Scan technique reveals secret writing in mummy cases

Image copyright BBC News Image caption Light of different frequencies can bring out writing that is obscured by the paste and plaster that holds mummy cases together Researchers in London have developed scanning techniques that show what is written on the papyrus that mummy cases are made from. These are the decorated boxes into which […]

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North Korea: South seizes second ship in oil supply row

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The banning of oil supplies was in response to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s weapons tests South Korean authorities have seized a second ship suspected of supplying oil to North Korea in violation of international sanctions, officials say. The Panama-flagged tanker, which is named Koti, is being held at […]

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Report: 2 Protesters in Western Iran killed at Night Rally

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Two protesters taking part in demonstrations roiling Iran were killed at a rally overnight, a semi-official news agency reported Sunday, the first deaths attributed to the ongoing protests. The demonstrations, which began Thursday over the economic woes plaguing Iran, appear to be the largest to strike the Islamic Republic since the […]

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Sydney seaplane: Six dead as aircraft crashes in river

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Police divers are at the scene of the crash Six people have died after a seaplane crashed into a river in Australia some 30 miles (50km) north of Sydney. The crash happened on the Hawkesbury River near the suburb of Cowan, News South Wales Police said. Police divers have recovered […]

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Indian superstar Rajinikanth tells fans he is entering politics

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Rajinikanth said that if he did not enter politics “the guilt will haunt me” Indian film superstar Rajinikanth, who has a huge following in the country and is one of Asia’s highest paid actors, has announced he is entering politics. The 67-year-old, who works mostly in Tamil cinema, said […]

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Iran protests: ‘Iron fist’ threatened if unrest continues

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionVideo from the town of Dorud shows a crowd carrying what appears to be a wounded man Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have warned anti-government protesters they will face the nation’s “iron fist” if political unrest continues. Three days of demonstrations erupted over falling living standards. But a Revolutionary […]

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Tax internet firms over extremist content, says Ben Wallace

Image copyright Reuters Internet companies should face a tax punishment for failing to deal with the threat of terrorism in the UK, Security Minister Ben Wallace has said. Mr Wallace said firms such as Facebook, Google and YouTube were too slow to remove radical content online, forcing the government to act instead. While tech firms […]

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