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Italians help unearth pharaonic era tomb

Archaeologists have discovered the nearly 3,500-year-old tomb of a royal stable master from the pharaonic era in the famed temple city of Luxor, Egypt, the government said on Tuesday.

Italians help unearth pharaonic era tomb
The tomb of a royal stable master from the pharaonic was found in Luxor. Photo: BryanT/Flickr

The tomb was found by Italian, Egyptian and Spanish archaeologists while excavating another tomb on Luxor's western bank, the Egyptian ministry of antiquities said.

"The tomb belongs to an important statesman from the 18th dynasty called Maai," antiquities minister Mohamed Ibrahim said in a statement.

Ibrahim said it was found when diggers made an opening in the wall of the other tomb.

Maai, apart from being the stable master in charge of the army's horses, was also supervising the royal family's farms and livestock, said Ali
El-Asfar, an official with the ministry.

"The visible inscriptions (on the tomb's walls) are very important as they reveal details about the daily life of the tomb's owner, his family relations,
and the lifestyle of senior statesmen at this time", another ministry official, Abdel Hakim Karar, said.

One of the scenes shows Maai and his wife Nefret, another shows men and women sitting at banquet tables, and a third shows sacrificial rituals, the statement said.

Luxor, a city of around 500,000 residents on the banks of the Nile in southern Egypt, is an open-air museum of intricate temples, tombs of pharaonic rulers and landmarks such as the Winter Palace hotel.

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SPAIN

Suspect in Spain police slaying agrees to be extradited to Italy

A Serbian-born man arrested in Spain over the killing of three men agreed on Sunday to be extradited to Italy where he is wanted for robbery and murder, a Spanish court said.

Suspect in Spain police slaying agrees to be extradited to Italy
Officers at the scene in the aftermath of the shooting. Photo: Guardia Civil/Twitter

Police arrested Norbert Feher on Friday in a rural area of Teruel province in the northeastern region of Aragon, where the slaying of two police officers and a rancher happened a day earlier.

During questioning by a judge, the 36-year-old said he had been in Spain since September and agreed to be sent back to Italy, the Superior Court of Justice of Aragon said in a statement.

The court said Italy could ask for him to be temporarily returned so he could stand trial for homicide and robberies before serving a possible prison sentence in Spain for the triple murder.

The Spanish judge took the testimony of Feher, who Italian media said was nicknamed “Igor the Russian”, to comply with a European arrest warrant Italy had issued for him.

Spanish police said he was in possession of three firearms at the time of his arrest, two belonging to the slain officers.