World Bulletin / News Desk
Iran said on Monday it would boycott the 2013 Oscars to protest against the making of a crude anti-Islam video in the United States that has caused outrage throughout the Muslim world.
Iranian art cinema has earned international acclaim over the past 20 years.
Asghar Farhadi's "A Separation" won the Oscar for best foreign language film in February, the first Iranian film to do so.
Culture and Islamic Guidance Minister Mohammad Hosseini said Iran would boycott the next Academy Awards "to protest against the making of a film insulting the Prophet and because of the organisers' failure to take an official position (against the film)," the Iranian Students' News Agency reported.
He also urged other Islamic countries to boycott the Oscars.
Iranian officials have demanded that the United States apologise to Muslims, saying the video is only the latest in a series of Western insults aimed at Islam. Washington has condemned the content of the film but defending "the right to free speech" over the insults.
"The position that Western politicians have adopted on these great insults are no different from a position of enmity," Iranian media quoted Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as saying on Monday.
Reza Mirkarimi's dramatic comedy "A Cube of Sugar" had been chosen as Iran's submission for the 2013 foreign-language Oscar, Hosseini said.
The library, also knwon as the Vijecnica national library, will continue to hold Open Days up till July 31 everyday between 10.00-17.00 local time.
The house is designed to reflect the cultural characteristics of Muslim family two centuries ago.
The facsimile of the Quran of Uthman has been published by Research Center for Islamic History Art and Culture (IRCICA).
Resembling Berlin before 1990, the city is separated by the Ibre river on which stone barricades were built.
The Sanki Yedim mosque is literally named after the saying of a man who called Kececi Hayreddin Efendi who once lived in the area during the Ottoman period.
Ayvaz Dede is a 15th century dervish who moved to the Bosnian village of Prusats from Akhisar in western Anatolia.
The ivy gives the mosque a unique appearance, protects it from deterioration, attracts tourists and keeps worshippers cool during summer heat.
Krymchaks have historically lived in close proximity to the Crimean Karaites and are an ethno-religious community of Crimea derived from Turkic-speaking adherents of Rabbinic Judaism.
The superintendent of Pompeii, Massimo Osanna, said the damage was "of a limited size, although any incident of this type at Pompeii cannot be underestimated".
The flag was handed over to the Turkish ambassador in London, Unal Cevikoz, by the Turner family who had preserved the flag for almost a century.
Jeddah's historic port city was recognized for its its role as a major Red Sea trade route throughout its 2,500-year history as well as being a gateway for Muslim pilgrims to Makkah who arrived by sea.
The cave, located about 25 metres underground, consists of what is known to be the earliest known figurative drawings in the world.
The stage walls and entrance of a Roman-era amphitheater have been unearthed in Izmir.
The Qhapaq Nan roads was built in the most diverse terrains going through six South American countries linking communities in the Andes mountains to fertile valleys, rainforests and deserts.
Tourism officials say the Door to Hell, also called the Derweze crater after a nearby village, could be developed into a key draw for adventure tourists.
Izmir Roman Association head Abdullah Cistir said 'This will be the first time the Roma community produce a newspaper in Turkey.'