Latest Cultural preservation News

Romanian engineer who saved churches from destruction dies

Jan. 6, 2019 10:40 AM EST

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Eugeniu Iordachescu, a Romanian civil engineer who devised an ingenious way to save 12 churches and many other historic buildings from being destroyed by the country's former Communist strongman, has died. He was 89. He died Friday from a heart attack and his funeral was being...

US, Israel exit UN cultural agency, claiming bias

Jan. 1, 2019 2:39 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The United States and Israel officially quit the U.N.'s educational, scientific and cultural agency at the stroke of midnight, the culmination of a process triggered more than a year ago amid concerns that the organization fosters anti-Israel bias. The withdrawal is mainly procedural yet...

Grant will help Massachusetts keep Roving Archivist program

Dec. 23, 2018 9:54 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts has received a federal grant to help it continue its Roving Archivist program. The Roving Archivist has been around since 2012. The program offers free advice and help to cultural heritage institutions across Massachusetts as they grapple with a range of issues including the...

Rare Beefeaters strike over pensions hits Tower of London

Dec. 22, 2018 10:54 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — London's famed Beefeaters and other workers at several Royal Palaces have gone on a rare strike in a dispute over pension payments. There were picket lines Friday at the Tower of London, a UNESCO World Heritage site popular with tourists, and more work actions are planned for January. The...

House panel finds Olympic leaders valued image over safety

Dec. 20, 2018 4:42 PM EST

A congressional review of the U.S. Olympic system's handling of sex-abuse cases criticizes a culture that sought to protect reputation and image over athlete safety. A House subcommittee released the report Thursday, outlining conclusions about the handling of sex-abuse cases involving Larry Nassar and others...

Iran's Persian rug-makers suffer as US unravels nuclear deal

Dec. 20, 2018 7:10 AM EST

KASHAN, Iran (AP) — As the Trump administration works to unravel Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with word powers, the producers of the country's famed Persian carpets fear they will lose vital markets. Before the U.S. withdrew from the deal and began restoring crippling sanctions earlier this year, the $425...

China will 'never seek hegemony,' Xi says in reform speech

Dec. 18, 2018 3:14 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China will never pursue hegemony, President Xi Jinping said Tuesday as global concerns persist over the country's growing economic influence. During a speech to mark 40 years of market reforms, Xi repeated China's commitment to a multilateral trading system and further opening of its...

Berlin completes new addition to Museum Island complex

Dec. 13, 2018 7:55 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Berlin has completed a new addition to its Museum Island complex aimed at complementing the popular museums there and making it more user-friendly. The five-museum complex, a UNESCO world heritage site built in neoclassical style from 1830 to 1930, has undergone far-reaching restoration over...

WWF says Tanzania dam project could hurt key wetland

Dec. 13, 2018 5:22 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A conservation group says Tanzania's agreement with Egyptian companies to build a huge hydroelectric dam in the Selous Game Reserve risks damage to an important wetland and could hurt the livelihoods of over 200,000 people who live downstream. The WWF group criticized the project after...

Tanzania agrees to construct $3 billion dam in wildlife park

Dec. 12, 2018 9:45 AM EST

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) — Tanzania on Wednesday signed a $3 billion agreement with two Egyptian companies to construct a huge hydroelectric plant in a game reserve that is a UNESCO World Heritage site. President John Magufuli witnessed the signing of the agreement with Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa...