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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.
January 14, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Companies can't use foreign profit returned to the U.S. during a one-year tax holiday to repurchase shares or pay dividends to shareholders, the Treasury Department said Thursday. The ruling may discourage U.S. companies from bringing home as much as $320 billion in profit that they had invested overseas to avoid paying U.S. taxes, analysts said. The rules will particularly affect drug and computer companies, including Eli Lilly & Co., Pfizer Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Co.
December 24, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Two Russian intelligence agents convicted by a Qatar court of assassinating a Chechen rebel leader have arrived back in Russia, where the Kremlin requested that they be allowed to serve out their life sentences, the Itar-Tass news agency reported, citing Kremlin sources. Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev was killed in an explosion Feb. 13 in Doha, Qatar's capital. A Qatari court had said the killing was carried out with the backing of "Russian leadership."
October 1, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A trial program of repatriation flights for undocumented Mexicans caught on the U.S. border has helped cut migrant deaths and eased social woes in frontier towns, Mexican authorities say. The temporary U.S. initiative repatriated nearly 14,000 Mexican volunteers on daily charter flights from Tucson to Mexico City and Guadalajara. Mexican migrant welfare organization Grupo Beta said the program had also helped many migrants who might otherwise have become stranded along the U.S.-Mexico border.
August 25, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Afghan President Hamid Karzai promised to repatriate 400 Pakistani prisoners who fought with the former ruling Taliban regime and have been held in Afghan jails since 2001, a Pakistani official said. In exchange, Pakistan was expected to return nearly 250 Afghans held in Pakistan, mostly for minor offenses. The agreement was reached during talks between Karzai and Pakistani interim Prime Minister Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain in Islamabad. The date for the releases was not announced.
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