Iraqi Christians win asylum
VIENNA | Austria is granting asylum to 30 Iraqi Christians fleeing persecution in their homeland.
The Foreign Ministry expected the group to arrive in Vienna on Thursday and said the Christians would receive refugee status.
Iraqi Christians have suffered violent attacks from Muslim militants. Extremists killed at least 68 Christians in October, when attackers stormed a Baghdad church during Mass and took the congregation hostage.
Museum regains statue of King Tut’s dad
CAIRO | Egyptian antiquities officials regained a small limestone statue of the father of King Tutankhamen that went missing from Cairo’s famed Egyptian Museum during recent turmoil.
The Antiquities Ministry said Thursday that an anti-government protester found the statue beside a trash can, and his family contacted officials to arrange its return.
Antiquities Minister Zahi Hawass had reported a total of 18 missing museum artifacts, three of which were found on the museum grounds, possibly abandoned by looters making their escape.
The most important missing object was the limestone statue of the Pharaoh Akhenaten, which depicts the standing king with a blue crown, and holding an offering table in his hands.
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