Minister Farouk Hosni Says Search Still On for Van Gogh Stolen from Cairo Museum


CAIRO (AP).- Egypt’s culture minister on Saturday retracted his claim that police had recovered a van Gogh painting stolen from a Cairo museum, saying it was based on inaccurate information and that the search for the canvas continues. The minister, Farouk Hosni, said earlier Saturday that police had confiscated the painting from an Italian couple at Cairo airport hours after it was lifted from the Mahmoud Khalil Museum in the Egyptian capital. But Hosni later backtracked, telling a national television news program that “the statement was based on information we received that was false and incorrect.” He said authorities are still searching for the missing painting, which goes by two titles — “Poppy Flowers” and “Vase with Flowers.” Hosni said the piece is valued at around $50 million. It was not clear what caused the confusion over the artwork’s fate, and officials could not be immediately contacted to clarify. This is the second time this painting by the Dutch-born posti