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'Generous American Patriot': World Leaders Pay Tribute To George H.W. Bush

'Generous American Patriot': World Leaders Pay Tribute To George H.W. BushWorld leaders past and present have paid tribute to former President George



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Ailing Central American migrants in dire conditions dig in at U.S. border

Ailing Central American migrants in dire conditions dig in at U.S. borderThe bedraggled men, women and children of a caravan of mostly Hondurans began cramming into the complex in Tijuana about three weeks ago. As the reality sinks in that those seeking asylum in the United States will likely have to remain in the Mexican border city for months, 350 people have asked authorities to help them travel home. “If they don’t come, I’ll return to my home,” he said, saying that salaries in Mexico were too low for him to stay and send money home to help his family.



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India urged to abandon plans to recover body of American

India urged to abandon plans to recover body of AmericanNEW DELHI (AP) — A rights group that works to protect tribal people has urged Indian authorities to abandon efforts to recover the body of an American who was killed by inhabitants of an island where outsiders are effectively forbidden by Indian law.



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John Chau, latest in long line of American Christian missionaries

John Chau, latest in long line of American Christian missionariesJohn Chau, killed by members of the Sentinelese tribe on an island in the Andaman Sea, is the latest in a long line of American missionaries who voyaged to the world’s most isolated regions to spread Christianity. The first Christian missionaries set sail from the United States for Asia more than 200 years ago, according to Dr Todd Johnson, director of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts. Adoniram Judson and his wife, Ann, left Salem, Massachusetts, in February 1812 for India but eventually ended up in Burma, where Adoniram spent most of the next four decades.



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Indian police consult anthropologists on prospect of recovering dead American

Indian police consult anthropologists on prospect of recovering dead AmericanJohn Allen Chau, 26, is believed to have been killed last week after traveling to North Sentinel – part of the Indian archipelago of Andaman and Nicobar in the Bay of Bengal – to try to convert the tribe to Christianity. The Indian government has for years placed the island off-limits to visitors to protect the tribe. “We are in constant touch with anthropologists and psychologists,” said Dependra Pathak, director general of police in the Andaman and Nicobar islands.



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India cautious as it looks to recover American body

India cautious as it looks to recover American bodyNEW DELHI (AP) — Indian officials have traveled repeatedly in recent days near the remote island where an American missionary was killed by people who have long resisted the outside world. But they have not set foot onto North Sentinel Island since the killing, and it remains unclear if they will.



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Bow-wielding tribesmen scare off police searching for body of American missionary

Bow-wielding tribesmen scare off police searching for body of American missionaryIndian police abandoned an attempt to recover the remains of the American missionary killed by Andaman Islanders on Sunday after they were faced down by tribesmen armed with bows and arrows. A marine unit had a long-distance standoff with the natives as their boat neared North Sentinel Island on Saturday, as they tried to find the body of John Allen Chau. Officers spotted the islanders around 400 metres from the shore and saw the men were armed and seemingly ready to fight. "They stared at us and we were looking at them," said Director General of Police Dependra Pathak. A Sentinelese man takes aim with a bow and arrow at an Indian Coast Guard helicopter in the wake of the 2004 tsunami Credit:  HANDOUT/AFP The boat withdrew to avoid any confrontation. The police are taking great efforts to avoid any direct contact with the Sentinelese, a pre-neolithic group whose island is barred to visitors. The death of Chau last week has highlighted the problems with any outsiders interacting with one of the world's last uncontacted tribes, whose language and customs are largely inscrutable. The fishermen who took Chau to North Sentinel, one of the Andaman and Nicobar islands in the Bay of Bengal, said they saw the tribe burying the body on the beach. The Sentinelese have been known attack anyone who goes to the island, seeing them as a threat – two fishermen who strayed onto the island were killed in 2006. Killed: John Allen Chau Credit: @JOHNACHAU/via REUTERS  One week after their deaths, the bodies of the two Indian fishermen were hooked on bamboo stakes facing out to sea. "It was a kind of scarecrow," Mr Pathak said. "We are studying the 2006 case. We are asking anthropologists what they do when they kill an outsider," the police chief told the AFP news agency. "We are trying to understand the group psychology." Though Chau's death is officially a murder case, anthropologists say it may be impossible to retrieve the American's body and that no charges will be made against the protected tribe. Seven people, including six fishermen who were involved in ferrying Mr Chau to North Sentinel, have been arrested. Meanwhile, Chau’s family have said they forgive the tribe for their actions and are not pushing for his remains to be returned to the US.



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American on deadly trip to Indian island: 'God sheltered me'

American on deadly trip to Indian island: 'God sheltered me'NEW DELHI (AP) — The young American, paddling his kayak toward a remote Indian island whose people have resisted the outside world for thousands of years, believed God was helping him dodge the authorities.



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American killed by remote tribe believed god was helping him reach island

American killed by remote tribe believed god was helping him reach islandThe young American, paddling his kayak toward a remote Indian island whose people have resisted the outside world for thousands of years, believed God was helping him dodge the authorities. "God sheltered me and camouflaged me against the coast guard and the navy," John Allen Chau wrote before he was killed last week on North Sentinel Island. Indian ships monitor the waters around the island, trying to ensure outsiders do not go near the Sentinelese, who have repeatedly made clear they want to be left alone. When a young boy tried to hit him with an arrow on his first day on the island, Chau swam back to the fishing boat he had arranged to wait for him offshore. The arrow, he wrote, hit a Bible he was carrying. "Why did a little kid have to shoot me today?" he wrote in his notes, which he left with the fishermen before swimming back the next morning. "His high-pitched voice still lingers in my head." Police say Chau knew that the Sentinelese resisted all contact by outsiders, firing arrows and spears at passing helicopters and killing fishermen who drift onto their shore. His notes, which were reported Thursday in Indian newspapers and confirmed by police, make clear he knew he might be killed. "I DON’T WANT TO DIE," wrote Chau, who appeared to want to bring Christianity to the islanders. "Would it be wiser to leave and let someone else to continue. No I don’t think so." Indian authorities have been trying to figure out a way to recover Chau’s body after he was killed last week by islanders who apparently shot him with arrows and then buried his body on the beach. A rare photo showing a member of the Sentinelese tribe Credit: AFP A team of police and officials from the forest department, tribal welfare department and coast guard on Friday launched a second boat expedition to the island to identify where Chau died. The officials took two of the seven people arrested for helping Chau get close to the island in an effort to determine his route and circumstances of his death, according to a statement issued by police for the Andaman and Nicobar islands, where North Sentinel is located. Chau paid fishermen last week to take him near North Sentinel, using a kayak to paddle to shore and bringing gifts including a football and fish. "Since the Sentinelese tribespeople are protected by law to preserve their way of life, due precautions were taken by the team to ensure that these particularly vulnerable tribal groups are not disturbed and distressed during this exercise," the statement said. The team returned later Friday. The police and the coast guard had carried out an aerial survey of Northern Sentinel Island earlier in the week. A team of police and forest department officials also used a coast guard boat to visit the island Wednesday. Officials typically don’t travel to the North Sentinel area, where people live as their ancestors did thousands of years ago. The only contacts, occasional "gift giving" visits in which bananas and coconuts were passed by small teams of officials and scholars who remained in the surf, were years ago. Police are consulting anthropologists, tribal welfare experts and scholars to figure out a way to recover the body, said Dependera Pathak, director-general of police on the Andaman and Nicobar islands. The North Sentinel Island, in India's southeastern Andaman and Nicobar Islands Credit:  Gautam Singh/AP Scholars know almost nothing about the island, from how many people live there to what language they speak. The Andamans once had other similar groups, long-ago migrants from Africa and Southeast Asia who settled in the island chain, but their numbers have dwindled dramatically over the past century as a result of disease, intermarriage and migration. Chau estimated the island had about 250 inhabitants, with at least 10 people living in each hut. "The tribe’s language has a lot of high pitched sounds like ba, pa la and as," he wrote. It’s not clear what happened to Chau when he swam back to the island the next morning. But on the morning of the following day, the fishermen watched from the boat as tribesmen dragged Chau’s body along the beach and buried his remains. North Sentinel Island locator Five fishermen, a friend of Chau’s and a local tourist guide have been arrested for helping Chau, police say. In an Instagram post, his family said it was mourning him as a "beloved son, brother, uncle and best friend to us." The family also said it forgave his killers. Authorities say Chau arrived in the area on Oct. 16 and stayed on another island while he prepared to travel to North Sentinel. It was not his first time in the region: he had visited the Andaman islands in 2015 and 2016. With help from the friend, Chau paid fishermen $ 325 to take him there, Pathak said. After the fishermen realized Chau had been killed, they left for Port Blair, the capital of the island chain, where they broke the news to Chau’s friend, who notified his family, Pathak said. Chau, whose friends described him as a fervent Christian, attended Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Before that he had lived in southwestern Washington state and went to Vancouver Christian High School.  



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'God, I Don't Want to Die.' Journal Reveals the Final Days of an American Missionary Killed By An Isolated Tribe

'God, I Don't Want to Die.' Journal Reveals the Final Days of an American Missionary Killed By An Isolated TribeThe visit may have exposed the tribe to deadly diseases



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