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Egyptian archaeologists discover 4,400-year-old tomb near Cairo: 
Egyptian archaeologists are hailing the discovery of a 4,400-year-old tomb near the pyramids outside Cairo. Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Enany told reporters Saturday that the tomb was built for Hetpet, a priestess to Hathor, the goddess of fertility, who assisted women in childbirth, Ireland’s RTE reported. The tomb was discovered during excavation work in Giza's western cemetery by a team of Egyptian archaeologists led by Mostafa Al-Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities. The cemetery houses tombs of top officials from the Old Kingdom's Fifth Dynasty (2465-2323 BC), and that several have already been dug up since 1842, according to RTE.

"The tomb has very distinguished wall paintings in a very good conservation condition depicting Hetpet standing in different hunting and fishing scenes or... receiving offerings from her children," the Antiquities Ministry said. Al-Enany said the new tomb includes "a purification basin on which are engraved the name of the tomb's owner and her titles".

Pope declares Feb. 23 world fasting, praying day: 
Pope Francis has invited Roman Catholics, all Christians and members of other religions to observe Feb. 23 as a day of prayer, fasting and initiatives for peace. Francis while addressing tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square for his weekly blessing, on Sunday urged everyone to ‘say no’ to violence and conflict. According to him, the appeal is because of the “tragic prolonging” of conflicts around the world.

Feb. 23 is a Friday in the first full week of the Christian season of Lent, during which fasting from food and extra acts of charity are encouraged as a sign of penitence. He said “everyone, in their own consciences, before God, should ask ‘what can I do for peace?’ Surely, we can pray but not only: each one of us can say ‘no’ to violence in their own way, because victories obtained through violence are false victories while working for peace benefits all,” he said.

He specifically invited non-Catholics and non-Christians to join the initiative in any way they saw fit, “but altogether”. Francis said the prayers and fasting should be offered in a particular way for the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan.

Curiosity shows off five-year journey across Mars in one stunning photo: 
After 1856 Martian days among blue sunsets, sand dunes and small, lumpy moons, the Mars rover Curiosity sat on the ridge of an ancient lake bed and looked back on its five-year-long journey so far. NASA has released a composite photo of what Curiosity saw in October and, if the rover could breathe, it might gasp.

In one image was its whole story: from the lower slopes of Mount Sharp, where it sat holding its camera, to the spot in the crater floor 17 kilometres distant, where it had touched down five years earlier to great celebration on Earth.

As the most complex NASA instrument ever put on Mars, with its drill, laser and chemistry set, Curiosity has sometimes disappointed those who would mine its data for research. A NASA panel even chastised the robot - or its operators - for doing more sightseeing than science.

Growing number of iPhone X users unable to accept calls, Apple investigating:
The Financial Times today highlights an issue purportedly plaguing a growing number of iPhone X users. The report explains that some users are unable to answer phone calls with their iPhone X because the display does not wake up while the phone is ringing, thus meaning they can’t access the accept and decline buttons…

The report cites a growing number of complaints on Apple’s support forums. Since December, hundreds of iPhone X users have taken to the support forums trying to fix this issue. “Whenever I receive an incoming call in my iPhone X, ringtones start but the display comes in after 6-8 seconds,” a user writes.

At this point, it’s unclear if the issue is software or hardware related. The Financial Times reached out to Apple about the issue and the company reportedly stated it is “looking into these reports” but didn’t offer any insight as to what was causing the problem or when it might be fixed.

Lloyds Bank bans Bitcoin purchases on its credit cards:
Lloyds Banking Group has banned its customers from buying Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies on their credit cards. The ban, starting on Monday, applies to Lloyds Bank, Bank of Scotland, Halifax and MBNA customers. It will not apply to debit cards, only to the banking group's eight million credit card customers.

The move follows a sharp fall in the value of digital currencies, prompting fears about people running up debts. Lloyds is concerned it could end up footing the bill for unpaid debts should the price continue to fall. Explaining the ban, a Lloyds spokeswoman said: "We continually review our products and procedures and this is part of that." Bitcoin ended last week down 30% at $8,291.87 - its worst week since April 2013 and far below the $19,000 it reached last November.

However, the cryptocurrency is still ahead of the $1,000 it was trading at this time last year. Police have warned that digital currencies remain popular among criminals as they can use them to evade traditional money laundering checks and other regulations. Prime Minister Theresa May recently said that action against digital currencies may be required "precisely because of the way they are used, particularly by criminals".

Bryan Cransto to Resign from Signing Autographs:
Actor Bryan Cranston is retiring from giving autographs to fans but selfies are welcome.

The 61-year-old actor said he loves meeting his fans but signing autographs is one thing he "just can't do anymore".

Cranston, however, said he is open to getting clicked with his fans and is willing to oblige them with their requests.

"Friends, after 18 years of signing everything for fans - I'm retiring. Overwhelmed by requests and I just can't do it anymore," Cranston tweeted.

"I love meeting fans and will personalise pix in person, but that's all. Thanks for your understanding. See you on the street - we'll take a selfie!" he added.

Nicole Kidman Spends $7000 on Beauty Treatment Before Red Carpet:
Actress Nicole Kidman indulges in beauty treatment that costs $7,000 before she walks a red carpet. Reportedly, the star is said to maintain her flawless, dewy glow thanks to HD Diamond and Ruby peels, which involve having her face scrubbed with jewels, followed by a lactic peel and a La Prarie White Caviar Illuminating facial, which is designed to diminish age spots.

The 50-year-old star has even tried a "flying ant facial", which costs over $6,000 and uses insect secretions to make the skin glow.

"Nicole's treatments don't come cheap but she knows it's what she has to pay to look as good as possible. She'll happily spend $7,000 as she wants the most advanced treatments and therapists. She's willing to try most things," a source told to media.


No Olympics for Russian:
The International Olympic Committee has said that the Russian athletes and staff who had their life bans for doping lifted last week will not be invited to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.The decision was taken after a special panel "unanimously recommended that the IOC not extend an invitation to the Olympic Winter Games Pyeongchang 2018 to the 15 individuals."  
  
"The OAR IG (Olympic Athlete from Russia Implementation Group) confirmed that no additional invitations will be extended to these 15 individuals," the IOC said.

The 15 individuals include 13 athletes and two ex-athletes now working as support staff.

The IOC has barred Russia from the Pyeongchang Olympics, which begin on Friday. However, 169 Russians who have passed strict anti-doping protocols will compete under a neutral flag.

Eagles Stun Patriots For 1st Super Bowl :
The Philadelphia Eagles were underdogs and little was expected from them aginst the defending Super Bowl champions, New England Patriots. But Philadelphia, who embraced their underdog status with some players wearing dog masks throughout the playoffs, stunned New England with a 41-33 victory to cap a remarkable turnaround after finishing last in their division a year ago.

“We’ve been doubted since Day One,” said Eagles tight end Zach Ertz, who caught what proved to be the game-winning touchdown. “This team, no one picked us. We come out here and we’re World Champions.”

The victory set off a wild celebration among the team’s many green-clad supporters who made the trek to chilly Minneapolis while uplifting music from “Rocky” blared through the speakers above a field covered in silver and green confetti.

�Woodland Beats Reavie in Phoenix Open Playoff�
American Gary Woodland parred the first extra hole to beat compatriot Chez Reavie in a Phoenix Open sudden-death playoff on Sunday as two of the lesser-known players on the PGA Tour battled for victory after the big names fluffed their lines. Woodland needed two putts from the fringe at the par-four 18th to clinch victory after Reavie missed a 10-foot par putt at TPC Scottsdale in Arizona.

Earlier, Woodland carded a closing 64 to set the pace on 18-under-par 266, a total that was only matched by Reavie when he birdied the last to sign for a 66. The duo finished three shots clear of countrymen Ollie Schniederjans and Brendan Steele.

Liverpool 2 Tottenham 2: Kane's penalty redemption cancels out Salah stunner 

Harry Kane's 100th Premier League goal earned Tottenham a 2-2 draw at Liverpool in a contender for the game of the season, the striker stepping up to snatch a point from the spot in a hugely dramatic match at Anfield. Kane had been denied by Loris Karius from 12 yards shortly after Victor Wanyama's long-range blockbuster cancelled out Mohamed Salah's opener, and Liverpool looked to have snuck a win thanks to the Egyptian's wonderful solo effort in the first minute of stoppage time.

But referee Jon Moss pointed to the spot again when Virgil van Dijk challenged Erik Lamela and Kane stepped up to send Karius the wrong way and give a thrilling contest a fitting climax. Salah had given Liverpool the lead in the third minute, becoming the quickest Reds player to reach 20 Premier League goals, beating club icons including Michael Owen, Luis Suarez and Fernando Torres to the landmark.

But the drama came at the very end, with three goals and a missed penalty all coming in the final 10 minutes. The draw leaves Liverpool in third, two points clear of Spurs, with the race for Champions League qualification heating up over the second half of the campaign.


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