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Covered bridge fired declared arson in Maine

Jul. 30, 2021 15:18 PM EDT

LITTLETON, Maine (AP) — A fire that destroyed one of Maine's nine covered bridges has been declared an arson, the fire marshal's office said Friday. A local business put up a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrests of those responsible for the destruction...

Bologna's porticoes are added to UNESCO's Heritage List

Jul. 28, 2021 15:43 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Bologna’s extensive porticoes, dating back to the 13th century and still very much part of the city’s everyday life, have been added to the World Heritage List. At a meeting in China on Wednesday, the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO, the U.N. culture...

Brazil landscape garden earns UNESCO world heritage status

Jul. 27, 2021 17:25 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Globally renowned for its natural beauty, Rio de Janeiro received a new international distinction Tuesday as UNESCO added landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx’s former home to its list of World Heritage sites. The Sitio Burle Marx in western...

Residents fight to preserve historic Black church in LA

Jul. 27, 2021 15:17 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (RNS) — On a recent Sunday, about 10 people sat outside the steps of the boarded-up First Baptist Church of Venice, a century-old congregation that, to many, remains a symbol of the thriving Black population that once existed in the seaside town of Los Angeles. ...

Romania's Roman gold mines get UNESCO heritage status

Jul. 27, 2021 14:13 PM EDT

BUCHAREST (AP) — Ancient Roman mining galleries in a mountainous Romanian region that has been at the center of a long, fierce battle between a Canadian mining company and environmentalists were added to UNESCO’s World Heritage list Tuesday. Rosia Montana, located in...

Madrid's Retiro park, Prado avenue join World Heritage list

Jul. 25, 2021 11:51 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Madrid’s tree-lined Paseo del Prado boulevard and the adjoining Retiro park have been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage list. The UNESCO World Heritage Committee, holding an online meeting from Fuzhou, China, backed the candidacy on Sunday that...

Australia avoids UNESCO downgrade of Great Barrier Reef

Jul. 25, 2021 03:18 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia on Friday garnered enough international support to defer an attempt by the United Nations’ cultural organization to downgrade the Great Barrier Reef’s World Heritage status because of damage caused by climate change. UNESCO had...

Mexican president calls Cuba 'example,' wants OAS replaced

Jul. 24, 2021 21:37 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Saturday that Cuba is an “example of resistance,” and proposed the entire country should be declared a World Heritage site. While much of Cuba seems stuck technologically in the middle of the last...

China's Xi visits Tibet amid rising controls over religion

Jul. 23, 2021 21:09 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese leader Xi Jinping has made a rare visit to Tibet as authorities tighten controls over the Himalayan region’s traditional Buddhist culture, accompanied by an accelerated drive for economic development and modernized infrastructure. State media...

50-year war on drugs imprisoned millions of Black Americans

Jul. 23, 2021 13:35 PM EDT

Landscaping was hardly his lifelong dream. As a teenager, Alton Lucas believed basketball or music would pluck him out of North Carolina and take him around the world. In the late 1980s, he was the right-hand man to his musical best friend, Youtha Anthony Fowler, who many...