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Naples smashes world record with mile-long margherita pizza

Naples - Naples has reclaimed the world record for the longest pizza after more than 200 chefs rolled out and cooked a mile-long margherita on the waterfront of the doughy delicacy's home city.The record-breaking snack measured up at exactly 1,853.

French PM says UNESCO resolution on Jerusalem 'unfortunate, clumsy'

Paris - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Wednesday described a UNESCO resolution on the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem as "clumsy" and "unfortunate" and said it should have been avoided.

Despite damage Palmyra retains 'authenticity': UNESCO

Paris - The UN cultural agency said Wednesday that the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra had suffered significant damage at the hands of Islamic State fighters, but that the archaeological site retains much of its authenticity.

'Very doubtful' Palmyra can be restored after IS: UN expert

Paris - A Syrian expert for the UN's cultural body said Monday she was "very doubtful" the destruction caused to Palmyra's ancient monuments during its occupation by the Islamic State group can be repaired.

No logging at protected Tasmanian forest: Australia

Sydney - Australian authorities Sunday said there would be no logging in the World Heritage-listed Tasmanian Wilderness, following recommendations in a report submitted to the United Nations's cultural body UNESCO.

Italy pits top sleuths against world's heritage looters

Rome - Italy unveiled a 60-strong task force of art detectives and restorers on Tuesday, ready to protect the world's crisis-hit heritage sites for UNESCO in a cultural version of the UN's famous Blue Helmets.

UNESCO, India agree to promote science education among students

The United Nations body, UNESCO, and the government of India have signed an agreement to collaborate on improving education and creating awareness of Indian academics and scientists.

Romania asks UNESCO to protect planned open-cast goldmine site

Bucharest - Romania has asked the UN cultural agency UNESCO to give world heritage list status to a village where a Canadian firm is battling to locate a controversial open-cast goldmine.

NGOs seek oil drilling ban in famed mountain gorilla national park

Kinshasa - International environment and rights groups on Thursday launched a joint plea to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ugandan governments not to allow oil drilling in or around the Virunga National Park, Africa's oldest wildlife reserve famed for its m...

These Adidas 3-D printed sneakers are made from ocean waste

Paris - During the climate talks in Paris earlier this week, Adidas unveiled a new type of sneaker that has a 3-D printed mid-sole fashioned from recycled polyester and gillnets. The company did this in partnership with the group Parley for the Oceans.

Global warming threatens jewels of nature, civilisation

Paris - From the glimmering coral of the Great Barrier Reef to Mount Fuji and the canal-crossed city of Venice, global warming may spell the final ruin of some of the most precious jewels of nature and civilisation.

Vienna's horses, Koreas' kimchi-making get UNESCO nod

Paris - The elegant horsemanship of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna and the time-honoured North Korean art of making spicy kimchi were on Wednesday added to the UN cultural agency's list of jewels that enrich the world's intangible cultural heritage.

Serbian church leader threatens 'force' if Kosovo joins UN agency

Belgrade - The head of Serbia's Orthodox Church Tuesday warned of using "force" if Kosovo were accepted as a member of the UN cultural agency UNESCO and holy sites there were recognised as belonging to the breakaway territory.

Israel accuses UNESCO of 'fueling flames' with Al Aqsa motion

Jerusalem - Israel on Thursday accused the UN's cultural body of fanning tensions in the region by approving a resolution that criticised the Jewish state for "aggressions" against Muslims seeking access to a Jerusalem holy site.

Arabs' draft UNESCO resolution on Al-Aqsa draws Israel ire

Paris - A group of Arab states has angered Israel by submitting a draft resolution to the UN cultural body stating that Jerusalem's Western Wall -- the holiest site at which Jews can pray -- is an "integral part" of the Al-Aqsa mosque compound.

Kerry pleads for U.S. re-election to UNESCO board despite owed dues

Paris - US Secretary of State John Kerry pleaded Sunday for the United States to be re-elected to UNESCO's executive board, pledging to do his utmost to restore US funding to the UN cultural body "in full.

UN's Blue Helmets to protect world's heritage from IS: Italy

Rome - Italy said Saturday that UNESCO has approved its suggestion to have the United Nation's famous Blue Helmets protect heritage sites around the world from attacks by Islamist militants.

Japan hits out as UNESCO archives Nanjing massacre documents

Toukyo - Japan on Saturday lashed out at UNESCO's decision to inscribe documents related to the Nanjing massacre in its Memory of the World register, describing it as "extremely regrettable" and calling for the process to be reformed.

'Rape of Nanjing' inscribed in UNESCO Memory of the World register

Paris - Documents related to the Nanjing massacre, a Japanese military rampage that Beijing says killed 300,000 people in 1937, were inscribed Friday in the Memory of the World register kept by the UN's scientific and cultural body.

Syria archeological sites looted 'on industrial scale': UNESCO

Sofia - Archeological sites in Syria are being looted "on an industrial scale," with proceeds being used to fund Islamic State extremists, the head of UNESCO warned Wednesday.

Destruction of Palmyra temple 'crime': UNESCO

Paris - The United Nations' cultural watchdog on Tuesday condemned the destruction of the famed Temple of Bel in Syria's Palmyra by Islamic State jihadists as an "intolerable crime against civilisation".

Palmyra temple destruction by IS a 'war crime': UNESCO

Paris - The head of the UN cultural watchdog on Monday branded the destruction by IS jihadists of an ancient temple in Syria's Palmyra ruins as a "war crime.

Dispute deepens over Madagascar's 'pirate shipwreck'

Antananarivo - Documentary makers following the marine archaeologists who say they found 17th-century pirate William Kidd's sunken ship defended the team's work on Wednesday after a UNESCO report dismissed their claims.

Explorer's 'pirate wreck' claim false, says UNESCO

Antananarivo - UNESCO on Tuesday threw cold water over an American explorer's claims that he had discovered the sunken treasure of infamous 17th-century pirate William Kidd off the coast of Madagascar.

Japan hails new UNESCO listing despite Korean qualms

Toukyo - Japan on Monday celebrated the inscription of Meiji-era industrial sites on UNESCO's World Heritage list, despite initial opposition from Seoul over the use of forced Korean labourers in the early 20th century.

Japan's Meiji industrial sites win UN world heritage status

Berlin - The UN's cultural body on Sunday conferred world heritage status on a number of new sites including some seen as representative of Japan's industrial revolution, as South Korea lifted its opposition to the listing.

Corks fly in France as Champagne, Burgundy win UNESCO status

France's wine-making region of Champagne and a part of Burgundy have been granted "World Heritage" status by UNESCO. This latest designation brings to 41 the number of French sites on the UN's world heritage list.

Hamburg's historic port warehouses win UN world heritage nod

Berlin - The UN cultural agency Sunday designated Hamburg's historic maritime warehouse and business districts, boasting early 20th century German brick architecture, as World Heritage sites.

Jamaica's Blue and John Crow Mountains named World Heritage site

Kingston - In a first for the Caribbean country, Jamaica's beautiful Blue and John Crow Mountains were designated a UNESCO World Heritage site on Saturday during the World Heritage committee's 39th annual meeting in Bonn, Germany.

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.
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