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Study Reveals Pharaoh's Vicious Death

Senebkay hacked down with battle axes: researchers

(Newser) - He may not be as famous as Tutankhamun , but ancient Egypt's Pharaoh Senebkay may have experienced a death more fitting of a king. Woseribre Senebkay, whose reign likely dates to roughly 1650BC, was savagely killed in battle, according to an analysis of his remains. That would make him the... More »

'Priceless' Gold Coins Found in Record Israel Haul

Israeli diving club at first thought the coins were toy versions

(Newser) - Many divers search long and hard for sunken treasure, but an Israeli diving club out for a recent dive in their local harbor struck literal gold by chance: 2,000 priceless gold coins that had been sitting on the seabed for about 1,000 years, the largest stash of gold... More »

Egypt: UN Force Needed for 'Abandoned' Libya

Militia-backed PM calls strikes 'treacherous aggression'

(Newser) - Egypt's president says creating a UN-backed coalition is the best course of action to rid Libya of Islamic extremists. Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, speaking to France's Europe 1 Radio yesterday, said Egyptian airstrikes against ISIS positions in Libya on Monday were in self-defense. The airstrikes were in retaliation for the... More »

Egypt Hits ISIS Targets After Mass Beheadings

Airstrikes were to 'avenge the bloodshed,' Cairo says

(Newser) - Egypt says it has launched airstrikes against ISIS targets in Libya after the extremist group released a grisly video showing the beheadings of several Coptic Christians it had held hostage for weeks. A spokesman for the Armed Forces General Command announced the strikes on state radio today, marking the first... More »

Egypt Soccer Riot Kills at Least 20

Cause of the violence isn't immediately clear

(Newser) - A riot broke out today outside of a major soccer game in Egypt, with fighting between police and fans killing at least 20 people, security officials said. The riot, only three years after similar violence killed 74 people, began ahead of a match between Egyptian Premier League clubs Zamalek and... More »

Egypt Hands Out 183 Death Sentences

Assault on police station by Morsi loyalists killed 15 cops

(Newser) - An Egyptian court today sentenced 183 people to death over the ransacking of a police station and the killing of 15 policemen after the 2013 ouster of President Mohamed Morsi. The verdict was the latest in a string of mass death sentences that have sparked local and international condemnation. The... More »

Al-Jazeera Reporter Freed in Egypt

Peter Greste deported to native Australia after year in prison

(Newser) - A senior Egyptian prison official and the country's official news agency say al-Jazeera reporter Peter Greste, an Australia native, has been freed from prison and is on his way to Cairo airport to leave the country. The agency said his release today, after more than a year behind bars,... More »

ISIS Affiliate Kills 26 in Egypt Attacks

More than a dozen Sinai targets hit

(Newser) - An Egyptian militant group affiliated with ISIS has claimed responsibility for coordinated and simultaneous attacks that struck more than a dozen army and police targets in three towns in the restive Sinai Peninsula yesterday, killing at least 26 security officers. The wide-ranging attacks required a previously unseen level of coordination.... More »

King Tut's Iconic Mask Breaks, 'Fix' Is Even Worse

Beard reportedly knocked off in cleaning mishap is shoddily reset with epoxy

(Newser) - What do you do if someone accidentally damages one of the world's most famous artifacts under your charge at the Egyptian Museum? Do you a) report it to the nation's antiquities ministry to ensure it's properly repaired by specialists, or b) frantically call your husband so he... More »

Mystery Queen's Ancient Tomb Found in Egypt

Tomb of Osiris, god of the dead, is also uncovered

(Newser) - Two ancient burial sites have been uncovered in Egypt—one belonging to a previously unknown pharaonic queen and the other to a god of the dead. The first, in a necropolis southwest of Cairo, has the name of a queen presumed to be Pharaoh Neferefre's wife written on the... More »

Morocco, Egypt Ban Christian Bale Movie Exodus

Biblical epic stirs up controversy

(Newser) - If you live in Morocco or Egypt and want to see Exodus: Gods and Kings, the biblical epic starring Christian Bale, tough luck. Both countries have banned the film, the Guardian reports. Morocco is unhappy because the Ridley Scott flick includes a scene featuring God depicted as a "child... More »

Archaeologists' '1M Mummies' Claim Was Way Off: Egypt

Officials revoke researchers' digging licenses

(Newser) - When researchers claimed to have found a million burials at a dig site in Egypt, the supposed news was widely reported—including on this site . But officials in the country say the claim is false, and they've revoked the scientists' dig licenses in connection with it, io9 reports. Archaeologist... More »

Egypt Cemetery Holds 1M Mummies

Blonds, redheads buried together; one body is 7 ft. tall

(Newser) - For the past 30 years, scientists have been exploring a cemetery in Egypt whose origins are mysterious. One thing they have determined, however: "We are fairly certain we have over a million burials within this cemetery. It's large, and it's dense," says the project's director,... More »

3K Years Later, Pharaoh Statue Rises Again

Amenhotep III effigy was felled by earthquake

(Newser) - In 1200BC, an earthquake took down a 43-foot statue of Amenhotep III, the grandfather of Tutankhamun. More than 3,200 years later, it's once again standing in Egypt, thanks to archaeologists who reassembled its 89 sizable pieces and many smaller fragments. Its 121 tons now lord over those who... More »

ISIS-Linked Militants: We Killed an American

Egyptian group posts photos of William Henderson's passport, ID cards

(Newser) - An Egyptian militant organization that pledged allegiance to ISIS has claimed responsibility for the killing of an American oil worker. Ansar Beit al-Maqdis—which now refers to itself as the Sinai Province—said on its official Twitter account last night that it killed William Henderson. The group published pictures of... More »

Mubarak May Be Free Soon as Court Drops Charges

Ousted Egyptian leader still has time left on a previous conviction

(Newser) - Hosni Mubarak won a huge court victory today that could soon make the 86-year-old former Egyptian leader a free man. A judge dismissed charges that held Mubarak responsible for the killing of hundreds of protesters in the final days of his rule in 2011, reports Reuters . The judge also dropped... More »

Jeweled Mummy Found Under Collapsed Roof

Mystery woman died about 4K years ago in Egypt

(Newser) - At some point about 4,000 years ago, a female aristocrat in her 30s died in southern Egypt. Archaeologists have finally found her—along with the jewelry she was wearing when buried, reports Discovery . The find is unusual because tomb raiders have generally picked such sites clean, but a stroke... More »

Researchers Decode 'Magical Codex' of Ancient Spells

27 spells deal with demons, love, business

(Newser) - In 1981, Australia's Macquarie University purchased a book of bound parchment—a codex—from a Viennese antiquities dealer. How far back its origins stretch is less known, but it's believed to be about 1,300 years old and hail from Upper Egypt (it's written in Egypt's... More »

ISIS Gets Its First Major Affiliate

Egypt militant organization forges alliance with Islamic State

(Newser) - ISIS has garnered its first major international ally in the form of Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, an Egyptian militant group the New York Times calls the country's most dangerous. That organization pledged obedience to ISIS yesterday, the Times reports. Until now, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis has largely targeted only Egypt's... More »

Egypt Jails 8 Men Over Video of Gay Wedding

They get 3-year sentences after YouTube posting

(Newser) - Eight men in Egypt have to spend the next three years in prison for the crime of celebrating a gay wedding, reports Reuters . The men were convicted today of "inciting debauchery" over the video, which surfaced on YouTube in August and purported to show the nation's first gay,... More »

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