UPDATE: Egypt’s local news digest Aug. 31:Ancient Egyptian mummy skull recreated with 3D printings
An Egyptian mummy's head and face have been reconstructed with forensic science and 3D printing, courtesy of Livescience


CAIRO: No more browse from site to site anymore, here is Egypt’s local news that took place on Aug. 31:

Ancient Egyptian mummy skull recreated with 3D printings

An Egyptian mummy’s head and face have been reconstructed with forensic science and 3D printing, offering scientists a tantalizing glimpse of the individual’s life and death, according to LiveScience.

Australian researchers at the University of Melbourne have reconstructed the head of an 18 to 25-year-old woman who lived in ancient Egypt at least 2,000 years ago.

“It has been a hugely rewarding process to be able to transform the skull from CT data on a screen into a tangible thing that can be handled and examined,” said Gavan Mitchell, the imaging technician at the university.


Egypt’s adventurer Sherif Lotfy ends 100 day motorcycle trip to promote tourism

Egypt’s adventurer Sherif Lotfy has arrived in Alaska on Wednesday after traveling over 30,000 kilometers on his motorcycle carrying the Egyptian flag in a trip to support tourism, Youm7 reported.

Anchorage city of Alaska is the final destination in Lotfy’s 100-day trip started from Ushuaia city of Argentina.


Cabinet approves law to toughen FGM penalty 

Egypt’s House of Representatives on Wednesday has approved amendments to a draft law to increase the penalty of committing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM,) Youm7 reported.

The new bill imposes jail terms of up to seven years for people who perform FGM.

In the old law, jail terms ranging from three months to three years were recommended for offenders.

According to the new bill which was approved by the Cabinet on Sunday, those who submit girls for an FGM procedure will be sentenced to jail terms ranging from one to three years.


Pope Tawadros II congratulates Al Azhar Imam on Eid Al Adha

Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria and Patriarch of Saint Mark Diocese has visited Al Azhar Sheikhdom on Wednesday where he met with Al Azhar Imam Sheikh Ahmed al Tayeb and congratulated him on the upcoming Eid Al Adha, Youm7 reported.

During the meeting, Tayeb called for holding a joint conference with representatives from the eastern churches.

The meeting was attended by Grand Mufti Shawky Allam and Religious Endowments Minister.


Ministry of Solidarity closes 350 civil associations in Gharbiya

Ministry of Solidarity has dissolved a total of 350 non-functioning charity associations in Gharbiya governorate; Youm7 quoted Gamal Nassar, an official at the ministry.

Nassar, Undersecretary of the ministry, said that there are 1,653 associations whose activities are weak; he added that these associations might face closure in case they did not strengthen their program.

Gharbiya has around 32 care centers, making it the second governorate following Cairo in terms of number of civil associations.

A current Civil Society law has attracted huge criticism as many consider it an attempt to turn civil associations into quasi-government bodies.


3 killed, 17 injured in bus turn over in Beni Suef

Three people were killed and 17 were injured after a bus turned over on El-Geish-Minya Road in Beni Suef governorate.

The injuries varied between bruises, fractures and suspected bleeding in the brain.

The injured were taken to two hospitals, while the dead bodies were transferred to Beni Suef University Morgue.


Policeman arrested over illegal excavation in Upper Egypt

A policeman was arrested during illegal excavation works along with a group of workers searching for antiquities in Upper Egypt’s Sohag governorate.

The arrested policeman is accused of using his job and hiring people to do illegal excavation, promising he will protect them.


Passenger busted over smuggling huge amount of optical lenses

A passenger arriving from Italy has been arrested over trying to smuggle a huge amount of optical lenses without paying customs, Youm7 reported.

The seized lenses are reportedly worth 150,000 EGP, and were meant to be delivered to a local company.


Iraqi detained for 15 days over forming gang

An Iraqi national who is accused of forming a gang targeting people inside their cars and stealing them outside banks, has his detention renewed by 15 days pending investigations.

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