February 27, 1987 |
Foreign Minister Shimon Peres of Israel and Egyptian leaders said today that they have agreed to push for an international conference before the end of the year to discuss Middle East peace prospects. The commitment came in a joint statement read after Peres held an unplanned hourlong meeting with President Hosni Mubarak early today at a presidential villa along the Nile River north of Cairo. Peres said the meeting, their second in two days, was "very warm and very constructive."
March 28, 1985 |
At least two people were killed by riot police and more than 100 others were arrested Wednesday in riots over price boosts that engulfed Khartoum hours after President Jaafar Numeiri left for the United States and a meeting next week with President Reagan.
September 23, 1992 |
The tomb of Tutankhamen, the celebrated burial place of an Egyptian boy king, is slated for conservation in a collaborative venture between the Getty Conservation Institute and the Egyptian Antiquities Organization. The challenge for the joint project, to be announced today at a press conference in Cairo, is to restore the cracked, flaking wall paintings in the 3,300-year-old tomb, located in the Valley of the Kings on the Nile River near Luxor.
July 31, 2005
The World Monuments Fund, a nonprofit that works to rescue and preserve imperiled places, recently released its global watch list of its 100 most endangered sites. Places were selected by a panel of 10 experts in architecture, archeology, history, anthropology and other fields. Five highlights from the list are below. See www.wmf.org for a complete list. What's at risk: Iraq, the whole country.
November 30, 1999 |
More than half the world's major rivers are going dry or are polluted, a panel studying global water problems reported Monday. The World Commission on Water for the 21st Century said that among the most stressed are the Colorado River in the United States, China's Yellow River, the Nile River in Africa, Russia's Volga River Basin and the Ganges River in South Asia.
August 21, 2013 |
The latest political unrest in Egypt has resulted in the theft and destruction of more than 1,000 artifacts in a museum south of Cairo, according to multiple published reports. The looting is believed to have taken place over several days starting last week. The Malawi National Museum, located in the Nile River city of Minya, contained numerous archaeological specimens and antiquities dating back thousands of years. Reports claim that the recent attacks at the museum represent the largest instance of cultural looting in the country's history. Among the casualties is a missing 3,500-year-old statue of the daughter of Pharaoh Akhenaten, according to the Associated Press.
July 22, 2006 |
A 3,200-year interlude of tropical rains once transformed the eastern Sahara into a verdant savanna where seminomadic people thrived amid elephants, cattle and more than 30 species of fish, according to German researchers. After collecting more than 500 radiocarbon dates at 150 sites in an area larger than Western Europe, University of Cologne researchers found that the sudden climate change 10,500 years ago coaxed thousands of people to move into the now desolate expanse.
September 23, 2007 |
Millions of Egyptians could be forced permanently from their homes, the country's ability to feed itself devastated. That's what probably awaits this already impoverished nation by the end of the century, if predictions about climate change hold true. The World Bank describes Egypt as particularly vulnerable to the effects of global warming, saying the country faces potentially "catastrophic" consequences. "The situation is serious and requires immediate attention.
April 15, 2002 |
The upcoming movie "The Scorpion King" is fiction, but recent archeological studies indicate there really was a King Scorpion in ancient Egypt and that he played a crucial role in uniting the country and building it into the world's first empire. A depiction recently discovered in the Egyptian desert of the Scorpion King's victory in battle against the forces of chaos may be the oldest historical document ever found, some archeologists believe.