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Pharaoh statues found in muddy Cairo pit

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Archaeologists in a muddy pit in a Cairo suburb on Thursday uncovered two pharaonic statues dating back more than 3,000 years.

The relics were found in Mattarya district, site of the ancient Pharaonic capital of Heliopolis and today a sprawl of working and middle class districts in northeastern Cairo.

The statues, discovered on wasteland between crumbling apartment blocks, are thought to represent Pharaohs from the 19th dynasty, which ruled from 1314 to 1200 BC.

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One statue stands eight meters (26 feet) tall and is carved out of quartzite, a tough stone composed mostly of quartz grains.

It could not be identified from its engravings but it was found at the entrance to the temple of King Ramses II — also known as Ramses the Great — suggesting it represents him.

The other relic is a limestone statue of 12th century BC ruler King Seti II.

They were discovered by a joint German-Egyptian archaeological mission.

“The discovery of the two statues shows the importance of the city of Heliopolis, which was dedicated to the worship of Ra,” the sun god, said Aymen Ashmawy, head of the Egyptian team on the dig.

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He said the discovery was “very important” because it indicated the Oun Sun temple was a “magnificent structure”.

Dietrich Raue, head of the German team, said the archaeologists were working hard to lift the statues so they can be transported to another site for restoration.

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‘Tiny hands and tiny junk’: Internet cracks up at Trump campaign claims trip to the hospital revealed he’s ‘Superman’

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President Donald Trump's campaign tried to claim that the obese president with a hefty colorectal problem is equal to the "man of steel."

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The husky president has spent an overwhelming amount of time on the golf course, but he has long believed that a person's body has a finite amount of energy to use. Not one for science, Trump thinks if he works out or exercises in any way he will shorten his lifespan.

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South Dakota governor’s new anti-meth ad mocked for its awkward motto: ‘Meth. We’re on it’

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South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem is getting some raised eyebrows after she launched her new anti-meth campaign with the poorly-conceived motto, "Meth. We're on it." Other versions of the campaign show images of young people saying, "I'm on meth."

"This is our problem and together, we need to get on it," Noem said in the ad campaign's public service announcement. According to a report from the Argus Leader, the state's Department of Social Services paid the paid the ad agency that created the campaign just short of $449,000.

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French directors guild to propose suspending Polanski

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A French organisation of more than 200 film-makers said Monday it will propose new rules for members charged or convicted of sexual violence, which could lead to the suspension of French-Polish director Roman Polanski.

The board of the ARP directors' guild voted to present to its members "new procedures to suspend any member facing legal charges, and expel any member convicted, especially for crimes of a sexual nature," said Pierre Jolivet, ARP president.

The proposed rules for suspension "would affect Roman Polanski whose judicial case is still open in the United States and for which he has been charged," Jolivet added

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