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10 Sep 2015
The fossilised bones of 15 bodies from a previously unknown human species have been discovered in a cave in South Africa, it was announced Thursday, in what scientists hailed as a breakthrough in evolution research. About 1,500 fossils were found deep in a cave system outside Johannesburg, hidden in a deep underground chamber only accessible…
4 Sep 2015
Jihadists of the Islamic State group have blown up three of the famed tower tombs of Syria's ancient desert city of Palmyra, the country's antiquities chief said Friday. "They blew up three tower tombs, the best preserved and most beautiful," Maamoun Abdelkarim told AFP. News of the destruction at the world-renowned site, captured by the…
31 Aug 2015
The Islamic State jihadist group has blown up parts of the Temple of Bel in Syria's ancient city of Palmyra, a monitor and activists said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said late Sunday that the jihadist group had placed explosives inside the famed temple, at least partially destroying the building considered Palmyra's most significant.…
28 Aug 2015
CONSERVATIONISTS are facing a race against time to prevent one of Ethiopia’s most sacred religious sites from crumbling away. The ancient churches of Lalibela in northern Ethiopia have been a place of pilgrimage for local Christians since they were constructed 800 years ago. The 11 churches were carved out of the mountainside during the reign…
24 Aug 2015
Jihadists with the Islamic State group have blown up a famous temple at Syria's ruins of Palmyra, an official said, confirming fears they would destroy more world-class heritage sites. The destruction of the Baal Shamin temple, considered ancient Palmyra's second-most significant temple, raised concerns for the rest of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed ruins. It comes…
23 Aug 2015
A French couple has been arrested for allegedly stealing coins, brooches and other metal objects from an archaeological site in Spain that is home to Greek and Roman ruins, Spanish police said Sunday. Officers spotted the couple inside a vehicle that was parked on a dirt road that leads to the back of the Empuries…
19 Aug 2015
The Osogbo, the capital of Osun, will be agog on Aug. 21 as devotees of Osun goddess, tourists, cultural enthusiasts and indigenes, celebrate the grand finale of the Osun-Osogbo festival. The 2015 edition began on Aug. 11 with the clearing of the traditional paths called ``Iwo Popo’’. The grand finale will witness a votary maid…
18 Aug 2015
President Muhammadu Buhari has been implored to convoke a stakeholders’ summit that will put in place an enduring development plan in the tourism sector of the country. The Chairman, Leisure Spring Hotels, Osogbo and Ondo, Mr Akinniyi Johnson, made the call in a statement against the background of this year’s yearly Osun Osogbo festival. Akinniyi pointed…
16 Aug 2015
AFTER a sluggish housing market that left the players bruised over the election period, a new report released last week has revealed that stronger confidence and investment appetite in the second quarter, helped stimulate the sector for the first time in 2015; the unexpected peace and calm has rekindled new demands.