July 31, 2005
The World Monuments Fund, a nonprofit that works to rescue and preserve imperiled places, recently released its global watch list of its 100 most endangered sites. Places were selected by a panel of 10 experts in architecture, archeology, history, anthropology and other fields. Five highlights from the list are below. See www.wmf.org for a complete list. What's at risk: Iraq, the whole country.
November 30, 1999 |
More than half the world's major rivers are going dry or are polluted, a panel studying global water problems reported Monday. The World Commission on Water for the 21st Century said that among the most stressed are the Colorado River in the United States, China's Yellow River, the Nile River in Africa, Russia's Volga River Basin and the Ganges River in South Asia.
July 22, 2006 |
A 3,200-year interlude of tropical rains once transformed the eastern Sahara into a verdant savanna where seminomadic people thrived amid elephants, cattle and more than 30 species of fish, according to German researchers. After collecting more than 500 radiocarbon dates at 150 sites in an area larger than Western Europe, University of Cologne researchers found that the sudden climate change 10,500 years ago coaxed thousands of people to move into the now desolate expanse.
August 21, 2013 |
The latest political unrest in Egypt has resulted in the theft and destruction of more than 1,000 artifacts in a museum south of Cairo, according to multiple published reports. The looting is believed to have taken place over several days starting last week. The Malawi National Museum, located in the Nile River city of Minya, contained numerous archaeological specimens and antiquities dating back thousands of years. Reports claim that the recent attacks at the museum represent the largest instance of cultural looting in the country's history. Among the casualties is a missing 3,500-year-old statue of the daughter of Pharaoh Akhenaten, according to the Associated Press.
June 1, 2013
Re "Giving a bad name to Chinese tourists," May 29 Just like the Chinese boy who scratched his name on an ancient Egyptian temple wall, people have been leaving graffiti on Egyptian monuments for quite some time now. In the early 6th century BC, some Greek and Carian mercenaries traveling up the Nile River in the service of the Pharaoh Psammetichus II left a long "Kilroy Was Here" memo scratched on one of the legs of the statue of Ramses...
September 23, 2007 |
Millions of Egyptians could be forced permanently from their homes, the country's ability to feed itself devastated. That's what probably awaits this already impoverished nation by the end of the century, if predictions about climate change hold true. The World Bank describes Egypt as particularly vulnerable to the effects of global warming, saying the country faces potentially "catastrophic" consequences. "The situation is serious and requires immediate attention.
January 7, 1996 |
Fresno-based SST has announced its spring and fall tours for 1996. SST, which has been in business for 10 years, caters to the senior market. Tours include complimentary shuttle transportation to and from nearby airports, round-trip air transportation from West Coast cities, an orientation party, all transfers and luggage handling. Some of the offerings: * Tulip Time in Holland--14 days departing April 23. Includes all breakfasts and dinners.
August 19, 1993 |
Striking near the seat of government power, suspected Islamic militants ambushed a motorcade with gunfire and a bomb Wednesday in an attempt to kill the man in charge of crushing their rebellion. At least four people were killed, but their target, Interior Minister Hassan Alfi, escaped with an arm injury after his bodyguard took the brunt of the blast of TNT and ball bearings. The militants then opened up with machine guns on a downtown street near government buildings and the U.S. Embassy.
May 23, 1985 |
Security police thwarted a Libyan-directed plot to bomb the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, seizing a truck packed with explosives and a man offered a half-million dollars to detonate it, authorities said today. The Egyptian Interior Ministry said a Libyan agent promised to pay the would-be bomber $500,000 if the attack succeeded. It said the attack was scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday "so that the explosion might hit as many people as possible." Officials at the U.S.