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Ancient Priest's Tomb Painting Discovered Near Great Pyramid at Giza

A wall painting, dating back over 4,300 years, has been discovered in a tomb located just east of the Great Pyramid of Giza.

The painting shows vivid scenes of life, including boats sailing south on the Nile River, a bird hunting trip in a marsh and a man named Perseneb who’s shown with his wife and dog.

While Giza is famous for its pyramids, the site also contains fields of tombs that sprawl to the east and west of the Great Pyramid. These tombs were created for private individuals who held varying degrees of rank and power during the Old Kingdom (2649-2150 B.C.), the age when the Giza pyramids were built. [See Images of the Painting and Giza Tomb]

The new painting was discovered in 2012 by a team from the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, which has been excavating these tombs since 1996.

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Egypt extends presidential election voting 1 day

State TV says Egypt’s election commission has extended voting in the presidential election for a third day amid reported low turnout.

Government officials, media and the military harangued voters to go to the polls Tuesday in what was supposed to be the final day of the vote, worried that turnout was weaker than expected. The front-runner, former army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, is trying to garner an overwhelming show of support.

Monitoring groups and el-Sissi’s rival candidate reported low turnout by early Tuesday. Closer to sunset, numbers increased.

The election commission extended the voting one more day, Wednesday, citing complaints that migrant workers have been unable to vote where they reside because of laws making doing so difficult.

Death, chaos and grief grip Cairo
Photographer Mosa’ab Elshamy captured haunting (and graphic) images of violence and sadness that tore through Cairo as government forces clashed with Muslim Brotherhood supporters and backers of deposed President Mohammed Morsi at a sit-in outside the Rabaa mosque. Click here to see more photos.

In this special edition of β€œOn the Radar,” we go into central Cairo to bring you the voices of the Egyptian protestors – both those who are calling for President Mohammed Morsi to be returned to power and those who are supporting his ouster and want Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and the interim government to retain power.