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Egypt Court Upholds Morsi Death Sentence

Judge's ruling will automatically be appealed

(Newser) - An Egyptian court has confirmed a death sentence handed to ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi over a mass prison break during the 2011 uprising that eventually brought him to power. Judge Shaaban al-Shami confirmed the ruling today after consulting with the country's religious authority as required by Egyptian law... More »

Egypt's First Freely Elected President Sentenced to Death

Mohamed Morsi had escaped the death sentence in a separate case

(Newser) - An Egyptian court today sentenced ousted President Mohamed Morsi to death over his part in a mass prison break that took place during the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak. As is customary in passing capital punishment, Judge Shaaban el-Shami referred his death sentence on Morsi and more than 100... More »

Scientists Find Proof of Pharaohs' Incest

They did so by measuring the height of 259 Egyptian mummies

(Newser) - A new study has found that "pharaohs varied less in height than men of the common population," as a researcher explains—a rather plain statement with some pretty gossipy implications. Swiss researcher Frank Rühli and his colleagues examined the height of 259 mummies—a group that included... More »

Many of Egypt's Animal Mummies Are Really ... Nothing

Study finds as many as a third are empty, but that doesn't mean it was a big con

(Newser) - Crocodiles, falcons, shrews: The ancient Egyptians are thought to have mummified as many as 70 million animals—and a scan of more than 800 of them reveals that in many cases, what's inside is ... nothing. The work done by radiographers and Egyptologists with the Manchester Museum and the University... More »

Court Gives Mubarak 3 Years for Embezzling

Still not clear if that will count time served

(Newser) - Supporters of ousted Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak were poised to celebrate his freedom today after years of legal fights, but a court today instead sentenced him and his two sons to three years in prison on embezzling charges, reports AFP . Though supporters in the courtroom erupted in anger, they may... More »

Egypt's Morsi Gets 20 Years

Ousted leader flashes 4-finger sign of defiance

(Newser) - In the first verdict to be issued against Egypt's first freely elected leader, ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi has been sentenced to 20 years in prison over the killing of protesters in 2012. As the sentence was issued, Morsi and other defendants in the case—mostly Muslim Brotherhood leaders—... More »

Pharaoh's Ancient Chapel Found in Egypt

It was built by Nectanebo I, of the last native dynasty before Alexander the Great

(Newser) - Researchers have made an impressive find in Cairo: part of a chapel built by a pharaoh some 2,300 years ago, Phys.org reports. That pharaoh was King Nectanebo I, whose reign lasted from 379 to 360 BC, daijiworld.com reports. The chapel, part of a temple site in the... More »

Muslim Brotherhood Leader Sentenced to Death

Mohammed Badie and 13 others are convicted of orchestrating violence

(Newser) - Egypt's official news agency says a criminal court has sentenced 14 people, including the leader of the country's banned Muslim Brotherhood, to death. The Giza Criminal Court issued its decision today, but the court set an April 11 date to formally issue the ruling after consulting with the... More »

Egypt to Build Shiny New $66B Capital

Reported goal is to ease congestion in Cairo—but at least one critic has his doubts

(Newser) - Cairo has served as Egypt's capital for more than a millennium, but its long run may be ending: The Egyptian government announced plans Friday for a new capital right next door that would take seven years and $45 billion just for the first stage, the AP reports. Egypt's... More »

Groom Stages ISIS Kidnapping, Bride Put in Cage

Mocking group is important, says Ahmed Shehata

(Newser) - Staging an ISIS kidnapping as a wedding prank might sound like one of the worst ideas anybody has ever had—but luckily for Egyptian groom Ahmed Shehata, his bride got the joke. At the wedding this week, Shehata's relatives burst into the wedding hall wearing masks and forced the... More »

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 »

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