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Tutankhamun’s head auctioned for $6m in UK despite Egypt’s outcry | Egypt News | Al Jazeera

Egyptian authorities say the artefact was stolen, a claim Christie’s auction house denies. A 3,000-year-old quartzite head of Egyptian “boy king” Tutankhamun has been auctioned off for almost six million dollars in the UK despite a fierce outcry from Egypt that claimed the piece was likely to have been removed from the country illegally. Christie’s …

5-year drought raises questions over Israel’s water strategy

KFAR YUVAL, Israel (AP) — For years, public service announcements warned Israelis to save water: Take shorter showers. Plant resilient gardens. Conserve. Then Israel invested heavily in desalination technology and professed to have solved the problem by tapping into the abundant waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The once ubiquitous conservation …

Turkey sacks 18,500 state employees over alleged ‘terror’ links | News | Al Jazeera

More than 8,998 police officers and 3,077 army soldiers among public employees dismissed by emergency decree. Turkish authorities have ordered the dismissal of more than 18,500 state employees over alleged links to “terrorist” organisations, according to an emergency decree published in the country’s official legal database. The Official Gazette said on …