Archaeologists uncover burial sites, statue in Egypt’s Aswan

A handout picture provided by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities on Dec. 4, 2017 shows archaeologists unearthing an ancient Egyptian statue, found at the site of a dig in the Colossi of Memnon area across the Nile from Egypt’s southern city of Luxor. The ministry said on December 3 that an Egyptian-European mission discovered 27 fragmented statues of the lion-headed goddess Sekhmet, known as The Lady of War, in an area off the west bank of the Nile from Luxor, which used to be a capital for ancient Egypt.(AFP/HO/Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities)
Updated 14 December 2017
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Archaeologists uncover burial sites, statue in Egypt’s Aswan

CAIRO: Egypt’s Antiquities Ministry says archaeologists have uncovered four intact burial sites, part of a cemetery and an incomplete statue in different areas in the southern city of Aswan.
Thursday’s statement by the ministry says the new discoveries span different eras of Egypt’s ancient history.
The burial sites are for children and date back to the 18th dynasty, some 3,500 years ago. They include wooden coffins and funerary furniture.
The ministry also said archaeologists have uncovered part of a cemetery including mud-brick tombs from the First Intermediate Period.
Another mission unearthed a headless statue carved in limestone dating to the Greco-Roman era. The statue’s feet and right hand are missing but preliminary studies show it is dressed like the Greek goddess of virginity, wilderness and hunt, “Artemis.”


Barbados appoints Ambassador Rihanna

Updated 22 September 2018
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Barbados appoints Ambassador Rihanna

  • Rihanna's home country tasked her with promoting investment and tourism
  • The singer has scored 14 number-one singles on the US Billboard chart

NEW YORK: Rihanna is now Ambassador Rihanna, after her home country tasked her with promoting investment and tourism.
Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley said that Rihanna — real name Robyn Rihanna Fenty — has been conferred the title of ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary.
While the singer will not be formally accredited to another country, Mottley said that Rihanna — whose more colorful songs include “Bitch Better Have My Money” — would be in charge of bringing investment as well as encouraging education and tourism.
“I couldn’t be more proud to take on such a prestigious title in my home country. Every Barbadian is going to have to play their role in this current effort, and I’m ready and excited to take on the responsibility,” Rihanna said in a statement dated Thursday.
Rihanna, 30, grew up in a troubled home in Barbados and was propelled to fame after visiting US producer Evan Rogers recognized her talents.
The singer, who since achieving stardom has lived primarily in Los Angeles and New York, has scored 14 number-one singles on the US Billboard chart, more than any artist except The Beatles, Elvis Presley and Mariah Carey.