Conflict antiquities

UAE hosts global push to save antiquities from conflict

France and the UAE are leading a push to create a $100m fund to protect and restore antiquities under threat from extremists and fighting.

Historic sites in Syria, Mali and Iraq have been smashed and blown up by Islamist militants in recent years.

Others in Syria and Yemen have been damaged by shelling and missiles.

"Part of our history has been lost forever, with the goal of fanaticism being to undermine our hope for the future," the five said in a statement.