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news from November 1998

November 23

The treasures of Ethiopia should be put on public display
The Times Editorial 23 November 1998

On April 13, 1868, the bizarre plans of Emperor Theodore II of Abyssinia lay in tatters. His efforts to build a bulwark against Islam had been blocked by Queen Victoria, who had failed to reply to his proposals of marriage. When he had taken British hostages in order to attract her attention, the Queen had sent an army instead of a ring. Bebattled in his Magdala fortress, defeated, deranged and alone, he shot himself with a pistol, a gift from his inamorata.

November 21

Britain urged to return loot
The Times 21 November 1998

THE promised return to Ethiopia of a monument looted by Mussolini in 1937 has focused attention on other priceless artefacts stolen from the country. Foremost among these is a collection of sacred relics that were plundered by Britain during the Victorian era.
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