Afghanistan's National Museum
Hundreds of looted archaeological treasures were returned to the war-torn country's National Museum on Sunday after being recovered with the help of the British Museum. Many of the 843 artefacts were seized as they were being smuggled into Britain after about 70 per cent of the museum's contents were stolen during Afghanistan's civil war in the early 1990s. In a country still at war it remains unsafe for the museum to display some of its most important possessions. The famed and priceless 2,000 year-old Bactrian Gold collection of more than 20,000 gold ornaments, hidden by museum staff during the civil war, has been touring the world since 2006.
The director of Avatar, Titanic and The Terminator launched a joint venture in China to supply 3-D filming technology and production services. 'This is an enormous untapped market that is right on the verge of the transition from 2-D to 3-D,' Cameron said. The venture will also work on research, development and manufacturing of the company's equipment, which might lead to Chinese technology being used in two Avatar sequels that Cameron said would most likely be filmed in New Zealand.
The Bollywood actress said she had nothing but 'feelings of pure liberation and sheer excitement' about becoming the first Indian woman to pose nude for Playboy magazine, which is banned under India's strict anti-obscenity laws. News that Chopra had become India's first Playmate caused a stir, fuelled by Chopra posting nude out-take pictures from the Playboy shoot on Twitter. Chopra said she considered herself a pioneer for sexual freedom in India.