Bishop Peter Joseph Fan Xueyan, who was imprisoned in China for more than 30 years for his refusal to break ties with the Vatican, died April 13 of pneumonia. He was 84. Bishop Fan had been under various forms of detention for most of the past 34 years, making him one of the world's longest-serving prisoners of conscience. He was one of the last Chinese bishops ordained by the Vatican before China broke ties.
Tanka Prasad Acharya, founder of Nepal's first political party in the 1930s and a former prime minister, died Thursday of a kidney ailment. He was 78. He founded the the country's first political party.
George F. Dales Jr., a professor at the University of California at Berkeley who spent 30 years studying the ancient Indus River Valley civilizations of India, died of cancer April 18 at his California home. He was 64.