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Ethiopia raises cry for Britain to return ‘looted’ artifacts

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The hair of a long-dead emperor is among the artifacts Ethiopia’s government is demanding be returned from Britain, as more countries seek to reclaim heritage they say was taken decades, even centuries, ago. Ethiopia’s minister for culture and tourism, Hirut Woldemariam, told The Associated Press …

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Workers head home, look for other jobs as Boracay closes

BORACAY, Philippines (AP) — The cooks, hotel workers and other Filipinos who served tourists at the country’s most popular beach were heading home and looking for other work on the first day of the island’s closure to visitors. Police guarded the empty beach Thursday and once-busy stores and restaurants stood …

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Train hits school van at India crossing, killing 12 children

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — A train crashed into a school van at an ungated railroad crossing in northern India on Thursday, killing 12 children, police said. The van driver, who ignored a guard’s signal to stop, also was killed. Another 12 children were injured in the crash and taken to …

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Ex-policeman charged with decades-old serial killings

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A man once sworn to protect the public from crime was accused Wednesday of living a double life terrorizing suburban neighborhoods at night, becoming one of California’s most feared serial killers and rapists in the 1970s and ’80s before leaving a cold trail that baffled investigators. …

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Kuwait calls for immediate end to the fighting in Syria

Donors pledge $4.4 bln for war-ravaged country BRUSSELS, April 25, (KUNA): The State of Kuwait Wednesday reiterated its full support to UN efforts to find a political solution to the crisis in Syria and called for an immediate end to the fighting. Speaking at the Brussels II conference on Syria, …

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Indian court finds spiritual guru Asaram Bapu guilty of raping devotee

NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian court has found a high-profile spiritual guru Asaram Bapu guilty of raping a teenage female devotee in 2013. The verdict against 77-year-old Bapu was read out inside a prison in the city of Jodhpur in Rajasthan on Wednesday because of fears that his followers …

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Philippines gives Australian nun 30 days to leave country

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Philippines on Wednesday cancelled an Australian nun’s missionary visa for engaging in political activity and gave her 30 days to leave the country, though she said she still hoped she could explain her mission and have the decision reconsidered. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte had ordered …

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At least 10 killed, dozens injured in illegal Indonesia oil well fire

Banda Aceh, Indonesia, April 25, 2018 (AFP) – At least 10 people have been killed and dozens more injured in a huge blaze at an illegal oil well in Indonesia, authorities said Wednesday. An oil spill sparked a huge fire about 1:30 am (1830 GMT Tuesday) in a residential area …

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US high court reviews Trump’s power to block Muslim immigrants

Washington, April 25, 2018 (AFP) – President Donald Trump’s effort to ban immigrants from several Muslim-majority countries heads to the Supreme Court Wednesday, which will decide if his argument asserting national security interests was tainted by religious bias. The case, known as Trump v. Hawaii, will address the president’s broad …

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Kuwait calls for investing in youth to ‘counter’ extremism and crimes

NEW YORK, April 24, (KUNA): Kuwait has called for further investing in youth’s education and capacity building to safeguard youth from criminal networks and extremist groups. It is important to invest more in youth to build their potential and inculcate principles and values that stand as a bulwark against their …

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