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Sunday 20 April 2014

France returns art

France is to hand back seven old master paintings that hang in state galleries taken from two Jewish families during World War Two.

The oil works were destined to be displayed in a gallery Adolf Hitler had planned. It ends years of struggle for the two families, whose claims were all validated by the French prime minister last year.

Teen killed in protests

Bahraini security forces killed a teenager and injured dozens more protesters, an opposition website said, during clashes on the second anniversary of an uprising to demand democratic reforms in the US-allied Gulf Arab state.

Several hundred demonstrators, mostly youths from largely Shi'ite villages, blocked roads around the capital, Manama, and hurled stones and fire bombs at police, who responded with birdshot and tear gas, witnesses said.

Reward for honesty

Charity shop staff found £9,000 (€10,436) stuffed inside a sofabed and got a £500 (€580) reward when they handed it back.

Tony Ferrier (60) the manager of the homeless charity shop Emmaus in Hertfordshire, in the UK said: "The man told us he used to buy and sell vegetables from abroad in London and always dealt in cash. He was surprised when the police asked him if it was his."

Baby joy for Martin

Actor, writer and comedian Steve Martin has become a dad for the first time at age 67 – and managed to keep it secret from the media for more than a month. Martin and his second wife, Anne Stringfield (41) "are new parents and recently welcomed a child", a spokeswoman for the actor said.

And '30 Rock' star Alec Baldwin and his new wife Hilaria are expecting their first child together. "If I really shared with you how I felt, I would probably burst out crying," Baldwin told US television program 'Extra'.

Facing the king

THE FACE of Henri IV, the revered French king who died 400 years ago, has been reconstructed using scans of the skull believed to belong to the monarch.

The smiling, mustachioed Good King Henri, as France's favourite monarch was known, was presented to the public for the first time at the National Archives in Paris this week. A beauty spot and a pierced ear were among key features that helped to identify the king, who was stabbed to death by a Catholic fundamentalist in 1610.

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