Vjeran Tomic, 49, is accused of stealing five paintings, including works by Picasso and Matisse, from the Modern Art Museum in May 2010. The paintings were stolen after an intruder cut through a padlocked gate and broke a window to enter the museum. Two alleged accomplices are being tried alongside Mr Tomic. Image copyright Reuters What France's stolen masterpieces tell us According to French media reports, the museum's alarm system had been waiting for repairs when the pictures were stolen during a night raid. The theft was only noticed the following morning, as security guards were checking the building before opening the doors to the public. Among the stolen works were Pablo Picasso's Dove with Green Peas, and Pastoral by Henri Matisse, along with paintings by Georges Braque, Amedeo Modigliani and Ferdinand Leger. The paintings have never been found. Mr Tomic, a rock climbing enthusiast, was arrested following an anonymous tip to police. Image copyright AFP
When the couple got engaged, they knew they wanted Amirs parents to come to North Carolina from Iran for their big day in May. You want your family there for your wedding and thats important to both of us, Tiffany said. However an executive order by President Trump instituting a travel ban to the United States from seven predominantly Muslim countries, including Iran, is causing uncertainty. Tiffany and Amir dont know if his parents will be able to get travel visas in time. Its frustrating and disappointing. UNC Charlotte and Davidson College have issued warnings advising international students, faculty and staff from the affected countries not to travel outside the U.S. until further notice. UNC Charlotte tells FOX 46 Charlotte that the ban affects about 90 students. I know several people, couples that spilt, where the father is here and his wife and child are in Iran. Now theyre stuck there for another three months. The White House is vigorously defending President Donald Trump's immigration restrictions, as protests spread throughout the country. Related: White House defends immigration order in face of protests Former President Obama slammed the executive order saying he "fundamentally disagrees" with discriminating against individuals because of faith or religion.