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FILE - Carrie Mingo Douglas, a member of the Pontchartrain Park neighborhood association and chair of the association's historic district committee, walks around the historic sign of the housing development that she helps maintain in New Orleans, in a Friday, June 8, 2018 file photo. Pontchartrain Park, the first subdivision built for middle- and upper-class Black residents of New Orleans is now on the National Register of Historic Places. (Max Becherer /The Advocate via AP, File)

New Orleans' 1st Black subdivision officially historic

Jul. 12, 2020 8:51 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The first subdivision built for middle- and upper-class Black residents of New Orleans — and one of the first in the nation — is now on the National Register of Historic Places. It's great to have national recognition of the neighborhood's historical significance after...

Muslims offer their evening prayers outside the Byzantine-era Hagia Sophia, one of Istanbul's main tourist attractions in the historic Sultanahmet district of Istanbul, following Turkey's Council of State's decision, Friday, July 10, 2020. Turkey's highest administrative court issued a ruling Friday that paves the way for the government to convert Hagia Sophia - a former cathedral-turned-mosque that now serves as a museum - back into a Muslim house of worship. The Council of State threw its weight behind a petition brought by a religious group and annulled a 1934 cabinet decision that changed the 6th century building into a museum.(AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

World Council of Churches "dismayed" at Hagia Sophia shift

Jul. 11, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The head of the World Council of Churches has written to Turkey's president expressing his “grief and dismay” over Turkey's decision to change the status of Istanbul's landmark Hagia Sophia from a museum to a mosque. As a World Heritage museum, “Hagia Sophia...

Muslims offer their evening prayers outside the Byzantine-era Hagia Sophia, one of Istanbul's main tourist attractions in the historic Sultanahmet district of Istanbul, following Turkey's Council of State's decision, Friday, July 10, 2020. Turkey's highest administrative court issued a ruling Friday that paves the way for the government to convert Hagia Sophia - a former cathedral-turned-mosque that now serves as a museum - back into a Muslim house of worship. The Council of State threw its weight behind a petition brought by a religious group and annulled a 1934 cabinet decision that changed the 6th century building into a museum. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Turkey's president formally makes Hagia Sophia a mosque

Jul. 10, 2020 7:08 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The president of Turkey on Friday formally converted Istanbul’s sixth-century Hagia Sophia back into a mosque and declared it open for Muslim worship, hours after a high court annulled a 1934 decision that had made the religious landmark a museum. The decision sparked deep...

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2019 file photo, logs are stacked at a lumber mill surrounded by recently charred and deforested fields near Porto Velho, Rondonia state, Brazil. Dozens of Brazilian corporations are calling for a crackdown on illegal logging in the Amazon rainforest, expressing their concerns in a letter Tuesday, July 7, 2020, to the vice president, who heads the government's council on that region. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)

Brazil asks investment firms to adopt protected Amazon areas

Jul. 9, 2020 3:23 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s government on Thursday proposed that global asset-managers adopt protected areas in the Amazon rainforest in order to curb illegal deforestation ahead of the season farmers traditionally use fire to clear land and brush. Vice President Hamilton Mourão, who heads...

FILE - In this early Friday, May 29, 2020 file photo, a protester carries a U.S. flag upside, a sign of distress, next to a burning building in Minneapolis. Protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody Monday, broke out in Minneapolis and across the country. The U.S. has been dramatically disrupted in a matter of months, brought low by a global pandemic, Depression-era economic dislocation, and then, nationwide unrest over racial injustice. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

AMERICA DISRUPTED: Troubles cleave a nation, and a city

Jul. 7, 2020 3:13 PM EDT

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — It was difficult to celebrate America in Saginaw this year. The deadly coronavirus had torn through the county. Unemployment had surged five-fold. Weeks of protest over racial inequality left many debating what should be hallowed and what must be changed. But Tom Roy had given it his...

Executive turmoil at Essence, Ebony magazines prompt changes

Jul. 6, 2020 6:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Two storied magazines that focus on news and culture in the Black community, Essence and Ebony, are in the midst of turmoil at their top levels. Ebony late last week forced out CEO Willard Jackson following an initial inquiry into some of his financial transactions. The general interest...

Residents, wearing white clothes and traditional red scarves, take to the streets on the day the ''txupinazo'' would usually take place to start the famous San Fermin festival, which was due canceled this year by the conoravirus, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Monday, July 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

Little to celebrate in Pamplona with no running of the bulls

Jul. 6, 2020 9:44 AM EDT

PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) — Residents in Spain’s northern city of Pamplona dressed up Monday in white clothes and traditional red scarves to mark what should have been the start of their annual San Fermín festival, which was cancelled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Known for its races...

FILE - In this June 25, 2020, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, center, speaks to Stacie Ritter, right, and her son, Jan, during a meeting with families who have benefited from the Affordable Care Act in Lancaster, Pa. Biden is hoping to capture Florida and other pivotal states by pushing Latino turnout rates higher than when Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump in 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

1 ad, 3 accents: How Democrats aim to win Latino votes

Jul. 6, 2020 6:17 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Spanish-language ads for Joe Biden used the same slogan to contrast him with President Donald Trump — “los cuentos no pagan las cuentas,” a play on words that roughly means “telling stories won't pay the bills.” But the narrator for the version that...

President Donald Trump speaks during a

2020 Watch: Has Trump surrendered to the coronavirus?

Jul. 6, 2020 5:35 AM EDT

Presidential politics move fast. What we’re watching heading into a new week on the 2020 campaign: Days to next set of primaries (New Jersey and Delaware): 1 Days to general election: 120 ___ THE NARRATIVE We're moving into the heart of summer, but if you're expecting the traditional summertime slowdown in...

In this June 19, 2020, photo, people attend a peaceful rally in Chicago to mark Juneteenth. The holiday celebrates the day in 1865 that enslaved black people in Galveston, Texas, learned they had been freed from bondage, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

'Lift Every Voice and Sing' hymn ignites hope across nation

Jul. 6, 2020 3:49 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Black national anthem was born more than a century ago, but the popular hymn within the African American community called “Lift Every Voice and Sing” has resurrected a beacon of hope during nationwide protests. In recent weeks, countless rallies were held from D.C. to...