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    Antiquities Returned to Afghanistan

    Antiquities are displayed in the Kabul Museum in Kabul on August 5, 2012. Hundreds of archaeological treasures looted from Afghanistan were returned to the war-torn country's National Museum August 5 after being recovered with the help of the British Museum. Many of the 843 artefacts were seized as they were being smuggled into Britain after some 70 percent of the museum's contents were stolen during Afghanistan's civil war in the early 1990s. AFP PHOTO/ SHAH MARAI        (Photo credit should read SHAH MARAI/AFP/GettyImages)

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    More than 800 pieces of Afghanistan’s cultural history that disappeared in the chaos of the country’s civil war have been returned to the nation’s capital. The British Museum of London helped arrange for the recovery of the 843 artifacts returned to Afghanistan in a ceremony Sunday, including some pieces that are as much as 4,000 years old. Thousands of pieces that once rested in Afghanistan’s National Museum were destroyed during the civil war that swept the country in the 1990s, and hundreds of other priceless objects, including many of the pieces returned Sunday, were scattered around the world on the black market.

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