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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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Ethiopia rejects Egypt’s plan for operating dam on the Nile

Talks between Ethiopia and Egypt over how a $4 billion hydropower dam will be operated on the Nile have not ended well. Ethiopia on Wednesday said it rejected a plan proposed by Egypt for operating the dam. The construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) was announced in 2011. It is could make Ethiopia Africa’s biggest power exporter, generating more than 6,000 megawatts. Egypt and Ethiopia disagree over the annual flow of water that should be guaranteed to Egypt and how to manage flows during droughts. Egypt relies on…

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Mane fumes at Salah for failing to pass him a ball

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah was at the centre of an angry outburst from team-mate Sadio Mane on Saturday night. Mane was taken off with five minutes to go and was seen to be furious as he took his place on the bench. But it emerged that it was not his substitution that enraged him – but a pass that Salah failed to make to him late in the 3-0 win over Burnley that left Liverpool with the only 100 per cent record in the Premier League. ‘Was it about a…

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Egypt’s Military is the most powerful in Africa

Egypt’s Military has been ranked the most powerful in Africa, placing 12th most powerful military in the world. The new list of military rankings was released by Globalfirepower. The Egyptian Armed Forces had a Power Index score of 0.2283. Algeria’s military came second (27th in the world) while that of South Africa placed third (32nd in the world). The Nigerian Armed Forces however ranked as the fourth most powerful military on the African continent and placed 44th in the global ranking. The fifth most powerful military in Africa was that…

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