Latest Cairo Stories

2006-02-03 06:43:53

CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian ferry that was reported missing in the Red Sea has sunk, but some passengers have survived, Egypt's MENA news agency reported on Friday. An Egyptian shipping company official said earlier that the Al Salam 89 had disappeared with some 1,300 passengers between the Saudi port of Duba and the Egyptian port of Safaga.

2006-01-30 10:50:00

By Twana Osman SULAIMANIYA, Iraq -- A 14-year-old girl who died in northern Iraq this month had bird flu, Iraq's health minister said on Monday, despite the World Health Organization having initially discounted the virus as the cause of death. A WHO official said preliminary results from a U.S. military laboratory in Cairo showed the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus, but it was urgently seeking further tests at a British laboratory. If confirmed it would be the first known human case of the avian...

2006-01-30 08:48:31

By Jonathan Wright-Analysis CAIRO (Reuters) - All the Arab governments around Israel will deal directly with a Palestinian cabinet dominated by the militant Islamist group Hamas, ignoring U.S. and European attempts to isolate the group, analysts said on Monday. The Egyptian and Syrian governments already have good working relationships with Hamas, although some of their main domestic opponents are Islamists, and would accept a possible role as intermediaries between Hamas and the...

2006-01-11 02:43:50

CAIRO (Reuters) - Six Australians were killed and 25 injured when a tourist bus overturned 46 kilometres outside of Cairo, Egyptian security sources said on Wednesday. The sources said the bus was carrying about 35 people, including members of the Australian police force and their families. Fatalities included five men and one woman. The passengers were transferred to Al-Haram hospital. The bus overturned late on Tuesday evening during rain on its way back from Alexandria on Egypt's...

2006-01-08 15:23:54

CAIRO (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad flew to Egypt and Saudi Arabia on Sunday for talks on Lebanon, a day after diplomats said Assad had rejected a U.N. request to interview him about a former Lebanese prime minister's murder. Egypt's official Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Assad discussed developments in Syria and Lebanon at the resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh for about an hour, before Assad flew on to Syria. "The...

2006-01-04 08:12:34

By Amil Khan CAIRO (Reuters) - A young man on the back of a Cairo bus kisses and gropes the woman next to him as he peels off her Islamic headscarf. The scene from an independent film about sex and double standards in Egypt shows little nudity but provokes gasps of surprise from an audience in this largely conservative country. Director Ahmed Khaled's 14-minute film, the Fifth Pound, follows the weekly bus journey of a young man and woman who dodge the suspicious glances of other...

2006-01-03 14:53:17

By Mohammed Abbas and Samer Elatrash CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt plans to expel about 650 Sudanese, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday, despite assuring the United Nations' refugee agency it would not do so after at least 27 refugees were killed last week when police ended a protest. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Fatma el-Zahraa Etman said the Sudanese would be repatriated by boat on Thursday. "There are 645 Sudanese who are going to go back to Sudan. They are leaving by boat on Thursday ......

2006-01-03 09:54:30

By Mohammed Abbas and Samer Elatrash CAIRO (Reuters) - The United Nations' refugee agency has received assurances from Egypt that Sudanese refugees would not be deported to Sudan despite media reports to the contrary, a spokesperson for the agency said on Tuesday. Egypt's state owned Al-Ahram newspaper said in Tuesday's edition that an unspecified number of refugees were being held in a military camp near Cairo airport in preparation for deportation within two days. "There are...

2005-12-30 03:55:44

CAIRO (Reuters) - Ten died and around 30 were injured on Friday after Egyptian police dispersed thousands of Sudanese protesters in Cairo, Egypt's official Middle East News Agency (MENA) said. "There was a stampede amongst the protesters which led to 30 being injured ... They were taken to hospital where 10 of them died," MENA said quoting a security source.

2005-12-28 07:32:37

By Jonathan Wright CAIRO (Reuters) - With a mixture of black comedy, sexual titillation and old-fashioned patriotism, film director Mohamed Amin has struck a chord with Egyptian audiences with his new fantasy political film "The Night Baghdad Fell." At screenings in the Cairo film festival this month and at a preview for journalists on Tuesday evening, audiences clapped and cheered at the tale of a plucky Egyptian family which defies all the odds to build a secret weapon to deter...

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