• 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

  • 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 News

    US woman jailed for collecting seashells

    A Texas woman visiting Florida's Key West for holiday has been jailed after she took some seashells from the beach. Diana Fiscal-Gonzalez, 30, was arrested by a Florida Fish and Wildlife officer after she was found with a group of children taking the protected mollusks. She pleaded guilty to taking 40 still-living queen conch shells, telling the judge she did not know it was illegal. Ms Fiscal-Gonzalez has been ordered to serve 15 days in jail and pay a $500 (£385) fine. MS Fiscal-Gonzalez apologised in court, and told the judge she had planned to clean out the shells to give as gifts to friends. Ms Fiscal-Gonzalez had been visiting from Dallas when an anonymous tipster called police on 13 July

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  • 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

  • CNNMoney

    Malta wants to become 'Blockchain Island'

    The small European island of Malta is becoming a blockchain hub. Striving to turn the Mediterranean nation into "Blockchain Island," the government is opening its doors to blockchain and other so-called distributed ledger technologies. These technologies allow transactions to quickly be carried out between people without interference or control by third parties. Blockchain promises to improve security and reduces transaction costs. Malta believes the island can become a haven for cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin -- the most well-known application of ledger technologies -- but it also believes blockchain can help transform the country's transportation and education systems. Legislative action On

  • CNN

    Trump makes false claim about Queen's review of honor guard

    London (CNN)US President Donald Trump has wrongly claimed that Britain's Queen Elizabeth II reviewed her honor guard for the first time in 70 years during his visit to the United Kingdom last week. Trump made the claim Tuesday as he read from a prepared statement at the White House in an attempt to rebuff fierce criticism over his comments at a news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, a day earlier. "We met with the Queen, who is absolutely a terrific person, where she reviewed her honor guard for the first time in 70 years, they tell me," Trump said, without specifying who "they" were. "We walked in front of the Honor Guard, and that was very inspiring to see and be with her.