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Egypt: Temple and coffins unearthed at archaeological site

– Advertisement – Egypt has announced a major archaeological discovery at the Saqqara necropolis south of Cairo. Archaeologists have unveiled 54 wooden coffins, many of which can be traced back 3000 years to the New Kingdom period. Another major discovery is the funerary temple of Queen Neit near the pyramid of her husband, King Teti of Egypt’s 6th dynasty which dates back 4200 years. The famed archaeologist Zahi Hawass, who headed the archaeological mission said the coffins include the first dating back to the New Kingdom to be found at…

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Egypt secures $1.67 billion in aid from the IMF

– Advertisement – The board of the International Monetary Fund on Friday approved the release of a second tranche of aid valued at $1.67 billion for Egypt, saying public debt and Covid-19 threatened its economic recovery. In June, the board approved a one-year, $5.2 billion financing package for Egypt. With the latest disbursement, more than $3.6 billion will have been released. “The Egyptian authorities have managed well the Covid-19 pandemic and the related disruption to economic activity,” Antoinette Sayeh, the IMF deputy managing director, said. “There are still risks to…

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Al Ahly beat Zamalek to win African Champions League title

– Advertisement – A sensational late Mohamed Magdy goal gave Al Ahly victory over Cairo rivals Zamalek in the first ever one-legged African Champions League final. Magdy’s 88th-minute winner settled an entertaining match in which his side had gone ahead early through Amr El Soleya, only for Shikabala to cancel that out before half-time with a world-class effort of his own. Ahly should already have been leading after Elshahat somehow hit the post when faced with a completely empty net early in the second half. The win gave them a…

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Egypt finds treasure trove of over 100 sarcophagi

– Advertisement – Egypt announced Saturday the discovery of an ancient treasure trove of more than a 100 intact sarcophagi, the largest such find this year. The sealed wooden coffins, unveiled on site amid fanfare, belonged to top officials of the Late Period and the Ptolemaic period of ancient Egypt. They were found in three burial shafts at depths of 12 metres (40 feet) in the sweeping Saqqara necropolis south of Cairo. Archaeologists opened one coffin to reveal a mummy wrapped in a burial shroud adorned with brightly coloured hieroglyphic…

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Man sets himself ablaze over corruption in Egypt

– Advertisement – A man in Egypt on Thursday set himself ablaze in Tahrir Square in the capital, Cairo as he protested against “corruption and poor living conditions”. The man was later rescued by police and passersby, according to local media reports. The Egyptian man was reportedly sacked from his job at a bank for exposing corruption involving state officials. In a video widely circulated on social media, the man complained about his financial and living conditions. The 20-minute video broadcast on Facebook showed the man talking about his efforts…

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Egypt unveils coffins buried 2,500 years ago

– Advertisement – Archaeologists in Egypt said Saturday they had found 59 well-preserved and sealed wooden coffins over recent weeks that were buried more than 2,500 years ago. Opening one of the ornately decorated sarcophagi before assembled media, the team revealed mummified remains wrapped in burial cloth that bore hieroglyphic inscriptions in bright colours. The dramatic find was unearthed south of Cairo in the sprawling burial ground of Saqqara, the necropolis of the ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis, a UNESCO World Heritage site. “We are very happy about this discovery,”…

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Egypt launches ICT project for persons with disability in Africa

Egypt has launched a project in Information and Communication Technologies ICT aimed at empowering Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) in Africa. Over 120 African youth have so far benefited from a fully funded ICT project which entailed a comprehensive training program coordinated by the National Academy of Information Technology for persons with disabilities (NAID) in Cairo. Under the fully funded grant beneficiaries have so far taken courses in two batches of 60. The trainees were drawn from countries such as Nigeria, Ethiopia, South Africa, Ghana, Tanzania, Burundi, Kenya and Zanzibar. The…

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American museum returns stolen ancient Egyptian coffin

Authorities in the United States of America on Wednesday returned a stolen ancient coffin to Egypt. This is happening two years after the coffin was acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The 2,100-year-old coffin of a priest called Nedjemankh got featured in an exhibit housing artefacts from Egypt. The Museum bought the stolen antique from a global art trafficking network, which used fraudulent documents. Officials said the gold coffin was looted and smuggled out of Egypt in 2011. The stolen coffin dates back to the…

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Egypt: Over 1,000 people arrested after anti-Sisi protests

Right groups in Egypt say more than 1,000 people have been arrested over ongoing anti-government protests. Last Friday marked the start of street protests organized by Egyptians, signaling a major shift in how people feel about the al-Sisi government. Since 2014 when al-Sisi took over, there have been hardly any public out-pour of protests against his government. On Friday, tear gas was fired at protesters to disperse them when they gathered at Tahrir Square in Cairo. The square is a key site of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution with the protesters…

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Al-Sisi on shaky grounds as Egyptians protest against him

Egypt’s President, Abdul Fattah al-Sisi appears to be standing on shaky grounds after hundreds of Egyptians staged their first major protests against him. Since 2014 when al-Sisi took over, there have been hardly any public out-pour of protests against his government. On Friday, tear gas was fired at protesters to disperse them when they gathered at Tahrir Square in Cairo. The square is a key site of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution with the protesters demanding al-Sisi’s resignation. President al-Sisi is facing corruption allegations against his government. Hundreds of protesters filled…

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