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.

Group posts 50 000 Holocaust documents online

2015-10-07 21:30

The first 50 000 documents from the International Tracing Service, a group that helps track down those who went missing in the wake of the Holocaust and WWII, have been placed online.

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.


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.

US lobbies for re-election to UNESCO executive board

2015-10-18 21:30

The US should be able to rejoin UNESCO's executive board despite ending financial contributions to the international organisation in 2011, US Secretary of State John Kerry says.

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.

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