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Egyptian cease-fire mediators shuttle between Israel, Gaza

Egyptian cease-fire mediators shuttle between Israel, GazaJERUSALEM (AP) — Egyptian mediators pressed ahead Thursday with efforts to broker a cease-fire between Gaza's Hamas rulers and Israel, even as the sides braced for the possibility of renewed violence this weekend.



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Bomb kills three Vietnamese tourists, Egyptian guide near pyramids: officials

Bomb kills three Vietnamese tourists, Egyptian guide near pyramids: officialsThe bombing is the first deadly attack against foreign tourists in Egypt for over a year and comes as the tourism sector, a vital source of foreign currency revenue, recovers from a sharp drop in visitor numbers since the country’s 2011 uprising. Islamist extremists, including militants linked to Islamic State, are active in Egypt and have targeted foreign visitors in the past. The tourists were heading to a sound and light show at the pyramids, which they had visited earlier in the day, said Lan Le, 41, who was also aboard the bus but unhurt.



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Egyptian authorities kill 40 'terrorists' in Giza after tour bus bombing 

Egyptian authorities kill 40 'terrorists' in Giza after tour bus bombing Egyptian police say they have killed 40 suspected "terrorists" who were planning a spate of attacks on churches and tourist sites, following a deadly roadside bombing of a tour bus on Friday.  The alleged terrorists were killed in raids in the Sinai Peninsula and the Giza governorate, which was also the scene of the tour bus attack where three Vietnamese tourists and an Egyptian guide were killed.  Two raids in the Giza governorate killed 30 "terrorists", while the remaining 10 were killed in the North Sinai, the Egyptian interior ministry said in a statement.  It said the authorities took action after receiving a tip-off about the suspects preparing a series of attacks against state buildings, tourist attractions and churches. "Information was received by the national security that a group of terrorists were planning to carry out a series of aggressive attacks targeting state institutions, particularly economic ones, as well as tourism, armed forces, police and Christian places of worship," the statement said. Tourists ride horses past the Great Sphinx at the historical site of the Giza Pyramids, near Cairo, Egypt Credit:  Jon Gambrell Early on Friday evening, a roadside bomb hit a tour bus in the Al-Haram district near the Giza pyramids. A statement from the public prosecutor's office said 11 other tourists from Vietnam and an Egyptian bus driver were wounded. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing, the first attack to target tourists since 2017. Saigon Tourist, the tour company that organised the trip, said the Vietnamese tourists were "on their way to a restaurant for dinner" when the bomb exploded. Company officials travelled to Cairo on Saturday and plans were made to allow some relatives of the victims to also fly to Egypt. The attack came as Egypt's vital tourism industry is showing signs of recovery after years in the doldrums due to political turmoil and violence that followed a 2011 uprising that toppled former leader Hosni Mubarak. It will likely prompt authorities to tighten security around churches and associated facilities ahead of the New Year's Eve celebrations and next month's Christmas celebrations of the Coptic Orthodox Church, the dominant denomination among Egypt's estimated 10 million Christians. Over the past two years, militant attacks against Christians in Egypt – usually targeting churches or buses carrying pilgrims to remote desert monasteries – have killed over a hundred people. 



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Fifteen migrants die in boat off Libya, Egyptian survivor says

Fifteen migrants die in boat off Libya, Egyptian survivor saysFifteen migrants have died in a boat off the Libyan coast after spending 12 days at sea without food or water, an Egyptian survivor said on Tuesday. Only 10 migrants from the capsized boat survived, all of whom were suffering from severe dehydration, Othman Belbeisi, head of the U.N. migration agency IOM in Libya, said on Twitter. The owner of a beach chalet found the migrants washing up on the shore near the city of Misrata and called authorities, who brought them to the Red Crescent relief service and hospitals, residents said.



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Egyptian Actress Rania Youssef Faces Jail Time For Wearing Sheer Red Carpet Dress

Egyptian Actress Rania Youssef Faces Jail Time For Wearing Sheer Red Carpet DressEgyptian actress Rania Youssef is facing up to five years in prison for



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Tens of Cat Mummies and 100 Cat Statues Found Near Ancient Egyptian Pyramid

Tens of Cat Mummies and 100 Cat Statues Found Near Ancient Egyptian PyramidAncient Egyptians seem to have been “cat people,” or at least cat mummy people. Researchers have dug up several mummified cats alongside about 100 wooden cat statues in a tomb complex near a pyramid built for the pharaoh Userkaf, who reigned from 2291 B.C. to 2289 B.C., the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities announced Nov. 10. The burials are located near the site of Saqqara in Egypt.



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Dozens of cat mummies unearthed in ancient Egyptian tomb

Dozens of cat mummies unearthed in ancient Egyptian tombAt an excavation of a pharaoh's 4,500-year-old pyramid complex, Egyptian archaeologists discovered dozens of mummified cats — in addition to 100 ornate cat statues.  Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Dr. Khaled El-Enany announced the ancient cat artifacts on Nov. 10, and the Ministry took to Twitter to share images of the long-deceased felines, wrapped in ribbons of cloth. Ancient Egyptians may not have worshiped their cats, but there's ample evidence that they viewed the small mammals as divine.  #Tens of #cats #mummies were unearthed in #Saqqara #necropolis along with 100 wooden #gilded #statues of #cats and a bronze one dedicated to the cat #goddess #bastet. pic.twitter.com/g0oSQPBhL8 — Ministry of Antiquities-Arab Republic of Egypt (@AntiquitiesOf) November 10, 2018 #mummies of #cats #discoverd in #Saqqara (#Discovery pic.twitter.com/AFRNERfHBn — Ministry of Antiquities-Arab Republic of Egypt (@AntiquitiesOf) November 10, 2018 SEE ALSO: The people have spoken and they want to eat the diseased tomb cheese The mummified cats, however, weren't alone.  Piles of mummified scarab beetles were also found in the tomb. The large beetles lay buried under the lid of heavy limestone sarcophagus for 4,500 years.  #Discovery Unique #Discovery in #Saqqara #Giza #Egypt #mummies of #scarabs #AncientEgypt pic.twitter.com/FkCA9HxY5P — Ministry of Antiquities-Arab Republic of Egypt (@AntiquitiesOf) November 10, 2018 WATCH: Subway rat seizes free avocado, because who wouldn't



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Egyptian mediators race to restore calm in Gaza

Egyptian mediators race to restore calm in GazaGAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A high-level Egyptian delegation on Wednesday held urgent talks with Gaza's Hamas rulers, seeking to restore calm after a rocket from the Palestinian area slammed into a home in southern Israel and the Israeli military responded with airstrikes on Hamas targets.



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7 wounded in Paris knife attack, including British, Egyptian tourists

7 wounded in Paris knife attack, including British, Egyptian touristsA man believed to be an Afghan national was being held in custody Monday as the suspect in an attack with a knife and an iron bar in Paris that left seven people injured, including three foreign tourists, police said. In the attack next to a canal in the northeast of the capital on Sunday evening, the suspect, believed to be in his thirties, was overpowered by bystanders who had tried to stop him by throwing petanque balls at him. Two British tourists and an Egyptian visitor were among the seven injured, four of whom were said to be in critical condition.



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7 wounded in Paris knife attack, including British, Egyptian tourists

7 wounded in Paris knife attack, including British, Egyptian touristsA man believed to be an Afghan national was being held in custody Monday as the suspect in an attack with a knife and an iron bar in Paris that left seven people injured, including three foreign tourists, police said. In the attack next to a canal in the northeast of the capital on Sunday evening, the suspect, believed to be in his thirties, was overpowered by bystanders who had tried to stop him by throwing petanque balls at him. Two British tourists and an Egyptian visitor were among the seven injured, four of whom were said to be in critical condition.



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