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Egypt threatens to sue U.S. museum over ancient mask

CAIRO: Egypt threatened Tuesday to take legal action against a U.S. museum unless it returns an ancient mask in its collection that the authorities claim was stolen from a warehouse, years ago. The St. Louis Art Museum has a week to turn over the 19th dynasty (1307-1196 BC) mask of Ka-nefer-nefer or face legal action, …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Second Egyptian dies of bird flu

CAIRO: A second Egyptian has died from the bird flu virus, Health Minister Hatem El-Gabali said on Monday. An official from the World Health Organization (WHO) told Reuters the latest victim of the H5N1 strain was a woman who had been in a critical condition on a ventilator before her death Monday morning. This is …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Cultivating the food industry

CAIRO: Non-dairy processed food was a LE 3 billion industry last year, with most of this production coming in the form of jams, concentrates, pickles, sugar, sauces and frozen and dried vegetables. Egypt s ample arable land, much of which is unused, provides opportunities for growth in the food sector, while global health-scares and the …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

Australian education comes to Egypt

CAIRO: Studying for a bachelor s degree doesn t have to take four years and receiving quality international-level higher education shouldn t be limited to the rich. This is what is being said by the people bringing the Institute of Technology Australia (IOTA) to Egypt say. I see in Egypt a feeling that you need …

Sarah El Sirgany

UN launches program seeking to aid human development

CAIRO: In keeping with this year s United Nations Human Development Report and the Millennium Development Goals, the United Nations network launched the UN Development Assistant Framework (UNDAF) in partnership with the Egyptian government. A memorandum of understanding was signed yesterday between UN Resident Coordinator Antonio Vigilante and Egypt s Minister of International Cooperation, Fayza …

Vivian Salama

True authenticity in Aswan

CAIRO: “The city of radiance and luminosity, history, nature, purity and beauty, says Farghali Abdel Hafiz, his eyes lighting up as he describes the ancient city of Aswan, in the south of Egypt. The acclaimed artist chose Aswan as the theme of his latest exhibition for numerous reasons, which extend beyond the aesthetic. Aswan was …

Farah El Alfy

Laying the technological base for development

CAIRO: Egypt’s national plan to build and develop the petrochemical industry in the country recently registered a hit with the start of a $1 billion investment for two large petrochemical projects, both being funded by the Egyptian private sector and Canada. The projects will produce a cumulative 1.65 million tons of methanol and polypropylene. The …

Najla Moussa

Kefaya sees continued stifling of freedoms under anti-terrorism law

CAIRO: As the 25 year-old emergency laws are planning to be lifted by the government, opposition groups, especially Kefaya, have expressed their hesitancy in support such an action. They argue that when the emergency laws are gone, the new anti-terrorism bill proposed by the government will be even worse. “The emergency law should be repealed, …

Joseph Mayton

Gamal Mubarak strides more into the public's eye

CAIRO: Gamal Mubarak, son of Egypt s president and one of the country’s most influential politicians, took a stride further into the public eye this week, presenting himself as a man of the people but denying any desire to lead them. A two-hour interview on state television and a walkabout in a poor Cairo area …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Fifth suspected case found of bird flu in humans

CAIRO: Egypt said Monday a teenager hospitalized in the Nile delta governorate of Kafr Al-Sheikh with bird flu symptoms could be the fifth person in the country infected with the H5N1 strain of the virus. The 18-year-old girl was in stable condition, Nasser Kamel, spokesman for the government s anti-bird flu committee, told AFP. He …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Thirteen new suspected militants stand trial for bombings

ISMAILIYA, Egypt: Terror attacks at several Sinai tourist resorts in the past two years were carried out by a militant group calling itself Tawhid and Jihad, a name used by Al-Qaeda associates elsewhere, Egyptian prosecutors said Sunday. The government has said the militants who carried out the suicide bombings were locals without international connections, though …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Arab leaders donate six ferries to Egypt after sea disaster

CAIRO: Three Arab states have promised to donate two ferries each to Egypt, nearly two months after an Egyptian ferry sank in the Red Sea leaving some 1,000 people dead, the Egyptian press reported Monday. President Hosni Mubarak publicized the offers from the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Libya and Qatar in an exclusive interview with …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Intolerance runs high

CAIRO: Religious scholars are clear in their views on conversion and in fact, Egyptian laws don t penalize the process. Instead, administrative regulations are usually what stand in the way of conversion, mainly those who choose to leave Islam. In a predominantly Muslim community, the idea of converting to Islam doesn t sound repulsive to …

Sarah El Sirgany

U.N. agency urges Egypt to boost bird flu education

CAIRO: Egypt needs to raise public awareness of how to avoid bird flu, which the government says has killed one person and infected four others this month, a World Health Organization (WHO) official said on Monday. There was no sign of human-to-human transmission in Egypt, said Hassan Al-Bushra, WHO regional adviser for communicable diseases surveillance. …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Development using faith

CAIRO: The face of Islam has evolved over the past few years to keep up with growing antagonism and rapid globalization. With a presence in all four hemispheres, and a target audience of the fastest growing religion in the world with some 1.2 billion Muslims worldwide, preachers are struggling to find their niche in this …

Vivian Salama

Approval sought for Orascom Telecom's increased stake in Israeli telco

CAIRO: Hutchison Telecommunications International will seek the Israeli government s consent for Orascom Telecom to increase its stake in Partner Communications above 10 percent, according to Israeli business daily Globes. Through its acquisition of 19.3 percent of Hutchison last December, Orascom became the ultimate owner of 9.99 percent of Partner, an Israeli mobile operator with …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

Press Roundup

CAIRO: The outcome of President Hosni Mubarak’s talks with visiting Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas dominated the national newspaper headlines, along with other government-related news. Meanwhile, while the prime minister’s upcoming visit to Washington and the absence of Mubarak from the Khartoum-based Arab summit raised speculations in the independent press. The talks, held in the Red …

Pakinam Amer

A chance to speak out

CAIRO: During Egypt’s Fourth Annual Cairo Conference, a meeting place for a diverse group of political parties and movements, delegates vowed on Sunday during its closing session to continue their struggle against imperialism, lack of press freedom, the ruling party’s monopoly and the powerlessness of the people. The conference, held on the grounds of the …

Pakinam Amer

Mubarak, Abbas meet in Sharm El-Sheikh

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt: Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas called Sunday on the next Israeli government to work with the Palestinians, who are set to be led by a Hamas-run cabinet from this week. Any Israeli government must cooperate with us and must not ignore the Palestinian side, Abbas said after talks with President Hosni Mubarak in …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Mohieddin speaks out on Omar Effendi controversy

CAIRO: After weeks of refusing to comment on the controversy surrounding the sale of Omar Effendi, Minister of Investment Mahmoud Mohieddin finally broke his silence in a meeting with journalists. The minister was visibly disturbed by the accusations against him in the press, which included some personal attacks by journalists. He defended his role in …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

Housing sector helps bourse move higher

CAIRO: Housing sector stocks, boosted by expected expansion in the sector, helped the bourse to a higher close on Sunday. Orascom Telecom, which is due to release its 2005 results on Monday, also climbed, along with EFG-Hermes. The benchmark Hermes index rose 803.81 points, or 1.4 percent, to 58,323.90 points. The broader CIBC index climbed …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

'Two-head' baby dies a year after operation

CAIRO: An Egyptian girl who had an operation more than a year ago to remove the head of her underdeveloped twin has died following an infection in her brain, her doctor said on Sunday. Egyptian doctors operated on Manar Maged in February 2005, when she was 10 months old, to remove the second head which …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Arab League chief Moussa poised for second term

CAIRO: A popular figure in his native Egypt, Amr Moussa is standing unopposed for a second five-year term as Arab League secretary general at the organization s summit on Tuesday in Khartoum. Arab diplomats say 21 of the League s 22 members are likely to support Moussa, 70, at the March 28-29 summit. The United …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Land dispute ends in bloodshed

CAIRO: Members of two families in a southern Egyptian village battled with automatic weapons Saturday in a dispute over land, killing four people, police said. Three brothers of the El-Dor family and one man from the rival Glindi clan died in the fighting in the village of Bani Smea, outside the city of Assiut, 320 …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Report blames technical failure for 2004 Flash Airlines crash

CAIRO: Egyptian investigators said Saturday that technical failures likely caused a January 2004 crash of a passenger jet carrying French tourists from a Red Sea resort that killed all 148 on board, but a French team blamed the Egyptian crew, saying they failed to react quickly enough. Transcripts from the cabin of Flash Airlines flight …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt set to expand the gas sector

CAIRO: Seeking to reduce its dependency on Russia, Bulgaria may start importing gas from Egypt via Turkey, according to the ministry of investment. The announcement was made after Bulgarian Economy and Energy Minister, Rumen Ovcharov, met with his Turkish counterpart, Hilmi Guler, according to the Egyptian ministry. During the meeting, a number of key issues …

Najla Moussa

The Day The World Changed

The incredibly detailed timeline and graphic photographs of the 9/11 attacks are likely to evoke strong feelings. And perhaps conflicting feelings: Horror at the attacks, but maybe also resentment about the anti-Arab and anti-Islam backlash that followed. Some of the images have become permanently seared into our memories: American Airlines flight 11 crashing into the …

Daily News Egypt

The purpose of production

CAIRO: At a protest in Tahrir recently, there were about 50 people chanting slogans about freedom, God and justice. Although the number of protesters eventually grew, there were initially more spectators than protestors. A handful of important-looking officers oversaw as their many subordinates loitered. Journalists scribbled notes and cameramen recorded videos. About 100 meters down …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

Present and Tense

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Nabil Shawkat

Mido gets away with it

A recent issue of the sports section of The Sunday Times devoted an entire page to Ahmed “Mido Hossam, Egypt’s most famous football export. As you can guess from the headline, “Jewel of the Nile, sports critic Joe Lovejoy does not dwell too long on Mido’s famous touchline bust-up with Egypt’s coach Hassan Shehata in …

Alaa Abdel-Ghani