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Fraser Island is on fire as parts of Australia swelter through record heat wave
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Helen Regan | ) edition.cnn.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
(CNN) Firefighters in Australia are battling a massive bushfire that has been burning out of control for six weeks across the popular tourist spot of Fraser Island as parts of the country's east swelter through a record-breaking heat wave following the hottest November on record. Tourists and staff on the UNESCO World Heritage site have been forced to evacuate as the fire closes in on local attractions, and the island's unique forests are smothered in smoke. Emergency crews used water bombs to slow the blaze, but the fire service warned conditions could get worse. "Fire crews are working to contain the fire but firefighters may not be able to protect every property. You should not expect a firefighter at your door," the directive said.
Organizations: CNN, Firefighters, UNESCO Locations: Australia, Fraser Island, Queensland, Kingfisher
Aerial videos show bushfire burn through world's largest sand island
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( ) edition.cnn.com + 0.99   time to read: 1 min
Firefighters in Australia are battling a large bushfire burning through the UNESCO World Heritage site of Fraser Island, as parts of the country's east swelter through a record-breaking heat wave. Source: CNN
Organizations: UNESCO, CNN Locations: Australia, Fraser
Why Persian rugs are so expensive
  + stars: | 2020-11-27 | by ( Andy Ash | ) www.businessinsider.com + 0.00   time to read: +6 min
The most expensive Persian rug sold at auction in June 2013 for $33.8 million. So, how are Persian rugs made, and why are they so expensive? Although several countries are associated with the term "Persian rug," authentic Persian carpets and the traditional methods of producing them originate in Iran. Narrator: Traditionally, Persian rugs are made from sheep's wool, which is boiled, spun, and dyed by hand. The most expensive Persian rug ever bought was a 17th-century Persian vase-style carpet, which sold at auction in June 2013 in London for $33.8 million.
Persons: Mohammad Hossein Tumani, Gabbeh Organizations: UNESCO Intangible Locations: Iran, Isfahan, Qom, Kurdish, Fars, Yazd, Fars Province, Tabriz, Persian, Turkey, London
NEW YORK (Reuters) - President-elect Joe Biden’s pick to be his ambassador to the United Nations in New York will have to tackle Washington’s waning leadership at the world body in the face of a more assertive China, diplomats and analysts said on Monday. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File PhotoBiden nominated veteran U.S. diplomat Linda Thomas-Greenfield and restored the post to a Cabinet role. Thomas-Greenfield is a 35-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service who has served on four continents, perhaps most notably in Africa. I’ve carried that lesson with me throughout my career in Foreign Service – and, if confirmed, will do the same as Ambassador to the United Nations,” Thomas-Greenfield tweeted on Monday. “A woman of color, a woman of substance and a woman of experience.
Persons: Joe Biden’s, African Affairs Linda Thomas, Greenfield, Jakaya Kikwete, Jonathan Ernst, Linda Thomas, Donald Trump’s, Nikki Haley, Kelly Craft, Thomas, , I’ve, ” Thomas, , Barack Obama’s, Richard Gowan, multilateralism, Jeffrey Feltman, ” U.N Organizations: YORK, United Nations, African Affairs, Africa, Summit, REUTERS, Biden, U.S . Senate, Thomas, U.S . Foreign Service, Service, U.N, World Health Organization, Human Rights, UNESCO Locations: New York, China, U.S, Washington, Africa, Rwanda, Saharan Africa, West Africa, Britain, France, Russia, United States, Western, Beijing, United, Greenfield, Asian, Gulf
Ethiopia accuses Tigrayan forces of destroying Axum airport
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
TPLF leader Debretsion Gebremichael told Reuters that threat was a cover for government forces to regroup after what he described as defeats on three fronts. The conflict has spread beyond Tigray, with the TPLF firing rockets into both neighbouring Amhara region and across the border to Eritrea. Fana broadcaster said TPLF troops had destroyed the airport serving the town of Axum, which lies northwest of Mekelle and is a popular tourist draw and UNESCO World Heritage site. The TPLF says Abiy has “invaded” their region in order to dominate them and is inflicting “merciless” damage on Tigrayans. “We are people of principle and are ready to die in defence of our right to administer our region,” TPLF leader Debretsion added in a text message to Reuters on Monday.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Debretsion Gebremichael, of Sheba, Catherine Sozi, Abiy, , Debretsion Organizations: Forces of, Reuters, HERITAGE SITE, United Nations, UNESCO Locations: NAIROBI, Tigray, Axum, Mekelle, Sudan, Amhara, Eritrea, Africa, Europe, Fana, Ethiopia,
The conflict has spread beyond Tigray, with the TPLF firing rockets into both neighbouring Amhara region and across the border to Eritrea. HERITAGE TOWNThe broadcaster Fana said TPLF troops had destroyed the airport at Axum, which lies northwest of Mekelle and is a popular tourist draw and UNESCO World Heritage site. The TPLF says Abiy has “invaded” their region to dominate them and is inflicting “merciless” damage on Tigrayans. “We are people of principle and are ready to die in defence of our right to administer our region,” TPLF leader Debretsion added in a text message to Reuters. In Amhara region, next to Tigray, residents reported a rocket strike around dawn on Monday.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, Abiy Ahmed, Debretsion Gebremichael, Fana, TPLF, of Sheba, Catherine Sozi, Abiy, , Debretsion Organizations: Forces of, Ethiopian, REUTERS, Reuters, United Nations, UNESCO, Communist, Addis Ababa University, United Arab Emirates, UAE Locations: NAIROBI, Tigray, Axum, Sudan, Ethiopia, Hamdayet, Kassala, Mekelle, Amhara, Eritrea, Africa, Europe, , Bahir Dar,
Ethiopia says Tigray capital encircled after surrender ultimatum
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) - Ethiopian federal forces were encircling the Tigray region’s capital from around 50 km (31 miles) on Monday, the government said, after giving the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) a 72-hour surrender ultimatum. An Ethiopian woman who fled the ongoing fighting in Tigray region, carries her child near the Setit river on the Sudan-Ethiopia border in Hamdayet village in eastern Kassala state, Sudan November 22, 2020. The conflict has spread beyond Tigray, with the TPLF firing rockets into both neighbouring Amhara region and across the border to Eritrea. Redwan told Reuters by text that federal forces were ringing Mekelle at a distance of about 50 km (30 miles). “We are people of principle and are ready to die in defence of our right to administer our region,” TPLF leader Debretsion added in a text message to Reuters.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah “, , Redwan Hussein, Abiy Ahmed, Debretsion Gebremichael, Redwan, of Sheba, Abiy, Debretsion, Catherine Sozi Organizations: Ethiopian, REUTERS, Reuters, Bahir Dar, UNESCO, Communist, Addis Ababa University, African Union, United Nations Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Tigray, Sudan, Ethiopia, Hamdayet, Kassala, of Africa, Amhara, Eritrea, Bahir, AXUM, Axum, Mekelle,
Some big creditor countries, including China, also failed to include all state-owned institutions, such as the China Development Bank, in responding to requests for debt relief. The COVID-19 crisis has exacerbated concerns about high debt levels affecting not just low-income countries, but some middle-income states as well. International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva called for prompt and effective implementation of the debt treatment framework to provide permanent debt relief to the poorest countries, but said other countries also needed help. He said the G20 initiative also left out countries that needed urgent help. “Six of the 12 countries with the highest COVID death rates are middle-income countries, which remain outside the scope of the G20 debt process,” he said.
Persons: Nael, Kristalina Georgieva, , Georgieva, Eric LeCompte, Organizations: Saudi Arabia's UNESCO, Heritage, REUTERS, China Development Bank, Monetary Fund, Jubilee USA, United Locations: DUBAI, WASHINGTON, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, China, United States
FILE PHOTO: Family Photo composite for the annual G20 Leaders' Summit is projected onto Salwa Palace in At-Turaif, one of the country's UNESCO World Heritage sites, in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, November 20, 2020. Saudi G20 Presidency Media/Handout via REUTERSDUBAI (Reuters) - Leaders of the world’s 20 biggest economies said in a final communique on Sunday they were determined to support African countries in overcoming the coronavirus crisis, including by exploring more sustainable financing options. Debt relief for Africa will be an important theme of the Italian presidency of the G20 in 2021. The G20 group also said tackling climate change was a pressing challenge and that it was committed to a more environmentally sustainable future.
Organizations: UNESCO, Heritage, Saudi, REUTERS DUBAI, Reuters Locations: Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, Africa
Family Photo composite for the annual G20 Leaders' Summit is projected onto Salwa Palace in At-Turaif, one of the country's UNESCO World Heritage sites, in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, November 20, 2020. Saudi G20 Presidency Media/Handout via REUTERS“We will spare no effort to ensure their affordable and equitable access for all people, consistent with members’ commitments to incentivize innovation,” the leaders said in the draft G20 statement, seen by Reuters. Trump, who favored bilateral deals, has reduced support for multilateral institutions like the World Trade Organization, and this year threatened to quit the World Health Organization unless it was reformed. We strive to realize the goal of a free, fair, inclusive, non-discriminatory, transparent, predictable, and stable trade and investment environment, and to keep our markets open,” the G20 statement said. The imminent change of guard in the White House also seemed to unblock bolder G20 language on climate change.
Persons: , , Keen, Democrat Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Trump Organizations: WASHINGTON, UNESCO, Heritage, Saudi, REUTERS, Reuters, European, COVID, Democrat, World Health Organization, World Trade Organization, Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft Locations: Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, Africa
The poshest hotels that opened in Asia in 2020
  + stars: | 2020-11-20 | by ( Monica Buchanan Pitrelli | ) www.cnbc.com + 0.00   time to read: +7 min
Many hotels named among the "best new hotels of 2020" this year have yet to welcome a single guest. Accor has opened 76 hotels in Asia this year, with another 32 set to open before the end of 2020, said Reid. New hotels in Bali and BhutanThe Raffles Bali, perhaps Accor's most lauded new hotel of 2020, opened in early July. Big names in BangkokCapella Bangkok opened in October, despite the country being mostly closed to international travelers. Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton, NikkoThe Ritz-Carlton, Nikko also opened in July — less than three weeks after another Ritz-Carlton hotel opened in Nanjing, China.
Persons: didn't Gaynor Reid, Reid, Willem Deenik China, Accor, Willem Deenik, Perle, Asia's, Raffles, John Blanco, CNBC's, Blanco, Bill Bensley, Kimpton, Patrick Both, Nathan Cook, sanitize, Nara, Chuzenji Organizations: AccorHotels, Accor, Pullman, Mondrian, Raffles, Bangkok Capella, Capella, Capella Bangkok, Bangkok isn't, Olympic Games, Ritz, Carlton, UNESCO, Heritage, Carlton Reserve Locations: Napa, Paris's, Asia, Asia Pacific, China, Singapore, Vietnam, South Korea, Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi, Mondrian Seoul, ., Bali, Bhutan, Raffles Bali, Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, Paro, Bangkok, Bangkok Capella Bangkok, Thailand, Capella Bangkok, Southeast Asia, Lai Bangkok, Kimpton, Chao Phraya, Japan, Tokyo, Covid, Shinjuku Tokyo, Otemachi, Marunouchi, Nara, Kyoto, It's, Heijo, Nikko, Nanjing
BORSHCHIV, Ukraine — The roadside cafe is called Borscht, advertised with a gigantic beetroot red sign, leaving little doubt what people around here like to eat. The fields are planted with beets. The town is named Borshchiv, which means “belonging to borscht.” It is just one of a dozen cities and villages in Ukraine named for borscht. Given this clear commitment to borscht, Ukrainians wonder why the soup is commonly assumed to be Russian, a national dish of their arch enemy. Now a Ukrainian chef supported by the Ministry of Culture and Parliament is trying to set the record straight with an application to the United Nation’s cultural body, UNESCO, to list borscht as an intangible part of Ukraine’s cultural heritage.
Organizations: borscht, Ministry of Culture, United, UNESCO Locations: BORSHCHIV, Ukraine, Ukrainian
It lies 40 metres below the ocean surface and about six kilometres from the edge of Great Barrier Reef. The discovery comes after a study earlier this month found the Great Barrier Reef had lost more than half its coral in the last three decades. Although the northern section of the Great Barrier Reef suffered from bleaching in 2016, Beaman said this detached reef didn’t display any evidence of damage. The Great Barrier Reef runs 2,300 km (1,429 miles) down Australia’s northeast coast spanning an area half the size of Texas. It was world heritage listed in 1981 by UNESCO as the most extensive and spectacular coral reef ecosystem on the planet.
Persons: Eric Schmidt, Wendy, Dr, Robin Beaman, , SuBastian, Beaman Organizations: SYDNEY, Empire, Eiffel, Schmidt Ocean Institute, James Cook University, Queensland Museum, Tropical, UNESCO, James Cook University Locations: Tropical Queensland, Texas
Investing in the education of adolescent girls isn't just paramount from a social perspective — there are major economic consequences, too. According to new research from Citi Global Insights and Plan International, emerging economies can boost their GDP by an average of 10% if 100% of girls complete secondary school by 2030. The 10% GDP bump would come inclusive of costs, which Citi found to be just $1.53 per day per girl. The economic benefits of greater equality for women in the workforce are well understood, but the role adolescent girls play is often overlooked. This means sustained interventions and investments are needed now to set girls and economies on an upward and stronger trajectory," the report said.
Persons: Joe McHugh, isn't, Michael Bloom Organizations: Education, Citi Global Insights, International, Citi, UNESCO, CNBC PRO, Citi Global Insights and Plan International, Uganda, Mali, El Salvador, Bolivia, India, Lao People's Democratic Republic and Egypt, UNESCO Locations: Ghana, Uganda, Mali, El Salvador, Bolivia, India, Lao, Democratic Republic, Egypt, siloes, Covid
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