France joins international treaty to protect cultural heritage


The French government will join an international treaty aimed at strengthening protection for cultural heritage in war zones, 17 years after it was adopted in the Hague. The move was officially announced yesterday (30 November), on the eve of an international conference convened by France and the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi to look at ways of countering terrorist attacks against culture and art trafficking in the Arab world… Read more

Image: An Iraqi soldier looks at destruction caused by Isil at the archaeological site of Nimrud, some 30 kilometres south of Mosul in the Nineveh province, which was recaptured by Iraqi forces on 13 November (Image: Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images)