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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 »

To Censor Article, Egypt Seizes Every Newspaper

Interview with former spy was apparently too dicey

(Newser) - Egypt swears that censorship is a thing of the past, but the government showed this week that it can still practice an old-school version when it wants. Authorities seized every copy of the newspaper Al Masry Al Youm, apparently because they felt an interview with a former spy revealed too... More »

The Acropolis Is Falling Apart

And Egypt's oldest pyramid is in trouble, too: activists

(Newser) - Greece's famous Parthenon could be in danger of coming down 2,500 years after it was put up at the height of the Athenian Empire. Archaeologists have discovered "instability over quite a wide area" of the Acropolis, the flat-topped rock that holds the weight of the ancient structure,... More »

Report: 130 Chinese Firms Export Torture Gear

Amnesty International identifies 'intrinsically cruel' equipment

(Newser) - Chinese firms are widely and in many cases "openly" distributing devices that can readily be used for torture, Amnesty International says in a new report. The number of companies involved has surged from 28 to more than 130 in the past decade, the activist organization notes, and most of... More »

Tripoli Bombing Is 'Game-Changer' in Fight Against ISIS

Egypt, UAE teaming up for airstrikes is an Arab milestone: Quartz writer

(Newser) - Neither nation is admitting it exactly, but it seems that Egypt and the United Arab Emirates joined forces earlier this month to bomb sites held by Islamist militants inside Libya. This is actually a huge milestone in the Arab world, writes Bobby Ghosh at Quartz , and one that should cause... More »

US Officials: Egypt, UAE Secretly Attack Libya

Old-school autocrats strike Islamists without US approval

(Newser) - Egypt and the United Arab Emirates launched airstrikes at militias in Libya twice over the last week without Washington's approval, four US officials tell the New York Times . Egypt, in fact, denied any involvement in the attacks. The first strikes came last week in Tripoli, destroying a weapons depot... More »

Mubarak to Court: 'My Conscience Is at Rest'

Former Egyptian president's retrial is expected to be decided in a few weeks

(Newser) - With his retrial drawing to a close, former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was wheeled into a courtroom in a hospital bed yesterday to testify about the 2011 killings of protesters, reports Reuters . Not only did the 86-year-old, who wore blue prison garb, say history would vindicate him, he said his... More »

Israel Accepts Egyptian Ceasefire Proposal

Palestine had already accepted the plan

(Newser) - A senior Israeli official says the Israeli government has accepted an Egyptian ceasefire proposal to end a month-long war against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. The official says a preliminary 72-hour truce will begin in the morning. An Israeli delegation will head to Egypt for talks meant to work... More »

Why Arab Leaders Are Silent on Gaza

They fear Hamas more than Israel, 'NYT' reports

(Newser) - As Palestinian bodies pile up in Gaza, where is the outrage from Arab leaders? Unlike during previous Israeli offensives, countries including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan have failed to condemn Israel and push for an end to the fighting, and fear of the political Islam that Hamas represents appears to... More »

Egypt Throws Book at 9 for Tahrir Square Sex Assaults

Court hands out life sentences in apparent crackdown

(Newser) - Faced with rampant and public sex assaults over the last three years, Egypt today threw out a decisive deterrent and sentenced nine men to hefty jail terms, reports the Guardian . Seven men were given life sentences—three of those received multiple life sentences, notes the AP —while another two... More »

Israel Resumes Airstrikes as Ceasefire Unravels

Truce lasted 6 hours, during which Hamas reportedly fired 50 rockets

(Newser) - As ceasefires go, Egypt's proposal to halt Israeli-Hamas hostilities didn't appear to actually cease that much fire: Though Israel accepted the plan, which took tenuous hold at 2am Eastern, Hamas rejected it and Israel officially stuck a fork in it this morning after six hours of what it... More »

Egypt Offers Ceasefire Proposal

Israel, Hamas say they're considering it

(Newser) - Egypt presented a ceasefire plan today to end a week of heavy fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip that has left at least 185 Palestinians dead, and both sides seem to be considering the proposal. The late-night offer by Egypt marked the first sign of a... More »

Behind Journos' 7-Year Sentence: Vacation Photos?

Trio of al-Jazeera reporters convicted, sentenced today

(Newser) - Egypt today sentenced three al-Jazeera journalists to at least 7 years in prison on charges of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, which the country has deemed a terrorist organization—in a case that saw the prosecution provide scant and largely unrelated evidence. The men were also charged with creating false footage... More »

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