An 3,000 year old Egyptian mummy can “live forever” after his name was discovered written on his sarcophagus, a curator has claimed. The desicated remains of the man formerly known as Irethoreru are held by Chiddington Castle, Kent, but his precise identity had always remained a mystery – until now. His name, which means “The eye of Horus is against them”, and is thought to date from between 664 BC and 30 AD, was discovered thanks to a scanning technique developed by British researchers from University College London and the University of Manchester along with collaborators in the United States. They were able to read hitherto invisible hieroglyphics painted on scraps of papyrus used to make the case for the mummified body by shining light of various frequencies onto them. The new technique was developed using fabricated scraps designed to mimic the ‘waste’ ancient materials, including ancient shopping lists and tax returns, which were recycled into sarcophagi. They were previously regarded as illegible, however, because the writing was obscured by the paste and plaster that holds the mummy together. The mysterious mummy of Chiddingstone castle Credit: BBC News Prof Adam Gibson of University College London, who led the project said: "Because the waste papyrus was used to make prestige objects, they have been preserved. "These masks constitute one of the best libraries we have of waste papyrus that would otherwise have been thrown away so it includes information about these individual people about their everyday lives" Irethoreru’s name was discovered on a footplate of his coffin. Until now, researchers would have had to destroy the sarcophagus in order to read it. Castle curator Maria Esain said: "There is a saying from Ancient Egyptian times – "To speak a man’s name is to restore him to eternal life." Therefore, if we were able to determine the name written in hieroglyphs on the ‘foot’ of the coffin then we would be enabling that person to live forever.”
A man fired more than 100 rounds at sheriff's deputies in Colorado early Sunday, killing one and injuring four others, before being fatally shot himself in what authorities called an ambush. Two civilians were also injured. Tony Spurlock, Douglas County Sheriff, said deputies came under fire almost immediately after entering a suburban Denver apartment and trying to talk with the suspect, who was holed up inside a bedroom. "I do know that all of them were shot very, very quickly. They all went down almost within seconds of each other, so it was more of an ambush-type of attack on our officers," Mr Spurlock said. "He knew we were coming and we obviously let him know that we were there." The wounded deputies tried to pull the fallen officer, identified as Zack Parrish, out of the line of further gunfire but were unable to because of their own injuries and only managed to "crawl to safety," Mr Spurlock said. The incident occurred around 5:15 am at Copper Canyon Apartments, a landscaped apartment complex in Highland Ranch, 16 miles south of Denver. Authorities had left the home about four hours earlier to address a noise complaint but returned in response to reports of a disturbance at the home. A procession of police vehicles escorts the hearse carrying the body of a law enforcement officer Credit: Reuters There were two men inside the home when deputies arrived and someone let them inside, Mr Spurlock said. He added that the disturbance was initially reported to be domestic but turned out to be noise-related. "The suspect was just making a ton of noise and annoying everyone around him," he said. Resident Steven Silknitter, 50, told The Denver Post that he heard 15 to 20 shots. "It was back and forth — unbelievable," said Mr Silknitter, who lived in the Denver suburb of Aurora during a 2012 movie theater shooting that left 12 dead. "Where do you move to?" he said, shaking his head in exasperation. "It's everywhere." The suspect was well known to authorities in the Denver area but had no criminal record, said Mr Spurlock, who declined to name him until his identity was confirmed. The sheriff did not release any details about the weapons and ammunition used except to say the suspect had a rifle. Parrish, the slain officer, was 29 and a married father of two young children. He had been with the department for about seven months. Mr Spurlock called him a "good kid" who was eager to work. "His wife told me today that he loved this job more than he had loved any job he ever had," the sheriff said. The four injured officers, who range in age from 28 to 41, were in stable condition, and the two civilian injuries were not life-threatening. Joe Pelle, Boulder County Sheriff, said his son, Jeff Pelle, Douglas County sheriff's deputy, underwent surgery from injuries suffered in the attack and was recovering. President Donald Trump expressed his sorrow on Twitter. My deepest condolences to the victims of the terrible shooting in Douglas County @DCSheriff, and their families. We love our police and law enforcement – God Bless them all! #LESM— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2017 The shooting occurred on the final day of a year that saw the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history in Las Vegas.
A plane carrying 10 America tourists crashed in a wooded area of Costa Rica on Sunday, killing everyone on board, according to the country’s government. The Public Safety Ministry posted photographs and video of the burning wreckage in the north-west region of Guanacaste. It offered no further details of the cause but said the plane's two Costa Rican crew members also died in the crash. Local media reported that five members of an American family were among the dead and said that the Nature Air flight encountered problems soon after take off on its way to Juan Santamaria International Airport. Laura Chinchilla, who served as president of Costa Rica from 2010 to 2014, said her cousin was one of the crew members who died. "There are no people alive," said Gustavo Mata, security minister, saying identification of the victims would take some time because their remains were badly burned. Photo released by Costa Rica's Public Safety Ministry shows crash site in dense woodland Credit: AP The single propeller Cessna 208 Caravan came down in the mountainous area of Punta Islita, on the country’s Pacific Coast, which is popular with tourists for its pristine beaches and tropical landscape.
A frigid North America closed out the world’s New Year celebrations late Sunday, after a chilly Europe followed Asia and Australasia in nursing a January 1 hangover. In New York’s Times Square, around two million people dressed in thick coats and snow gear faced the coldest New Year’s Eve in a century as temperatures dropped to nine degrees Fahrenheit (minus 12.7 Celsius).
Countless revellers switched into party mode Sunday across Europe to ring in 2018 after Sydney and Hong Kong earlier welcomed New Year on the other side of the globe with dazzling firework displays. Revellers danced to Auld Lang Syne in Hong Kong as the city staged a stunning pyrotechnics display over its famous Victoria Harbour and thousands watched as “shooting stars” were fired from the rooftops of skyscrapers in a 10-minute musical fireworks display.