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Door to ancient tomb of royal aide unearthed

CAIRO (AP) -- Archaeologists have unearthed a 3,500-year-old door to the afterlife from the tomb of a high-ranking Egyptian official near Karnak temple in Luxor, the Egyptian antiquities authority said Monday.

These recessed niches found in nearly all ancient Egyptian tombs were meant to take the spirits of the dead to and from the afterworld. The nearly 6-foot-tall slab of pink granite was covered with religious texts.

The door came from the tomb of User, chief minister of Queen Hatshepsut, a powerful, long-ruling 15th century B.C. queen from the New Kingdom with a famous mortuary temple near Luxor in southern Egypt.

As a testament to his importance, User had his own tomb on the west bank of the Nile in Luxor, where royal kings and queens were also buried. A chapel dedicated to him has also been discovered farther south in the hills near Aswan.


Book on IRA links Adams to bombings

DUBLIN (AP) -- A groundbreaking new book on the Northern Ireland conflict published Monday identifies Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams as a key Irish Republican Army figure who directed some of the IRA's most notorious killings and bombings.

Sinn Fein rejects the allegations in "Voices From the Grave," a book based on interviews provided by Northern Ireland militants to Boston College researchers on condition they not be published until the interviewees were dead.

Most of the book quotes or summarizes interviews with Brendan "The Dark" Hughes, who was an IRA comrade of Adams when Northern Ireland's social divisions exploded in 1969 into civil war pitting the Irish Catholics of the IRA against the Protestant majority and the British Army. Hughes gave the interviews in 2001 and 2002 and died in 2008 at age 59.

"I never carried out a major operation without the OK or the order from Gerry," the book quoted Hughes as saying.


Arrest made in slaying of 3 with ties to U.S.

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) -- Mexican soldiers have arrested a gang member suspected in the killings of three people linked to the U.S. Consulate here, Chihuahua state police said Monday.

Police spokesman Enrique Torres said the suspect arrested Friday was a member of the Barrio Azteca gang, which authorities say works for the Juarez drug cartel on both sides of the border.

Torres did not release the man's name, but a Chihuahua state investigator who spoke on condition of anonymity, because he is not authorized to discuss the case, identified the suspect as Ricardo Valles de la Rosa, 45.

Consulate employee Lesley A. Enriquez and her husband, Arthur H. Redelfs, were killed March 13 in Juarez when gunmen opened fire on their sport utility vehicle after they left a birthday party. Their 7-month-old daughter was found wailing in the back of the vehicle.

Jorge Alberto Salcido, husband of a Mexican employee of the consulate, also was killed by gunmen after leaving the same event in a separate vehicle.


Clinton faults snubbing of Arctic groups

CHELSEA, Quebec (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton criticized Canada on Monday for not inviting all those with legitimate interests in the Arctic to a meeting about the region.

In prepared remarks for an Arctic Coastal state meeting, Clinton said she had been contacted by representatives of indigenous groups who were disappointed that they were not invited and that Sweden, Finland and Iceland -- the three Arctic states not represented -- had similar concerns.

"Significant international discussions on Arctic issues should include those who have legitimate interests in the region. And I hope the Arctic will always showcase our ability to work together, not create new divisions," Clinton said.

In what appeared to be a further measure of her displeasure, Clinton did not attend the group news conference after the meeting.

Although the goal of the gathering was to improve Arctic cooperation, just the United States, Canada, Russia, Denmark and Norway were invited.

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