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Sudan unearths bones from pyramid for DNA testing

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Archaeologists in Sudan have reopened an ancient pyramid and extracted bones and artefacts, in order to carry out further examination including DNA tests.

The items were found in one of three burial chambers in Meriotic pyramid number 9 in Bajarawiya, a UNESCO World Heritage site where a king from the Nubian period is believed to be buried.

“Pyramid number 9 belongs to King Khalmani who reigned between 207 BC and 186 BC,” Mahmoud Suleiman, the head of a team of archaeologists, told journalists in Bajarawiya, about 250 kilometres (155 miles) north of Khartoum, late Tuesday.

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The bones so far discovered are believed to have belonged to more than one person and have been shown to journalists, including an AFP reporter, by a team of archaeologists in Bajarawiya.

DNA tests should shed light on the relation between the bones, while further items are expected to be recovered from another of the pyramid’s chambers, the team said.

“In the coming days we will open” another of the three burial chambers, said Murtada Bushara, a second archaeologist from the team.

This chamber “contains a coffin,” Bushara added.

The dig is raising hopes that the remains of King Khalmani himself may be uncovered.

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This is not the first time the pyramid has been the site of significant activity. American archaeologist George Reisner presided over a dig in 1923 and took artefacts back to Boston.

Sudan’s remote pyramids are not as grand as their better-known cousins in Egypt.

The first archaeological digs in Sudan took place only about 100 years ago, much later than in Egypt or Greece.

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‘He’s just a liar’: MSNBC’s Morning Joe bodyslams Bill Barr’s ‘outrageous’ speech attacking Democrats

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough condemned Attorney General William Barr's "disgraceful" speech before the conservative Federal Society.

The "Morning Joe" host and former Republican lawmaker described Barr's speech as dishonest and harmful to the rule of law, and he shamed the audience members who applauded the attorney general's attacks on congressional Democrats who oppose President Donald Trump.

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How rich people like Gordon Sondland buy their way to being US ambassadors – 5 questions answered

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In every other developed democratic country, the role of ambassador, with only very rare exceptions, is given to career diplomats who have spent decades learning the art of international relations.

In the U.S., however, many ambassadors are untrained in diplomacy, and have simply bought their way into a prestigious post.

The involvement of the American ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, in the Ukraine scandal has prompted interest in the media and Congress in the role of non-career ambassadors like him.

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‘You’d perjure yourself’: Trump mocked for saying he’d ‘strongly consider’ testifying

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In a series of tweets this Monday morning, President Trump lashed out at "Our Crazy, Do Nothing" Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, for allegedly suggesting that he "testify about the phony Impeachment Witch Hunt" -- a sentiment that Trump said that he might be open to.

"She also said I could do it in writing. Even though I did nothing wrong, and don’t like giving credibility to this No Due Process Hoax, I like the idea & will, in order to get Congress focused again, strongly consider it!" Trump tweeted.

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