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Engineering graduates of the Universite Libre De Bruxelles, cheer after a graduation ceremony at the Grand Place in Brussels, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Many of these students were supposed to graduate in June, but with exams cancelled and COVID-19 regulations in place many students were unable to manage that in time. Pandemic restrictions limited the guest invitations to only 2 persons for each graduate. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

In virus boon, Belgian students graduate at UNESCO site

Sep. 30, 2020 11:31 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has put a massive damper on student life across the globe. But in Brussels it has one boon: graduation at a UNESCO Word Heritage location. The Belgian capital has made its world-famous Grand-Place square available as an open-air location for nearly 4,000 students...

The full moon rises behind the Byzantine-era Hagia Sophia in the historic Sultanahmet district of Istanbul, early Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. Worshipers held the first Muslim prayers in 86 years inside the Istanbul landmark that served as one of Christendom's most significant cathedrals, a mosque and a museum before its conversion back into a Muslim place of worship on July 24, 2020. The conversion of the edifice, has led to an international outcry. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Orthodox church petitions UN over Istanbul's Hagia Sophia

Sep. 29, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Greek Orthodox Church of the United States said Tuesday it is petitioning United Nations experts to coerce Turkey into protecting Orthodox Christianity's cultural heritage following the Turkish government's conversion of Istanbul’s landmark Hagia Sophia from a museum into a...

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...

Heritage houses that were destroyed in Aug. 4 explosion that hit the seaport of Beirut, are seen hold by scaffolding, in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday Aug. 25, 2020. In the streets of Beirut historic neighborhoods, workers are erecting scaffolding to support buildings that have stood for more than a century - now at risk of collapse after the massive Aug. 4 explosion that tore through the capital.   (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Beirut residents determined to save heritage lost to blast

Aug. 28, 2020 1:04 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — For the past decade, art collector Nabil Debs has been working on turning his 19th century ancestral home in a historic neighborhood of Beirut to a hotel and art gallery. He planned to open it to the public in mid-August. Within seconds, his lifelong dream came crashing down, along with the...