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An American museum has returned a 10th-century sandstone statue of the Hindu monkey god Hanuman to Cambodia, decades after it was looted from a jungle temple during the kingdom’s civil war. The metre-high statue was stolen in the 1970s from the Koh Ker temple site near the famed Angkor Wat complex. The artwork, which had been in the possession of the Cleveland Museum of Art since 1982, was received by Cambodian officials late Sunday, an official said. Buddhist monks chanted blessings and scattered flowers over the statue upon its arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport, according to an AFP photographer. ‘We welcome back the statue of Hanuman from the Cleveland Museum of Art in the US,’ Chan Tani, Cambodian Secretary of State for the Cabinet Office, told reporters. The museum agreed to return the artwork

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