Cultural preservation

Christians from the Ethiopian Orthodox church receive a spray of holy water as they celebrate the annual festival of Timkat, or Epiphany, marking the baptism of Jesus Christ in the River Jordan, in the capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. During Timkat celebrations elsewhere in the country, in the city of Gondar, at least three people are dead after a wooden stand erected for the event collapsed on Monday, according to a hospital source. (AP Photo)
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January 21, 2020 - 8:03 am
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Regional officials in Ethiopia on Tuesday confirmed 10 deaths and 250 people injured after a wooden platform collapsed during a religious event the day before. Thousands of people attended the colorful Epiphany celebration known as Timkat in the northern city of Gondar...
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President Donald Trump walks with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis along the Colonnade of the White House, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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January 07, 2020 - 7:06 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday backed away from his threats to target Iranian cultural sites if Iran retaliates against the U.S. for killing one of its top generals. Targeting cultural sites is a war crime. After first tweeting the threat and later reiterating it to reporters...
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December 28, 2019 - 3:28 pm
MIAMI (AP) — The heirs of a philanthropist who donated a historic theater to the city of Miami want it back. A dissolved nonprofit controlled by the heirs of Maurice Gusman sued the city last month in an effort to take control of the Olympia Theater on Flagler Street and restore it to its former...
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FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2003 file photo, man bets during a cockfight in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The U.S. territory of Puerto Rico will defy the U.S. government and approve a law to keep cockfighting alive in a bid to protect a 400-year-old tradition practiced across the island despite a federal ban that goes into effect this week, officials confirmed late Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Walter Astrada, File)
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December 17, 2019 - 8:48 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico will defy the U.S. government and approve a law to keep cockfighting alive in a bid to protect a 400-year-old tradition practiced across the island despite a federal ban that goes into effect this week, officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday night...
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December 11, 2019 - 10:05 pm
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Efforts to revitalize traditional professional alpine ski racing are culminating in a network-televised world championship event planned for April 2020 at Taos Ski Valley in northern New Mexico , organizers said Wednesday. World Pro Ski Tour CEO Jon Franklin announced the...
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A yellow barrier, part of a plan to protect the city of Venice from flooding, floats on a barge, in Venice, Italy, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019. Central to the plan to protect Venice, some, or all, of the 78 barriers will one day be raised when the sea rises more than 110 centimeters to prevent damaging high tides from pushing into the lagoon city, a UNESCO heritage site built picturesquely but somewhat precariously among more than 120 islands. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
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December 07, 2019 - 12:54 pm
VENICE, Italy (AP) — Floated along by barge , one of the 10-ton barriers designed to relieve Venice’s perennial flooding looks like a giant plaything: an oversized hinged yellow Lego. Central to the plan to protect the city, some or all of the 78 barriers will one day be raised when the sea rises...
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Music books are placed to dry at the first floor of Venice Conservatory after being recovered from ground floor, Italy, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. High tidal waters returned to Venice on Saturday, four days after the city experienced its worst flooding in 50 years. Young Venetians are responding to the worst flood in their lifetimes by volunteering to help salvage manuscripts, clear out waterlogged books and lend a hand where needed throughout the stricken city.(AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
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November 16, 2019 - 1:34 pm
VENICE, Italy (AP) — As soon as waters receded from this week’s devastating flood, about 50 young Venetians wearing rubber boots and gripped by a sense of determination showed up at the city’s Music Conservatory to help save precious manuscripts. Thanks to their work, some 50 linear meters of...
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A man holds up a phone during a video call to show a a flooded alley outside a shop, in Venice, Italy, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. Exceptionally high tidal waters returned to Venice on Friday, prompting the mayor to close the iconic St. Mark's Square and call for donations to repair the Italian lagoon city just three days after it experienced its worst flooding in 50 years. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
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November 15, 2019 - 4:46 pm
VENICE, Italy (AP) — The historic lagoon city of Venice exists on the edge of a double threat: As it sinks, the seas rise. That reality became more stark this week when Venice was hit with its worst flood in over 50 years, caused by a nearly 1.9 meter (6-foot) tide that sent waist-high water...
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Smoke and flames rise from burning Shuri Castle in Naha, Okinawa, southern Japan, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. A fire broke out at the historic Shuri Castle on Japan’s southern island of Okinawa, nearly destroying it. (Jun Hirata/Kyodo News via AP)
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October 31, 2019 - 12:07 am
TOKYO (AP) — A fire early Thursday burned down structures at Shuri Castle on Japan's southern island of Okinawa, nearly destroying the UNESCO World Heritage site. Firefighters were still battling the blaze a few hours after the fire started early Thursday and nearby residents were evacuated to...
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Tourists line up waiting to climb the sandstone monolith called Uluru that dominates Australia's arid center at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, the last day climbing is allowed. The end of visitors enjoying the panoramic views of the incongruously flat Outback surrounds from the rock's summit also marks indigenous Australians finding a new voice in national decision-making. (Lukas Coch/AAP Image via AP)
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October 25, 2019 - 3:26 am
ULURU, Australia (AP) — Nature seemed to be siding with indigenous Australians' demand for Uluru to be respected as a sacred site on Friday when high winds threatened to prematurely end the generations-old tradition of climbing the sandstone monolith. Rangers warned hundreds of anxious tourists who...
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