Two skulls are on display during a handing-over ceremony of human remains that were brought to Berlin during its colonial rule of the African nation at the French Church in Berlin. AFP/John MACDOUGALL/File
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Germany has agreed to speed up the return of human remains and artwork from former African colonies where the country carried out brutal massacres and pillaged indigenous heritage. The German Culture and Foreign Ministries as well as regional and local cultural authorities signed a pledge late Wednesday committing museums and scientific institutions to completing an inventory on their "ethnology, natural history, art and cultural history holdings" from the colonial era.Germany this year earmarked 1.9 million euros ($2.2 million) to research the provenance of holdings acquired by museums during the colonial period.
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