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Rare dinosaur find in Egypt could lead to more; Britain considers pardoning suffragettes; fake doctor infects 21 with HIV in India; more in world news

Egypt

Rare find could trigger more

A skeleton has been unearthed in the Western Desert, whose ancient sands have long helped preserve remains, but unlike most finds this one isnít a mummy ó itís a dinosaur. Researchers from Mansoura University in Egyptís Nile Delta discovered the new species of long-necked herbivore, which is around the size of a city bus, and it could be just the tip of the sand dune for other desert dinosaur discoveries. "As in any ecosystem, if we went to the jungle, weíll find a lion and a giraffe. So we found the giraffe, whereís the lion?" said Hesham Sallam, excavation leader and head of the universityís Center for Vertebrate Paleontology. Sallam, along with four Egyptian and five American researchers, in late January announced the discovery in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution. Experts say the landmark find could shed light on a particularly obscure period of history for the African continent, roughly the 30 million years before dinosaurs went extinct, between 70 and 80 million years ago. Named Mansourasaurus Shahinae, the find is the only dinosaur from the late Mesozoic era to have been discovered in Africa, and it may even be an undiscovered genus.

Britain

Officials to consider posthumous pardons for suffragettes

Britain will consider pardons for suffragettes convicted during the struggle for womenís right to vote, an official said Tuesday, a century to the day since the Representation of the People Act extended voting rights to all British men aged 21 and up, and to millions of women over 30. British women did not get the same voting rights as men until 1928. Suffragettes used public protests, civil disobedience and occasionally violence in their campaign. More than 1,300 were arrested, and many were jailed. Some endured force feeding in prison. Campaigners have called for convicted suffragettes to receive posthumous pardons. Speaking on the BBC, Home Secretary Amber Rudd cautioned itís complicated "to give a legal pardon for things like arson and violence." Labour Partyís Jeremy Corbyn said if elected, he would pardon the suffragettes and give an official apology. Prime Minister Theresa May ó Britainís second female leader ó used Tuesdayís anniversary to call for more civility in politics, saying some women are deterred from entering politics because of the abuse they face.

Assange not as lucky

A British judge upheld the arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Tuesday, assuring he would remain in the Ecuadorean Embassy, where he has hid for the past 5Ĺ years after Swedish prosecutors sought his arrest over allegations of sexual assault and rape. Judge Emma Arbuthnot said she would rule next Tuesday on a new bid to have the warrant dropped on the grounds of public interest. Even if itís dropped, the 46-year-old was never assured of leaving the embassy, although Ecuador recently granted him citizenship and Sweden dropped its investigation. Assange fears being arrested for breaching bail conditions in Britain and of being extradited to the United States, where he faces prosecution for leaking documents on WikiLeaks.

India

Fake doctor infects 21 villagers with HIV via tainted syringes

A fake doctor treating poor villagers for colds, coughs and diarrhea has infected at least 21 people with HIV by using contaminated syringes and needles, a health official said Tuesday. Sushil Choudhury added police were looking for Rajendra Yadav, who fled small-town Bangarmau in Uttar Pradesh state, after the HIV infections were detected in December. The villagers said they rarely saw Yadav changing the needles and complained that he gave injections for almost all ailments. With Indiaís health care system facing a massive shortage of doctors and hospitals, millions of poor people seek fake doctors for cheap treatment. India had 2.1 million people living with HIV at the end of 2016, according to a UNAIDS report. Of those, 9,100 were children under age 15. India has registered a 20 percent annual decline in new infections over the past few years, according to the report.

Poland

Duda signs Holocaust speech law

The president on Tuesday signed legislation that outlaws blaming Poland as a nation for Holocaust crimes committed by Nazi Germany, defying both criticism from Israel and a warning from the U.S. But in a move that appeared designed to soften his decision, Andrzej Duda said he also would ask the constitutional court to evaluate the bill ó leaving open the possibility it would be amended. The law calls for prison terms of up to three years for falsely attributing the crimes of Nazi Germany to occupied Poland. Officials say they want to protect Polandís reputation from what it believes is confusion about who bears responsibility for Auschwitz and other death camps. Israel fears the law would stifle discussion about the Holocaust and enable Poland to whitewash the role of Poles who denounced or killed Jews. ó tbt* wires

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