Egypt Unveils Giant Restored Statue of Ramses II

Egypt has unveiled a massive granite statue of Ramses II, the most powerful and celebrated of the ancient Pharaohs, after completing its restoration. Standing 11 metres (36 feet) tall and weighing 75 tonnes (82 tons), the statue was presented in a floodlit ceremony at the Luxor Temple on the banks of the Nile on Tuesday evening.

Egypt's Cabinet Approves Three-Month State of Emergency

Egypt's cabinet has approved a countrywide state of emergency for three months, it said in a statement Monday, a day after two church bombings killed at least 44 people. The state of emergency will take effect from 1 p.m. (1100 GMT), the statement said, but must be approved by parliament within seven days to remain in place.