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LONDON (AP) — Financial markets were sluggish Wednesday as an apparent budget deal in the U.S. Congress failed to divert attention from investors' primary focus — will the Federal Reserve reduce its monthly stimulus next week?
A US foundation has revealed it was the mystery buyer of sacred Native American objects auctioned off Monday in Paris under a cloud of controversy, and will return them to the tribes that claim them. The Annenberg Foundation announced it had bought 21 Hopi masks -- which are worn by dancers during religious ceremonies and considered as living beings -- and three San Carlos Apache objects for $530,000 (390,000 euros) "for the sole purpose of returning them to their rightful owner." Monday's auction had gone ahead despite several attempts to block the sale of the colourful masks and head-dresses, including by the US embassy. Advocacy group Survival International had also challenged the auction in court on behalf of the Hopi tribe, but the case was dismissed on Friday by a judge who ruled the sale was legal in France.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Steve McQueen's historic saga "12 Years a Slave," Jon Wells' dysfunctional family adaptation "August: Osage County," Jean-Marc Vallee's AIDS drama "Dallas Buyers Club" and the sweeping White House servant tale "Lee Daniels' The Butler" topped the list of outstanding performances for the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. "12 Years a Slave" scored four nominations, while "Osage County" and "The Butler" earned three nominations in Wednesday's announcements.