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Huge Egyptian sarcophagus found to contain three mummies

Archaeologists open granite tomb but are dismayed at state of decay after sewage leak Egyptian archeologists have opened a 30-tonne black granite sarcophagus to find three decomposed mummies after sewage water apparently leaked inside. The sarcophagus has been opened, but we have not been hit by a curse, identified as sewage water, believed to have entered the sarcophagus through a crack on its right side, causing the decomposition of the mummies. The Tomb after the lid was removed. Photograph: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters The tomb was found buried five metres…

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World Cup 2018 power rankings: Brazil and Croatia lead the way

At the end of the group stage we rank the 32 teams at the World Cup in Russia, with Brazil top, England in 10th and Panama last 1) Brazil It is hard to shake the feeling that Brazil are the best-balanced side at this World Cup. win over Serbia and they look capable of raising things further. thumping win over Argentina. A meeting with Spain in the last eight looks likely and Zlatko Dalics side cannot be ruled out of doing something special. 3) Belgium Whether or not they really…

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URGENT: The Latest: Survivors’ Horrific Accounts of Egypt Attack

Cairo (AP) — The Latest on developments in Egypt (all times local): 8 p.m. Survivors and Egypt's top prosecutor are giving detailed accounts of Friday's massacre at a mosque in northern Sinai. They describe intense gunfire ringing out as the mosque was shaken by blasts, and children screaming as their parents were mowed down. A stampede occurred as people rushed for an exit, while others tried desperately to force their way out of windows. They say the attackers arrived in five SUVs, took positions across from the mosque's door and…

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Qatar crisis: four Arab states vow fresh economic and political sanctions

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Bahrain says initial list of 13 demands would be replaced with fresh measures The four Arab states leading the boycott against Qatar said late on Thursday that Dohas refusal of their demands to resolve a Gulf diplomatic crisis was proof of its links to terrorist groups and that they would enact new measures against it. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain released a joint statement carried by their state media saying their condemned the tiny Gulf nations response as…

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Qatar rejects deadline demands, saying it does not fear military action

Foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani rejects demands from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates Qatar said on Saturday it does not fear any military retaliation for refusing to meet a Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates cut diplomatic ties with Qatar last month and shut down land, sea and air links. They issued a 13-point list of demands, including curbing diplomatic ties to Iran, severing ties with the Muslim Brotherhood and

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Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain break diplomatic ties with Qatar over ‘terrorism’

Saudi Arabia said the move was necessary to protect the kingdom from what it described as extremism, reasoning that was echoed by Bahrain Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain have broken off diplomatic relations and all land sea and air contacts with fellow Gulf Arab state Qatar on Monday. Saudi Arabia said the move was necessary to protect the kingdom from what it described as terrorism and extremism. The kingdom also pulled all Qatari troops from the ongoing war in Yemen. The official state news agency, citing…

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Archaeologists uncover 17 mummies in Egyptian necropolis

Mummies elaborately preserved and therefore likely belong to officials and priests An Egyptian archaeological mission has found a necropolis holding at least 17 mummies near the Nile Valley city of Minya, in the first such find in the area, the antiquities ministry said on Saturday. The discovery was made in the village of Tuna al-Gabal, a vast archaeological site on the edge of the western desert. The area hosts a large necropolis for thousands of mummified ibis and baboon birds as well as other animals. It also includes tombs and…

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US considers banning laptops on flights from UK airports

All travellers from Europe could face ban aimed at thwarting terrorists who want to smuggle explosive devices in consumer items The Trump administration is considering barring passengers flying to the US from UK airports from carrying laptops, sources have told the Guardian. The proposed ban would be similar to one already imposed on travellers from several Middle Eastern countries. British officials understand that their US counterparts are looking at extending the ban which prevents any devices larger than a smartphone being taken as carry-on luggage to flights from Europe. One…

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