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Russia says drone attacks on its Syria base have increased

Aug. 16, 2018 12:50 PM EDT

HEMEIMEEM AIR BASE, Syria (AP) — Russian air defense assets in Syria have downed 45 drones targeting their main base in the country, its military said Thursday, after an attack by the Islamic State group on a Syrian army base a day earlier killed seven troops. The Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, Maj....

Brussels highlights sun-splashed summer with flower carpet

Aug. 16, 2018 8:20 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Brussels is highlighting its sun-splashed summer with a Mexican-themed carpet of over half a million flowers on its historic Grand-Place. The UNESCO World Heritage site on Thursday opened up the cobblestones of its market square for a giant display of flowers depicting scenes and symbols...

Egypt razes historical Cairo district, angering residents

Aug. 15, 2018 7:42 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities are demolishing a historical 19th century neighborhood in Cairo to make way for high-end housing and business development a stone's throw from the Nile, angering residents who say they have not been properly compensated. The Maspero neighborhood is named for French...

4 more historic Tennessee sites added to National Register

Aug. 10, 2018 12:35 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Four more sites in Tennessee have been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The National Trust Life Insurance Co. Building in Memphis was completed in 1963. The five-story structure is made of concrete, marble, metal and glass. The property is awaiting redevelopment. The...

British Museum to return looted antiquities to Iraq

Aug. 9, 2018 1:24 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British Museum said Thursday that it is returning to Iraq eight 5,000-year-old antiquities that were looted after the U.S.-led 2003 invasion of the country. The museum said the items, which include stamp seals, clay cones with cuneiform inscriptions and a bull-shaped marble pennant, were...

5 Tennessee sites join National Register of Historic Places

Jul. 31, 2018 12:10 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Five Tennessee sites have been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Tennessee Historical Commission says the Smotherman House in Tullahoma was designed by Nashville architect George Waller and built between 1932 and 1934 for wholesale grocery businessman Fletcher...

In Panama City's booming colonial core, locals fight to stay

Jul. 30, 2018 1:44 AM EDT

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Esther Marina Sanchez has watched her neighborhood — the heart of Panama City — transformed by its designation as a UNESCO world heritage site. Tourists and well-heeled Panamanians now stroll the paving-stone streets among gaudy hotels, fancy restaurants and trendy discos...

Young Nubians revive dream of returning to land in Egypt

Jul. 15, 2018 6:00 AM EDT

ASWAN, Egypt (AP) — The world of their parents and grandparents was turned upside down more than 50 years ago when they were evacuated from villages along the Nile River to make way for the High Dam. Now a younger generation has revived the long-dormant cause of Egypt's Nubians, campaigning for a return to...

Egypt's young Nubians revive dream of return to homeland

Jul. 15, 2018 2:56 AM EDT

ASWAN, Egypt (AP) — Siham Othman was born decades after her grandparents were forced to evacuate from their homes on the banks of the Nile River along with tens of thousands of their fellow Nubians. But she has a lifelong bond with her ancestral homeland. Her grandfather became a merchant sailor and...

A youthful France faces veteran-laden Croatia for World Cup

Jul. 14, 2018 3:11 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — France is the established power with a young team full of speed and skill. Croatia has the veterans that have shown they can never be counted out. The two sides will meet on Sunday in the World Cup final, with France going for its second title in its third final in 20 years. Croatia, a...