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Sunday, 16 December 2018

Egypt unearths ancient tomb in Saqqara

Topping foreign coverage of Egypt is the discovery of a uniquely well-preserved 4,400-year-old tomb in Saqqara, this time dating back to Neferirkare Kakai, the third king of the Fifth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom, Reuters reports. Archaeologists removed the last layer of debris from the tomb last week and found five shafts inside, revealing the tomb’s owner, “Wahtye,” a high priest. Officials expect more finds in the coming months. The story is getting wide international play this morning in outlets ranging from the BBC and DW to the Telegraph and National Geographic.

Other headlines worth noting this morning:

  • Egypt has the third-largest number of journalists behind bars and is responsible, along with Turkey and China, for more than half of all jailed journalists in the world, CPJ said in a report. Reuters has the story.
  • President Abdel Fattah El Sisi said immigrants have to abide by the culture of their host country at last month’s youth forum in comments that were picked up byBreitbart News, Express and Daily Mail.
  • “Mumm”, a local food delivery start-up, has helped connect more than a 100 cooks to hungry Egyptians looking for affordable home-cooked meals across the country,Euronews noted.
  • “Ways of the Lord,” a work of fiction written by Shady Lewis Botros, is one of few books that explore what it’s like to be a Christian living in Muslim-majority Egypt, Hamza Hendawi writes for AP.
  • Tourism in Egypt could see quicker revival through conferences and expositions, former chairman of the Tourism Chambers in Egypt Ilhamy Al-Zayat says, since they advertise Egypt’s security and stability, Xinhua reported.

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