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British respond viciously to Iranian hostage takers

The FT tells it all . Clever, those Brits, to send such a subtle message in such an effective way…an elegant form of economic sanctions…

Iran ruling could hamper efforts against black market in antiquities

By Nikki Tait, Law Courts correspondent

Published: March 30 2007 03:00 | Last updated: March 30 2007 03:00

Countries that try to combat the black market for looted antiquities and protect their architectural heritage could be hampered by a High Court judgment yesterday.

In a decision that could have wide ramifications, a judge ruled that the Islamic Republic of Iran was not entitled to recover more than a dozen artefacts dating back to the second and third millennium BC, which had allegedly been excavated illegally and smuggled out of the country.

Michael LedeenMichael Ledeen is an American historian, philosopher, foreign-policy analyst, and writer. He is a former consultant to the National Security Council, the Department of State, and the Department of Defense. ...

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