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Morocco raps Egyptian Islamic scholar for mortgage edict

Reuters RABAT: An Egyptian Islamic scholar has irked Morocco by telling its young people it s okay to take out a mortgage to buy a house, even though Sharia religious law bans interest payments as usury. A religious council appointed by King Mohammed said Youssef Al-Qaradawi, who is influential among Muslims around the world, had …

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Treasure hunting through Soly Gallery

The collection is eclectic and disorganized but the fun lies in the search CAIRO: From the musty smell and the dim lighting to the way the paintings are stacked and stuffed in corners like old hoarded treasures, you might think you’re a 12-year-old again and sneaking around your grandmother’s attic. Soly Art Gallery is a …

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Forget a UN force in Gaza absent a political horizon

The deployment of a beefed-up United Nations force in Lebanon to bolster the cease-fire led Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Massimo d’Alema to suggest in late August that a similar deployment be made in the Gaza Strip. Days later, Karen AbuZayd, the commissioner general for the UN Relief and Works Agency, UNRWA, said “it would …

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Egypt to relaunch civil nuclear program

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: Egypt is to relaunch its civil nuclear energy program after a 20-year freeze, with plans for a nuclear power station on the Mediterranean coast, officials said Sunday. The government s Supreme Council for Energy met Sunday for the first time in 18 years to discuss alternative energy sources including the nuclear option. …

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West, Saudi Arabia unable to confirm bin Laden death

Reuters WASHINGTON: Saudi Arabia said on Sunday it had no evidence that Osama bin Laden had died, shedding further doubt on a secret document leaked in France that said Saudi secret services believed he had died last month. France, the United States and Britain have said they were unable to confirm the report in French …

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In Pharaohs' footsteps, Egypt eyes new gold-mining era

Agence France-Presse RED SEA HILLS: After a 2,000-year lapse, Egypt is looking to acquire a gold-mining industry again by revisiting ancient deposits of the precious mineral that symbolized the glory of the Pharaohs. Josef Al-Raghy surveys Sukari Hill, a large reddish outcrop in Egypt s Eastern desert dotted with his Centamin company s drilling rigs. …

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The Crusaders are coming?

‘The Pope has slandered Islam by equating it with violence and irrationality. Let’s bomb the Vatican.’ No one to my knowledge has actually said so, though they might as well have, if one is to go by the climate of hysterical frenzy that has swept the Muslim world since Pope Benedict XVI delivered his now …

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AUC reacts to Lebanon's tragic events

Fund raising events will span 33 days to remember days under attack CAIRO: Expressing solidarity in the tragic events that occurred in Lebanon over the summer, the entire community of the American University in Cairo (AUC) organized a Day for Lebanon event to raise funds for Lebanese victims. The event included an entertainment program held …

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Movie sparks controversy but draws crowds with harsh depiction of Egypt

Associated Press CAIRO: It s an odd choice for Egyptian popular entertainment: a bleak movie about corruption, torture and political stagnation in a country where cinematic happy endings are the norm. But audiences are still packing the theaters at a time of widespread discontent in the Arab world. The Yacoubian Building has been raising controversy, …

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Insight Inside focuses on energy

Vortex Healing workshops targets mental energy CAIRO: Linda Noorlander has always known that she had a special gift. “Even as a child, I was able to sense energies that other people couldn’t. I always knew that I would end up helping people one day with this ability that I have. What she didn’t always know, …

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Theater company uses experimental techniques to bring their messages home

CAIRO: The new Rooabet space at the Townhouse Gallery downtown was the venue earlier Tuesday night for a unique and arresting event staged by El-Warsha Theater Company. The evening was composed of a medley of different performances, with songs, poetry and dramatic readings of texts coming together in a collage informed by recent events in …

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Meet the talented members of the Tiatro troupe

Tiatro is an independent theatrical troupe that was formed by 26-year-old Omar El-Moutaz Bellah in 2001. They started with five members and have now reached 120, 15 of whom come from other countries. Interestingly, none of Tiatro’s members was originally a theater person. The relatively young El-Moutaz Bellah – commonly referred to as Egypt’s Hitchcock …

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Bitter taste of reality

Out of time and place, but distinctly relevant to the here and now CAIRO: Al-Batreeq: Hathayan Fil Ro b Wal Horria (The Penguin: Hallucinations about Freedom and Terror), written and directed by Omar El-Moutaz Bellah, was recently performed at Metropole Theater on the periphery of the 18th Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theater by Tiatro …

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In the spirit of Ramadan

ALEXANDRIA: Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar is a month Muslims await from year to year. In keeping with Islamic traditions, Egypt witnesses an increase in good deeds throughout the day and full mosques during the night. People all over Egypt anticipate the arrival of the month of Ramadan. Many people embrace the …

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TV producers more than generous with Ramadan offerings

Egyptian and satellite channels gear up for the biggest season of the year “Ramadan Kareem. We use these words to greet each other at the start of the month of fasting. The phrase translates as “Ramadan is generous, marking the surplus in everything: food, dessert, traffic jams and most of all the number of terrestrial …

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Reliving a piece of history

An insider view into the new TV production Halim One of the central figures of his age, he was an intricate part of the government. Despite dangers, he never traveled with a motorcade or even a bodyguard. I became absorbed in him for two reasons: this is a man who seemed to have no fear …

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Analysts say Bush wasting his time with address to Mideast population

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: Arab commentators on Wednesday dismissed U.S. President George W. Bush s appeal for democracy directly to the people of the region as a patronizing and doomed effort to give a new face to Washington s reviled policies. In a speech at the UN General Assembly Tuesday, Bush conveyed his message by addressing …

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Egypt's top Muslim leader demands clearer papal apology

Associated Press CAIRO: The grand sheikh of Al-Azhar Mosque, the Sunni Arab world s most powerful institution, demanded on Tuesday that Pope Benedict XVI apologize more clearly for insulting Islam. The pope s remarks were insulting to Islam and Muslims, and (he made) a religious and scientific mistake, Grand Sheikh Mohammed Sayed Tantawi told papal …

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Egyptian regulator to unveil takeover code on Nov. 1

Reuters DUBAI: Egypt s capital markets regulator will introduce a takeover and acquisition code governing publicly listed companies on Nov. 1, the exchange chairman said. Hani Sarie-Eldin said the Egyptian Capital Market Authority (CMA) drafted the policy due to growing interest in Egyptian companies from regional and global investors. In 2005, nine Egyptian firms, mainly …

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Informant's letter to Clinton irrelevant to bomb-plot case, government says

Associated Press NEW YORK: Recent complaints by a discontented paid police informant to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton should have no impact on a subway bomb-plot case, federal prosecutors argue in court papers. A letter sent to Clinton last month by Egyptian-born Osama El Dawoody in which he complains about his treatment contains no new information …

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Gaza's human calamity

While the world’s gaze remains focused on Lebanon, less than 200 kilometers south in Gaza, a human time bomb is ticking. Some 1.4 million people in Gaza – more than half of them children – are packed inside one of the world’s most densely populated areas with no freedom of movement and no place to …

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Resettle or return

Sudanese refugees frustrated by hardships in Egypt dream of being resettled, but there are few slots for thousands of refugees. CAIRO: Sudanese refugees who escaped from the bloody conflict in Darfur say that anything is better than the atrocities in their country. But as they find a safe haven in Egypt, they end up unemployed …

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Egyptian dance brings life to City of the Dead

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: In the depths of Cairo s City of the Dead, Umm Essam unveils her latest creation: a blood-red bellydance costume, complete with golden pearls. But there are no models or podiums in this dressmaker s tiny workshop hidden deep in the alleys of one of the city s oldest cemeteries. At the …

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Reworked Othello falls short

The Temple Independent Theater Company s latest experiment is a lavish production of meek content CAIRO: In their reworking of the Othello parable, directors Ahmed El-Attar and Nevine El-Ibiary pose an interesting question: Is the Moor tragically doomed even without the interference of Iago? Unfortunately, their production is not fit to provide the answer. Few …

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Fresh music to suit all tastes

SOS Music Festival a success for all concerned CAIRO: The first ever SOS Music Festival took place on Friday, showcasing a wide variety of new Egyptian music for an enthusiastic crowd at Cairo International Conference Center s Chinese Garden. Brain Candy opened the event, warming up the crowd in the afternoon sun with their distinctive …

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