ICYMI: Four things you may have missed

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ICYMI: Five major developments you may have missed

Macron sworn in as French President

File Photo: French President Emmanuel Macron

Paris: Independent-centrist and former investment banker Emmanuel Macron was sworn in on Sunday as the 25th French President and the youngest in the nation’s history.

Laurent Fabius, President of the Constitutional Council, presided the ceremony at the Elysee Palace here, the BBC reported. 

“In order to be the man of one’s country, one must be the man of your time… By the sovereign choice of the people, you are now, above all … the man of our country … President of the Republic,” Fabius said while proclaiming Macron, 39, as the President.

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Mummies Found

A picture taken on May 13, 2017, shows mummies lying in catacombs following their discovery in the Touna el-Gabal district of the Minya province, in central Egypt. Photo: AFP

Cairo: Egypt’s antiquities ministry said that it has found a necropolis with as many as 30 intact mummies near the city of Minya, the first such find in the area, the media reported.

The discovery was made in the village of Tuna al-Gabal, a vast archaeological site on the edge of the western desert. The area hosts necropolises mainly for animals and birds, The Telegraph reported on Saturday.

The ministry said they belonged to the Late Period, which spanned almost 300 years up to Alexander the Great’s conquest of Egypt in 332 B.C.

Archeologists believe that it is the first time to unearth a burial tomb with that number of mummies for ordinary people and in catacombs style.

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US aide for Silk Road Project

Silk Road
Delegates from more than a dozen countries attend the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing. Photo: AFP

Beijing: US companies are ready to get involved in China’s Silk Road project, an American official said Sunday, as Washington strikes an increasingly cooperative tone with its biggest trade rival.

President Donald Trump was scathing about China’s trade policies on the campaign trail, but relations have warmed in recent weeks as the US leader softens his stance.

At an international summit in Beijing showcasing China’s ambitious One Belt, One Road initiative, US delegate Matt Pottinger said American companies had “much to offer” the project.

“US firms can offer the best-value goods and services required over the life of a project,” said Pottinger, who is special assistant to Trump and the National Security Council’s senior director for East Asia.

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Pawan Kalyan to contest from Anantapur  

Jana Sena TDP
File Photo: Actor and Jana Sena Party chief Pavan Kalyan.

Hyderabad: Jana Sena Party chief and Telugu actor, Pawan Kalyan will contest from Anantapur district in Andhra Pradesh in 2019 assembly elections.

Announcing this after a meeting with some 150 representatives of the party from the district at the Hyderabad office of the party on Sunday, he reiterated that he would continue to fight for the problems of the people till his last breath.

Sudhir Reddy, academician and one of the close followers of the Jana Sena Chief has invited him to contest from Guntakal assembly constituency. The constituency is said to be under his consideration to try his luck in electoral politics.

The TDP founder and former Chief Minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh, N T Rama Rao and his two sons Nandamuri Harikrishna and Nandamuri Balakrishna have all made their political debut contesting from Hindupur in Anantapur district.

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