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Newly rediscovered ancient sarcophagi are displayed in Saqqara, Egypt. Photo: Fadel Dawood/Picture Alliance via Getty Images

Archaeologists in Egypt unveiled Saturday some 40 gilded statues and at least 100 ancient coffins dating back over 2,500 years — and some contain mummies.

The big picture: The find in a vast pharaonic necropolis at Saqqara, south of Cairo, follows 59 intact sarcophagi uncovered at the site in September and October. Tourism and Antiquities Minister Khaled El-Anany told a briefing, "Saqqara has yet to reveal all of its contents," per Al Jazeera. "Excavations are still under way."

An archaeologist cleans a statue that's among the artifacts uncovered in Egypt's ancient capital of Memphis, where the Giza Pyramids are located. Photo: Ahmed Hasan/AFP via Getty Images
Archaeologists inspect a mummy, wrapped in a burial shroud. The antiquities date from the Ptolemaic dynasty, which ruled Egypt from about 320-30 B.C., and the Late Period of 664-332 B.C. Photo: Ahmed Hasan/AFP via Getty Images
Archaeologists clean statues and funerary masks during the unveiling. They were found in three burial shafts at depths of 40 feet. Photo: Ahmed Hasan/AFP via Getty Images
Wooden sarcophagi on display during the unveiling. El-Anany said the discoveries will be moved to "at least three" museums in Cairo, including the Grand Egyptian Museum that's being built near the Giza Pyramids. Photo: Ahmed Hasan/AFP via Getty Images
Archaeologists restore the newly found antiquities. Photo: Mohammed Fouad/Picture Alliance via Getty Images
The sealed wooden coffins, unveiled on site. Photo: Ahmed Hasan/AFP via Getty Images

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Anti-curfew protesters clash with police in Netherlands for third night

Protesters set a car on fire during a protest against new coronavirus measures in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Photo: ROB ENGELAAR/ANP/AFP via Getty

A weekend of anti-curfew protests carried into Monday as crowds of residents rallied against new coronavirus restrictions and clashed with police in several Netherlands cities.

Why it matters: Dutch police have described the protests, many of which quickly turned into riots, as the worst unrest in four decades, the BBC notes. The country has confirmed nearly a million cases and over 13,500 deaths from COVID-19, per Johns Hopkins.

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema: Abolishing filibuster would weaken "democracy's guardrails"

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema at the U.S. Capitol building earlier this month. Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) defended her opposition to abolishing the 60-vote legislative filibuster in a Washington Post op-ed published Monday night, saying to do so would weaken "democracy's guardrails."

Why it matters: There have been growing calls from Democrats, particularly progressives, to overhaul the rules as the Senate prepares to vote Tuesday on Democrats' massive voting rights package. But Sinema writes in her op-ed that if this were to happen "we will lose much more than we gain."

Court blocks California assault weapons ban repeal

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A federal appeals court on Monday blocked a judge's ruling that overturned California's 30-year assault weapons ban.

Driving the news: U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez ruled earlier this month that the ban was unconstitutional and likened the AR-15 to a Swiss Army knife, but the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has now granted a stay, pending appeal.