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How do you make a mummy? Ancient Egyptians’ surprising formulas revealed

New study sheds light on the embalming process — and the ancient trade links that made it all possible.
 For thousands of years, ancient Egyptians mummified their dead to help them reach eternal life. According to study published Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023, in the journal Nature, researchers have used chemistry and an unusual collection of jars to figure out how they did it.
 For thousands of years, ancient Egyptians mummified their dead to help them reach eternal life. According to study published Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023, in the journal Nature, researchers have used chemistry and an unusual collection of jars to figure out how they did it.
5h ago

El Salvador opens one of Latin America's largest prisons

The 40,000-capacity Terrorism Confinement Center was inaugurated as President Nayib Bukele's crackdown on criminal gangs has caused the prison population to soar.
A newly inaugurated prison near Tecoluca, El Salvador
A newly inaugurated prison near Tecoluca, El Salvador

Biden administration transfers Guantanamo detainee Majid Khan to Belize

Majid Khan, a Pakistani citizen and Guantanamo’s only known legal U.S. resident, arrived in Belize on Thursday. Two more detainees could leave the facility in Cuba soon.
Path To Closure Of US Detention Center At Guantanamo Bay Still Uncertain
Path To Closure Of US Detention Center At Guantanamo Bay Still Uncertain
12h ago

Indian billionaire Gautam Adani calls off $2.5 billion share sale

Gautam Adani called off his flagship company's $2.5 billion share sale after his conglomerate shed tens of billions of dollars in market value following claims of fraud by short-seller, Hindenburg Research.
Indian billionaire Gautam Adani calls off $2.5 billion share sale
Indian billionaire Gautam Adani calls off $2.5 billion share sale

Australia is removing the British monarch from its bank notes

The nation’s central bank said Thursday its new $5 bill would feature an Indigenous design rather than an image of King Charles III.
Australia's central bank announced on February 2, 2023 it will erase the British monarch from its banknotes, replacing the late Queen Elizabeth II's image on its $5 note with a design honouring Indigenous culture.
Australia's central bank announced on February 2, 2023 it will erase the British monarch from its banknotes, replacing the late Queen Elizabeth II's image on its $5 note with a design honouring Indigenous culture.
16h ago

North Korea warns of 'overwhelming nuclear force' to counter U.S.

The comments came in response to the U.S.'s plans to deploy more fighter jets and aircraft carriers to the Korean Peninsula as it expands joint military drills with the South.
In this photo provided by South Korean Defense Ministry, U.S. Air Force B-1B bombers, center, F-22 fighter jets and South Korean Air Force F-35 fighter jets, bottom, fly over South Korea Peninsula during a joint air drill in South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2023. North Korea on Thursday, Feb. 2, threatened the "toughest reaction" to the United States' expanding joint military exercises with South Korea to counter the North's growing nuclear weapons ambitions, claiming that the allies were pushing tensions to an "extreme red line." (South Korean Defense Ministry via AP)
In this photo provided by South Korean Defense Ministry, U.S. Air Force B-1B bombers, center, F-22 fighter jets and South Korean Air Force F-35 fighter jets, bottom, fly over South Korea Peninsula during a joint air drill in South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2023. North Korea on Thursday, Feb. 2, threatened the "toughest reaction" to the United States' expanding joint military exercises with South Korea to counter the North's growing nuclear weapons ambitions, claiming that the allies were pushing tensions to an "extreme red line." (South Korean Defense Ministry via AP)
16h ago

U.S. expands military presence in the Philippines as China looms in region

The agreement gives American forces access to four more bases in “strategic areas of the country,” a U.S. treaty ally facing territorial disputes with Beijing in the South China Sea.
U.S. Marines with Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (Rein.), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit places a joint light tactical vehicle onto Expeditionary Mobile Base USS Miguel Keith (ESB-5) using a CH-53E Super Stallion during a helicopter support team exercise in the Philippine Sea, Aug. 8, 2022. HSTs enable the setup of an expedient drop zone for heavy equipment to be picked up and transported by flight. The 31st MEU is operating aboard ships of the Tripoli Amphibious Ready Group in the 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with allies and partners and serve as a ready response force to defend peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.
U.S. Marines with Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (Rein.), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit places a joint light tactical vehicle onto Expeditionary Mobile Base USS Miguel Keith (ESB-5) using a CH-53E Super Stallion during a helicopter support team exercise in the Philippine Sea, Aug. 8, 2022. HSTs enable the setup of an expedient drop zone for heavy equipment to be picked up and transported by flight. The 31st MEU is operating aboard ships of the Tripoli Amphibious Ready Group in the 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with allies and partners and serve as a ready response force to defend peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.
18h ago

U.S. opens embassy in Solomon Islands in bid to counter China

Beijing’s bold moves in the Pacific have sent Washington scrambling to increase engagement, including by opening an embassy in the Solomon Islands for the first time since 1993.
FILE - Ships are docked offshore in Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands, Nov. 24, 2018. The head of the most populous province in the Solomon Islands Daniel Suidani said Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, that the country would likely switch diplomatic ties back to Taiwan if the prime minister is ousted from his post following next week's no-confidence vote, after looting and violent protests shook the capital city last month.
FILE - Ships are docked offshore in Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands, Nov. 24, 2018. The head of the most populous province in the Solomon Islands Daniel Suidani said Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, that the country would likely switch diplomatic ties back to Taiwan if the prime minister is ousted from his post following next week's no-confidence vote, after looting and violent protests shook the capital city last month.
18h ago

Mourners and protesters clash at Cardinal George Pell’s funeral in Sydney

Protesters yelled slogans denouncing Pell, whose sexual abuse conviction was overturned, while supporters said he was the victim of a campaign to punish him regardless of his guilt.
Image: A pontifical requiem Mass for Cardinal George Pell
Image: A pontifical requiem Mass for Cardinal George Pell

Ozzy Osbourne cancels 2023 tour dates, says spinal injury means his 'touring days have ended'

The 74-year-old Grammy winner and former vocalist for the metal band Black Sabbath said that “my singing voice is fine” but that he remained physically weak.
Singer Ozzy Osbourne performs at halftime during the NFL game between the Buffalo Bills and the Los Angeles Rams on Sept. 8, 2022, at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif.
Singer Ozzy Osbourne performs at halftime during the NFL game between the Buffalo Bills and the Los Angeles Rams on Sept. 8, 2022, at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif.

Countries in the Americas should reinforce abortion protections, rights commission urges

El Salvador “stood out,” the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights said, for 30- and 50-year sentences for homicide even though activists said women suffered miscarriages.
Feminist demonstrators wave green scarves during a demonstration on International Safe Abortion Day
Feminist demonstrators wave green scarves during a demonstration on International Safe Abortion Day