» 05/05/2012, 00.00
Experts warn ten major archaeological sites at risk in Asia
According to the Global Heritage Fund (GHF), economic growth, war and mass tourism are the main cause of "irreparable loss and destruction." The danger is dramatically underestimated and funds for protection and conservation are limited. A Buddhist monastery in Afghanistan and the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Siam in Thailand are among the sites at risk.
In Anhui people rather let China's heritage waste away than sell to foreigners
Local authorities advise against selling an old teahouse to a Swedish businessman who wanted to take it home. Often China's artistic heritage is saved by foreigners more than locals.
Asia governments to control text-messaging
Most phone card holders are anonymous. Text-messaging via SMS is often used to organise social protest, but also criminal activities.
Beijing announces reprisals against Christie’s for selling two ancient sculptures
China wants two Chinese bronze sculptures back. Seller says he is ready to do so if China lets Tibet go free.
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Britain will not return the Koh-i-noor diamond to India
Prime Minister Cameron has ruled it out on his trip to India. But India will not give up. The mysterious and "fatal" story of a diamond found 5 thousand years ago, whose value is 2 ½ times higher than what the world consumes in a day.
Beijing pollution "more dangerous than SARS"
Zhong Nanshan, a professor at the Chinese Academy of Engineering and head of the Institute for respiratory diseases in Guangzhou, warns: "We could defend ourselves from the terrible infection but it is impossible to escape this smog." Peak in hospital admissions for the "Beijing cough", citizens vent anger on the internet: "This is the price to pay for economic growth."
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