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Cambodia recovers stolen relics believed to come from Buddha's body

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This Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 photo, shows a golden urn after being recovered in Takeo province, south of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Police in Cambodia said Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 they have recovered the precious golden urn stolen last year that contains what are considered to be remnants of Buddha's body. The urn was taken from a mountain shrine 40 kilometers (25 miles) outside the capital in mid-December. National Police spokesman Kirt Chantharith said it was recovered Thursday from a house in the southern province of Takeo, and one man was arrested in connection with the theft. (AP Photo) (The Associated Press)

Cambodian police have recovered a precious golden urn stolen last year that contains what are considered to be remnants of Buddha's body, an official said Friday.

The urn was taken from a mountain shrine 40 kilometers (25 miles) outside the capital in mid-December.

National Police spokesman Kirt Chantharith said it was recovered Thursday from a house in the southern province of Takeo, and a man was arrested in connection with the theft.

Several countries in Asia process relics believed to come from the body of Buddha, and the stolen urn holds enormous religious and cultural significance for Cambodia, a predominantly Buddhist nation.

The theft ignited a nationwide outcry and demands that authorities track it down.

The relics were given to late King Norodom Sihanouk in 1957 by Sri Lanka to commemorate the 2,500th anniversary of Buddha's birth.