Chile fire toll: 12 dead, 2 000 homes destroyed

2014-04-14 08:45

Chile's historic Valparaiso is in flames with 12 dead, 2 000 homes destroyed and 10 000 people evacuated.

New lizard species discovered in Peru

2014-03-12 13:40

Scientists have discovered a new species of lizard at a national park in Peru, experts say.

Global warming puts heritage sites in jeopardy

2014-03-05 18:25

The sightseer of 4014 may have to pay a virtual visit to the Tower of London or Statue of Liberty, says a climate study that warned of dramatic ocean encroachment on heritage sites.

Italy investigates fresh collapses in Pompeii

2014-03-03 09:25

Italy's culture minister has demanded explanations after more collapses this weekend in the Roman city of Pompeii, concerns have been raised about the state of the treasured archaeological site.

Palestinians seek UN heritage status for village

2014-02-16 17:37

Palestinian officials have filed an urgent request to receive World Heritage status for a West Bank village whose terraces are under threat from the separation barrier.

At least 175m in Africa can’t read - Unesco

2014-01-29 08:44

Poor quality education is leaving a legacy of illiteracy more widespread than has been believed, the Unesco says.

Species protection needed at 78 sites: Study

2013-11-15 17:58

A scientific study has identified 78 sites worldwide in dire need of environmental protection because they harbor species that could go extinct.

Floods inundate Thai provinces, warnings issued

2013-09-23 12:02

More than 600 000 Thais have been affected by flooding since July and over a quarter of Thailand's provinces have been inundated, prompting officials to begin evacuation measures.

Ecuador dumps Amazon 'nature-for-oil' scheme

2013-08-16 09:30

Ecuador President Rafael Correa has said major oil exploration in an unspoilt Amazon nature reserve can go ahead.

Niger hopes for more tourists

2013-06-27 11:42

Locals in Niger’s historic city of Agadez are optimistic that its inclusion on Unesco’s list of World Heritage sites will bring tourists back after years of unrest in the area drove visitors away.

New Unesco World Heritage sites

2013-06-24 19:32

The Mount Etna volcano and Italy's Medici Villas are among 19 sites that have been added to Unesco's World Heritage list of places.

Cambodia-Thai border dispute in UN court

2013-04-15 12:02

Thailand and Cambodia are to face off at the UN's highest court in a dispute over land surrounding a flashpoint temple that has seen deadly clashes along their joint border.

'Bulk of Timbuktu manuscripts safe'

2013-01-30 14:56

The vast majority of Timbuktu's ancient manuscripts in state and private collections appear to be unharmed after the Malian Saharan city's 10-month occupation by Islamist rebel fighters.

Plan needed for West Bank barrier - NGO

2012-12-13 21:45

Israel's High Court has ordered the military to reconsider the route of a portion of its security barrier, which was to pass through the West Bank village of Battir, an environmental NGO has said.

8 killed in DRC militia attack

2012-10-26 13:46

Eight people, including two rangers, a soldier and five militiamen have been killed in a militia attack near Lake Edward in the DRC's Virunga national park, park authorities say.

Typhoon hits northern Vietnam

2012-08-19 13:16

At least nine people have been killed, thousands of homes damaged and swathes of farmland flooded as Typhoon Kai-Tak swept across northern Vietnam.

Unesco condemns 'repugnant acts' in Mali

2012-07-03 13:07

Unesco's World Heritage Committee has condemned the destruction of mausoleums in Mali's Timbuktu, urging the head of the UN cultural body to set up an emergency fund for Mali.

Sacred Timbuktu mosque entrance smashed

2012-07-02 13:34

Islamist militants in northern Mali have destroyed the "sacred" door of one of Timbuktu's three ancient mosques after smashing seven tombs of Muslim saints over the weekend, witnesses say.

Great Barrier Reef under clear threat: UN

2012-06-02 14:34

Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef is under imminent threat from industrial development and may be considered for listing as a world heritage site "in danger" within the next year, a UN report says.

Iran slams Google for leaving Gulf nameless

2012-05-05 22:37

Iran has criticised Google for leaving the body of water separating it from the Arabian peninsula nameless on its online map service, saying it would hurt the internet giant's credibility.

Titanic falls under Unesco protection

2012-04-05 14:45

The wreck of the Atlantic liner Titanic will come under Unesco protection, as it has now lain at the bottom of the Atlantic for 100 years.

Elephants flee Mount Kenya fires

2012-03-19 19:08

A fire on the slopes of Kenya's tallest mountain is sending big game animals like elephants fleeing for their lives, as wildlife agents and British troops are fighting to put out several fires.

Mauritania takes tourists to red zone

2012-02-06 22:23

Mauritania has invited a group of French tourists to visit the north of the country and boost tourism which has been hard-hit by al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

Mali to boost tourist security

2011-12-07 21:54

The Malian government says it is taking measures to boost security at tourist sites and roads after a spate of kidnappings, including a South African, and the murder of a foreigner in the north of the country.

Unesco scrambles after funding cut

2011-11-11 09:31

Unesco has suspended new programmes in response to the US decision to cut off funding after it granted the Palestinians membership.


Ancient statues stolen from Sudan heritage site

2014-04-02 11:00

Three statues linked to royal burial ceremonies in Sudan's ancient Napatan civilisation have been stolen from a museum near a Unesco World Heritage site, an official say.

Great Barrier Reef at risk of disappearing

2014-03-06 08:24

Time is running out for Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef, with climate change set to wreck irreversible damage by 2030 unless immediate action is taken, marine scientists say.

Third collapse in Italy's ancient Pompeii

2014-03-04 07:58

A wall in the ancient city of Pompeii has collapsed, the third piece of the Unesco world heritage site to crumble after days of heavy rain in southern Italy, authorities say.

1 000s forced off land in Ethiopia – HRW

2014-02-19 14:32

Ethiopia is clearing swathes of land and forcibly displacing populations to make room for state-run sugar plantations in the Omo Valley, according to HRW.

UN: 250 million school age kids can't read

2014-01-30 09:31

At least 250 million of the world's 650 million primary school age children are unable to read, write or do basic mathematics, according to a UN report.

Oil in Africa parks drives hunt for eco-methods

2013-11-29 07:32

East Africa's oil rush is spreading into parks and protected areas, prompting companies to develop new ways to explore without disturbing natural treasures such as rare fossils.

US, Israel lose Unesco voting right

2013-11-08 22:29

US, Israel have lost their Unesco voting rights after missing the deadline over debt linked to Palestinians.

Kenya discovers vast water source

2013-09-11 16:53

Water shortages in drought stricken northern Kenya may be a thing of the past after a huge new water source was discovered, which could supply the country for 70 years, the government says.

Acid attack on 2 Britons in Zanzibar

2013-08-08 09:31

Attackers in the east African island of Zanzibar have thrown acid into the faces of two young British women, the first such assault against foreigners in the popular tourist destination, police say.

UN heritage site application shelved

2013-06-26 20:30

Official: Palestinians shelve UNESCO heritage site application as goodwill gesture to Kerry

Mali culture damaged - Unesco

2013-06-08 08:00

A Unesco team says destruction to Mali's fabled Timbuktu is more alarming than initially estimated.

Unesco ready to send mission to Mali

2013-03-05 09:06

Unesco is ready to send experts to Mali to assess damage to cultural treasures in the troubled north as soon as security conditions allow, its director general says.

Speaker of oldest San language dies

2013-01-18 11:10

Only two people are left who can speak the oldest surviving San language of South Africa following the death of a 71-year-old woman.

Tutu awarded Unesco human rights prize

2012-12-11 07:18

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has been awarded the Unesco/Bilbao human rights prize for "his exceptional contribution to building a universal culture of human rights at the national, regional and international levels".

56 million+ have no primary schooling

2012-10-16 14:22

Over 56 million young people in sub-Saharan Africa have not completed primary school and lack basic skills for employment and women are the hardest hit.

Tombs at Timbuktu mosque destroyed

2012-07-10 16:30

The Islamists controlling northern Mali have destroyed two tombs at the ancient Djingareyber mud mosque in Timbuktu, an endangered world heritage site, witnesses say.

AU slams destruction of Timbuktu tombs

2012-07-02 13:51

The African Union has condemned the ongoing destruction of mausoleums by radical Islamists in the ancient city of Timbuktu.

Timbuktu an endangered world heritage

2012-06-28 21:04

The UN cultural organisation Unesco has listed the entire town of Timbuktu in the west African nation of Mali as endangered world heritage because of ongoing violence in the region.

Islamist attacks saint's tomb in Timbuktu

2012-05-07 08:50

A new member of an Islamist group in north Mali has attacked and burned a saint's tomb classified as a Unesco World Heritage Site in Timbuktu, the spokesperson for the group says.

Media wary of Arab Spring freedoms

2012-05-03 20:38

Reporters Without Borders is urging Arab Spring countries to develop their media freedom.

World scrambling to stop Mali Tuareg advance

2012-04-04 20:32

World leaders are scrambling to stop Mali's descent into chaos, two weeks after a coup in Bamako touched off a sequence which saw Tuareg rebels conquer half the country.

Unesco to weigh in on Chapman's Peak saga

2012-02-28 07:29

The Western Cape transport department has welcomed Unesco's involvement in the Chapman's Peak tolling saga.

Palestine flag raised at Unesco

2011-12-13 15:51

Palestinians have raised their flag at the headquarters of the UN cultural agency in Paris, a symbolic boost in their push for an independent state.

Music, puppetry, poetry make UN list

2011-11-29 10:26

Mexican mariachi music, Chinese shadow puppetry and poetic duelling from Cyprus are among the cultural traditions identified by the United Nations as needing protection.

Palestinians should defer agency bids - Ban

2011-11-03 21:19

Palestinian efforts to join UN agencies beyond its cultural arm are "not beneficial for anybody", UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has warned.

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