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Italy Welcomes Return of Three Artifacts

Italy's Culture Minister Rocco Buttiglione has welcomed the return of three disputed artifacts that had been in the possession of a California museum.

Mr. Buttiglione made the comment in Rome on Friday as the items -- an ancient bowl, a bronze candelabrum and a funeral stone -- were presented to the media.

The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles returned the items without admitting guilt. It has another 39 archeological treasures that Italy says are Italian property.

Italian authorities have charged the Getty museum's former antiquities curator, Marion True, with receiving stolen antiquities from art dealer Robert Hecht. Their trial resumes next week in Rome.

Italy is also seeking other allegedly looted treasures that are in the possession of U.S. museums, including an ancient Greek bowl from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Some information for this story provided by AP and Reuters.