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Arab League decides to open office in Baghdad

CAIRO: The Arab League decided on Saturday to open an office in Baghdad as part of its preparations for a reconciliation meeting of Iraqi politicians to be held in Iraq in June, Egypt s foreign minister said. Abul-Gheit made his comments after a meeting of Arab foreign ministers at the 22-member Arab League s Cairo …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Quiet surrounding voter registration angers opposition

CAIRO: Egyptians have until March 9 to register tand receive a voting card, which allows the holder to vote in any future presidential elections or national referendums. The lack of publicity of the registration process has come under pressure from opposition groups. Many, including the Kefaya movement, believe that this is due to the National …

Joseph Mayton

A walk-in kaleidoscope

CAIRO: What is a Kaleidoscope? According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, it is an instrument containing loose bits of colored material, perhaps glass or plastic, between two flat plates and two plane mirrors. So placed that changes of orientation of the bits inside are reflected in an endless variety of patterns. Now imagine that this …

Farah El Alfy

Investors eyeing textile industry

CAIRO: According to the Ministry of Trade and Industry, international investors are eyeing the Egyptian textile industry. The ministry stated that it is developing and aiding in the growth of textile companies in order to meet the demands of European importers and global markets. “A number of initiatives and programs have already begun to assist …

Najla Moussa

CAREER

CAIRO: So, you’re fresh out of university. You’ve got a lifetime of excitement ahead of you; paying bills, buying a house or apartment, starting a family with expenses, expenses and expenses. The first step is to find a job, not a job in daddy’s company, a job that you earned and genuinely want to do. …

Vivian Salama

Morning cravings

CAIRO: It’s customary to go out for lunch or dinner; those favoring late night meals also have their preferred locales. The breakfast market, meanwhile, has long been cornered by the numerous fuul and taamiya outlets available on almost every street in the city. That, however, seems to no longer be the case, as many restaurants …

Sarah El Sirgany

A taste of M1NT

CAIRO: “The atmosphere is of a very feminine club … It’s very seductive, says Tahir Sultan, as he explains the essence of London’s high-end club M1NT. “You walk in and you see eclectic turner prize artworks on the lush purple walls, suede couches with velvet cushions, fish tanks and the lights get dimmer and dimmer …

Farah El Alfy

Head: Former minister drops cases against press

CAIRO: Former Housing Minister Mohamed Ibrahim Suleiman dropped all his lawsuits against the press on Friday, clearing the way for an end to a confrontation between the press and the government over prison sentences. President Hosni Mubarak promised two years ago to work to abolish custodial sentences for publishing offences but the law has not …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Mubarak to visit Germany

BERLIN: President Hosni Mubarak will visit Germany later this month for talks expected to address the situation in the Palestinian areas and moves toward democracy in the Middle East, the German government said Friday. Mubarak will meet Chancellor Angela Merkel on March 11, spokesman Thomas Steg said. He also is expected to meet Germany s …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Analysis

CAIRO: With the demise of an immediate free trade agreement between Egypt and the United States, the time has come to shed light on other priorities of the trade and industrial development agenda. Qualified Industrial Zones (QIZ), which were expected to be eventually made redundant by comprehensive free trade with the U.S., have now become …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

Egypt to study second landline operator mid 2008

CAIRO: Egypt will not begin studies on a second fixed-line telephone operator until mid-2008, Communications Minister Tarek Kamel said on Thursday. Kamel said prices for local calls should be reviewed before a second operator is considered. The study of the existence of a second land line operator will not happen until mid-2008, the state news …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Today we are not united

CAIRO: Good news for people in a hurry. This evening, sometime between 6-9 p.m, you ll get where you want to go in no time because of the unusual emptiness of the city s perpetually bustling streets. Ahli and Zamalek will be at it again and only those coming from Mars will not be watching …

Alaa Abdel-Ghani

Britain's Prince Charles to tour Egypt, Saudi Arabia, India

LONDON: Britain s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, will visit Egypt, Saudi Arabia and India during a two-week official tour later this month, Charles office said Thursday. The trip will be the second the he and his second wife have made since their marriage in April 2005, having visited the …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Present and Tense

Time was that birds were at the top of the food chain. The entire planet was their hunting ground with seeds and shrimps and succulent primordial worms. Then we appeared with our arrows and slings and the bird population had to assess the situation. As carcasses, I am told we’re quiet delicious. Alive, we litter, …

Nabil Shawkat

Playing the waiting game at the Rafah border

RAFAH: It is hard to imagine that a gravel road is all that leads to one of the most difficult border crossings on the planet, but that is the reality of the Gaza-Egypt crossing at Rafah. Although construction is underway to pave the road, gravel is all that stands between hundreds of Palestinians and home. …

Daily News Egypt

Britons freed from Egypt claim torture

LONDON: Three Britons who spent nearly four years in prison in Egypt for membership of a banned Islamic group said Wednesday they had been repeatedly tortured for their political beliefs. The allegations came after Reza Pankhurst, Ian Nisbet and Maajid Nawaz were freed by the Egyptian authorities and returned to London s main Heathrow Airport …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Beyond free trade

CAIRO: U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice sealed the fate of free trade with Egypt after her visit last week. Negotiations on any agreement on the matter are now unlikely to commence before 2009. Despite attempts to pass off the postponement of free trade talks to internal political conditions within the U.S. Congress, the topic …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

Press round up

CAIRO: The economic repercussions of bird flu still dominate the news. President Hosni Mubarak’s visit to the Arabian Gulf and Libya has also received a considerable share of coverage, especially since some of the president’s announcements during the tour struck many chords at home. While Al-Masry Al-Youm reported on Tuesday that the ban on selling …

Sarah El Sirgany

Word on the Street

CAIRO: Although the parliamentary elections concluded months ago, their effect is still being felt today. The Supreme Judiciary Council has withdrawn the immunity of four senior judges: Mahmoud El-Khodeiri, Hesham Bastawisi, Mahmoud Mekki and Ahmed Mekki. The four now face charges of damaging the image of the judiciary by accusing fellow judges of involvement in …

Daily News Egypt

Poultry reparations insufficient say rights groups

CAIRO: Rights groups in Egypt criticized a government strategy to compensate poultry farmers and sellers, hard hit by the H5N1 avian virus two weeks ago, for fowl destroyed in a recent prevention drive. Cases of the virus have emerged among birds in 14 of 26 Egyptian governorates, although there have been no-incidences reported among humans …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Human rights lawyers hail U.S. detainee settlement

NEW YORK: Human rights lawyers on Wednesday took heart from the U.S. government s $300,000 settlement with an Egyptian man rounded up after Sept. 11, saying it boded well for hundreds of other former detainees. The government on Monday agreed to pay $300,000 to Ehab El Maghraby, its first settlement out of hundreds of claims, …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Armed robbery investigation underway

CAIRO: A massive investigation is underway after an armed robbery that took place last Friday at Aramex International Egypt’s Maghrabi offices ended in the murder of a security guard and a loss of approximately LE 1.5 million in stolen cash. According to a highly placed executive at the company, the robbery took place at around …

Najla Moussa

Cooperation between private sector and ministry vital

CAIRO: The Egyptian ministry of communication and information technology (MCIT) has praised the partnership between the government and private sector, stating that it has proven to be a successful formula for the implementation of a number of communication information technology (CIT) projects. We are always concerned to strengthen our relations with the business community and …

Najla Moussa

Journalists rally for freedom of the press

CAIRO: Journalists and political activists gathered at Cairo s Journalists Syndicate to discuss the detainment of Al-Masry Al-Youm reporters one year ago for what the government called irresponsible, false attacks against a public figure. Abdel-Nasser Al-Zoheiry was sentenced earlier this week to one year imprisonment for allegedly slandering Egypt s former housing minister, Ibrahim Suleiman. …

Vivian Salama

Quenching the audience's thirst

CAIRO: “I will paint wings on my back. Colorful wings and fly into a painting of Odilon Redon, says Yara Goubran as she enters onto the Howard Theater’s stage. The first play written by Shems Friedlander was in fact designed with this young actress in mind, who managed to take 22 minutes of dialogue and …

Farah El Alfy

Islamist trio, freed in Egypt, due back home in Britain

LONDON: Egypt deported to London three Britons released from jail where they had served almost four years of their five-year sentences for spreading propaganda for an Islamist group, officials said on Wednesday. The Britons were among a group of 26 men jailed for between one and five years for spreading propaganda of the Hizbut Al-Tahrir …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Mubarak sees Egypt's forex reserves rising

CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak said in remarks published on Wednesday he expected his country s foreign exchange reserves to keep climbing. The Egyptian central bank s foreign reserves grew 33.6 percent in the year to January to $22.13 billion. I want the central bank to have $100 billion, and this hope is not far away …

Daily Star Egypt Staff