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FILE - In this Friday, March 24, 2017 file photo, people walk backdropped by the Byzantine-era Hagia Sophia, one of Istanbul's main tourist attractions, in the historic Sultanahmet district of Istanbul. The 6th-century building is now at the center of a heated debate between conservative groups who want it to be reconverted into a mosque and those who believe the World Heritage site should remain a museum. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)

Museum or mosque? Turkey debates iconic Hagia Sofia's status

Jul. 1, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — In its more than 1,400-year existence, the majestic domed structure of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul has served as the Byzantine Empire’s main cathedral, a mosque under the Ottoman Empire and a museum under modern Turkey, attracting millions of tourists each year. The 6th-century...

FILE - In this Oct.31 2017 file photo, the logo of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) is seen during the 39th session of the General Conference at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. The U.N.'s cultural agency UNESCO has warned that its name and logo are being illegally emblazoned on false documents to facilitate illicit trafficking in African cultural property. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

UNESCO says logo being used illegally for arts trafficking

Jul. 1, 2020 8:25 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The United Nations' cultural agency has warned that its name and logo are being illegally emblazoned on false documents to facilitate illicit trafficking in African cultural property. UNESCO urged “vigilance” Wednesday after it received numerous reports of such fraud and...

President Andrzej Duda flashes victory signs after voting ended in the presidential election in Lowicz, Poland, Sunday, June 28, 2020. The election will test the popularity of incumbent President Andrzej Duda, who is seeking a second term, and of the conservative ruling party that backs him. Exit poll shows incumbent Andrzej Duda with most votes in Polish presidential vote, but short of first-round win.(AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Polish president attacks LGBT rights as he heads to runoff

Jun. 29, 2020 3:05 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's conservative president, Andrzej Duda, promised Monday to protect traditional Polish values against LGBT rights after a first-round presidential election that gave him the most votes but forced him into a runoff. Duda's immediate return to a theme that he has raised...

Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski talking to reporters at the site of a city bus crash that killed one person and injured over 20 people when the articulate bus crashed off an overpass, in Warsaw, Poland, on June 25, 2020. Trzaskowski, who is a runner-up candidate in Sunday election for the nation's president, suspend his campaigning to come to the site.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Polish presidential candidates make last appeals to voters

Jun. 26, 2020 1:14 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish President Andrzej Duda vowed Friday to keep working to raise the living standard in Poland to Western European levels and to preserve traditional values if he wins a second term, a message he stressed on the last day of campaigning before the country's presidential election. ...

Georgia lawmakers pass hate crimes, more police protections

Jun. 23, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s legislature on Tuesday passed hate crimes legislation deemed essential by business and many political leaders, sending the measure to Gov. Brian Kemp’s desk. The price Republicans exacted for moving that legislation forward was simultaneous passage of a separate bill...

Lawyer Daniel Brown holds a poster calling on Georgia lawmakers to pass a state hate crimes law on Thursday, June 18, 2020 in Atlanta. Lawmakers are debating different proposals to give Georgia a law adding extra penalties for hate crimes. (AP Photo/Jeff Amy)

Police in, then out, as Georgia hate crimes bill moves ahead

Jun. 22, 2020 9:28 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — In an abrupt turn, Republicans in the Georgia Senate removed protections for police from hate crimes legislation on Monday night, just days after adding them in over the objection of civil rights groups and Democrats. First responders were removed as a protected class from the bill by the...

Yemen separatists consolidate grip in area of UNESCO site

Jun. 20, 2020 4:32 PM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni separatists funded by the United Arab Emirates on Saturday took control of military and police camps in Yemen's Socotra archipelago, a UNESCO World Heritage site, security officials said. By day's end the separatist militia had taken control of most of the remote province from...

Lawyer Daniel Brown holds a poster calling on Georgia lawmakers to pass a state hate crimes law on Thursday, June 18, 2020 in Atlanta. Lawmakers are debating different proposals to give Georgia a law adding extra penalties for hate crimes. (AP Photo/Jeff Amy)

Georgia senators say hate crimes law should protect police

Jun. 19, 2020 8:00 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Republicans in Georgia’s state Senate have added police as a protected class to proposed hate crimes legislation deemed essential by state leaders, complicating chances of its passage by lobbing a political grenade into the belly of the bill with little time left in the legislative...

Fighting reportedly erupts in Yemen's UNESCO heritage site

Jun. 19, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Fiery clashes convulsed Yemen’s remote Socotra archipelago, a UNESCO World Heritage site, on Friday as an armed unit funded by the United Arab Emirates battled government security forces for control of the island’s capital, the Yemeni government and witnesses said. The...

Georgia Lt. Gov Geoff Duncan speaks Wednesday, June 17, 2020, in Atlanta, while proposing his own version of a hate crimes law for the state. Duncan is calling on lawmakers to create a free-standing hate crime and to protect many categories from bias crimes, including people victimized because of their culture and their status in exercising First Amendment rights including worship, free speech, free press, assembly or petition of government. (Riley Bunch/The Daily Times via AP)

Georgia leader proposes expanded version of hate crimes law

Jun. 17, 2020 3:06 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's lieutenant governor proposed his own version of a hate crimes law Wednesday, calling on lawmakers to protect broad categories from bias crimes, including people victimized because of their culture and exercising First Amendment rights including worship, free speech and assembly....