KIRKUK, Iraq, May 12, 2009 (AFP) - When Ayad Tariq paces the dusty ruins of the ancient citadel towering over the disputed city of Kirkuk he sees a dazzling new tourist attraction just waiting to rise from the ruins. "We are going to make this a tourist citadel. So a house like this could be a museum," the city's antiquities director explained as he strode through the ruins of a 19th century mansion that belonged to a wealthy Christian family. Tariq wants visitors from around the world to see the splendours of the 4,600-year-old citadel, but the isolation imposed by Iraq's turmoil has left him working largely alone. The Kirkuk citadel rests on a massive archaeological mound that contains the remains of cities and settlements going back thousands of years, including more than 60 guard towers erected by Alexander the Great in the fourth century BC. Nowadays it stands guard over Iraq's most disputed city, the oil-rich epicentre of a conflict between the government in Baghdad and Iraq's … [Read more...] about New threat to Iraq’s antiquities – tourism
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US President Barack Obama basked in new-found glory Saturday, vowing to consider his surprise Nobel Peace Prize as "a call for action" to address the challenges of the new century. But critics argued the award may have been premature. A visibly surprised Obama, 48, said Friday he did not feel fit to join the honor roll of revered Nobel peace laureates, but vowed to use the prize as a "call to action" to lead the world in confronting its deepest challenges. As shockwaves from the Nobel committee in Oslo raced around the world, many saw the award as a final swipe at ex-president George W. Bush. Critics complained Obama had few big achievements to justify such an illustrious prize. Gasps greeted the announcement at the Nobel Institute in Oslo, where the jury hailed Obama's "extraordinary" efforts in international diplomacy and hastening nuclear disarmament. "Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a … [Read more...] about Obama basks in new glory after Nobel Peace Prize win
Sandy, one of the biggest storms ever to hit the United States, battered the nation's eastern seaboard on Tuesday, swamping New York City streets with record levels of floodwater, blacking out power to millions of people and bringing transportation to a halt through much of the region. … [Read more...] about New York paralyzed as Sandy slams into eastern U.S.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is recovering ground in the critical swing state of Ohio as he rises in the polls and crowd numbers swell after his strong debate performance last week against President Barack Obama. … [Read more...] about Romney closing gap in Ohio as poll numbers, crowds rise
Performance "The Importance of Being Earnest" Fri 28 Oct 2011, 8 pm Sat 29 Oct 2011, 4 pm The Youth World Theatre, 125 Cong Quynh, District 1, HCM City Dragonfly Theatre, with the support of the Saigon Players, is proud to present Oscar Wilde's masterpiece and one of the most hilarious comedies of all times. The Importance of Being Earnest is the first professional English language theatre in Vietnam to bring together Vietnamese and Western actors. The Importance of Being Earnest is the first professional English language theatre in Vietnam to bring together Vietnamese and Western actors. It stars Lan Phuong, one of the most prestigious actresses in the Vietnamese film and television industry, in one of the lead female roles. Collaborating with this Vietnamese icon, the show's male leads are Aaron Toronto, the most famous western actor/director in the Vietnamese arts realm, and Brian Riedlinger, artistic director of the International Choir HCMC, who performed in the shows … [Read more...] about EVENTS FROM OCTOBER 29 TO NOVEMBER 4