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Egypt court upholds 20 death sentences in 2013 Kerdasa massacre

Egypt court upholds 20 death sentences in 2013 Kerdasa massacre

World
Sept. 24 (UPI) -- A Cairo court on Monday upheld the death sentences of 20 inmates convicted of killing 17 people, most of whom were police officers, five years ago. Egypt's Court of Cassation, the country's top court, gave the final verdict to 20 members of the Muslim Brotherhood in their 2013 overthrow the administration of President Mohamed Morsi. The attack in the district of Kerdasa killed 14 police officers. Morsi was overthrown a month earlier in a security crackdown that killed hundreds. The court also upheld life imprisonment sentences for 80 defendants. A court sentenced 188 defendants to death in February 2015 for the massacre, and the Court of Cassation ordered retrials for 156 of them a year later. The court issued death sentences for 20 of them in April 2017, which later got...
E. coli 'caused Egypt hotel couple's deaths'

E. coli 'caused Egypt hotel couple's deaths'

Health
E. coli caused the deaths of a British couple who died after falling ill at a holiday resort in Egypt, the country's authorities have said.John Cooper, 69, and his wife Susan, 63, from Burnley, died in the Red Sea city of Hurghada on 21 August.In an official statement, the Egyptian general prosecutor said post-mortem examinations showed E. coli bacteria was a factor in both deaths.But the couple's daughter described the findings as "absolute rubbish".Kelly Ormerod, who was at the Steigenberger Aqua Magic hotel with her parents, told the BBC she did not believe the symptoms her parents showed were consistent with E. coli infection.She added further post-mortem examinations of her parents' bodies would be carried out in the UK, on ...
Egypt finds village that 'predated pharaohs'

Egypt finds village that 'predated pharaohs'

Technology
The Egyptian government has found one of the oldest villages ever in the Nile Delta, dating back to before the time of the pharaohs. According to the antiquities ministry, the neolithic site was found in Tell el Samara, a site 140km (87 miles) north of the capital Cairo.Chief archaeologist Frederic Gio said his team discovered silos of animal bones and food which indicated that the area was inhabited by humans as early as 5,000BC.Modern research considers the famous pyramids in Giza to have begun to be built in 2,500BC.According to the ministry, the site contains a number of habitations which date to different periods. Image: The pyramids of Giza - including the only surviving construction among the Seven Wonders of the Ancient W...
Egypt official confirms 'strange odour' in couple's room

Egypt official confirms 'strange odour' in couple's room

World
There was a "strange odour" in the Egyptian hotel room where a British couple died, the local governor has confirmed. The daughter of John and Susan Cooper, from Burnley, Lancashire, believes there was something in their room that killed them.Kelly Ormerod, who had been on holiday with her parents, revealed her daughter "could smell something that was a little bit funny" in her grandparents' room.They attempted to cover the smell by spraying "a little bit of perfume" after dinner, Ms Ormerod has said.Her parents failed to come down for breakfast the next day before Ms Ormerod found them both seriously ill in their room at the Steigenberger Aqua Magic Hotel in Hurghada.Mr Cooper, 69, died in the room while Thomas Cook employee Mrs Cooper, 63, died after being taken to hospit...
Mysterious black sarcophagus found in Egypt

Mysterious black sarcophagus found in Egypt

Technology
An enormous black sarcophagus has been discovered during an archaeological dig in Egypt alongside an eerie alabaster head. The mysterious coffin is 265cm (104in) long, 185cm (72in) tall, and 165cm (65in) wide, making it the largest that has ever been found in the city of Alexandria.It was discovered by an Egyptian archaeological mission after an ancient tomb dating back to the Ptolemaic period was uncovered during a construction dig.Construction laws in Egypt require developers to excavate the ground beneath their planned developments before building. Image: An alabaster head was found in the catacombs. Pic: Egypt Ministry of Antiquities Made of black granite, the sarcophagus was found five metres beneath the surface o...