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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.
March 11, 2006 | K. Connie Kang, Times Staff Writer
Korean American businessman Do-Woo Kim was 12 years old in 1948 when his family left behind everything it had and escaped from North Korea for freedom in the South. Today, the Los Angeles resident is a picture of economic success. "Our family has received so many blessings in America," he said. "We have four pastors and five PhDs and many businesspeople in the family."
January 19, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A Cuban activist, Ramon Saul Sanchez, ended an 11-day hunger strike in Miami after White House officials agreed to listen to concerns about the repatriation of Cubans, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported. Sanchez had been protesting the treatment of 15 Cubans who made it to an abandoned bridge in the Florida Keys but were denied entry into the U.S.
December 18, 2005 | From Associated Press
The first group of southern Sudanese refugees began their journey home Saturday after two decades of living in a camp in Kenya, U.N. food agency officials said. The voluntary repatriation of 147 refugees is the first such return by some of the hundreds of thousands of Sudanese who fled their country during its long-running civil war.
October 4, 2005 | Jason Felch, Times Staff Writer
Italian authorities have agreed to accept an offer from the J. Paul Getty Museum to return three ancient objects allegedly stolen from Italy, but say they jhuwill continue to pursue dozens more artifacts in a separate criminal case against the museum's former antiquities curator. The Getty's offer came after protracted negotiations with Italian authorities, and it figures prominently in the museum's strategy of building goodwill with the Italian government, records show.
August 18, 2005 | Eric Malnic, Times Staff Writer
A former Bangladeshi army officer who admitted torturing villagers there is returning to his native land, ending a nearly 10-year battle to remove him from this country, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said Wednesday. While he was not technically deported, Sazzad Ahmed Bipu, 35, was given no choice about leaving, said Robert Bryant, deputy chief counsel for Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Los Angeles.
August 5, 2005 | Paul Richter, Times Staff Writer
U.S. military officials will gradually hand over 110 Afghan prisoners to Afghanistan's government in the largest repatriation of detainees from the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, since it was converted to a military prison for terrorism suspects three years ago, the Pentagon said Thursday. In addition, U.S. authorities plan to turn over about 350 other Afghans who are in U.S. custody in Afghanistan after new prison space is built to accommodate them, officials said.
June 22, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Abdelghani Mzoudi, sent home by German authorities after being acquitted of aiding the Sept. 11 hijackers, fell into the arms of his sobbing mother at the airport in Agadir, Morocco. He thanked God, the German legal system and his German lawyers. He said he never should have been charged with helping three of the suicide hijackers plot the attacks on the United States while all lived in Hamburg. "They arrested me just because I knew the guys.
June 11, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Ninety-four deported migrants arrived in Mexico City on the first flight of a renewed U.S. repatriation program aimed at discouraging repeated border crossings in desert areas. Some pledged to try to cross again, but others said their border-crossing days were over. Greeted by the government's Grupo Beta migrant aid agency, the deportees were given box lunches and bus tickets to their hometowns, most of them in southern Mexico. Washington plans 226 flights to Mexico City through Sept.
January 20, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Johnson & Johnson said it would return about $11 billion in foreign profit to the U.S., the first company to declare it will take advantage of a one-year tax holiday. The New Brunswick, N.J.-based maker of a variety of products including Band-Aids and heart stents would record a fourth-quarter cost of $800 million in federal and state taxes to bring home the money, it said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday.
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