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Mud-brick palace is Yemen's latest heritage site facing disaster

Saywun - Yemen's Seiyun Palace, one of the world's largest mud-brick structures, has become the war-torn country's latest heritage site facing the risk of collapse as heavy rains and years of neglect take their toll.

Mexico sets sights on Vienna's Aztec crowning glory

Vienna - It is one of the star attractions of Vienna's Weltmuseum, a resplendent ancient Aztec headdress of iridescent blue-green feathers almost two metres (six feet) wide with a centrepiece sporting hundreds of pieces of gold.

Israel to honour Poles who hid Polanski during WWII

Warsaw - Israel will on Thursday honour the Polish couple who hid Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski from the Nazis as a child, the Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem said.

Polish divers neutralise huge WWII bomb

Warsaw - Polish military divers on Tuesday defused a massive World War II bomb discovered at the bottom of a channel near the Baltic Sea, the navy said.

French museum halts Genghis Khan show after Chinese pressure

Nantes - A French museum won backing from scholars on Tuesday for its decision to halt an exhibition about Mongol leader Genghis Khan because of a censorship attempt by the Chinese government.

Hundreds evacuated as Polish divers begin high-risk bomb defusal

Warsaw - Hundreds of residents were evacuated on Monday as Polish military divers began a delicate operation to defuse a massive World War II bomb in a channel near the Baltic Sea.

Torlonia collection's ancient sculptures back on show after restoration

Rome - One of the world's biggest private collections of antique marble sculpture is bringing restored works, from mythical creatures to statues of emperors, back to public display in Rome this month.

Shadow of history makes Karabakh solution elusive

Paris - When Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan shared a platform in a rare encounter at February's Munich Security Conference, they were both asked to give a historical overview of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Divers discover French WWI submarine off Tunisia

La Marsa - Tunisian divers have discovered a French submarine wreck from World War I, the Ariane, which was sunk by a German submarine in 1917.

Anti-Semitic ex-mayor becomes magnet for Vienna statue protests

Vienna - A statue of an anti-Semitic former mayor of Vienna who inspired Hitler has become the focus of competing left- and right-wing protests, with anti-racist activists mounting a "shame vigil" around the monument.

French MPs vote to return stolen artefacts to Benin, Senegal

Paris - French lawmakers on Tuesday unanimously voted to return prized artefacts to Benin and Senegal more than a century after they were looted by colonial forces and hauled back to Paris to be displayed in museums.

Thai protest leaders, massacre survivors mark sombre anniversary

Bangkok - Thai politicians and protest leaders laid floral wreaths Tuesday at a monument commemorating the anniversary of a student massacre more than 40 years ago, as survivors reflected on the younger generation's latest democracy push.

Spectre of university massacre looms over Thai student protests

Bangkok - Relentless gunfire, lynched bodies, frenzied mobs -- the horrific violence Krisadang Nutcharut witnessed at Thammasat University more than 40 years ago propelled him into a legal career now spent defending Thailand's young pro-democracy activists.

Coronavirus curbs evoked East Germany memories: Merkel

Berlin - Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday that the drastic limits placed on people's freedoms to curb the coronavirus earlier this year had weighed heavily on her, bringing back memories of life in surveillance-riddled East Germany.

Alfred Nobel, creator of dynamite and high-minded prizes

Stockholm - Swedish inventor and scholar Alfred Nobel, who made a vast fortune from his invention of dynamite in 1866, ordered the creation of the famous Nobel prizes in his will.

Activists face fines for trying to 'return' African art in France

Paris - Five activists went on trial in Paris on Wednesday for trying to seize an African funeral staff from France's pre-eminent indigenous art museum as part of a campaign to pressure the government into restituting items they claim were stolen.

Russia jails Gulag historian for 13 years on sex charge

Moscow - A Russian court on Tuesday sentenced a respected Gulag historian, Yury Dmitriyev, to 13 years in prison on a controversial child sex charge.

Hopes dashed but still dreaming, Nigeria turns 60

Kano - It was just after midnight in Lagos, on a horse-racing track turned square, when Nigeria's new white and green flag was hoisted officially for the first time, replacing Britain's Union Jack.

Egypt's Nasser still a polarising figure, 50 years on

Apo - Fifty years since Gamal Abdel Nasser's death, controversy over the legacy of the charismatic Egyptian president who championed Arab unity lives on in Egypt as deep divisions beset the Middle East.

Turkey seeks new life for submerged tourist town

- Just two roofs poke through the vast expanse of an artificial lake that has swallowed a Turkish town whose caves and pre-Ottoman ruins once drew in global tourists.

Years after second uprising Palestinians still face bleak future

Jenin - Two decades on from the second intifada, Palestinians who grew up in the shadow of the uprising find themselves surrounded by physical and political barriers with little hope for the future.

VW pay-out to Brazil regime victims reopens debate on justice

Rio De Janeiro - Thirty-five years after the end of Brazil's military dictatorship, there has been little justice for the killing and torture committed by the regime -- but an unprecedented deal for carmaker Volkswagen to pay damages for collaborating with the secret p...

Tracing the babies who died in France's camps for Algerian fighters

Perpignan - "It's here," says the employee, quietly, at the vast Perpignan cemetery in southern France.Standing in front of two small mounds of earth in the Muslim section -- graves six and eight, rows 22 and 25 -- Abessia Dargaid collapses in tears."So, so sorry!...

Real-life 'Pianist' possessions up for auction in Poland

Warsaw - A fountain pen, silver pocket watch and other prized possessions of the late Jewish-Polish composer Wladyslaw Szpilman, the real-life hero of the Oscar-winning film "The Pianist," go under the hammer in Warsaw next week.

S.Africa bids farewell to 'hero' George Bizos, Mandela's lawyer

Johanesburg - South Africa on Thursday bade farewell to George Bizos, the "hero" anti-apartheid lawyer who represented Nelson Mandela at his trial for treason, at a state funeral filled with emotional tributes.

S.Africa bids farewell to 'hero' George Bizos, Mandela's lawyer

Johanesburg - South Africa on Thursday bade farewell to George Bizos, the "hero" anti-apartheid lawyer who represented Nelson Mandela at his trial for treason, at a state funeral filled with emotional tributes.

Tourists travel secret tunnels of Albania's communist-era paranoia

Gjirokast - Snaking beneath a fortress in southern Albania, a covert tunnel network built during the communist era captures the secrecy and paranoia that defined the long rule of tyrant Enver Hoxha.

Scientists find world's oldest sperm in Myanmar amber

Berlin - A team of palaeontologists have discovered what they believe is the world's oldest animal sperm, frozen 100 million years ago inside a tiny crustacean in tree resin in Myanmar.

Hudson's Bay 1670 Royal Charter on public display

Winnipeg - For the first time in its history, Hudson's Bay Company will put the Royal Charter on public display at the Manitoba Museum in Winnipeg. You could say this 350-year-old artifact has played a pivotal role in what is now known as Canada.

Return of Saddam-era archive to Iraq opens debate, old wounds

Baghdad - A trove of Saddam-era files secretly returned to Iraq has pried open the country's painful past, prompting hopes some may learn the fate of long-lost relatives along with fears of new bloodshed.
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Informative sign along the Waccamaw River walk tells of the area history.
Informative sign along the Waccamaw River walk tells of the area history.
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Statue of a tunnel-bore, Lyon France
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Saltaire. A Unesco World Heritage site. The houses for the workers  whilst small  were well construc...
Saltaire. A Unesco World Heritage site. The houses for the workers, whilst small, were well constructed and compared favourably with workers' housing of the day.
Saltaire. A Unesco World Heritage site. Built in the nineteenth century by Lockwood and Mawson for T...
Saltaire. A Unesco World Heritage site. Built in the nineteenth century by Lockwood and Mawson for Titus Salt.
A hallway inside the USS Iowa
A hallway inside the USS Iowa
Tons of history still available to see throughout the Loblaws  including this historic mural
Tons of history still available to see throughout the Loblaws, including this historic mural
Tim Blanning s book  The Romantic Revolution - A History  provides an over-view of the history of th...
Tim Blanning's book "The Romantic Revolution - A History" provides an over-view of the history of the Romantic period. Published by Modern Library (2011)
 London Under - The Secret History Beneath the Streets   by Peter Ackroyd. Doubleday  NY  London  (2...
"London Under - The Secret History Beneath the Streets," by Peter Ackroyd. Doubleday, NY, London, (2011).
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A frontal view of the USS Iowa
A frontal view of the USS Iowa
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Saltaire. A Unesco World Heritage site. The school is now a college of further education.
Saltaire. A Unesco World Heritage site. The school is now a college of further education.

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