Islamic State blew up ancient Palmyra temple, activists report

Aug 24, 2015

Islamic State blew up ancient Palmyra temple, activists report

Islamic State militants have destroyed a temple at Syria’s ancient ruins of Palmyra, activists said Sunday, realizing the worst fears archaeologists had for the 2,000-year-old Roman-era city after the extremists seized it and beheaded a local scholar. Palmyra, one of the Middle East’s most ...

IS systematically destroying heritage sites, UNESCO chief says

Aug 22, 2015

IS systematically destroying heritage sites, UNESCO chief says

Islamic State extremists in Syria and Iraq are engaged in the “most brutal, systematic” destruction of ancient sites since World War II, the head of the U.N. cultural agency said Friday after militants demolished a monastery with ancient foundations in central Syria. The world’s ...

Jul 29, 2015

Fukuoka ancient monuments touted for UNESCO heritage list

The Council for Cultural Affairs has picked a group of five ancient monuments in Fukuoka Prefecture as a candidate for UNESCO cultural heritage status in 2017. The government will recommend the Munakata-Okinoshima monuments to UNESCO by next Feb. 1 for screening by the World ...

Malian masons rebuild Timbuktu tombs destroyed by Islamist occupiers

Jul 20, 2015

Malian masons rebuild Timbuktu tombs destroyed by Islamist occupiers

Malian masons have rebuilt eight mausoleums destroyed by Islamist militants who took over the desert city of Timbuktu in 2012, the United Nations and Malian officials said. Invading Islamist fighters considered a local Sufi veneration for the tombs as idolatrous and hacked them to ...

Jul 14, 2015

Repairing Japan-South Korea ties

Having cooperated to obtain UNESCO world cultural heritage status for their historical sites, Japan and South Korea should continue to strive to prevent differences over historical perceptions from further straining bilateral ties.

Campaigners say work still needed after UNESCO endorsement

Jul 6, 2015

Campaigners say work still needed after UNESCO endorsement

While the people behind the bid to have Meiji-era industrial sites recognized with UNESCO World Cultural Heritage status celebrated their efforts Monday, they also noted that a raft of issues that must still be tackled. UNESCO on Sunday decided to add the “Sites of ...