Sunday 25 June 2017
(Washington Post 05/31/17)
Ancient Egyptians were an archaeologist's dream. They left behind intricate coffins, massive pyramids and gorgeous hieroglyphs, the pictorial writing code cracked in 1799. Egyptians recorded tales of royalty and gods. They jotted down life's miscellanies, too, as humdrum as beer recipes and doctor's notes. But there was one persistent hole in ancient Egyptian identity: their chromosomes. Cool, dry permafrost can preserve prehistoric DNA like a natural freezer, but Egypt is a gene incinerator. The region is hot. Within the mummies' tombs, where scientists would hope to find genetic samples, humidity wrecked their DNA. What's more, soda ash and other chemicals used by Egyptian embalmers damaged genetic material. A study led by researchers at the Max...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/26/17)
Egypt has banned 21 websites, including the main website of Qatar-based Al Jazeera television and prominent local independent news site Mada Masr, accusing them of supporting terrorism and spreading false news. The blockade is notable in scope and for being the first publicly recognized by the government. It was heavily criticized by journalists and rights groups. The state news agency announced it late on Wednesday. Individual websites had been inaccessible in the past but there was never any official admission. Reuters found the websites named by local media and were inaccessible. The move follows similar actions taken on Wednesday by Egypt's Gulf allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which blocked Al Jazeera and other websites after a dispute...
(AFP (eng) 05/26/17)
Entertainment | France | film | festival | Cannes | Zambia | witchcraft Cannes, France | AFP | Friday 5/26/2017 - 14:01 UTC+3 | 615 words by Katy Lee Being accused of witchcraft is no laughing matter in Africa -- but movie director Rungano Nyoni decided a dose of humour was just what was needed to tackle a problem rampant in parts of the continent. Set in Zambia, the sharp satire "I Am Not A Witch" has premiered to strong...
(AFP (eng) 05/24/17)
The first of the many wondrous artefacts found in Egyptian boy king Tutankhamun's tomb were transported carefully through Cairo's streets on Tuesday to their new home near the Giza Pyramids. The still unfinished new Grand Egyptian Museum at the foot of the pyramids will eventually house the collections of the current brimming museum in the city's Tahrir Square. A gilded bed and a funeral chariot from Tutankhamun's tomb -- discovered by British archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922 -- were transferred...
(AFP (eng) 05/24/17)
The legendary treasure of ancient Egypt's boy king Tutankhamun, whose tomb British archaeologist Howard Carter discovered in the Valley of the Kings near Luxor in 1922, is shrouded in mystery. - A hoard uncovered intact - The tomb of Tutankhamun, who died aged 19 in 1324 BC after nine years on the throne, is pharaonic Egypt's only mausoleum found so far with its burial artefacts intact. Many other resting places of pharaohs and dignitaries had been pillaged by tomb robbers...
(AFP (eng) 05/13/17)
Egyptian archaeologists have discovered 17 mummies in catacombs in Minya province, south of Cairo, the antiquities ministry announced on Saturday. "We found catacombs containing a number of mummies," said Salah al-Kholi, a Cairo University professor of Egyptology who headed the mission that made the discovery in the Touna el-Gabal district of the province in central Egypt. Burial shafts were found in the area and excavation work "revealed that these shafts led to a number of corridors inside a cachette of...
(The Associated Press 05/12/17)
Ballet dancer Fady el-Nabarawy feels he can finally breathe again the moment he enters the gates of the Cairo Opera House after a commute from his ramshackle, poor neighborhood. This is where he and his fellow dancers practice, perform, love and create. “Every day, I cannot wait to come here. My oxygen is here,” he said. Ballet is in its own bubble in Egypt, removed from the surrounding society. The elite Western art form is far from Egypt’s own rich...
(The Associated Press 05/08/17)
Archaeologists and conservation experts met in Cairo on Sunday to discuss the safe transportation of King Tutankhamun's throne, chests and bed from the Egyptian Museum in central Cairo to a new one being built on the other side of the Egyptian capital. The meeting, organized by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, brought together experts from Egypt, France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark and Japan. Tareq Tawfiq, a senior ministry official in charge of the new museum, told The Associated Press that...
(The Associated Press 05/04/17)
Egypt's antiquities ministry says that a Spanish archaeological mission has discovered a nearly 4000-year old funerary garden in the southern city of Luxor. In a Wednesday statement, the ministry said the rectangular-shaped garden was found during excavations in an open courtyard of a rock-cut tomb belonging to the Middle Kingdom of ancient Egypt. The garden is divided into four squared sections. Each covers 30 square centimeters and is believed to have contained different kinds of plants and flowers. The head...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/20/17)
Egypt has unveiled a massive granite statue of Ramses II, the most powerful and celebrated of the ancient Pharaohs, after completing its restoration. Standing 11 meters (36 feet) tall and weighing 75 tons, the statue was presented in a floodlit ceremony at the Luxor Temple on the banks of the Nile on Tuesday evening. When the statue was discovered between 1958 and 1960, it was in 57 pieces. Ramses II, also known as Ramses the Great or Ozymandias, reigned more...
(AFP (eng) 04/18/17)
Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed several mummies, colourful wooden sarcophagi and more than 1,000 funerary statues in a 3,500-year-old tomb near the city of Luxor, hailing an "important discovery". The 18th Dynasty tomb containing at least eight mummies was discovered in the Draa Abul Nagaa necropolis near the famed Valley of the Kings, the antiquities ministry said in a Tuesday statement. It belonged to a nobleman named Userhat who worked as the city judge. It was opened to add more mummies...
(Xinhuanet 04/18/17)
Egypt's antiquities ministry announced Tuesday the unearthing of a funerary collection of a New Kingdom tomb, including mummies and Ushabti figurines, in upper Egypt's Luxor governorate. "An Egyptian archaeological mission working in the Draa Abul Nagaa necropolis on Luxor's west bank unearthed the funerary collection of a New Kingdom tomb of Userhat, the city juror," Dr. Mostafa Waziri, head of the archaeological mission told Xinhua. The new tomb's opening comes as the world celebrates the annual April 18 World Heritage...
(Xinhuanet 04/18/17)
Africa's diaspora is playing a big role in the economic transformation of the continent, the UN said on Tuesday. UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Regional Director Dr Julitta Onabanjo told Xinhua in Nairobi that remittances are important source of income for many African families. "The diaspora therefore complements government efforts to lift many families out of poverty," Onabanjo said on the sidelines of the First Africa-China Conference on Population and Development. Onabanjo said that Africans in the diaspora also bring back...
(AFP (eng) 04/03/17)
The remains of an Egyptian pyramid built around 3,700 years ago have been discovered near the well-known bent pyramid of King Snefru, the antiquities ministry announced Monday. The pyramid from the 13th dynasty was found in Dahshur's royal necropolis, 30 kilometres (20 miles) south of Cairo, it said. "An alabaster... block engraved with 10 vertical hieroglyphic lines" was among the finds, the ministry said, citing Adel Okasha, director general at the necropolis. It said "granite lintel and stoney blocks showing...
(The Guardian 03/31/17)
A supportive documentary about the anti-Mubarak TV satirist Bassem Youssef, whose career followed the same trajectory as the Arab spring. Bassem Youssef is the Egyptian surgeon turned TV satirist who in 2011 became a YouTube celebrity with his homemade broadcasts about Cairo’s Tahrir Square and the anti-Mubarak revolution. This film shows how his career rose and fell with the Arab spring, initially endorsed by the west until the issue became clouded by Islamist insurgency. Youssef is a TV natural: his...
(Middle East Monitor 03/30/17)
Egyptian artist Bahia Shehab and French-Tunisian artist eL Seed have been awarded the UNESCO-Sharjah prize for Arab culture for their innovative use of Arabic calligraphy in street art. Shehab, who is the first woman in the region to receive the award, has said that art can be a tool for change that can encourage people to engage for justice. Her work “No, A Thousand Times No” began with the compilation of 1,000 “nos” as they had been depicted on anything...
(CBS News 03/23/17)
About $50 million worth of artifacts and antiques were shipped from both Egypt and Turkey to the United States in 2016 — the highest annual value from each of those countries in at least 20 years, according to U.S. Census Bureau documents. The artifacts, totaling about $100 million between the two countries, were imported “for consumption” and not for temporary display in a museum, the documents say. Most of the artifacts were shipped to New York City, where numerous antiquities...
(Xinhuanet 03/16/17)
The Egyptian authorities moved on early Thursday morning the recently unearthed three-milennia-old statue believed to be of ancient King Ramses II to the Egyptian Museum in downtown Cairo, official MENA news agency reported. The report said that the 8.5-ton colossus was moved by the armed forces in cooperation with the ministry of antiquities to be initially reassembled and restored at the Cairo museum before being transferred to its final destination at the Grand Egyptian Museum near the Great Pyramids of...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/10/17)
Archaeologists have found an eight-metre statue submerged in ground water in a Cairo slum that they say probably depicts revered Pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago. The discovery, hailed by the Antiquities Ministry as one of the most important ever, was made near the ruins of Ramses II's temple in the ancient city of Heliopolis, located in the eastern part of modern-day Cairo. "Last Tuesday they called me to announce the big discovery of a...
(AFP (eng) 03/02/17)
A film raging against colonialism and the exploitation of Africa wowed viewers at the continent's top cinema festival Wednesday, winning shouts of approval at a screening packed to bursting point. "The African Storm" tells the story of an African president who nationalises businesses run by racist, cynical Western executives. Directed and produced by its Beninese star Sylvestre Amoussou, it tackles several hot-button issues including an exit from the CFA franc currency, closer ties with Russia and China as opposed to...

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