Bangladesh closing notorious 18th-century prison in Dhaka
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Bangladesh closing notorious 18th-century prison in Dhaka

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh is closing its notorious 18th-century prison where sensational political killings over decades have targeted people on both sides of the South Asian country’s 1971 war for independence from Pakistan. The government wants to reopen the old, dilapidated Dhaka Central Jail as a museum to its tumultuous past, while giving its … Continue reading

US museum returns 10th century Khmer statue to Cambodia
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US museum returns 10th century Khmer statue to Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia on Monday welcomed home a 10th-century Khmer statue that was looted during the country’s civil war before spending the past three decades at an American museum. The sandstone Torso of Rama statue, which stands 62 inches (157 centimeters) high and is missing its head, arms and feet, was formally … Continue reading

NASA spaceman back from record year flight; gives thumbs up
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NASA spaceman back from record year flight; gives thumbs up

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Astronaut Scott Kelly returned to Earth on Wednesday after an unprecedented year in space for NASA, landing in barren Kazakhstan with a Russian cosmonaut who shared his whole space station journey. Their Soyuz capsule parachuted onto the central Asian steppes and ended a science-rich mission at the International Space Station … Continue reading

New Zealand Earthquake Memorial
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New Zealand Earthquake Memorial

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A service to commemorate the fifth anniversary of a deadly earthquake in the New Zealand city of Christchurch turned ugly Monday when someone threw goop over the government minister responsible for quake recovery efforts. Hundreds of people attended the botanical gardens service in New Zealand’s second-largest city to memorialize the … Continue reading

Students get degrees after 16-year legal fight in Nigeria
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Students get degrees after 16-year legal fight in Nigeria

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Sixteen years ago, Lanre Akinola completed academic requirements to receive a degree in statistics from a Nigerian university. But Akinola had taken on extracurricular activities: protesting against military dictatorship and filthy dorms. The University of Ilorin withheld his degree, and did the same two years later to Rasheedat Adesina, another protester. … Continue reading

Top South African university to re-open after protests
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Top South African university to re-open after protests

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — One of South Africa’s top universities will re-open Wednesday after reaching agreements with students whose protests against tuition hikes spread to other campuses, forcing the closure of universities around the country. The academic program and other activities will resume at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and students will be informed … Continue reading

63 police officers fired over corruption in Kenya reforms
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63 police officers fired over corruption in Kenya reforms

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Sixty-three senior police officers, including a police spokesman, have been fired for “corruption and integrity issues,” an official of the Kenyan National Police Service Commission said Thursday. The investigations have revealed a hierarchy in the way proceeds of corruption are shared among police officers, Johnstone Kavuludi said. “During the vetting, investigations … Continue reading