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Doctoring photos of Mubarak

AROUND mid-September an Egyptian blogger embarrassed his country’s leading state-run newspaper by revealing that it had doctored a photo of president Hosni Mubarak. Apparently keen to emphasize that Mr Mubarak remains a respected statesman after nearly three decades of rule, … read more

Hamas: Egypt using open border to trap officials

Hamas accused Cairo Tuesday of using the Rafah crossing’s opening to detain party officials as they travel abroad via Egypt following the detention of the Gaza government’s intelligence chief in Cairo. Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum told reporters that opening the … read more

Police beat some anti-government protesters

Police beat a handful of demonstrators with batons on Tuesday at a protest of about 300 Egyptians gathering against what they said were plans to hand power to the president’s son. President Hosni Mubarak, 82, in power since 1981, has … read more

Egypt government sees no repeat of TMG dispute

Egypt’s government will protect investors exposed to a dispute over a sale of state land to Talaat Moustafa Group (TMG) and ensure similar cases do not occur in future, government ministers said on Monday. Shares in TMG, Egypt’s biggest listed … read more

Sculptor hid Nefertiti’s flawed beauty

London, Sept. 20: Egyptian queen Nefertiti, hailed as the perfect example of beauty, might have been quite ordinary looking after all. The 3,300-year-old carved bust of the queen with her aqualine nose and high cheek bones has won her legions … read more

Cairo promises full transparency to IAEA

Cairo plans to continue its transparent cooperation with the U.N.’s nuclear agency after plans for a nuclear reactor were approved, a minister said. The International Atomic Energy Agency announced during the weekend that it backed plans announced in 2007 to … read more

Egyptians pay cost of wasteful food trade

Standing behind a stack of baskets filled with tomatoes, onions and potatoes, Khaled Rouby, a Cairo vegetable seller, complains about the quality of the produce he buys from the wholesaler. “Some days up to a quarter of the tomatoes are … read more

Egypt plans to relocate cement factories

Starting next year, Egypt will embark on a relocation project which should eventually see cement factories moved out of the Helwan governorate. Minister of Trade and Industry Rachid Mohamed Rachid approved last week licenses awarded for the project, which is … read more

Egyptian airlines to use Vodafone links

Vodafone Egypt has launched an in-flight roaming service for Egyptian customers. The new service will be placed on 100 aircraft to start with, to allow customers to make and receive calls, send and receive SMS, and access the internet. Vodafone … read more