Egyptian teenager attempts suicide, possibly as part of Blue Whale challenge

Monday, 9 April 2018

An Egyptian teenager who attempted suicide may have tried to end her life while playing the infamous Blue Whale game. The 15-year-old girl attempted suicide by taking rat poison. According to her father, she drank the poison after arguing with her mother because she returned home late. The doctor treating the girl found a tattoo with the letter “p” on her left leg. According to the medical report, the girl said she was playing the Blue Whale game and one of the challenges was to ...

FBI uses DNA to solve mystery of 4,000-year-old Egyptian mummy

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Scientists from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have solved a century-old mystery after using forensic DNA evidence to discover the identity of a 4,000-year-old head from ancient Egypt.In 1915, American archaeologists recovered a mummified severed head from a hidden tomb while excavating an ancient necropolis in Egypt’s Deir el-Bersha.The head was found on top of a cedar coffin inside a tomb at a limestone chamber, which looked like it had been looted in old times, a report by ...

Egypt cyclist pedals to Russia to support team in World Cup

Saturday, 7 April 2018

An Egyptian cyclist has set off from the heart of downtown Cairo heading to Moscow to support Egypt’s national soccer team participating in the World Cup. Twenty-four-year-old Mohammed Ibn Nufal embarked on the long-haul journey Friday and is planning to cross seven countries including Jordan, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova and Ukraine. “The languages are among the biggest challenges,” Ibn Nufal said. “I will deal with that using translation apps and sign language.” He ...

Egypt’s Copts on ‘forbidden’ path to Jerusalem, despite vague pilgrimage ban

Saturday, 7 April 2018

The ban on pilgrimage to Jerusalem is associated to the late Pope Shenouda III who objected to the 1979 Peace Treaty between Egypt and Israel and refused to accompany Sadat on his visit to Israel. “I will never go to Jerusalem except hand-in-hand with my Muslim brothers after the end of the Israeli occupation,” said Shenouda in his famous statement, justifying the ban whose violators were denied communion and at times threatened with excommunication. The ban, however, dates back to ...

Sudan’s FM: Talks to ease Egypt, Ethiopia concerns over Nile Dam fail

Friday, 6 April 2018

A new round of talks held in Khartoum to ease Egypt’s concerns over a controversial dam that Ethiopia is building along the Nile have failed, a Sudanese minister said Friday.The foreign ministers and intelligence chiefs of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan met in Khartoum on Thursday, and after nearly 17 hours of discussions they failed to reach an agreement on issues concerning Addis Ababa’s ongoing construction of the controversial Grand Renaissance Dam on the Nile.“We didn’t ...

Egypt charges 72 for looting, turning archaeological site into parking lot

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

The Administrative Prosecution court in Egypt has ordered that 72 employees from the archeological sector and a number of security officials in Menoufia governorate to be tried on charges of theft of antiquities and turning the location into a parking lot. Counselor Mohammed Samir, spokesman for the Administrative Prosecution, said that the persons responsible for the looting are the former director of the archaeological site in the city of Qweisna, the current director of Kafr El-Sheikh Museum ...

Egypt sentences 35 to life on terror charges

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Egypt has sentenced 35 alleged Muslim Brotherhood members to life in prison for allegedly forming "terrorist cells" to attack security forces and state institutions. The Sohag Criminal Court in central Egypt sentenced another 155 defendants to three to 15 years in prison on similar charges, including plotting to kill public figures and security officials, and joining an outlawed group, a reference to the Brotherhood. Wednesday's verdict can be appealed, and 124 suspects who remain at ...

Former Egyptian MP’s son commits suicide playing ‘Blue Whale’ game

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Former Egyptian MP Hamdy al-Fakharany’s son was found dead in his room on Monday night where several notes with scribbled handwriting and unknown symbols referring to the infamous Blue Whale game were found, according to his sister. Yasmeen al-Fakharany took to her Facebook account to blame the game for her brother’s death, stating that they found papers with whale drawings among other symbols related to the game. She added that her brother was a religious boy and would not have ...

King Salman congratulates Egypt’s Sisi on his victory in presidential election

Monday, 2 April 2018

Saudi King Salman congratulated on Monday the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi who won a second term at the country’s recently held presidential elections. The Saudi king expressed his best wishes during a phone call with the Egyptian president, stressing that "this great great Egyptian people's trust came as a result of His Excellency's distinct efforts in the fields of development and combatting terrorism", according to the Saudi Press Agency. King Salman also praised ...

Egypt’s Sisi re-elected with 97 percent of votes

Monday, 2 April 2018

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has been re-elected with 97 percent of votes, the exact proportion that brought the former military commander his first term four years ago, Egypt's election commission announced on Monday. However, turnout in last week's election was lower than in 2014, at 41 percent. The flagship state-owned newspaper Al-Ahram also raised its estimate of turnout in the March 26-28 election to 42.08 percent, saying 25 million of Egypt's 60 million registered voters had ...

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