Cultures

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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Music artist and actress Queen Latifah receives the W.E.B. Dubois Medal for her contributions to black history and culture from Glenn H. Hutchins during ceremonies at Harvard University, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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October 22, 2019 - 8:29 pm
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Music artist and actress Queen Latifah was among the honorees recognized by Harvard University for their contributions to black history and culture. Harvard awarded the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal to Queen Latifah and six other recipients on Tuesday, according to the Cambridge,...
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FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2018, file photo, tourists ride the Staten Island Ferry to get a view of the Statue of Liberty in New York. A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows majorities of Americans agree that diversity is a strength and that values such as constitutional rights, a fair judicial system and the American Dream are key to the nation’s identity. But the poll shows Americans are closely split over whether it’s better for immigrants to embrace a single U.S. culture or add their own variations to the mix. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
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October 21, 2019 - 4:22 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Majorities of Americans agree that diversity strengthens the country and that values such as constitutional rights, a fair judicial system and the American dream are key to the nation's identity, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs...
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Firefighters put out a fire on the rooftop of the Cavallerizza Reale, in Turin, northern Italy, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. A big fire broke out on Monday at Turin's Cavallerizza Reale, a historic building in the centre of the northern city which has UNESCO World Heritage status thanks to its special architectural features, no injuries were reported. (Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA via AP)
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October 21, 2019 - 4:51 am
ROME (AP) — Firefighters say a fire has burned about one-fourth of the roof of Turin's Cavallerizza Reale, a UNESCO World Heritage site in the center of the northern Italian city, hitting an area of the building once used for the royal stables. Firefighters rushed to the scene early Monday and...
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FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2019 file photo, Yalitza Aparicio, nominated for an Oscar for best actress for her role in "Roma," poses for a portrait at the 91st Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills, Calif. The United Nations' cultural agency UNESCO is appointing Friday Oct. 4, 2019 Mexican actress Yalitza Aparicio as its Goodwill ambassador for the indigenous peoples.(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
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October 04, 2019 - 10:54 am
PARIS (AP) — The United Nations' cultural agency UNESCO has appointed Mexican actress Yalitza Aparicio as its goodwill ambassador for indigenous peoples. The 25-year-old actress made history as the first indigenous performer nominated for a best actress honor at the Academy Awards this year for her...
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October 02, 2019 - 5:36 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan disclosed Wednesday that he will be the majority investor in the nation’s only 24-hour news network aimed at African American viewers, telling The Associated Press he wants to help meet the need of an underserved community. The network...
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FILE - In this Dec. 16, 201, file photo, a man watches the sun setting over Dhiriyah, a UNESCO World Heritage site that includes a 17th-century fortress, mosques and clay-colored structures just outside of Saudi Arabia's capital of Riyadh. Saudi Arabia has announced a new tourist visa scheme Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, as part of efforts in the ultraconservative Muslim kingdom to diversify its economy and reduce dependence on oil. (AP Photo/Karin Laub, File)
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September 28, 2019 - 5:46 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia has announced a new tourist visa scheme, as part of efforts to open up the ultraconservative Muslim kingdom to foreign visitors and diversify its oil-reliant economy. The kingdom says allowing more foreign visitors is "a key milestone." It is seeking...
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September 20, 2019 - 2:08 pm
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron has called for calm on France's annual heritage weekend, as authorities in Paris prepare to deploy thousands of police to protect landmarks and government buildings. His call comes as an array of protesters plan to descend on the capital and other...
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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, left, shakes hands with President of the European Parliament David Sassoli before their meeting at the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
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September 12, 2019 - 7:42 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Parliament president will meet with incoming European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen later this month to discuss her contentious decision to nominate a commissioner responsible for "protecting our European Way of Life." The name for the proposed commission...
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