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And now for the quarter-finals.

CAIRO: Over the span of 11 days, 16 nations at the 25th African Cup of Nations fought to cement their place in the quarter-finals. After injuries, extra-time and plenty of heart-stopping moments, only eight can continue the race toward the prestigious title. Twenty-four games have been played thus far, and football analysts, viewers and players …

Daily News Egypt

Bani Mazar killings provoke nationwide speculation

CAIRO: In yet a new twist in the case of the killing spree that took place in Shams El Din Bani Mazar in El Menia that rocked the country, the accused murderer’s family has finally spoken out, confirming popular belief that the man standing trial is not the same person that killed 10 people. According …

Najla Moussa

Mubarak promotes son in ruling party

CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak on Wednesday promoted his son Gamal to a more senior role in the ruling party in what analysts and opposition politicians saw as a step to position him for the presidency. Mubarak appointed Gamal, already one of the most influential figures in the National Democratic Party (NDP), to one of three …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Press Syndicate discusses press freedom, honors three journalists

CAIRO: Following several incidents regarding Egyptian journalists, the press syndicate put together a closed discussion on the status of press freedom and its future in Egypt, honoring three “courageous journalists. Over the past few months, harassment of reporters and press personnel has contradicted all expectations of a free press. The ruling party assured the public …

Pakinam Amer

WHO declares country polio free

CAIRO: Egypt has been declared polio-free for the first time ever by the World Health Organization (WHO). Over a year has passed since the last sample of polio was found here, says Faten Kamel, a medical officer with the WHO polio program in Cairo. We can safely say that we have successfully eradicated polio in …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

No regrets for Lemerre after Tunisia humbled

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt: Tunisia coach Roger Lemerre says he has no regrets over fielding a weakened side that lost 3-0 to Guinea in their final group match at the African Nations Cup on Monday. Leading scorer Francileudo dos Santos was among the players rested by the Frenchman, who decided to experiment rather than make sure of …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

No deportation for Sudanese detainees, says government

CAIRO: The government will not deport Sudanese detainees lacking official status as asylum seekers or refugees, according to an official at the foreign affairs ministry. “Now that the [UN refugee agency] UNHCR has completed its assessment interviews, it’s been decided that none of the remaining detainees will be deported back to Sudan, said Nasser Al-Hamzawi, …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

South Sudan demands probe into Cairo refugee deaths

CAIRO: The government of South Sudan is sending a delegation to Egypt to demand a probe into the deaths of 27 Sudanese when police broke up a protest in Cairo, the official SUNA news agency reported. It said the delegation would leave in the coming days with a message from southern leader and Sudanese First …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Fighting dirty money

CAIRO: Since the introduction of the money laundering law of 2002 in Egypt, about 12 perpetrators have been caught, according to sources at the Ministry of Interior. The country has also become an international partner in cooperative efforts aimed at money laundry, with last week marking its most recent participation in financial corruption talks. Representatives …

Sarah El Sirgany

Egyptologists find war goddess, rare Nubian king

CAIRO: Egyptologists have discovered two 3,400-year-old statues of the lion-headed goddess Sekhmet and a rare statue depicting a king with Nubian features, an archaeological conservation director said on Monday. War goddess Sekhmet embodied the cruel powers of the sun, and was also responsible for both curing and causing illness. The excavation team believe the statues …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Giving kids something to smile about

CAIRO: For the 3,000 Egyptian children born annually with a cleft lip or a cleft palate, life is fraught with hardship. They are unable to nurse and their speech is impaired. Sinus and ear infections are a regular occurrence. Ingestion becomes complicated as those suffering from this birth defect have trouble keeping food in their …

Vivian Salama

Fourteen Hong Kong tourists killed in Egypt bus crash

CAIRO: Fourteen tourists from Hong Kong were killed and 30 others wounded in a bus accident Tuesday in southeastern Egypt, the official MENA news agency reported. The bus, carrying the tourists from the Red Sea resort of Hurghada to the southern Nile city of Luxor, was going at high speed when it spun off the …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Angola finally wins but misses out on quarterfinals

CAIRO: Only one goal separated Angola from a quarterfinal place at the African Cup of Nations. It could have come even at a different stadium and the Black Antelopes would have made the last eight. But Angola headed home despite Sunday s 3-2 win at Cairo sInternational Stadium – their first victory at the championship …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt's CIB lifts 2005 net profit

CAIRO: Egypt s Commercial International Bank (CIB) increased its net profit by 20.6 percent to LE 610.14 million ($106.48 million) in 2005, the bank said in a statement on Monday. The bank said it made LE 505.76 million in net profit in 2004. Most of the increase in 2005 came from an increase in net …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

No money, no quarter-final say DR Congo

GIZA, Cairo: Democratic Republic of Congo will not play their African Nations Cup quarter-final against Egypt if bonuses are not paid in time, coach Claude LeRoy said on Monday. DR Congo nearly boycotted their opening Group B game against Togo over unpaid bonuses for reaching these finals. A fresh row has now broken over cash …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Job creation tops new cabinet's program

CAIRO: Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif said plans to tackle crippling unemployment levels are high on the agenda of his new government programme, which he unveiled Monday in parliament. The cabinet gives priority to job creations in order to absorb the growing workforce and implement President (Hosni) Mubarak s program for 4.5 million new jobs …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Al-Wafd reporters protest peacefully

CAIRO: More than 30 of the temporarily banned Al-Wafd newspaper journalists sat-in on Sunday in front of the High Committee for Journalists, protesting the halt of their daily publication. In front of the committee’s headquarters, reporters staged a silent and peaceful protest that lasted around three hours, during which members of the committee were assessing …

Pakinam Amer

Scholars debate the role of women in the judiciary

CAIRO: Legal scholars and members of the Egyptian judiciary went head to head to debate the controversial question of whether women should be permitted to sit as judges in Egypt. The Arab Center for the Independence of the Judiciary and Legal Profession (ACIJLP), in collaboration with the Delegation of European Commission in Egypt, hosted the …

Vivian Salama

Arab neighbors will work with Hamas-led cabinet

CAIRO: All the Arab governments around Israel will deal directly with a Palestinian cabinet dominated by the militant Islamist group Hamas, ignoring U.S. and European attempts to isolate the group, analysts said on Monday. The Egyptian and Syrian governments already have good working relationships with Hamas, although some of their main domestic opponents are Islamists, …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt arrests 22 Muslims over religious violence

ASSIUT, Egypt: Egyptian authorities have arrested 22 Muslims suspected of murder, arson and vandalism during sectarian violence which killed a Christian, judicial sources in the southern town of Luxor said on Sunday. Muslim youths set fire to building materials being used by Christians to turn a house into a church in the southern Egyptian village …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

London Lord Mayor visits with U.K. business delegation

CAIRO: The Lord Mayor of the City of London, David Brewer, is visiting Egypt this week with a business delegation to meet local companies and government officials, including President Hosni Mubarak, Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif and a number of other ministers. Brewer heads up government services for the Square Mile, an area in central London …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

To look or not to look

CAIRO: Heated debates between Islamic scholars have been running rampant after a religious decree was issued by an Egyptian cleric claiming that nudity during sexual intercourse invalidates a marriage. According to the controversial fatwa by Rashad Hassan Khalil, a former dean of Al-Azhar University s faculty of Shar’ia (Islamic law), being completely naked during the …

Najla Moussa

Refugee study programs seek to build awareness

CAIRO: “You are governor of a refugee hosting province. The province has received refugees from different neighboring countries for a long time. About 10 years ago there was a large scale influx that coincided with an economic crisis in your country and a drought further inland, read the first paragraph of an assignment given to …

Sarah El Sirgany

Injured Mido hopes to make quick recovery

CAIRO: Egypt striker Mido hopes to make a quick recovery from the injury that forced him off the pitch early in Saturday s African Nations Cup win over Ivory Coast. Mido suffered a groin strain and was forced to leave the pitch in the 24th minute as Egypt won 3-1 to clinch top place in …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Criticism leveled at NGOs unjustified

CAIRO: Egyptian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) conducting human rights work are in a bind these days. With local sources of funding almost non-existent, they are being forced to turn to foreign organizations for the funds to pay their expenses. But foreign money has some inherent complications; it opens them up to accusations of being unpatriotic and …

Daily News Egypt

A night to remember

CAIRO: With a splendid – if somewhat unexpected – 3-1 victory against the Ivory Coast, Egypt has made its way into the quarter-finals atop of Group A. The win, while a boon for Egyptian fans, sends Morocco, runners-up two years ago, packing, without having netted a single goal through their matches. Egypt added three valuable …

Daily News Egypt

Al-Masry Al-Youm Friday issue delayed

CAIRO: Last Friday, the independent daily Al-Masry Al-Youm could not be found on newsstands; rumors that the paper had been banned by the government circulated, as faithful readers searched for the newspaper in dismay. The newspaper has one of the highest rates among opposition and independent newspapers for distribution. The publication has almost always been …

Pakinam Amer

Reporters protest Al-Wafd halt

CAIRO: A group of angry Al-Wafd reporters sat-in in front of the press syndicate Saturday morning, protesting the halt of publication of the Al-Wafd newspaper that is now in its fourth day. The newspaper halt was a direct result of longstanding in-fighting among different factions inside the Al-Wafd party. The conflict peaked when Noaman Gomaa, …

Pakinam Amer

A fairytale palace re-opens its doors

CAIRO: Once upon a time, in a kingdom not so far away, Mohamed Ali used to throw beautiful and glamorous events in a palace on the Nile in Shubra. After years of desolation, on Monday evening, the doors of this palace were once again thrown open, the magical space was flooded with opera music and …

Farah El Alfy