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2008-07-20 03:00:25

By Golia, Maria Maria Golia reports from Cairo WHEN WINTER COMES to the northern lands, people steel themselves for long months of darkness, damp and bitter cold. The challenges of conducting one's business in the midst of irritating drizzle or pelting rain include sickness, depression and stiffheating bills. The sun's first springtime appearance is greeted with joyous relief and a great deal of disrobing in public parks, as vitamin-D deprived city-dwellers attempt to soak up the precious...

2008-07-10 12:00:45

The young actress Bushra plays the leading role in the new film "Al Hikaya Feeha Muna" (The Story Has Muna) with the singers Esaaf, Aydah Riyad and Lutfi Labib. The film was created by Muhammad Hafeth and directed by Olfat Othman, her first film. Bushra plays the role of Muna, a hair stylist that faces several tough situations, forcing her to work in Cairo and Alexandria. 2008 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com) Originally published by By Al-Bawaba Reporters. (c) 2008 Al Bawaba. Provided...

2008-07-06 12:00:16

By Paul Schemm Associated Press CAIRO, Egypt -- A motley group of foreigners -- English teachers, students of Arabic, even a journalist -- gathered on a recent chilly night in the Egyptian port city of Alexandria, brought together by a love of cinema, curiosity and a furtive hope of catching a glimpse of Omar Sharif. Glamour, however, was in quite short supply for our band of film extras. Waiting around for hours in our 1940s period costumes, we slouched in the elegant wood paneled bar of...

2008-06-24 03:02:22

Cairo, Egypt / June 24, 2008 OCI Receives New Construction Awards for the Skikda LNG Project in Algeria Orascom Construction Industries ("OCI") confirmed that it has been awarded two construction contracts by Kellogg, Brown & Root International Inc. ("KBR") for the civil works and piling installation of the new LNG train in Skikda, Algeria being developed by Sonatrach. These contracts represent some of the first packages of the USUSD 3 billion Skikda LNG program in Algeria. Sonatrach is...

2008-06-24 02:30:14

Egypt to apply international university education quality standards CAIRO, June 21 (Xinhua) -- Egyptian Minister of Higher Education and the State for Scientific Research Hani Hillal on Saturday said that Egyptian public universities will start applying international education quality standards as of July. Addressing the inaugural session of the international conference of the National Authority for Guaranteeing Education Quality, Hillal termed quality education as a prerequisite for...

2008-06-20 09:00:33

By PAUL SCHEMM By Paul Schemm The Associated Press CAIRO, Egypt Offering a cigarette is as common as a handshake in Egypt, where the culture of smoking is so entrenched that patients sometimes light up in hospital rooms. But now the government is getting serious about the health risks, launching a new campaign of stark visual warnings about tobacco's dangers. Starting Aug. 1, cigarette labels in Egypt will be required to carry images of the effects of smoking: a dying man in an...

2007-12-22 18:20:00

CAIRO, Egypt -- Months after Egypt boldly announced that archaeologists had identified a mummy as the most powerful queen of her time, scientists in a museum basement are still analyzing DNA from the bald, 3,500-year-old corpse to try to back up the claim aired on TV. Progress is slow. So far, results indicate the linen-wrapped mummy is most likely, but not conclusively, the female pharaoh Queen Hatshepsut, who ruled for 20 years in the 15th century B.C. Running its own ancient-DNA lab is a...

2007-08-27 09:05:00

CAIRO, Egypt -- Egyptian authorities have accused Belgian diplomats of damaging a 40 million-year-old whale fossil when they allegedly drove over the remains in a protected desert area, an official said Monday. Belgian officials denied any damage was done. Mohamed Ibrahim, an official in the Ministry of Environment, said the diplomats in four-wheel-drive vehicles ran over the fossil in July after ignoring signs warning visitors not to drive in the Wadi el-Hitan, or Valley of the Whales,...

2006-09-04 15:14:13

CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian passenger train and a freight train collided north of Cairo on Monday, killing two people and injuring 16 others in the second fatal rail accident in Egypt in two weeks, security sources said. The crash in the town of Shibin al-Qanater, 30 km (18 miles) north of the Egyptian capital, came two weeks after two commuter trains collided in the country's Nile Delta, killing 58 people in Egypt's worst rail disaster in four years.

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