World Briefs

Statue of princess discovered near Luxor

CAIRO — Egypt has announced a team of European archaeologists have found a nearly 6-foot- tall alabaster statue of a pharoanic princess, dating from approximately 1350 B.C., outside the southern city of Luxor.

Minister of Antiquities Mohammed Ibrahim said in in a statement Friday the statue was once part of a larger statue nearly 456 feet tall and guarded the entrance to a temple.

Ibrahim says the statue is of Iset, the daughter of Amenhotep III, and is the first found that depicts her without her siblings. Archaeologists uncovered the statue next to the funerary temple of Amenhotep III, who was worshiped as a deity after his death.

Clinton calls for rights for women worldwide

UNITED NATIONS – Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared Friday achieving equality for women and girls is “the great unfinished business of the 21st century.”

The potential 2016 presidential candidate galvanized the U.N. commemoration of International Women’s Day, repeating her resounding declaration as first lady at the 1995 U.N. women’s conference in Beijing that “human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights.”

Clinton said important progress has been made, citing the increasing number of girls in school. and women in elected office, and the repeal of many discriminatory laws.

Nations question Egypt about crackdown

CAIRO – A group of 27 countries on the United Nations Human Rights Council expressed concerns Friday over the Egyptian government’s use of violence in its wide-scale crackdown on opposition protesters, the first reprimand from the international body since a bloody crackdown on dissent in the country began.

The declaration comes after Egyptian security forces forcibly dispersed supporters of toppled Islamist President Mohammed Morsi on Aug. 14.

Associated Press