Thousands riot in Egypt on the eve of constitution vote as Islamist hardliners clash with liberals

Thousands riot in Egypt on the eve of constitution vote as Islamist hardliners clash with liberalsMuslim Brotherhood members and ultraconservative Salafis clashed with youthful liberal protesters in Alexandria todayRiot police used tear-gas and batons to stop the fighting Clashes come on the eve of final vote on an Islamist-influenced constitution | UPDATED: 21:35 GMT, 21 December 2012 Demonstrations by supporters of President Mohamed Mursi and his opponents descended into violence today ahead of a final vote on an Islamist-influenced constitution tomorrow that has divided the country. The two opposing sides hurled rocks and stones at each other during a two-hour-long clash in Egypt's second largest city Alexandria over the controversial constitution which has deeply polarised the nation.

Oldest known Pharaoh carvings dating back more than 5,000 years found in southern Egypt

'The beginning of history': Oldest known depictions of a Pharaoh dating back more than 5,000 years found in southern EgyptCarvings on rock faces are the earliest indication of royal power in EgyptThey show Pharaoh riding boats in what is thought to be tax-collecting tourFirst found in the 1890s, they were rediscovered in 2008 and have just been described in a scientific journal for the first time | UPDATED: 17:34 GMT, 12 December 2012 The oldest known representations of a Pharaoh dating back as far as 3200BC have been found carved on rocks near the Nile River in southern Egypt, a new study claims. Researchers say the engravings on rock faces in the desert four miles north of the Aswan Dam are the earliest found indication of royal power in the country.