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June 25th, 2014
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This Sunday, May 6, 2012 file photo, shows the terraced West Bank village of Battir. The United Nations cultural agency has listed the Palestinian village of Battir as a World Heritage site in danger, raising hopes among residents that this will protect their community against Israel's West Bank separation barrier. Battir, located just south of Jerusalem in the West Bank, is known for its ancient farming terraces and an irrigation system from Roman times.
A Palestinian Village has been designated as a World Heritage endangered site. The United Nations cultural agency has listed the Palestinian village of Battir as a World Heritage site in danger, raising hopes among residents Saturday that this will protect their community against Israel's West Bank separation barrier. Battir, located just south of Jerusalem in the West Bank, is known for its...
June 25th, 2014
Written by Yousur Alhlou in Feature Stories with 0 Comments
The entrance to the Apollophanes cave in Beit Guvrin-Maresha, central Israel, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. The United Nations cultural agency designated this week the network of over 2,000 years old, man-made caves outside of Jerusalem a World Heritage site, the eighth such site in Israel.
Millennial-old caves in Israel have been declared a World Heritage site. The United Nations cultural agency designated this week a network of over 2,000 years old, man-made caves outside of Jerusalem a World Heritage site, the eighth such site in Israel. UNESCO added the caves of Beit Guvrin-Maresha - known as a "city under a city" - to the prestigious list of World Heritage sites during its...
June 13th, 2014
Written by Maram Mazen in Feature Stories with 0 Comments
While the 52-year-old Sanusi won't be able to make government policy, as the second-most influential traditional and Islamic monarch in northern Nigeria he will influence Muslims, who comprise roughly half of Nigeria's population of more than 170 million and who mostly live in the north.
Muslims in Nigeria are to be led by a traditional leader rather than Islamic extremists who are anti-education and economic opportunities of the nation's poor. An outspoken former central bank governor who advocates education and economic opportunities for Nigeria's majority poor has become a key religious and traditional leader of the country's Muslims, a counterpoint to Islamic extremists who...
February 20th, 2014
Written by Krista Larson in Feature Stories with 0 Comments
Thousands of Muslims are being forced to leave the Central African Republic, resulting in ethnic cleansing of historic proportions.
The exodus of tens of thousands of Muslims from Central African Republic amounts to "ethnic cleansing," according to Amnesty International, warning that the sectarian bloodshed now underway despite the presence of thousands of peacekeepers is a "tragedy of historic proportions." Their report Wednesday comes as the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed fears that the violence...
December 12th, 2013
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This undated image provided by New Mexico Tourism shows farolitos, which are candles in paper bags, flickering against the night sky atop Santa Fe’s Inn at Loretto. The farolito lanterns, also called luminarias, are a New Mexico holiday tradition.
Christmas in New Mexico offers a great cultural mix of festivities and ethnic history in addition to what you might experience on any given day. No matter when you visit New Mexico, the state's cultural mix is part of the appeal. Spanish colonial history, Native traditions and Anglo and Mexican influences are seen year-round in everything from architecture to food. But the Christmas season offers...

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