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'Air born' baby gets 18 years of free flights

KUWAIT CITY: A baby girl born aboard an Egypt-bound Jazeera Airways flight will be able to fly the Kuwait-based airline for free until the age of 18, the carrier said Thursday. The baby was delivered by a traveling doctor and two cabin crew members en route between Kuwait City and Alexandria, in northern Egypt, after …

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Egypt still battling with bird flu, new case detected

CAIRO: A new case of human bird flu, the first since May, was detected in Egypt Wednesday, indicating behavior has been slow to change despite widespread awareness campaigns, officials and experts said. Health officials announced the H5N1 strain of bird flu, its most aggressive form, had been detected in a woman from the northern delta …

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UN eyes prompt Israel pullout from Lebanese village

BEIRUT: The United Nations representative in Lebanon said on Wednesday that a solution was near on the matter of Israeli troops who continue to occupy the Lebanese border village of Ghajar. We discussed the issue of Ghajar and we are confident that we will find very soon a good solution to the question of Ghajar, …

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Egypt Islamists lambast Straw for veil remarks

CAIRO: The leader of Egypt s opposition Muslim Brotherhood on Wednesday hit out at Britain s Jack Straw for his comments on the Islamic veil. I feel like telling Jack Straw: mind your own business, Mohammed Mehdi Akef told AFP. It s a politically-motivated position from which he hopes to gain. Straw, the leader of …

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Egypt "extremely disturbed" by Danish video

CAIRO: Egypt said Monday it was extremely disturbed by a video made by members of an extreme-right Danish party, saying it showed a clear ignorance of Islam. In a statement issued by the foreign ministry, Egypt expressed its extreme disturbance with the behavior of certain young members of the [Danish party]. This behavior signals clear …

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Egypt suggests Arab-African-UN meeting on Darfur

CAIRO: Egypt on Tuesday suggested a special meeting of leaders of the UN Security Council, the Arab League and African Union in a bid to convince Sudan to accept UN troops in war-devastated Darfur, media reported. The Darfur question requires Arab mobilization and building bridges between Arabs and Africans on one hand, and international involvement …

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Rights group calls for end to death penalty

CAIRO: An Egyptian human rights organization has called for the abolition of capital punishment, on the fourth annual World Day against the death penalty. The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights called for an end to the death penalty in Egypt due to the procedure being a failed deterrent of crime and because of Egypt s …

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Idling vehicles banned after pyramid cracks found

CAIRO: Egyptian authorities have put a ban on idling vehicle engines in Saqqara, southwest of Cairo, after cracks started to show on the country s oldest pyramid. The head of Egypt s supreme council for antiquities, Zahi Hawass, has decided to ban the running of engines of all cars and buses waiting for tourists in …

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Egypt condemns North Korean nuclear test

CAIRO: Egypt firmly condemned North Korea s first nuclear test Monday but also urged South Korea to show restraint and pursue diplomatic efforts to defuse the crisis. Egypt is categorically opposed to any nuclear explosion or other measure that could threaten world peace and security or contravenes the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul-Gheit …

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Sadat nephew loses parliamentary immunity

CAIRO: The nephew of slain Egyptian ruler Anwar Sadat lost his parliamentary immunity after implicating the army in the former president s assassination 25 years ago, state-run newspapers said Friday. Talaat Sadat, a 52-year-old deputy, saw his immunity lifted at the request of the military prosecutor after he said his uncle s bodyguards and army …

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Doctors examine jailed and ailing Egyptian opposition leader

CAIRO: A team of doctors examined ailing Egyptian opposition leader Ayman Nour Saturday as a step toward a ruling on his condition that could see him freed from jail early, his wife said. They examined him for more than two hours, saying they would make a determination within a few weeks after studying his entire …

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U.S. nuclear specialists to visit Egypt

CAIRO: U.S. nuclear experts are to offer technical advice to their counterparts in Egypt, which last month announced it was relaunching its civil nuclear program after a 20-year freeze, official media said Thursday. The experts were to arrive in Egypt soon to share their experience, according to U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Francis Ricciardone, quoted by …

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Four Egyptians arrested for trying to tunnel into Gaza

CAIRO: Four Egyptians who were trying to cross into the Gaza Strip through an underground tunnel were arrested on Saturday in the border town of Rafah, official media reported. Egyptian security forces arrested the four during a search operation in the border region with Gaza to prevent any smuggling or illegal passage, the official news …

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Ailing Egyptian opposition leader could be freed

CAIRO: Ailing Egyptian opposition leader Ayman Nour will undergo medical tests at the weekend that could see him freed from jail early, family sources and press reports said Thursday. The 43-year-old failed presidential candidate was imprisoned on forgery charges a year ago and suffers from diabetes as well as heart and back problems. Press reports …

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Egypt raises possibility of new Palestinian election

CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak raised the possibility of a snap Palestinian election to overcome a deepening crisis since Hamas rise to power, according to remarks published Thursday. Palestinian efforts could lead to early elections of the Palestinian Legislative Council to overcome the crisis between Fatah and Hamas, Mubarak said in an interview with Al-Usba magazine …

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Gaza's border with Egypt reopens

RAFAH: The Rafah border terminal between Egypt and Gaza, the Palestinian territory s only gateway to the world that bypasses Israel, has been reopened for two days, officials said Wednesday. Israeli Defense Minister Amir Peretz ordered the border to reopen on Wednesday and Thursday, his office said, owing to the holy Muslim fasting month of …

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Iran says no suspension offer in EU talks, slams U.S. sanctions

TEHRAN: Iran on Sunday denied it had made any offer to suspend uranium enrichment in talks between EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana and its top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani. Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini dismissed reports of a suspension of uranium enrichment by us in the talks on the nuclear crisis as merely …

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Fourteen dead in yet another traffic accident

CAIRO: A truck and a minibus collided head-on south of Cairo in the early hours of Sunday, killing 14 people and injuring seven others, security officials said. They said the minibus driver was trying to overtake another vehicle on a two-lane road and collided with a truck coming from the opposite direction. The accident took …

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Switzerland suspects CIA used its air space in Egyptian mam kidnapping

GENEVA: Switzerland suspects the CIA of using Swiss air space while transporting Abu Omar, an Egyptian imam allegedly abducted by the U.S. spy agency in 2003, the Swiss justice ministry and police said Saturday. Justice Minister Christoph Blocher last week informed the government that an investigation has led to suspicions concerning the transport of Abu …

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Doha Round could still be a success in 2007 – WTO chief

GENEVA: Frozen talks on reducing barriers to global commerce could be revived and brought to a successful conclusion by the end of 2007, World Trade Organization chief Pascal Lamy said on Thursday. Lamy said that he still believed it was possible for the 149 trading nations which make up the WTO to overcome their differences, …

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Lebanese president slams Chirac over summit snub

PARIS: Lebanon s pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud Thursday accused his French counterpart Jacques Chirac of barring him from a summit of French-speaking countries, saying it was an interference in Lebanese affairs. The president of Romania does what Chirac tells him to do, Lahoud told France Inter radio. President Chirac told him a few months ago …

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Rice in Israel, Palestinian territories next week; will also visit Egypt

JERUSALEM: U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will visit Israel and the Palestinian territories next week during a 24-hour stopover as part of a regional tour, a diplomatic source told AFP Thursday. Secretary of State Rice will be arriving in Israel and the Palestinian territories for talks with [Palestinian] President [Mahmoud] Abbas and Israeli leaders …

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Italian intelligence chief under fire in CIA kidnap scandal

ROME: The head of Italy s military intelligence service came under heavy fire from parliamentarians Wednesday over allegations that he helped the CIA kidnap a Milan-based imam, said Italian news agency ANSA. In an extremely tense hearing in front of the Parliamentary Committee for Control of the Secret Services (COPACO), Nicolo Pollari repeatedly refused to …

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Israeli agency head accuses Egypt of turning blind eye over Gaza border

JERUSALEM: The head of Israel s Shin Beth security agency accused Egypt on Wednesday of failing to stop arms smuggling into the Gaza Strip and called on the Egyptians to take more effective action. Something must be done on this issue vis-a-vis the Egyptians … What they are doing is not even a drop in …

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