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Yalda, Persian’s Most Beautiful Song in Praise of Light and Love - 2017

For thousands of years, Iranians have celebrated the last night of winter.  They have stayed up through the evening, waiting for the dawn, to witness the birth of the Sun; the source of life which has also been named “Mehr”. Praising the sun, on the night ...

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Exhibition of over 100 artworks of Timurid Empire in Afghanistan

The American Institute of Afghanistan studies put on a show over 100 pictures of artworks in Herat on Saturday that date back to Timurid Empire in Herat. The pictures of the artworks were collected by Michael Berry, an American researcher, during the past 40 years ...

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Justices wary of terror victims' pleas to seize Iran objects

According to Fox News, The Supreme Court is indicating it could prevent survivors of a 1997 terrorist attack from seizing Persian artifacts at Chicago museums to help pay a $71.5 million default judgment against Iran. The justices heard arguments Monday in an appeal from U.S. victims ...

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights turns 70

Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt of the United States, chair of the drafting committee, holding a Universal Declaration of Human Rights poster in English. UN Photo (1949) "Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home -- so close and so small that ...

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Human Rights Day

December 10 is Human Rights Day, a United Nations (UN) campaign that calls for people to know and push for their rights no matter where they are in the world.  Protecting Our Rights Human rights are our basic rights or freedoms. They include our right to live, ...

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Discovery of 7000-year-old city in Egypt

By: Akil Soyinka Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered the ruins of an ancient city and an adjoining cemetery that date back 7000 years to 5,316 BCE. According to a statement by the antiquities ministry, the site can be traced back to Egypt's First Dynasty. The discovery was ...

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Conservationists Criticize Possible Lifting of the Ban on Import of Elephant Trophies

Conservationists Criticize Possible Lifting of the Ban on Import of Elephant Trophies

Earlier this month, the Trump administration announced that they will reverse an Obama-era ban on the importation of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia after determining that sport hunting in those countries will help conserve the species. However, a day later, in a tweet by President ...

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International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day for the Abolition of Slavery is annually held on December 2 to raise awareness of the atrocities of modern slavery. It's not to be confused with another UN day, the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade ...

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Pizza Could Earn UNESCO World Heritage Status

In early December UNESCO's committee on cultural heritage will meet in Seoul, South Korea, to discuss many different submissions by countries around the world for recognition and designation by UNESCO. During that meeting Neapolitan pizza will be a topic of discussion and whether it should ...

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Digital exploration of the Sculptor’s Cave

Digital exploration of the Sculptor’s Cave

During the late Bronze Age, the cave appears to have been a repository for precious objects, with finds ranging from bronze bracelets via pottery to a swan’s neck pin. Large quantities of human remains have also been discovered – especially those of children – suggesting ...

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Stunning 1500-year-old mosaic discovered in Israeli Port City

Stunning 1500-year-old mosaic discovered in Israeli Port City

The well-preserved remains of a 1,500-year-old colored mosaic floor from a Georgian church or monastery was unearthed during an excavation in the coastal city of Ashdod, the Antiquities Authority announced this week. The mosaic was discovered in August at the ancient tel, or archeological ...

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

One of the most devastating human rights violations Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today. Gender inequality persists worldwide. Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls will require more vigorous ...

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Kukulcan temple leads to a cenote - a natural water-filled cave - at the famed Chichen Itza ruins.

A secret passageway has been discovered under a 1,000-year-old Mexican pyramid

A secret passageway has been discovered under a 1,000-year-old Mexican pyramid. It’s believed the previously undiscovered access could reveal the geography of the sacred site, as well as shed light on new details of the Mayans ancient beliefs. Spanish explorers discovered the ancient Kukulkan pyramid ...

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