News Briefs 9/29/2019

U.S. Homeland Security Investigations special-agent-in-charge Peter Fitzhugh, left, Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Hassan Shoukry center left, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., center right and Assistant District Attorney Matthew Bogdanos view the Coffin of Nedjemankh at a repatriation ceremony on Wednesday in New York. The coffin, featured at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art until it was determined to be a looted antiquity, has arrived once again in Egypt.

Officials says ancient gilded coffin arrived in Egypt

CAIRO | Egyptian airport officials said a gilded coffin that was featured at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art has arrived in Cairo.

They said the Coffin of Nedjemankh, which investigators in New York determined to be a looted antiquity, arrived Saturday.

The officials spoke of condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief media.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art bought the piece from a Paris art dealer in 2017 for about $4 million and made it the centerpiece of an exhibition. It was removed last February.

The Met has apologized to Egypt.

Prosecutors said they’ve found evidence of hundreds more antiquities thefts.

Coast Guard rescues 5 from disabled boat off Florida

NAPLES, Fla. | The U.S, Coast Guard has rescued five people from a boat that became disabled off the coast of Florida.

The Coast Guard said in a news release Saturday that officials received a report after midnight that the 24-foot boat and its occupants had not arrived as expected at a fishing spot in the Gulf of Mexico.

The five where found by an Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew safe aboard the boat, which had mechanical failure and no marine radio. A Coast Guard boat from Ft. Myers Beach brought them to shore.

The Coast Guard encourages all mariners to have a marine-band radio to monitor channel 16 and to have a float plan with someone they trust describing where they are going and when they should return.

Police: 5 hurt suspect with knife dead at Maryland mall

COCKEYSVILLE, Md. | Police in Maryland said five people at an outdoor shopping mall were stabbed before officers shot and killed a suspect.

The Baltimore County Police Department said the victims were rushed from the Hunt Valley Towne Centre to hospitals Saturday afternoon, but they didn’t appear to suffer life-threatening wounds. The shopping center is in Cockeysville, about 15 miles north of Baltimore.

Police spokeswoman Jennifer Peach said four people were stabbed at a liquor store and the fifth at a noodle restaurant. She didn’t know if the victims were workers or customers.

Peach said the man was initially demanding money from liquor patrons and had a hunting-style knife with a roughly three-inch blade. She says the man was shot at an intersection near the mall.

‘This man lives forever’: Zimbabwe’s Mugabe buried

ZVIMBA, Zimbabwe | A priest asked God to take pity on Robert Mugabe as the family of the longtime Zimbabwean leader buried him Saturday at his rural home. They chose a private farewell for one of Africa’s most divisive figures after a weeks-long dispute with the administration that forced him from power.

“This man lives forever,” declared the priest, to cries of approval. Mugabe died this month in Singapore at age 95 after leading the country for nearly four decades and being pushed into a shocking resignation as thousands danced in the streets. “I was ridiculed,” a relative said Mugabe told them.

Mugabe, who led the bitter guerrilla war to end white-minority rule in the country then known as Rhodesia, was Zimbabwe’s first leader and ruled from 1980, overseeing a years-long slide from prosperity to economic ruin and repression. He was forced by the military and ruling party to retire in late 2017 after bitter political feuding centered in part on his wife’s political ambitions.

— From AP reports