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Tomb in Egypt reveals flowers, not mummies

Could have been tomb of King Tutankhamen’s mother LUXOR, Egypt: Archaeologists hoped the first tomb discovered in the Valley of the Kings in 80 years would hold the mummy of King Tutankhamen’s mother. They opened the last of eight sarcophagi, revealing no mummies but finding something almost as valuable: embalming materials and ancient woven flowers. …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Turning an ordinary plane ride into an enthralling experience

CAIRO: “Liberty of expression can come in the form of writing, film, from intellects or from body language. The body is a huge tool for reflecting social and political issues, says Walid Awni, pioneering choreographer of modern dance, an art often described as the most expressionistic form of dance. On the stage of the Cairo …

Farah El Alfy

Treasuring our heritage

UNESCO funds museums to showcase antiquities in Cairo and Alexandria Two grand museums in Cairo and Alexandria have been given the go-ahead by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, (UNESCO). Shadia Kenawy, Egypt s ambassador to UNESCO, said that investment from the international organization will support a number of projects being implemented in …

Daily News Egypt

Touring the capital

Author of “Cairo: The Family Guide talks about discovering the city CAIRO: School is out for the summer and the kids are on the loose. While trying to figure out how to keep them occupied and out of trouble during the holidays, this is a good time to explore Cairo, and Lesley Lababidi, author of …

Aida Nassar

MSA's 10th anniversary

  ŠΘ # # # The event, held at the MSA Sixth of October campus, was attended by more than 1,000 people including Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa, seen here with his spouse and Nawal El Degwy # # Abdel Aziz Hegazy and spouse, and Ahmed Darwish

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Second round wrap-up: Football super powers dominate the scene

Traditional powerhouses fill up the ranks of the quarterfinals CAIRO: An intense level of world-class football was exhibited throughout the round of 16 at the World Cup 2006, where traditional powerhouses in the world of football have booked their place in the upcoming quarterfinals. The quarterfinals will witness six of the former world champions, Brazil, …

Daily News Egypt

New coins still rare in Cairo

LE 1 and 50 piaster coins are interesting novelties but still a hassle CAIRO: When Yehia Mohamed showed a cab driver the newly introduced LE 1 and 50 piaster coins, the driver immediately asked to take them; Mohamed had no option but to hand them to the eager driver. About a month after their introduction …

Sarah El Sirgany

Activists continue to push for change

CAIRO: On Tuesday evening, a few hundred activists demonstrated in front of the press syndicate, calling for the release of fellow pro-democracy activists currently detained. Among the demonstrators were several recently released detainees who showed up dressed in white, a tribute to what they were forced to wear while in detention at Tora prison. Kamal …

Joseph Mayton

French court rules Egyptian crash case must be heard in France

PARIS: A French court Tuesday rejected an appeal by families of victims of a plane crash at the Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh for the civil case to be heard under United States jurisdiction. The accident on January 3, 2004 claimed 148 lives, including those of 134 French passengers, when a chartered Boeing 737-300 …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Reformers say new judiciary law doesn't go far enough

Associated Press CAIRO: Parliament approved changes in judiciary laws, meeting some key demands of Egypt s pro-democracy movement though reformers said Tuesday it did not go far enough to guarantee judges independence from the government s control. The bill was passed Monday night after months of debate, sharpened by the arrests of hundreds of people …

Daily News Egypt

World pressure exerted upon Egypt to clear old mines from past wars

CAIRO: Two landmines south of the resort town of Dahab exploded, killing three Egyptians and severely wounding two others, amid warnings from local and international human rights groups concerning Egypt’s landmine problem and their constant calls for immediate aid to end it. Egypt was declared by Landmine Monitor (LM) in late 2005 as “one of …

Pakinam Amer

Piraeus to launch new brokerage firm in CASE

CAIRO: Piraeus Bank in Egypt has approved a proposal to set up a new brokerage firm in the Cairo & Alexandria Stock Exchanges with a total capital of LE 5 million ($879,000). Gamal Moharram, the chief executive of Piraeus Bank-Egypt, told NOOZZ on Tuesday that his bank would submit an application to the Capital Market …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Factory worker shortage addressed

Factories in the free zone complain of lack of manpower CAIRO: Despite the unemployment crisis that plagues many of Egypt’s poorer governorates, the governorate of Port Said is claiming that it suffers from a lack of human resources needed to work in the factories that are being set up for investment projects in the free …

Najla Moussa

Israel launches full-scale raid into Gaza

Egypt continues efforts to free soldier “before Gaza is destroyed RAFAH: Palestinians dug in behind walls and embankments in the southern Gaza Strip on Wednesday after Israel sent in troops and tanks, and bombarded bridges and a power station from the air to pressure militants to release a captured soldier. No casualties were reported. It …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Making nightlife sparkle

CAIRO: In Egypt, entertainment is sometimes in short supply, with many complaining that there is simply not enough activity taking place. That was the case until last December, when the nightlife scene took a turn for the better, introducing a higher quality of music and people. The two men behind this are Aly El-Awady and …

Farah El Alfy

Islamists forecast harsher crackdown

Reuters CAIRO: Egypt s Muslim Brotherhood expects the government to intensify a crackdown on the opposition movement to prepare a power transfer to President Hosni Mubarak s son, the group s deputy leader said on Monday. Mohammed Habib said a power transfer from Mubarak, 78, to leading ruling party politician Gamal Mubarak could happen in …

Daily News Egypt

Heated debate in parliament over judicial bill

CAIRO: Egypt s parliament was the scene of heated debate on Monday after Speaker Fathi Sorour had accused opposition MPs of polluting the ideas of the judiciary , the official news agency MENA said. Monday s session was discussing a controversial draft law on the authority of the judiciary, a day after a walkout by …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Police kill two wanted for Sinai attacks

CAIRO: Egyptian security forces on Tuesday shot dead two men named as members of a group behind deadly bombings in Sinai tourist resorts, security sources said. The security forces shot Ibrahim Hamid and his brother Sami in northern Sinai, where the authorities say the militant group was based. A gun battle started when police arrived …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Bourse lower and listless without news

CAIRO: Egypt s bourse nudged lower on Tuesday in the absence of company news to stimulate investors who were awaiting earnings results and the result of bidding for Egypt s third mobile license, traders said. Individual stock performance was mixed. Investment bank EFG-Hermes held its ground after a recent series of falls to end 0.4 …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

An accumulation of errors

CAIRO: A committee appointed by Minister of Transportation Mohamed Mansour to investigate the cause of the Al Salam Boccaccio 98 ferry disaster concluded its report yesterday, having found that a series of mistakes by the crew of the vessel, compounded by the inadequate actions of officials and the vessel owner both before and after the …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

Egyptian women flock to hear female preachers

Reuters CAIRO: Women of all ages pour into a fluorescent-lit mosque hall hours before Sherine Gouda El-Sahhar is due to deliver her weekly sermon, seeking a seat near the front so they can catch a glimpse of the preacher. The 200 women can barely squeeze into the hall, so Sahhar s helpers remove the screens …

Daily News Egypt

A cast of unknowns delivers an outstanding performance in "Awqat Faragh"

“Awqat Faragh (Leisure Time) Director: Mohamed MostafaStory and Script: Mohamed Moqbel and Amr GamalActors: Randa El Beheiry, Ahmed Hatem, Safa, Karim Qassem, Ahmed Haddad, Amr Abed CAIRO: After buying a cigarette from a kiosk, Ahmed asks his friend about what to do. Gradually the conversation flows to their relationships and sexual conquests. In the same …

Sarah El Sirgany

Eclectic mix of referees comes with eccentricities

BERLIN: Their ranks include a tax inspector, a tire salesman, even an airline pilot. Then they step on the soccer field and become referees. Conventional wisdom holds that the best referees are the ones that nobody notices. Instead, these arbiters of what is fair and what is foul are fast becoming the story of this …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Inner Wheel celebrates successful year

  ŠΘ # # # The Inner Wheel members honored Samia Aboul Fotouh, President of Inner Wheel Club in Egypt and Jordan, above, Mrs Ahmed Nazif, Mona and Samia Aboul Fotouh # # Many businesswomen, Inner Wheel members, and socialites, including the wife of Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif, Interior Affairs Minister Habib El Adly and …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt's tourist industry continues to grow despite recent bombings

CAIRO: In the last year, Sinai’s largest resorts, Sharm El Sheikh and the beach resort of Dahab were targeted by suicide bombers seeking to de-rail Egypt’s economy by targeting the country’s vital tourist industry. Tourism in Egypt is directly linked to the national economy, making tourists a symbolic target for terrorists operating in the region …

Daily News Egypt

European secret services colluded in CIA terror transfers: report

STRASBOURG: European secret services colluded in the detention and secret transfer of terrorist suspects in or across the continent, the author of a key report on the CIA rendition flights said Tuesday. Dick Marty, a Swiss parliamentarian who compiled the report for the Council of Europe rights watchdog, said there was no doubt of collaboration. …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Voicing opposition to acts of torture

CAIRO: On a day when the world came together in opposition of torture worldwide, activists came together for a surprise demonstration in front of the Sayeda Zeinab police station. The demonstration aimed to show solidarity with the campaign to end torture across the globe. Sayeda Zeinab police station was chosen because it is known for …

Joseph Mayton

Parliament approves judicial law draft

CAIRO: During its assembly Sunday, Egypt’s upper house initially approved a draft of a judicial law, proposed by the government and currently being reviewed by parliament, reported Al-Masry Al-Youm on its front page. The constitution gave the judicial authority all guarantees to a free and independent judicial system, said Abdel-Ahad Gamal, National Democratic Party representative …

Pakinam Amer