Eritrea cap­i­tal put on world her­itage list

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WAR­SAW, Poland — The U.N. cul­tural agency unan­i­mously de­cided Satur­day to put Eritrea’s cap­i­tal city, As­mara, on the UNESCO World Her­itage list — the re­sult of years of lob­by­ing by the African na­tion.

The de­ci­sion dur­ing a ses­sion of the UNESCO World Her­itage Com­mit­tee in Poland ap­pre­ci­ated the out­stand­ing val­ues of As­mara’s 19th- and early 20th-cen­tury mod­ernist ar­chi­tec­ture, de­signed by colo­nial-era Ital­ian ar­chi­tects and im­mersed in an African high­land en­vi­ron­ment.

Eritrea’s am­bas­sador to France and per­ma­nent rep­re­sen­ta­tive to UNESCO, Hanna Si­mon, called the de­ci­sion the re­sult of “years of re­search, plan­ning and cam­paign­ing” and a “vic­tory not just for the Eritrean peo­ple but for Africa and the world at large.”

AP/NATHANAEL TAN

A Repub­lic of Sin­ga­pore Armed Forces CH-47D Chi­nook flies Satur­day near Sin­ga­pore’s fi­nan­cial district in prepa­ra­tion for the coun­try’s Na­tional Day Pa­rade. Sin­ga­pore will cel­e­brate its 52nd year of in­de­pen­dence on Aug. 9.

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