Tomb of Nefertiti, Egypt’s mysterious ancient queen, may have been found

The apparent discovery, based on scans of King Tunakhamun’s burial chamber, could yield treasure beyond what was found in his famous resting place

Hidden doorways in the ancient Egyptian tomb of King Tutankhamun may lead to the long-lost resting place of Queen Nefertiti, a scientist has claimed.

British-born archaeologist Dr Nicholas Reeves, based at the University of Arizona, made the claim after studying high-resolution scans of the walls of King Tutankhamun’s burial chamber in the Valley of the Kings, near Luxor.

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A scientist weighs up the five main anti-abortion arguments

In the last week alone, abortion has caused controversy in the US, the UK and in Chile. Medical science is often invoked on both sides of the debate. So what is the evidence on some of the the main claims around abortion?

There are few topics in modern discourse quite as divisive, as fraught with misunderstanding and as rooted in deeply-held conviction as abortion.

Those on the pro-choice side of the spectrum argue that it is a woman’s right to choose whether she carries a pregnancy to term or not. On the other side, anti-abortion activists insist that from the moment of conception a foetus has an inalienable right to existence. In recent years, polarisation has increased and the topic has become exceptionally politically partisan, with the personal and political aspects increasingly difficult to separate.

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Bridlington to twin with fictional Dads’ Army town

Chosen as location for big-screen adaptation of classic TV series, East Yorkshire town hopes twinning will help attract more visitors

Who do they think they’re kidding? The East Yorkshire town of Bridlington is planning to twin with the fictional seaside resort of Walmington-on-Sea, which as fans of the classic BBC sitcom will know, is home to the doughty men of Dad’s Army.

Bridlington was chosen last year as a key filming location for a new big-screen adaptation of the classic TV series, starring Bill Nighy as Sergeant Wilson, Sir Michael Gambon as Private Godfrey, and Toby Jones as Captain Mainwaring. Catherine Zeta Jones takes the role of a glamorous reporter tasked with filing a story on the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard.

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Wreckage of US military helicopter crash during ship landing in Japan – video

The wreckage of a US military helicopter sits on the deck of the USNS Red Cloud, following a crash that left seven people injured. Reports say the Black Hawk had been performing a training exercise hard-deck landing just off the island of Okinawa, where most of the US military in Japan is stationed

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Isis Egypt affiliate posts image showing purported beheading of Croatian man

Image circulated on social media with caption saying Tomislav Salopek was killed ‘for his country’s participation in war against Islamic State’

Islamic State’s affiliate in Egypt’s Sinai province has circulated an image online that purports to show the beheaded body of a Croatian man abducted in the desert hinterland of Cairo in July.

The image bears some of the hallmarks of previous killings of foreign hostages by Isis in Iraq and Syria. The purported killing could mark a shift in tactics for the Isis affiliate in Egypt, which until now has focused the majority of its attacks on the Egyptian military and security forces.

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International Youth Day: are you involved in a movement for change?

As young activists highlight their role in campaigns on social issues, tell us what movements you are involved in and what difference they are making

With rallies, hackathons and guerrilla stunts – International Youth Day has got off to an eventful start as young people highlight the campaigns and movements that have shaped the past year.

Some 100,000 young activists are expected to take part in more than 100 events this week to mark the UN annual celebration on 12 August. This year, the theme is youth civic engagement, to shine a light on how young people are campaigning on social issues that matter to them, and to encourage others to get involved.

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Republican hopefuls reap $62m in support from donors with fossil fuel ties

Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush and Rick Perry among candidates poised to see biggest benefits from handful of wealthy individuals and corporations

Republican presidential candidates have banked millions of dollars in donations from a small number of mega-rich individuals and corporations with close ties to the fossil fuel industries that stand to lose the most from the fight against climate change.

Eight out of the 17 GOP figures currently jostling for their party’s presidential nomination have between them attracted a bonanza of at least $62m so far this year from sources either directly involved in polluting industries or with close financial ties to them. Three Republican contenders stand out as recipients of this fossil fuel largesse: the Republican climate change denier-in-chief, Ted Cruz; the party establishment favorite Jeb Bush; and the former governor of Texas, Rick Perry.

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‘These shops have been very naughty': passengers react to airport VAT row

People at Heathrow respond to claims that some retailers are not passing on to customers the tax savings they make at airports

There was outrage and a touch of weary resignation about reports of the airport retailers’ VAT “scam” at Heathrow Terminal 2 on Wednesday. Most ire was saved for the fact that some of the country’s biggest retailers are involved.

Related: Airport VAT row: customers threatening to not show boarding passes

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Egypt heatwave death toll rises as temperatures reach 46C

More than 60 people have died this week, and another 580 are in hospital for heat exhaustion

Another 21 people have died as a result of a heatwave in Egypt, the state news agency has said, raising this week’s death toll to more than 60.

The Mena news agency said the latest deaths were from Tuesday, and were mostly of elderly people. It said 581 people were in hospital for heat exhaustion.

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