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Italy: Student Suffered 'Inhuman, Animal-Like' Violence

Second autopsy shows Giulio Regeni brutally murdered in Egypt

(Newser) - An Italian minister says a second autopsy on the body of an Italian found slain in Egypt reveals that the doctoral student suffered "inhuman, animal-like" violence. Official results, still partial, are being relayed to Rome prosecutors who are investigating Giulio Regeni's death as a murder, reports the AP... More »

Missing Student's Body Found Burned, Bruised in Egypt

Body of Italian grad student shows 'signs of torture'

(Newser) - The body of a missing Italian student was found with signs of torture, including multiple stab wounds and cigarette burns, by the side of a highway on the outskirts of the Egyptian capital, an investigating prosecutor told the AP on Thursday. Giulio Regeni, a 28-year-old grad student, went missing in... More »

Teen Illegally Scales Egypt's Great Pyramid

Andrej Ciesielski has the photos to prove it, though cops tried to delete them

(Newser) - "I can't describe it in words … It was really unbelievable for me. It was absolutely amazing." That's how 18-year-old Andrej Ciesielski describes his incredible, yet illegal, climb to the top of the Great Pyramid of Giza in broad daylight on Jan. 18. The German tourist,... More »

Sources: Mechanic May Have Planted Bomb in Deadly Plane Crash

His cousin is reportedly a member of ISIS

(Newser) - An EgyptAir mechanic may be responsible for the destruction of a Russian passenger plane that killed 224 people last October when it crashed in the Sinai Peninsula, Reuters reports. The Egyptian government states no one has been arrested in connection with the disaster, and EgyptAir officials deny any of its... More »

Egypt Sends 8 to Trial Over Botched King Tut Mask

Cairo less than impressed with workers it says knocked off beard, glued it back on

(Newser) - Eight Egyptians involved in a botched repair of the famed burial mask of King Tut , which was corrected late last year, were referred to a disciplinary court Sunday for "gross negligence." The 3,300-year old mask, whose beard was accidentally knocked off and hastily glued on with epoxy... More »

Cosmic Particles Could Hold Pyramid Clues

Team has collected muons inside Bent Pyramid

(Newser) - An international team of researchers said Sunday they will soon begin analyzing cosmic particles collected inside Egypt's Bent Pyramid to search for clues as to how it was built and learn more about the 4,600-year-old structure. The president of the Heritage Innovation Preservation Institute says that plates planted... More »

3 Tourists Stabbed in Egypt Attack

Red Sea resort attack was 2nd incident in 2 days

(Newser) - Two suspected militants stabbed and wounded three foreign tourists—two Austrians and a Swede—at a hotel in Egypt's Red Sea resort city of Hurghada on Friday, the Interior Ministry said. Security forces opened fire at the two assailants, killing one and seriously wounding the other, according to a... More »

Egypt: No Sign of Terrorism in Plane Crash

Russian experts reached a different conclusion

(Newser) - Egypt's chief investigator says a preliminary investigation into the October crash of a Russian passenger plane in Sinai has found no indication yet of any "illegal or terrorist act." A statement released Monday by the chief investigator, Ayman el-Muqadam, says that so far the investigation committee did... More »

Cops: Men Denied Entry to Cairo Club Return, Kill 16

Authorities say it was firebombed as revenge

(Newser) - A firebomb attack on a small nightclub in Cairo early Friday killed 16 people and wounded three others, authorities say. Police were looking for two young men who carried out the attack in the Agouza district because they were previously not allowed to enter, state news agency MENA reported. The... More »

Experts '90%' Sure of Hidden Chamber in Tut's Tomb

'I think it is Nefertiti'

(Newser) - Egyptian officials are now "approximately 90%" certain there's a hidden chamber inside the tomb of King Tutankhamun, AFP reports. And at least one archeologist believes he knows what it holds. "Clearly it does look from the radar evidence as if the tomb continues, as I have predicted,... More »

Russia: Homemade Bomb Brought Down Plane

Putin vows to hunt down attackers

(Newser) - The Russian passenger plane that crashed in Egypt last month was brought down by a homemade bomb placed on board in a "terrorist" act, the head of Russia's FSB security service told President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday. "According to our experts, a homemade explosive device equivalent to... More »

Weird 'Anomalies' Found in Egyptian Pyramids

Researchers use thermal technology to uncover secrets

(Newser) - A project to scan Egypt's pyramids for 4,500-year-old secrets is turning up "anomalies" that may lead to hidden passages and more, Discovery reports. Two weeks of thermal scanning have revealed signs of internal cavities and structures in several pyramids and a standout anomaly at the so-called Great... More »

'90%' Chance That Bomb Hit Russian Plane

Investigators, officials are in agreement

(Newser) - Looks increasingly like last week's horrific Russian plane crash in Egypt—which killed all 224 passengers and crew—was caused by a bomb. An Egyptian investigator tells Reuters that his team is "90% sure it was a bomb" but refused to explain the uncertainty. "The indications and... More »

Noise Heard in Final Second of Russian Plane's Cockpit Recording

The noise could support the theory a bomb brought down the plane

(Newser) - A noise was heard in the last second of the cockpit voice recording from the Russian plane that crashed last week in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, the head of the joint investigation team said Saturday, bolstering US and British suspicions that the plane was brought down by a bomb. However,... More »

Egypt Investigates Airport Ground Crew

Russia is trying to bring 80,000 tourists home

(Newser) - Egyptian airport and security officials say an investigation has been launched into any local staff and ground crew in Sharm el-Sheikh that came into contact with the downed Russian Metrojet flight . The officials tell the AP that authorities are questioning airport staff and have begun surveillance on those who worked... More »

Plane Fears Strand Thousands of Tourists in Egypt

There've been some holdups

(Newser) - British PM David Cameron stopped flights to and from Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh resort city Wednesday as investigations continued into the crash of Flight 9268 . Now the UK is scrambling to retrieve roughly 20,000 citizens from the Sinai Peninsula—a plan that Reuters says has been "thrown into... More »

Ben Carson Stands by Unusual Theory on Pyramids

He says Joseph built them to store grain

(Newser) - While some candidates may flip-flop on the issues, Ben Carson—now the most-liked candidate of both parties, per the latest Gallup poll —is steadfast when it comes to one particular puzzle: the Egyptian pyramids. Back in 1998, the good doctor gave a commencement address at Andrews University, a school... More »

UK: Bomb May Have Downed Russian Plane in Egypt

PM Cameron halts flights to Sinai Peninsula until security check is complete

(Newser) - US officials have reported that the heat flash in the area where Metrojet Flight 9268 went down in Egypt may have been from a bomb—and the UK thinks that's an increasingly likely scenario, the AP reports. London is worried enough that it suspended flights to and from the... More »

US Satellite Saw 'Heat Flash' Before Egypt Crash

Experts say bomb, sabotage could have brought down Russian jet

(Newser) - If ISIS really did bring down a Russian passenger jet in Egypt, it wasn't with a missile, according to American officials. US officials tell CNN and NBC News that an American infrared satellite detected a heat flash in the area at the time of the crash, but not the... More »

No Survivors After Russian Jet Crashes in Egypt

ISIS claims responsibility for crash that killed 224

(Newser) - A Russian aircraft carrying 224 people, including 17 children, crashed Saturday in a remote mountainous region in the Sinai Peninsula about 20 minutes after taking off from a Red Sea resort popular with Russian tourists, the Egyptian government says. There were no survivors, according to the Russian Embassy in Cairo.... More »

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