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Researchers say Egyptian burial site contains more than 1 million mummies

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Archaeologists at Brigham Young University said they are confident that a recently-discovered burial site in Egypt has more than 1 million mummies stored inside, Live Science reported.

The 300-acre cemetery, named Fag el-Gamous (“Way of the Water Buffalo”) after a nearby road contains bodies dating back to between the First and Seventh centuries. Researchers for the university have been excavating the site since 1980, and have found nearly 2,000 corpses thus far. They have determined that the the site was primarily used to bury members of lower socio-economic classes, who could not afford to buy coffins or leave many items with the deceased.

“I don’t think you would term what happens to these burials as true mummification,” project director Kerry Muhlestein said. “If we want to use the term loosely, then they were mummified.”

According to Muhlestein, the bodies were “mummified” following their burial by the region’s arid climate. However, researchers have found several examples where burial wrappings, pottery, and jewelry were in good condition.

“A lot of their wealth, as little as they had, was poured into these burials,” Muhlestein said.

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However, CNN reported that an official from the Egyptian ministry of antiquities, Youssef Khalifa, is disputing the researchers’ prediction regarding the number of corpses at Fag el-Gamous.

“There is indeed a site that contains many corpses and bodies wrapped in a thick textile,” Khalifa said. “But these number in the tens of thousands, maximum.”

Watch a report on Fag el-Gamous, as aired on CNN on Thursday, below.

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Republicans ‘are still scared Mueller might go rogue’: Lawyer who defended Trump official explains GOP’s fear

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Republicans are terrified that special counsel Robert Mueller could harm President Donald Trump during public testimony before Congress, a lawyer who used to represent a Trump official explained on MSNBC on Monday.

Attorney Caroline Polisi, who represented George Papadopoulos, was interviewed on "The Beat" by Ari Melber.

The host played clips pointing out how hard it is for lawmakers to get information out of Mueller during congressional

"What's so interesting here, even in the face of all of this, they’re scared he may go rogue," Polisi explained.

"They’re still a little bit scared of that one percent possibility," she noted.

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Here are 3 things Americans must hear from Mueller’s testimony: Democratic senator

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No one can say with certainty what former special counsel Robert Mueller will tell the American people when he testifies before the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees on Wednesday.

But on Monday, Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) told CNN's Wolf Blitzer the broad strokes of what Mueller will be expected to say — and what the American people should be listening for if they are not yet convinced President Donald Trump has committed impeachable offenses.

"Do you think there are Americans out there who still haven't made up their mind on this issue of impeachment, obstruction of justice, collusion and all of that?" Blitzer asked her. "Have the American people moved on?"

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Trump is becoming more hawkish on Iran — and he’s running out of options: report

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So far, one of the only pieces of good news in the escalating tensions between the United States and Iran is that President Donald Trump has been reluctant to use military force, taking his cues in part from Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who has personally warned him that it would end his presidency — resisting the urges of his most trigger-happy advisers like John Bolton.

Now, however, the president appears to be having second thoughts as it becomes clearer that he will not be able to broker a better deal than President Barack Obama's nuclear agreement, and is starting to view the conflict more hawkishly, reported CNN's Kaitlan Collins on Monday.

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