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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 »

Egypt Acquits US-Egyptian Citizen of Child Abuse

Aya Hijazi was held in legal limbo for 3 years over her aid group for street children

(Newser) - An Egyptian court has acquitted Aya Hijazi, a dual US-Egyptian citizen, after nearly three years of detention over accusations related to running a foundation dedicated to helping street children, reports the AP . Egyptian authorities arrested the 30-year-old Hijazi, her husband Mohamed Hassanein, and six others in May 2014 on charges... More »

Egypt Declares 3-Month State of Emergency

Death toll from church bombings is now 44

(Newser) - Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi called for a three-month state of emergency late Sunday night after suicide bombers struck hours apart at two Coptic churches, killing 44 people and turning Palm Sunday services into scenes of horror and outrage at the government. According to Egypt's constitution, Parliament must vote... More »

ISIS Claims Palm Sunday Bombings That Kill 37

Coptic Christians targeted twice in Egypt

(Newser) - Bombs tore through two Egyptian churches as worshippers were marking Palm Sunday, killing at least 37 people and wounding around 100 in an assault claimed by the Islamic State, reports the AP . In the first attack, a bomb exploded at Saint George church in the Nile Delta city of Tanta,... More »

Bomb Kills 25 Palm Sunday Worshippers

At least 71 injured in Cairo explosion targeting Christians

(Newser) - A bomb exploded in a church north of Cairo that was packed with Palm Sunday worshippers, killing at least 25 people and wounding 71 others, reports the AP. The attack in the Nile Delta town of Tanta was the latest in a series of assaults on Egypt's Christian minority,... More »

Egypt Just Found Another Pyramid

Experts believe it's 3.7K years old

(Newser) - An excavation team in Egypt has found what appears to be the interior of a buried pyramid dating back 3,700 years to the 13th dynasty. The antiquities ministry says that both a corridor and a block engraved with 10 lines of hieroglyphics are in good condition, reports the BBC... More »

Mubarak Goes Home for First Time in 6 Years

Release follows his acquittal on charges he ordered protesters killed

(Newser) - Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is back at home, free following his release from custody after six years of legal proceedings, reports the AP . Mubarak left the Armed Forces hospital in Cairo's southern suburb of Maadi Friday morning and went to his house in the upscale district of Heliopolis... More »

'Impressive Find' Made in Mud of Cairo Slum

Newly discovered statue may depict Ramses II

(Newser) - Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered a massive statue in a Cairo slum that may be of pharaoh Ramses II, one of the country's most famous ancient rulers, reports the AP . The colossus, whose head was pulled from mud and groundwater by a bulldozer, is around 26 feet high and... More »

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