ISIS blows up ancient Arch of Triumph in Palmyra

2015-10-05 08:25

ISIS militants have blown up the Arch of Triumph, a major monument in the 2 000-year-old Roman city of Palmyra, Syria's antiquities chief says.

Mining, oil threaten most of Africa's natural heritage sites - group

2015-10-01 17:42

Mining, oil and gas exploration poses a threat to 61% of Africa’s Unesco-approved Natural World Heritage Sites and nearly one-third of sites worldwide, the WWF conservation group says.

Islamist rebels execute 56 Syrian soldiers

2015-09-19 18:03

Islamist rebels, led by the al-Qaeda branch in Syria, have executed 56 government soldiers at an air base under the opposition's control in north-western Syria, a monitoring group says.

Palmyra's most famed temple destroyed: UN

2015-09-01 06:24

The most famed temple in Syria's Palmyra has been blown up, the UN has confirmed, showing satellite images of the damage as the Islamic State group presses a campaign to tear down the treasured heritage site.

UN chief appalled by 'barbaric' attacks in Palmyra

2015-08-25 09:45

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he is appalled by reports that ISIS had demolished a temple in Syria's ancient Palmyra.

This is the world's priciest wine - a rare Burgundy

2015-08-10 12:57

The world's most expensive wine is Richebourg Grand Cru which sells at a whopping $15 195 a bottle.

Captain Kidd's ship a con

2015-07-14 18:57

The UN's culture agency says a alleged vessel found off Madagascar is not 17th-century Scottish pirate William Kidd's flagship, and a silver 'treasure' bar is a fake.

Children in conflict zones need $2.3bn to go to school

2015-06-29 11:01

The 34 million children who are out of school in conflict-affected countries need $2.3bn to get them all schooling, ten times the amount education currently receives in aid, Unesco says.

Aus welcomes UN call on Great Barrier Reef

2015-05-30 12:30

Australia has welcomed a draft decision by the UN to keep the Great Barrier Reef off its endangered list, but environmentalists warned of ongoing risks.

Pink iguanas on Galapagos untouched by volcano's lava

2015-05-29 12:28

The world's only colony of pink iguanas has been spared by lava flowing from Wolf volcano on the Galapagos Island archipelago, the Galapagos National Park confirmed on Thursday.


World Heritage sites threatened by oil, mining

2015-10-01 21:00

A London report says almost a third of natural World Heritage sites are threatened by mining and oil exploration.

Syrian forces pound ISIS with new Russian aircraft: sources

2015-09-22 22:02

At least 38 ISIS fighters have been killed as Syrian jets continued to pound the extremist group's strongholds in the ancient city of Palmyra, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says.

Galapagos iguana smuggler arrested

2015-09-08 10:08

A Mexican man has been detained in Ecuador for trying to leave the Islands with 11 endangered iguanas in his luggage.

2nd Palmyra temple appears intact after blast

2015-08-31 14:22

A blast rocked the ancient ruins in Syria's Palmyra on Sunday but the site's famed Temple of Bel appeared to be largely intact, Syria's antiquities chief says.

Syria releases award-winning activist Mazen Darwish

2015-08-11 14:46

Syrian authorities have released award-winning human rights activist Mazen Darwish after more than three years in jail pending a verdict in his case later this month.

Timbuktu's mausoleums restored

2015-07-19 22:49

Timbuktu mausoleums have been restored three years after they were destroyed by Islamic extremists.

Zim lifts ban on walkers in key game park

2015-07-09 19:06

A controversial ban on walking without guides in one of Zimbabwe's most popular national parks has been lifted.

UN team in Madagascar to probe claim of pirate Kidd's treasure

2015-06-19 15:22

A UN research team has arrived in Madagascar to determine the origin of a silver bar attributed to 17th-century Scottish pirate William Kidd, but whose authenticity has been put in doubt.

Great Barrier Reef stays on UN watch list

2015-05-29 20:30

The Great Barrier Reef will remain under surveillance but not be listed as endangered, according to a draft recommendation to the UN's World Heritage Committee.

ISIS cements grip on Iraq-Syria border

2015-05-23 11:22

The Islamic State group has consolidated its control of the Iraq-Syria border after capturing an Iraqi provincial capital.

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