Palmyra temple appears intact after blast: Syria official

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 said.

Blast at Syria`s Palmyra prompts fears for famed temple

A powerful blast in the ruins of Syria`s ancient Palmyra raised fears Monday that the Islamic State group has damaged another of the Middle East`s most treasured heritage sites.

High-tech plan in place to save ancient sites from ISIS: Report

A team of digital-age "monuments men" will fightback against the Islamic State's destruction of ancient sites by flooding the Middle East region with cameras and harnessing 3D printing technology to reconstruct the destroyed antiquities, according to a media report.

Islamic State publishes images of Syrian temple destruction in Palmyra
Islamic State publishes images of Syrian temple destruction in Palmyra

Islamic State militants published photos on Tuesday purporting to show the destruction of a Roman-era temple in the central Syrian city of Palmyra, an act the UN cultural agency UNESCO has called a war crime.

Islamic State's destruction of Roman temple in Syria is war crime: UNESCO

Islamic State`s demolition of an renowned ancient Roman temple in the Syrian city of Palmyra is a war crime that targeted an historic symbol of the country`s diversity, the UN cultural agency UNESCO said on Monday.

Rs 91 lakh was spent by Delhi govt for preparing dossier: Min

 An amount of Rs 91.10 lakh was spent towards preparing dossier to nominate Delhi as a UNESCO World Heritage City, which the Government has asked to postpone, Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday.

US hails Syria activist release, calls for charges dropped

The US State Department on Monday welcomed the release of Syrian human rights activist Mazen Darwish, and demanded the immediate release of tens of thousands of people it said were being held without fair trials.

Masons rebuild Timbuktu tombs after militant destruction

 Malian masons have rebuilt eight mausoleums destroyed by Islamist militants that took over the desert city of Timbuktu in 2012, the United Nations and Malian officials said.

Verbal shoot-out over Madagascar`s `pirate shipwreck'

The producer leading a television documentary team that says it has found 17th-century pirate William Kidd`s sunken ship fought back on Wednesday against a UNESCO report dismissing their claims.

Blast damages citadel wall in Syria's Aleppo

A bomb explosion on Sunday in a tunnel near Aleppo Citadel in Syria damaged a wall of the fortress that is part of the UNESCO-listed Old City, state media and a monitor reported.

Blast damages citadel wall in Syria's UNESCO-listed Aleppo
Blast damages citadel wall in Syria's UNESCO-listed Aleppo

A bomb explosion in a tunnel near Aleppo Citadel in Syria on Sunday damaged a wall of the fortress that is part of the UNESCO-listed Old City, state media and a monitor reported.

India made impressive progress in providing primary education: Report

India has made "impressive" progress in providing primary education to its children but it is still struggling to achieve similar results in lower secondary education and has the largest number of out-of- school adolescents, a UN study said today.

Japan hails new UNESCO listing despite Korean qualms
Japan hails new UNESCO listing despite Korean qualms

Japan on Monday celebrated the inscription of Meiji-era industrial sites on UNESCO`s World Heritage list, despite initial opposition from Seoul over the use of forced Korean labourers in the early 20th century.

UNESCO condemns IS destruction of Syria's Palmyra antiquities

UNESCO has condemned the destruction by Islamic State group jihadists of antiquities in the Syrian city of Palmyra, describing it as an attempt to strip the people of their heritage in order "to enslave them".

ISIS photos show militants reducing Palmyra's rare artefacts to dust

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has reportedly released photos showing its militants destroying what are understood to be looted artefacts from the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria.The pictures showed six statues being hit with sledgehammers as a crowd looked on, reported the BBC.

Islamic State looting Syrian, Iraqi sites on industrial scale: UNESCO
Islamic State looting Syrian, Iraqi sites on industrial scale: UNESCO

 Islamic State militants are looting ancient sites across Iraq and Syria on an industrial scale and selling on treasures to middlemen to raise cash, Irina Bokova, the head of the U.N. cultural agency UNESCO said on Thursday.

UNESCO chief warns about jihadist 'culture cleansing'

The head of the UN cultural organisation today called for a campaign against the "culture cleansing" being carried out by Islamic State jihadists.

UNESCO condemns 'barbaric' IS attacks on heritage sites

The UN cultural organisation on Monday condemned the "barbaric assaults" the Islamic State group has launched on World Heritage sites in Iraq and Syria, saying they may amount to war crimes.

Syria confirms Palmyra''s Greco-Roman ruins undamaged

Syrian authorities confirmed on Tuesday that the Greco-Roman ruins in the central Syrian city of Palmyra were undamaged, but that two Islamic mausoleums in the city`s suburbs were destroyed by the Islamic State (IS) group.

UNESCO threat looms as Thailand fights to keep two sites' status
UNESCO threat looms as Thailand fights to keep two sites' status

With the UNESCO threatening to downgrade Thailand's two World Heritage sites' status, the country is preparing hard to defend them amid ongoing concerns over their conservation and management efforts.