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An aerial view shows new village houses built by the Chinese government for ethnic minority in Ganluo county, southwest China's Sichuan province on Sept. 10, 2020. China's ruling Communist Party says its initiatives have helped to lift millions of people out of poverty. Yi ethnic minority members were moved out of their mountain villages in China’s southwest and into the newly built town in an anti-poverty initiative. (AP Photo/Sam McNeil)

China uproots ethnic minority villages in anti-poverty fight

Sep. 22, 2020 9:27 PM EDT

CHENGBEI GAN’EN, China (AP) — Under a portrait of President Xi Jinping, Ashibusha sits in her freshly painted living room cradling her infant daughter beside a chair labeled a “gift from the government.” The mother of three is among 6,600 members of the Yi ethnic minority who were...

Debris from the ceiling and walls cover the floor of a room in the 150-year-old Sursock Palace that was damaged by the Aug. 4 explosion that hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. Restoring Beirut's architectural heritage from the August blast will take hundreds of millions of dollars and costs will quickly rise if no action is taken ahead of the onset of the rainy season in less than two months time, international experts announced Tuesday. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Experts: Rainy season to further threaten Beirut heritage

Sep. 15, 2020 12:57 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Restoring Beirut's damaged architectural heritage following the devastating August explosion will take hundreds of millions of dollars and costs will quickly rise if no action is taken ahead of the onset of the rainy season in less than two months, international experts warned Tuesday. An...

Debris from the ceiling and walls cover the floor of a room in the 150-year-old Sursock Palace that was damaged by the Aug. 4 explosion that hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. Restoring Beirut's architectural heritage from the August blast will take hundreds of millions of dollars and costs will quickly rise if no action is taken ahead of the onset of the rainy season in less than two months time, international experts announced Tuesday. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Experts: Rainy season to further threaten Beirut heritage

Sep. 15, 2020 11:45 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Restoring Beirut's damaged architectural heritage following the devastating August explosion will take hundreds of millions of dollars and costs will quickly rise if no action is taken ahead of the onset of the rainy season in less than two months, international experts warned Tuesday. An...

FILE - This April 16, 2015 file photo, shows a general view of the historic Meroe pyramids site, in al-Bagrawiya, 200 kilometers (125 miles) north of Khartoum, Sudan.  A leading archaeologist says the floodwaters have already entered the ancient royal city of the Kushite kings known as the Island of Meroe, a UNESCO World Heritage site.  .(AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)

Sudan floods kill over 100, threaten archaeological site

Sep. 11, 2020 10:17 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Flash floods in Sudan have killed more than 100 people this summer and inundated over 100,000 houses, threatening even a famous archaeological site near the capital of Khartoum and compounding the country's already dire economic situation, officials said. The floodwaters this week entered the...

Rio Tinto chief executive Jean-Sebastien Jacques attends an annual general meeting in Perth, May 9, 2019. Jacques will leave the Anglo-Australian mining giant by March, 2021, over the destruction of the sacred sites, the company said on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. (Will Russell/AAP Image via AP)

Rio Tinto CEO to leave over destruction of Indigenous sites

Sep. 11, 2020 2:50 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Rio Tinto chief executive Jean-Sebastien Jacques will leave the Anglo-Australian mining giant by March over the destruction of Australian Indigenous sacred sites to access iron ore, the company said on Friday. “Significant stakeholders have expressed concerns about...

In a photo provided by Christian Gallagher, a street in West Linn, Ore., is shrouded by smoke from wildfires, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. (Christian Gallagher via AP)

Latest: 500,000 people in Oregon forced to flee wildfires

Sep. 10, 2020 8:31 PM EDT

The Latest on wildfires in the U.S. West (all times local): 5:25 p.m. SALEM, Ore. -- Authorities in Oregon now say more than 500,000 people statewide have been forced to evacuate because of wildfires. The latest figures from Thursday evening come from the Oregon Office of Emergency Management. That’s over...

FILE - In this June 27, 1985, file photo, Nina Simone performs at Avery Fisher Hall in New York. The childhood home of the iconic musician and civil rights activist will be indefinitely preserved in North Carolina. The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, that its African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, in partnership with World Monuments Fund and Preservation North Carolina, recently secured permanent protection of the singer-songwriter’s childhood home in Tryon.  (AP Photo/Rene Perez, File)

North Carolina home of Nina Simone gets permanent protection

Sep. 9, 2020 8:57 AM EDT

TRYON, N.C. (AP) — The childhood home of iconic musician and civil rights activist Nina Simone will be indefinitely preserved in North Carolina. The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, in partnership with World Monuments Fund and Preservation...

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2017 handout file photo provided by Galapagos National Park, a park ranger takes part in the inspection of a Chinese flagship where 300 tons of marine species, several of them in danger of extinction, were found, in Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, as the ship and its crew are detained. In July 2020, a congregation of about 260 mostly Chinese fishing vessels near the Galápagos archipelago is stirring diplomatic tension and raising concerns about the threat to sharks, manta rays, and other vulnerable species in waters around the UNESCO world heritage site.  (Galapagos National Park via AP, File)

Recent data show Chinese fishing fleet still near Galapagos

Sep. 4, 2020 4:14 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Satellite data indicate that a large Chinese fishing fleet remained in international waters near Ecuador's Galapagos archipelago at the beginning of this month, even as China said it would temporarily ban fishing near the UNESCO world heritage site. Vessel tracking data displayed on the...

President Donald Trump speaks as he tours an emergency operations center and meets with law enforcement officers at Mary D. Bradford High School, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, in Kenosha, Wis. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

AP Analysis: Trump's 2020 mantra channels Nixon, Wallace

Sep. 2, 2020 8:55 AM EDT

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — After struggling for much of the year to settle on a clear and concise reelection message, President Donald Trump appears to have found his 2020 rallying cry. Four years ago, it was “Build the Wall," a simple yet coded mantra to white America that nonwhite outsiders threatened...

In this August 2019 photo provided by the Sursock family, Lady Yvonne Sursock Cochrane sits in front of the Donna Maria Sursock Residence, in Sawfar village east of Beirut, Lebanon. One of Lebanon’s most prominent philanthropists and a pioneer defender of the country’s heritage, Lady Cochrane, died from injuries she suffered in the massive Aug. 4 explosion that ripped through Beirut. She was 98. The family said Lady Cochrane passed away on Monday, Aug. 312, 2020, from her injuries. She was at home, at her family’s Sursock Palace, one of Beirut’s landmarks, when the explosion happened last month. (Sursock Family via AP)

Lebanese philanthropist Lady Cochrane dies of blast injuries

Sep. 1, 2020 1:09 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — One of Lebanon's most prominent philanthropists and a pioneer defender of the country's heritage, Lady Yvonne Sursock Cochrane, has died from injuries she suffered in the massive Aug. 4 explosion that ripped through Beirut. She was 98. The family said Lady Cochrane passed away on Monday from...