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Embassy in Niamey energizes project to preserve 8,000-year-old rock art in Niger.
Photo © World Monuments FundGiraffe Rock Art site in Niger is on theWorld Monuments Watch List of
100 Most Endangered Sites,
a project of theWorld Monuments Fund.
Ten million American are expected to visit here this year.
12The Holy See
The Vatican is a unique post with a unique mission.
16Office of the Month:Casualty Assistance
Arecommendation becomes a reality.
18Saving Ancient Rock Art in Niger
The U.S. Embassy helps preserve 8,000-year-oldrock engravings.
22Istanbul’s Year of Living Dangerously
Embassy staff rebounds from two earthquakes.
25Science and Diplomacy
Science and diplomacy come together in the 21st century.
28Let the Games Begin
Sydney prepares for the Olympic Games.
Bassi Sidi Mohammed,a local Tuareg contact,gazes into the desert sky near the site of 8,000- year-old rock engravings in the northern region of Niger.Secretary Albright and Washington,D.C.,Mayor Anthony Williams watch as two high school students measure the water quality in the Anacostia River.
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