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    • Ancient city of Babylon designated Unesco World Heritage Site

      The ancient Mesopotamian city of Babylon has been declared a Unesco World Heritage Site. Iraq had been lobbying since 1983 for the 4,000-year-old site to be added to the United Nations’ prestigious list. The city was famous for its Hanging Gardens, which were among the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The site has suffered in recent years – first from the construction of a palace for Saddam Hussein, and later from being used as a base for US troops. The UN World Heritage Committee met in Azerbaijan to decide on the latest sites to be given the honour...

    • Malaysia elects new king after unprecedented abdication Malaysia-elects-new-king-after-unprecedented-abdication

                    Sultan Abdullah of Pahang state has been elected the new king Malaysia has elected Sultan Abdullah of Pahang as its new king after the shock abdication of the previous monarch. Sultan Muhammad V of Kelantan abdicated in January after just two years on the throne, a first in Malaysian history. Malaysia has an unusual constitutional monarchy, where the top job rotates between nine hereditary state rulers every five years. The king, known as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, is largely ceremonial and does not participate in daily governance. The Sultan of Pahang – a...

    • President Xi extends New Year’s Greetings to U.S. President-Xi-extends-New-Year's-Greetings-to-U.S.

      Xi Jinping extended New Year’s greetings to U.S. President Donald Trump and the American people, during a phone call between the two heads of state on December 29. Xi pointed out that both he and President  Trump agree to push for steady development of China-US relations: “At present, our bilateral relations are at an important stage.”  “Earlier this month, I held a successful meeting with the President in Argentina and reached important consensus. Since then, the working teams of the two countries have been actively pushing forward the implementation work. It is hoped that the two teams will meet...

    • Archaeologists find 2,000-yr-old tombs in Inner Mongolia Archaeologists-find-2,000-yr-old-tombs-in-Inner-Mongolia

      Archaeologists announced that they discovered a 2,000-year-old tomb complex on the Xilin Gol Prairie, northern China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. The site consists of 13 tombs from the Xianbei ethnic group, nomadic minorities that used to dominate northern China, according to the regional institute of cultural relics and archaeology. Most of the tombs contained wooden coffins, and colored drawings can be found on the exterior of some coffins. Eleven tombs date back to the late Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220), and the remaining were from the Northern Wei Dynasty (386-557). Archaeologists found most of the tombs had been raided. More...

    • Illegal gold mining at “epidemic” levels in Amazon forest Illegal-gold-mining-at-epidemic-levels-in-Amazon-forest

        Illegal gold mining in the Amazon has reached “epidemic” proportions in recent years, causing serious damage to pristine forest and waterways, a conservation group said on Monday as it released an unprecedented new map of the activities.   “Illegal mining in the Amazon, notably in indigenous tribal territories and protected nature zones, has increased exponentially these past years because of the rising price of gold,” said Beto Ricaro, a Brazilian anthropologist who coordinated the cartography done by the Amazon Socio-Environmental, Geo-referenced Information Project (RAISG).     The map put out by the group showed 2,312 illegal sites in...

    • Tens of thousands gather in New Delhi in push for Ram temple Tens-of-thousands-gather-in-New-Delhi-in-push-for-Ram-temple

      Tens of thousands of Hindu protesters marched in New Delhi on Sunday, calling for a grand temple to be built on the ruins of a destroyed mosque in a flashpoint Indian city. Trident-waving devotees clad in saffron filled a huge parade ground in the capital city under tight security, where speakers warned Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi they would not let up until the temple was sanctioned. Some of Modi’s supporters feel the Hindu nationalist leader has not done enough to raise a shrine at a site in Ayodhya, a city believed by many to be the birthplace of...

    • World Building of the Year awarded to innovative Singapore housing complex World-Building-of-the-Year-awarded-to-innovative-Singapore-housing-complex

          A housing complex for senior citizens has beaten off flashier competition to be named “World Building of the Year” at the World Architecture Festival (WAF), which concluded in Amsterdam on Friday. Considered one of the industry’s top accolades, the award went to Kampung Admiralty in Singapore for its integration of public facilities, community space and over 100 apartments for the elderly. It was chosen from hundreds of shortlisted projects, which included Russia’s World Cup stadium, the Qatar National Library and the UK’s recently redeveloped London Bridge station. Located in Singapore’s north, the mixed-used development is set across less than a hectare of space. In addition to...

    • 88-year-old grandma has become China’s fashion icon 88-year-old-grandma-has-become-Chinas-fashion-icon4

              Senior models are not a rare group at the online shopping sites. Unlike other peers, however, Sheng can also be seen with celebrities together on fashion magazine covers, which makes her one of the few best senior models in China. She stepped into the modeling industry in her 70s.   Being in the medical field, her job had nothing to do with fashion. In the 1960s, she and her husband went to work in Tibet Autonomous Region’s Nagqu City for 12 years. It is China’s highest city with an altitude of 4000 meters. She often...

    • Millions brave frigid cold to watch Thanksgiving parade in NYC Millions-brave-frigid-cold-watch-Thanksgiving- parade-NYC

          Despite frigid cold and strong winds, millions of people from New York and around the world lined the streets of Manhattan to watch the dazzling display of balloons and floats at the 92nd annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday. Many spectators, huddled under blankets and behind guardrails, waited for hours at the West 77th Street, or Central Park West, where the three-hour annual spectacle kicked off at 9 a.m. (1400 GMT).       “The Elf On The Shelf” balloon seen at the 2018 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, U.S.     The temperature dipped...

    • India unveils the world’s tallest statue

      India has unveiled the world’s tallest statue, which cost 29.9bn rupees (£330m; $430m) to build. The 182m (600ft) high structure in the western state of Gujarat is a bronze-clad tribute to independence leader Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the “statue of unity” would serve as a major tourist attraction. But locals say this is as a wastage of public money and that the funds could have been put to better use. Mr Modi, who unveiled the statue at a grand inaugural event, said it is “a symbol of India’s integrity and resolve.” Air Force planes showered...