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Confucius statue move prompts online stir in China

BEIJING — A statue of Chinese thinker Confucius has been moved from a prime spot near Tiananmen Square to a less visible location, triggering online speculation Thursday on whether politics was behind the move. The statue was unveiled in January at an entrance to China’s National Museum, which lies across…

Watch: ‘Terrorists’ kidnap Ronald McDonald statue in Helsinki

HELSINKI — A group calling itself the Food Liberation Army has claimed responsibility for “kidnapping” a statue of the McDonald’s food chain mascot Ronald McDonald and has threatened to “execute” the figure if their demands are not met. The group posted a video on YouTube where balaclava-clad “terrorists”, holding the…

World’s tallest Jesus looms over Poland

SWIEBODZIN, Poland (AFP) – Work on the world’s tallest statue of Jesus was completed Saturday in Swiebodzin, western Poland, looming three metres higher than the Christ figure towering over Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Measuring 39 yards in height, the Christ of Swiebodzin weighs in at an estimated 440 metric…

Hundreds of looted artifacts returned to Iraq

Looted artifacts returned to Iraq, including 4,400-year-old statue stolen during US invasion Hundreds of Iraqi artifacts looted from museums and archaeological sites across the country — including a 4,400-year-old statue of an ancient king stolen during the U.S.-led invasion — have been returned to Iraq and were displayed Tuesday. Iraq…

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