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  •  The First Historical Archives of China opened to the public on Wednesday offering visitors access to over 4 68 million archival documents according to the National Archives Administration of China This was the first time the archives had been open to the public since it moved to the new venue Exhibitions including those featuring archives or hellip
    First Historical Archives of China opens to public
     The First Historical Archives of China opened to the public on Wednesday offering visitors access to over 4 68 million archival documents according to the National Archives Administration of China This was the first time the archives had been open to the public since it moved to the new venue Exhibitions including those featuring archives or hellip
    First Historical Archives of China opens to public
    Foreign6 hours ago

    First Historical Archives of China opens to public

    The First Historical Archives of China opened to the public on Wednesday, offering visitors access to over 4.68 million archival documents, according to the National Archives Administration of China.

    This was the first time the archives had  been open to the public since it moved to the new venue.

    Exhibitions, including those featuring archives or archival containers of the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1911), would  present visitors with hundreds of precious Chinese archival documents.

    This  would include those selected in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register.

    More than 300 precious archives, over 100 photos, over 20 sets of audio and visual products, and historical revolutionary books and objects were also on display to show the endeavors and achievements of the Communist Party of China.

    There were more than 4.1 million archives available for public retrieval on the official website of the archives. (

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  •  Missiles rained down on Ukraine killing scores of civilians and injuring dozens in built up areas at the start of the weekend prompting President Volodymyr Zelensky to accuse Russia of state terror Attacks on a southern resort town left 21 dead and dozens injured after missiles slammed into apartments and a recreation center in Sergiyvka 80 hellip
    Ukraine’s Zelensky accuses Russia of ‘terror’ as missiles rain down
     Missiles rained down on Ukraine killing scores of civilians and injuring dozens in built up areas at the start of the weekend prompting President Volodymyr Zelensky to accuse Russia of state terror Attacks on a southern resort town left 21 dead and dozens injured after missiles slammed into apartments and a recreation center in Sergiyvka 80 hellip
    Ukraine’s Zelensky accuses Russia of ‘terror’ as missiles rain down
    Foreign4 days ago

    Ukraine’s Zelensky accuses Russia of ‘terror’ as missiles rain down

    Missiles rained down on Ukraine killing scores of civilians and injuring dozens in built-up areas at the start of the weekend, prompting President Volodymyr Zelensky to accuse Russia of state "terror".

    Attacks on a southern resort town left 21 dead and dozens injured after missiles slammed into apartments and a recreation center in Sergiyvka, 80 kilometers (50 miles) south of the Black Sea port of Odessa.

    The rockets hit residential properties in Solviansk, in the heart of the besieged Donbas region, killing a woman in her garden and wounding her husband, a neighbor told AFP on Saturday, describing debris strewn across the neighbourhood.

    The witness said Friday's attack was thought to have used cluster munitions that spread over a large area before exploding, hitting buildings and people outdoors.

    The attacks came after Moscow abandoned positions on a strategic island in a major setback to the Kremlin invasion.

    The victims of the Sergiyvka attacks included a 12-year-old boy, Zelensky said in his daily address to the nation, adding that some 40 people were injured and the death toll could rise.

    "I emphasize: this is a deliberate and purposeful act of Russian terror, and not some kind of mistake or an accidental missile attack," Zelensky said.

    "Three missiles hit a normal nine-story apartment building, in which no weapons were hidden, no military equipment," he added. "Normal people, civilians, lived there."

    'Cruel manner' Germany was quick to condemn the violence.

    "The cruel way in which the Russian aggressor is taking the killing of civilians in stride and speaking again of collateral damage is inhumane and cynical," said German government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit.

    The attacks follow global outrage earlier this week when a Russian strike destroyed a shopping mall in Kremenchuk, central Ukraine, killing at least 18 civilians.

    President Vladimir Putin has denied his forces were responsible for that attack, and Moscow had no immediate comment on the Odessa attacks.

    On Friday, Zelensky hailed a new chapter in its relationship with the European Union, after Brussels recently granted candidate status to Ukraine in Kyiv's bid to join the 27-member bloc, even if the EU is likely to be years away. membership.

    “Our journey to membership should not take decades. We should go down this road quickly," Zelensky told Ukraine's parliament.

    European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, addressing Ukrainian lawmakers by video link, said membership was "within reach" but urged them to work on anti-corruption reforms.

    Norway, which is not a member of the EU, announced $1 billion in aid for Kyiv on Friday, including reconstruction and weapons.

    And the Pentagon said it was sending a new weapons package worth $820 million, including two air defense systems and more ammunition for Himars precision rocket launchers that the United States began supplying last month.

    Soup dispute In a move that further chilled relations between Kyiv and Moscow, the UN cultural agency inscribed Ukraine's tradition of cooking borshch soup on its list of endangered cultural heritage.

    Ukraine considers the nutritious soup, usually made with beets, a national dish, although it is also widely consumed in Russia, other countries of the former Soviet Union, and Poland.

    UNESCO said the decision was approved after a fast-track process prompted by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

    "We will win both in the borshch war and in this war," Ukrainian Culture Minister Oleksandr Tkachenko said on Telegram.

    Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said: “Hummus and pilaf are recognized as national dishes of various nations. Everything is subject to Ukrainization.”

    Phosphorous bombs On Thursday, Russian troops abandoned their positions on Snake Island, which had become a symbol of Ukrainian resistance in the early days of the war, and moved away from sea lanes near the port of Odessa.

    The Russian Defense Ministry described the withdrawal as "a goodwill gesture" intended to show that Moscow will not interfere with UN efforts to organize protected grain exports from Ukraine.

    But on Friday night, Kyiv accused Moscow of carrying out phosphorous incendiary munition attacks on the rocky outcrop, saying the Russians could not “respect even their own statements”.

    In peacetime, Ukraine is a major exporter of agricultural products, but Russia's invasion has damaged farmland and Ukraine's ports have been seized, razed or blocked, raising concerns about food shortages, especially in poor countries.

    Western powers have accused Putin of using the trapped harvest as a weapon to increase pressure on the international community, and Russia has been accused of stealing grain.

    Ukraine on Friday asked Turkey to detain a Russian-flagged cargo ship that Kyiv said had set sail from the Kremlin-occupied port of Berdyansk.

    As heavy fighting continued in eastern Ukraine, authorities said schools in the Ukrainian capital would reopen at the start of the school year on September 1 for the first in-person classes since lessons began online after the invasion began. .

    Olena Fidanyan, head of Kyiv's education and science department, said the ground around schools will be checked for explosives and bomb shelters in schools will be restocked with essentials.

  •  Dutch archaeologists uncover largely intact Roman temple Dutch archaeologists uncover largely intact Roman temple Temple Amsterdam June 20 2022 Archaeologists were excavating a Roman temple dated back almost 2 000 years that had been found almost intact in the east of the Netherlands the Dutch national cultural heritage agency reported on Monday Never before has a hellip
    Dutch archaeologists uncover largely intact Roman temple
     Dutch archaeologists uncover largely intact Roman temple Dutch archaeologists uncover largely intact Roman temple Temple Amsterdam June 20 2022 Archaeologists were excavating a Roman temple dated back almost 2 000 years that had been found almost intact in the east of the Netherlands the Dutch national cultural heritage agency reported on Monday Never before has a hellip
    Dutch archaeologists uncover largely intact Roman temple
    Foreign2 weeks ago

    Dutch archaeologists uncover largely intact Roman temple

    Dutch archaeologists uncover largely intact Roman temple

    Dutch archaeologists uncover largely intact Roman temple

    Temple

    Amsterdam, June 20, 2022 Archaeologists were excavating a Roman temple dated back almost 2,000 years that had been found almost intact in the east of the Netherlands, the Dutch national cultural heritage agency reported on Monday.

    “Never before has a site with temple building, altars and sacrificial remains that is so intact been found in the Netherlands,’’ the agency said.

    The temple lies near Nijmegen on the border with Germany, where the Limes – marking the Roman Empire’s northern border and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site – once ran.

    Amateur archaeologists found items from the site in the village of Herwen-Hemeling at the end of 2021 and informed the authorities.

    Further investigation found the site near a hill.

    During the Roman era, there were at least two temples, where soldiers stationed here between the first and fourth centuries, made offerings to their gods.

    Archaeologists have exposed the temple remains, uncovering sacrificial sites, numerous small altars, statuettes of gods and painted walls.

    Parts of the findings were to be exhibited in a museum in Nijmegen from Saturday.

    Of particular interest were a number of small stone altars on which the soldiers made votive offering to Hercules Magusanus, Jupiter-Serapis and Mercury. (

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  •  The Minister of Foreign Affairs African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates Mr Nasser Bourita held talks on June 17 2022 in Rabat with the Director General of the Organization of the Arab League for Education Culture and Science ALECSO Mohamed Ould Aamar The talks took place on the sidelines of Ould Aamar s participation in hellip
    Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita Holds Talks with Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO) Director-General
     The Minister of Foreign Affairs African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates Mr Nasser Bourita held talks on June 17 2022 in Rabat with the Director General of the Organization of the Arab League for Education Culture and Science ALECSO Mohamed Ould Aamar The talks took place on the sidelines of Ould Aamar s participation in hellip
    Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita Holds Talks with Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO) Director-General
    Africa3 weeks ago

    Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita Holds Talks with Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO) Director-General

    The Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Mr. Nasser Bourita, held talks, on June 17, 2022 in Rabat, with the Director General of the Organization of the Arab League for Education, Culture and Science ( ALECSO), Mohamed Ould Aamar .

    The talks took place on the sidelines of Ould Aamar's participation in the 7th UNESCO International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VII), co-organized by the Moroccan government and UNESCO in Marrakech, under the High Patronage of Her Majesty King Mohammed VI.

    Held under the theme "Adult Learning and Education for Sustainable Development: A Transformative Agenda", the conference brings together stakeholders from around the world to define the future of adult learning and education for the next decade.

    The event aims to examine effective adult learning and education policies from a lifelong learning perspective in ways that contribute to the achievement of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  •  UK supported governance programme Partnership to Engage Reform and Learn PERL on Friday mobilised citizens to track the implementation of the 2022 Federal Government Budget in Kaduna State The State Lead Facilitator PERL Mr Adejor Abel said at the opening of a technical session with civil society groups in Kaduna State that the goal was to hellip
    PERL mobilises citizens to track 2022 FG budget implementation in Kaduna State
     UK supported governance programme Partnership to Engage Reform and Learn PERL on Friday mobilised citizens to track the implementation of the 2022 Federal Government Budget in Kaduna State The State Lead Facilitator PERL Mr Adejor Abel said at the opening of a technical session with civil society groups in Kaduna State that the goal was to hellip
    PERL mobilises citizens to track 2022 FG budget implementation in Kaduna State
    Economy3 weeks ago

    PERL mobilises citizens to track 2022 FG budget implementation in Kaduna State

    UK-supported governance programme, Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL) on Friday mobilised citizens to track the implementation of the 2022 Federal Government Budget in Kaduna State.

    The State Lead Facilitator, PERL, Mr Adejor Abel, said at the opening of a technical session with civil society groups in Kaduna State, that the goal was to ensure that FG’s budget benefits Nigerians.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the technical session was on the 2022 budget post-mortem with focus on education, health, and agriculture sectors.

    Abel said that the sectors were selected because of their critical contributions to human capacity development.

    He emphasised that tracking the implementation of the budget across the sectors in Kaduna State would ensure the needed transparency, accountability, and value for money.

    He commended the effort of the civil society groups in the state that were working with the government to deliver quality services that impact the lives of the residents.

    He said that PERL, a UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office governance programme would continue to support participatory governance to ensure that citizens’ voices are heard.

    Mr Basil Obasi, PERL’s Public Finance Advisor, said that a key component of improving budget expenditure management had been the need by the government to improve transparency in its planning and implementation.

    Obasi described budget as a “fiscal policy apparatus used by the government to channel resources into its commitment and obligations to the citizens”.

    “Citizens are, therefore, critical stakeholders in the business of mobilising revenue and how public funds are used in delivering set policy objectives in line with citizens’ aspiration.

    “CSOs can play an important role in ensuring transparency and accountability in the utilisation of public funds if they understand the dynamics of the budget in terms of revenue and expenditure composition.

    “Therefore, strengthening CSOs ability to analyse budgets and participate effectively can play an integral role not only in policies and service delivery but also in constructing a more open and participatory democratic society,” he said.

    Obasi said that the agriculture sector share in the total budget has hovered around one per cent and two of total expenditure outlay.

    This, according to him, indicates a wide marginal difference between the sector allocation and the 10 per cent Declaration, 2003.

    “This is very disturbing despite the huge arable land the country is endowed with, yet difficult in reducing food insecurity.

    In education, Obasi said that the share of the sector in the total budget, rather than increasing, had largely witnessed a declining trend, making the desired 26 per cent UNESCO benchmark difficult.

    He said that the share of education with an average of eight per cent, indicated 18 per cent short of the UNESCO benchmark.

    He added that just as with other sectors, the 15 per cent Abuja Declaration for the health sector had never been met by the federal government.

    He noted a steady increase in the nominal amount budgeted to the health sector, stressing that quality healthcare service was not about big structures, but more about personnel and equipment.

    Earlier, Mr Yusuf Goje of the Coalition of Association for Leadership, Peace, Empowerment and Development, explained that the objective of the technical session was to identify federal government projects captured in the 2022 budget for implementation in Kaduna State.

    Goje added that the meeting was specifically designed to empower citizens groups to track and report the implementation and utilisation of the projects for the benefits of Nigerians where they are sited.

    Mrs Hadiza Umar, Citizens’ Co-chair, Open Government Partnership, commended PERL for organising the meeting, which she described as “very critical” to effective tracking of the implementation of federal government budget in Kaduna State.

    “This is very important so that citizens will understand what was provided in the budget, the purpose, locations, implementing agencies and the expected benefits for the citizens,” she said.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN