Egypt busts antique smugglers

An international ring of antique smugglers peddling in priceless artefacts has been busted in Egypt.

    Egypt is home to priceless historical treasures

    State prosecutor Maher Abdel Wahed said on Thursday that the gang had smuggled at least 300 Pharaonic and other artefacts to Europe before Egyptian investigators caught up with them.

    While 15 Egyptians and one Lebanese have been arrested, the authorities were looking for 12 others, including two Swiss, two Germans, a Canadian and a Kenyan.

    In an investigation that ran for six-months, the authorities learnt that the gang smuggled valuable artefacts from the Pharaonic, Islamic and Coptic Christian periods to Switzerland and France.

    Wahed said the Swiss authorities have informed Egypt that they will return some 300 artefacts.



    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Why America's Russia hysteria is dangerous

    Why America's Russia hysteria is dangerous

    The US exaggerating and obsessing about foreign threats seems quite similar to what is happening in Russia.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months