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Op-Ed: Cultural Cleansing: An imperfect name for a growing problem

The director of UNESCO has dubbed the intentional destruction of Iraq's cultural heritage "cultural cleansing." A bland and imperfect, but necessary and welcome, name for a very real and, sadly, recurring trend.

Mrs Clooney to fight for return of Greek monuments from Britain

Newly-wed Mrs Clooney, formerly Amal Alamuddin, has flown into Greece to help the nation try and claim back the Parthenon marbles from Britain.

Op-Ed: UNESCO rejects World Heritage delisting application by Australia

Sydney - The highly controversial application by the Abbott government to delist tens of thousands of hectares of Tasmanian old growth forest has been rejected by UNESCO. In Australia, the application caused outrage and large demonstrations.

French cave home to earliest drawings wins World Heritage status

Doha - UN cultural agency UNESCO on Sunday granted its prized World Heritage status to a prehistoric cave in southern France containing the earliest known figurative drawings.

Ancient Inca roads win coveted World Heritage status

Doha - UN cultural agency UNESCO on Saturday granted its coveted World Heritage status to a vast and ancient Inca road system spanning six countries in South America.

UNESCO warns Australia over Great Barrier Reef

Doha - UN cultural agency UNESCO on Wednesday warned Australia that the Great Barrier Reef could be put on a list of endangered World Heritage Sites if more is not done to protect it.

Inca trails, ancient French cave vie for World Heritage status

Doha - Inca trails spanning six countries and a French cave with some of the earliest known paintings are among the sites expected to get World Heritage status at a UNESCO meeting that started Sunday in Doha.

Australian natural wonders under UNESCO spotlight

Sydney - Australia is home to some of the most pristine environment on Earth, but two of its most high-profile protected areas face threats to their status as World Heritage Sites at a UNESCO meeting starting Sunday in Doha.

Australians rally over future of Tasmania forest

Sydney - Thousands of Australians rallied Saturday against the proposed logging of protected forests in rugged Tasmania ahead of a UNESCO World Heritage meeting where the issue will be discussed.

Ancient Pompeii wall collapses, making the third this week

A wall collapsed in the ancient Roman city Pompeii, making this the third collapse of the ancient Roman city in the past three days.

Inside Alberta's Dinosaur Provincial Park

Located in the badlands of Alberta, Canada is a place of such stellar beauty and awe-inspiring landscapes, it takes your breath away. Dinosaur Provincial Park is not only a place great creatures roamed 75 million years ago, it's also their graveyard.

Typhoon Haiyan's death toll in Philippines could exceed 10,000

Tacloban - The death toll from Typhoon Haiyan which struck the Philippines, Nov. 7, is likely to escalate to five figures as officials in the Philippine island of Leyte, hardest hit by the monster storm, began assessing the damage.

UNESCO grants Japan's Mount Fuji World Heritage status

Phnom Penh - Japan's Mount Fuji has been granted World Heritage status by UNESCO, along with a series of ancient terraced rice paddies in China and the desert city of Agardaz in Niger, among other wonders.

Nigerian physicist Francisca Okeke wins UNESCO science award

A Nigerian physicist Professor Francisca Okeke is one of the four winners of the 2013 L’Oréal-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science.

Mysterious death of Canadian in Chile regarded as ‘accidental’

Santiago - “Accidental death” is the main thesis considered by Chilean Police in connection with the death of Bhupinder Mandair, a Canadian national who went missing on Jan. 1, during the New Year celebrations in Valparaiso, and whose body was found on Friday.

Chile Police finds body of Canadian missing since New Year's Eve

Santiago - A Canadian citizen working for UNESCO in Santiago de Chile, who disappeared in Valparaiso on New Year's Eve, was found dead. A police investigation to determine the causes of his death is underway.

Op-Ed: Pakistani President visits Malala

On Saturday, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari visited Malala Yousufzai, the young Pakistani education activist who was shot in the head and neck by the Taliban in October, at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

Op-Ed: Launch of the Youth Version of UNESCO's Education for All Report Special

Between October 1-9, a group of 12 young people, myself included, from all corners of the world came together to create a Youth Summary for UNESCO’s 2012 Education for All (EFA) Report.

Medieval French wine town forced to sell monuments for debts

Bordeaux - Wine lovers flock to the medieval French town of Saint-Émilion in the Bordeaux region, listed as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1999. The cash strapped town is now forced to sell off some of its monuments to pay its debts.

US cuts funding to UNESCO over Palestinian membership

New York - The United States has notified UNESCO that it will no longer be fulfilling their funding obligations after the UN body voted overwhelmingly to allow Palestine full membership.

UN launches int'l competition for slavery memorial design

New York - The United Nations (UN) announced on Friday the launching of an international competition for the design and structure for a memorial honoring victims of slavery worldwide.

Palawan's Underground River vies for New 7 Wonders of Nature List

Puerto Princesa City - Palawan's Underground River has first gained international prestige and recognition after UNESCO classified it as a World Heritage Site. Recently, it has been named as one of the 28 sites being considered for the New 7 Wonders of Nature in the World.

Day of mourning ends with start of year-long celebration

The Hague - The date of April 29 marked the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) annual remembrance day for victims of chemical warfare. The somber day ended on an upbeat note when the United Nations declared 2011 to be the Year of Chemistry.

Grand Pre' looks for UNESCO World Heritage Designation

Wolfville - Grand Pre' has taken another step on its journey to obtain designation on the UNESCO World Heritage List. A Canadian delegation to the World Heritage Committee submitted the proposal to UNESCO on February 1.

Rhino habitat wants its World Heritage Site status back

Guwahati - A four-member UNESCO-IUCN monitoring team is visiting Manas National Park in Assam for an on-the-spot assessment if the "danger" tag attached to the World Heritage Site should be removed.

Japan-Argentina couple wins World Tango Dancing Championship

Buenos Aires - A couple integrated by a Japanese woman and an Argentine man won the VIII World Tango Dancing competition, Stage Category, a modality that sees the dance from a choreographic perspective.

UN drops Galapagos Islands from World Heritage List

Just three years after the Galapagos Islands were placed on a UN list of endangered places, that same body has voted to remove it, saying enough progress has been made.

Half of world's languages may become extinct by year 2100

A new report by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) states that half of all modern languages may vanish by the year 2100. UNESCO says many languages are already considered to be endangered.

UNESCO Says US Damaged Hanging Gardens of Babylon in Iraq

UNESCO claimed that the US has inflicted damage to the famous Iraqi site popularly known as the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. The damage happened during the American invasion of Iraq when a US military camp was constructed near the famous site.

13 new UNESCO sites but Germany's Elbe gets the boot

Thirteen new sites have been added to UNESCO's world heritage list. The additions were made in the past couple of days while officials held their yearly meetings to decide on new members of the list.
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