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Egypt Gives Saudis 2 Strategic Islands

Territory ceded during royal visit to Cairo

(Newser) - A gift fit for a king? Saudi Arabia's King Salman is visiting Cairo, and Egypt has agreed to hand two small but strategic islands over to his country, the New York Times reports. The country's Cabinet announced on Saturday that it had agreed to give up control of... More »

Hostage Posed for This Photo With Hijacker

Officials say Egyptian man is 'an idiot, not a terrorist'

(Newser) - What to do when you're being held hostage on an aircraft by somebody who appears to be wearing a suicide vest? For Ben Innes of Leeds, England, it was time for a selfie—with the hijacker. The 26-year-old, who was one of the last hostages left on the plane... More »

Egypt Tour Group Tantalizes Travelers With Hijacking Promo

'Maybe a hijacker will take you to Cyprus!' reads Lions Trips' too-soon promo

(Newser) - The hijacking to Cyprus of an EgyptAir plane flying from Alexandria, Egypt, to Cairo on Tuesday ended relatively peacefully, with everyone on board freed and the suspected hijacker taken into custody. So in the "no harm, no foul" vein, an Egyptian tour company decided to appropriate the incident for... More »

Egypt Hijacker's Motive May Be 'Love'

It's now over: He's under arrest

(Newser) - An EgyptAir plane with about 60 people aboard was hijacked Tuesday while flying from the coastal city of Alexandria to Cairo, and then forced to land in Cyprus, reports the AP . Fortunately, it appears to have ended without violence after hours of negotiations, with all aboard freed and the hijacker... More »

Egypt's 'Grand' Museum Gets Influx of Artifacts

Grand Egyptian Museum to display 50K items when it opens in 2018

(Newser) - When visitors arrive at the Grand Egyptian Museum—to open near the Giza pyramids in 2018—they'll be greeted by a 4-ton statue of King Amenhotep seated beside the Egyptian god Ra. But first, the 3,500-year-old pink granite statue will be restored, having just traveled 400 miles from... More »

Hidden Rooms Found in King Tut's Tomb

Nefertiti may lie within, expert believes

(Newser) - King Tutankhamun's tomb was discovered in 1922, and nearly 100 years later, it may be giving up a millennia-old secret: Analysis of radar scans of his burial chamber carried out in November have revealed two hidden rooms, Egypt's antiquities minister Mamdouh El-Damaty announced in a Thursday news conference.... More »

Man Headed to Prison for Insulting Egyptian Women

3 years, with hard labor

(Newser) - Watch what you say about the fidelity of the women of Egypt. That's a lesson Taymour el-Sobky is learning the hard way. The blogger, who runs the Facebook page "The Diary of a Suffering Man," has been sentenced to three years in prison with hard labor by... More »

This 'Slightly Used' President Was for Sale on eBay

Egypt's Abdel Fattah el-Sisi walked right into this one

(Newser) - Two months ago, Egypt's chief investigator said there was no evidence that the October crash of a Russian passenger plane in Sinai was a terrorist act. Now, in what the New York Times frames as an "unexpected admission," a reversal. In a wide-ranging speech on Wednesday, President... More »

Toddler in Egypt Receives Life Sentence

Military admits mistaken identity, but parents are still worried

(Newser) - An Egyptian court has handed down a life sentence that would be longer than most if carried out: The alleged criminal is all of 4 years old, max. The strange case involves little Ahmed Mansour Qorany Sharara, reports CNN . A military court this month found him and 115 others guilty... More »

Arabic Version of SNL Comes to the Middle East

But they're playing it safe when it comes to politics

(Newser) - "Live from's Saturday Night!" An Arabic version of Saturday Night Live is airing across the Arab world for the first time this weekend, offering a Middle Eastern twist on the venerable US comedy show, the AP reports. In a newly renovated theatre in the Egyptian... More »

Ex-UN Chief Boutros Boutros-Ghali Dead at 93

He died in a Cairo hospital after suffering a broken pelvis

(Newser) - The first Arab and African to hold the UN's top position has died. Egyptian Boutros Boutros-Ghali, who served as the UN's secretary general from 1992 to 1996, died Tuesday at a Cairo hospital where he was admitted last week with a broken pelvis, Egypt's state news agency... More »

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 »

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