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Dad Said They Were Getting a Vaccine. He Lied

Father, doctor facing 'urgent criminal trial' in Egypt

(Newser) - An Egyptian father told his three daughters that they would receive a vaccine for COVID-19 before each was injected with a general anesthetic and subjected to female genital mutilation, according to prosecutors. The three minors "lost consciousness and when they woke up they were shocked to find their legs... More »

A Fallen World Leader Is Dead at 91

Hosni Mubarak, ousted in 2011 after ruling for 30 years in Egypt, has died

(Newser) - Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian leader who for nearly 30 years was the resolute face of stability in the Middle East, died on Tuesday, the country’s state television said, ending his days after a swift and ignominious tumble from power in the Arab world's pro-democracy upheaval. He was 91.... More »

An Egyptian Mystery Takes New Turn

Team suggests anew that long-lost Queen Nefertiti is secretly buried in Tut's tomb

(Newser) - Scientists in Egypt are bound and determined to find the long-lost Queen Nefertiti . Now, a new team is floating the possibility that she is buried in a secret chamber within King Tut's tomb, reports Nature . Sound familiar? That's because the intriguing possibility was first raised in 2015 , only... More »

Parents, Doctor Arrested in Genital Mutilation Death

12-year-old had the illegal procedure in Egypt

(Newser) - A 12-year-old girl died this week in southern Egypt after her parents brought her to a doctor who performed female genital mutilation, a criminal practice that remains widespread in the region, according to a judicial statement. The girl's death in the province of Assiut prompted Egypt's public prosecutor... More »

US Citizen Dies 'Tragic, Avoidable' Death in Cairo Prison

He was arrested during 2013 upheaval

(Newser) - State Department officials say they will raise concerns with Egypt over the "tragic and avoidable" death of an American citizen who had been detained for more than six years. New York City resident Moustafa Kassem was arrested amid political upheaval in Egypt during a trip to visit family in... More »

From Egypt, Another Kind of Mummy

Exhibition of animal mummies in Saqqara includes crocodiles, birds, and cats

(Newser) - Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities on Saturday revealed details on recently discovered animal mummies, saying they include two lion cubs as well as several crocodiles, birds, and cats, the AP reports. Items from the new find were displayed at a makeshift exhibition at the famed Step Pyramid of Djoser in... More »

20 Sealed Coffins Uncovered in Egypt

And nearby, evidence of funerary items produced on an 'industrial scale'

(Newser) - The colorful strokes, painted millennia ago, are still visible beneath a layer of dirt, which is partly why Egypt's antiquities ministry is celebrating the discovery of more than 20 ancient coffins as one of the "largest and most important" finds in the country in recent years. But the... More »

Trump Asks the Room: 'Where's My Favorite Dictator?'

The president stuns nearby officials with his request at the G7

(Newser) - President Trump left a group of officials in "stunned silence" last month when he called out for Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi in a Paris hotel, the Wall Street Journal reports. "Where's my favorite dictator?" Trump asked within earshot of several US and Egyptian officials attending... More »

Egypt's Outrage Couldn't Stop This $6M Sale

Christie's holds auction of 3,000-year-old King Tut bust despite Egypt's claims it was stolen

(Newser) - "Egyptian history is not for sale" is what signs carried by protesters read outside of Christie's in London. But apparently it was, as a controversial auction of a King Tut bust was carried out Thursday, fetching nearly $6 million, Reuters reports. At issue regarding the 3,000-year-old, 11-inch-high... More »

Human Rights Official on Morsi Death: 'Entirely Predictable'

Family, other critics: Mohamed Morsi's demise hastened by harsh treatment in prison

(Newser) - The cause of death of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, who died Monday after collapsing in court during his espionage trial: perhaps a heart attack or stroke, the Washington Post reports, citing local media and Egyptian authorities. The take of a Human Rights Watch official, however: "entirely predictable."... More »

Egypt's Former President Dies in Court

Mohamed Morsi was 67

(Newser) - Mohamed Morsi, the former Islamist president of Egypt who took office after the country's first free elections in 2012 and was later sentenced to death , has died in court, according to Egypt's state TV. He was 67. Al Jazeera reports Morsi was in court Monday in connection with... More »

Christie's Thinks This Is Worth $5M. Egypt Thinks It's Stolen

A tussle over a Tutankhamun statue

(Newser) - Last Monday Christie's let the world know that it planned to auction an Egyptian brown quartzite head of King Tut as the god of sun and air, Amun. It expected it to go for more than $5 million in the July 4 sale. Egyptian officials are now trying to... More »

Explosion Injures Tourists Near Giza Pyramids

South Africans were hurt on their way from airport

(Newser) - An explosion injured at least 12 people on a tourist bus in Egypt on Sunday. The bus was taking 25 South Africans from the airport to the Giza pyramids area, Reuters reports; four Egyptians in a car were injured by broken glass. Three of the injured were treated at a... More »

Tens of Thousands Rally in Gaza

But demonstrators are most kept away from the Israeli border

(Newser) - Tens of thousands of Palestinians rallied in the Gaza Strip on Saturday to mark the first anniversary of their mass protests along the Israeli border, as the territory's Hamas leaders largely restrained the crowds ahead of a hoped-for cease-fire deal, the AP reports. Demonstrators largely kept their distance from... More »

She Knocked Her Country on Free Speech. Now She's Banned There

Sherine Abdel-Wahab made comments in Bahrain, now can't perform in Egypt

(Newser) - An Egyptian singer has been banned from performing in her home country after suggesting that it doesn't respect free speech. A video clip circulated online shows Sherine Abdel-Wahab, during a performance in Bahrain, saying: "Here I can say whatever I want. In Egypt, anyone who talks gets imprisoned.... More »

Museum: Here's Your $4M Coffin. Sorry About That

New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art returns the antiquity to Egypt

(Newser) - New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art says it's returning a prized artifact to Egypt after learning it was stolen from the country in 2011, the AP reports. The Met said Friday that the Manhattan District Attorney's office found evidence that the museum was given a false ownership... More »

Hidden in Rock Chambers, Egypt's First Big Find of 2019

40 mummies, including 10 that were children, unearthed at Tuna El-Gebel necropolis in Minya

(Newser) - Egypt says it just made what Ahram Online calls its "first antiquities discovery of 2019," and it's a big one: a number of ancient burial chambers containing some 40 mummies at the Tuna El-Gebel necropolis in the desert province of Minya, south of Cairo, the AP reports.... More »

TV Host Sentenced to a Year in Jail for Interviewing Gay Man

Egyptian TV presenter interviewed gay sex worker

(Newser) - An Egyptian TV presenter will do a year of hard labor because he interviewed a gay man. Mohamed al-Ghiety was jailed as well as fined the equivalent of $167 for "promoting homosexuality" after an interview with the sex worker, whose identity was hidden, aired last year on Ghiety's... More »

Pompeo: Obama Made a Mess of the Mideast

Says policies led to rise of ISIS, problems with Iran

(Newser) - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a scathing rebuke of the Obama administration's Mideast policies Thursday, denouncing the former president for "misguided" and "wishful" thinking that diminished America's role in the region, harmed its longtime friends, and emboldened its main foe: Iran. In a speech to... More »

2-Year Streak of Tourists Safe in Egypt Has Ended

Roadside bomb hits tour bus near Giza pyramids, killing 2 and injuring 12

(Newser) - A roadside bomb hit a tourist bus on Friday in an area near the Giza pyramids, killing two Vietnamese tourists and wounding 12 other people, Egypt's Interior Ministry said in a statement. It said the bus was traveling in the Marioutiyah area near the pyramids when the crude roadside... More »

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