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Among the artifacts, dating back to the end of the fourth or the beginning of the third century B.C., were gold jewelry and applications for horse trappings, a tiara with reliefs of lions and fantasy animals, as well as four bracelets and a ring, Ms. Gergova said.

The Thracians lived in what is now Bulgaria, and parts of modern Greece, Romania, Macedonia, and Turkey between 4,000 B.C. and the seventh century A.D., when they were assimilated by the invading Slavs.


Military investigating ‘bin Laden’ video

TORONTO — Canada’s military is investigating the circumstances surrounding a video played during a formal dinner that featured an unidentified member of the Canadian Forces pretending to be Osama bin Laden’s brother, the commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force said Thursday.

Lt. Gen. Yvan Blondin said he recently was informed of complaints that the video was inappropriate and culturally insensitive. He said those involved may face administrative, disciplinary or corrective action.

The man playing bin Laden’s brother wears brown makeup and a turban, and speaks with a thick accent in a four-minute excerpt of the video obtained by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

A woman playing the role of a news anchor interviews the character, who jokes that his brother always gets all the credit for their work. He refuses to reveal where bin Laden is hiding.

The video was shown at a mess dinner at 14 Wing Greenwood base in Nova Scotia in 2010.

At the time, Canada was still involved in a combat mission in Afghanistan, which ended last year. About 950 Canadian soldiers remain in Afghanistan in a training, noncombat role.


Health minister says only geniuses need apply

SKOPJE — Macedonia’s health minister is looking for assistants — but they have to be certified geniuses.

Nikola Todorov’s ministry announced Thursday that it needs seven to 10 advisers to consult once or twice a month for a daily fee of $64 to $100.

The announcement said successful candidates must possess an IQ score of at least 140, certified by the Mensa International IQ society. They also must have a university degree and speak at least two foreign languages.

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