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Hunt continues for stolen van Gogh

Egypt's culture minister has confirmed that a stolen Vincent van Gogh painting said to have been recovered by airport police was still missing.

Farouk Hosni said authorities had not found the missing artwork and that the search for the painting continued.

Mr Hosni appeared on television and said his announcement of the painting's recovery was based on "inaccurate information" he had received from officials.

He said the £32 million painting was still missing.

Yesterday, Mr Hosni said security officers at Cairo airport had confiscated the painting from an Italian couple hours after the canvas was stolen from the Mahmoud Khalil Museum in the Egyptian capital.

It was not clear what caused the confusion over the artwork's fate.

Mr Hosni said "the statement was based on information we received that was false and incorrect".

He said authorities were still searching for the missing painting, which goes by two titles - Poppy Flowers and Vase With Flowers.

It is the second time the painting has been stolen from the Khalil museum.

Thieves first made off with the canvas in 1978, before authorities recovered it two years later at an undisclosed location in Kuwait.

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