US chess chief: No plot to oust current FIDE head, but it ‘would be good for the game’Sport March 28, 18:27
Putin-Rouhani meeting round-upWorld March 28, 18:23
Request for referendum against iconic Petersburg cathedral's transfer to church approvedSociety & Culture March 28, 18:13
US diplomat says Washington is pleased with Arctic cooperation with MoscowWorld March 28, 18:11
Russia, Iran express support for Damascus’ efforts to combat terrorismWorld March 28, 17:46
Finance Ministry to serve up VAT refund to foreign buyers of alcohol in RussiaBusiness & Economy March 28, 17:44
Top ten most expensive items sold by Sotheby'sSociety & Culture March 28, 17:25
Russia’s future spacecraft to be equipped with fully isolated toilet cabinScience & Space March 28, 17:03
Lavrov vows that Moscow won’t leave Donbass residents 'high and dry'Russian Politics & Diplomacy March 28, 16:19
ABU DHABI, February 23. /TASS/. The militants of Islamic State extremist organization have blown up the central library in the second largest city of Iraq — Mosul, located 400 km north-west of the capital Baghdad, the Arab online newspaper Elaph has reported. Mosul has been under control of Islamic State armed groups since July 2014.
The explosion caused strong fire, which spread to all areas of the three-storey building, the director of Mosul library Ghanem at-Taan has said. The Islamic State militants started a fire of books and manuscripts of the cultural heritage of Iraq in the courtyard of the library, which was considered one of the oldest in the country. In total, around 10 thousand books were destroyed, including rare copies on culture, philosophy, Arab history, and hundreds of manuscripts.
According to eyewitnesses, the Islamic State purposefully destroys libraries throughout the territory controlled by the group. Thus, according to a member of the Board of Anbar province, Adal al-Fahdaui, only during the last week the Islamic State radical destroyed several libraries, burning more than 100 thousand books.