Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa, the country s top Islamic jurist, issued the religious edict which declared as un-Islamic the exhibition …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Inquiry blames ferry captain for shipwreck

CAIRO: Initial results of an inquiry into the February shipwreck of the Al-Salaam 98 ferry in which 1,000 people died indicated that the captain was to blame, Transport Minister Mohammed Mansour said. The commission in charge of analyzing the black box concluded that it was an error of the captain which led to the sinking …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

UN health body confirms four bird flu cases in Egypt

CAIRO: The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed that four Egyptians have caught bird flu, including two that died from the virus, an Egyptian health ministry official said on Monday. Nasr Al-Sayyed told Reuters that a WHO laboratory in Britain had verified the four cases. The result was received on Sunday, he said. The Egyptian …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Islam recruited to help Egyptians fight HIV

CAIRO: In Egypt, HIV and AIDS happen to other people: foreigners, the sexually promiscuous, drug addicts and the morally corrupt. Which is why Ahmed Turky s Friday sermon at a small Cairo mosque was unusual. In a Muslim country where hard drugs are relatively rare, gays are imprisoned and sex before or outside marriage is …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt bans wife of ferry owner from travel

CAIRO: Egyptian authorities have banned the wife of the owner of the ferry that sank in the Red Sea, killing about 1,000 people, from leaving the country, an official at Cairo airport said on Friday. Sausan Abdul Aziz was turned away at the airport as she tried to board a flight to Britain, the official …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

The end of an era

Saad Zaghloul must be threshing around in his grave. One of Egypt’s best-known and loved nationalist figures, Zaghloul led a delegation, or ‘Wafd’ to demand the immediate evacuation of British troops from Egypt in November 1918. He was immediately exiled to Malta. The act unleashed a national fury that hadn’t been seen in modern Egyptian …

Daily News Egypt

Inquiry blames ferry captain for shipwreck

CAIRO: Initial results of an inquiry into the February shipwreck of the Al-Salaam 98 ferry in which 1,000 people died indicated that the captain was to blame, Transport Minister Mohammed Mansour said. The commission in charge of analyzing the black box concluded that (it was) an error of the captain which led to the sinking …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Pouncing on the competition

CAIRO: Go ahead and watch Syriana. Munich? Better you than me. I see enough aggression and violence on a daily basis in the news, and I’d rather enter a movie with the potential to have me rolling through the aisles (I’ve never actually rolled through the aisles, although I understand that the ushers are less-than …

Daily News Egypt

Egypt reports two new human cases of bird flu

CAIRO: Egypt reported two new human cases Sunday of the deadly H5N1 strain of avian influenza, which has already killed two Egyptians and infected four others in recent weeks. Health Minister Hatem Al-Gebali told reporters at Cairo airport that the infected persons were two sisters aged 18 months and six years from the northern Nile …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Turning Egypt around

CAIRO: The fourth Business Roundtable with the Egyptian government, a turnkey event attended by the country’s government and business leaders, took place yesterday. An intensely interactive day of discussions and debates on government policy and future plans for business, the roundtable is a strategic event at which the Egyptian government presents and try’s to convince …

Najla Moussa

Egypt, Italy hold Textile, Leather and Agro-business Forum

CAIRO: In order to attract Italian investments in Egypt, the General Authority for Investments and Free Zones (GAFI), in partnership with the United Nations industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), will hold a Textile, Leather and Agro-business Forum in Italy, from April 5-7, 2006. The objective of this third annual Forum, which will be held in Rome …

Najla Moussa