Stolen Gods 6 stolen idols worth Rs 8 cr found in WB /entry/DNA20176-stole.html Sun Aug 06 2017 07:58:51 GMT+0000 (UTC) DNA (India)

DNA, 6th Aug 2017.

They had fake documents meant to help smuggle the pieces, including one from NASA (?!)

La 'banda de las campanas' que arrasa las iglesias rurales: "No van a dejar ni una" (The 'Bells gang" that devastate rural churches: "they won't leave a single one") /entry/Brunat2017La-band.html Sun Aug 06 2017 08:04:23 GMT+0000 (UTC) David Brunat (Spain)

El Confidencial, 6th Aug 2017.

A spate of histoic bell thefts in the region, probably to be sold as scrap.

Detenido tras robar donativos de los feligreses y un cofre del siglo XVIII de una iglesia de Puente Genil (Arrest made for theft of parishioner donations and 18th century chest from Puente Genil church) /entry/ABC-Spain2017Detenid.html Sun Aug 06 2017 07:56:09 GMT+0000 (UTC) ABC Spain (Spain)

ABC Spain, 5th Aug 2017.

Chest was donated to the parish in 1956.

Despite smuggled antiquities purchase, some say criticism of Bible museum is unfair /entry/Wecker2017Despite.html Sat Aug 05 2017 18:12:57 GMT+0000 (UTC) Menachem Wecker (United States of America)

Salt Lake Tribune, 3rd Aug 2017.

Alleging inaccurately that those scholars who are upset about the Greens buying looted antiquities are so because they are Evangelical Christians.

More than £250,000 needed for alarms for Norfolk's churches /entry/KL2017More-th.html Sat Aug 05 2017 18:34:43 GMT+0000 (UTC) KL (United Kingdom)

KL, 3rd Aug 2017.

Trying to alarm 200 churches against lead roof theft.

Tribal leaders, HSI partnering to help prevent plundering of Indian artifacts /entry/ICE2017Tribal-.html Sat Aug 05 2017 18:16:50 GMT+0000 (UTC) ICE (United States of America)

ICE, 3rd Aug 2017.

Representatives from the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) participated in a symposium on the topic.

The real cost of looting /entry/frontier2017the-real.html Thu Aug 03 2017 19:20:33 GMT+0000 (UTC) Frontier (Myanmar)

Fontier, 3rd Aug 2017.

"How many of us would actually hand back family heirlooms to a museum in a country we've never visited?"

Idol theft Temple officials including priests in TN booked for theft of six ancient idols /entry/dna2017idol-the.html Thu Aug 03 2017 19:14:40 GMT+0000 (UTC) DNA (India)

DNA Info, 3rd Aug 2017.

Those expected to protect ancient idols are those who are being arrested for their theft.

Seven Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment department officials booked for theft of 6 idols /entry/TNN2017Seven-H.html Thu Aug 03 2017 19:00:06 GMT+0000 (UTC) TNN (India)

The Times of India, 2nd Aug 2017.

Theft of six panchaloha idols from two temples in Thanjavur district

Antique smugglers' mantra: Raze temples, strike gold /entry/Menon2017Antique.html Thu Aug 03 2017 18:58:40 GMT+0000 (UTC) Jaya Menon (India)

The Times of India, 2nd Aug 2017.

Sacred architectural elements also have an illicit market

Ancient temple chariot from Tamil Nadu on sale for Rs 96 lakh /entry/Menon2017Ancient.html Thu Aug 03 2017 18:57:27 GMT+0000 (UTC) Jaya Menon (India)

The Times of Israel, 2nd Aug 2017.

It could be over 100 years old and could be being sold illegally

Antiques smuggling: 'Kingpin' loaned artefacts to museum to get legal tag /entry/TNN2017Antique.html Thu Aug 03 2017 19:01:48 GMT+0000 (UTC) TNN (India)

The Times of India, 31st Jul 2017.

The Antiquities act says antiquities kept in a museum don't have the same registration requirements.

OPINION: US should give Balangiga Bells back to Philippines, then leave Duterte to China /entry/Bandow2017OPINION.html Sat Aug 05 2017 18:32:49 GMT+0000 (UTC) Doug Bandow (Philippines; United States of America)

Marianas Variety, 31st Jul 2017.

Bells taken in 1901 by US troops.

A tiny police wing is trying to bring back the thousands of idols stolen from Tamil Nadu /entry/Govindarajan2017A-tiny-.html Mon Jul 31 2017 07:38:12 GMT+0000 (UTC) Vinita Govindarajan (India)

Scroll, 30th Jul 2017.

"Recently, the Madras High Court observed that of the 29 personnel sanctioned for the Idol Wing, 9 positions were vacant."

Israel bans men under 50 from disputed Jerusalem holy site /entry/Reuters2017Israel-.html Mon Jul 31 2017 07:38:12 GMT+0000 (UTC) Reuters (Palestine; Israel)

Cyprus Mail, 28th Jul 2017.

Two police officers have been killed and metal detectors were place then removed at Old City's Al-Aqsa mosque.

Bombay HC quashes lower court order to release passport of antiques 'smuggler' /entry/Express-News-Service2017Bombay-.html Mon Jul 31 2017 07:38:12 GMT+0000 (UTC) Express News Service (India)

The Indian Express, 28th Jul 2017.

Looks like Vijay Nanda, out on bail, will not be getting his American passport back.

Missing a creative curator /entry/Dixit2017Missing.html Mon Jul 31 2017 07:38:12 GMT+0000 (UTC) Kanak Mani Dixit (Nepal)

Nepali Times, 28th Jul 2017.

The loss of Dina Bangdel, who continued her fathers legacy of working to return looted sacred art to Nepal.

Stained-glass medallion stolen from North Branch cemetery /entry/Davis2017Stained.html Mon Jul 31 2017 07:38:12 GMT+0000 (UTC) Matthew Davis (United States of America)

The Catholic Spirit, 28th Jul 2017.

"I cry when I think about it,'' said Loretta McBride, 77, who made the 30-and-a-half inch medallion for a cemetery sign around 12 years ago"

PH demands return of Balangiga bells seized by U.S. /entry/santos2017ph-deman.html Mon Jul 31 2017 07:38:12 GMT+0000 (UTC) Elmor P. Santos (Philippines; United States of America)

CNN, 26th Jul 2017.

Duterte calls for the bells taken from a church in Samar during the Philippine-American war.

Cospicua parish church gets security alarms /entry/martin2017cospicua.html Mon Jul 31 2017 07:38:12 GMT+0000 (UTC) Ivan Martin (Malta)

Times of Malta, 26th Jul 2017.

After paintings and gold objects were stolen over the weekend.

After IS, Mosul rebuilds monuments, mosques – and society /entry/Kalin2017After-I.html Mon Jul 31 2017 07:38:12 GMT+0000 (UTC) Stephen Kalin (Iraq)

Reuters, 26th Jul 2017.

Trying reconstruction of heritage spaces to reconstruction of identity

Icon centres getting ready to house idol /entry/rajaram2017icon-cen.html Mon Jul 31 2017 07:38:12 GMT+0000 (UTC) R. Rajaram (India)

The Hindu, 25th Jul 2017.

The centres are meant to house idols from temples with poor security in places that aren't all so very far from home.

Israel removes flashpoint metal detectors at Jerusalem holy site /entry/bbc-news2017israel-r.html Mon Jul 31 2017 07:38:12 GMT+0000 (UTC) BBC News (Palestine; Israel)

BBC News, 25th Jul 2017.

"There were deadly clashes after the metal detectors were set up, which Palestinians saw as an Israeli attempt to assert control over the site."

Sacred ancient objects returned to Australian Indigenous leaders after centuries /entry/the-sun-daily2017sacred-a.html Mon Jul 31 2017 07:38:12 GMT+0000 (UTC) The Sun Daily (Australia)

The Sun Daily, 24th Jul 2017.

Victorian Museums returned 26 items to the Arrernte of the Northern Territory.

New Zealand family's gift bridges 165 years, heals colonial wounds /entry/goldberg2017new-zeal.html Mon Jul 31 2017 07:38:12 GMT+0000 (UTC) Jacob Goldberg (Myanmar; New Zealand)

Coconuts Yangon, 24th Jul 2017.

Great repatriation story, a must read. Voluntary from the family of a British soldier who took it.

Idol smuggling theft of nat'l treasure: HC /entry/TNN2017Idol-sm.html Thu Aug 03 2017 18:51:48 GMT+0000 (UTC) TNN (India)

The Times of India, 22nd Jul 2017.

Idol theft, according to the judge, is "not an ordinary case of commercial conspiracy and theft"

IG Manickavel to handle idol theft cases /entry/The-Hindu2017IG-Mani.html Mon Jul 24 2017 11:17:31 GMT+0000 (UTC) The Hindu (India)

The Hindu, 22nd Jul 2017.

The Inspector-General will head the probe into temple idol theft cases and expedite the trials associated with them.

Set up camp for idol theft cases in a week: Madras High Court /entry/Express-News-Service2017Set-up-.html Mon Jul 24 2017 11:17:31 GMT+0000 (UTC) Express News Service (India)

The New Indian Express, 22nd Jul 2017.

An "effective and speedy disposal of the cases, on a day-to-day basis" will be interesting for sure!

Kapoor produced before court /entry/The-Hindu2017Kapoor-.html Mon Jul 24 2017 11:17:31 GMT+0000 (UTC) The Hindu (India)

The Hindu, 21st Jul 2017.

Specifically regarding "theft of idols from a temple at Suthamalli in Ariyalur district in 2008."

HC denies advance bail to suspected idol smuggler /entry/The-Hindu2017HC-deni.html Mon Jul 24 2017 11:17:31 GMT+0000 (UTC) The Hindu (India)

The Hindu, 21st Jul 2017.

Sharad Kumar Dugar is accused of being an associate of Subash Kapoor