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UNESCO lists Yemen world heritage sites as endangered

Berlin - The UN cultural agency on Thursday placed two ancient cities in conflict-torn Yemen, Sana'a and Shibam, on its list of endangered World Heritage sites.

Australia hails 'tremendous' UN barrier reef decision

Sydney - Australia Thursday hailed a United Nations decision to keep the Great Barrier Reef off its in danger list as "tremendous", but activists warned more must be done to improve the marine park's health.

Alamo, French champagne vineyards vie for World Heritage status

Paris - The legendary Alamo battleground and the vineyards that produce France's beloved champagne are among the sites likely to get World Heritage status at a UNESCO meeting starting Sunday.

UNESCO condemns air strike on heritage site in Yemen capital

Sanaa - UNESCO condemned an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition on Old Sanaa Friday, a heritage site in Yemen's capital it described as "one of the world's oldest jewels" of Islamic culture.

Australia welcomes UN call on Great Barrier Reef

Sydney - Australia on Saturday welcomed a draft decision by the United Nations to keep the Great Barrier Reef off its endangered list, but environmentalists warned of ongoing risks to the natural wonder.

Destruction of Palmyra would be 'enormous loss to humanity:' UNESCO chief

Paris - The destruction of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Palmyra would be an "enormous loss to humanity", the head of the organisation warned on Thursday after Islamic State fighters seized the ancient Syrian city.

UNESCO chief 'deeply concerned' about Palmyra, urges ceasefire

Paris - The head of UNESCO said on Wednesday she was "deeply concerned" about fighting in Syria's ancient city of Palmyra and called for an "immediate" end to hostilities.

UNESCO condemns 'severe' bombing damage to Sanaa old town

Paris - The United Nations cultural agency on Tuesday condemned "severe damage" caused to heritage sites in Yemen, such as Sanaa's old city, during intense bombing of the rebel-held capital.

Australia spending big money to lobby UNESCO against reef listing

The conservative Abbot government is pushing hard to prevent the Great Barrier Reef from being classified as “endangered”. If the reef is classified as such, it could throw a wrench in the conservative government's plans.

UNESCO to award press freedom prize to jailed Syria activist

Paris - The UN's cultural body will on Sunday award its annual press freedom prize to Mazen Darwish, a Syrian journalist and rights activist who has been jailed by the regime for more than three years.

France's Hollande steps back in time at giant cave replica

Vallon-pont-d'arc - French President Francois Hollande on Friday stepped 36,000 years back in time into a darkened, cool cave to admire the earliest known figurative paintings of hands, bears, rhinos and panthers.

World Bank dam and foreign land-grab force out Ethiopian tribes

World Bank and China join Ethipoia's government to relocate 200,000 villagers of the Omo River and Lake Turkana Valley, UNESCO protected "Cradle of Mankind," to replace them with super-irrigation plantations and hydroelectric plants aimed at exportation.

Pompeii collapsing due to weather and slow restoration plans

Pompei - Heavy rains have again threatened to destroy parts of the ancient city of Pompeii, This time, the unrelenting rains caused a landslide, partially collapsing a retaining wall in the Garden of Severus along the rocky south of Pompeii.

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.
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