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Ethiopia wants the Queen to return royal bones - Yahoo! News

Ethiopia wants the Queen to return royal bones - Yahoo! NewsBy Andrew Heavens
Sun Jun 3, 6:07 AM ET



ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia has called on Queen Elizabeth to return the bones of an orphan prince buried at Windsor Castle after he was spirited from his homeland by British soldiers nearly 140 years ago.

Prince Alemayehu was just seven in 1868 when his father, Emperor Tewodros II, committed suicide after being defeated by British troops at the Battle of Magdala. The prince was placed on a ship to Britain and enrolled in boarding school.

He died aged 18 of suspected pleurisy, a lung condition, in the northern city of Leeds, after years of loneliness.

In the latest Ethiopian drive to reclaim stolen artifacts and relics, the government in Addis Ababa has written to Britain's queen, asking her to send home Alemayehu's remains.

Mulugeta Aserate, second cousin of Ethiopia's last emperor Haile Selassie, who helped organize the appeal, said it was time the wrongs of the last mille…

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JURIST - Paper Chase: Ethiopia seeking death penalty for former dictator convicted of genocide

JURIST - Paper Chase: Ethiopia seeking death penalty for former dictator convicted of genocide: "Ethiopian special prosecutor Joseph Kiros told Reuters Friday that the Ethiopian government will seek to raise the sentence of convicted former dictator Mengistu Haile Miriam [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] from a life in prison to the death penalty when an appeal commences June 12. Dozens of former officials in Mengistu's government will appear personally, although Mengistu remains in exile in Zimbabwe, where the regime of Robert Mugabe has repeatedly refused to extradite him [JURIST report]. Judges spared Mengistu from the death penalty during his sentencing [JURIST report] in January, citing the former dictator's advanced age and poor health. "

Reuters AlertNet Lite - Kyrgyz protesters demand U.S. troops pull out

Reuters AlertNet Lite - Kyrgyz protesters demand U.S. troops pull outBISHKEK, June 2 (Reuters) - Dozens of Kyrgyz protesters rallied outside the U.S. embassy in the capital Bishkek on Saturday demanding Washington pull its troops out of their Central Asian state.

Just days before the planned visit of U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, activists shouted "Yankee go home!" and hoisted banners reading "No to the airbase".