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Kenya's bid for 2024 Olympicsupdated: Wed Aug 15 2012 20:46:00

Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga shares with CNN his views on Rudisha's gold and Kenya's bid to host the 2024 Olympics

Survivors of Ugandan helicopter crashes sought in Kenyaupdated: Tue Aug 14 2012 14:18:00

Rescue teams searched Tuesday for seven people thought to have survived after three military helicopters came down on the side of Kenya's highest mountain, in a remote area that is home to leopards and rhinoceros.

Opinion: Timbuktu tomb attack is an attack on our humanityupdated: Mon Jul 02 2012 15:38:00

The Old Mostar Bridge, the giant Buddhas of Bamiyan, and now the Mausoleums of Timbuktu. Once again, culture is under attack.

Italy: Four scuba divers drown in 'Blood Grotto' panicupdated: Mon Jul 02 2012 14:46:00

Four scuba divers drowned after a routine trip to a popular underwater cave system in southern Italy went horribly wrong over the weekend, according to the coast guard.

Coal slag heaps join pyramids on World Heritage listupdated: Mon Jul 02 2012 10:01:00

Coal slag heaps up to 450-feet high may not seem the obvious candidates to join a list that includes the pyramids of Egypt, the Great Wall of China, and Yellowstone National Park.

Militants vow to destroy more tombsupdated: Mon Jul 02 2012 09:05:00

Islamic militants are destroying sacred tombs in Timbuktu, and they say they'll destroy more.

Islamic militants set fire to sacred tombs in Timbuktuupdated: Mon Jul 02 2012 09:05:00

UNESCO on Saturday condemned the destruction of three sacred tombs in Timbuktu, Mali, by Islamic militants who say they will destroy more.

UNESCO grants Bethlehem church 'world heritage' statusupdated: Sat Jun 30 2012 12:48:00

The United Nations body responsible for preserving the world's most important cultural sites voted Friday to grant "world heritage" status to the Church of the Nativity in the Palestinian city of Bethlehem.

Rebels burn Timbuktu tomb listed as U.N. World Heritage siteupdated: Mon May 07 2012 05:13:00

Elderly men were keeping watch Saturday over Timbuktu's main library after Islamists burned a tomb listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Inner Mongolians culture clashupdated: Thu Apr 19 2012 04:49:00

CNN's Eunice Yoon reports from Inner Mongolia on ethnic tensions that date back to the days of the old Silk Road.

Ethnic Mongolians in China concerned about cultural threatupdated: Thu Apr 19 2012 04:49:00

There is a saying that Mongolians are born on horses.

Timbuktu: Mali's treasure at risk from armed uprisingupdated: Fri Apr 13 2012 12:19:00

For centuries, Timbuktu has existed in the Western imagination as a byword for the most exotic, far-flung place conceivable.

Protests continue against building of South Korean naval base updated: Thu Mar 08 2012 10:06:00

Tensions soared on the South Korean island of Jeju on Thursday as hundreds of residents, activists and priests protest against the building of a naval base.

Iraq museum pays smugglers for looted treasuresupdated: Tue Dec 13 2011 11:47:00

Iraq's second largest museum in Sulaimaniya is recovering stolen artifacts by paying smugglers to return the treasures.

The lost treasures of Iraqupdated: Tue Dec 13 2011 11:47:00

Iraq's National Museum lost around 15,000 artifacts. Now Kurdistan has to pay smugglers for stolen artifacts.

10 of the Middle East's greatest ancient wondersupdated: Thu Dec 08 2011 05:41:00

This month, CNN's Inside the Middle East explores some of the Middle East's archeological treasures.

Mexican mariachi music receives international recognitionupdated: Sun Nov 27 2011 15:35:00

The United Nations' cultural organization recognized mariachi music Sunday in a move that Mexican authorities hope will help preserve the well-known tradition.

How 3-D laser scanning preserves world's most treasured sitesupdated: Sun Nov 27 2011 08:33:00

When I was a boy, my father used to take me by the hand to visit the ruins of the ancient metropolis on the outskirts of our town. We would always stop by to visit the huge winged bulls that guarded the gates of the ancient city of Nineveh.

With Security Council report, Palestinian statehood bid stalled at U.N.updated: Fri Nov 11 2011 15:45:00

The Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations was effectively stalled Friday after the Security Council approved a report stating its inability "to make a unanimous recommendation."

Looting of Libyan treasure highlights illicit antiquities trade updated: Fri Nov 11 2011 13:11:00

The looting of a large collection of priceless coins, statues and jewelry from a bank vault during Libya's recent civil war has highlighted the risk of looting during times of conflict.

UNESCO suspends year-end projects due to U.S. funding cutupdated: Thu Nov 10 2011 16:22:00

UNESCO has suspended its projects and commitments until the end of year because the United States cut its $65 million funding in the wake of the agency's acceptance of Palestine for full membership, the agency's chief said Thursday.

U.S. reacts to UNESCO Palestinian voteupdated: Fri Nov 04 2011 08:19:00

U.S. cuts funding to UNESCO after the agency grants full membership to the Palestinians. CNN's Kevin Flower reports.

Israel freezes UNESCO funds; Palestinians study vote for cluesupdated: Fri Nov 04 2011 08:19:00

The top Palestinian envoy to the United Nations said Thursday that he is carefully "studying" the patterns of the vote that admitted his territory to the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Israel freezes UNESCO funds updated: Thu Nov 03 2011 13:08:00

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered his country Thursday to freeze payments to the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization after that agency admitted the Palestinians as full members.

U.S. funding cutoff will curtail U.N. agencyupdated: Wed Nov 02 2011 17:08:00

The withholding of U.S. funding from UNESCO will make it "impossible" for the agency to maintain all its activities that help to educate and inform people in the developing world, Director-General Irina Bokova said Wednesday.

East Jerusalem construction 'not a punishment,' says Netanyahuupdated: Wed Nov 02 2011 15:14:00

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended his government's decision Wednesday to speed up construction in East Jerusalem.

Israel to speed up settlement construction in Jerusalem, West Bank updated: Wed Nov 02 2011 03:49:00

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday called for speeding up the construction of 2,000 housing units in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Hackers shut down Palestinian Internet networkupdated: Tue Nov 01 2011 13:40:00

Internet service is completely cut off in Gaza Tuesday and partially shut down in the West Bank after an attack on the main Internet provider to the Palestinian territories, according to a minister with the Palestinian Authority.

U.S. cuts UNESCO funding after Palestinian membership voteupdated: Tue Nov 01 2011 11:42:00

The United States is cutting funding to the U.N. education and science agency UNESCO after the agency voted to accept a Palestinian bid for full membership, the U.S. State Department said Monday.

Palestinians bid for statehood at U.N.updated: Tue Nov 01 2011 11:42:00

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas formally requests official recognition of a Palestinian state at the U.N.

Libyans battle to protect ancient treasures from lootingupdated: Thu Oct 13 2011 11:19:00

Walking along the tree-lined gravel track towards one of the Roman Empire's greatest architectural legacies, little can prepare you for what you are about to experience.

Libya's treasures under threatupdated: Thu Oct 13 2011 11:19:00

Libyans protect ancient treasures at Roman sites, but experts fear many have been looted. CNN's Nic Robertson reports.

Libya's other wealth: Archaeological treasuresupdated: Tue Sep 06 2011 23:00:00

Before Moammar Gadhafi, there were the Phoenicians. And the Greeks. The Romans. The first Arabs. They're a reminder that no civilization -- and no leader -- is forever.

Who requires the most education?updated: Sun Jul 24 2011 12:07:00

When it comes to mandatory education, Puerto Rico and Venezuela stand apart from the rest of the world.

Will one of two destroyed Buddha statues be reconstructed?updated: Wed Mar 02 2011 05:54:00

The giant Buddhas of Bamiyan, once painted in bright colors, remained silent sentinels as they reacquired the hues of the sandstone cliffs from which they were carved.

South Korea's 'volcanic' tourism heats upupdated: Mon Nov 08 2010 06:30:00

Huge billboards stating, "We love having you here" greet you every few miles, so it's impossible not to feel welcomed on the island of Jeju.

South Korea's World Heritage sitesupdated: Mon Nov 08 2010 06:30:00

Created by a volcano 2 million years ago, now millions visit the World Heritage sites of Jeju Island.

For African expats, it's a tough road homeupdated: Fri Nov 05 2010 13:54:00

For African business leaders who study and further their training overseas, returning to the continent can be even tougher.

Penang's architectural jewelupdated: Tue Nov 02 2010 03:19:00

One man has saved the old buildings of Penang and ensured their history will last for generations. CNN's Dan Rivers reports.

Preserving Malaysia's architectural jewelupdated: Tue Nov 02 2010 03:19:00

There is a sublime beauty about Penang's ruined buildings; suffused with melancholy, they sit like jilted lovers, neglected and brooding in the gathering undergrowth. Each relays an echo from the past, as its story crumbles and fades.

Rangers struggle to save endangered fish in Lake Malawiupdated: Wed Oct 27 2010 13:49:00

Lake Malawi has more freshwater fish than anywhere else in the world, and park rangers are on the frontline of the battle to save them.

Lake Malawi conservationupdated: Wed Oct 27 2010 13:49:00

Rangers from Lake Malawi step up their patrol to preserve the lake's natural resources.

UNESCO suspends prize named for African leaderupdated: Thu Oct 21 2010 13:15:00

A U.N. agency has suspended a prize funded by and named for Equatorial Guinea's president, whose government has been accused of human rights abuses.

South Africa Iron Age site 'threatened'updated: Mon Oct 11 2010 12:10:00

A coal mine being developed close to a World Heritage Site in South Africa could "completely destroy" one of the country's most cherished national parks, UNESCO has warned.

Mexican community hit by landslide is home to 'never conquered' groupupdated: Tue Sep 28 2010 22:29:00

Located in the mountainous northeast region of the Mexican state of Oaxaca, Santa Maria Tlahuitoltepec is home to 9,000 mostly indigenous people who live in very marginalized conditions.

Sweden and Malaysia's island paradisesupdated: Sat Sep 11 2010 11:43:00

With its freezing, dark winters and summer days that in the north of the country that literally never end, Sweden wouldn't appear to share much in common with the equatorial heat of Malaysia.

Oman to invest $20 billion in rugged beauty to lure upscale touristsupdated: Wed Aug 25 2010 10:11:00

As temperatures soar across the Persian Gulf, one oasis is blossoming with greenery.

Oman's bespoke tourismupdated: Wed Aug 25 2010 10:11:00

CNN's Rima Maktabi finds out how Oman is looking to capitalize on its unique and diverse natural beauty.

This week on Marketplace Middle Eastupdated: Tue Aug 17 2010 11:19:00

In focus -- Reviving the pearl industry

Madagascar rain forests, Florida's Everglades listed as endangeredupdated: Sun Aug 01 2010 07:36:00

Florida's Everglades National Park and rain forests in Madagascar have been added to a list of world heritage sites in danger.

Groups condemn killings of journalists in Hondurasupdated: Fri Apr 02 2010 07:00:00

Honduras suffered nine months of political turmoil after a military-led coup removed the elected president. Now, it joins Mexico, riddled with drug violence, as the deadliest place for journalists working in the Western hemisphere.

Fire guts Ugandan tomb site, police shoot 3 deadupdated: Wed Mar 17 2010 14:59:00

At least three men died from their wounds Wednesday after they were shot in a confrontation with Ugandan security forces at a destroyed historic site, the Ugandan government said.

Bahrain's covered historyupdated: Fri Mar 12 2010 13:52:00

The skyline of Bahrain, formed by gleaming high-rises and upscale hotels, is all it takes to convey the ambitions of the small Gulf isle.

Bahrain seeks to preserve ancient pearling traditionsupdated: Thu Mar 11 2010 07:56:00

Once upon a time, harvesting pearls was a way of life for the people of Bahrain, a glistening archipelago of 33 islands off the coast of Saudi Arabia.

Stranded tourists battle flooding, boredom in Machu Picchuupdated: Thu Jan 28 2010 18:41:00

Clayton Fredrik is standing in the distant shadow of the Incan ruins in Machu Picchu, battling boredom and helping locals repair flood-damaged roads.

Aborigine drama wins top prize at Asia Pacific Screen Awardsupdated: Sun Nov 29 2009 23:08:00

An Australian drama featuring two indigenous kids living in the middle of the vast continent has taken the top prize at Asia-Pacific's film awards.

Governments trying to reel in 'ocean sprawl'updated: Wed Jul 15 2009 11:02:00

We all know what happens when urban sprawl gets out of control: Commutes back up, smog thickens, and concrete suburbs gobble up green spaces.

And then there were 890... World Heritage list expandsupdated: Thu Jul 02 2009 07:25:00

Intrepid travelers have a few more destinations to add to their list of must-sees after the annual update of The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage list.

Blast kills 4 South Koreans in Yemen; al Qaeda blamedupdated: Mon Mar 16 2009 12:32:00

Yemen says the al Qaeda terrorist organization was behind a suicide bombing Sunday that killed four South Korean tourists, according to the Daily Yemen Post.

Al Qaeda blamed for Yemen attackupdated: Mon Mar 16 2009 11:10:00

Yemen says al Qaeda was behind a suicide bombing Sunday that killed four South Korean tourists, according to the Daily Yemen Post.

Fast food puts Med diet on 'endangered list'updated: Tue Jan 13 2009 13:23:00

Famed for keeping people slim, healthy and living longer, the Mediterranean diet has followers all over the world.

Bush casts wide net for marine conservationupdated: Wed Jan 07 2009 10:32:00

Nine sites in the central Pacific will be set as sanctuaries for marine life and bases of research for scientists, President Bush said Tuesday.

President Bush: Ocean protector?updated: Wed Jan 07 2009 10:32:00

President Bush designates three new areas in the Pacific as Marine National Monuments. CNN's Abbi Tatton reports.

Park rangers returning to gorilla refugeupdated: Fri Nov 21 2008 21:40:00

More than 14 months after they fled fighting between rebel and government forces, park rangers who monitor mountain gorillas in war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo have returned to the reserve.

Fortune: Really old moneyupdated: Thu Oct 23 2008 12:10:00

The antiquities trade has been making headlines, and they are weird ones: "Eulogy for the Euphronius Krater." (What in the world is a "krater"?) "Museum to Show Off Fake Egyptian Sculptures." (That's ridiculous, isn't it?) "Antiquities Dealer Gets Prison Time." (A nice old man with a pince-nez comes to mind, dragged off to the clink for some tragicomical offense, no doubt.)

Time.com: Trying to Calm Cambodia-Thailand Temple Dispute updated: Fri Oct 17 2008 10:00:00

After a deadly border clash, military leaders meet to ease tensions

Time.com: Thai-Cambodian Border Spat Heats Upupdated: Wed Oct 15 2008 08:00:00

A gun battle near a historic temple reawakens an ancient emmity

Time.com: Fighting Breaks Out at Thai-Cambodia Borderupdated: Wed Oct 15 2008 07:00:00

A brief gunfight broke out between Thai and Cambodian troops at a disputed border zone, escalating a conflict that officials from both sides fear could result in a war between the neighbors

Time.com: Protecting the Wonders of the Worldupdated: Fri Jul 11 2008 12:00:00

A spot on the World Heritage List means prestige and tourist dollars. But does UNESCO have the teeth to protect its sites?

Kazakhstan's natural wonders under threatupdated: Fri Jul 11 2008 10:02:00

It is a baking hot Saturday in southeast Kazakhstan, and I have joined a group of scientists, diplomats, businessmen and a ballerina aboard a Russian-built, nine-seater four-wheel-drive van to escape the city of Almaty and its mountainous backdrop.

First-ever oil paintings found in Afghanistanupdated: Thu Apr 24 2008 06:09:00

Scientists have found what they described this week as the earliest oil paintings ever discovered.

Villagers protect gorillasupdated: Tue Apr 08 2008 10:39:00

Once their enemy, Rwandan villagers now seek to protect their gorilla neighbors. ITN's Neil Connery reports.

Killings of mountain gorillas in Congo prompt U.N. probeupdated: Tue Apr 08 2008 10:39:00

The shooting deaths of four mountain gorillas -- three females and an alpha male silverback -- are prompting a United Nations agency to send a mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

All About: Water and Healthupdated: Tue Dec 18 2007 03:36:00

The next time you fall sick and someone suggests it's because of something in the water, they could be right. According to the World Bank, 88 percent of all diseases are caused by unsafe drinking water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene.

China cleans-up Lake Taiupdated: Tue Dec 18 2007 03:36:00

CNN's Eunice Yoon reports on China's $14 billion effort to clean up one of its major freshwater lakes, Lake Tai.

Poland's capital invites visitors to 'fall in love with Warsaw'updated: Tue Oct 16 2007 09:12:00

In Poland, it's polite to bring flowers when you visit someone's home, so there's a flower shop on virtually every street corner in Warsaw.

Time.com: Has Bush Abandoned the Everglades?updated: Fri Aug 10 2007 16:00:00

The U.N. has taken the Florida swamp off its endangered list. But critics complain the Bush Administration is playing eco-politics again

Fire threatens historic townupdated: Mon Aug 06 2007 07:33:00

Fire threatens historic town

Croatia wild fire nears Dubrovnikupdated: Mon Aug 06 2007 07:33:00

Firefighters battled frantically overnight to subdue a blaze Monday that had threatened the ancient city of Dubrovnik.

Time.com: The Oscars of the Environmentupdated: Sun Jun 24 2007 13:45:00

The World Heritage Committee will soon pick another list of natural and human-made wonders most in need of protection

CNN Future Summit forumupdated: Tue May 08 2007 13:21:00

Six of the seven Ancient Wonders of the World have vanished into history, but now there may be a way to recreate these ancient heritage sites, as well as to people them and furnish them in a historically authentic way.

CNNMoney: Where the dollar is still kingupdated: Thu May 04 2006 10:09:00

As the dollar continues its slide against the euro - down almost 6 percent this year to a 1 year low - Americans thinking of traveling abroad might look beyond Paris, Rome or Madrid to destinations where the U.S. dollar remains strong.

Polish mine is a salt on the sensesupdated: Mon Jul 18 2005 06:46:00

Given the fact that salt mines have negative historical connotations indicative of hard labor and incarceration, spending time in one may not sound appealing.

How safe is the Indian Ocean now?updated: Sat Jun 25 2005 21:32:00

On 17 March 2005, 81 days after a massive tsunami swept away a great swathe of humanity in nations bordering the Indian Ocean, scientists from Ireland's University of Ulster predicted a quake would soon rattle fault lines near Indonesia.

Ex dancer named Cambodia's kingupdated: Thu Oct 14 2004 05:32:00

Cambodia has selected Prince Norodom Sihamoni, a former ballet dancer to be the nation's next king.

Cambodia's King Sihanouk abdicatesupdated: Thu Oct 07 2004 01:08:00

Suffering from poor health, Cambodia's King Norodom Sihanouk has announced his abdication.

Fortune: Staying Calm Luang Prabang, in Laos, is Southeast Asia the way it used to be.updated: Mon Apr 17 2000 00:01:00

A group of six old women kneel in the middle of the street and chat amiably as the sun rises over Luang Prabang, a quiet town in central Laos. Their conversation stops when a rail-thin Buddhist mon...

Fortune: Ideology on Madison Avenue, True Tales of Revlon Receptionists, Not Counting Communists, and Other Matters. A Hard Sellupdated: Mon Apr 14 1986 00:01:00

A defining characteristic of the human species being the ability of every one of its 4.8 billion exemplars to identify enlightened public policy with his own material well-being, some folks may soo...

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