Hobby Lobby to Forfeit Ancient Iraqi Artifacts in Settlement with U.S. DOJ

By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES, July 6 – Arts and crafts retailer Hobby Lobby has agreed to forfeit thousands of illegally smuggled ancient Middle Eastern artifacts obtained from antiquities dealers for a Bible museum headed by its president, the company and U.S. officials said on Wednesday. The forfeiture will include some 5,500 artifacts purchased by

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Daesh Nets Millions from Antiquities: Russia

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS, April 6 -Daesh militants in Syria and Iraq are netting between $150 million and $200 million a year from illicit trade in plundered antiquities, Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations said in a letter released on Wednesday. “Around 100,000 cultural objects of global importance, including 4,500 archaeological sites, nine of

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