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Philippines' Duterte demands US return symbolic church bells

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has demanded the United States return church bells seized by American forces in a bloody campaign more than a century ago, in another blast at his country's traditional ally.

No visitors allowed on Japan's men-only UNESCO island

Toukyo - Visitors will not be allowed to set foot on a men-only UNESCO World Heritage island in Japan from next year, an official said Saturday.

Second time lucky: Spain's royal Ferraris finally get buyers

Madrid - The first time they went up for auction, there were no buyers. But on Thursday, two Ferraris gifted to Spain's former king Juan Carlos by an Arab sheikh finally went for nearly 444,000 euros, the government said.

No girls allowed: Japan's men-only island gets UNESCO nod

Toukyo - A men-only island in Japan where women are banned and male visitors must bathe naked in the sea before visiting its shrine, has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Eritrea's 'city of dreams' given UNESCO heritage listing

Varsovia - The people of Eritrea have long said their capital Asmara is like no other city in Africa, and on Saturday the UN agreed, designating it a World Heritage site.

UNESCO puts Hebron on endangered heritage list, outraging Israel

Varsovia - UNESCO on Friday declared the Old City of Hebron a Palestinian world heritage site in danger, sparking outrage from Israel which said the decision denied a Jewish claim to an ancient burial cave that is also sacred to Muslims.

Palestinians hail UNESCO Hebron vote slammed by Israel

Ramallah - The Palestinians hailed a UNESCO decision Friday to label the heart of the occupied West Bank city of Hebron a protected heritage site, but Israel called it a "moral blot".

UNESCO puts Hebron on endangered heritage list, outraging Israel

Varsovia - UNESCO on Friday declared the Old City of Hebron an endangered world heritage site, sparking outrage from Israel in a new spat at the international body.

UNESCO keeps Great Barrier Reef off 'in danger' list

Varsovia - UNESCO said Thursday its World Heritage Committee (WHC) had decided not to place Australia's Great Barrier Reef on its list of sites "in danger" despite concern over coral bleaching.

Hunchback's dream: returning Paris's Notre Dame to glory

Paris - Victor Hugo would be appalled to see the ravages inflicted by time, pollution and weather on his beloved Notre Dame, the soaring cathedral that adorns the heart of Paris.

UNESCO urges Poland to stop logging ancient forest

Krak - UNESCO on Wednesday "strongly" urged Poland to stop logging the older parts of the ancient Bialowieza forest, a world heritage site that includes some of Europe's last primeval woodland.

Brazilian port where slaves arrived close to UNESCO status

Rio De Janeiro - The worn paving stones discovered under a thick layer of modern concrete in Rio de Janeiro don't look like much at first. But it was here that some million slaves from Africa took their first steps in Brazil.

Stonehenge revellers celebrate summer solstice

Lark Hill - Around 13,000 people gathered at Stonehenge on Wednesday to witness the summer solstice sunrise at Britain's most famous prehistoric monument.

Tunisia seeks UNESCO status for Jewish pilgrimage isle

Djerba - Tunisia plans to seek UNESCO World Heritage status for the island of Djerba, site of Africa's oldest synagogue and an annual Jewish pilgrimage, its culture minister said on Sunday.

Turkey moves famed mediaeval tomb to avoid flooding risk

Kayseri - Turkish authorities on Friday conducted a hugely ambitious and controversial operation to move a centuries-old tomb to new location to stave off the risk of flooding from a dam project.

'Love locks' on the block in Paris charity auction

Paris - Amorous couples, here's your chance to own a piece of the world's most romantic city: Paris is selling off the "love locks" that lovebirds attached to the city's bridges before officials cracked down on the practice.

Iraqi forces seize ancient site of Hatra from IS

- Iraqi pro-government forces said Wednesday they had seized the UNESCO-listed ancient site of Hatra from the Islamic State group, the latest archaeological jewel to be wrested from the jihadists' grip.

Philippine allows 'photobomber' building to go up

Manila - A high-rise condominium dubbed "the national photobomber" will continue to loom over a historic Philippine monument after the Supreme Court struck down a bid by conservationists to have it torn down.

Philippine allows 'photobomber' building to go up

Manila - A high-rise condominium dubbed "the national photobomber" will continue to loom over a historic Philippine monument after the Supreme Court struck down a bid by conservationists to have it torn down.

Philippine allows 'photobomber' building to go up

Manila - A high-rise condominium dubbed "the national photobomber" will continue to loom over a historic Philippine monument after the Supreme Court struck down a bid by conservationists to have it torn down.

Gambia's race to save its 'Roots' on Kunta Kinteh island

As the rebel slave who defied his captors, Kunta Kinte, immortalised in print and on screen in "Roots", put The Gambia on the map for historical tourism.

Endangered species poached in protected areas: WWF

Geneva - Illegal poaching, logging and fishing of sometimes critically endangered species is taking place in nearly half of the world's most protected natural sites, environmental campaigners WWF warned Tuesday.

British PM wades into Easter egg row

London - British Prime Minister Theresa May waded into a row Tuesday over the commercialisation of Easter, after the Church of England accused a major charity of "airbrushing faith" from its chocolate egg hunts.

Art 'blue helmets' rescue Italy's treasures from rubble

Visso - Inside the crumbling medieval church of San Francesco di Visso, the "blue helmets" of the art world are racing to save a masterpiece damaged in Italy's devastating earthquake last year.

Benin eyes return of colonial treasures from France

Cotonou - Benin is asking for the return of treasures that were taken during French colonial rule from the end of the 19th century, re-opening a thorny diplomatic issue that resonates across Africa.

UNESCO raises $75.5 mn to protect heritage from war, terror

Paris - Seven countries and an American donor on Monday pledged $75.5 million (70 million euros) to a UNESCO-backed fund aimed at protecting the world's cultural heritage against war and terrorism.

Israeli archaeologists shine light on life in time of Christ

- The Israel Antiquities Authority on Sunday offered a rare glimpse into its storerooms, where staff said recent archaeological discoveries have cast new light on life at the time of Christ.

India moves 1000-tonne historic armoury to lay rail track

Mysore - Dozens of workers are using cranes and jacks to shove and push a 1,000-tonne, 18th century armoury to make way for a new rail track in a southern Indian state.

India moves 1000-tonne historic armoury to lay rail track

Mysore - Dozens of workers are using cranes and jacks to shove and push a 1,000-tonne, 18th century armoury to make way for a new rail track in a southern Indian state.

India moves 1000-tonne historic armoury to lay rail track

Mysore - Dozens of workers are using cranes and jacks to shove and push a 1,000-tonne, 18th century armoury to make way for a new rail track in a southern Indian state.
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