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‘One of a kind’ royal tomb is 4,400 years old, Egypt says

‘One of a kind’ royal tomb is 4,400 years old, Egypt saysOfficials in Egypt revealed they discovered a 4,400-year-old tomb believed to belong to a senior official linked to the fifth dynasty of the pharoahs.



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Egypt unearths tomb of ancient high priest

Egypt unearths tomb of ancient high priestEgyptian archaeologists have discovered the tomb of a priest dating back more than 4,400 years in the pyramid complex of Saqqara south of the capital Cairo, authorities said Saturday. “Today we are announcing the last discovery of the year 2018, it’s a new discovery, it’s a private tomb,” Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Enany told an audience of invited guests including reporters. In November archeology officials announced the discovery in Saqqara of seven sarcophagi, some dating back more than 6,000 years, during excavation work started in April by the same archaeological mission.



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Egypt unveils "one of a kind" ancient tomb, expects more finds

Egypt unveils "one of a kind" ancient tomb, expects more findsEgypt has discovered a 4,400-year-old-tomb and expects to find more buried treasure. Rough cut (no reporter narration).



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Egypt unearths tomb of ancient high priest 

Egypt unearths tomb of ancient high priest Egyptian archaeologists have discovered the tomb of a priest dating back more than 4,400 years in the pyramid complex of Saqqara south of the capital Cairo, authorities said Saturday. "Today we are announcing the last discovery of the year 2018, it's a new discovery, it's a private tomb," Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Enany told an audience of invited guests including reporters. "It is exceptionally well preserved, coloured, with sculpture inside. It belongs to a high official priest… (and) is more than 4,400 years old," he said. The tomb belongs to "Wahtye", a high priest who served during the fifth dynasty reign of King Neferirkare, the antiquities ministry said. A view of the newly-discovered tomb of 'Wahtye' Credit: Reuters His tomb is decorated with scenes showing the royal priest alongside his mother, wife and other members of his family, the ministry said in a statement. It also contains more than a dozen niches and 24 colourful statues of the cleric and members of his family, it said. In November archaeology officials announced the discovery in Saqqara of seven sarcophagi, some dating back more than 6,000 years, during excavation work started in April by the same archaeological mission. An external view of the site Credit: Anadolu Three of those tombs contained mummified cats and scarabs. The Saqqara necropolis south of Cairo is home to the famous Djoser pyramid, a more than 4,600-year-old construction which dominates the site and was Egypt's first stone monument. The tomb, built by the master architect Imhotep for the Pharoah Djoser, stood 62 metres tall originally and is considered the oldest building in the world built entirely of stone.



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Egypt puts on show of support for Saudi crown prince

Egypt puts on show of support for Saudi crown princeCAIRO (AP) — Egypt on Tuesday put on a show of support for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, doing its part as an ally and recipient of Riyadh's largesse to help the young royal weather the international outrage he faces over the killing and dismembering of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.



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Saudi crown prince arrives in Egypt on third leg of Arab tour

Saudi crown prince arrives in Egypt on third leg of Arab tourSaudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Egypt on Monday, the third leg of his first trip abroad since the murder of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey last month. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi greeted the heir to the throne of the world’s top oil exporter at the airport in Cairo when he arrived from Bahrain after a visit to the United Arab Emirates. The killing of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and a critic of the crown prince, at Riyadh’s consulate in Istanbul six weeks ago has strained Saudi Arabia’s ties with the West and battered Prince Mohammed’s image abroad.



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Cat mummies, animal statues discovered in Egypt sarcophagi

Cat mummies, animal statues discovered in Egypt sarcophagiSeven sarcophagi, some dating back more than 6,000 years, have been discovered at a site on the edge of the pyramid complex in Saqqara, south of the Egyptian capital, archaeology officials announced Saturday. Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Enany said the discovery was made by an Egyptian archaeological mission during excavation work started in April. Three of the tombs had been used for cats, he said, while one of four other sarcophagi discovered at the site belonged to Khufu-Imhat, overseer of the buildings in the royal palace.



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Egypt set to release Lebanese tourist jailed over Facebook post

Egypt set to release Lebanese tourist jailed over Facebook postA Lebanese tourist who was sentenced to eight years in prison for posting a video on Facebook the authorities claimed had insulted the country is set to walk free after a court cut the prison term and suspended it, the state-run MENA news agency said on Sunday. A Cairo court in July found Mona el-Mazboh guilty of deliberately spreading false rumors that would harm society, attacking religion, and public indecency. El-Mazboh was arrested at Cairo airport in June at the end of her stay in Egypt after a 10-minute video in which she was complaining of sexual harassment and conditions in Egypt using explicit language went viral on social media.



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Egypt, Ethiopia agree to settle differences over Nile mega-dam

Egypt, Ethiopia agree to settle differences over Nile mega-damThe leaders of Ethiopia and Egypt vowed on Sunday to iron out their differences over a dam Addis Ababa is building on the Nile River that Cairo fears threatens its water supplies. Talks over the Grand Renaissance Dam, Ethiopia’s $ 4 billion hydroelectric project, have been deadlocked for months. Ahmed, speaking in his native Amharic language, said Ethiopia was committed to ensuring Egypt’s share of Nile water.



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Egypt says no hidden rooms in King Tut's tomb after all

Egypt says no hidden rooms in King Tut's tomb after allCAIRO (AP) — New radar scans have provided conclusive evidence that there are no hidden rooms inside King Tutankhamun's burial chamber, Egypt's antiquities ministry said Sunday, bringing a disappointing end to years of excitement over the prospect.



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