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'Reckless' Tradition Leads to Groom Shot in the Testicles

Accident happened at bachelor party in Egypt, where firing guns is common celebratory practice

(Newser) - The man StepFeed calls "the most unfortunate groom ever" probably wishes he'd skipped his own bachelor party after a celebration in Egypt gone wrong. Per local police, 28-year-old Osman al-Alsaied was bidding adieu to his single days on Monday night when a fellow reveler decided to partake in... More »

First Major Find in Great Pyramid Since 19th Century

It's a huge cavity, and it's raising a lot of questions

(Newser) - It's not every day that what is essentially nothingness would be major news, but today is that day: Scientists announced in Nature that after two years of study, they've identified a roughly 100-foot-long void in Egypt's Great Pyramid of Giza—built around 2500 BC, it's the... More »

Egypt: 55 Police Officers Killed in Shootout

They were raiding a militant hideout west of Cairo

(Newser) - Egyptian security officials say at least 55 policemen, including 20 officers and 34 conscripts, have been killed in a shootout during a raid on a militant hideout near Cairo. The officials said Saturday that the exchange of fire took place late Friday in the al-Wahat al-Bahriya area in Giza governorate,... More »

How North Korea Sells Illegal Arms, Despite Sanctions

Capture of weapons cache in Egypt highlights how Pyongyang flouts UN

(Newser) - A major delivery of North Korean arms to Egypt last year was dashed only after American spies got wind of the illegal cache and, alerting officials in Cairo, essentially forced the US ally to seize the rickety ship. The dashed deal reveals the difficulty of stopping the illegal arms trade... More »

Tomb of Ancient Goldsmith Found in Egypt

Site in Luxor includes a burial shaft with mummies

(Newser) - Egypt has announced the discovery in the southern city of Luxor of a pharaonic tomb belonging to a royal goldsmith who lived more than 3,500 years ago during the reign of the 18th dynasty. The tomb is located on the west bank of the river Nile in a cemetery... More »

Don't Discount Kushner's Mideast Peace Push Just Yet

David Ignatius writes that the prospects for Israeli-Arab cooperation aren't so bad

(Newser) - Jared Kushner continued his long-shot quest for Mideast peace on Thursday in meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, but as the AP account of the sessions notes, expectations are low and skepticism high. As they probably should be, writes David Ignatius in the Washington Post . Still, he finds a kernel... More »

Kushner's Delegation Gets Snubbed in Egypt

Meeting with diplomat called off after US cuts aid to Cairo over human rights

(Newser) - Jared Kushner and visiting US officials were snubbed by the Foreign Ministry in Cairo on Wednesday in apparent protest over the Trump administration's move to cut and delay aid to Egypt. The nation's top diplomat, Sameh Shoukry, was to meet with the US delegation headed by Kushner, but... More »

43 Dead in Egypt's Deadliest Rail Acccident in Over a Decade

Another 122 injured when two passenger trains collided

(Newser) - Two passenger trains collided on Friday just outside Egypt's Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, killing 43 people, according to authorities, the country's deadliest rail accident in more than a decade. Magdy Hegazy, a top health official in Alexandria, said that along with the 43 killed, the crash also... More »

Renowned Safety Diver Dies During a Rescue

Stephen Keenan went to aid fellow diver, then blacked out

(Newser) - He was considered one of the best, if not the best, safety divers in the world, and Stephen Keenan died after coming to the rescue of a fellow diver. The 39-year-old Dublin native died over the weekend at the dangerous Dahab Blue Hole in Egypt, reports Deeper Blue . Keenan was... More »

Archaeologists Find Tomb With Possible Ties to King Tut

It could belong to his wife, Ankhesenamun

(Newser) - The two daughters King Tut is believed to have had with wife Ankhesenamun were stillborn, their mummified fetuses found in Tut's tomb nearly a century ago, the Telegraph reported in 2008. But what of Ankhesenamun, who was also Tut's half sister? It's possible her grave has just... More »

Ancient Text by Father of Medicine Unearthed

Scientists say medicinal recipe attributed to Hippocrates revealed in Egyptian monastery

(Newser) - Hippocrates is considered the father of Western medicine, and now researchers in Egypt have found what they say is one of his original texts, reports National Geographic . The discovery came during restoration of the library at the ancient St. Catherine's Monastery in South Sinai, and it took some sleuthing.... More »

Despite Protests, Egypt Hands Over Red Sea Islands to Saudis

At least 120 were arrested protesting the decision earlier this month

(Newser) - Egypt's president on Saturday ratified a disputed 2016 agreement under which his country would transfer control of two strategic Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. News of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's ratification of the maritime border demarcation agreement with Saudi Arabia came in a Cabinet statement, which appeared to... More »

Egyptologists Examine 'Sensational' Discovery

Prosthesis could be one of oldest ever found

(Newser) - Think losing a toe in ancient Egypt meant you'd be forever without one? Not so, at least in one case. Egyptologists from Switzerland's University of Basel have since 2015 been studying what a press release calls an "ancient Egyptian elite cemetery" near Luxor, and one of its... More »

Egyptian Politician Wants to Make 'Western' Baby Names Illegal

The bill's sponsor fears 'radical change' to Egyptian society

(Newser) - While the Senate Intelligence Committee is busy Tuesday hearing testimony from Attorney General Jeff Sessions , a committee of the Egyptian parliament is discussing something a little lighter: a proposed ban on “western” baby names. The Independent reports that MP Bedier Abdel Aziz was set to propose a draft law... More »

This Time, Qatar Might Be in Real Trouble

Arab neighbors sever ties, and analysts think Saudis feel more emboldened to act

(Newser) - The decision by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and other Arab nations to sever ties with Qatar on Monday reflects a long-standing dispute between Qatar and its regional neighbors. In fact, a similar fallout happened in 2014, but Monday's events mark a "severe escalation" that could... More »

They Were Headed to a Monastery. Then Came Death

23 Coptic Christians believed dead in attack on bus in Egypt

(Newser) - Egyptian state TV says 23 people were killed and 25 wounded in an attack by gunmen on a bus carrying Coptic Christians south of Cairo. The report quotes local health officials as saying that the attack happened on Friday while the bus was traveling on the road to the St.... More »

In Spate of Recent Finds, Egypt Unearths an Unusual One

Necropolis with 17 human mummies a rare find in area known for mummified animals

(Newser) - An Egyptian archaeological mission has found a necropolis holding at least 17 mummies near the Nile Valley city of Minya, in the first such find in the area, the antiquities ministry said on Saturday. The discovery was made in the village of Tuna al-Gabal, reports the AP , a vast archaeological... More »

Egypt Discovers Tomb of Pharaoh's Daughter

Ancient burial chamber is the latest find at royal Dahshur site

(Newser) - Archaeologists in Egypt have uncovered what is believed to be the 3,700-year-old burial chamber of a pharaoh's daughter. The discovery is about 2,000 feet from a pyramid recently unearthed at the ancient royal site of Dahshur, south of Cairo. Inside a chamber at the necropolis, diggers found... More »

Pope Foregoes Popemobile in Historic Egypt Visit

Security was tight for open-air Cairo mass

(Newser) - Military helicopters flew overhead and police fanned out in force Saturday as Pope Francis celebrated an open-air Mass for Egypt's tiny Catholic community on the second and final day of a visit aimed at comforting Christians following a series of attacks by Islamic militants. Despite the security concerns, Francis... More »

Trump Said, 'Let's Bring Her Home.' Now She's Home

Egyptian-American Aya Hijazi had been detained in Egypt for almost 3 years

(Newser) - In what appears to be a major foreign-policy victory for President Trump, a freed Egyptian-American charity worker is back in the US after the president personally intervened in the case, officials say. Aya Hijazi, a 30-year-old US citizen who'd been detained in Egypt for nearly three years, flew from... More »

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