• BBC News

    Mystery black sarcophagus opened in Egypt

    Two weeks ago, archaeologists in Egypt found a massive black granite sarcophagus in Alexandria, untouched for 2,000 years - and fleet-footed rumour quickly got to work. Could it contain the remains of ancient Greek leader Alexander the Great, or (less appealingly) a deadly curse? According to experts who have now unsealed it, it's a no to both. Instead, it revealed three skeletons and red-brown sewage water, which gave off an unbearable stench. Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities had appointed a committee of archaeologists to open the relic, which was unearthed at a construction site. According to Egyptian news outlet El-Watan, they initially lifted the lid of the tomb by just 5cm (2 inches) before

  • Egypt Independent

    Elderly Egyptian woman arrested in Saudi Arabia to return to Egypt: Foreign Ministry

    The Egyptian Consulate General in Jeddah has completed the legal procedures for the return of Saadia Abdel Salam, an elderly Egyptian woman who went to Saudi Arabia on an Umrah trip and would up being arrested for drug smuggling charges. Abdel Salam was tricked by three Egyptians, who told her she would be paid the price of an Umrah trip by a Saudi philanthropist in return for transferring a bag in Saudi Arabia that turned out to contain drugs, leading to her arrest. The consulate thanked all the official bodies in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, especially the public prosecution services of the two countries, which cooperated to reveal the truth and end the case. The Foreign Ministry stressed in a statement

  • Al Jazeera

    Trump is not Putin's puppet and here's why

    The July 16 meeting between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin produced polar opposite reactions in the public sphere. For Trump and Putin supporters and the Russian state media, the summit was a great success in improving Russian-US relations. For American Democrats, some Republicans and the US mainstream media, it was yet another proof that Trump has become Putin's puppet. The outrage of the latter group was so strong that the US president had to retract his claim that Russia did not interfere in the 2016 US elections. The only thing that both sides seem to agree on is that Trump found common language with Putin. The problem is that one side perceived this as treason,

  • CNN

    Here we go with the Beyoncé baby rumors

    Footage of the moment was posted on social media, and the move reminded fans of her first pregnancy reveal at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. Things got even more interesting after Bey posted a photo of herself next to the number four. She and Jay are already the parents of 6-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy and one-year-old twins, Sir and Rumi. There have also been videos of her recent performances posted by followers with more speculation. Of course, all of this can be explained in other ways. The number four has special meaning to Jay and Bey. Her birthday is September 4 and Jay's is December 4. They both have the number tattooed on their hands. Their daughter's middle name, "Ivy," is in honor

  • BBC News

    US boss gives car to 20-mile walk worker

    A US company owner gave an employee a new car after he went the extra mile - 20 miles (32km) in fact, walking all night to make his first day at work. After his own car broke down, Walter Carr made the long commute by foot through the suburbs of Birmingham, Alabama, to his new job in removals. A police officer spoke to Mr Carr en route and, impressed by his grit, took him to get some breakfast. Praise for Mr Carr has flooded social media since his story was shared. Jenny Lamey, a customer of the moving firm, wrote on Facebook that she and her husband had awoken early last Friday to prepare for movers who were due to arrive at around 08:00. At 06:30, their doorbell rang, and Ms Lamey met Mr Carr,

  • BBC Sport

    Philippines v Australia basketball: 13 players suspended after on-court brawl

    The International Basketball Federation (Fiba) has suspended 13 players after an on-court brawl during a World Cup qualifying tie between the Philippines and Australia earlier this month. Ten Philippine players have been banned for 35 games between them, while three Australians will miss a sum of nine. Both sides' national federations have been charged, with the Philippines fined 250,000 Swiss francs (£191,703). Australia have been fined 100,000 Swiss francs (£76,681). In addition to the player bans, the Philippines have been ordered to play their next home game behind closed doors, and head coach Vincent 'Chot' Reyes has been suspended for one game and fined 10,000 Swiss francs (£7,668). Fiba

  • Arab News

    Few takers for Hezbollah offer to repatriate Syrian refugees

    BEIRUT: More than 11 days have passed since Hezbollah opened reception centers in Bekaa, a southern suburb of Beirut, and southern Lebanon where Syrian refugees can apply to return to their home country. However, the number of applicants so far has been rather small. Many of the refugees had one simple question for the Hezbollah officials at the centers: “Will you take us to the Lebanese-Syrian border and dump us there or will you take us to our houses, which you helped destroy, inside Syria?” Hezbollah opened the repatriation centers in response to the Iranian position, which was later confirmed by Hossein Jaberi Ansari, the Iranian president’s special envoy to Beirut. He said: “One of our top