Theft of Madonna church painting puzzles Belgian police

The Madonna, a representation of Mary, often depicted with her child Jesus, is a central icon for the Catholic and Orthodox churches. Pictured is ‘Madonna in the rose-garden’ by Stefan Lochner, 1448, which is not the stolen painting from Belgium. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

BRUSSELS (AP) – It’s probably not a long-lost painting by Michelangelo. It almost certainly wasn’t stolen by a sophisticated gang of international art thieves. But the disappearance of a painting that a priest claimed resembled a work by the Renaissance master has Belgian investigators scratching their heads.

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Jewish museum attack suspect on trial in Belgium

Jewish Museum of Belgium photographed in 2009 by Michel Wal. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported, 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic license.

BRUSSELS (AP) – The trial of a man accused of shooting dead four people at a Jewish museum in Belgium in 2014 after fighting alongside extremists in Syria started in Brussels on Thursday amid high security.

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Four on trial over theft of huge gold coin from Berlin museum

Gold Maple Leaf, Vorderseite, copyright Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Munzkabinett; Photo: Reinhard Saczewski

BERLIN (AP) – Four young men have gone on trial over the brazen theft of a 100-kilogram (221-pound) Canadian gold coin from a Berlin museum.

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Nazi-looted painting returned to Jewish heirs in Germany

Thomas Couture, ‘Portrait of a Seated Young Woman,’ 1850-1855). This is a faithful photographic reproduction of a two-dimensional, public domain work of art.

BERLIN (AP) – Officials have returned a painting looted by the Nazis to heirs of a Jewish French politician and resistance figure who was executed during World War II.

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Egypt repatriates smuggled ancient artifact from UK

The smuggled relief with cartouche of King Amenhotep I from ancient Egypt’s 18th dynasty. Image courtesy of the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities

CAIRO (AP) – Egypt’s Antiquities Ministry says it has repatriated an illegally smuggled artifact from the United Kingdom.

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Man gets 5-10 years in prison for not fixing antique cars

Judge’s gavel. Image by Jonathunder, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International, 3.0 Unported, 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic license.

DOVER, N.H. (AP) – An antique car repairman in New Hampshire has been sentenced to five to 10 years in state prison for taking more than $187,000 from customers and not fixing their vehicles.

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Miami billionaire, museum donor settles fraud complaint

MIAMI (AP) – A Miami biotech billionaire with his name on the city’s science museum says he has reached an agreement with the Securities and Exchange Commission to settle a civil complaint of stock fraud.

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Painting stolen in WWII is heading from US to Ukraine

Painted in 1911 by Mikhail Panin, ‘Secret Departure of Ivan the Terrible Before the Oprichina’ went missing in World War II. The U.S. Attorney’s Office included this photo in a forfeiture complaint filed on Dec. 21, 2018. Image courtesy U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. (AP) – A painting that was stolen during World War II and later spent decades in a Connecticut home will be returned to an art museum in Ukraine, according to U.S. and Ukrainian officials.

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Princeton sued over allegedly stolen manuscripts

One of the manuscripts that the Eastern Orthodox Church is seeking to reclaim from Princeton University. Princeton University Press image

PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) – The leader of the Eastern Orthodox churches is suing Princeton University for the return of four historic manuscripts allegedly stolen from a Greek monastery during World War I.

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New Mexico tribe celebrates return of pueblo cultural items

Aerial view of Acoma Sky City. Image by Marshall Henrie. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Tribal and federal officials celebrated the return Wednesday of dozens of cultural items to Acoma Pueblo’s nearly 1,000-year-old village in New Mexico after the tribe spent years pressing for the repatriations of ceremonial items from galleries, auction houses and private collections worldwide.

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