New York: The United States will return to Mongolia more than a dozen illegally smuggled dinosaur skeletons, including two Tyrannosaurus bataars that are 70 million years old and at least six fossilized Oviraptors, US officials said on Friday.
The announcement followed the handover to Mongolian officials on Monday of another T bataar skeleton, which had been sold at auction in New York for more than $1 million before it was seized by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.
That sale, which took place in May 2013 against the orders of a Texas judge, led authorities to recover more skeletons during a series searches over the ensuing months.
"The recovery of this treasure trove of dinosaur fossils is the latest significant step in returning missing pieces of the Mongolian people's history that were literally dug out from under them," Preet Bharara, the US attorney for New York's southern district, said in a statement....more
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Beijing: China on Tuesday asked Mongolia not to provide a stage for the Dalai Lama to engage in "anti-China" activities, a day after Tibet's exiled spiritual leader arrived in the predominantly Buddhist nation. "China is always against any country providing a stage for the Dalai Lama's anti-China splittist activities in any form," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters. "We have already made our solemn representations with the Mongolian...
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