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Thousands mourn victims of Muslim-Christian clashes

  CAIRO: Thousands gathered Thursday morning at Samaan El-Kharraz Church in Moqattam for a funeral for those killed in clashes between Muslims and Christians Tuesday night. Thirteen were killed in the clashes, at least five of them were Muslim. Seven coffins were seen at the church on Thursday. Residents of the Manshiyet Nasser district headed …

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Oil versus tourism: At odds on the Red Sea

HURGHADA/CAIRO: Home for pristine diving spots and almost 200 oil drilling platforms, the Red Sea is a battlefield for two of Egypt’s pivotal sources of income, tourism and petroleum. A month after dispatches of oil covered Hurghada’s shoreline, authorities are still contesting the size of the spill, the source that leaked the oil and the …

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Two to kayak from Aswan to Alexandria for water preservation

  CAIRO: Roz Savage rows the ocean blue for a green cause” is a headline likely to breed an “Oh my God, another crazy person” reaction from many around the world, and particularly in Egypt.   But for two Egyptian 20-some-year-old rowers, thousands of miles away, Savage’s voyage across the Atlantic struck a slightly different …

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Christian supremacists promote Quran-burning on 9/11

CAIRO: A California-based Church is calling for an international day to burn the Quran on Sept. 11 to commemorate the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. Dove World Outreach Center is calling on others to burn copies of the Quran on the …

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An insightful exploration of the world of refugees

  C ountless studies have been conducted on the struggles and triumphs of refugee communities. Although most remain academic, they provide valuable insight into the hosting nations by presenting statistics and other scientific data, detailing the reasons for displacement and, in general, offering a better understanding of the country fled.   But what about the specific, …

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Political parties committee needs root changes, says Sadat

CAIRO: Legal representative of the founders of Al-Islah Wal Tanmeya (Reform and Development) Party Anwar Essmat El-Sadat said he will only appeal the political parties committee’s decision, which denied his party’s licensing request, when root changes are made within the committee’s structure. “I will propose freezing our right to appeal the committee’s decision in … …

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Editor’s real estate tax case adjourned to Sept. 19

CAIRO: The North Giza Criminal Court on Sunday adjourned till Sept. 19 the case filed by Egypt’s Minister of Finance against the editor-in-chief of independent newspaper Sawt Al-Umma. Wael El-Ebrashi and Samar El-Dawi, a reporter at the same newspaper, were accused by Minister of Finance Youssef Boutros Ghali of inciting public opinion against a controversial …

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People are government’s last priority, says released Sinai activist

  CAIRO: After 30 months of shuttling between a number of Egyptian prisons, Bedouin activist Mossad Abu Fagr maintains that his experience mirrors the government’s fear of rising dissidents and its inability to understand the Bedouin culture.   In his first televised interview after being released last Tuesday, Abu Fagr discussed reasons behind his arrest, …

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Ministry starts campaign against underage, summer marriages

CAIRO: For the second year in a row, the Ministry of Family and Population launched a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers posed by underage as well as summer marriages, also referred to as temporary marriages, in the 6th of October governorate. The awareness campaign will target young girls, students and families in the …

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Middle East Ensemble puts music in a cultural context

F or Scott Marcus, the idea of a trip to Egypt in the early 80s did not only stem from a desire to stand in awe at the Giza Pyramids; it was his thirst for world music, and Middle Eastern melodies in specific that propelled his journey, and the many that followed. He quenched his thirst …

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Ministry starts campaign against underage, summer marriages

CAIRO: For the second year in a row, the Ministry of Family and Population launched a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers posed by underage as well as summer marriages, also referred to as temporary marriages, in the 6th of October governorate. The awareness campaign will target young girls, students and families in the …

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Brotherhood support ElBaradei’s petition for change

CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood (MB), Egypt’s largest opposition group, launched a campaign on its website Thursday to collect signatures in support of the National Association for Change’s petition calling for constitutional amendments. The MB is still, however, debating whether to participate in the upcoming People’s Assembly (PA) elections or to opt for a boycott, something …

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15 Bedouin detainees ‘from the cities’ get release orders

CAIRO: Fifteen Bedouin detainees were given release orders on Thursday and at press time were waiting to be discharged at the state security office in Al-Arish. Those released belong to families which reside in cities, Bedouin spokesman Moussa El-Dilh told Daily News Egypt. “The government is favoring those from the cities over people from the …

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Syndicate supports lawsuit against TV promoting ‘unqualified’ medical advice

CAIRO: The case filed by an Egyptian woman against four satellite TV channels for promoting alternative medicine through “unqualified guests on their shows” has been postponed to November, head of the Doctors’ Syndicate Hamdy El-Sayed told Daily News Egypt. Al Baraheen International, the company under which the channels operate, is accused of disregarding laws that …

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Nasr Hamed Abu Zeid dies in Cairo at 67

CAIRO: Renowned Islamic scholar and former professor of Arabic Literature at Cairo University, Nasr Hamed Abu Zeid, 67, died Monday morning after contracting an unknown virus during a recent trip to Indonesia. He died at Sheikh Zayed Hospital in Sixth of October City on Monday, July 5 . In 1995, Abu Zeid went into self-exile …

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The last goodbye: Coparck in Egypt

For Dutch indie pop band Coparck, a gig in Egypt was a mixed bag of surprises. Originally scheduled for April 22, the five-man ensemble found themselves held back when unforeseen volcanic ashes crippled air traffic over Europe and consequently, the rest of the world. In a celebratory return last Friday at Al-Azhar Park’s Geniena Theater, …

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Bedouins reject promises by NDP MPs as ‘too little, too late’

CAIRO: Bedouins of North Sinai rejected a pledge by National Democratic Party MPs to resume negotiations in an effort to ease tensions between the disgruntled residents of the peninsula and the Ministry of Interior. “We reject their offer completely,” spokesman Moussa El-Dilh told Daily News Egypt. He said that most Bedouin elders see the initiative …

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Dutch delegation holds meetings in Egypt to boost cultural dialogue

  CAIRO: In a bid to bridge differences and bolster cultural dialogue between the Netherlands and the Muslim World, a delegation of seven ethnic minority scholars and experts, both Muslims and non-Muslims, were invited to Egypt to hold a series of meetings with religious and government bodies.   The delegation met with Sheikh Al-Azhar Ahmed …

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Bedouins demand release of detainees

CAIRO: Bedouins of North Sinai are demanding that the Ministry of Interior release all detainees and reexamine cases filed against some Bedouin leaders in absentia, which they allege have been “fabricated.” In a meeting Thursday held south of the city of Rafah amid a heavy security presence, Bedouins and tribal elders called for lifting security …

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Experts call for accurate media coverage of elections

CAIRO: As Egypt braces an election period, People’s Assembly ballot slated for October and a presidential race in 2011, media and political experts are leery of local media’s ability to cover the lengthy process. Although media in Egypt has significantly progressed over the past few years, a higher sense of professionalism and training specific to …

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Wafd party head urges people to vote in PA elections

CAIRO: The new head of Al-Wafd party El-Sayed El-Badawy called on Egyptians to cast their votes during the People’s Assembly (PA) elections next fall and be “the true observers of the elections,” according to an online news portal. El-Badawy refused international monitoring of the PA’s upcoming elections claiming that international bodies are unable to overlook …

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Drilling platforms not guilty of oil spill, says ministry

CAIRO: Waste dumping and residual oil stains on rocks caused the recent oil spill on the Red Sea coast of Hurghada, according to online news portal masrawy.com. The committee assigned by the Ministry of Petroleum to investigate the source of last week’s leakage attributed large quantities of oil in and around Hurghada to periodic waste-dumping …

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Kharma's 'First Voyage' into world music

  As musicians turn to fusing and experimenting with different genre, it has become increasingly difficult to classify these new products in classical terms; rock, jazz, country. Some opt for describing what their music should invoke by using terms such as dance or chill-out music.   In a city like Cairo, where those who grew …

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Platform responsible for Red Sea oil spill to be revealed Tuesday

CAIRO: Oil fingerprints from the platform responsible for the recent oil spill on the Red Sea coast of Hurghada will be revealed Tuesday morning to identify the responsible entity. “We collected samples from the platforms in the area and the leakage. Identical prints will be ready tomorrow at 8 am,” managing director of the Hurghada …

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Mubarak hastens draft of personal status law

CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak urged a committee formed to draft a personal status law for Coptic Christians to complete its task during the next two months, Naguib Gobrael, a lawyer representing the Orthodox Church and head of the Egyptian Union for Human Rights Organization, told Daily News Egypt. Mubarak’s message was relayed to Pope Shenouda …

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Ban on live poultry to go nationwide

CAIRO: As of July 1, 2010, a ban on the selling of live poultry, which was in place since May 2009 across only five governorates, will be implemented nationwide. Head of the Poultry division at the Cairo Chamber of Commerce Abdel-Aziz El-Sayed said that instating a ban on selling live poultry will only be effective …

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PA speaker rejects request to investigate 'abuse of power' by gov't officials

CAIRO: Parliament speaker Ahmed Fathy Sorour rejected a request by Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and independent MPs to carry out an investigation into alleged violations by current and past ministers in cabinet. Twenty-five MPs, including 20 MB members and five independents, demanded an investigation into what they claim are instances of abuse of power and squandering …

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Brotherhood MPs say health ministry impedes free medical care

CAIRO: Muslim Brotherhood MPs are accusing Minister of Health Hatem El-Gabaly of sentencing thousands of Egyptians to death under new laws which they claim hinder the process of granting citizens free medical care. In an unprecedented stance, independent and ruling party MPs demanded a vote of no-confidence against El-Gabaly during the People’s Assembly’s (PA) health …

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ElBaradei answers online questions on his strategy, criticism

CAIRO: Former head of the IAEA and reform advocate Mohamed ElBaradei was in a hot seat Wednesday as he answered 25 questions voted upon by users on his website as part of the “Ask Baradei” campaign. In the 52-minute interview, ElBaradei stressed on the importance of signing the petition championed by the National Association for …

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