A traditionally-dressed Ethiopian woman walks past a mural depicting Ethiopia's Emperor Tewodros II in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, June 1, 2007. (REUTERS/Andrew Heavens/File)
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A museum in Britain has agreed to return a ruler's locks of hair cut from his corpse by a British soldier more than 150 years ago, Ethiopia said Monday.Emperor Tewodros II took his own life after his defeat by British troops at the Battle of Magdala in northern Ethiopia in 1868 . The locks, cut as a souvenir by an army artist, have been part of The National Army Museum's collection in London since 1959, donated by the family of an artist who painted the emperor on his deathbed, the museum said.It had agreed to repatriate the items from its collection, considered to be human remains, after a request from Ethiopia's minister of culture and tourism in April last year, the museum said in a statement.
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