A sculpture  at the Memorial Hall of the Victims in the Nanjing Massacre in Nanjing, China. China applied to Unesco to list material relating to the 1937 Nanjing Massacre and wartime sex slavery the Memory of the World programme. Photograph: China Photos/Getty Images

Tensions between China and Japan are intensifying again after Beijing accused Tokyo of trying to block China’s application to Unesco to list material (...)

The Cliffs of Moher is one of the three landscapes hoping for Unesco status. Photograph: Alan Betson

Three unique landscapes – Waterford’s Copper Coast, the Marble Arch Caves in Fermanagh and Cavan, and the Burren Cliffs of Moher in Co Clare – could g(...)

Militants of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS or IS) have blown up Palmyra’s ancient Arch of Triumph. Photograph: Youssef Badawi/EPA 0:44

Islamic State militants have blown up the Arch of Triumph, a major monument in the 2,000-year-old Roman city of Palmyra, Syria’s antiquities chief sai(...)

Days before the end of filming on the latest instalment in the Star Wars franchise on nearby Skellig Michael (above) in Co Kerry, the producers contacted Valentia Lifeboat crew and said they wanted to make a donation. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The producers of Star Wars have made a €10,000 donation to the Valentia Lifeboat based in Co Kerry . Days before the end of filming on the latest ins(...)

‘We are not in a position to control a cloud brightening experiment scientifically,’ says one critic of the idea

Geoengineering is a dirty word in most scientific circles. The consensus is that deliberate intervention in the Earth’s climatic system, for whatev(...)

The first person to be charged with the war crime of destroying religious or historical monuments as part of an Islamist campaign against idolatry was(...)

An ancient shrine in Timbuktu is destroyed in this image from July, 2012. Image: AFP/Getty.

An Islamist rebel suspected of attacking mosques and monuments in the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu has been handed over to the International Crimin(...)

Skellig Michael. Photograph: An Taisce

The Office of Public Works (OPW) has confirmed that “incidents” occurred on Skellig Michael during Star Wars filming last week that required “repairs”(...)

 Syrian president Bashar Assad told western governments: “If you are worried [about refugees], stop supporting terrorists.”   Photograph: Vahid Salemi/AP

The Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has blamed the Syrian refugee crisis facing Europe on the West’s financial and military backing for armed oppon(...)

Ireland, Co Dublin: €850,000, Knight Frank
Take Five for €850,000

Knight Frank is seeking €850,00 for this two-bedroom apartment at 331 Malahide Marina Village, Co Dubin. We find properties at similiar prices around (...)