(CNN) — From the ruins of ancient Babylon in Iraq to the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright to the Prosecco region of northeast Italy, UNESCO's World Heritage Committee added 29 new cultural and natural sites to its World Heritage List at its annual meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan. The United Nations' cultural body meets annually to approve the addition of cultural, natural and sites of mixed significance to its preservation list, which now has 1,121 sites of "outstanding universal value." The volcanic region at Iceland's Vatnajökull National Park covers 14% of the island nation's territory. Courtesy Snorri Baldursson The 2019 list includes natural sites, such as Vatnajökull National Park in Iceland; cultural sites, such as the historic city of Sheki in Azerbaijan and the archaeological ruins of Liangzhu City in southeast China; and just one mixed site this year -- the Paraty and Ilha Grande in Brazil, which combines natural and cultural elements. One of the more … [Read more...] about UNESCO names 29 new World Heritage sites for 2019
New world china land
Highlands & Islands 10 June 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-48581026 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Scottish endurance cyclist Jenny Graham has been named a Guinness World Record holder for setting a new … [Read more...] about Scots cyclist a new world record holder
U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) Commander Kenneth McKenzie said the next war the world will experience will not be regional, but an inter-regional one. "It will affect the sphere of activity of not only CENTCOM or EUCOM [The United States European Command] or INDO-PACOM [United States Indo-Pacific Command], but also of more than one regional combat commands." These remarks, which are enough to ring the alarm, also indicate that U.S. aggression will remain incremental in the coming years.One of the most central foreign policy issues in Washington now is Iran. President Donald Trump has accelerated economic sanctions on Iran after he scrapped the P5+1 deal, which had been signed in former President Barack Obama's period.Given Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has for decades upheld a military operation against Iran, and how Trump and Netanyahu acting hand in glove has resulted in actions challenging the international law in Palestine, the possibility of acting against Iran in … [Read more...] about Is Iran the excuse for a new world war?
It’s true today only about 35% of the world drives on the left. But, says Robert Hume, once practically everyone kept to that side of the road A friend visiting from Italy over the New Year asked me why we drive on the left-hand side of the road. Most other countries drive on the right. Why on Earth don’t you? ANCIENT ROUTES Archaeologists have discovered evidence suggesting that the Romans drove carts and wagons on the left. In 1998 they found a well-preserved track leading to a Roman quarry at Blunsdon Ridge near Swindon, Wiltshire. The ruts in the road on the right are much deeper than those on the left, as would be the case with carts going in empty and coming out packed with stones. At least here, the Romans seem to have driven on the left. When they weren’t marching down the middle of the road, Roman soldiers are also believed to have kept to the left. KNIGHTS OF THE ROAD During the Middle Ages travellers never knew whom they might meet on the road. 90% of us … [Read more...] about Out of left field: How most of the world came to drive on the right
By FLORIAN EDERwith ZOYA SHEFTALOVICH PRESENTED BY GOOGLE Send tips here | Tweet @florianeder | Listen to Playbook and view in your browser MERKEL FOR PRESIDENT: The EU needs someone at its helm who can speak with Donald Trump “on an equal footing,” according to former Italian PM Enrico Letta, now the dean of the School of International Affairs at Sciences Po. “I’m among those who think that Angela Merkel would be perfect in the role of the European Council president,” Letta told an intimate audience in Paris for a summit organized by the Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of France, Germany and Switzerland. GOOD MORNING. Playbook comes to you from the French capital today (and Wednesday too, when our Paris correspondent Rym Momtaz takes the wheel). I’m in town for the conference. The question asked of attendees: What is, or could be, a European common good? GET OUT OF THE BUBBLE: A German constitutional lawyer by … [Read more...] about POLITICO Brussels Playbook, presented by Google: Merkel for prez — Macron bests Trump on China — MPs in charge