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.

South Sudan teetering on brink of famine

2016-02-08 17:57

At least 40 000 people are being starved to death in South Sudan war zones on the brink of famine, the United Nations says.

Pompeii: Keeping alive a dead city

2015-12-21 18:37

The crumbling ruins of Pompeii have for too long been exhibit number one in Italy's borderline criminal neglect of its historical heritage. New management and EU funding are trying to fix past disasters, but can the efforts be kept up?

Greens slam Russia for breaking Sochi pledge

2015-10-27 22:49

Russia is reneging on a promise to compensate for environmental damage caused by construction for the 2014 Sochi Olympic games with plans to develop areas it pledged to protect, activists say.

Unesco faults Israeli handling of holy sites

2015-10-21 22:00

Amid a wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence, the UN's cultural heritage body, Unesco, has adopted a resolution condemning Israeli handling of Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque.


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.

Malian jihadist accused of Timbuktu war crimes

2016-03-01 23:30

Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court have accused a Malian jihadist of a war crime by attacking the centuries-old world heritage site of Timbuktu.

Nazi hunter fears for Burundi

2016-01-12 05:19

German Nazi hunter Beate Klarsfeld says she fears for Burundi if killings linked to the political crisis in the strife-torn African country continue.

South African in Paris tells of sombre mood 24 hours after attacks

2015-11-15 19:02

The mood in Paris on Sunday morning was sombre following violent attacks in the city which left at least 129 people dead.

Nazi hunters to work with Unesco to prevent genocide

2015-10-26 17:05

A couple renowned for documenting all 76 000 people deported from France and tracking down Nazis for prosecution, will now work with the UN education agency on genocide prevention.

Unesco faults Israeli handling of holy sites

2015-10-21 21:21

Amid a wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence, the UN's cultural heritage body, Unesco, has adopted a resolution condemning Israeli handling of Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque.

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