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'We won't give in to the radicals'

Others | 19 October 2009
Liberal thinkers and writers are queueing up to protest against hesba (a religious principle, which legally empowers the ordinary Muslim to go to court if he suspects that a person, whether Muslim .. More

Costly healthcare infuriates rights groups

Others | 18 October 2009
A DECISION by the Medical Insurance Authority to raise healthcare fees for subscribers iscausing discontent in the corri- dors of local human rights organisations and prodding their officials into .. More

NGO appeals for releasing jailed blogger

Others | 17 October 2009
A NON- GOVERNMENTAL organisation has appealed to President Hosni Mubarak to order the Ministry of the Interior to release Egyptian blogger after spending three quarters of his sentence term... More

Tolerance before democracy, says ex-British official

Others | 17 October 2009
The price of democracy is much of our tolerance, which 'comes first'. This was the main concept of a lecture delivered by Lord David Owen, a former British foreign secretary in Cairo this week... More

Mubarak in Croatia for first time

Others | 17 October 2009
Ground-breaking talks: President Hosni Mubarak (R) sharing a joke with Slovenian Prime Minister Borut Pahor before their meeting in Ljubljana yesterday. Mubarak wrapped up yesterday an official two-.. More

Egypt denies torture claims

Others | 14 October 2009
EGYPT yesterday denied allega- tions that the death of a Palestinian man at an Egyptian hospital was due to torture.“The death of Sami Abu Zuhri was due to a sharp drop in blood pressure,” said an .. More

Mubarak starts Euro tour today

Others | 13 October 2009
Talks with Russia: President Hosni Mubarak (R) during his meeting with the Chief of the Russian Intelligence Service (C) in Cairo yesterday. .. More

Egyptian woman protest ban on austere veil

Others | 13 October 2009
CAIRO, Egypt (CNN) -- There's more to wearing the "niqab" -- the austere, all-covering veil favored by ultra-religious Muslim women --than meets the eye... More

Top cleric sued over niqab ban

Others | 12 October 2009
Controversial regulations:Cairo University students wearing the niqab ,which covers the face except for the eyes, standing outside the university dormitory last week,unable to enter due to new rules .. More

"Black Cloud" again casts a pall over the capital

Others | 11 October 2009
The term "black cloud" has become widely used by Egyptians to describe the tiny particles of pollution in the air over the capital. For ten years now, from October to December, the cloud has .. More

Niqab ban infuriates some, heartens others

Others | 10 October 2009
HUNDREDS of female students gath-ered yesterday in front of the student hostels of Cairo University, Egypt's biggest public university, to protest a decision by the institution's administra-.. More

Classes continue despite two cases of swine flu

Others | 10 October 2009
Only five days into the academic year, the Ministry of Health announced that two cases of H1N1, or swine flu, had been detected among high school students. The first was a 15-year-old student at .. More

'US wheat quarantined'

Others | 10 October 2009
AUTHORITIES have quarantined 57,750 tonnes of US wheat at the Red Sea port of Safaga for quality control reasons, but is not holding any other wheat, Government officials .. More

Costa Rica stuns Egypt 2-0 at U20 WCup

Others | 7 October 2009
Costa Rica's Diego Estrada, left, battles with Hosam Hassan of Egypt in Cairo. CAIRO - Costa Rica beat Egypt 2-0 yesterday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Under-20 World Cup, dumping the hosts out of the tournament... More

Journalists to standtrial over false report

Others | 7 October 2009
EGYPT 'S Chief Prosecutor Abdel- Maguid Mahmoud yesterday referred the editor-in-chief and a journalist of the independent weekly Al-Balagh Al- Gadeed to the Urgent Criminal Court for publishing a .. More

Rights report blasts state of Egypt's prisons

Others | 6 October 2009
According to a report issued by the Association for Prisoner Support and Human Rights and recently submitted to the state-run National Human Rights Council, prisoners in Egyptian jails often suffer .. More

Dissident's nationality case deferred

Others | 6 October 2009
An administrative court in Cairo yesterday postponed until April 18 a lawsuit to strip an Egyptian-US dissident of his nationality for 'tarnishing Egypt's reputation', a legal source said .. More

Egypt cleric 'to ban full veils'

Others | 5 October 2009
Egypt's highest Muslim authority has said he will issue a religious edict against the growing trend for full women's veils, known as the niqab. Sheikh Mohamed Tantawi, dean of al-Azhar university, called full-face veiling a custom that has nothing to do with the Islamic faith. .. More

Downtown: Revival or gentrification?

Others | 5 October 2009
For months, rumors of major real-estate acquisitions in Cairo's downtown district have been rife, raising fears that the city center -- long renowned for its hustle, bustle and local color -- .. More

Baha'is seek marriage contract recognition

Others | 4 October 2009
AFTER winning their fight for recognising their religion in official documents and on identification cards (IDs), Baha'is, a minority in Egypt, are now seeking the recognition of theirmarriagecontracts, .. More

Mubarak: Egyptian-Israeli peace should inspire Tel Aviv

Others | 4 October 2009
President Mubarak called on Israel to reconsider its policies and the way it treats Palestinians and Arabs in general and cited the Egyptian-Israel peace treaty as an inspiration for such .. More