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Egypt reports 65th human case of bird flu

The Egyptian Health Ministry stated Friday that a 25-year-old woman from a northern neighborhood in the capital of Cairo had contracted the deadly H5N1 strain of the bird flu.

Influenza A virus subtype H5N1

Virus subtype H5N1

Health Ministry spokesman Abdel Rahman Shahine said the woman had started to show symptoms on April 7 after coming into contact with dead birds.

Some 23 Egyptians have died after contracting the virus. Most came into contact with infected domestic birds in a country where roughly 5 million households depend on domestically raised poultry as a significant source of food and income. Read More…


Egyptian treasures found

A team of archaeologists excavating an Ancient Egyptian tomb have discovered golden jewelry in a recently-discovered lower chamber at the Valley of the Kings burial site in Luxor, Egypt.

Valley of the Kings

Valley of the Kings

Two golden rings and five golden earrings were found in the tomb of Djehuty, an 18th-dynasty official of Queen Hatshepsut, and were probably the property of Djehuty or his family.

The discovery was announced by Farouk Hosni, Egypt’s current Minister of Culture.

Djehuty was overseer of the treasury and overseer of works for the Queen. Read More…

Hitting [children] is not banned in schools

An Egyptian teacher who kicked a schoolboy to death after he failed to complete his homework has been given a six year prison sentence for manslaughter.

Islam Amr Badr, the schoolboy, died in a hospital in Alexandria with four broken ribs, according to a testimony heard by the court. Read More…

4,300-Year-Old pyramid discovered in Saqqara Egypt

Egypt’s chief archaeologist Zahi Hawass, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) and National Geographic Society explorer-in-residence, announced on November 11, 2008 that Sesheshet was entombed in a 4,300-year-old, headless 5-metre-tall (16-foot-tall) pyramid at Saqqara.

Zahi Hawass

Zahi Hawass

Hawass has stated that this may be Saqqara’s most complete subsidiary pyramid. The 118th discovered so far in Egypt, the big part of its 2-metre-wide casing was built with a superstructure 5 metres high. It originally reached 14 metres, with sides 22 metres long.

Hawass’s team has been excavating the site for two years. The discovery of the pyramid was made in September 2008 with the unearthing of the 16-foot-tall structure from the sand.

Once five stories tall, the pyramid was discovered beneath 23 feet (7 metres) of sand, a small shrine and mud-brick walls from later periods. The third known “subsidiary” pyramid to Teti’s tomb was originally 46 feet (14 metres) tall and 72 feet (22 metres) square at its base, due to its walls having stood at a 51-degree angle.

Buried next to the Saqqara Step pyramid, its base lies 65 feet underground. The pyramid of Sesheshet lies near two other pyramids which might belong to Teti’s two wives. Archeologists intend to enter the Sesheshet pyramid by November 25 to confirm it actually belongs to Queen Sesheshet.

On this day September 28, 1961

A military coup in Damascus effectively ends the United Arab Republic, the union between Egypt and Syria established on February 1, 1958, as a first step towards a pan-Arab state, the UAR was created when a group of political and military leaders in Syria proposed a merger of the two states to Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser.

Gamal Abdel Nasser

Gamal Abdel Nasser

Pan-Arab sentiment was very strong in Syria, and Nasser was a popular hero-figure throughout the Arab World following the Suez War of 1956. There was thus considerable popular support in Syria for union with Nasser’s Egypt.

The UAR collapsed after a coup d’état in Syria brought a secessionist group to power. The separation was deeply contested in Syria, and a bitter political struggle reflected in popular commotion and street confrontations ensued until the Ba’th Party, Nasserists and other pro-union elements took power in 1963.

The union, however, was not re-established. Egypt, now alone in the United Arab Republic, continued to use the name until 1971 after Nasser’s death.

Egypt’s Shura Council parliament building on fire

Fire broke out yesterday at Egypt‘s Shura Council, the upper house of the Parliament of Egypt at around 16:00 local time. The number of injured had reached 13. Officials said that most of the casualties were a result of smoke inhalation and minor burns.


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“The fire is currently limited to the Shura Council’s second floor. We are still trying to determine the exact cause of the fire,” the official said. “Parliament is currently on summer recess and very few people would have been in the building.”

As of this article’s publication, thick black clouds of smoke could still be seen billowing from the three-story building in downtown Cairo. A statement had been broadcast over a local TV network indicating that the evacuated employees said authorities told them they had ruled out terrorism and that the fire has been a result of a short circuit.

Fire engines and military helicopters reached the fire location and began trying to extinguish the flames. Ambulances were also seen in the area. Parts of the ceiling on the top floor collapsed due to the fire.

The Egyptian Taxation building had also caught on fire.

On this day July 26, 1956

Following the World Bank’s decline to fund building the Aswan High Dam, Egyptian leader Gamal Abdel Nasser nationalizes the Suez Canal sparking international condemnation.

Suez Canal

Suez Canal

After the United Kingdom and the United States withdrew their pledge to support the construction of the Aswan Dam due to Egyptian overtures towards the Soviet Union, Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser nationalized the canal in 1956, intending to finance the dam project using revenue from the canal, while at the same time closing the Gulf of Aqaba to all Israeli shipping by closure of the Straits of Tiran.

This provoked the Suez Crisis, in which the UK, France and Israel colluded to invade Egypt. The intention was for Israel to invade on the ground, and for the Anglo-French partnership to give air and other support, later to intervene to resolve the crisis and control the canal.

To stop the war from spreading and to save the British from what he thought was a disastrous action, Canadian Secretary of State for External Affairs, Lester B. Pearson, proposed the creation of the very first United Nations peacekeeping force to ensure access to the canal for all and an Israeli withdrawal from the Sinai. Read More…