UNITED NATIONS

The facade of the Chakhmagh mosque is seen in Yazd, 700 km (435 miles) south of Tehran, October 15, 2008. As some Western corporations pack up and mothball projects in Iran under pressure of sanctions, Sebastian Straten is preparing for the day when tourists flock to the Islamic state. Straten is developing a small-scale hotels venture in the central city of Yazd, renowned for its labyrinth of lanes between old mudbrick buildings and 'windcatcher' towers designed to cool houses in the desert heat. To match feature IRAN-INVESTOR/ REUTERS/Caren Firouz (IRAN)

UNESCO Designates New World Heritage Sites

The United Nations' education, science and culture branch has designated nearly two dozen new locations as official World Heritage Sites in recent days, thus ensuring international efforts will go tow...