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Bombed and looted ancient Cambodian city poised for rebirth

- It has survived centuries of monsoon rains, a US bombing campaign and rampant looting.Now the ancient temple city of Sambor Prei Kuk in Cambodia is finally ready for a renaissance -- and is teasing tourists to its forest-cocooned ruins.

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.

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.

Green activists, rangers face off over Poland's ancient forest

Krak - Several hundred environmental activists and forest rangers on Tuesday held rival protests in southern Poland over large-scale logging in the ancient Bialowieza forest, a UNESCO 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.

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.

UNESCO ratifies Jerusalem resolution slammed by Israel

Paris - The executive board of the UN's cultural agency ratified Friday a resolution that identifies Israel as "the occupying power" in Jerusalem and calls on it to rescind any move changing the city's "character and status.

Migrant rescuers, island mayor win UNESCO peace prize

Rome - UNESCO awarded its prestigious peace prize on Wednesday to migrant rescue association SOS Mediterranee and the mayor of Lampedusa, the tiny Italian island on the frontline of the refugee crisis.

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.

Rio gets UNESCO world heritage status

Rio De Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro, nicknamed the Marvelous City, officially entered the UN's list of world heritage sites Tuesday in recognition of its soaring granite cliffs, urban rainforest and beaches.

UN adds yoga's Indian philosophy to heritage list

Addis Ababa - The ancient Indian philosophy behind yoga, the mind-body discipline now practised the world over, on Thursday joined UNESCO's list of "intangible" world heritage.

Journalist killed every 4.5 days, says UNESCO

Paris - One journalist is killed every four-and-a-half days, according to a shocking report released by UNESCO on Wednesday.During the last decade, 827 journalists have been killed while on the job, the UNESCO director-general's report said.

Israel apologises for deputy minister's quake comments

Jerusalem - Israel apologised on Saturday after a deputy minister said an earthquake in Italy was punishment for a UNESCO resolution on east Jerusalem that has angered the Jewish state.

Japan pulls UNESCO funding over Nanjing row

Toukyo - Japan is holding back more than $40 million in UNESCO funding, foreign minister Fumio Kishida said Friday, following a protest against listing documents related to the Nanjing massacre.

Israel slams UNESCO over 'Occupied Jerusalem'

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blasted UNESCO for holding a vote Thursday on "Occupied Palestine" saying the Paris-based UN cultural body has lost its legitimacy.

UNESCO risks fresh Israel anger with Jerusalem resolutions

Paris - UNESCO's decision-making body will next week consider two new resolutions on "Occupied Palestine", six months after a similar text angered Israel.

UNESCO lists Le Corbusier's works among World Heritage Sites

Paris - UNESCO on Sunday listed Franco-Swiss architect Le Corbusier's works -- including the Indian city of Chandigarh which he planned in the 1950s-- among its World Heritage Sites.

Ruined Armenian city in Turkey becomes World Heritage

Istanbul - The UN's cultural agency on Friday added a ruined Armenian city inside Turkey's closed border with the ex-Soviet state to its World Heritage list, as it elevated eight other sites across the world to the list ranking.

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.
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