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Latest reports from Egypt

EGYPT: Fourth suspected human case of avian flu stable, government says

CAIRO, 22 Mar 2006 (IRIN) - The fourth suspected human case of bird flu is steadily recovering, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).Full report

EGYPT: Man recovers from bird flu as wave of foot-and-mouth is reported

CAIRO, 20 Mar 2006 (IRIN) - Health ministry officials reported the gradual recovery of a farmer from Qaliubiya province, 40 kilometres north of Cairo, who was taken ill with the H5N1 avian virus on Thursday.Full report

EGYPT: First human bird flu death confirmed

CAIRO, 19 Mar 2006 (IRIN) - After confirmation of Egypt’s first human death from the H5N1 avian virus, the government stepped up awareness drives aimed at preventing the further spread of the potentially deadly disease.Full report

EGYPT: Arab journalists call for greater press freedom

CAIRO, 15 Mar 2006 (IRIN) - Arab journalists and activists called for greater freedoms of press and expression at a regional conference on Monday held at the Egyptian Journalists’ Syndicate in the capital, Cairo.Full report

EGYPT: Libel conviction underscores lack of press freedoms, say activists

CAIRO, 12 Mar 2006 (IRIN) - Activists condemned the recent sentencing of newspaper journalist Amira Malash to one year in prison for libel, citing earlier government promises that prison sentences for press-related offences would be abolished.Full report

EGYPT: Ship disaster compensation inadequate, say activists

CAIRO, 12 Mar 2006 (IRIN) - Compensation offered to survivors and families of victims of the Al-Salam Boccaccio 98 ferry disaster, in which more than 1,000 people died on 3 February, is being inadequately distributed, according to Egyptian human rights activists.Full report

EGYPT: Illiteracy still rife among rural women

CAIRO, 8 Mar 2006 (IRIN) - Nesma and a group of fellow women farm workers sit out in the midday sun after a morning of harvesting spinach leaves from plush green fields in Fayyoum governorate in Lower Egypt, 80kms south of Cairo.Full report

EGYPT: Activists condemn curbs on internet

CAIRO, 7 Mar 2006 (IRIN) - Rights groups have condemned several Arab governments for blocking websites devoted to freedom of speech on political and social issues, calling the move an attempt to limit the free exchange of information.Full report

EGYPT: Migrant workers face abuse

CAIRO, 7 Mar 2006 (IRIN) - On 3 February, over 1,000 people died when a passenger ferry travelling from the Saudi Arabian town of Dubah to the Egyptian port of Safaga sank off the Red Sea coast.Full report

EGYPT: Poultry reparations insufficient, say rights groups

CAIRO, 2 Mar 2006 (IRIN) - Rights groups in Egypt criticised a government strategy to compensate poultry farmers and sellers, hard hit by the H5N1 avian virus two weeks ago, for fowl destroyed in a recent prevention drive.Full report


Year in Brief and Review Egypt

EGYPT: Year in Brief 2005 - Chronology of democratic events

EGYPT: Year in Review 2005 - Overview of democratic developments

IRIN Focuses & Interviews for Egypt

EGYPT: Illiteracy still rife among rural women

EGYPT: Migrant workers face abuse

EGYPT: Islamists appeal for release of prisoners

EGYPT: Interview with Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Essam al-Arian

EGYPT: Activists call appointments of women, minorities “fig-leaf”


IRAQ: Briefing paper on food security

IRAQ: Briefing paper on power

IRAQ: Briefing paper on water and sanitation

IRAQ: Briefing paper on Education

IRAQ: Briefing paper on health

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