Eritrea capital put on world heritage list
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.”
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.