Egypt

Massive Sphinx of Ramses II Sees Daylight for First Time in Nearly 100 Years

An enormous stone sphinx representing the pharaoh Ramses II has spent nearly a century in the Egypt Gallery of the Penn Museum in Philadelphia. But today (June 12) the sphinx was relocated in “a monumental move” that saw the colossal statue “floating” on so-called air dollies — a technology that uses high-powered air compression in a manner similar to hoverboards, ...

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Parliament deplores campaigns of distortion against Syrians in Egypt

CAIRO – 12 June 2019: A member of the Industry Committee at the Parliament Tareq Metwally denounced the campaign of defamation against Syrians residing in Egypt. “Syrians are not treated as refugees in Egypt, but as residents in their second country. Egyptians also wish that Syrians return home safely after the nightmare of war ends and the Syrian wounds are ...

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Egypt can demand return of King Tut statue up for auction: Former antiquities chief

Egypt has the right to demand the repatriation of a stone sculpture of King Tutankhamun before it goes up for auction at Christie’s in London next month, according to the country’s former antiquities chief. Zahi Hawass, a renowned Egyptian archaeologist, has spearheaded numerous campaigns to repatriate Egyptian artifacts, and alleges the statue was stolen. “It seems that this sculpture was looted from [Luxor’s] Karnak Temple. ...

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Egypt security forces raid Islamic State ‘hideout’ after North Sinai attack

Egyptian security forces have killed 14 suspected militants during a raid carried out in the restive Sinai Peninsula in response to a deadly checkpoint attack, the authorities said. The Wednesday, June 5 attack claimed by Islamic State left dead eight police officers dead southwest of El-Arish, capital of North Sinai, and five militants were killed in exchanges of fire that ensued. ...

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Sisi orders upgrading tourist attractions to befit Egyptian heritage

CAIRO – 29 May 2019: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi ordered upgrading the tourist attractions, including museums nationwide, in a way that reflects the history and civilization of the North African country, according to a statement by presidential spokesman Bassam Radi. This came during the Sisi’s meeting with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli and Minister of Antiquities Khaled al-Anani on Tuesday. During ...

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The Battle of the Races: Egypt’s Media Syndicate Finally Took a Stance Against Racism

In light of the recent backlash Egyptian actress and comedian Shaimaa Seif faced after appearing in an episode of the Ramadan prank program ‘Shaklabaz’ wearing blackface to portray Sudanese women, Egyptian actor Maged El-Masry spat racist remarks towards African women when he appeared on the show ‘Sheikh El-Hara’ hosted by Basma Wahba resulting in the show getting suspended by Egypt’s Media ...

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Egypt mulls selling power plants to foreign investors

Egypt is considering offers by US Blackstone’s Zarou Ltd and Malaysia’s Edra Power Holdings Sdn Bhd to take over three state-owned power plants, the country’s electricity minister, Mohamed Shaker, announced yesterday. “We [Egyptian government] received an expression of interest from the two companies [Zarou and Edra] to take over and operate the power plants and we’re looking into it,” Shaker was quoted by Bloomberg as ...

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Egypt approves amendments to law regulating trade unions

The Egyptian government has approved amendments to the law that regulates trade unions days before the International Labour Organisation is due to hold its conference. By amending the law, Egypt seeks to avoid being put on the ILO’s blacklist, according to Al-Araby Al-Jadeed news site. The list includes 40 countries which are accused of violating international labour standards. The new amendments allow ...

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