Stolen antiquities are returned

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Two ancient statues stolen in the 1980s from Italian museums are now back home, thanks in part to an officer from the Italian police's art squad, who spotted one of them in a New York gallery while on holiday in the US.

The bronze statue of the Greek god Zeus and a marble female torso, left, both dating from the 1st century, had ended up in the hands of a dealer and a collector in New York, officials in Rome said yesterday. The bronze and the torso are each valued at around £430,000.