Italy wins G-7 backing for U.N. peacekeeping force for culture

Apr 2, 2017

Italy wins G-7 backing for U.N. peacekeeping force for culture

The Group of Seven committed on Friday to pursuing the creation of a U.N. peacekeeping force to protect World Heritage sites from destruction in conflict and combating the trafficking of plundered treasures. Destroying antiquities at heritage sites like the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra ...

French-Swiss aid worker abducted in Malian city of Gao

Dec 26, 2016

French-Swiss aid worker abducted in Malian city of Gao

A French-Swiss aid worker has been kidnapped in the city of Gao in northern Mali, and French and Malian authorities are working together to rescue her, the French foreign ministry said on Sunday. Sophie Petronin, who runs a nongovernmental organization that helps children suffering ...

Nov 25, 2016

Kidnapped Australian doctor becomes Burkina Faso citizen

An Australian surgeon kidnapped by jihadis nearly two years ago whose whereabouts remain unknown has been declared a citizen of the West African nation, an official decree announced Wednesday. “Arthur Kenneth Elliott, born 11 November 1934 in Perth, in Australia … a surgeon” has ...