Books and archives belonging to the Iraqi National Library in Baghdad have been destroyed in a fire. According to the BBC the fire has destroyed valuable books and also the national archive containing information about the Iraqi monarchy and documents relating to the Ottoman empire. Several people, as yet unidentified, broke into the National Library and burnt everything except for a few books on Islamic law. The Koran Library, containing the oldest and rarest editions of the Koran, was also set alight.
Near the United Nations Glass Palace in New York, there is a metallic sculpture entitled "Evil Defeated by Good", representing Saint George transfixing a dragon with his lance. It was donated by the USSR in 1990 to celebrate the INF Treaty concluded with the USA in 1987