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March 2, 2009 | Barbara Demick
And the bronze goes to . . . no one. The identity of the bidder who promised to pay the estate of the late designer Yves Saint Laurent $40 million for bronze heads of a rabbit and a rat that had been looted from an imperial Chinese palace was revealed today: an advisor to a nonprofit group dedicated to repatriating missing relics. But the winning bidder, Cai Mingchao, said he had no intention of paying for the heads, which the Chinese government maintain should be returned as stolen property.
January 11, 2009 | Curt Anderson, Anderson writes for the Associated Press.
As the only prisoner of war held on U.S. soil, inmate No. 38699-079 gets annual visits from the Red Cross and can wear his military uniform and insignia when he goes to court. Gen. Manuel A. Noriega frequently sees his wife and children, who make the trip to his private bungalow at a federal prison near Miami from their home in Panama. The onetime CIA operative is a dedicated news junkie, reads voraciously about history and politics and is working on a memoir. Whether the vanquished dictator's story ends in prison or freedom, at home or abroad, depends on how courts in three countries on two continents decide to punish him for his drug-running past.
October 20, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque said Mexico has agreed to return Cuban migrants who arrive without documents, a move that may threaten the main exit route for those seeking to leave the island. Smugglers have increasingly stolen boats in Florida to carry migrants from Cuba to Mexico's Caribbean coast. Most evade Mexican officials, and the few who are caught are rarely deported. In most cases, they are given transit permits to the U.S. border. Mexican officials said they could not immediately comment on Perez Roque's statements.
March 4, 2008
Re "Berkeley's inaction on bones criticized," Feb. 27 The leadership of UC Berkeley and the staff of the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology are committed to seeing that ancestral remains and funerary objects held by the museum are properly repatriated to those Native American tribes that seek them. The return of remains is regulated by the federal Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, which requires museum scientists, official tribal representatives and tribes to follow procedures designed to ensure that remains are returned to tribes with documented connections to them.
December 9, 2007 | Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
A turning point in the Bush administration's counter-terrorism strategy of indefinite confinement at the U.S. detention center here came on a balmy day in February, when two Afghans and three Tajiks were ferried across the bay, shackled and blindfolded, for their flights home. The men's departure reduced the detainee population to 385 -- meaning that of the 777 men brought here over six years as suspected security threats, more prisoners had left than remained.
November 22, 2007 | From the Associated Press
With violence down in Iraq, the country's embassy in Damascus is starting to organize free trips home for Iraqis who fled the conflict and now want to return, an Iraqi diplomat said Wednesday. Free convoys and even airplane tickets are part of a new push by the Baghdad government to reach out to Iraqi refugees in Syria, said Adnan Shourifi, commercial secretary at the Iraqi Embassy.
October 18, 2007 | Laura King, Times Staff Writer
By foot, bus and bicycle, thousands of fervent followers of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto converged Wednesday, preparing to welcome her home today from eight years of self-imposed exile. Bhutto's expected return to this sprawling, chaotic port city that is her birthplace adds a complex new dimension to President Pervez Musharraf's months-long struggle to retain power.
February 2, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Ninety-six members of Australia's 226-member Parliament signed a letter to Congress appealing for help repatriating the lone Australian terrorism suspect being held by the U.S. at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, officials said. The letter, faxed to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco), asks Congress to ensure that David Hicks is not tried by a military commission.
December 3, 2006 | K. Connie Kang, Times Staff Writer
Joining an international effort to draw attention to China's policy of repatriating North Korean refugees, a coalition of Christian and human rights groups held a protest Saturday at the Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles, during which they mostly prayed and sang hymns. "Today, we lift up all our voices around the world ... united for one cause, joined with one heart, with one purpose ...
March 31, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
People expelled by Britain from the Chagos islands during the Cold War to make way for a U.S. base set sail to visit their homeland. Britain last year agreed to allow 100 former inhabitants to make the 12-day visit to the Indian Ocean archipelago. Thousands of people, wearing T-shirts saying "Back to Paradise," thronged Mauritius' Port Louis harbor to see them off. Britain moved 2,000 Chagos residents to Mauritius and Seychelles in the 1960s and 1970s to pave the way for the U.S.
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