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UK Investigates Muslim Brotherhood

Officials fear London could be used for planning

(Newser) - Concerned that London could serve as a terrorist planning ground, David Cameron has ordered an inquiry into the Muslim Brotherhood's activities in Britain, the New York Times reports. Britain's ambassador to Saudi Arabia will lead the inquiry. In the past, Britain has seen the Brotherhood as a relatively... More »

Egyptian Tomb May Contain Scribe's Many Wives

But it's missing mummies and an entire pyramid

(Newser) - A newly excavated Egyptian tomb contains fascinating art objects but lacks just a couple of things—like a mummy and the pyramid that once stood above it, LiveScience reports. Looted at least twice in antiquity, the 3,300-year-old tomb at Abydos still has a red sarcophagus painted with Egyptian Gods,... More »

Egypt Military Chief Seeks Presidency

Al-Sisi expected to win easily

(Newser) - The most powerful man in Egypt has thrown his military fatigues aside to run for president. Field Marshal Abdul-Fattah al-Sisi, who led the overthrow of elected President Mohamed Morsi last summer, announced on TV late yesterday that he was stepping down as military chief to answer "the demand of... More »

Egypt Tries 682 More— Plus Brotherhood Leader

Lawyers boycott trial presided over by judge who ordered death of 529

(Newser) - A day after sentencing 529 people to death , Egypt launched another mass trial today, this time accusing 683 Muslim Brotherhood members—including the Brotherhood's top spiritual leader, Mohammed Badie—of crimes including murder and inciting violence in connection with a riot at a police station in Minya. Only 68... More »

Egypt Sentences 529 to Death

'Over the top' sentences handed to Morsi supporters will be appealed

(Newser) - A court in Egypt convicted 529 supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi and sentenced them to death on charges of murdering a policeman and attacking police officers during violence last summer. The majority of the defendants were tried in absentia while more than 150 stood trial in unprecedentedly rushed... More »

Egypt: 'We Will Die' if New Dam Dries Nile Water

Ethiopian hydropower dam gets Egypt's back up

(Newser) - Egypt is none too pleased about Ethiopia's massive dam project on the River Nile, the BBC reports. The dam will be Africa's biggest hydropower dam when it's completed in a few years. But Egypt relies almost completely on the Nile for water and says the dam threatens... More »

Romney: Obama's Timing Is Just Dreadful

In op-ed, former candidate takes on president's foreign policy

(Newser) - Pundits have lately been lining up to second-guess President Obama's foreign policy, and the latest to do so is the guy who wanted Obama's job. In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal today, Mitt Romney laments that America's hands seem tied everywhere from Crimea to North... More »

Egypt's Military: We Secretly Cured HIV, Hepatitis C

For some reason, experts are skeptical

(Newser) - You, and pretty much every scientist in the world, may find this hard to believe, but a top Egyptian general says he has discovered a cure HIV and hepatitis C, along with a wand that can detect the latter virus from across a room. In a press conference on Sunday,... More »

Mubarak Ally Named Egypt's Prime Minister

Outgoing housing minister Ibrahim Mehlib takes interim gig

(Newser) - Egypt has a new prime minister—and he is, of all people, the housing minister. Interim president Adly Mansour today asked 65-year-old Ibrahim Mehlib, a former construction magnate and Hosni Mubarak ally, to form a government in the wake of the mass resignation of the previous government. Minutes after the... More »

In Surprise, Egypt's Government Resigns

Most media reports say it's so al-Sisi can run for president

(Newser) - In what the AP is calling a "surprise move," Egypt's interim PM today announced that the country's 7-month-old military-backed government will resign. Hazem el-Beblawi made the announcement regarding his Cabinet in a live TV address; it's unclear whether he'll helm the replacement government or... More »

Militants in Egypt Hit New Target: S. Korean Tourists

Bus carrying foreigners bombed near Israel border, killing 4

(Newser) - An explosion on a bus carrying South Korean tourists in Egypt yesterday left three South Koreans and the Egyptian driver dead, al Jazeera reports. At least 13 others were wounded in the attack on the bus, whose riders, a South Korean church group, had visited a Greek Orthodox monastery in... More »

4,600-Year-Old 'Mystery' Pyramid Excavated

Fallen structure may reveal ancient power shift in Egypt

(Newser) - Archaeologists have excavated a 4,600-year-old pyramid in southern Egypt that was hidden under a pile of sand, waste, and its own remains, and come to a simple conclusion: They don't know what it's for. They do know the Edfu pyramid once stood 43 feet high and was... More »

At New Trial's Start, Morsi Shouts—in Soundproof Cage

This trial is related to the escape of inmates during the 2011 uprising

(Newser) - Egypt's toppled president, Mohamed Morsi, stood alone in a soundproof glass-encased metal cage at the start of a new trial today wearing a white prison uniform, pacing, and shouting angrily at the judge in apparent disbelief: "Who are you? Tell me!" Judge Shabaan el-Shami, who controls the... More »

29 Killed as Egypt Marks Revolution's Anniversary

Many celebrate, call on army chief to run for president

(Newser) - The anniversary of Egypt's 2011 uprising brought a violent display of the country's furious divisions today, as giant crowds danced at government-backed rallies and security forces crushed demonstrations by rival Islamists and some secular activists. Clashes nationwide killed at least 29 protesters, health officials said. The starkly contrasting... More »

Blasts Shake Cairo on Eve of Uprising Anniversary

At least 4 killed in attack on police HQ

(Newser) - Three bombings hit high-profile areas around Cairo today, including a suicide car bomber who struck the city's police headquarters, killing five people in the first major attack on the Egyptian capital as insurgents step up a campaign of violence following the ouster of the Islamist president. The explosions struck... More »

Archaeologists Unearth Unknown Pharaoh in Egypt

Previously unknown Senebkay ruled about 1650BC

(Newser) - Scholars of ancient Egypt have a new pharaoh to study, thanks to archaeologists from the University of Pennsylvania's Penn Museum . Meet Woseribre Senebkay, who ruled from about 1650BC to 1600BC, reports LiveScience . The Penn researchers had to piece together his skeleton after eons of tomb robbers had their way... More »

Unknown Pharaoh's Tomb Unearthed

But ancient Egyptian grave robbers got there first

(Newser) - Amid fresh upheaval in Egypt, archaeologists are still making finds that shed light on the country's past. In the latest discovery, an American and Egyptian team has unearthed the tomb of a previously unknown pharaoh who ruled during troubled times 3,600 years ago, reports the AP . King Seneb... More »

Why King Tut's Penis Was Buried Erect: Expert

Embalmers made Tutankhamun look like Osiris, egyptologist says

(Newser) - King Tutankhamun was mummified with his heart carved out, covered in black liquids, his penis kept erect—but why? Egyptologist Salima Ikram has an answer: that Tut was buried to resemble the underworld god Osiris as a way of battling a religious revolution that was gaining momentum in Egypt, LiveScience... More »

Egypt Launches Terror Probe Against ... a Puppet?

Vodafone ad sparks conspiracy theory

(Newser) - Prosecutors from Egypt's feared state security unit this week called in Vodafone Egypt executives for questioning about allegations that it was delivering coded messages to Muslim Brotherhood terrorists … via a commercial starring puppets. Egypt has been buzzing over the ad, in which a motherly figure named Abla Fahita... More »

Campus Protests in Egypt Turn Deadly

At least one student killed in clashes

(Newser) - Days after Egypt’s government designated the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization , the group’s supporters have taken to the streets in protest. Armed with Molotov cocktails, backers of the Brotherhood set fire to two campus buildings at a university in Cairo, according to Egyptian state TV. Riot police reportedly... More »

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