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  • Ethiopia to repair four of nine world heritages

    ETHIOPIA, 2017/10/17 Ethiopia said it is going to repair four of the nine world heritage this year, according to the Authority for Conservation of Cultural Heritage.The Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, Obelisk of Axum, Fasil Ghibi, and Tiya Prehistoric Sites are the heritages that are going to be renovated staring from this year, Hailu Zeledke, Director of Heritage Conservation at the Authority told journalists on Saturday. These heritages have been vulnerable to some level of damage due to old age and seasonal variation. According to director, the maintenance work for the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, which consist 11 medieval monolithic cave churches; and the Axum obelisk, the ruins of the ancient city of Aksum, will be started this year.
  • $85,000 for each member of Egypt's World Cup qualification team

    EGYPT, 2017/10/15 The Egyptian national team have qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, their initial since 1990. For that feat, the Pharaohs have been handed a presidential bonus of $85,000 each. The team beat Congo Brazzaville by 2 – 1 last Sunday to seal the qualification. They paid a visit to president Abdul Fattah al-Sisi on Monday during which event the bonus was announced.
  • Can global fast-food chains survive in Korea?

    SOUTH KOREA, 2017/10/15 World-famous fast-food franchises are struggling to remain afloat in the Korean market. In this year alone, two out of the three major world fast-food franchises in Korea were sold to new owners. On Aug. 31, it was announced that Yum! Brands, a fast-food chain company based in the U.S., sold off its full stake in Pizza Hut Korea to Orchard One, a Korean investment company. This was the second time a non-Korean franchise was bought out, next KFC Korea was taken over by KG Group, a Korean conglomerate, in the beginning of this year. McDonald's Korea will likely face a similar fate, too, it's predicted, as its U.S. parent company has been on the lookout for a suitable new owner since last year. The transaction is on hold, for presently, though.
  • Can global fast-food chains survive in Korea?

    SOUTH KOREA, 2017/10/15 World-famous fast-food franchises are struggling to remain afloat in the Korean market. In this year alone, two out of the three major world fast-food franchises in Korea were sold to new owners. On Aug. 31, it was announced that Yum! Brands, a fast-food chain company based in the U.S., sold off its full stake in Pizza Hut Korea to Orchard One, a Korean investment company. This was the second time a non-Korean franchise was bought out, next KFC Korea was taken over by KG Group, a Korean conglomerate, in the beginning of this year. McDonald's Korea will likely face a similar fate, too, it's predicted, as its U.S. parent company has been on the lookout for a suitable new owner since last year. The transaction is on hold, for presently, though.
  • Malawi: Awilo Longomba Headlines Malawi Sand Music Festival

    CONGO BRAZZAVILLE, 2017/09/11 The organizers of the Sand Music Festival- Impact Events- have unveiled Congolese music legend Awilo Longombaas one of this year's festival international headliners. The festival returns this year from 27th to 29th October at Livingstonia Beach in Salima district.
  • Archaeologists find goldsmith's tomb near Egyptian city of Luxor

    EGYPT, 2017/09/10 Egyptian archaeologists have discovered a tomb of a prominent goldsmith who lived additional than 3,000 years ago, unearthing statues, mummies and jewellery in the new major find near the Nile city of Luxor. Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities Khaled Al-Anani said on Saturday the tomb dated back to Egypt’s 18th dynasty New Kingdom era — around 15th century B.C.
  • Roman "underwater ruins" discovered in Tunisia

    TUNISIA, 2017/09/10 Twenty hectares of the remains of Roman ruins under the sea have been discovered in Nabeul, Tunisia by a joint team of experts from the National Heritage Institute of Tunisia and the University of Sassari-Oristano in Italy. “We started working in Tunisia and Italy in 2010. We were searching for a port and a sub-marine that can allow us to find other remains and particularly to have the certainty that the earthquake in Neapolis really occured,” one of the mission experts said.
  • Turkey relocates medieval tomb over flooding risk

    TURKEY, 2017/09/03 Turkish authorities on Friday conducted a hugely ambitious and controversial operation to move a centuries-old tomb to new location to stave off the risk of flooding from a dam project. The tomb of Zeynel Bey is a 15th century memorial to one of the key figures in the Ak Koyunlu tribe who controlled much of eastern Anatolia and the Caucasus and vied for supremacy with the emerging Ottomans. The exquisite building, known for its dome and intricate coloured stonework, lies in the old town of Hasankeyf in the southeastern Batman province. Much of the town will be under water or risk damage in the next years because of the development of the Ilisu Dam project which aims to drastically improve energy supplies for the Kurdish-dominated southeast. Turkish authorities conduct controversial operation to move centuries-old tomb out of area at risk of flooding from local building projects.
  • Cyprus convention targets trade in 'blood antiquities'

    CYPRUS, 2017/09/03 Six nations on Friday signed a Council of Europe convention which criminalises the illegal trade in "blood antiquities" that can be used to finance terrorism, officials said. The initiative, which was launched at a CoE ministerial conference in Nicosia, comes next jihadists in war-torn Syria and Iraq have looted and sold ancient artifacts to fund their policy.Six countries sign Council of Europe convention in Nicosia criminalising trade in ancient artifacts looted, sold by jihadists in war-torn Iraq and Syria. "Today, the international community takes a crucial leap forward in the protection of our cultural heritage, particularly in the efforts to combat the trade in blood antiquities by trans-national organised crime and terrorist networks," said Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides.
  • Ramadan TV dramas get inspiration from Syria war

    SYRIA, 2017/09/03 The sound of the blast in Syria's capital Damascus brought worried residents running, but rather than carnage they found a crew filming one of the country's famed television drama series. Moments before, director Rasha Sharbatgi had been wielding her loudhailer, calling for silence before counting down to the controlled explosion. Onlookers arriving at the set near Arnus Square in central Damascus found a burning car and people lying on the ground.