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Scores of Egypt public figures defend convicted library head

2017-08-10 20:21

Scores of Egyptian former ministers, state officials and diplomats have rallied in defense of the former head of the Library of Alexandria who was sentenced earlier this month to three years in prison on charges of squandering public funds.

Women with HIV in Cameroon still stigmatised

2017-07-24 18:09

Blandine, a 28-year-old mother of a baby girl, sits restlessly on a chair in a womens' health centre in Cameroon's capital, not knowing how or what to feel as she waits for an HIV test.

South Africa has new UN heritage site

2017-07-10 16:51

A desert area in South Africa which was inhabited during the Stone Age has been added to the UN world heritage list.

Eritrea's capital added to Unesco World Heritage list

2017-07-08 17:55

Eritrean officials on Saturday claimed "victory" after the UN cultural agency unanimously decided to put the African nation's capital city of Asmara on the Unesco World Heritage list - the result of years of lobbying by one of the world's most reclusive governments.

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

2017-07-04 20:33

Several hundred environmental activists and forest rangers have held rival protests in southern Poland over large-scale logging in the ancient Bialowieza forest, which includes some of Europe's last primeval woodland.

Spain fire near World Heritage site 'under control'

2017-06-27 19:00

Officials say a wildfire that threatened a nature reserve in southern Spain designated as a World Heritage site has been brought under control.

New restrictions set on visiting Peru's famed Machu Picchu

2017-06-22 05:45

Travellers wanting a glimpse of Peru's famed Machu Picchu will be restricted to certain hours touring the area with a designated guide.

Scientists find 38 million pieces of trash on Pacific island

2017-05-16 20:00

Researchers on the Henderson Island in the Pacific Ocean have been able to determine that about 13 000 pieces of trash wash up on the island every day.

Nations team up to protect ancient heritage from terrorism

2017-04-24 20:49

Ten countries have formed a new group aimed at protecting ancient heritage from extremism of the kind that saw the Islamic State group lay waste to Syria's historic Palmyra.

Kremlin says Syrian forces, with air support, take Palmyra

2017-03-02 19:48

The Syrian army backed by Russian jets has completed the recapture of the iconic ancient city of Palmyra from the Islamic State group.

 

Senegal: five things to know

2017-07-28 20:28

Senegal, known for its stability and strong civil society, is one of the few African nations not to have suffered a coup since independence in 1960.

Africa has new UN heritage sites in Angola, Eritrea, SA

2017-07-10 18:59

Africa has several new sites on the United Nations world heritage list, including an old royal capital in Angola, the Eritrean capital of Asmara and a desert area in South Africa

Old German caves, Poland silver mines make UN heritage list

2017-07-09 20:30

The UN'scultural agency has added to its list of World Heritage sites six caves in west Germany with art dating back to the Ice Age and old silver ore mines in southern Poland.

Unesco excludes Great Barrier Reef 'in danger' list

2017-07-06 21:00

Unesco says its World Heritage committee has decided not to place Australia's Great Barrier Reef on its list of sites "in danger" despite concern over coral bleaching.

Angola slowly opens to conservationists after long civil war

2017-07-03 20:28

Hippos, malaria and capsized canoes were among the hazards for National Geographic researchers paddling along an Angolan river that had been barely studied.

1000s protest logging in Poland's ancient forest

2017-06-25 20:33

Thousands have demonstrated in Warsaw demanding an end to large-scale logging in Poland's ancient Bialowieza forest.

Poland says primeval forest should not be Unesco site

2017-06-21 21:38

Polish Environment Minister Jan Szyszko has called on Unesco to strip the ancient Bialowieza forest of its natural heritage status.

EU warns Poland: Stop widespread logging in primeval forest

2017-04-27 20:31

The EU has warned Poland to stop widespread logging in its Bialowieza primeval forest after it increased logging threefold.

Gambia's race to save its 'Roots' on Kunta Kinteh island

2017-04-21 09:10

As the rebel slave who defied his captors, Kunta Kinte, immortalised in print and on screen in "Roots", put The Gambia on the map for historical tourism.

Morocco looks to new markets to boost stagnant tourism

2017-02-26 13:00

Morocco's key tourism sector barely grew last year amid security challenges, but operators are hoping Chinese and Russian visitors will boost their fortunes in the coming years.

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