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news from October 2004
British Museum eases grip on religious treasures
The Independent/The NZ Herald 20 October 04
On a shelf in a locked basement room underneath the British Museum are kept 11 wooden tablets which are covered in purple velvet. No member of the museum staff - including director Neil MacGregor - is permitted to enter the room.
Point of no return
The Economist 07 October 04
IT IS a poor country with a rich history. Through force and unfair dealing, many of Ethiopia's historical relics have left the country. Ethiopians want to bring them home, not just to celebrate their past, but to earn tourist dollars in future.
Blair urged to return treasures
BBC 07 October 04
Ethiopian campaigners have asked UK Prime Minister Tony Blair to return hundreds of rare manuscripts and religious artefacts. The treasures were looted from the palace of an Ethiopian emperor, after his defeat by a British force in 1868.
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