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2006-08-31 10:14:48

By Aziz Kaissouni CAIRO (Reuters) - Nobel Prize-winning author Naguib Mahfouz was given a state funeral on Thursday but the everyday Egyptians his novels depicted were kept out of sight by heavy security. Mahfouz's flag-draped coffin was carried on a horse-drawn carriage past rows of soldiers in ceremonial dress, ahead of Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak and Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif, to the sound of drums and trumpets. The writer's dedicated readers braved the scorching Cairo sun...

2006-08-30 06:46:18

By Summer Said CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian novelist Naguib Mahfouz, the only writer in Arabic to win the Nobel Prize for literature, died on Wednesday in Cairo aged 94, doctors said. Mahfouz, whose writing on taboo topics often rankled conservatives in Egypt, survived an assassination attempt 12 years ago. He was hospitalized last month after he fell in the street, and died after suffering from a bleeding ulcer. "He came to this world only to write," Egyptian writer Youssef al-Quaid...

2006-08-30 02:41:25

By Summer Said CAIRO (Reuters) - Naguib Mahfouz, winner of the 1988 Nobel prize for literature and best known for his Cairo Trilogy, died on Wednesday in Egypt after suffering from a bleeding ulcer, doctors at an interior ministry hospital said. The 94-year-old Mahfouz, who was the only writer in Arabic to win the prize, had been hospitalized since July 19 after he fell in the street and sustained a deep head wound that required surgery. "He came to this world only to write,"...

2006-08-25 09:03:01

By Summer Said CAIRO (Reuters) - A massive statue of one of Egypt's greatest pharaohs, Ramses II, rolled through the streets of Cairo to a new home near the Pyramids on Friday to escape the corrosive pollution of its former spot in a crowded transit hub. Tens of thousands of people lined the streets to bid farewell to the 3,200-year-old red granite statue, which weighs 83 tons and was wrapped in plastic and thick padding for the painstakingly slow 35 km (21 mile) journey, which took...

2006-08-21 06:34:05

By Aziz El-Kaissouni QALYOUB, Egypt (Reuters) - A train crash killed and injured dozens of people in a Nile Delta town north of Cairo on Monday in Egypt's worst rail disaster for four years. Casualty figures varied widely. Egypt's health minister put the toll at 58 dead and 143 injured. A security source had earlier said up to 80 had died. An investigation was under way. State news agency MENA said the accident happened early in the morning when a train driver apparently ignored a...

2006-08-21 05:01:31

By Aziz El-Kaissouni QALYOUB, Egypt (Reuters) - A train crash killed scores of people and injured more than twice as many on Monday in a Nile Delta town north of Cairo, in the worst rail disaster in Egypt since 2002. Early casualty figures varied widely. A security source said 80 people had died and 163 were injured, while the state news agency MENA said 51 people were killed, and the pan-Arab Al Jazeera satellite television news reported 65 dead. There was no formal word on the...

2006-08-21 02:22:12

CAIRO (Reuters) - A collision between two trains in a town in Egypt's Nile Delta killed 80 people and injured 163 on Monday, an Egyptian security source said. The accident took place at about 0430 GMT near the town of Qalyoub, about 20 km (12 miles) north of Cairo.

2006-08-21 02:06:11

CAIRO (Reuters) - A collision between two trains killed at least 20 people and injured 131 on Monday in a Nile Delta town north of Cairo, Egypt's state MENA news agency said. About 25 ambulances rushed to the crash site, along with 1,000 people anxious for news of relatives who may have been injured or killed, a witness said, adding that damage to the trains was extensive. The accident took place at about 7.30 a.m. local time near the town of Qalyoub, about 20 km (12 miles) north of...

2006-08-21 01:41:29

CAIRO (Reuters) - A collision between two trains killed at least 15 people and injured 70 on Monday in a Nile Delta town north of Cairo, initial reports from health and security sources said. The accident took place about 7 a.m. local time near the town of Qalyoub, about 20 km (12 miles) north of Cairo, they said. One train collided into the rear of a stationary train, causing one of them to derail and overturn. Ambulances and rescue workers are on the way to the site, the sources...

2006-08-21 03:26:08

By Aziz El-Kaissouni QALYOUB, Egypt (Reuters) - Two Egyptian trains collided on Monday, killing up to 80 people and injuring twice that number in a Nile Delta town north of Cairo, a security source said. Early casualty figures varied widely. The official news agency MENA said between 20 and 26 had died, whilst pan-Arab Al Jazeera satellite television news reported 65 dead. MENA said one of the drivers ignored railway traffic signals, and one train rammed into the rear of the other in...


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  • A bookseller; now, especially, a dealer in rare and curious books.
This word comes from a Greek phrase meaning 'book seller.'
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