U.N. tsunami warning system tested

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- A United Nations-backed North Atlantic and Mediterranean tsunami warning system has passed a first test of its communication network, officials said.

Singer Facundo Cabral killed in Guatemala

GUATEMALA CITY, July 9 (UPI) -- Facundo Cabral, one of Argentina's best-known singers and songwriters, was gunned down Saturday as he was driven to an airport in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

Thailand scolded over UNESCO move

PARIS, June 27 (UPI) -- Thailand should carefully consider its decision to shun a convention surrounding world heritage sites, a U.N. official said amid border spats with Cambodia.

U.N. puts two rainforests on 'danger' list

PARIS, June 22 (UPI) -- Illegal logging, poaching and other intrusions have put rainforests in Honduras and Indonesia on the U.N. List of World Heritage in Danger, a U.N. agency says.
Whitaker to be UNESCO goodwill ambassador

Whitaker to be UNESCO goodwill ambassador

NEW YORK, June 17 (UPI) -- The United Nations' cultural and education agency UNESCO says it is designating Hollywood actor Forest Whitaker as a goodwill ambassador.

Mining giant invests $2.9B in Brazil port

PONTA DA MADEIRA, Brazil, May 26 (UPI) -- Brazilian iron ore giant Vale Doce is investing $2.9 billion to develop the Ponta da Madeira terminal in northern Brazil, making it the largest port in the country by volume.

Chinese pagoda submitted as relic

BEIJING, May 15 (UPI) -- Chinese authorities said Sunday they will finish the application for the Sakyamuni Pagoda to be included on the UNESCO list of cultural relics by 2013.
U.S. mining firm given Bolivian assurance against nationalization

U.S. mining firm given Bolivian assurance against nationalization

LA PAZ, Bolivia, April 25 (UPI) -- Bolivia has assured U.S. Coeur d'Alene Mines Corp. it's not a target for nationalization while President Juan Evo Morales rules the country.
Jailed Iranian reporter honored by U.N.

Jailed Iranian reporter honored by U.N.

PARIS, April 7 (UPI) -- An Iranian journalist jailed since his country's disputed 2009 presidential election has won a United Nations award dedicated to press freedom.
Bamiyan destruction anniversary marked

Bamiyan destruction anniversary marked

PARIS, March 1 (UPI) -- The United Nations marked the 10th anniversary of the Taliban destruction of the 1,500-year-old Bamiyan Buddha statues in Afghanistan with a special appeal.

Alert issued over stolen Egyptian relics

PARIS, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- The United Nations has alerted art dealers, collectors and governments around the world to be on the lookout for items reported stolen from Egypt.
Scorn erupts over French wind farm plans

Scorn erupts over French wind farm plans

PARIS, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- U.N. authorities said they were examining French plans to build a wind farm near the French island of Mont Saint-Michel, a world heritage site.
St. Petersburg's historical status changed

St. Petersburg's historical status changed

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Russia's Ministry of Culture says it will redefine the status of St. Petersburg, with just the city's center being deemed historical.

Heritage site residents want change

DJENNE, Mali, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- A U.N. cultural organization is trying to preserve the planet's cultural heritage while providing for people in Mali and elsewhere who want modern amenities.
Critics: Pompeii neglected, deteriorating

Critics: Pompeii neglected, deteriorating

POMPEII, Italy, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Italy's ancient city of Pompeii has had years of neglect and mediocre management by the Italian government, archaeologists say.

Rains cause new collapses in Pompeii

POMPEII, Italy, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Two ancient walls in the historic city of Pompeii fell down in heavy rains, making four collapses in less than a month, Italian authorities said.

U.N. summit on saving culture convenes

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- A United Nations convention on preserving the world's cultural heritage convened in Nairobi, Kenya, Monday to select traditions for U.N. protection.

UNESCO cans Tehran World Philosophy Day

PARIS, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- The United Nations Educational and Scientific Organization announced Tuesday in Paris its cancellation of World Philosophy Day celebration in Iran.

Italy seeks balance for Pompeii site

ROME, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- A bestselling author on Pompeii, Italy, says the collapse of a ruin illustrates the need for balance between preservation and allowing visitors at such sites.
Israel to cut ties with UNESCO

Israel to cut ties with UNESCO

JERUSALEM, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Israel said it will stop cooperating with UNESCO after it designated Rachel's Tomb, a Jewish holy site outside of Bethlehem as a Muslim mosque, officials said.

Controversial science award dropped

UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- UNESCO has effectively canceled a proposed science award named after the president and long-time dictator of Equatorial Guinea, U.S. human rights groups say.

Official: Radical new leadership needed

VALENCIA, Spain, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Business, government, and religious and other institutions worldwide need new leadership to endure severe changes ahead, a Spanish official and scholar says.

Cambodia gets about 100 tanks and APCs

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- In a bid to boost its military capabilities, Cambodia will get almost 100 tanks and armored personnel carriers from Eastern Europe next week.

UNESCO blasts girls' access to education

PARIS, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Less than 40 percent of countries provide girls and boys equal access to education, a UNESCO report indicates.

Moscow to discuss Kyrgyz military ties

MOSCOW, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Russian officials are scheduled to meet with their Kyrgyz counterparts to discuss expanding military ties, the Kremlin announced.
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