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Coptic pope plays down challenge by dissident bishop

CAIRO: Egypt s Coptic pope sought Monday to reassure his followers Monday upon returning from a trip abroad that raised concerns over his health and saw a dissident bishop trying to set up a rival church. The church has 20 centuries of history behind it. It has remained solid and was never harmed by the …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egyptians freed in Iraq

KUWAIT: Three Egyptians kidnapped in Iraq have been freed, Kuwait s private television Al-Rai reported on Sunday. They are being received by Egyptian authorities at the Iraqi-Kuwaiti border, Rai said. The three were freed following intensive efforts by the Egyptian embassy in Kuwait. It was not immediately clear when the men were abducted. A television …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Mortgage refinance company established with LE 200 million capital

Additional funding of $37.1 million to be provided by World Bank CAIRO: In an attempt to address the shortage of long-term funds in the housing market, the central bank and 24 private and public financial institutions jointly established a new mortgage refinance company. The Egyptian Company for Mortgage Refinancing (ECMR) has been created with an …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

Israeli PM to press ahead with Gaza raids

Thousands stranded along Egypt-Gaza border JERUSALEM: Prime Minister Ehud Olmert rejected on Monday international criticism of Israel s offensive in Gaza and demands by militants to free Palestinian prisoners in exchange for an abducted Israeli soldier. Olmert, speaking to foreign media, said operations in Gaza to press for the soldier s release and an end …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Catering to all tastes

Andre Porchet explains upcoming strategy regarding competition, new products and potential acquisitions CAIRO: It doesn t require much thought to connect the timing of Nestle s recent launch of a high-end product within its chilled dairy sector, to the expected competition with local newcomer and international leader of manufactured yogurt, Dannon. But according to Nestle …

Sarah El Sirgany

Abdel Moneim Madbouly, renowned Egyptian comedian, dies at 85

CAIRO: Abdel Moneim Madbouly, a comedian and playwright who entertained millions of Arabs for more than 60 years, died Sunday in Cairo. He was 85. Madbouly died of heart failure at the Arab Contractors Hospital in Cairo, where he had been treated for heart problems, Egypt s official news agency reported. He wrote, directed and …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt's role in the UN propelled by aid initiatives

CAIRO: Egypt has stepped up its aid initiatives with the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), assisting Niger, Sudan and other African countries, providing aid relief. The Egyptian government has been a regular donor to WFP activities for many years, contributing $1.69 million since 2001 and assisting recently in Sudan. Allan Jury, head of WFP …

Daily News Egypt

Foreign media scramble to win over Arab viewers

Reuters BEIRUT: Rarely have Western news organizations wooed Arab hearts and minds so avidly, or with so little certainty of political or commercial reward. Freed by satellite television and the Internet from the dreary monopoly of state media, Arabs already get news in their own language from a plethora of local and foreign sources. Western …

Daily News Egypt

Press round-up: Parliamentarians maneuver to pass press law

Students protest against Israeli offensive in Gaza CAIRO: Opposition and independent newspapers’ struggle against the controversial press bill continues. Front-page headlines feature slogans such as “The free press will never surrender and “The July 9 Revolution, referring to this Sunday when scores of reporters and pro-reform activists erupted in protest against the law. “The new …

Pakinam Amer

Passing on the torch

  ŠΘ # # # Rotary members, charity volunteers, businesswomen and socialites attended the event, here, Esmat and Effat Zedan, Nadia Ezz El Deen, Manal Sorour # # Mar Brat, Shafik Nakhla, Fatma Barada

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Cairo copes with exploding population

CAIRO: On the occasion of the internationally recognized World Population Day, commemorated Monday, several countries in the region, particularly Egypt and Yemen, are taking a closer look at the impediments to development caused by exploding populations. In Egypt, the issues involved are conveyed by the example of Mahrous Amin, 33, and his wife Awali, who …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Anger over press law continues unabated

Independent and opposition newspapers strike against new law CAIRO: Journalists continue to protest a government-proposed press law after Egypt’s People’s Assembly announced that it was prepared to pass it. More than 20 independent and opposition newspapers and magazines launched a strike on Sunday; only national newspapers were to be seen on newsstands. Many pro-democracy and …

Pakinam Amer

Israel launches strikes after rebuffing ceasefire

GAZA: Israel launched air strikes against Palestinian targets across the Gaza Strip on Sunday and said it would continue an open-ended offensive after rebuffing a ceasefire proposed by Prime Minister Ismail Haniya of Hamas. Israeli leaders said the military would press on with air and ground assaults until Palestinian militants released Corporal Gilad Shalit, a …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Police arrest 30 Brotherhood leaders

CAIRO: Egyptian security forces have detained 30 leading members of the Muslim Brotherhood, the latest arrests in a crackdown on the country s strongest opposition movement, the group s deputy leader said on Sunday. Mohammed Habib told Reuters 27 Brotherhood members were arrested in the town of Ras Al-Bir on Egypt s north coast during …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Shares dip as mobile telecom mania fades

CAIRO: Shares slipped on Sunday as mania triggered by last week s auction of Egypt s third mobile license faded and the market turned sluggish, with telecoms stocks generally lower, traders said. Existing mobile operator Vodafone Egypt dropped 4.7 percent to close at LE 88.66 ($15.37), while rival MobiNil fell 0.4 percent to LE 157.97. …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Omar Effendi sale finalized

CAIRO: After years of unsuccessful attempts to privatize the retail giant, the board of directors of the Holding Company for Trade finally approved the sale of Omar Effendi to Anwal United Trading Co., a Saudi clothing and apparel retailer. The final approval by the holding company that owns Omar Effendi follows the endorsement of the …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

Dying Egyptian artform revived in Cairo

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: When Omm Sameh sings, trendy students, young intellectuals and tourists looking for a taste of the exotic sway to her captivating sounds. The voluptuous, dark-eyed singer sings to the Prophet Mohammed and his descendants, to Jesus and to unseen spirits to the pulsating rhythms of drums and strings. She is one of …

Daily News Egypt

Little to glow about at World Cup for Africa

Agence France-Presse BERLIN: Africa is ready, Africa s time has come, Africa is calling. Those emotive words from South African president Thabo Mbeki about South Africa s hosting of the 2010 World Cup could just as well sum up Africa s hopes of actually winning the trophy. They may be ready but their time has …

Daily News Egypt

Less than half proposed sites pass first hurdle for UNESCO list

VILNIUS: Less than half the 37 sites nominated for a place on UNESCO s prestigious World Heritage list have been provisionally approved for inclusion on the list, an official of the UN cultural body said in Lithuania Friday. Our experts have recommended 14 sites to be included on the World Heritage list, but this does …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

A towering achievement

CAIRO: A marketer by profession, Randa Haggag dared to do what most executives caught up in the rat race only dream about. Through her passion for photography, which started off as a hobby, she was able to take a step back from the daily grind and really take notice of the beauty in her surroundings. …

Aida Nassar

Muslim Brotherhood to run in Shura Council elections

Group accuses government of obeying U.S. commands CAIRO: One of Egypt’s principal opposition groups, the Muslim Brotherhood, announced Thursday their intention to run in the coming elections for the Shura Council (lower house of parliament) in April. “We have a principal. It is that we would run for all elections, on every level, including the …

Pakinam Amer

Hunch time

It’s come down to Europe vs. Europe, former vs. former champion, blue vs. blue. France s Les Bleus vs. the Italian Azzurri. The stage is set for a classic. Tomorrow witnesses the biggest football match in four years. Any questions? History says Italy will win. The French will be making just their second ever appearance …

Alaa Abdel-Ghani

Future of the El-Ghad party in question

CAIRO: Despite its young age in comparison to other, more established parties, the liberal El-Ghad (Tomorrow) party, founded by the 42-year-old Ayman Nour in October 2004, was one of the key players in the political movement that Egypt witnessed in the last couple of years. The party had its ups and downs and now faces …

Maram Mazen

Defense-minded teams advance to the finals

CAIRO: For any teams looking to advance in the next World Cup, thinking that an assortment of talented strikers and attack-minded midfielders are enough, this World Cup may cause them to think again. As goalkeepers turned out to be the hero’s in the quarter-finals, the defenders prevailed during the semi-finals. In the first semi-final between …

Daily News Egypt

Israel presses Gaza assault, 26 killed

Agence France-Presse GAZA CITY: Israel pressed on with its bloody offensive against Gaza on Friday, a day after reoccupying land and waging multiple air strikes in the deadliest 24 hours in the Palestinian territories for four years. Three Palestinians, one of them a teenager, were killed as Israeli artillery and aircraft pounded the northern Gaza …

Daily News Egypt

A stylish wedding

  ŠΘ # # # Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif attended the event along with Minister of Culture Farouk Hosny and Minster of Defense Hussein Tantawy, here we can see Farouk Hosni, Ahmed Fathi Sorour, Ahmed Nazif and Safwat El Sherif # # Hussein Tantawy, Nora, Mohamed and Samir Farag

Daily Star Egypt Staff

The elusive myth of press freedom

We re Egyptians, we like fairy tales. Aly Baba and the 40 Thieves, Joha, One ?Thousand and One Nights. Oh, and the most modern of our fairy tales; the one about social and political reform. Most Egyptians know that one; it s ongoing. If only Scheherazade d had access to that ?one, she d have …

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Women and minorities, the Arab invisibles

Hopes are high that the military junta which recently seized power in Mauritania, ousting long-time dictator Mouawiya Ould Al-Tayie, will usher in a new era marked by democratic reform. Historically, Arab countries have had bitter experiences with coups, but there is reason to believe that this latest episode differs markedly from its predecessors. The country …

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