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Iraq to rebuild iconic Mosul mosque destroyed in IS fight

Baghdad - The United Arab Emirates and Iraq on Monday launched a joint effort to reconstruct Mosul's Great Mosque of al-Nuri and its iconic leaning minaret, ravaged last year during battles to retake the city from jihadists.

Spain starts work to exhume bodies from Franco-era monument

Madrid - Experts on Monday began inspections of a vast mausoleum where dictator Francisco Franco is buried along with thousands of victims of Spain's civil war, in preparation for the first exhumations of some of the bodies.

France's Ritz hotel smashes record with furniture sell-off

Paris - Luxury furniture auctioned off by the legendary Ritz hotel in Paris sold for 7.3 million euros ($9 million), a world record in the industry, auction house Artcurial said Saturday.

Saudi king announces $150 million for East Jerusalem

Apo - Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Sunday announced a $150-million (120 million euro) donation for the maintenance of Islamic heritage in East Jerusalem.

Japanese tourist dies on Leaning Tower of Pisa

Rome - A Japanese tourist died Tuesday while visiting Italy's iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city's fire department said.

Iraqi enthusiasts search for relics of royal past

Baghdad - At the heart of a Baghdad flea market, nostalgia for Iraq's royal past is on full display as collectors and investors gather to buy relics from a bygone era.

Friar trains Iraqis to preserve 'treasures' rescued from IS

Baghdad - As jihadists swept across Iraq three years ago, he rescued a treasure trove of ancient religious manuscripts from near-certain destruction. Father Najeeb Michaeel is now training fellow Iraqis to preserve their heritage.

China angered by theft of Terracotta Warrior's thumb

Bejing - The theft of a thumb of an ancient Terracotta Warrior statue on display in the US incited a wave of criticism on Chinese social media Tuesday, following China's calls to "severely punish" the thief.

Back on track: Trains to return to historic Istanbul station

Istanbul - Built in the first decade of the 20th century as Europe's gateway to the east, Istanbul Haydarpasa railway station stands proudly on the Asian side of the Bosphorus, its gothic towers looming over the waters.

Haiti merchants fear for livelihood after market blaze

Port-au-prince - Fire ravaged a historic market in the Haitian capital early Tuesday, leaving burned-out merchants fearing for their livelihoods in the impoverished nation.

Can North Africa unite over couscous?

Paris - Could a plate of couscous warm up relations between wary North African nations? A drive to win coveted UNESCO status for the dish could at least get them talking around the same table.

No end to eyesores at Taj Mahal as repair work drags on

Agra - Tourist Muskan Mahuwakar pictured the Taj Mahal as a dazzling vision of symmetry and beauty but upon reaching the monument, she -- like thousands of other visitors -- was disappointed to find it covered in scaffolding, its once white marble now yellowi...

Macron wants French baguette to get UNESCO heritage status

Paris - President Emmanuel Macron on Friday joined calls by bakers for France's traditional baguette to be recognised as one of the world's cultural treasures on UNESCO's list of "intangible heritage".

Germans outraged as historic church makes way for coal mine

Frankfurt Am Main - The demolition of a historic German church to clear the way for the expansion of an open-cast mine this week has outraged locals and environmentalists, as politicians moot giving up their own clean energy targets.

India limits visitors to save Taj Mahal

Agra - India is to restrict the number of daily visitors to the Taj Mahal in an attempt to preserve the iconic 17th-century monument to love, its biggest tourist attraction.

In rubble of Aleppo souk, tablecloth shop makes solitary comeback

Aleppo - It used to be one of the most vibrant marketplaces in the Syrian city of Aleppo, but today, the bombed-out streets of Khan al-Harir are home to a solitary shop selling tablecloths.

Britain's iconic red phone boxes ring the changes

London - Facing extinction due to ubiquitous mobile phones, Britain's classic red telephone boxes are being saved from death row by ingenious conversions into all sorts of new uses.

Naples pizza twirling seeks nod as UNESCO 'intangible'

Paris - Naples' art of pizza twirling is a candidate to join UNESCO's list of "intangible heritage" next week along with a wealth of other cultural treasures such as Saudi Arabian wall painting and Bangladeshi cane weaving.

India's 'Miami': Putting Mumbai's Art Deco on the map

Mumbai - The seafront is lined with brightly coloured buildings boasting curved corners, stylish balconies and exotic motifs but this isn't Miami's famous Art Deco district -- it's Mumbai.

Macedonia targets 'grandiose' neo-classical monuments

Skopje - A massive urban makeover by Macedonia's former conservative government that covered the capital Skopje with neo-classical monuments will be reviewed by the country's new ruling party.

Climate change imperils one in four UNESCO natural sites

Bonn - Climate change imperils one in four UN-listed natural heritage sites, including coral reefs, glaciers, and wetlands -- nearly double the number from just three years ago, a report said Monday.

Climate change imperils one in four natural heritage sites: report

Bonn - Climate change imperils one in four natural World Heritage sites, including coral reefs, glaciers, and wetlands -- nearly double the number from just three years ago, a report said Monday.

Traditional carpet weaving in central Iraq unravels

- In the shadow of the Imam Hamza mosque in the region of the ancient kingdom of Babylon, a carpet market that was once bustling is now almost empty.

Britain's Big Ben to bong again but not on time

London - Big Ben, the bell inside London's iconic clock tower which has been silent since August, will chime again on key upcoming dates but the timing might be a bit off kilter, Britain's parliament said on Wednesday.

France, Qatar neck-and-neck for UNESCO chief

Paris - France and Qatar were running neck-and-neck in the race to lead the UN's troubled cultural body after a third round of voting Wednesday whittled the field down to five.

Qatari diplomat leads race for UNESCO chief

Paris - After two rounds of voting to pick the next head of the UN's troubled cultural body, Qatari diplomat Hamad bin Abdulaziz al-Kawari has emerged as the leading contender.

Troubled UNESCO begins picking new leader

Paris - The board of the UN's cultural body on Wednesday began vetting eight candidates vying to head an organisation accused of bias in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and foot-dragging on reforms.

Costs soar for renovating London's Big Ben

London - The cost of renovating the British parliament's clock tower, which houses Big Ben, has more than doubled to £61 million (69 million euros, $82 million), authorities said Friday.

Red faces as Russia's Kalashnikov monument shows Nazi gun

Moscow - Workers in Moscow have erased the illustration of a gun from a freshly-inaugurated monument of Mikhail Kalashnikov, inventor of the legendary AK-47 assault rifle, after it was found that the drawing was of a Nazi weapon.

Christchurch's quake-hit cathedral to be rebuilt

Wellington - Heritage groups in New Zealand on Monday welcomed a decision to rebuild Christchurch's Anglican cathedral, six years after it was extensively damaged in a deadly earthquake.Much of the late 19th Century neo-Gothic structure collapsed in the 6.
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