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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Mummies discovered in ancient tomb near Egypt’s city of Luxor
Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed several mummies, colourful wooden sarcophagi and more than 1,000 funerary statues in a 3,500-year-old tomb near the city of Luxor hailed as an "important discovery". Antiquities officials had initially said six mummies along with partial remains were discovered near the southern city, but said they had later identified two more mummies. "There are 10 coffins and eight mummies. The excavation is ongoing," Mostafa Waziri, the head of the archeological mission, told AFP.

IMF trims India’s growth forecast to 7.2 per cent for 2017
The IMF today trimmed India's annual growth forecast by 0.4 percentage points to 7.2 per cent for 2017, citing the impact of demonetisation. "In India, the growth forecast for 2017 has been trimmed by 0.4 percentage point to 7.2 per cent, primarily because of the temporary negative consumption shock induced by cash shortages and payment disruptions from the recent currency exchange initiative," the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said in its latest annual World Economic Outlook (WEO). The World Economic Outlook was released here before the start of the annual Spring Meeting of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.

Weapons found after France attack plot arrests: probe sources
French authorities found guns and bomb-making materials today after the arrest of two men suspected of plotting an "imminent" attack just days before presidential polls, sources close to the probe said. The items were discovered during searches in the southern city of Marseille after the suspects -- "radicalised" Frenchmen aged 23 and 29 -- were taken into custody, sources said. The sources asked not to be named because they were not authorised to speak.

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