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It Could Take &#39;Days, Weeks&#39; to Unblock Suez Canal
That Stuck Ship Is a Mess,
and There's No End in Sight
THE RUNDOWN

That Stuck Ship Is a Mess, and There's No End in Sight

Removing load from cargo ship wedged across Suez Canal could be risky

(Newser) - One of the world's biggest cargo ships is blocking one of the world's busiest waterways—and nobody seems sure if when it can be shifted. The Ever Given has been wedged across the canal since Tuesday and a traffic jam of more than 150 ships has built up,...

Crash Kills 32 After Train's Emergency Brake Triggered

At least 66 were injured in Egypt crash

(Newser) - Two trains collided on Friday in southern Egypt, apparently after someone activated the emergency brakes, killing at least 32 people and leaving at least 66 injured, Egyptian authorities said. Egypt’s Railway Authorities said the accident happened when someone activated the emergency brakes of a passenger train that was headed...

Golden-Tongued Mummy Unearthed in Egypt

Archaeologists are searching for the tomb of Cleopatra

(Newser) - Archaeologists working in northern Egypt have unearthed several mummies that date back some 2,000 years, the BBC reports. Among the human remains discovered in 16 burial chambers on the outskirts of Alexandria was a skull in which had been placed a tongue crafted from gold foil, per the New ...

Pastry Chef Arrested Over Risque Cupcakes

Woman in Egypt in hot water after images go viral

(Newser) - A female pastry chef has been arrested in Egypt for the crime of selling cupcakes decorated with penises, vaginas, and butts. The Ministry of Youth and Sports launched an investigation after photos of women eating the cupcakes at a birthday party at a Cairo sports club went viral. The chef,...

Coffins Found in Egypt Likely Belong to Thousand-Year Cult

King Teti's rule began in 2323 BC; the remains date to a much later period

(Newser) - A decade of archaeological work at a site near Egypt's Pyramid of Teti has paid off. Leading Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass on Sunday announced that the temple of Queen Neit—wife of King Teti, whose rule began in 2323 BC—has been uncovered. The AP reports burial shafts measuring...

She Dove 374 Feet Without Taking a Breath

For Alenka Artnik and freediving, 'it was love at first sight'

(Newser) - Those watching the surface of the water were likely somewhat worried about Alenka Artnik, who was attempting to free dive to a depth no woman had before. But Tito Zappalá wasn't too concerned. Having taken an underwater scooter to depths of 200 feet, the safety diver watched Artnik ascend...

6 Americans Dead After Black Hawk Crashes in Egypt

Helicopter went down during routine peacekeeping mission near the Red Sea: MFO

(Newser) - Eight peacekeepers, including six Americans, were killed in a helicopter crash during a routine mission in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, the international force that monitors the Israeli-Egyptian peace agreement said Thursday. A ninth peacekeeper, also American, was badly injured, per the AP . The Multinational Force and Observers said a French...

Snorkeling Adventure in Egypt Turns Bloody for Boy, 12

Ukrainian tourist, guide each lost a limb in rare shark attack

(Newser) - A 12-year-old Ukrainian tourist and his Egyptian guide have each lost a limb in a rare Red Sea shark attack. The boy was snorkeling with his mother and guide in Ras Mohammed National Park near the resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh on Sunday when a 6-foot-long oceanic whitetip shark attacked,...

Report: 2 Dead, Hundreds Detained in Egyptian Protests

Rare demonstrations on economical grievances have erupted over the last few weeks

(Newser) - Egyptian authorities have arrested hundreds of people in their effort to clamp down on a spate of small but exceptionally rare protests across the country, a global watchdog and human rights lawyers said Friday. Riot police forcibly dispersed the limited demonstrations over economic grievances that erupted across several impoverished, rural...

They Found 13 Ancient Coffins in One Well. Then, 14 More

Archaeologists unearth 2,500-year-old sarcophagi near Egypt's Step Pyramid of Djoser

(Newser) - Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed more than two dozen ancient coffins in a vast necropolis south of Cairo, an official said Monday. The sarcophagi have remained unopened since they were buried more than 2,500 years ago near the famed Step Pyramid of Djoser in Saqqara, says Neveine el-Arif, a spokeswoman...

Soccer Trophies' Disappearance Shocks Nation

Egpyt, a powerhouse in African tournament, launches searches

(Newser) - Egyptian soccer authorities are investigating the disappearance of several trophies, including the Africa Cup of Nations trophy the Pharaohs were awarded in 2010 after winning the tournament three times in a row. The revelation of the trophies' disappearance last week by a former board member of Egypt's soccer association,...

Egypt Sets Elon Musk Straight About Pyramids, Aliens

Tesla founder claimed aliens built the pyramids

(Newser) - After Elon Musk tweeted last week that "Aliens built the pyramids obv," Egypt has officially set him straight. "I follow your work with a lot of admiration. I invite you & Space X to explore the writings about how the pyramids were built and also to check...

They Posted 'Tame' TikTok Videos, Then Were Jailed

Egyptian women imprisoned for playful videos viewed as immoral

(Newser) - Two Egyptian women with millions of followers on TikTok have been sentenced to jail time after a court objected to videos showing them singing and dancing. Mawada el-Adham, 22, and Haneen Hossam, 20, reportedly wept as they were convicted of "violating family values" on Monday and each sentenced to...

Archaeologists Bust Myth About Ancient Egypt
Study Suggests an Ancient
Invasion Never Happened
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Study Suggests an Ancient Invasion Never Happened

Hyksos weren't foreign invaders of Egypt; they were already living there before rising to power

(Newser) - Archaeologists believe they've uncovered an ancient Egyptian propaganda campaign and in the process busted a millennia-old myth. It centers around the Hyksos , the first known people of foreign origin to rule ancient Egypt. They seized power from the pharaohs around 1638 BCE and ruled for a century. More than...

Dad Said They Were Getting a Vaccine. He Lied
Dad Said They Were
Getting a Vaccine. He Lied
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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...

A Fallen World Leader Is Dead at 91
A Fallen World Leader
Is Dead at 91

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....

An Egyptian Mystery Takes New Turn
An Egyptian
Mystery
Takes New
Turn
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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...

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...

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...

Egypt Unveils Another Kind of Mummy
From Egypt, Another
Kind of Mummy

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...

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