Egypt's antiquities minister says the coffin was in a fragile state of conservation, ever since its discovery.
The UN has deferred an anti-torture conference in Egypt, a country long accused of torturing political dissidents.
Egypt's first democratically elected president has died in the custody of a government that repeatedly ignored his deteriorating health and kept him in constant solitary confinement.
The statue - a brown quartzite head depicting King Tut - is scheduled to be auctioned off in July, and could generate more than $5 million, according to Christie's.
Egypt's Abdul Fatah el Sisi is preparing the ground to demolish constitutional term limits, and he will probably get away with it.
Abdel Fatah el Sisi's fragile authoritarian rule does not have space for popular acclamations. In Sisi's world, Egyptians' enthusiasm for Mohamed Salah is masked resentment towards the governing elite.
Egypt is a nation cocooned in a nightmare, its elite devoid of ideas and adrift in changing region and world.
Ashura is a day of remembrance Muslims around the world commemorate with various traditions, ceremonies and dishes.
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