Christians across the world celebrated Palm Sunday on April 9, but at two Coptic churches in Egypt, this gathering ended in bloodshed. Forty-four people were killed in two bombings, and as of this evening, ISIS has claimed responsibility for these atrocities.
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On Wednesday night, a boat reportedly carrying around 450 migrants from Egypt to Italy sank off the coast close to their launch point. Of those, 163 have been rescued, with 43 bodies recovered and the rest still missing.
The Egyptian Radio and Television Union has suspended eight female TV anchors for one month because apparently, they’re just too overweight to do their jobs.
Megan Fox isn’t just a pretty face—she’s also a truth-teller.
On Sunday, Mayar Mohamed Mousa, a 17-year-old Egyptian girl, died from complications following an illegal female genital mutilation surgery. CNN reports that Mousa and her twin sister were operated on by a registered physician in Egypt’s Suez province. Mousa’s twin sister survived the surgery, but Mayar likely died…
Back in August, a British archeologist announced (to much fanfare) that he thought he knew where the famous Egyptian queen Nefertiti might be buried—in some hidden rooms off King Tut’s tomb. Now he’s back with an update.
Couples in ancient Egypt had the legal right to draw up pre or postnuptial agreements—before or during their marriage—to ensure that wives would get a decent-to-hefty financial payout if the relationship failed. Praise be to Isis, goddess of womanhood, marriage, and getting your ass paid.
An archeologist has a theory about where the famous ancient Egyptian queen Nefertiti might be buried—through a door in her maybe-son Tutankhamun’s tomb. Well, that would be tremendously convenient.
Reda el-Fouly is your average woman who likes to film herself dancing and lip-synching to music. Except she lives in Egypt, where officials deemed her video (below) “too racy,” and so they arrested her for ‘inciting debauchery.’
Disney has a movie in the works about a white man who buys land in Sudan so that his daughter can be a princess. Interesting. Sounds cool.
Looking for weed as a woman traveling alone is, in the eyes of many, akin to declaring that you have zero moral compunction. Drug hunting abroad necessitates seeking out a series strange men, most of whom want to have sex with you. I’d felt this way at times in Europe, but Egypt is where it really begins to sink in.
Sometimes you are faced with a story so breathtakingly abhorrent, your brain is biologically incapable of comprehension—but it's so insane, you can't keep it to yourself. This is one such story.
Egyptian mythology has a lot of gods. Some of them have loomed large in pop culture and the public imagination: Ra, Apophis, Anubis, Isis, Bast, Osiris, etc. Some are far more obscure. But that in no way diminishes how scary they are. Here are 10 absolutely terrifying Egyptian gods that you might not have heard of.
After being prosecuted for the death of a 12-year-old girl whom he'd performed a female genital mutilation on, Egyptian doctor Rasdlan Fadl was acquitted of manslaughter in November. The trial was a first for Egypt, which had never before seen someone prosecuted over the controversial practice. The verdict was then…
Last month, eight men were convicted and sentenced to three years after appearing in a video online that allegedly showed a wedding between two men, one of the most high-profile LGBT-related prosecutions in Egypt in over than a decade. Yesterday, an Egyptian appeals court reduced their sentences to one year.
Earlier this year, Egypt broke some serious ground by arresting Dr. Raslan Fadl and charging him for manslaughter of Sohair al-Bata'a, a 12-year-old girl who died while he was performing a female genital mutilation (FGM) operation on her. Many hoped the case would deter both family members and doctors from continuing…
Poop ruins everything. And at the Holiday Village Red Sea resort in Egypt, it's ruining everyone's vacations. Because British tourists (probably members of One Direction) are finding fun and merriment by relieving themselves of their lunch in the still blue waters of the resort pools. Is it a trend? Well, the hotel is…
Last week, there were reports that ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) was requiring all women living in the city of Mosul, Iraq to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM). The alarming news has since been called into question, however, as John Oliver pointed out on Last Week Tonight, FGM is still widely practiced…
Nuzzled right in between Egypt and Sudan lies Bi'r Tawil a 2060 sq km unclaimed territory that was the result of a colonial-era border discrepancy. Bi'r Tawil is one of the last remaining unclaimed territories in the world—that is, until a Virginia man took it upon himself to trek out there and lay claim to the…