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Scientists discover new whale species that was able to walk on land and swim in water

Scientists in Egypt have identified a new species of four-legged whale that lived around 43 million years ago. The fossil of the amphibious Phiomicetus anubis was originally discovered in Egypt’s Western Desert. Its skull resembles that of Anubis, the ancient Egyptian jackal-headed god of the dead after which it was named. The ancestors of modern […]

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Israel ‘eases’ blockade after hundreds of Palestinians demonstrated in Gaza Strip

Israel says it will allow more goods and equipment to enter the besieged Gaza Strip for civilian and international projects following days of heightened tensions. The announcement comes a day after hundreds of Palestinians demonstrated near the Israeli fence in the Gaza Strip, calling on Israel to ease a crippling blockade. The Israeli military beefed […]

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Ever Given container ship that became famous after blocking ‘Suez Canal’ crosses canal again

The container ship that blocked the Suez Canal in March passed back through the waterway without an incident. The Ever Given was among a convoy of vessels sailing from the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea, the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said. It had been offloading its cargo in Europe and is now en route […]

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Ever Given container ship that blocked Suez Canal released after 106 days

The Ever Given container ship that became wedged across a southern section of the Suez Canal waterway for nearly a week and disrupting global trade in March was released after 106 days. The development came after its Japanese owner, Shoei Kisen Kaisha Ltd, reached a settlement with canal authorities over a compensation amount following weeks […]

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Ethiopia starts filling controversial dam on Nile River’s main tributary angering neighbours

Ethiopia started filling a controversial huge dam on the Nile River’s main tributary, raising tensions before an upcoming meeting of the United Nations Security Council on the issue. In a statement late on Monday, the Egyptian irrigation ministry expressed its “firm rejection of this unilateral measure” and said the move was “a violation of international […]

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Ever Given: Goods worth hundreds of millions of dollars still stuck in the Suez Canal

Ever Given, the container ship that became stuck in the Suez Canal has affected goods worth hundreds of millions of dollars. IKEA and Lenovo are among the companies with products stuck on the Japanese-owned vessel that blocked the Suez Canal for six days in March. Smaller firms such as UK bicycle maker Pearson 1860 and […]

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Israeli foreign minister arrived in Egypt for Gaza ‘permanent ceasefire’ talks

Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi arrived in Cairo on Sunday to discuss with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry the establishment of a “permanent ceasefire” between Israel and Hamas, the group that governs the besieged Gaza Strip. Ashkenazi tweeted in Arabic, English and Hebrew that his Cairo trip is “the first formal visit of an Israeli […]

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Egypt begins work to double Suez Canal to allow two-way traffic

The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) started dredging work to extend a second lane that allows for two-way traffic in a southern section of the canal near to where a giant container ship got stuck for six days in March. The SCA earlier announced it was planning to extend a second canal lane that opened in […]

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After Ever Given fiasco in the Suez Canal, Japan finds alternative routes to Europe

When the Ever Given container ship lost control in the midst of a dust storm and high winds on March 23, and became wedged across the Suez Canal, it rekindled Japan to find alternative routes to Europe. The canal is one of the most important arteries in global trade, and was completely blocked for six […]

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Egypt shop 30 French Dassault Rafale planes for $4.8 billion

France said on Tuesday it will begin delivering 30 Dassault warplanes to Egypt from 2024 in a deal valued at $4.8 billion, as it strengthens ties with a partner it considers vital in fighting Islamist militants. In December, President Emmanuel Macron drew criticism from rights groupswhen he said he would not make the sale of […]

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11 dead, 98 injured after train derails in Egypt

Eleven people were killed and 98 injured after a train derailed near Egypt’s Toukh city, north of Cairo on Sunday. More than 50 ambulances were dispatched by the Ministry of Health to rescue the injured from the crash. The Egyptian Railways Authority said it was still investigating why the train, which was heading from Cairo […]

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Bus and truck collision kills at least 20 people in Egypt

A bus has overturned while trying to pass a truck on a highway in southern Egypt, causing a collision that killed at least 20 people and injured three others. The bus was travelling from Cairo when it turned over and was hit by the truck on a road in the southern governorate of Assiut, 320km […]