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‘Little Foot’ skeleton goes on display in S.Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | The most complete skeleton ever found of an australopithecus, a forerunner to modern man, went on display for the first time in Johannesburg on Wednesday following a 20-year process to excavate and assemble the 3.67 million-year-old remains. Known as “Little Foot” because four small …

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New tests at Jesus’s presumed tomb back traditional beliefs

Jerusalem, Undefined | AFP | Scientific testing at what is believed to be Jesus’s tomb dates material there to the fourth century, supporting traditional beliefs surrounding the site, an expert involved in the study said Tuesday. The study offers no further evidence whether or not Jesus was actually buried at …

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Elizabeth II, Prince Philip mark 70th wedding anniversary

London, United Kingdom | AFP | Queen Elizabeth II celebrated 70 years of marriage on Monday to the man she calls her “strength and stay”, making them Britain’s first reigning couple to mark a platinum wedding anniversary. The bells of Westminster Abbey, where Elizabeth married Prince Philip on November 20, …

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Worst mass shootings in the modern United States

Washington, United States | AFP | A gunman killed 26 worshippers at a rural Texas church on Sunday. Here are some of the deadliest mass shootings in the United States in the past three decades. – Vegas concert: 58 killed – A 64-year-old man whose father had been on the …

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S. Africa court to rule on activist’s death 46 years on

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | A South African court will rule Thursday on whether the suspicious 1971 death of an apartheid-era activist in custody was suicide, as police officers claimed, or actually a regime killing. For many, the case — the culmination of a relentless campaign by the activist’s family — …

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S.African families battle to uncover apartheid truth

Hammanskraal, South Africa | AFP | Time is running out for 95-year-old Phillip Mabelane. For 40 years he has waited to discover the truth of how his son died at the hands of police during South Africa’s apartheid era. Now the reopening of a similar case has given him hope that …

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Germany rejects Polish call for more WWII reparations

Berlin, Germany | AFP | Germany dismissed on Friday Poland’s threat to demand new talks over World War II reparations from Berlin, saying the issue had already been settled in 1953. “Poland made a binding decision in August 1953… to relinquish demands for further war reparations,” government spokesman Steffen Seibert said, …

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