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For the sake of the child

CAIRO: For the children involved, winning a case proving parenthood means the difference between having a birth certificate or going without one. Without a man’s name to fill the blank space under “father on a child’s birth certificate, the certificate cannot be issued. Thus the 14,000 parenthood proving cases waiting for the court’s decision aren’t …

Sarah El Sirgany

Press Round-up

CAIRO: Taking priority on the front pages of all newspapers, both national and independent, is the breaking news of a second human bird flu case discovered in the city of Banha (in the Qalyoubiya governorate); most reports including the picture of the patient lying in a hospital bed. In Al-Ahram, the latest news of Hosni …

Pakinam Amer

A mountain of a movie

CAIRO: Brokeback Mountain is an emotional, heartbreaking movie about two men who fall deeply in love with each other. Heath Ledger stars as Ennis Del Mar, a young cowboy, whose parents passed when he was a child. He ended up being raised by his siblings. The movie begins in Wyoming in 1963, when Ennis finds …

Daily News Egypt

Boosting tea imports in Egypt

CAIRO: According to the Ministry of Investment, the country has slashed taxes on Indian tea from 30 percent to five percent, thus brightening the future of Indian tea in Egypt by allowing Indian exporters to re-enter the Egyptian market. The largest exporter to Egypt in the early 1980s, India lost its foothold to Sri Lanka …

Najla Moussa

Worried Egyptians head to hospital for bird flu tests

CAIRO: Egyptians are heading to hospital fearing they might be the next victim of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu after two human cases were detected in the country, officials said Monday. There are two or three cases of people who came to hospital and tests are underway, said Nasser Kamel, spokesman for the …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Winning start to Al Ahli's defense of African crown

JOHANNESBURG: Al Ahli made a winning start to the defense of their African Champions League crown on Saturday, defeating Tusker FC of Kenya 2-0 in Nairobi in the first leg of a second-round tie. Both goals came from Emad Motaeb, one of the heroes of Egypt s triumph at last month s African Nations Cup, …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Mohieddin reassures American investors

CAIRO: Minister of Investment Mahmoud Mohieddin visited the United States for 48 hours late last week to promote investment in Egypt and met with 14 representatives of financial institutions, funds and investment companies. The minister was accompanied by Ziad Bahaa-Eldin, chairman of the General Authority for Investment and Free Zones, and joined members of the …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

Identifying the fathers

CAIRO: In 2005, Egyptian courts witnessed 14,000 parenthood proving cases. The women who filed these lawsuits were trying to prove their marriage (whether orfi, unregistered, or otherwise) to the men they claim are the fathers of their children. The only way to register the baby under the name of the man in question is by …

Sarah El Sirgany

Egypt finds foot-and-mouth disease in eight calves

ASSIUT, Egypt: Egyptian vets have detected foot-and-mouth disease in eight calves on a government-owned farm in southern Egypt, an official said on Sunday. Mohammed Marzouq, head of veterinary medicine for the governorate of Assiut, said 80 other calves were being tested for infection with the disease, which does not affect humans but can have a …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Second suspected case of human bird flu discovered

CAIRO: An Egyptian man has apparently recovered from a suspected case of bird flu, the health ministry said on Sunday, a day after announcing the virus had killed a woman in the same part of the country. Health and Population Minister Hatem El-Gabali announced the appearance of a second suspected human case of bird flu …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egyptian born every 23.4 seconds

CAIRO: An Egyptian is born every 23.4 seconds, raising the country s population to 73.6 million since last year, newspapers reported Sunday, citing the National Centre for Mobilization and Statistics. The census conducted in January includes 2.3 millions Egyptians living abroad, said the center s president Abu Bakr Al-Gundi. In the last population survey carried …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Islamic row over Prince Charles' visit to Egypt

CAIRO: Prince Charles flies into Egypt today facing controversy at Cairo s most renowned Islamic institution over the awarding of an honorary degree to the heir to the British throne. Al-Azhar University, one of the top institutions in Sunni Islam, is to give Charles an honorary doctorate when he arrives with his wife Camilla at …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Judges stand by colleagues, seek independence

CAIRO: Judges on Friday stood by four colleagues summoned for questioning about comments on last year s elections and voted against any concessions to the government on a draft law reorganizing the judiciary. A general assembly at the Judges Club, an informal and independent institution, voted that the four judges should not appear before prosecutors …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Too mucho to change diapers

CAIRO: In a world trend that finds mothers wrestling between staying home versus working and where the challenges women face in juggling the roles of the homemaker and the bread-earner has become a social movement, one perplexing question remains: Where have all the fathers gone? Quoting a question put forth by Nancy Gibbs in a …

Najla Moussa

Prince Charles to visit Egypt, Saudia Arabia, India

CAIRO: Since assuming the role of Supreme Governor of the Church of England, Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, has worked to establish himself not as a defender of one faith, but rather, the “defender of faiths . On Monday, the British royal and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, will embark on a …

Vivian Salama

The force of gravity

CAIRO: They called it Black Tuesday. Four days of panic selling on the New York Stock Exchange ended on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 1929 with share prices at only a quarter of their peak earlier that year. The event shocked financial markets around the world and precipitated the Great Depression, and the stock market took 25 …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

Courting danger

You can tell a sporting parent a mile away. There are the pacers, the nail-biters, the encouragers, the pushers and sometimes, the whackos, like the Frenchman who last week was given an eight-year jail term after he admitted drugging a number of his children’s tennis rivals. Christophe Fauviau, 46, a retired army officer, was convicted …

Alaa Abdel-Ghani

Present and Tense

From bull to bear, Arab stock markets came crashing from coast to coast. Normally, I don’t care much about the stock market. I keep my money in coffee futures and socks. The coffee futures are a good bet. You buy the coffee from your nearest supermarket and stack the jars on your book shelves for …

Nabil Shawkat

Brains or brawn for men in fitness

CAIRO: Typically, it has always been women that have a preoccupation with staying in shape and getting fit. Traditionally, men have gone to the gym to “get a six-pack, “get big, and “bulk up. However, the world is changing, and fast. Trends such as getting personal trainers and joining group exercises are making their way …

Daily News Egypt

Muslim Brotherhood rallies support for Palestine

CAIRO: As the recently elected Hamas government struggles to come to terms with their newly bestowed power and formulate an alternative plan to get Palestine up and running, the West Bank and Gaza face a great dilemma. Since assuming the reins of power following Palestine s first parliamentary elections in a decade, Hamas has been …

Vivian Salama

Mussa set for new term as Arab League chief

CAIRO: Arab leaders are widely expected to approve Amr Mussa s bid for a second five-year term as Arab League chief when they gather in Sudan later this month, a senior official said Thursday. Arab League assistant secretary general for political affairs Ahmed bin Hili told reporters that the veteran Egyptian diplomat had the support …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Ministry of education cancels Women's Day celebration for 'security reasons'

CAIRO: Less than 24 hours before its scheduled start, the Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights’ (ECWR) celebration of the Egyptian Women’s Day was canceled. As the celebration was planned to take place on the stage of Al Agouza’s schools’ Student Union, the ministry of education called off the event. According to ECWR, the ministry’s officials …

Sarah El Sirgany

Egyptian shares rise in step with Gulf markets

CAIRO: Egyptian stocks gained ground on Thursday as Gulf markets recovered and confidence rose among retail investors who panicked earlier in the week, brokers said. Telecom Egypt rose 3 percent, with much of the increase coming after news it is raising prices for subscriptions and local calls, they said. The partially privatized company ended at …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

OT, OCI, Ezz Steel lead stock market rebound

CAIRO: Egypt s stock market recovered on Wednesday from losses with Orascom Telecom, Orascom Construction Industries and Al Ezz Steel Rebars helping it to a higher close. The Hermes index, which shed 4.9 percent on Tuesday, ended 2,637.48 points, or 5 percent, higher at 55,321.05 points. The broader CIBC index rose 7.45 points, or 3.5 …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Omar Effendi sale ongoing

CAIRO: Visit your nearest Omar Effendi and you will meet staff that behave more like stereotypical civil servants than professional retailers. You ll probably find what you want, more or less; the sheets may not exactly fit your bed and the towel may be too small. And it is clear that a great deal of …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

Press Round-up

CAIRO: The stock market’s drastic decline and the parliament’s increasingly heated debates made headlines throughout the week. “Black Tuesday was Al-Masry Al-Youm’s description of the dive the Egyptian stock market took on March 14. National newspapers, however, were quick to report the market’s revival in the most prominent spots of their front pages on Thursday, …

Sarah El Sirgany