Egypt demands Christie’s halt auction of King Tut statue

A sculpture depicting Tutankhamun is displayed during the exhibition ‘Tutankhamun,Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh’ at La Villette in Paris. (AP)
Updated 11 June 2019

Egypt demands Christie’s halt auction of King Tut statue

CAIRO: Egypt is trying to halt an auction of a 3,000-year-old stone sculpture of the famed boy pharaoh Tutankhamun at Christie’s in London.
The Foreign Ministry issued a statement late on Monday saying Egypt demands the auction house provide documents proving the artifact’s ownership. It says Egypt has also reached out to British authorities and the UN culture and education agency to stop the sale.
Christie’s didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
The statue — a brown quartzite head depicting King Tut — is scheduled to be auctioned off in July and could generate more than $5 million.
King Tut ruled Egypt from 1332 to 1323 B.C. His tomb was discovered in 1922 by Howard Carter in Luxor.
Egypt is trying to bring home antiquities it considers state property.


Ministry aims to attract investors for special education schools in Saudi Arabia

Education Minister Dr. Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh. (SPA)
Updated 11 min 47 sec ago

Ministry aims to attract investors for special education schools in Saudi Arabia

  • Al-Asheikh underscored the importance of the long-term relations between the ministry and representatives of private and nonprofit sectors and investors

RIYADH: Saudi Education Minister Dr. Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh on Monday said his ministry is working on plans to attract investors to operate special education and boarding schools in the Kingdom.

Setting up the General Department for International and Foreign Schools within the organizational structure of the Private Education Agency aims to support investors in the sector, and develop and organize governance, including working procedures, he added.

The Education Ministry, he said, is the sole authority for issuing licenses and providing consultations regarding foreign education.

Al-Asheikh underscored the importance of the long-term relations between the ministry and representatives of private and nonprofit sectors and investors.

He said the ministry will provide all kinds of support to enhance investment in the education sector, and increase the number of international schools and academies “in a way that enhances our educational outcomes.”

The ministry, he added, will reconsider the criteria and requirements for founding governmental and private educational institutions according to factors such as cities, villages and human density.