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Experts '90%' Sure of Hidden Chamber in Tut's Tomb

'I think it is Nefertiti'

(Newser) - Egyptian officials are now "approximately 90%" certain there's a hidden chamber inside the tomb of King Tutankhamun, AFP reports. And at least one archeologist believes he knows what it holds. "Clearly it does look from the radar evidence as if the tomb continues, as I have predicted,... More »

Russia: Homemade Bomb Brought Down Plane

Putin vows to hunt down attackers

(Newser) - The Russian passenger plane that crashed in Egypt last month was brought down by a homemade bomb placed on board in a "terrorist" act, the head of Russia's FSB security service told President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday. "According to our experts, a homemade explosive device equivalent to... More »

Weird 'Anomalies' Found in Egyptian Pyramids

Researchers use thermal technology to uncover secrets

(Newser) - A project to scan Egypt's pyramids for 4,500-year-old secrets is turning up "anomalies" that may lead to hidden passages and more, Discovery reports. Two weeks of thermal scanning have revealed signs of internal cavities and structures in several pyramids and a standout anomaly at the so-called Great... More »

'90%' Chance That Bomb Hit Russian Plane

Investigators, officials are in agreement

(Newser) - Looks increasingly like last week's horrific Russian plane crash in Egypt—which killed all 224 passengers and crew—was caused by a bomb. An Egyptian investigator tells Reuters that his team is "90% sure it was a bomb" but refused to explain the uncertainty. "The indications and... More »

Noise Heard in Final Second of Russian Plane's Cockpit Recording

The noise could support the theory a bomb brought down the plane

(Newser) - A noise was heard in the last second of the cockpit voice recording from the Russian plane that crashed last week in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, the head of the joint investigation team said Saturday, bolstering US and British suspicions that the plane was brought down by a bomb. However,... More »

Egypt Investigates Airport Ground Crew

Russia is trying to bring 80,000 tourists home

(Newser) - Egyptian airport and security officials say an investigation has been launched into any local staff and ground crew in Sharm el-Sheikh that came into contact with the downed Russian Metrojet flight . The officials tell the AP that authorities are questioning airport staff and have begun surveillance on those who worked... More »

Plane Fears Strand Thousands of Tourists in Egypt

There've been some holdups

(Newser) - British PM David Cameron stopped flights to and from Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh resort city Wednesday as investigations continued into the crash of Flight 9268 . Now the UK is scrambling to retrieve roughly 20,000 citizens from the Sinai Peninsula—a plan that Reuters says has been "thrown into... More »

Ben Carson Stands by Unusual Theory on Pyramids

He says Joseph built them to store grain

(Newser) - While some candidates may flip-flop on the issues, Ben Carson—now the most-liked candidate of both parties, per the latest Gallup poll —is steadfast when it comes to one particular puzzle: the Egyptian pyramids. Back in 1998, the good doctor gave a commencement address at Andrews University, a school... More »

UK: Bomb May Have Downed Russian Plane in Egypt

PM Cameron halts flights to Sinai Peninsula until security check is complete

(Newser) - US officials have reported that the heat flash in the area where Metrojet Flight 9268 went down in Egypt may have been from a bomb—and the UK thinks that's an increasingly likely scenario, the AP reports. London is worried enough that it suspended flights to and from the... More »

US Satellite Saw 'Heat Flash' Before Egypt Crash

Experts say bomb, sabotage could have brought down Russian jet

(Newser) - If ISIS really did bring down a Russian passenger jet in Egypt, it wasn't with a missile, according to American officials. US officials tell CNN and NBC News that an American infrared satellite detected a heat flash in the area at the time of the crash, but not the... More »

No Survivors After Russian Jet Crashes in Egypt

ISIS claims responsibility for crash that killed 224

(Newser) - A Russian aircraft carrying 224 people, including 17 children, crashed Saturday in a remote mountainous region in the Sinai Peninsula about 20 minutes after taking off from a Red Sea resort popular with Russian tourists, the Egyptian government says. There were no survivors, according to the Russian Embassy in Cairo.... More »

Scientists to Get Inside 4 Pyramids Without Digging

They can look inside without damaging the structure

(Newser) - How do you see what's inside an Egyptian pyramid without taking it apart or even "drilling the slightest opening?" With infrared thermography, 3D scans with lasers and drones, and cosmic-ray detectors, scientists said Sunday at a press conference. Forbes translates the latter technology: Scientists will study "how... More »

Radar to Join Hunt for Nefertiti's Tomb

Egypt OKs technology to scan King Tut's tomb for signs of missing queen's

(Newser) - The Egyptian Antiquities Ministry granted preliminary approval for non-invasive Japanese radar to verify a theory that Queen Nefertiti's crypt may be hidden behind King Tut's 3,300-year-old tomb. A security clearance for the radar's use will probably be obtained within a month, said ministry rep Mouchira Moussa,... More »

Archaeologist Heads to Egypt to Find Nefertiti's Tomb

Brit Nicholas Reeves thinks she was buried next to son Tutankhamun

(Newser) - British archaeologist Nicholas Reeves, who made news last month with his announcement that the long-lost tomb of Nefertiti is likely hidden behind secret doors in her son Tutankhamun's tomb, is headed to Egypt to put his theory to the test, reports PhysOrg . Nefertiti, the famously beautiful and powerful wife... More »

Mexico: Egypt's Screw-Up Killed Our 8 Tourists

Tour guides say group had stopped for a picnic

(Newser) - Mexico's Foreign Relations Department says embassy personnel in Egypt have identified six more bodies as those of Mexican citizens killed in an air attack by Egyptian police and military forces. The deaths of two Mexicans had earlier been confirmed, bringing the total number of Mexicans killed to eight. Six... More »

Bloodbath as Egyptian Military Fires on Tourists

Incident the result of mistaken identity, officials say

(Newser) - Mexican tourists and their Egyptian guides are among at least 12 people dead after what appears to have been a case of mistaken identity in Egypt's Western Desert resulted in a bloodbath. Egyptian officials say a joint military-police force was pursuing "terrorist elements" in the region when they... More »

Star Student Scores Zero in All of Her Final Exams

Mariam Malak's family smells corruption in odd case

(Newser) - Imagine flunking all seven of your high-school finals with a total score of zero. Now imagine doing this as a star student with dreams of a medical career, and you'll better understand Mariam Malak, "one of Egypt's top performing high school students," the BBC reports. "... More »

Energy Giant: We Found 'Largest Ever' Gas Field

Eni says it's made a major find in 'deep water' off Egypt

(Newser) - The Italian energy company Eni SpA announced today it has discovered a "supergiant" natural gas field off Egypt, describing it as the "largest-ever" found in the Mediterranean Sea. The news came a day after Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi met in Cairo with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the Egyptian... More »

Egypt Sentences 3 Foreign Journalists to Prison

Even the nation's president sounds a little embarrassed about it

(Newser) - An Egyptian court has sentenced three Al Jazeera English journalists to three years prison for broadcasting "false news," sparking international outcry and underlining how authorities are trampling over free speech just over a year into general-turned-politician Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's presidency. The men are now seeking a pardon from... More »

ISIS Reportedly Shows Body of Beheaded Hostage

Tomislav Salopek was reported kidnapped July 22

(Newser) - An online image circulated today purports to show a Croatian hostage held by the Islamic State's Egyptian affiliate beheaded. The still image, shared by ISIS sympathizers on social media, showed the apparent body of Tomislav Salopek, a married, 30-year-old father of two, wearing a beige jumpsuit looking like the... More »

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