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Berlin Moves Forward on Plans to Return Looted Benin Bronzes

Sculptures looted by British soldiers from the Kingdom of Benin in 1897 on display at the Linden Museum in Stuttgart, Germany on May 5.

Sculptures looted by British soldiers from the Kingdom of Benin in 1897 on display at the Linden Museum in Stuttgart, Germany on May 5.

Photographer: Thomas Niedermueller/Getty Images

Berlin (AP) -- Berlin's museums authority is moving forward with plans to return to Nigeria artifacts known as the Benin Bronzes, saying Tuesday that it aims to make “substantial” handovers next year.

The Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, an authority that oversees many of Berlin’s museums, said its board gave the foundation's president, Hermann Parzinger, formal permission to conduct negotiations on returning pieces that are in its collection.