Unesco approves controversial resolution on Jerusalem

2016-10-26 18:05

The US Ambassador to Unesco has condemned as "inflammatory" a resolution approved on the status of conservation of the Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls.

Israel suspends cooperation with Unesco over Jerusalem draft

2016-10-14 20:51

Israel has suspended cooperation with Unesco a day after the UN cultural agency adopted a draft resolution that Israel says denies the deep, historic Jewish connection to holy sites in Jerusalem.

Jihadist who razed Timbuktu tombs readies for judgment

2016-09-25 07:30

War crimes judges are set to deliver a historic judgment against a Malian jihadist who admitted attacking Timbuktu's fabled shrines, in a case which could send a strong message against cultural destruction.

Unesco puts five Libyan sites on heritage-in-danger list

2016-07-14 16:11

The UN's cultural agency has added Libya's five World Heritage sites to its danger list, saying armed militias posed a grave danger to the archaeological treasures.

Unesco meets on heritage under shadow of extremism

2016-07-10 20:22

The UN's cultural agency has met in Istanbul to consider adding over two dozen new sites to its prestigious global heritage list and called for a strong global response to the threats posed by extremism.

Poland starts logging primeval forest

2016-05-25 21:01

Poland has begun logging in the ancient Bialowieza forest, which includes some of Europe's last primeval woodland, despite fierce protests.

Russia: Syria's ancient Palmyra cleared of mines

2016-04-21 20:57

Russia's military says it has completely de-mined the Unesco world heritage site of Palmyra in Syria after it was recaptured by government forces from ISIS fighters last month.

Syria army keeps pressure on ISIS after Palmyra capture

2016-03-29 23:34

Regime troops have been locked in heavy fighting with the Islamic State group in central Syria, after dealing the jihadists a major blow by seizing the ancient city of Palmyra.

20 new Unesco biosphere reserves

2016-03-20 17:42

The United Nation's cultural body Unesco has added 20 new sites to its network of protected biosphere nature reserves, including two in Canada and two in Portugal.

Deadly clashes in oldest Congo wildlife reserve

2016-03-14 23:09

Two park rangers and five militiamen have been killed in clashes in Africa's oldest wildlife reserve, the Democratic Republic of Congo's Virunga National Park.


Unesco adopts controversial Jerusalem resolution

2016-10-18 16:22

Unesco's executive board has approved a resolution that Israel says denies the deep historic Jewish connection to holy sites in Jerusalem.

Madagascar hillsides stripped bare as locals seek land

2016-10-09 10:59

Madagascar nature conservationists are trying to rebuild the country's forests after years of deforestation almost had destroyed it .

Unesco adds four new sites to World Heritage list

2016-07-15 16:02

The UN's cultural agency has added four new sites in Iran, India, China and Micronesia to its World Heritage list.

Unesco: Mali's Old Towns of Djenne endangered by insecurity

2016-07-13 16:46

Unesco is adding Mali's Old Towns of Djenne, famous for their adobe architecture, to its list of World Heritage in Danger, citing insecurity in the area.

Australia gets itself airbrushed from UN climate report

2016-05-27 22:42

Australia's government has intervened to have all references to the country removed from a UN report examining the impact of climate change on world heritage sites.

Unesco resolution on Jerusalem stirs Israeli anger

2016-04-21 23:43

The language of a Unesco resolution on Jerusalem describing "so-called" Jewish sites and putting the Western Wall Plaza in quotation marks has drawn outrage from the Israeli government.

Heartbreak as Syrians briefly return to Palmyra

2016-04-15 21:13

Hundreds of former residents residents of the Syrian town of Palmyra - now free of ISIS extremists - have trickled back to check their homes and salvage what they can before having to leave again.

Jjihadist to face Timbuktu war crimes charge

2016-03-25 07:20

Judges at the International Criminal Court have agreed there is enough evidence to put an alleged Malian jihadist on trial for the destruction of the centuries-old world heritage site of Timbuktu.

ISIS claims five Russian troops killed in Syria

2016-03-18 16:59

The Islamic State jihadist group has claimed the killing of five Russian troops in fighting near the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra.

Syria strikes on jihadists spike during truce

2016-03-14 19:57

Since a ceasefire came into force in Syria, the army and its Russian ally have refocused their air power on targeting jihadist factions, a monitoring group says.

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