Should museum artifacts be given back?

Should artifacts that enthrall and educate museumgoers in cities across the U.S. and Europe be returned to their countries of origin? Museums in several Western countries are facing increasing pressure from leaders in Africa, the Pacific and other nations that were once European colonies to return their cultural artifacts, many of which were taken hundreds of years ago.

  • Parnas said he is speaking out because he is afraid of William Barr
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    Parnas said he is speaking out because he is afraid of William Barr

    Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas said he was giving media interviews about his role in President Trump's attempts to convince Ukrainian officials to announce an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden because he wanted to protect himself from Attorney General William Barr. Parnas made that claim in an interview with MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, the second part of which aired Thursday night. Trump, Parnas said, was made more powerful “when he got William Barr.

  • Disease that killed millions of China's pigs poses global threat
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    Disease that killed millions of China's pigs poses global threat

    Soon the dog's handler discovered and confiscated a ham sandwich in the purse of a passenger who had flown on a China Eastern Airlines flight from Shanghai. China has lost millions of pigs in outbreaks of the disease, pushing its pork prices to record highs, forcing purchases of costly imports and roiling global meat markets. Bettie is among an expanded team of specially trained beagles at U.S. airports, part of a larger effort to protect the nation's $23 billion pork industry from a disease that has decimated China's hog herd, the world's largest.

  • An ISIS preacher captured in Iraq was apparently so overweight that police had to take him away in the back of a pickup truck
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    An ISIS preacher captured in Iraq was apparently so overweight that police had to take him away in the back of a pickup truck

    Twitter/AliBaroodi A well-known ISIS preacher was captured by Iraqi police, but he was apparently so overweight he had to be taken away in the back of a truck. Police said he incited extremist ideology and pledged allegiance to ISIS during their control of Mosul. Pictures posted to social media appear to show al-Nima being put in the back of a pickup truck by Iraqi forces.

  • Wealthy CEOs complain about feeling 'unsafe' because of homeless people in San Francisco
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    Wealthy CEOs complain about feeling 'unsafe' because of homeless people in San Francisco

    A major healthcare conference in San Francisco this week has sparked a debate about the California city's homeless crisis as wealthy executives and investors complain of feeling 'unsafe'. The city rakes in $51m (£39m) each year from the annual JPMorgan Healthcare Conference despite growing concerns about the city's homeless population among attendees of the healthcare industry's leading conference, according to Bloomberg News. The nearly 10,000 attendees have regularly criticised San Francisco's homeless crisis, Bloomberg reported, with one CEO describing it to the news outlet as “the Bill Clinton of cities”.

  • Jordan, Meadows Send Letter to FISA Court Questioning Kris Appointment
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    Jordan, Meadows Send Letter to FISA Court Questioning Kris Appointment

    House Oversight Committee Republicans Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows issued nine demands to FISA Court presiding judge James Boasberg in a Thursday letter in response to the appointment of Obama Department of Justice lawyer David Kris to help oversee the FBI's reform of FISA applications. The letter, obtained by National Review, asked Boasberg to identify who else besides Kris was considered, whether Kris's past defense of the FISA application to surveil Trump-campaign adviser Carter Page was taken into account, and whether “the FISC bears any responsibility for the illegal surveillance of Carter Page,” among other concerns.

  • Bureaucracy to brutality: New evidence reveals IS hierarchy
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    Bureaucracy to brutality: New evidence reveals IS hierarchy

    The Washington-based Syria Justice and Accountability Center said Thursday that the evidence — documents produced by IS itself — could help identify individuals responsible for atrocities during the militants' four-year reign of terror and lead to criminal prosecutions. The 24-page report, called “Judge, Jury and Executioner,” is based on dozens of documents obtained by SJAC from inside Syria and collected by a local activist from abandoned IS offices in Raqqa province, where the militants also had their self-declared capital in a city that carries the same name.

  • Rainstorms douse bushfires across eastern Australia
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    Rainstorms douse bushfires across eastern Australia

    Rain and thunderstorms doused long-burning bushfires across much of eastern Australia Saturday, but they also brought a new threat of flooding in some areas. Major bushfires continued to rage in regions of the south and southeast of the country that have so far missed out on the rain, including in wildlife-rich forests on Kangaroo Island off the southern coast. The fire service in New South Wales (NSW) state, the country's most populous and the hardest hit by the crisis, said 75 fires continued to burn Saturday, down from well over 100 a few days earlier.

  • Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei calls Trump a 'clown,' defends Iran's military
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    Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei calls Trump a 'clown,' defends Iran's military

    Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called President Donald Trump a "clown" as he defended Iran's military after it mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane, in a relatively rare public address that came as he led Friday prayers in Tehran. The last time Khamenei delivered a sermon to a crowd during Friday prayers was in 2012, on the 33rd anniversary of Iran's Islamic Revolution. The supreme leader called for "national unity" and described Iran's accidental downing of Ukraine International Airlines Flights 752 as a "bitter" tragedy, but one that should not overshadow the "sacrifice" of one of its top commanders, killed in a U.S. drone strike in Iraq days earlier.

  • Former U.S. Marine: Suleimani’s Killing Is the Apotheosis of American 'Strategy'
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    Former U.S. Marine: Suleimani’s Killing Is the Apotheosis of American 'Strategy'

    For all the righteous uproar it produced and the consequences still unfolding, in a way the killing of Iranian Major General Qassim Suleimani this month was business as usual. A longtime foe of America, Suleimani was killed by a Hellfire missile from a Reaper drone, like countless Al Qaeda terrorists, Taliban leaders, and other militants. Traveling to Iraq from Syria, Suleimani probably didn't even require the full exertions of America's vast intelligence and special operations manhunting machine.

  • Impeachment and a path to redemption for Trump
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    Impeachment and a path to redemption for Trump

    President Trump and his supporters are choosing a path much different than that taken by the redeemed Bill Clinton, and much more like that taken by the disgraced Richard Nixon, in refusing to acknowledge any wrongdoing in the Ukraine matter as a strategy to beat conviction and removal. Clinton ended up rising in popularity after admitting to his indiscretions with Monica Lewinsky. Once Clinton and his supporters were willing to confess error, the steam was largely taken out of the sails of independent counsel Kenneth Starr and the House impeachment managers seeking to remove the president.

  • 'You have not seen anything yet,' climate activist Greta says ahead of Davos
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    'You have not seen anything yet,' climate activist Greta says ahead of Davos

    Swedish activist Greta Thunberg marched with 10,000 protesters in the Swiss city of Lausanne on Friday and said "you have not seen anything yet" before some head to Davos next week to challenge the global financial elite to fight climate change. "So, we are now in a new year and we have entered a new decade and so far, during this decade, we have seen no sign whatsoever that real climate action is coming and that has to change,” Thunberg said in a speech in Lausanne. Hundreds will take trains over the weekend and then march to Klosters near Davos, the annual gathering of world political and business leaders that Thunberg is attending for the second year in a row and will take part in two panel events.

  • The TSA apologized after an agent pulled a Native American passenger's braid and said "giddyup!" during a pat down
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    The TSA apologized after an agent pulled a Native American passenger's braid and said "giddyup!" during a pat down

    Molly Riley/Reuters Native American woman Tara Houska says a TSA agent grabbed her braids, whipped them like reins and said "giddyup" while she was going through security at the Minneapolis airport on Monday. A TSA official apologized to Houska for the incident, and released a statement saying "improper behavior is taken seriously" by the agency. The Transportation Security Administration was forced to issue an apology on Tuesday after a Native American woman described on Twitter a humiliating experience going through security at the Minneapolis-St.

  • Life in a Troubled Mississippi Prison, Captured on Smuggled Phones
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    Life in a Troubled Mississippi Prison, Captured on Smuggled Phones

    They're treating us like animals,” that inmate said, before passing the phone on yet again. And so it went, from one prisoner to the next, in a phone call with a reporter that stretched on for roughly an hour. The inmates complained about unreliable electricity and water, injuries that had not healed, and the vermin that forced them to hang leftover food from the ceiling.

  • Republican tells female reporter 30 schoolboys ‘could have a lot of fun’ with her
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    Republican tells female reporter 30 schoolboys ‘could have a lot of fun’ with her

    A Republican lawmaker is facing calls for a sexual harassment investigation after he told a young female reporter that a group of high school boys “could have a lot of fun” with her. Peter Lucido, a Michigan state senator, has been accused of making inappropriate comments to local reporter Allison Donahue during a tour of the state Capitol. Ms Donahue said the senator told her he would speak with her after addressing a group of about 30 boys who were visiting from De La Salle Collegiate, a nearby all-boys Catholic school.

  • Town on edge in Colombia after 5 killed, 2 vehicles burned
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    Town on edge in Colombia after 5 killed, 2 vehicles burned

    A remote town was on edge Friday after at least five people were found shot to death, highlighting Colombia's struggle to bring peace to rural areas where drug crops are abundant and illegal armed groups are active. The killings happened overnight in an isolated part of the Jamundi municipality in southwestern Colombia and also left two vehicles incinerated, officials said. It was the third massacre in Jamundi in the past year.

  • Huawei exec set to fight Canada court battle against US extradition
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    Huawei exec set to fight Canada court battle against US extradition

    A Canadian court on Monday will consider a US request to hand over Chinese tech executive Meng Wanzhou, whose arrest 13 months ago on fraud charges plunged Canada-China relations into a deep freeze. The extradition hearing comes after Beijing detained two Canadians and blocked billions of dollars worth of Canadian agricultural shipments in apparent retaliation for Meng's arrest. Taking her into custody also stuck Canada in the middle of a row between China and the US, which views Huawei as a security risk.

  • McConnell says 'the House's hour is over'
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    McConnell says 'the House's hour is over'

    During an address on the floor, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, "The House's hour is over. The Senate's time is at hand."

  • 10 Home Prep Tips Before Going on Vacation
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    10 Home Prep Tips Before Going on Vacation

    Before jetsetting across the world, make sure your home is ready for your extended absence. From Popular Mechanics

  • There's a popular betting website that shows the likelihood of political events — here's what it says about Trump's impeachment odds
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    There's a popular betting website that shows the likelihood of political events — here's what it says about Trump's impeachment odds

    Kevin Lamarque/Reuters On the website PredictIt, people can place bets — with real US dollars — on big political events. Users on the site place "yes" or "no" bets on popular political predictions, like President Trump's impeachment trial. People are betting that there's a 10% chance the Senate will convict him in the upcoming impeachment trial and an 84% chance that Trump will complete his first term.

  • After India's Amazon snub, Modi's party slams Bezos-owned Washington Post
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    After India's Amazon snub, Modi's party slams Bezos-owned Washington Post

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling party on Friday slammed editorial policies of billionaire Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post, even as his e-commerce firm Amazon announced plans to create a million jobs in the country by 2025. Vijay Chauthaiwale, chief of the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) foreign affairs department, said there was "a lot of problem" with the newspaper's coverage of India, but gave no examples. The swipe at the Post came a day after a cabinet minister gave short shrift to Amazon's investment plans for India.

  • North Korea Fact: Trillions of Dollars in Wealth Is Sitting Below the Surface
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    North Korea Fact: Trillions of Dollars in Wealth Is Sitting Below the Surface

    With China accounting for an estimated 90 percent of North Korea's international trade, the sanctions are set to bite on one of the regime's last major remaining sources of cash. “There are very limited ways for North Korea to make money: selling weapons, smuggling and mining,” according to Choi Kyung-soo, president of the North Korea Resources Institute in Seoul. In May, South Korea's infrastructure ministry invited bids for possible infrastructure projects in the North, including those concerning the resource sector.

  • Princess Cruises responds after 'Marriage Story' actress speaks out, sues alleging bedbugs
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    Princess Cruises responds after 'Marriage Story' actress speaks out, sues alleging bedbugs

    An actress who had a role in "Marriage Story" and her husband are suing Princess Cruises, alleging their room on the Emerald Princess ship was infested with bedbugs and left them with bites all over their bodies. Connie and Alvin Flores allege in a lawsuit, filed in November 2019, that their stateroom aboard the cruise they took a year earlier was "infested with hundreds of bedbugs." The pair cruised from Nov. 28, 2018, through Dec. 4, 2018, out of Los Angeles. Connie Flores played an "arguing woman" in "Marriage Story," and is now speaking publicly about the suit.

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    Nazi Leader Paraphrasing Costs Brazil Culture Secretary His Job

    Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro fired the country's culture secretary after he paraphrased notorious Nazi politician Joseph Goebbels in a video that stirred outrage in the nation. Roberto Alvim said that Brazilian art over the next decade will be “heroic” or “it will be nothing,” similarly to remarks made by Goebbels decades ago, according to a video posted on social networks early on Friday. Within hours, the term “Goebbels” became one of the top trending topics on Twitter in Brazil, and lawmakers including Senate President Davi Alcolumbre, who is Jewish, called for Alvim's immediate removal.

  • Woman pleads guilty to killing husband by putting eye drops in his water
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    Woman pleads guilty to killing husband by putting eye drops in his water

    A South Carolina woman pleaded guilty to fatally poisoning her husband by putting eye drops in his water for days. She was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

  • Pakistan court jails dozens of Islamists over Asia Bibi protests
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    Pakistan court jails dozens of Islamists over Asia Bibi protests

    A Pakistani court has sentenced more than 80 Islamists to 55 years in prison each after protests linked to the 2018 acquittal of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman accused of blasphemy, one of their senior leaders told AFP. The sentence -- an unusually harsh one in Pakistan, where blasphemy is an extremely sensitive issue -- was announced by a lower court in the garrison town of Rawalpindi on Thursday, said Pir Ejaz Ashrafi, a senior leader of the Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP). The Islamists were members of the radical TLP, an anti-blasphemy party which had spearheaded violent protests across Pakistan in the wake of Bibi's acquittal in late 2018.