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Antiquities chief quits amid strike pressure

By AFP CAIRO: Egypt’s antiquities chief resigned on Tuesday after a series of strikes by employees, saying the institution that looks after the country’s treasures has been left paralyzed. Mohamed Abdel Fatah, who took over from the flamboyant Zahi Hawass as head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said a wave of pickets in recent …

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Tumult in Egypt antiquities as Hawass swept aside

By Patrick Werr / Reuters CAIRO: Egypt is struggling to find a replacement to run its antiquities ministry after the flamboyant Zahi Hawass, easily recognized by his Indiana Jones-style hat, was swept aside in a cabinet reshuffle to eject the old guard. Hawass regularly appeared on international television, often with his feet covered in dust at …

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Egypt’s antiquities minister cleared in appeal

By AP CAIRO: An appeals court cleared Egypt’s antiquities minister on Wednesday of failing to implement a court order, sparing the international face of Egyptian archaeology from a year in prison. The earlier ruling had ordered Zahi Hawass to stop bidding procedures for space in a gift shop of The Egyptian Museum, which is home …

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Zahi Hawass appeals prison sentence

CAIRO: The head of the legal affairs department at the Ministry of State for Antiquities appealed Monday the ruling by the Agouza Misdemeanors Court sentencing Minister of State for Antiquities, Zahi Hawass, to one year of hard labor in prison, a fine of LE 1,000 and a dismissal from his post. The court also ruled …

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Egypt’s top archaeologist warns of looting

By Hamza Hendawi /AP CAIRO: Egypt’s top archaeologist, Zahi Hawass, warned that the country’s antiquity sites were being looted by criminals amid the country’s political upheaval as he announced he would no longer serve in his ministerial post in the government. Hawass was quoted in the Friday editions of Cairo’s dailies as saying he would …

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Egypt antiquities boss under fire over thefts, jobs

CAIRO: Egypt’s antiquities chief Zahi Hawass defended himself on Wednesday from a wave of criticism over looting at the Egyptian Museum during the revolution last month and accusations of corruption in his ministry. Hawass initially played down reports of theft from the museum, home to priceless treasures from Pharaonic Egypt, after security forces clashed on …

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Abbaseyya Psychiatric Hospital to be made into an Islamic heritage site, says SCA

By Sarah Carr CAIRO: The building that houses the Abbaseyya Psychiatric Hospital will be made into an Islamic heritage site, the Supreme Council for Antiquities (SCA) announced in a press statement on Wednesday. Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni announced that a scientific committee formed by SCA Secretary General Zahi Hawass decided on Tuesday to initiate the …

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