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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 »

Has Queen Nefertiti's Lost Tomb Been Found?

'This is potentially the biggest archaeological discovery ever made'

(Newser) - Tutankhamun's tomb was discovered in 1922. Now, nearly a century later, a University of Arizona archaeologist says that tomb may hold a long-buried secret: the remains of Nefertiti . Nicholas Reeves says he stumbled upon the possibility while analyzing scans posted online in early 2014 by Spanish art-replication experts. The... More »

Egypt Doubles Up With Suez Canal No. 2

Hailed as 'rebirth,' passageway expected to make billions

(Newser) - After $8.5 billion and a year of construction, Egypt's second Suez Canal welcomed vessels in a trial run on Saturday along its 44-mile stretch, reports the BBC . The passageway, which runs in part alongside its namesake, is wide enough for large container ships to pass in two-lane traffic.... More »

Egypt Court Upholds Morsi Death Sentence

Judge's ruling will automatically be appealed

(Newser) - An Egyptian court has confirmed a death sentence handed to ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi over a mass prison break during the 2011 uprising that eventually brought him to power. Judge Shaaban al-Shami confirmed the ruling today after consulting with the country's religious authority as required by Egyptian law... More »

Egypt's First Freely Elected President Sentenced to Death

Mohamed Morsi had escaped the death sentence in a separate case

(Newser) - An Egyptian court today sentenced ousted President Mohamed Morsi to death over his part in a mass prison break that took place during the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak. As is customary in passing capital punishment, Judge Shaaban el-Shami referred his death sentence on Morsi and more than 100... More »

Scientists Find Proof of Pharaohs' Incest

They did so by measuring the height of 259 Egyptian mummies

(Newser) - A new study has found that "pharaohs varied less in height than men of the common population," as a researcher explains—a rather plain statement with some pretty gossipy implications. Swiss researcher Frank Rühli and his colleagues examined the height of 259 mummies—a group that included... More »

Many of Egypt's Animal Mummies Are Really ... Nothing

Study finds as many as a third are empty, but that doesn't mean it was a big con

(Newser) - Crocodiles, falcons, shrews: The ancient Egyptians are thought to have mummified as many as 70 million animals—and a scan of more than 800 of them reveals that in many cases, what's inside is ... nothing. The work done by radiographers and Egyptologists with the Manchester Museum and the University... More »

Court Gives Mubarak 3 Years for Embezzling

Still not clear if that will count time served

(Newser) - Supporters of ousted Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak were poised to celebrate his freedom today after years of legal fights, but a court today instead sentenced him and his two sons to three years in prison on embezzling charges, reports AFP . Though supporters in the courtroom erupted in anger, they may... More »

Egypt's Morsi Gets 20 Years

Ousted leader flashes 4-finger sign of defiance

(Newser) - In the first verdict to be issued against Egypt's first freely elected leader, ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi has been sentenced to 20 years in prison over the killing of protesters in 2012. As the sentence was issued, Morsi and other defendants in the case—mostly Muslim Brotherhood leaders—... More »

Pharaoh's Ancient Chapel Found in Egypt

It was built by Nectanebo I, of the last native dynasty before Alexander the Great

(Newser) - Researchers have made an impressive find in Cairo: part of a chapel built by a pharaoh some 2,300 years ago, Phys.org reports. That pharaoh was King Nectanebo I, whose reign lasted from 379 to 360 BC, daijiworld.com reports. The chapel, part of a temple site in the... More »

Muslim Brotherhood Leader Sentenced to Death

Mohammed Badie and 13 others are convicted of orchestrating violence

(Newser) - Egypt's official news agency says a criminal court has sentenced 14 people, including the leader of the country's banned Muslim Brotherhood, to death. The Giza Criminal Court issued its decision today, but the court set an April 11 date to formally issue the ruling after consulting with the... More »

Egypt to Build Shiny New $66B Capital

Reported goal is to ease congestion in Cairo—but at least one critic has his doubts

(Newser) - Cairo has served as Egypt's capital for more than a millennium, but its long run may be ending: The Egyptian government announced plans Friday for a new capital right next door that would take seven years and $45 billion just for the first stage, the AP reports. Egypt's... More »

Groom Stages ISIS Kidnapping, Bride Put in Cage

Mocking group is important, says Ahmed Shehata

(Newser) - Staging an ISIS kidnapping as a wedding prank might sound like one of the worst ideas anybody has ever had—but luckily for Egyptian groom Ahmed Shehata, his bride got the joke. At the wedding this week, Shehata's relatives burst into the wedding hall wearing masks and forced the... More »

Study Reveals Pharaoh's Vicious Death

Senebkay hacked down with battle axes: researchers

(Newser) - He may not be as famous as Tutankhamun , but ancient Egypt's Pharaoh Senebkay may have experienced a death more fitting of a king. Woseribre Senebkay, whose reign likely dates to roughly 1650BC, was savagely killed in battle, according to an analysis of his remains. That would make him the... More »

'Priceless' Gold Coins Found in Record Israel Haul

Israeli diving club at first thought the coins were toy versions

(Newser) - Many divers search long and hard for sunken treasure, but an Israeli diving club out for a recent dive in their local harbor struck literal gold by chance: 2,000 priceless gold coins that had been sitting on the seabed for about 1,000 years, the largest stash of gold... More »

Egypt: UN Force Needed for 'Abandoned' Libya

Militia-backed PM calls strikes 'treacherous aggression'

(Newser) - Egypt's president says creating a UN-backed coalition is the best course of action to rid Libya of Islamic extremists. Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, speaking to France's Europe 1 Radio yesterday, said Egyptian airstrikes against ISIS positions in Libya on Monday were in self-defense. The airstrikes were in retaliation for the... More »

Egypt Hits ISIS Targets After Mass Beheadings

Airstrikes were to 'avenge the bloodshed,' Cairo says

(Newser) - Egypt says it has launched airstrikes against ISIS targets in Libya after the extremist group released a grisly video showing the beheadings of several Coptic Christians it had held hostage for weeks. A spokesman for the Armed Forces General Command announced the strikes on state radio today, marking the first... More »

Egypt Soccer Riot Kills at Least 20

Cause of the violence isn't immediately clear

(Newser) - A riot broke out today outside of a major soccer game in Egypt, with fighting between police and fans killing at least 20 people, security officials said. The riot, only three years after similar violence killed 74 people, began ahead of a match between Egyptian Premier League clubs Zamalek and... More »

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