BBC News reports Islamic State (IS) has published photographs of militants destroying what it says are artifacts looted from the ancient ruins of Palmyra in Syria. Six statues are shown being hit with sledgehammers while a crowd looks on. The jihadist group said the statues had been seized from a smuggler, who was pictured being whipped as a punishment. Meanwhile, the UN's cultural agency has said antiquities plundered by IS from sites in Iraq and Syria have ended up with collectors in the UK. UNESCO's Director-General Irena Bokova told the BBC that looting was being carried out on an industrial scale and that IS was "using the illicit trafficking, the selling of these objects in order to finance extremism and terrorism".