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Reports emerged Monday, citing an interview given to BBC Arabic by the Somali ambassador to Egypt, claiming that as many as 400 refugees drowned after their boats capsized between Egypt and Italy. The Greek Coast Guard and the Italian and Maltese rescue coordination centers denied any knowledge of such an incident.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham met with Egyptian President Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi on Sunday to discuss, naturally, the looming possibility of a Donald Trump presidency. Graham was in Egypt as part of a Republican congressional delegation touring the Middle East, a region his party’s presidential frontrunner believes would be better served if Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi were still around. Speaking to reporters after his meeting with el-Sissi, Graham said he reassured the Egyptian president that even if Trump won the presidency, the Egyptian people have nothing to worry about.
After Metrojet officials said Monday that the “only possible explanation” for the high-altitude break-up Saturday of a Russian jetliner over the Sinai Peninsula “could be an external impact on the airplane,” American and Russian officials attempted to dampen speculation about a possible terrorist attack, but didn’t deny the possibility, either.
It’s been close to a century since the discovery of King Tutankhamen’s tomb at Egypt’s Valley of the Kings in Luxor, and no find since has matched it in public fascination and “golden splendor.” But that may be about to change, because digital scans of Tut’s tomb have revealed secret doorways that researchers think could contain the biggest discovery in Egypt since the Tomb itself: the burial site of his maybe-mother, Queen Nefertiti.
Al Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed were among 100 people pardoned by Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi today, according to a Sisi spokesman. In 2013, the men were arrested along with a colleague on trumped-up charges of “conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood to broadcast false news.”
In a video released Wednesday, a group associated with ISIS threatened to execute a Croatian hostage on Friday unless Egypt releases a group of Muslim women from prison. The hostage identified himself in the video as Tomislav Salopek, a 30-year-old father of two, and said his captors are members of Wilayat Sinai, an ISIS-affiliated militant group based in the Sinai Peninsula.