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Orfi marriage, Coptic-style

CAIRO: An Egyptian Orthodox Christian filed a case at the family court demanding to certify her marriage to a foreign Christian, Al Gomhuria daily reported. The woman had tied the knot using a orfi (unofficial) contract that was not legally registered. The court has turned down the case on the basis that marriage for Egyptian …

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Merrill Lynch holds face-to-face investor forum in El Gouna

CAIRO: Merrill Lynch Middle East and North Africa (Mena) held a one-on-one Investor Forum from Feb. 10-13, 2007, in the Red Sea resort town of El Gouna, Red Sea, Egypt. This conference was designed to bring together senior portfolio managers of Merrill Lynch’s top institutional clients and CEOs/CFOs of important corporations in the Mena region. …

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General manager of Allianz-AGF discusses investment opportunities and development potential in Egypt

CAIRO: Hugues de Roquette-Buisson, general manager for the Middle East, of AGF-Allianz Group, visited Egypt last week to discuss investment opportunities in Egypt and the recent reforms undertaken by the Government to encourage development. De Roquette-Buisson, as a member of the French Business Investors Association (Medef), met with Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif, ministers of finance, …

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Omar Sharif to undergo anger management after car-park bust-up

LOS ANGELES: Actor Omar Sharif was on Tuesday was ordered to undergo anger-management classes after pleading no contest to hitting a car park attendant in Beverly Hills. Superior Court Judge Richard A. Stone placed Sharif on two years probation and ordered a 15-hour anger management program, which he can take in Egypt. Sharif is currently …

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New positive factors favor progress on the Middle East peace, but challenges remain, says UN

New York: A convergence of positive factors, including a new Palestinian unity Government and the first political talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders in six years, have the potential to help restore calm and re-energize efforts to achieve a two-State solution, but many immediate and longer-term challenges need to be overcome, a senior United Nations …

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In Syria, like Egypt, Iraqi refugees fear the future

NEW YORK: More than 5,000 Iraqis, fearful of being deported under Syrian immigration regulations, queued up outside the United Nations refugee agency office in Damascus today to register. We hadn t expected a crowd quite that big, so all staff – including our drivers – dropped what they were doing and became involved in distributing …

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Al-Aqsa Mosque compound under siege

Associated Press JERUSALEM: Hundreds of Israeli police stormed the grounds of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Friday, firing stun grenades and tear gas to disperse thousands of Muslim worshippers who hurled stones, bottles and trash in an eruption of outrage over Israeli renovation work near the disputed Old City site. The clash at the end …

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WORD ON THE STREET

Cairenes speak out on the Israeli violation of Al-Aqsa Mosque “It’s the end of the world. But as long as we remain silent nothing will ever change. The Quran said that we must prepare for our enemies, but nobody’s doing anything. Sadat, God have mercy on his soul, was the only one who achieved victory …

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Israel minister demands halt to Jerusalem works

JERUSALEM: Israel s defense minister has written to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert asking for an immediate halt to public works near Jerusalem s ultra-sensitive Al-Aqsa mosque that have sparked Muslim rage. Amir Peretz said work on a new access bridge should stop, citing fears that the security situation will deteriorate, an official said on condition …

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Loula Zaklama honored for public relations achievements

Loula Zaklama, 2006 International Public Relations Association (IPRA) President, handed over the IPRA presidency to Philip Sheperd from Belgium during a celebration held in Brussels last month. The same night saw Zaklama honored for her achievements in the public relations field throughout her term as IPRA president last year. She was the first Egyptian businesswoman …

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Article 2 of constitution triggers heated debate in parliament

CAIRO: A war of words broke out between MP Mostafa El Fiqi, head of the foreign affairs committee at a lecture, and Refaat Fikry, Patriarch of the Anglican Church in Shubra, over Article 2 of the constitution. The contested Article says the Sharia is the main source of legislation. El Fiqi did not believe that …

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Blood donations encouraged at Adly Street

CAIRO: Downtown’s Adly Street will witness a blood donation campaign organized by the ministry of international cooperation. The ministry joins nation wide efforts to encourage blood donation. Throughout Wednesday and Thursday, the ministry will host a specialized medical team assigned by the ministry of health, to test blood donors expected at the ministry’s headquarters on …

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Book fair highlights

Seminar: Naguib Mahfouz the Scriptwriter. Attended by: Ahmed Yousef, Khayreya El Bishlaway, Tawfiq Saleh, Tarek El Shinawy among others. 6th of October Hall, 1 pm. Seminar: Sons of Naguib Mahfouz. Attended by: Ahmed Darwish, Salwa Bakr Khairy Shalaby, Salah Fadl among others. 6th of October Hall, 3 pm. Seminar: Egyptian and Italian Writers Face to …

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Book fair's highlights

Seminar: Civil society and development. 1 pm, 6th of October hall. Seminar: Peaceful applications of nuclear reactors. 3 pm, 6th of October hall. Seminar: Europe, Christianity and Islam: A 14 century old relationship. 12 pm, Italian Culture Center. Seminar: Italian and Egyptian writers face to face. Attended by: Claudio Magris, Gamal Al-Ghitany and Akeel Almarai. …

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Meet the authors

Now’s your chance to meet some of your favorite Egyptian authors. The American University in Cairo Press is hosting a number of book signing sessions at their Naguib Mahfouz Pavilion at the Cairo International Book Fair. Friday, January 26 Yusuf Abu Rayya: This author was awarded last year’s Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature by the …

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Mother-in-law angry in sympathy with Saddam!

CAIRO: This is one of the oddest but most amusing of complaints that might have ever come to the media’s notice. An Iraqi widow who resided with her Egyptian mother-in-law in Qena, Upper Egypt, has reported her kids’ grandmother to the police. Having heard that former president Saddam Hussein was hanged, she turned out her …

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Holier than now: young Jerusalem offers plenty of treats

Great food, hip cafes and a bumping nightlife Jerusalem: In a brick theatre dating from pre-Ottoman times, a crowd of revelers has gathered to groove to the unrelenting thump of minimal techno. Even though it’s closing in on 4 am, the packed dance floor hasn’t let up, and the unyielding rhythms of Berlin-based DJ Aaron …

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For the love of Giza

Cairo: The tourism police at the Pyramids Giza plateau were alerted to a man standing atop of the big pyramids, the local press reported. Hisham Nabil Ramadan, 25, a mechanic from Shubra was warned not to attempt climbing as he was seen by the police trying to start the venture. But despite the warning, Ramadan …

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Mediterranean Smart Cards Company expands reach with new deal

CAIRO: Mediterranean Smart Cards Company (MSCC) announced that they have signed an agreement to handle smart card processing for the 11-country banking institution BSIC Group. The Bank, formally known as Banque Sahélo-Saharienne pour l’Investissement et le Commerce, is headquartered in the Libyan capital of Tripoli. It has operations in 10 other African countries, namely Benin, …

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Belly dancer gets scammed

CAIRO: In many of the country’s cabarets and seedier night spots, it is not uncommon to find a belly dancer or a singer of sorts flooded with banknotes of all kinds as he or she is performing at a night club or a wedding. This is a common form of adulation for the performer. But …

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