As in Mali, damage to cultural heritage sites in Syria has taken on a political angle with the government and insurgents each blaming the other for deliberate destruction and looting. While objects looted in Syria reportedly are being traded through Jordan and Turkey, Turkey announced plans to construct, and fill, the largest museum of civilizations by 2023. In Egypt, an article quoted the reappointed Minister of State for Antiquities on seeking funding and cooperation to complete restoration of historic sites and counter trafficking. Coincidentally, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol seized two Egyptian sarcophagi at the U.S.-Mexico border near Laredo. On the lighter side, early sketches of characters from The Muppets are schedule to go up for auction in Hollywood, California.
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