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  • $85,000 for each member of Egypt's World Cup qualification team

    EGYPT, 2017/10/15 The Egyptian national team have qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, their initial since 1990. For that feat, the Pharaohs have been handed a presidential bonus of $85,000 each. The team beat Congo Brazzaville by 2 – 1 last Sunday to seal the qualification. They paid a visit to president Abdul Fattah al-Sisi on Monday during which event the bonus was announced.
  • Archaeologists find goldsmith's tomb near Egyptian city of Luxor

    EGYPT, 2017/09/10 Egyptian archaeologists have discovered a tomb of a prominent goldsmith who lived additional than 3,000 years ago, unearthing statues, mummies and jewellery in the new major find near the Nile city of Luxor. Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities Khaled Al-Anani said on Saturday the tomb dated back to Egypt’s 18th dynasty New Kingdom era — around 15th century B.C.
  • Africa: Crafting an African Victory for the World

    BOTSWANA, 2017/07/12 On May 25, 1963, Africans gathered in Addis Ababa to create the Organisation of African Unity, the precursor to today’s African Union. It stood tall in the minds of Africans who decided to unite for a common cause. It demonstrated our ability to set aside differences in order to make the world a better place. Presently, on 1 July 2017, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia will stand at the helm of the the World Health Organisation with the ambition to reform, transform and make world health and agile partner of economic transformation for the world.
  • Controversial Egyptian Playwright Ali Salem Dies At 79

    EGYPT, 2015/09/26 Playwright and author Ali Salem, known for supporting normalisation of ties between Egypt and Israel, died of natural causes on Tuesday at the age of 79. Born in 1936, Salem published 15 books and 27 plays. His most famous play, "School of Troublemakers", a comedy released in 1973, featured a star-studded cast and was a hit across the Arab. It often runs on Egyptian television during national holidays. Salem was as well a columnist who was vocal about his political views, which often led to confrontations between him and other intellectuals. Salem was a staunch supporter of late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's peace efforts with Israel. Sadat visited Israel in 1977, paving the way for talks which from presently on led to the signing of the 1979 Peace Treaty.
  • Egypt’s museums looted during riots

    EGYPT, 2014/02/14 That tragedy was repeated with the looting of the Malawi Museum at the same time as the Rabia al-Adawiya and Nahda squares sit-ins were broken up on Aug. 14 of last year, and in the looting of the Islamic Museum on Jan. 24. Those incidents have encouraged other thieves to loot antiquities sites by exploiting riots. Targeting museums and archaeological sites has become common during the riots, at the same time as security chaos keeps the police busy. Antiquities thieves have benefitted the majority from the waves of riots and lawlessness in Egypt, and they are making fortunes. Additional treasures are being stolen and sold on the black market with each wave of unrest. Perhaps the majority prominent looting incident was that of the Egyptian Museum during the events of Jan. 28, 2011. Not a week goes by in Egypt without someone transporting stolen artifacts being arrested or stolen museum pieces being seized.
  • Greek-Roman museum to reopen in Alexandria

    ITALY, 2013/04/27 The Greek-Roman Museum of Alexandria will reopen thanks to an $8-million cultural cooperation project between Italy and Egypt, officials made known on Tuesday. Founded in 1892 by Italian archeologist Giuseppe Botti, the museum had Italian directors until 1952, and was shut down in 2005. It will reopen thanks to an agreement between Egyptian Antiquities Minister Mohamed Ibrahim Ali Sayed, Stefano Grego, the dean of Universita' della Tuscia based in the city of Viterbo, and Italian Ambassador Maurizio Massari.
  • Contemporary art spruces up downtown Cairo

    EGYPT, 2013/04/27 Dubbed D-Caf, the 'Downtown-contemporaray arts festival' in Cairo is bringing a welcome splash of contemporary art to the city's increasingly dilapidated centre. Running for 19 days, the second edition of D-Caf is a celebration of modern art in amount its forms, inclunding theater, dance, cinema, music and a miss-mash of genres and artists from Europe and the Mediterranean basin.
  • Maqsud discovers 200 AD industrial zone in Sinai

    EGYPT, 2013/04/27 A team led by Egyptian archeologist Mohamed Abd el Maqsud has uncovered a Greek-Roman industrial zone dating from 200 AD in the northern Sinai east of the Suez canal, Al-Ahram online weekly reported. The zone produced amphorae, plates, and other tableware inclunding bronze statues, Antiquities Minister Mohamed Ibrahim announced. ''This is a very significant discovery'' because it points to economic and trade relations between Egypt and its Mediterranean neighbors in antiquity, the minister said.