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A sealed sarcophagus was opened in front of the media

The moment of truth, revealing an intact, 3,000year-old mummy

Amummified woman whose remains date back 3,000 years has been unveiled at the opening of a sarcophagus in the Egyptian city of Luxor.

The sarcophagus was one of two discovered last year during a French-led project at the El-Assasef necropolis, a burial site for important nobles close to the Valley of the Kings. The first had already been examined by officials, but the unveiling of the second marked the first time that a previously unopened sarcophagus had been opened in front of international media.

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Today, Che Guevara is best known as one of the 20th century's iconic images. But the events of the Cuban Revolution, in which he was a key figure 60 years ago, would have wide-reaching consequences - including almost bringing about a third world war. What made it such a global affair, with superpowers going eyeball to eyeball? Plus: Cousins Elizabeth I of England and Mary, Queen of Scots have an almighty falling out (leading to one losing her head), outlandish medical cures, Roman Emperor Constantine, the great Thames Frost Fairs of the Victorian era, and more.