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Statue of pharaoh Tutankhamon's sister recovered

Egypt said Sunday it has recovered a statue of pharaoh Tutankhamun's sister looted from the southern Mallawi museum during riots by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi. The 32 centimetre (12.6 inches) limestone statue of Ankhesamon, sister of the famous boy king and daughter of pharaoh Akhenaten, who ruled around 1,500 BC, was stolen on August 14. "The piece is one of the most important in the museum," said antiquities minister Mohamed Ibrahim in a statement.

Egypt police fire tear gas at pro-Morsi students in Tahrir

Police fired tear gas as more than two thousand students backing ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi entered Cairo's Tahrir Square to demonstrate against July's military "coup," an AFP reporter said. Sunday's demonstration was the first Islamist protest in the Egyptian capital's iconic square -- the epicentre of the 2011 revolt against long-ruling president Hosni Mubarak -- since Morsi's ouster by the army on July 3.

Egypt police fire teargas to scatter Tahrir Square protesters

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian security forces fired teargas to disperse protesters demonstrating against the army-backed government in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Sunday, witnesses said. Several hundred people had chanted "down down with military rule" and one protester had hung a picture of ousted President Mohamed Mursi from a lamppost before the teargas volleys began. (Reporting by Yasmine Saleh; Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

Egypt police fire tear gas at pro-Morsi students in Tahrir

Police fired tear gas as more than two thousand students backing ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi entered Cairo's Tahrir Square to demonstrate against July's military "coup," an AFP reporter said. Sunday's demonstration was the first Islamist protest in the Egyptian capital's iconic square -- the epicentre of the 2011 revolt against long-ruling president Hosni Mubarak -- since Morsi's ouster by the army on July 3. ht-mon-jds/jk

Egypt police storm Tahrir Square to disperse protesters

Egyptian riot police backed by armoured vehicles stormed Cairo's Tahrir Square late Tuesday to disperse stone-throwing protesters, firing tear gas and shots to scatter the demonstrators, an AFP reporter said. A health ministry official said at least 16 people had been injured in the clashes, some with birdshot wounds. hr-se/mfp

Protesters in Egypt's Tahrir Square criticize police, army

CAIRO (Reuters) - More than 1,000 protesters marched on Cairo's Tahrir Square on Monday night to condemn the actions of Egyptian security forces and some criticized army chief General Abdel Fatah al-Sisi. The demonstration began hours earlier to commemorate people killed in clashes with police two years ago and then turned into chanting against the army. (Reporting by Maggie Fick and Omar Fahmy; Editing by Alison Williams)

Egypt recovers 90 ancient artefacts on auction in Jerusalem

Egypt said Sunday that it has recovered 90 ancient artefacts that were put on sale by a Jerusalem auction house, and has asked Israel to find other antiquities and return them to Cairo. The ministry of antiquities said it had asked Israeli authorities to intervene after "spotting in recent weeks a sale of 110 ancient Egyptian artefacts on the website of an auction house in Jerusalem".

Egypt used 'live ammo' against Morsi backers

Egyptian security forces used live ammunition on October 6 to disperse supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi who were also attacked by men with firearms and swords, Amnesty International said Monday. At least 49 people were killed and hundreds wounded in Cairo alone as security forces used "excessive and unwarranted lethal force" to disperse pro-Morsi crowds, said the human rights watchdog. The Egyptian health ministry said at least 57 people were killed nationwide on the day of the bloody crackdown, including 48 in the capital.

Death toll from Egypt clashes rises to 57

The death toll from weekend clashes between Islamists and police has reached 57, a senior Egyptian health ministry official told AFP on Tuesday. Khaled al-Khatib said that 48 people died in Cairo and nine in other parts of the country. Authorities had previously given a toll of 51. Khatib said a total of 391 people had been injured throughout the country. Clashes erupted on Sunday as supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi tried to galvanise protests around the country but were dispersed by police.

Egypt police fire warning shots at Islamist protesters near Tahrir

Egyptian police fired live rounds into the air and tear gas to prevent protesters from the Muslim Brotherhood entering Cairo's iconic Tahrir Square Friday, an AFP correspondent reported. They were acting against several hundred protesters who were chanting "Allahu Akbar" (God is Greatest), the correspondent reported. The warning shots succeeded in dispersing the protesters from Abdel Moneim Riad Square, which is close to Tahrir, pushing them back towards nearby Ramses Square. se-jds/al
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