Latest Cairo Stories

2008-09-22 09:00:35

"The kidnappers demand a ransom to release the tourists," Egyptian Channel 1 TV reported in an urgent screen caption at 1105 gmt on 22 September. Originally published by Channel 1 TV, Cairo, in Arabic 1105 22 Sep 08. (c) 2008 BBC Monitoring Newsfile. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.

2008-09-17 15:00:36

President Hosni Mubarak inaugurated on Monday 15/9/2008 El- Zaytoun Specialized Hospital in Cairo's El-Amiriya district which was built at the cost of LE 150 million to serve four million citizens. The seven-storey hospital which occupies 2,900 square meters accommodates 203 beds and houses various wards. It will serve the residents of the districts of Kobri El-Qubba, El-Zaytoun, El- Amiriya, El-Matariya and El-Kablat area. Minister of Health Hatem El- Gabali gave a presentation before the...

2008-09-17 15:00:32

Electricity Minister Hassan Younis attended on Monday 15/9/2008 the signing of three contracts at the value of LE 1.72 billion for Abu Qir and Western Cairo power plants. The money will go to fixing the steam turbines and condensers and covering the comprehensive insurance costs of the 1,300 megawatt Abu-Qir steam power plant in addition to building the reservoirs of the 700-megawatt-Western Cairo steam-powered electricity generation plant. The Abu Qir and Western Cairo projects are being...

2008-09-10 09:00:48

Death toll from Cairo rockslide rises to 49 CAIRO, Sept. 9 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from a massive rockslide in the east of the Egyptian capital of Cairo has risen to 49, the official MENA news agency reported on Tuesday, citing an official source. Among the 57 injured, 16 of them are still receiving medical treatment at hospitals, Mohamed Sultan, head of Health Ministry's Central Department of Ambulance and Emergency, was quoted as saying. On Saturday morning, the massive landslide...

2008-08-21 03:00:32

Kuwaiti famous television host Halima Poland spent 24 hours in Cairo to record a new episode for the entertainment show "Ala Korsi Al Muthee" (On the Broadcaster Chair), which is a temporary name for the show. The show will be aired on the local Egyptian television station during the month of Ramadan and it is being advertised to be sold to other satellite channels. According to the London daily Elaph, the idea of the show revolves around inviting celebrities to have a chat with journalists...

2008-08-20 09:00:59

By Paul Schemm Associated Press CAIRO, Egypt -- Fire ravaged a 19th century palace used by the upper house of Egypt's parliament Tuesday, with flames bursting through windows as helicopters scooped water from the Nile River to douse the blaze. Flames soared upward from the top floor of the three-story building, and much of the interior appeared gutted. While firefighters focused on one corner of the building, the blaze burned unabated on the other side, spreading to the second floor with...

2008-08-10 18:10:00

The historical Giza Zoo in Cairo, Egypt, is learning to "cool down" after it was excluded from a world zoo association in 2004. Powerful fans now blow chilled mist at the bears, a luxury normally reserved for wealthy human patrons at Egypt's upscale patio cafes. Also in the works: cold water that will flow in pipes beneath the cages, chilling the floors. "They can breathe. This is improving their lives," senior zookeeper Abdel Razek Mustafa said as the bears stretched their limbs beneath the...

2008-08-06 12:00:29

Please note that the Egyptian radio commentary was not broadcast on 6 August. Originally published by Arab Republic of Egypt Radio, Cairo, in Arabic 1145 6 Aug 08. (c) 2008 BBC Monitoring Middle East. Provided by ProQuest Information and Learning. All rights Reserved.

2008-07-29 03:01:05

The burial ceremony took place today at the Birmasis Church in Cairo for the late Egyptian legend director Yusif Shahin. Hundreds of celebrities and top figures in Arab cinema were among the over 1,500 mourners who came together at the director's funeral. Large crowds of people gathered outside the Roman Catholic Church of Resurrection. In addition to political figures, and officials from the ruling National Democratic Party also attended the funeral to bid farewell to Shaheen, who passed...

2008-07-25 12:00:39

Al-Alam, Iran's international news TV channel, says it has received no official word that it faces a ban in Egypt. Security forces in Cairo ransacked the Al-Alam office earlier this week and confiscated equipment, including cameras, computers and two videotapes. They claimed the network lacked a license for operation. We are still in talks with Egyptian media and security officials to return to the normal activity of the network, Hassan Abedini, the Al-Alam newsroom chief in Cairo, told...

Word of the Day
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'