British Museum to return looted antiquities to Iraq

British Museum to return looted antiquities to Iraq

London : The British Museum said yesterday it is returning to Iraq a collection of 5,000-year-old looted antiquities seized from a London dealer shortly after the US-led invasion in 2003. The eight objects were confiscated by police in May that year after the dealer failed to produce proof of ownership, and were passed to the museum for analysis earlier this year.

Three of the objects carry Sumerian inscriptions which identify their origin as the Eninnu temple in the ancient city of Girsu, now known as Tello, in southern Iraq. Their identification was made easier by the fact that Tello is one of the excavation sites where the British Museum has been training Iraqi archaeologists since 2016.

“The other items are identical to objects known from excavations at Tello and most likely also originate from the same site,” the museum said in a statement. The objects are believed to have been removed at night by a small number of people over a short period of time -- the scale of the looting is more limited than elsewhere in southern Iraq.




Italy driver hijacks, torches school bus

Italy driver hijacks, torches school bus

Italian police on Wednesday rescued 51 children taken hostage by their school bus driver, who doused the vehicle in petrol and set it alight apparently in protest at migrant deaths in the Mediterranean. Some of the children were tied u

Federer, Nadal set up semi-final showdown

Federer, Nadal set up semi-final showdown

Rafael Nadal withstood the challenge of Russian Karen Khachanov to set up a blockbuster semi-final with Roger Federer at the ATP Indian Wells Masters Friday despite a flareup of right knee trouble that required mid-match treatment. World number two Nadal, the highest seed left in the draw after t

Hami snatches Australian pole

Hami snatches Australian pole

Mercedes’ world champion Lewis Hamilton picked up where he left off last year to reassert his authority and snatch a record-extending eighth pole position at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix yesterday. The Briton clocked a fastest lap of one minute 20.486 to narrowly pip team-mate V

Zidane makes winning start

Zidane makes winning start

Zinedine Zidane brought Real Madrid’s outcasts in from the cold and they repaid him with a win in his first game back as Isco and Gareth Bale each scored in a 2-0 victory over Celta Vigo yesterday. Isco had not started a single La Liga game under Santiago Solari but opened the scoring here

Oscar debate: Amazon Studios hopes for common ground

Oscar debate: Amazon Studios hopes for common ground

Should films made for streaming giants like Amazon Studios and Netflix be banned from contention at the Oscars? That’s not going to work in the ecosystem of this evolving business, says Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke. Instead, there is a need to find common ground. Netflix’s &ldqu


The winning formula

The winning formula

With the Formula one spectacle revving hard around the corner, the time has come around for Bahrain to unleash its sparkle to the global audience like a pearl for which it is always known for. The archipelago in the Arabian Gulf, whose

Lawyer ordered to pay BD1,300 fine

Lawyer ordered to pay BD1,300 fine

A Bahraini lawyer was ordered by the Labour Court to pay over BD1,300 to a female Bahraini lawyer for arbitrarily sacking her from work. The incident occurred when the female Bahraini lawyer was working at his office as a trainee for a

Bahrain, Kuwait conclude Taawun4 drill

Bahrain, Kuwait conclude Taawun4 drill

The Joint Commands Drill (Taawun4) held with the participation of Bahrain and Kuwait concluded yesterday. On behalf of the National Guard Commander General Shaikh Mohammed bin Isa Al Khalifa, the National Guard Staff Director Major-Gen

Boosting energy ties

Boosting energy ties

Bahraini and German experiences when combined would pave the way for attaining great strides in boosting energy efficiency in both countries, said Electricity and Water Affairs Minister Dr Abdulhussain Mirza. The minister was holding a

Camping popularity on the rise

Camping popularity on the rise

Camping season in the southern governorate recorded a 75 per cent jump in registered users, which according to the Southern Governor also ended safely with 42pc fewer security cases and 25pc fewer accidents. The data was revealed by So

Gulf Air fastest growing in ME

Gulf Air fastest growing in ME

Gulf Air, Bahrain’s national carrier, has been awarded as the Fastest Growing Airline in the Middle East at the 19th Airline Marketing Workshop organised by Athens International Airport. The event takes place annually in Athens a