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Hint to return the Elgin marbles


A new row over ownership of the Elgin marbles has erupted ahead of the opening of a museum in Athens designed to house the contested masterpieces.

The statues were removed from the ancient Greek Parthenon in 1811 by Lord Elgin, the British ambassador at the time.

Whether they return to Greece has become a divisive issue, with the Greeks demanding they be sent back to their homeland, while London's British Museum has insisted they stay put.

The BBC's Emma North reports.


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