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2013-03-20T00:00:00Z Around the worldFrom Wire Reports From Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star
March 20, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Britain

Wounded Pakistani girl returns to school

LONDON - Just five months after she was shot in the head by the Taliban in Pakistan's Swat Valley, apparently for defying a ban on girls' education, Malala Yousafzai returned to school, this time in the safer confines of central England.

On her first day in Edgbaston High School for Girls in Birmingham, the 15-year-old, who has attracted international attention for her quiet defiance, issued a statement celebrating her accomplishment and expressing concern for others.

France

American gets back art taken by Nazis

PARIS - Tom Selldorff was 6 years old when he saw his grandfather's prized art collection for the last time in 1930s Vienna, before it fell into Nazi hands.

Now, he's 84 - and in a ceremony in Paris on Tuesday, the American was finally given back a piece of his grandfather's memory: France has returned six of his stolen family masterpieces.

The restitution of the works - including paintings by Alessandro Longhi and Sebastiano Ricci - is part of France's effort to return hundreds of looted artworks that Jewish owners lost during the war that still hang in the Louvre and other museums.

Rwanda

Congo warlord takes refuge at US Embassy

KIGALI - Wanted on an international warrant charging war crimes, Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda lived openly in Congo for years, playing tennis at exclusive clubs and dining at lakeside restaurants in full view of foreign diplomats and U.N. peacekeepers.

That all ended when Ntaganda, 39, known as "The Terminator," suddenly turned himself in Monday to the U.S. Embassy in Rwanda and asked to be handed over to the International Criminal Court - a surprise move that followed a split in Ntaganda's rebel group and apparent loss of support from his backers in the Rwandan government.

"My best guess is that his options came down to go to The Hague or be killed," Tony Gambino, the former director of USAID in Congo, said of the about-face by Ntaganda, one of Africa's most-wanted men.

Trinidad

TV-show host fined for sex-assault video

PORT-OF-SPAIN - The host of a popular crime show in Trinidad received a fine but no jail time Tuesday for airing a video of a sexual assault that authorities said illegally revealed the identity of the teenage victim.

Ian Alleyne was ordered to pay nearly $4,700 by Chief Magistrate Marcia Ayers-Ceasar, who rejected a defense request to spare him from any punishment. She said the host should have been aware that he was violating the law, even though he apparently was trying to help solve the crime.

Britain

Iconic Diana dresses are sold for $1.2M

LONDON - A collection of some of Princess Diana's most memorable evening gowns, including one she wore to a White House dinner where she danced with John Travolta, fetched more than $1.2 million at a London auction Tuesday.

Diana famously wore the deep-navy, figure-hugging velvet gown to a gala dinner hosted by President Ronald Reagan during her and Prince Charles' first joint state visit to the U.S. in 1985. Photographs of her taking to the White House dance floor with Travolta have become some of the most celebrated images of the princess.

The Victor Edelstein gown was sold for about $360,000. The auction house did not disclose the identity of the buyer, saying only that it was sold to a "British gentleman as a surprise to cheer up his wife."

Germany

Improved genome of Neanderthal is out

BERLIN - Researchers said Tuesday that they have completed the first high-quality sequencing of a Neanderthal genome and are making it freely available online to other scientists.

The genome produced from remains of a toe bone found in a Siberian cave is far more detailed than a previous "draft" Neanderthal genome sequenced three years ago by the same team at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany.

Wire reports

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