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Cyprus Degas theft: Painting taken from safe

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Image caption Police in Cyprus are hunting for two suspects in connection with the theft

Thieves have broken into the Cyprus home of a 70-year-man and stolen a painting by French master Edgar Degas valued at 6m euros ($7.6m; £4.7m).

The artwork, Ballerina Adjusting Her Slipper, was taken from the elderly man's home in Limassol.

It was not insured, according to a police spokeswoman.

Officers said they had arrested a 44-year-old Greek Cypriot in connection with the case and were seeking two other suspects.

The accomplices were believed to be a South African and a Russian, they added, and the trio probably knew their victim.

The artwork was reportedly taken from a metal safe.

It was one of a number of studies that Degas - a key figure of the Impressionist movement - made between 1873 and 1874 which featured dancers in a variety of poses.

The artist's work routinely sells for millions of pounds.

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