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Monday, 7 May 2018

Studies concluding there are no hidden chambers in King Tut’s tomb tops coverage of Egypt

It’s all Tut, all the time this morning after the Antiquities Ministry’s announcement yesterday that studies have concluded there are no hidden chambers in King Tutankhamun’s tomb. A series of tests conducted by a scientific team from the Polytechnic University of Turin “concluded, with a very high degree of confidence,” that there are no voids in the boy king’s burial chamber, according to the ministry. The announcement “brings to a disappointing end an investigation that began three years ago” when Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves announced his theory that Queen Nefertiti’s tomb (which has yet to be found) could be hidden in a secret chamber in Tut’s tomb, National Geographic says.

KSA will get its own Ibrahim Eissa-free version of a Ramadan mosalsal: Producers of the upcoming Ramadan mosalsal “Ard Al Nefaq” have agreed to make a “special version” of the comedy series for Saudi consumption after officials in the kingdom reportedly objected to Ibrahim Eissa’s appearance in the show, Gulf News reports. Eissa, who is an outspoken critic of Saudi Arabia, plays a character that is “central” to the show, prompting producer Jamal Al Adly to create another version of the series with another actor filling Eissa’s place.

Other stories worth noting in brief:

  • An Egyptian divorcée has launched a radio program to help other divorced women with legal advice and some old-fashioned talk therapy, Africa News reports.
  • President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s bid to encourage a new religious discourse are being blocked by Al Azhar, Zvi Bar’el writes for Haaretz.

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