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Respecting all faiths CAIRO: Egypt s Supreme Administrative Court decided on May 15 to suspend the implementation of an earlier ruling that allowed Bahais to have their religion recognized on official documents. The earlier ruling, made on April 4, was passed after a case was filed by a Bahai couple whose official documentation had been …

Ahmad Aboul-Wafa

Al-Wafd conflict back in the news

CAIRO: Al-Wafd party conflicts are back in the news with the general assembly meeting due today. The official newspaper of the party announced that Al-Wafd has entered “a new historical phase. Al-Wafd editor Abbas El Tarabeily said that Friday will be the “Wafdists’ date with history. El Tarabeily wrote that this is the first elected …

Sarah El Sirgany

Egypt denies activists tortured

CAIRO: Egypt on Wednesday denied claims that pro-reform activists detained after a peaceful demonstration in Cairo last week were tortured. The procedures carried out [on the activists] were within the limits of the law, a Ministry of Interior said. Efforts to tarnish the role of the security forces by saying that they violated the law …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Elissa walks the line between repetition and monotony

CAIRO: There is a thin line between having a trademark style and being repetitive and monotonous. In her new album Bastanak (Waiting for You), Elissa walks this thin line, sometimes confidently and eloquently but at other times she staggers. The singer has a strong voice that beautifully fits mellow numbers. Apparently, she is well aware …

Sarah El Sirgany

Interbank rate rises to 8.2 percent

CAIRO: The median overnight interbank rate on the pound rose slightly to 8.2 percent on Wednesday from Tuesday s 8.185 percent as bankers awaited the result of a certificate of deposit auction. The central bank was auctioning 21-day certificate of deposits worth LE 4.6 billion. Three of seven banks contacted by Reuters had dealt overnight …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt has to do its share

CAIRO: Egypt and Germany could expand the horizons of their bilateral development cooperation provided that the Egyptian government makes available the conditions enabling such cooperation, said representatives of Germany in Egypt. In a German Embassy press conference Tuesday, German Ambassador Martin Kobler explained the commitments agreed upon with the Egyptian government in the area of …

Pakinam Amer

Catching the world's eye

CAIRO: An Egyptian delegation is currently in Bahrain marketing investments in Egypt worth $2.54 billion in diverse sectors, with an emphasis on the tourism and industrial sectors such as petrochemicals and fertilizers, agriculture and services, according to the Ministry of Investment. One of the chief priorities under the government’s investment umbrella is the modernization of …

Najla Moussa

Italian honor

  ŠΘ # # # Salmaway is the head of the French publication Al-Ahram Hebdo, head of the Writers Union and also a famous writer and novelist, here, Mamdoh El Beltagy and Amr Moussa # # Nazly Madkour, Mohammed Salmawy, Nabila Ebeid, Italian Ambassador Antonio Badini and wife and American Ambassador Francis J. Ricciardone

Daily Star Egypt Staff

U.S. government and rights group speak out against alleged abuse

CAIRO: Human Rights Watch (HRW) said yesterday that President Hosni Mubarak should immediately order an independent judicial investigation into last Thursday’s alleged torture and sexual assault by security agents of political activists. The U.S.-based watchdog also slammed the Egyptian government in a statement released yesterday. “We have asked President Mubarak to put a stop to …

Joseph Mayton

French plot to kidnap Abu Hamza in '98

LONDON: The French secret service discussed kidnapping firebrand Muslim preacher Abu Hamza from London to prevent a terrorist attack on the 1998 World Cup, a new book serialized in The Times claimed Wednesday. The plan, which was not at an advanced stage, reportedly involved snatching the Egyptian-born cleric off the street, bundling him into a …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Saudi, Egypt discuss Mideast peace initiative

CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak and Saudi King Abdullah opened talks Wednesday in Sharm El-Sheikh on efforts to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, the official news agency MENA said. The talks in the Red Sea resort were to focus on a resumption of negotiations between the Palestinian and Israeli sides, and Egypt s push for a summit …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egyptian PM suggests constitution amendment

CAIRO: Egypt may change the constitution in a way that makes it more difficult for the opposition Muslim Brotherhood movement to win large numbers of parliamentary seats, Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif said in an interview. Nazif said one proposal was to introduce an electoral voting system which combines voting for individuals and voting for party …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Iraq PM declares state of emergency in Basra

Reuters BASRA, Iraq: Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki on Wednesday declared a state of emergency for a month in oil-rich Basra which is in the grip of a power struggle among Shiite factions. We hope after this month that we will come back to Basra and see that the situation has improved a lot, Maliki …

Daily News Egypt

Egyptian police says terror group had planned further attacks

Associated Press ISMAILIYA, Egypt: A group of 13 suspects tried for terror attacks that killed nearly 100 people in Sinai Peninsula resorts over the past two years were plotting to bomb a church and archaeological sites, an Egyptian security official told the court on Tuesday. Police Capt. Nabil Mohammed said defendant Bassam Hammad Eid had …

Daily News Egypt

Israelis kill Egyptian smuggler on border

ISMAILIA, Egypt: Israeli border troops shot dead an Egyptian man trying to smuggle goods into Israel, Egyptian and Israeli officials said on Wednesday. The unnamed man, who was armed but carried no identity papers, was shot in the head and chest after an exchange of fire with Israeli troops on the central section of the …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Calyon Egypt approves $87 million capital hike

CAIRO: Calyon Bank Egypt, which is 75 percent owned by French investment bank Calyon, is to issue new stock to raise its capital to LE 500 million ($86.7 million), the bank said on Tuesday. In a newspaper advertisement, the bank said the capital increase, which was approved at the bank s extraordinary shareholders meeting last …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt trims squad for Spain friendly

CAIRO: African champions Egypt have settled on a 21-man squad for their friendly against World Cup-bound Spain in Elche on Sunday, dropping five players from a preliminary list named by Coach Hassen Shehata. Among those omitted was Dutch-based goalkeeper Sherif Ekrami, who made his debut for Feyenoord at the end of last season. French-based midfielder …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Choosing to speak out

CAIRO: Talk can be cheap, but for the participants of the Bussy Project performance, talking means having the courage to speak up. In a performance exclusively for the American University in Cairo (AUC) community, about a dozen women and a couple of men acted out real stories submitted to the Bussy Project (the word is …

Sarah El Sirgany

Median o/n interbank rate unchanged at 8.125 percent

CAIRO: The median overnight interbank rate on the pound was unchanged at 8.125 percent on Tuesday compared to Monday s close, as the market awaited the result of an auction. It is still quiet because everybody is waiting for the result of the 7-day note auction, one trader said. The central bank offered seven-day certificates …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

A taste of 19th century Egypt

CAIRO: The American University in Cairo (AUC) Press held its annual Book, Art and Music Festival Monday evening at the newly restored Muhammad Ali Palace, showing off its publications in style. The festival, held every year to celebrate a range of new AUC Press publications, also features art exhibitions by artists whose works have appeared …

Najla Moussa

Ooh Ricky!

CAIRO: “We love you, Ricky! screamed the Egyptian audience as the Latin star made his way offstage after a two-hour over-the-top performance on Monday night. The concert at Media City was a great success; Ricky Martin really knows how to put on a show. Egypt is one of his stops on his global tour entitled, …

Farah El Alfy

Protests planned in response to alleged torture

CAIRO: The Hisham Mubarak Law Center has issued a statement which declares a demonstration will take place on Thursday, June 1, in front of Kasr El Nil police station, Garden City. It also asks for other Egyptian human rights organizations to come forward in support and participation in Thursday’s demonstration. The announcement came following a …

Joseph Mayton

Radical cleric faked fatherhood claim to stay in Britain

Head: LONDON: Abu Hamza Al-Masri, the radical Egyptian Muslim cleric who was jailed here for seven years in February, falsely claimed to have fathered a child after moving to Britain, a newspaper said Tuesday. Abu Hamza, who was sentenced for inciting racial hatred and soliciting murder, claimed on a birth certificate in October 1980 that …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Seven Palestinians killed in Israeli raid on Gaza

Agence France-Presse GAZA CITY: Israeli troops staged their first ground operation in the Gaza Strip Tuesday since pulling out of the territory last year, killing three Islamic Jihad militants and a Palestinian policeman. Three other militants were also killed in the occupied West Bank overnight, making it the deadliest spike in violence since the radical …

Daily News Egypt

Saudi king to visit Egypt for Mideast talks

RIYADH: Saudi King Abdullah is to visit Egypt on Wednesday for talks with President Hosni Mubarak on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, ahead of an Israeli-Egyptian summit, a Saudi official said Tuesday. Abdullah and Mubarak will meet in Sharm El-Sheikh to discuss the tense situation in the Palestinian territories, the official told AFP, requesting anonymity. The monarch …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Gap growing in coverage of events between independent and state-owned papers

CAIRO: As opposition and independent newspapers concentrated on Muslim Brotherhood electoral candidates and the Kefaya (Enough) movement’s reaction to the arrest and torture of two of its young members, national papers continue to present government plans for economic and social reform. The main headlines of the national papers Al Ahram and Al-Akhbar focused on the …

Pakinam Amer