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Making use of natural resources

CAIRO: Minister of Trade and Industry Rashid Mohammed Rashid announced on Monday that the ministry has begun implementing a plan created by the government to promote industry and trade in various governorates in the hopes of creating greater job opportunities. According to the Al Ahram newspaper, by using the natural resources, mineral resources, in addition …

Najla Moussa

Egypt turns up pressure on reformists

CAIRO: After a period of hope and mounting calls for political reform in Egypt, analysts say the government is now seeking to systematically gag dissident voices as Washington turns its attention to other issues. The reform process has backslided because the United States, busy with other issues in the region like Iraq and Iran, has …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Islamists receive mixed signals from government

CAIRO: The government has been sending mixed signals to Islamist groups, with state security arresting members of the Muslim Brotherhood almost simultaneously with the release of hundreds of members of Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya. With Islamists caught between random detentions, crackdowns and releases, the state of the emergency law has been vehemently debated, with the government strongly …

Pakinam Amer

Mubarak invites Olmert to Egypt

JERUSALEM: President Hosni Moubarak on Friday invited Israeli prime minister-designate Ehud Olmert to visit Cairo after forming his new cabinet, the premier s office said. Mubarak telephoned Olmert to wish him luck with his consultations to form a new coalition after his Kadima party emerged the largest faction in Israel s general election on March …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Iran makes rare call to Egypt on nuclear standoff

CAIRO: Egypt said Friday that Iran wants a diplomatic solution to the standoff with the international community over its nuclear program, but also insists on its right to peaceful nuclear technology. Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki called Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul-Gheit about next week s report to the U.N. Security Council on Iran s nuclear …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

No new human cases of bird flu, say authorities

CAIRO: No fresh cases of the potentially deadly H5N1 bird flu virus have been detected among humans in Egypt for more than a week, health authorities said. “The National Veterinary Poultry Production Monitoring Laboratory stated that test results of all specimens of suspected avian flu infection were negative, according to an April 19 statement by …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Muslim Brotherhood leader calls on Muslims to support Iran

CAIRO: The head of the Muslim Brotherhood called on Arab and Islamic countries to support Iran s nuclear position in the face of U.S. arrogance and asked Iran to reassure its neighbors of its commitment to Iraq. All countries have to the right to adopt peaceful nuclear activities, whether they be British, Indian, Iranian, Egyptian …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Economic woes add to tension in Egypt

CAIRO: Egypt s latest bloodletting between Christians and Muslims has many fearing an explosion of sectarian violence in the Arab world s most populous country, fueled by frustration with plummeting living standards. Increasingly radicalized Muslims, facing growing unemployment, have found it easier to take out their anger on the small Christian minority than confront the …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Ancient gold cartouches found

CAIRO: The discovery of gold cartouches dating back to 1400 BC sheds new light on the relationship between two ancient Egyptian rulers, the antiquities department said Friday. A team of French and Egyptian archeologists have discovered two sets of nine solid gold cartouches bearing the name of Thotmusis III (who ruled from 1479-1425 BC) near …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

WHO confirms 12 human cases of bird flu in Egypt

GENEVA: The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed on Friday that there have been 12 human cases of bird flu in Egypt, four of them fatal. This took the global total to 113 deaths out of 204 cases since 2003, the United Nations agency said. Egyptian officials had previously announced all 12 cases, including the fourth …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

African champions Ahly confront giantkillers Renacimiento

Head: African champions Ahly confront giantkillers Renacimiento JOHANNESBURG: Egyptian giants Al-Ahly lead a powerful line-up into the third and final qualifying round for the African Champions League this weekend. Defending champions Ahly, who outclassed Etoile Sahel of Tunisia 3-0 on aggregate last November to lift the trophy a fourth time, are among nine former champions …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Reforming the education system

I was sitting in a café just yesterday, listening to a group of Egyptian youth discuss the role of education in the region. Their argument went something like this: because Egypt now uses the American system of education, no longer do Egyptians have the mathematical knowledge to succeed in the world. While they are probably …

Joseph Mayton

Parliamentary probe slams state role in ferry disaster

CAIRO: A parliamentary inquiry into a February ferry sinking that killed more than 1,000 people blamed the ship s owners but also strongly implicated the government, the official MENA news agency reported Wednesday. The circumstances of the accident and its reasons point to a hideous image of corruption in a utility related to people s …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Brotherhood launches campaign to end state of emergency

CAIRO: The opposition Muslim Brotherhood launched a campaign Wednesday to end the state of emergency, which President Hosni Mubarak has renewed for 25 years and is expected to extend next month. The lack of freedom is the cause of all woes. And the state of emergency has heightened tensions in this country instead of easing …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt, Arab League condemn Tel Aviv suicide attack

CAIRO: Egypt and the Arab League condemned Tuesday the Palestinian suicide attack in Tel Aviv that killed nine people and called on both sides to return to the negotiation table. Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul-Gheit described the attack as an act of terrorism, a strong condemnation from an Arab state that usually jointly blames both Israel …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Pro-reform judges stage protest

CAIRO: Pro-reform judges staged a protest Wednesday in support of two colleagues who face disciplinary action after accusing the judiciary of helping to rig parliamentary polls. The two judges have been summoned to a disciplinary hearing over charges they tarnished the judiciary s image by implicating pro-government colleagues in alleged vote fraud in the 2005 …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt says it has foiled bombing attempts

CAIRO: The government said on Wednesday it had arrested a group of 22 militant Islamists planning bomb attacks on tourist targets, a gas pipeline near Cairo and Muslim and Christian religious leaders. The opposition Muslim Brotherhood, which seeks political change through peaceful means, said the government would try to use the report to extend emergency …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Police release 120 Brotherhood activists

Head: Police release 120 Brotherhood activists CAIRO: Police on Wednesday freed 120 students arrested for belonging to the Islamist opposition Muslim Brotherhood organization and referred 30 others to the prosecutor, a security official said. The Brotherhood, which forms the largest opposition bloc in parliament, confirmed the releases on its Web site (www.ikhwanoline.com), adding all 150 …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Keeping tourists satisfied

CAIRO: Setting effective measures to reduce road accidents, activating regulations to protect the national asset of ecotourism, establishing training centers and programs and creating nationwide awareness campaigns are only a few highlights of the plan already put into action by the Egyptian Tourism Federation (ETF) to improve the overall experience of tourists in Egypt. These …

Sarah El Sirgany

Legislators debate draft consumer protection law

CAIRO: The People s Assembly gave its in-principle approval earlier this week for a draft consumer protection law. The approval is the first step toward passing the law and legislators have been debating the clauses for several days. Hesham Ragab, deputy minister for legal and legislative affairs at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, tells …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

Activists blame government for failing to abate sectarian tension

CAIRO: After three days of sectarian tension following a series of attacks on Coptic Christian church-goers in Alexandria, activists blamed the government for failing to subdue rising interdenominational friction. “There have been signs of growing tension between Muslims and Christians for years, said director of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights Hossam Bahgat. “Under the …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Analyzing the fallout of the cartoon crisis

CAIRO: After over three months of protesting the publishing of Danish cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed in a manner deemed offensive, Danish and Muslim youth are trying to reach an understanding through a multitude of dialogues and joint conferences in Denmark and across the Arab world. Muslims around the globe protested when a Danish newspaper, …

Pakinam Amer

Revolutionizing education through IT

CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak met with the president and CEO of Cisco Systems Inc., one of the most widely recognized telecommunications and information technology companies worldwide, to discuss how information technology can aid in revolutionizing the educational system in Egypt. They were accompanied by the Minister of Communication and Information Technology Tarek Kamel, and the …

Najla Moussa

Students speak out against mass arrests

CAIRO: Thirty-five more students were arrested in what has been described as a “hostile and aggressive crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated students. The arrests provoked different reactions among students, and many have risen in rowdy protests while others have chosen to be less vocal in their anger. “No to the emergency law, one banner read at …

Pakinam Amer

State paper backs Tel Aviv bombing

CAIRO: A state-owned Egyptian newspaper said on Tuesday that a suicide bombing which killed nine people in Tel Aviv was a response to Israeli attacks on Palestinians, and Palestinians should not abandon the struggle against Israel. But another state newspaper said the bombing on Monday, claimed by the militant group Islamic Jihad, should be condemned …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Mideast conflict, Iran top Chirac's agenda as he heads to Egypt

PARIS: French President Jacques Chirac heads to Egypt on Wednesday for a two-day visit set to be dominated by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and rising tensions over Iran s nuclear ambitions. Traveling with an 80-strong delegation including Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy and top business leaders, Chirac is to head straight into talks Wednesday afternoon with his …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Gomaa released from custody

CAIRO: Prosecutors on Monday released a prominent opposition figure who was detained early this month after a fight with his rivals at party headquarters. Noaman Gomaa, 71, walked free on bail from the Cairo hospital where he was admitted after complaining of heart problems, prosecutors said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Stock market panic resumes

CAIRO: The stock market continued its downward trend yesterday after an apparent lull on Monday. The CASE 30 index, which tracks the top 30 stocks on the Cairo and Alexandria Stock Exchanges, dropped by 2.59 percent, closing at 6,345.56 points on Tuesday. The index has been on the decline for five consecutive days of trading …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

Median overnight interbank rate steady at 8.25 percent

CAIRO: The median overnight rate on the pound was 8.25 percent on Tuesday, little changed from Monday s 8.288 percent, bankers said. They were awaiting the result of a central bank auction on Tuesday of 14-day certificates of deposit worth LE 7.6 billion ($1.3 billion). The central bank sets a corridor for overnight interbank rates …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Christians voice concerns following Church stabbing

CAIRO: On this the fourth day of Pascha, the holiest week in Christian Orthodoxy, spirituality for some has taken a back seat to civil unrest. Hurling rocks and bottles at security forces, Copts in Alexandria took to the streets for a fourth consecutive day claiming they are the victims of discrimination and inequality by the …

Vivian Salama