Latest Cultural preservation News

The Latest: Trump congratulates Japanese Emperor Naruhito

Oct. 22, 2019 11:17 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Japanese Emperor Naruhito's enthronement ceremony (all times local): 12:15 a.m. Wednesday President Donald Trump has congratulated Japanese Emperor Naruhito on his enthronement. The White House said in a statement that the president and first lady Melania Trump offer their...

Japanese Emperor Naruhito ascends Chrysanthemum Throne

Oct. 22, 2019 9:14 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Three booming cheers of "Banzai!" rang out Tuesday at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo as Naruhito formally declared his ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne as the nation's 126th emperor. As a driving autumn rain briefly gave way to sunshine and 2,000 guests looked on, Naruhito pledged at an...

Fire hits UNESCO royal stables in Italian city of Turin

Oct. 21, 2019 4:52 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Firefighters say a fire has burned about one-fourth of the roof of Turin's Cavallerizza Reale, a UNESCO World Heritage site in the center of the northern Italian city, hitting an area of the building once used for the royal stables. Firefighters rushed to the scene early Monday and managed to...

In Brazil, Amazon fires threaten millenary rock paintings

Oct. 6, 2019 5:46 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Ancient rock paintings in Brazil's Monte Alegre park are being threatened by some of the fires burning in the Amazon region. The online news site G1 reports says the Para state environmental institute reported the fires broke out Saturday and continued Sunday. The park has several...

Mexican actress Aparicio named UNESCO ambassador

Oct. 4, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The United Nations' cultural agency UNESCO has appointed Mexican actress Yalitza Aparicio as its goodwill ambassador for indigenous peoples. The 25-year-old actress made history as the first indigenous performer nominated for a best actress honor at the Academy Awards this year for her...

Tyler Perry believes his studio rivals Hollywood's best

Oct. 1, 2019 4:35 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tyler Perry remembered shedding tears when he saw an Atlanta highway exit bearing the name of his television and film studio for the first time. The actor-director-writer believes he might have the same emotions during the grand opening of his massive state-of-the-art Tyler Perry Studios...

Does outsourcing affect our personal connection to food?

Sep. 30, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

The growing options for outsourcing meal planning, grocery shopping and cooking can be called time-saving blessings or culture-destroying curses. In the end, they're probably a complicated mix of both. The positive spin goes something like this: Assuming you can afford it, you'll save precious time by clicking a...

Greek fashion firms revitalize centuries-old silk tradition

Sep. 29, 2019 4:16 AM EDT

SOUFLI, Greece (AP) — At Kostas Mouhtaridis' silk factory in Soufli, the non-stop "clunk-click" of the weaving machinery is a loud but welcome sound. The factory is a few hundred meters from the Evros River, which forms Greece's natural border with Turkey. It is one of Europe's most heavily militarized...

Saudi Arabia unveils new tourist visas

Sep. 28, 2019 5:47 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia has announced a new tourist visa scheme, as part of efforts to open up the ultraconservative Muslim kingdom to foreign visitors and diversify its oil-reliant economy. The kingdom says allowing more foreign visitors is "a key milestone." It is seeking to...

Paris police gird for weekend protests over Macron, climate

Sep. 20, 2019 2:08 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron has called for calm on France's annual heritage weekend, as authorities in Paris prepare to deploy thousands of police to protect landmarks and government buildings. His call comes as an array of protesters plan to descend on the capital and other cities....