Author: AFP

Dutch Nazi art probe rejects Kandinsky claim

(Netherlands)

AFP (2018). Dutch Nazi art probe rejects Kandinsky claim. France 24. 2 November.

Finnish couple jailed over 13m euro art forgery scam

(Finland)

AFP (2018). Finnish couple jailed over 13m euro art forgery scam. Dunya News. 31 October.

Franco's tomb defaced in Spain with red dove painting

(Spain)

AFP (2018). Franco's tomb defaced in Spain with red dove painting. France 24. 31 October.

The tricky process of returning Nazi-looted art

(France)

AFP (2018). The tricky process of returning Nazi-looted art. France 24. 2 October.

American couple lose appeal to keep Pissarro painting looted by Nazis

(France; United States of America)

AFP (2018). American couple lose appeal to keep Pissarro painting looted by Nazis. The Telegraph. 2 October.

Chinese residents flock to dig 'ancient silver coins' in the debris of collapsed houses after typhoon Mangkhut left

(China)

AFP (2018). Chinese residents flock to dig 'ancient silver coins' in the debris of collapsed houses after typhoon Mangkhut left. The Daily Mail. 18 September.

France weighs how to return Africa's plundered art

(France; Benin)

AFP (2018). France weighs how to return Africa's plundered art. The Local. 27 May.

Cyprus hands Egypt ancient artefacts stolen in 1980s

(Egypt; Cyprus)

AFP (2018). Cyprus hands Egypt ancient artefacts stolen in 1980s. News24. 2 May.

'Golden cabbage' leaves stolen off Vienna landmark

(Austria)

AFP (2018). 'Golden cabbage' leaves stolen off Vienna landmark. The Local. 25 April.

New York Met returns stolen idols to Nepal

(Nepal; United States of America)

AFP (2018). New York Met returns stolen idols to Nepal. The Nation. 5 April.

Taiwan samurai sword attacker jailed for 7 years

(Taiwan)

AFP (2018). Taiwan samurai sword attacker jailed for 7 years. Channel NewsAsia. 22 March.

Dutch experts doubt authenticity of rare 'Hitler' painting

(Netherlands)

AFP (2017). Dutch experts doubt authenticity of rare 'Hitler' painting. The Japan Times. 28 December.

France saves Marquis de Sade's 120 Days of Sodom from auction

(France)

AFP (2017). France saves Marquis de Sade's 120 Days of Sodom from auction. Guardian. 18 December.

Peru recovers 79 pre-Hispanic textiles from Sweden

(Peru; Sweden)

AFP (2017). Peru recovers 79 pre-Hispanic textiles from Sweden. The Nation. 17 December.

Looted Angkor jewellery returned to Cambodia

(Cambodia; United Kingdom)

AFP (2017). Looted Angkor jewellery returned to Cambodia. The Hindu. 7 December.

Ukraine and Russia fight over Crimean heritage

(Ukraine; Russia)

AFP (2017). Ukraine and Russia fight over Crimean heritage. The New Indian Express. 28 September.

Timbuktu's ancient mausoleums protect city again

(Mali)

AFP (2017). Timbuktu's ancient mausoleums protect city again. African Independent. 26 August.

400 Viking objects stolen in Norway museum heist

(Norway)

AFP (2017). 400 Viking objects stolen in Norway museum heist. The Express Tribune. 20 August.

Samurai Sword Attack Outside Taiwan Presidential Office

(Taiwan)

AFP (2017). Samurai Sword Attack Outside Taiwan Presidential Office. NDTV. 18 August.

Bombed and looted ancient Cambodian city poised for rebirth

(Cambodia)

AFP (2017). Bombed and looted ancient Cambodian city poised for rebirth. Maylay Mail. 11 August.

U.S. tug of war over disputed relic from Lebanon

(United States of America; Lebanon)

AFP (2017). U.S. tug of war over disputed relic from Lebanon. The Daily Star. 4 August.

First works from Nazi-era art hoard arrive at Swiss museum

(Germany; Switzerland)

AFP (2017). First works from Nazi-era art hoard arrive at Swiss museum. The Local. 9 July.

Teenagers rescued from Paris catacombs after three-day ordeal

(France)

AFP (2017). Teenagers rescued from Paris catacombs after three-day ordeal. The Guardian. 14 June.

'Stolen' book of world leaders' autographs turns up in Spain

(Serbia; Spain)

AFP (2017). 'Stolen' book of world leaders' autographs turns up in Spain. The Local. 31 May.

Bulgaria recovers over 5,000 antiquities in joint anti-smuggling op with Turkey, France

(Bulgaria; France; Turkey)

AFP (2017). Bulgaria recovers over 5,000 antiquities in joint anti-smuggling op with Turkey, France. Daily Sabah. 26 May.

Million-euro crown stolen from Lyon museum

(France)

AFP (2017). Million-euro crown stolen from Lyon museum. RFI. 14 May.

Paris cabbie returns US$1.6m artwork forgotten in boot of his taxi

(France)

AFP (2017). Paris cabbie returns US$1.6m artwork forgotten in boot of his taxi. South China Morning Post. 3 May.

Lowest bidders threaten Nepal's quake-hit heritage

(Nepal)

AFP (2017). Lowest bidders threaten Nepal's quake-hit heritage. The Daily Mail. 24 March.

Serbia returns precious stolen violin to France

(Serbia; France; Italy)

AFP (2017). Serbia returns precious stolen violin to France. Yahoo News. 23 March.

Chinese police arrest dinosaur-egg bandit

(China)

AFP (2017). Chinese police arrest dinosaur-egg bandit. The Straits Times. 20 March.

Priceless Van Goghs or just plain art?

(United States of America)

AFP (2017). Priceless Van Goghs or just plain art?. The Daily Mail. 16 March.

In Mosul, a long-term battle to repair Iraq's heritage

(Iraq)

AFP (2017). In Mosul, a long-term battle to repair Iraq's heritage. The Jordan Times. 26 February.

South Korea ex-culture minister charged over artist blacklist

(South Korea)

AFP (2017). South Korea ex-culture minister charged over artist blacklist. Art Daily. 11 February.

Indian cops arrest US businessman over idol smuggling

(India)

AFP (2017). Indian cops arrest US businessman over idol smuggling. The Daily Mail. 8 February.

Ex-owner of Hitler house sues Austria

(Austria)

AFP (2017). Ex-owner of Hitler house sues Austria. Art Daily. 1 February.

Belgians face decade in prison for Auschwitz theft

(Poland; Belgium)

AFP (2017). Belgians face decade in prison for Auschwitz theft. The Times of Israel. 31 January.

'Spider-Man' burglar on trial over €100m Paris art theft

(France)

AFP (2017). 'Spider-Man' burglar on trial over €100m Paris art theft. The Guardian. 30 January.

South Korea's culture minister Cho Yoon Sun resigns after arrest over arts blacklist

(South Korea)

AFP (2017). South Korea's culture minister Cho Yoon Sun resigns after arrest over arts blacklist. The Straits Times. 21 January.

Italy to return stolen Van Goghs to Dutch museum soon

(Netherlands; Italy)

AFP (2017). Italy to return stolen Van Goghs to Dutch museum soon. AFP. 19 January.

Meet the Indian art enthusiasts who are using Facebook to bring home stolen antiquities

(India)

AFP (2017). Meet the Indian art enthusiasts who are using Facebook to bring home stolen antiquities. The Economic Times. 3 January.

Facebook sleuths bring home India's stolen idols

(India)

AFP (2017). Facebook sleuths bring home India's stolen idols. The Daily Mail. 3 January.

French art experts blast Seoul over 'fake' painting

(South Korea)

AFP (2016). French art experts blast Seoul over 'fake' painting. Bangkok Post. 28 December.

Napoleon's pillaged works of art on show in Rome

(Italy)

AFP (2016). Napoleon's pillaged works of art on show in Rome. Shanghai Daily. 17 December.

Nations set to approve heritage protection fund

(United Arab Emirates)

AFP (2016). Nations set to approve heritage protection fund. The Daily Mail. 3 December.

Five Nobel winners urge action to protect heritage sites

(United Arab Emirates)

AFP (2016). Five Nobel winners urge action to protect heritage sites. The Economic Times. 2 December.

Taiwan museum removes defaced statues given by Jackie Chan

(Taiwan; China)

AFP (2016). Taiwan museum removes defaced statues given by Jackie Chan. Emirates 24/7. 14 November.

Iraqi heritage sites again at risk in Mosul operation

(Iraq)

AFP (2016). Iraqi heritage sites again at risk in Mosul operation. The Daily Mail. 31 October.

French minister says stolen art may fund terror via 'free ports'

(France)

AFP (2016). French minister says stolen art may fund terror via 'free ports'. Yahoo News. 6 October.

Greek police bust 'antiquities smuggling ring'

(Greece)

AFP (2016). Greek police bust 'antiquities smuggling ring'. 7 News. 5 October.

Egypt bans statues that do not have official government approval

(Egypt)

AFP (2016). Egypt bans statues that do not have official government approval. The Guardian. 7 September.

Timbuktu attacks in focus as jihadi's International Criminal Court trial opens

(Mali)

AFP (2016). Timbuktu attacks in focus as jihadi's International Criminal Court trial opens. The Japan Times. 19 August.

US places import restrictions to protect Syrian artifacts

(Syria; United States of America)

AFP (2016). US places import restrictions to protect Syrian artifacts. The Daily Mail. 17 August.

Chilean filmmakers demand British repatriation of Easter Island statue

(Chile; United Kingdom)

AFP (2016). Chilean filmmakers demand British repatriation of Easter Island statue. 9 News. 12 August.

Franz Kafka literary legal battle ends as Israel's high court rules in favor of library

(Israel)

AFP (2016). Franz Kafka literary legal battle ends as Israel's high court rules in favor of library. The Guardian. 8 August.

Salafists blow up 16-century mosque in Yemen

(Yemen)

AFP (2016). Salafists blow up 16-century mosque in Yemen. Al Arabiya. 31 July.

Dali, De Lempicka stolen from Dutch museum 'found after seven years'

(Netherlands)

AFP (2016). Dali, De Lempicka stolen from Dutch museum 'found after seven years'. Luxemburger Wort. 27 July.

Van Gogh and Monet paintings seized in 1MDB corruption investigation

(Switzerland; Singapore; United States of America; Malaysia)

AFP (2016). Van Gogh and Monet paintings seized in 1MDB corruption investigation. The Guardian. 23 July.

Cambodia cracks down on scantily clad visitors to Angkor

(Cambodia)

AFP (2016). Cambodia cracks down on scantily clad visitors to Angkor. The Guardian. 7 July.

Rocky future for Somalia's ancient cave art

(Somalia)

AFP (2016). Rocky future for Somalia's ancient cave art. The Daily Mail. 26 June.

Art dealer arrested in Chennai for suspected temple artefacts theft

(India)

AFP (2016). Art dealer arrested in Chennai for suspected temple artefacts theft. Hindustan Times. 22 June.

Malaysian artist charged for depicting PM as clown

(Malaysia)

AFP (2016). Malaysian artist charged for depicting PM as clown. The Daily Mail. 6 June.

Syrian troops looting ancient city Palmyra, says archaeologist

(Syria)

AFP (2016). Syrian troops looting ancient city Palmyra, says archaeologist. The Guardian. 1 June.

Ukranian art buyer hands back stolen Dutch masterpiece

(Ukraine; Netherlands)

AFP (2016). Ukranian art buyer hands back stolen Dutch masterpiece. 7 News. 31 May.

Native Americans step up fight over sacred object auctions

(United States of America; France)

AFP (2016). Native Americans step up fight over sacred object auctions. The Daily Mail. 24 May.

Italian police recover jewels stolen in €3m heist organised by Russian woman

(Italy; Russia)

AFP (2016). Italian police recover jewels stolen in €3m heist organised by Russian woman. The Guardian. 14 April.

Stolen Edvard Munch artwork recovered after seven years

(Norway)

AFP (2016). Stolen Edvard Munch artwork recovered after seven years. The Guardian. 6 April.

Wikimedia's free photo database of artworks violates copyright, court rules

(Sweden)

AFP (2016). Wikimedia's free photo database of artworks violates copyright, court rules. The Guardian. 5 April.

Swiss, German museums to show Nazi-era art hoard

(Switzerland; Germany)

AFP (2016). Swiss, German museums to show Nazi-era art hoard. 7 News. 5 April.

Stolen artefacts stashed by British art dealer are returned to Italy

(Italy; United Kingdom)

AFP (2016). Stolen artefacts stashed by British art dealer are returned to Italy. The Guardian. 22 March.

Thai gardener whose $20 mn heist caused Blue Diamond Affair becomes monk

(Thailand; Saudi Arabia)

AFP (2016). Thai gardener whose $20 mn heist caused Blue Diamond Affair becomes monk. Hindustan Times. 17 March.

'The toilets were absolutely full of crucifixes': Two elderly people arrested over theft of religious items

(France)

AFP (2016). 'The toilets were absolutely full of crucifixes': Two elderly people arrested over theft of religious items. The Journal. 6 March.

Looted ancient sculptures found in Slovenia refugee tent

(Slovenia)

AFP (2016). Looted ancient sculptures found in Slovenia refugee tent. The Straits Times. 3 March.

Destruction of Timbuktu sites shocked humanity, prosecutor tells ICC

(Mali)

AFP (2016). Destruction of Timbuktu sites shocked humanity, prosecutor tells ICC. The Guardian. 1 March.

Romanian police seize stolen archaeological treasures

(Romania)

AFP (2016). Romanian police seize stolen archaeological treasures. Phys.org. 29 February.

Ecuador muestra 567 bienes patrimoniales repatriados de España y Argentina

(Ecuador; Argentina; Spain)

Ecuador displays 567 cultural objects repatriated from Spain and Argentina

AFP (2016). Ecuador muestra 567 bienes patrimoniales repatriados de España y Argentina. Ecuavisa. 3 February.

Picasso painting seized in Turkey dismissed as fake

(Turkey)

AFP (2016). Picasso painting seized in Turkey dismissed as fake. Hurriyet Daily News. 2 February.

France's Guimet Museum returns looted statue head to national museum in Phnom Penh

(Cambodia; France)

AFP (2016). France's Guimet Museum returns looted statue head to national museum in Phnom Penh. Art Daily. 20 January.

German team probing stolen Nazi art defends slow progress

(Germany)

AFP (2016). German team probing stolen Nazi art defends slow progress. The Times of Israel. 14 January.

Ancient obelisk becomes makeshift memorial in Istanbul

(Turkey)

AFP (2016). Ancient obelisk becomes makeshift memorial in Istanbul. News 24. 14 January.

Taiwan statues donated by Jackie Chan defaced with anti-China graffiti

(Taiwan)

AFP (2015). Taiwan statues donated by Jackie Chan defaced with anti-China graffiti. The Guardian. 31 December.

Two British teens to face trial over Auschwitz theft

(Poland; United Kingdom)

AFP (2015). Two British teens to face trial over Auschwitz theft. Yahoo News. 30 December.

Pope denounces destruction of cultural heritage

(General)

AFP (2015). Pope denounces destruction of cultural heritage. Manila Bulletin. 26 December.

Figurine from sophisticated ancient South African society creates culture war over whether it should be allowed to tour abroad

(South Africa)

AFP (2015). Figurine from sophisticated ancient South African society creates culture war over whether it should be allowed to tour abroad. The Japan Times. 18 December.

Concern for Libya UNESCO site after Islamic State said to take over

(Libya)

AFP (2015). Concern for Libya UNESCO site after Islamic State said to take over. The Times of Israel. 12 December.

European states urge action against IS antiquities dealing

(General)

AFP (2015). European states urge action against IS antiquities dealing. Yahoo News. 8 December.

Monaco gives OK to million-dollar art fraud trial

(Monaco)

AFP (2015). Monaco gives OK to million-dollar art fraud trial. News 24. 13 November.

Family Rift Clouds Death of Top South Korean Artist

(South Korea)

AFP (2015). Family Rift Clouds Death of Top South Korean Artist. Khmer Times. 28 October.

Painting damaged in Taiwan could be a fake

(Taiwan)

AFP (2015). Painting damaged in Taiwan could be a fake. Sky News. 26 August.

New book raises moral questions regarding weapons dealer's Nazi-era art collection

(Switzerland)

AFP (2015). New book raises moral questions regarding weapons dealer's Nazi-era art collection. The Japan Times. 25 August.

Monk jailed for Buddha statue theft

(Japan; South Korea)

AFP (2015). Monk jailed for Buddha statue theft. IOL. 13 August.

Would the real Manneken Pis please stand up?

(Belgium)

AFP (2015). Would the real Manneken Pis please stand up?. The Telegraph. 5 August.

UNESCO lists Yemen world heritage sites as endangered

(Yemen)

AFP (2015). UNESCO lists Yemen world heritage sites as endangered. Art Daily. 3 July.

Isis militants destroy 2,000-year-old statue of lion at Palmyra

(Syria)

AFP (2015). Isis militants destroy 2,000-year-old statue of lion at Palmyra. The Guardian. 2 July.

Almost a third of China's Great Wall has disappeared

(China)

AFP (2015). Almost a third of China's Great Wall has disappeared. The Guardian. 29 June.

Spanish police return art stolen from Swedish churches

(Spain; Sweden)

AFP (2015). Spanish police return art stolen from Swedish churches. Yahoo News. 22 June.

Turkey ruling Justice and Development Party nails giant election banner into Roman aqueduct

(Turkey)

AFP (2015). Turkey ruling Justice and Development Party nails giant election banner into Roman aqueduct. Art Daily. 26 May.

Guggenheim vs Guggenheim in French court over art treasures housed in Venice

(Italy; France)

AFP (2015). Guggenheim vs Guggenheim in French court over art treasures housed in Venice. Art Daily. 18 May.

A Nepal temple will receive devotees today amid fears of looting

(Nepal)

AFP (2015). A Nepal temple will receive devotees today amid fears of looting. Deccan Chronicle. 4 May.

A Nepal temple will receive devotees today amid fears of looting

(Nepal)

AFP (2015). A Nepal temple will receive devotees today amid fears of looting. Deccan Chronicle. 4 May.

Germany says Pissarro painting from Gurlitt trove to be returned

(Germany)

AFP (2015). Germany says Pissarro painting from Gurlitt trove to be returned. Yahoo News. 1 April.

Greece condemns British Museum's refusal to allow mediation over ancient Parthenon sculptures

(Greece; United Kingdom)

AFP (2015). Greece condemns British Museum's refusal to allow mediation over ancient Parthenon sculptures. ABC Australia. 29 March.

UN vows to step up Iraq heritage protection

(Iraq)

AFP (2015). UN vows to step up Iraq heritage protection. Yahoo News. 28 March.

Macedonia museum staff guilty of trafficking artefacts

(Macedonia)

AFP (2015). Macedonia museum staff guilty of trafficking artefacts. Ahram Online. 20 March.

Looted ancient statues returned to Cambodia from US

(Cambodia; United States of America)

AFP (2014). Looted ancient statues returned to Cambodia from US. ABC Australia. 4 June.

Ancient statues stolen from Sudan heritage site

(Sudan)

AFP (2014). Ancient statues stolen from Sudan heritage site. The Sun Daily. 2 April.

Italy heritage sleuths launch stolen art app

(Italy)

AFP (2014). Italy heritage sleuths launch stolen art app. Digital Journal. 2 April.

Crimean museums fear loss of ancient treasures

(Ukraine; Netherlands)

AFP (2014). Crimean museums fear loss of ancient treasures. Global Times. 27 March.