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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...

Norbertines say deal has been reached to sell Monona friary

Sep. 12, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

MONONA, Wis. (AP) — Saint Norbert Abbey said it has made a deal to sell the San Damiano Friary, an historic property on Lake Monona, to the city of Monona, which hopes to preserve the green space for the community. The parties began discussing a sale of the 10-acre parcel at 4123 Monona Drive earlier this...

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...

Fire in Yellowstone National Park reaches 5 square miles

Sep. 10, 2020 2:37 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A fire in Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park has reached up to 5 square miles (13 square kilometers), park officials said. The fire has continued to grow despite recent colder, wetter weather in Yellowstone, the park said in a statement on Wednesday. Hard frosts at night have killed...

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...

This undated photo provided by the City of Negaunee, Mich., shows the collapsed roof at the 94-year-old Vista Theater in Negaunee. The roof at the theater likely collapsed Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020,  because of a drain failure while rain fell. Diane Darlington of the Vista Theater Advisory Board says she hopes to “have a solution as soon as possible.” The Vista, which offers movies and live theater, opened in 1926. Local residents formed the Peninsula Arts Appreciation Council in 1973 and took over operations. (Photo courtesy of the City of Negaunee, Michigan via AP)

UP theater, nearly 100, raises money after roof collapse

Sep. 8, 2020 3:33 PM EDT

NEGAUNEE, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan theater that has been around for nearly 100 years is scrambling to raise money to remove debris after the roof collapsed. The roof at the Vista Theater in Negaunee in the Upper Peninsula failed on Aug. 26 due to intense rain and drain problems. “There is hope! The...