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Egypt State TV to Female Hosts: Lose Weight or Lose Job

Women's rights groups are calling mandate sexist

(Newser) - Eight female TV hosts in Egypt have been suspended, and they've been given one month to win their jobs back—if they come back a few pounds lighter. Via the BBC , the Al-Yawm al-Sabi website reports the state-run Egyptian Radio and Television Union issued the slim-down mandate, though the... More »

Egyptian Sent Home After Refusing to Shake Israeli's Hand

IOC also reprimanded El Shehaby

(Newser) - An Egyptian athlete who refused to shake his Israeli opponent's hand after their judo bout has been reprimanded and sent home from the Rio Olympics, officials said Monday. The International Olympic Committee said Islam El Shehaby received a "severe reprimand" for his behavior following his first-round heavyweight bout... More »

Handshake Refusal Brings Mideast Tensions to Rio

Egyptian athlete refuses to shake hands with Israeli athlete

(Newser) - Tensions in the Middle East appear to have spilled over into the Rio Olympics, as an Egyptian athlete refused to shake hands with an Israeli athlete following a judo match Friday, Reuters reports. After winning the match, Israel's Or Sasson bowed to Egypt's Islam El Shehaby and went... More »

Roundest, Most Rectangular Nations Are on the Same Continent

Congratulations Egypt and Sierra Leone

(Newser) - Information that could come in handy in bar bet: Egypt is the most rectangular country on Earth, while Sierra Leone is the roundest. These odd findings began with a post at , which explains that a friend's comment about how Turkey was "remarkably rectangular" got the author... More »

One of World's Seven Wonders Stands a Bit Askew

Engineer speculates Egyptians plotted out pyramids on grid to achieve precision

(Newser) - Scientists scanning and mapping the Giza pyramids say they've discovered that the Great Pyramid of Giza, the oldest of the world's Seven Wonders, is a bit lopsided. And really, just a bit. The pyramid's exact size has stumped experts for centuries, as the "more than 21... More »

Egypt Sentences 2 Al-Jazeera Journalists to Death

They were found guilty of passing national security documents to Qatar

(Newser) - An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced six people, including two Al-Jazeera employees, to death for allegedly passing documents related to national security to Qatar and the Doha-based TV network during the rule of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, the AP reports. The two Al-Jazeera employees—identified by the judge as news... More »

Found: Black Box for Crashed EgyptAir Plane

Egyptian investigators say cockpit voice recorder was pulled out of Mediterranean Sea

(Newser) - The cockpit voice recorder of the doomed EgyptAir plane that crashed last month, killing all 66 on board, has been found and pulled from the Mediterranean Sea, Egypt's investigation committee said Thursday, per the AP . The development raises hopes of finding clues as to the cause of the May... More »

EgyptAir: Flight 804 Wreckage Actually Not Found

And US officials haven't seen any evidence of terrorism

(Newser) - EgyptAir has reversed course on earlier claims it had found the wreckage of Flight 804, which disappeared from radar early Thursday over the Mediterranean Sea, the Los Angeles Times reports. "We stand corrected on finding the wreckage because what we identified is not a part of our plane,"... More »

EgyptAir: We Found Wreckage

Egyptian official believes it's more likely crash was from terrorism than from malfunction

(Newser) - Debris from EgyptAir Flight 804 has been found in the waters near Greece's Karpathos Island, ABC News reports via a statement from the airline. The country's Ministry of Civil Aviation was sent an official letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirming the find; EgyptAir says family members... More »

Flight From Paris to Cairo Disappears

There were 66 people on board EgyptAir Flight 804

(Newser) - A flight from Paris to Cairo disappeared from radar early Thursday morning, the airline says. EgyptAir Flight 804 was lost from radar at 2:45am local time when it was flying at 37,000 feet, the airline says. It says the Airbus A320 had vanished 10 miles after it entered... More »

Egypt Accused of Hiding the Truth About Tut's Tomb

Cairo 'in denial' over scan's failure to find hidden chambers, scientist says

(Newser) - The curse of the pharaohs, or politics as usual? The controversy over supposed hidden chambers in King Tutankhamun's tomb has become even more complicated, with allegations that Egyptian officials are trying to suppress evidence that the chambers are not there after all . A radar scan last November by Japanese... More »

Egyptian Official Blames Spread of Violence on Tom and Jerry

Kids think it's normal to 'beat and blow up with explosives'

(Newser) - An Egyptian government official has blamed the animated Tom and Jerry series for allegedly spreading a culture of violence, the AP reports. The accusations by Salah Abdel-Sadek, head of State Information Service, which is affiliated with the presidency, came at a forum held in Cairo this week. Abdel-Sadek told academics,... More »

Egypt Gives Saudis 2 Strategic Islands

Territory ceded during royal visit to Cairo

(Newser) - A gift fit for a king? Saudi Arabia's King Salman is visiting Cairo, and Egypt has agreed to hand two small but strategic islands over to his country, the New York Times reports. The country's Cabinet announced on Saturday that it had agreed to give up control of... More »

Hostage Posed for This Photo With Hijacker

Officials say Egyptian man is 'an idiot, not a terrorist'

(Newser) - What to do when you're being held hostage on an aircraft by somebody who appears to be wearing a suicide vest? For Ben Innes of Leeds, England, it was time for a selfie—with the hijacker. The 26-year-old, who was one of the last hostages left on the plane... More »

Egypt Tour Group Tantalizes Travelers With Hijacking Promo

'Maybe a hijacker will take you to Cyprus!' reads Lions Trips' too-soon promo

(Newser) - The hijacking to Cyprus of an EgyptAir plane flying from Alexandria, Egypt, to Cairo on Tuesday ended relatively peacefully, with everyone on board freed and the suspected hijacker taken into custody. So in the "no harm, no foul" vein, an Egyptian tour company decided to appropriate the incident for... More »

Egypt Hijacker's Motive May Be 'Love'

It's now over: He's under arrest

(Newser) - An EgyptAir plane with about 60 people aboard was hijacked Tuesday while flying from the coastal city of Alexandria to Cairo, and then forced to land in Cyprus, reports the AP . Fortunately, it appears to have ended without violence after hours of negotiations, with all aboard freed and the hijacker... More »

Egypt's 'Grand' Museum Gets Influx of Artifacts

Grand Egyptian Museum to display 50K items when it opens in 2018

(Newser) - When visitors arrive at the Grand Egyptian Museum—to open near the Giza pyramids in 2018—they'll be greeted by a 4-ton statue of King Amenhotep seated beside the Egyptian god Ra. But first, the 3,500-year-old pink granite statue will be restored, having just traveled 400 miles from... More »

Hidden Rooms Found in King Tut's Tomb

Nefertiti may lie within, expert believes

(Newser) - King Tutankhamun's tomb was discovered in 1922, and nearly 100 years later, it may be giving up a millennia-old secret: Analysis of radar scans of his burial chamber carried out in November have revealed two hidden rooms, Egypt's antiquities minister Mamdouh El-Damaty announced in a Thursday news conference.... More »

Man Headed to Prison for Insulting Egyptian Women

3 years, with hard labor

(Newser) - Watch what you say about the fidelity of the women of Egypt. That's a lesson Taymour el-Sobky is learning the hard way. The blogger, who runs the Facebook page "The Diary of a Suffering Man," has been sentenced to three years in prison with hard labor by... More »

This 'Slightly Used' President Was for Sale on eBay

Egypt's Abdel Fattah el-Sisi walked right into this one

(Newser) - Two months ago, Egypt's chief investigator said there was no evidence that the October crash of a Russian passenger plane in Sinai was a terrorist act. Now, in what the New York Times frames as an "unexpected admission," a reversal. In a wide-ranging speech on Wednesday, President... More »

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