Tense Talks as UNESCO Mulls Heritage Sites at Risk

Culture Stonehenge has been a bone of contention between the British government and UNESCO - AFP

Tense Talks as UNESCO Mulls Heritage Sites at Risk

Tensions are simmering ahead of summer talks on which UNESCO World Heritage sites are deemed to be endangered, with countries battling against featuring on the…

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Culture Mawhiba signs a significant partnership agreement with the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) aimed at fostering science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education across Arab countries. (SPA)

Saudi Arabia's Mawhiba Signs Strategic Partnership with UNESCO to Foster STEM Education in Arab States

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz and his Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity “Mawhiba” signed on Friday a significant partnership agreement with…

Culture The CEO of the Saudi Literature, Publishing and Translation Commission met in Riyadh on Thursday with the EU Ambassador to the Kingdom. SPA

Saudi Arabia, EU Discuss Cultural Relations

The CEO of the Saudi Literature, Publishing and Translation Commission (LPTC), Mohammed Hasan Alwan, met Thursday with European Union Ambassador to the Kingdom…

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Culture The Summer Fruit Season kicked off on Thursday in AlUla Province. (SPA)

AlUla Province Kicks off the Summer Fruit Season

The Summer Fruit Season kicked off on Thursday in AlUla Province, offering a variety of the finest local produce at the farmers' market in Al-Manshiyah Square,…

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Culture This photograph taken on July 9, 2024 shows a shop displaying items said to be from 'luxury' brands at historical Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. (Photo by Yasin AKGUL / AFP)

Fake Luxuries Supplant Tradition in Istanbul's Grand Bazaar

Cut-price branded perfumes and fake high-end handbags line the ornate alleys of Istanbul's Grand Bazaar, with traditional merchants saying the luxury…

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Culture Visitors look at the temple of the Parthenon from inside the new Acropolis museum in Athens June 21, 2009. (Reuters)

Greece Opens Ancient Life Artifacts’ Exhibition at Acropolis Museum

Greece on Wednesday opened to the public an exhibition of more than 1,100 artifacts, from statues and table games to children's toys, found in an ancient…

Culture Culture Ministry Takes Part in International Year of Camelids 2024 Exhibition in Geneva

Culture Ministry Takes Part in International Year of Camelids 2024 Exhibition in Geneva

The Ministry of Culture is participating in the Saudi Exhibition for the International Year of Camelids 2024, held in cooperation between Saudi Arabia and…

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Culture Saudi Ambassador to Britain Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan at the Society of Authors’ seminar on Arab-British relations

‘Anecdotes of an Arab Anglophile’ at the UK’s Society of Authors

The Society of Authors hosted a seminar on Arab-British relations in London during the launch of “Anecdotes of an Arab Anglophile,” a book by Faisal Abbas,…

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Culture Ancient tombs dating back 4,500 years discovered in the northwestern part of the Arabian Peninsula. (SPA)

Archaeological Discovery: Innovative Tomb Patterns Found in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is actively exploring its rich archaeological heritage, uncovering treasures that are prompting a reevaluation of the region’s history. These…

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Culture This underwater photo taken on April 5, 2024, shows bleached and dead coral around Lizard Island on the Great Barrier Reef, located 270 kilometers (167 miles) north of the city of Cairns. (AFP)

'Urgent' for Australia to Protect Great Barrier Reef, Says UNESCO 

Australia must take "urgent" action to protect the Great Barrier Reef, including setting more ambitious climate targets, the UN's cultural organization has…

Culture Stonehenge in southwest England -- carved and constructed at a time when there were no metal tools -- symbolizes Britain's semi-mythical pre-historic period, and has spawned countless legends. William EDWARDS / AFP

UNESCO Wants to Add Stonehenge to List of Endangered Heritage Sites

The UN's cultural organization said Monday it recommended adding Stonehenge, the renowned prehistoric site in England, to its world heritage in danger list, in…

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Culture This handout picture released by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities on June 24, 2024 shows the top fragment of a sarcophagus discovered at the site of a discovery of 33 ancient tombs in Egypt's southern city of Aswan. (Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities / AFP)

Egypt Tomb Find May Shed Light on Ancient Diseases, Says Ministry

A new discovery of 33 ancient tombs in Egypt's southern city of Aswan could reveal "new information on diseases" prevalent at the time, the tourism and…

Culture The first cultural asset of the newly announced Qiddiya City, the center is poised to receive over 800,000 visitors each year. SPA

Saudi Arabia: Qiddiya City Unveils Groundbreaking Performing Arts Center

Qiddiya Investment Company (QIC) has announced an innovative Performing Arts Center to enrich Saudi Arabia's cultural landscape and enhance the array of…

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Culture Visitors take photos of the "Cloud Gate" sculpture, also known as the "bean," at Millennium Park, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (Anthony Vazquez/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Chicago's Iconic 'Bean' Sculpture Reopens to Tourists

One of Chicago's most popular tourist attractions known as “The Bean” reopened to the public Sunday after nearly a year of renovations and construction…

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Culture Photo by SPA

World Camel Day: Tabuk Camels Symbolize Authenticity and Heritage

In Saudi Arabia, camels receive devoted attention and care from the government, the Saudi Press Agency reported. With a deep connection to the history and life…

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Culture An artifact that was displayed at foreign auctions. (Dr. Abdul Rahim Rayhan)

Egypt Parliament Acts to Confront Online Sale of Antiquities

The Egyptian parliament has taken new measures to confront the online sale of antiquities through social networking sites, based on a request submitted by a…

Culture While yoga is not itself a religious practice, it has its origins in Hindu philosophy and many residents of Kashmir are indifferent it. DIBYANGSHU SARKAR / AFP

India's Modi Leads Yoga Day Celebration in Muslim-majority Kashmir

Stretching, arching his back and kneeling on a mat, India's Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi led hundreds of people performing yoga in the Muslim…

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Culture A man walks past the entrance of the Kunsthaus Zürich art museum on March 14, 2023. (AFP)

Swiss Museum Removes Works by Artists Like Monet, Van Gogh as Origin of Nazi-Looted Art Examined

A Swiss museum on Thursday pulled down five paintings, including a van Gogh and a Monet, after the foundation that owns them called for a deeper look at their…

Culture A Mayan vase over 1,000 years old and purchased for about four dollars at a Washington area thrift shop, will return to Mexico along with other cultural artefacts that date to the country's storied ancient past, at the Cultural Institute of Mexico in Washington, DC, US, this handout distributed on June 20, 2024. National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH)/Handout via Reuters

Antiquities Returning to Mexico Include Mayan Vase Sold for $4 in US Store 

The Mexican government will welcome back 20 cultural artifacts that date to the country's storied ancient past, all found in the United States including a…

Culture "Visit Madinah" offers a wealth of information to enrich visitors' stays. (SPA)

Madinah Invites Visitors and Pilgrims to Explore Its Rich History, Landmarks

The Madinah Region Development Authority in Saudi Arabia invited visitors and pilgrims who have completed their Hajj rituals to explore the city's rich history…

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Culture The Kingdom is the guest of honor at the exhibition. SPA

Saudi Heritage Commission Enriches Visitor's Experience at BIBF

The Saudi Heritage Commission is seeking to provide visitors to the Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF) with a platform to expand their knowledge about the…

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Culture Saudi Arabia inaugurated its pavilion as the guest of honor at the Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF) in China. (SPA)

Saudi Arabia Inaugurates its Pavilion at Beijing International Book Fair

Saudi Arabia inaugurated its pavilion as the guest of honor at the Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF) in China, reported the Saudi Press Agency on…

Culture People walk around the Stonehenge stone circle, seen with dry fields surrounding it, as a second heatwave continues in parts of the country, in Amesbury, Britain, August 12, 2022. (Reuters)

Britain’s Stonehenge Sprayed with Paint by Environmental Protesters

Environmental protesters sprayed paint on Britain's Stonehenge on Wednesday, with orange marks covering some of the stones of the prehistoric megalithic…

Culture Kazuko Shiraishi speaks at a park in Tokyo, on Nov. 15, 1996. (Kyodo News via AP)

Japan’s ‘Beat Poet’ Kazuko Shiraishi, Pioneer of Modern Performance Poetry, Dies at 93 

Kazuko Shiraishi, a leading name in modern Japanese “beat” poetry, known for her dramatic readings, at times with jazz music, has died. She was 93. Shiraishi…

Culture King Salman Global Academy for Arabic Language to Participate in Beijing Int'l Book Fair

King Salman Global Academy for Arabic Language to Participate in Beijing Int'l Book Fair

The King Salman Global Academy for Arabic Language is preparing to participate in the Beijing International Book Fair 2024, reported the Saudi Press Agency on…

Culture DGDA announced the celebration of Eid Al-Adha with various artistic and cultural events. SPA

Saudi Arabia's Diriyah Celebrates Eid Al-Adha with Cultural Performances, Festivities

The Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) has announced the celebration of Eid Al-Adha with various artistic and cultural events designed to entertain and…

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Culture The Royal Institute of Traditional Arts distributed special gifts to pilgrims. SPA

Saudi Royal Institute of Traditional Arts Welcomes Pilgrims with Gifts

The Royal Institute of Traditional Arts has played a key role in this year's Hajj season, continuing its mission to promote Saudi Arabia's rich artistic…

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Culture A bronze statue is tested with the center particle accelerator. JULIEN DE ROSA / AFP

The High-Tech Art Lab Hidden Underneath Paris

It looks like the lair of a Bond villain: behind armored doors, buried underground below the Louvre in Paris, lies one of the most high-tech art labs in the…

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Culture People gather to fish during the Sanké mon collective fishing rite in San, Sego Region on June 6, 2024. (AFP)

A Pond in Warming Mali Is Disappearing, and a UNESCO-Listed Fishing Tradition Is in Danger 

Thousands of fishermen holding cone-shaped nets stood side by side, cheering and chanting as they waited for the signal. Suddenly, they rushed to a large muddy…