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National Geographic Museum's exhibition "Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China's First Emperor" opened this month in Washington, D.C.

The ancient sculptures are to be on display from Nov. 19 through March 31.

Washington is the show's final stop on a four-city U.S. tour.

"The exhibition offers an in-depth look at China's First Emperor's enormous tomb complex, considered one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the 20th century," the National Geographic Museum said in a news release. "The tomb contained thousands of terra cotta warriors intended to protect the emperor in the afterlife. The exhibition showcases 100 sets of objects, including 15 terra cotta figures representing soldiers, archers, servants, musicians and animals. This is the greatest number of warriors ever to travel to the United States for a single exhibition."

More than 70,000 advance tickets have been sold for the museum's first-ever ticketed exhibition, the institution said.

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JERUSALEM, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Israeli leaders approved a 900-unit expansion of settlements in East Jerusalem, drawing a sharp rebuke from their U.S. counterparts.

An aide to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Tuesday told Haaretz the expansion represented "a routine process" and added that the section involved, known as Gilo, was "an integral part of Jerusalem."

The Obama administration has joined Palestinians in calling for a halt to additional Jewish settlements in disputed areas, requests the Israeli leadership has ignored.

In response to Tuesday's announcement, the White House said such actions would make the resumption of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians "more difficult."

U.S. President Barack Obama, asked about the settlements during an interview with Fox News, said the settlement expansion doesn't make Israel any safer and may cause feelings among Palestinians that could be dangerous.

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