Cultures

A man walks in front of Ishtar Gate the archaeological site of Babylon, Iraq, Friday, July 5, 2019. Iraq on Friday celebrated the UNESCO World Heritage Committee's decision to name the historic city of Babylon a World Heritage Site in a vote held in Azerbaijan's capital, years after Baghdad began campaigning for the site to be added to the list. (AP Photo/Anmar Khalil)
July 05, 2019 - 3:32 pm
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq on Friday celebrated the UNESCO World Heritage Committee's decision to name the historic city of Babylon a World Heritage Site in a vote held in Azerbaijan's capital, years after Baghdad began campaigning for the site to be added to the list. The city on the Euphrates River is...
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A 3D printed recreation of the ancient Lion of Mosul, which was destroyed by the Islamic State group at the Mosul Museum in Iraq, is displayed as part of the 'What Remains' exhibition at the Imperial War Museum in London, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. The exhibit, which runs from July 5 until January 5, 2020, explores why cultural heritage is attacked during historical and contemporary conflicts. (AP Photo/Natasha Livingstone)
July 03, 2019 - 3:30 pm
LONDON (AP) — A figure of a roaring lion, about the size of a loaf of bread, is the latest step in the fight to preserve culture from conflict. The sculpture is a replica of a colossal 3,000-year-old statue from the Temple of Ishtar in Nimrud, in what's now Iraq. The stone statue was one of many...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 photo, a visitor photographs a renovated part of a fresco inside the Church of the Nativity, built atop the site where Christians believe Jesus Christ was born, in the West Bank City of Bethlehem. The U.N. cultural agency says Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity is no longer considered endangered world heritage, thanks to extensive restoration work on the traditional birthplace of Jesus. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed, File)
July 02, 2019 - 9:53 am
PARIS (AP) — The U.N. cultural agency says Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity is no longer considered an endangered world heritage site thanks to extensive restoration work at the church celebrated for marking the birthplace of Jesus. UNESCO's World Heritage Committee decided Tuesday to remove the...
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FILE - In this July 7, 2018 file photo, Mary J. Blige performs at the 2018 Essence Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Blige will take part in the Essence Festival, marking 25 years of celebrating black excellence in business, fashion, entertainment and music. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)
July 01, 2019 - 1:36 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Essence Festival, which draws thousands to New Orleans during the fourth of July week, is celebrating 25 years of bringing African American women of all ages together for thought-provoking conversation and performances from top musical acts. Launched to mark the 25th...
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June 28, 2019 - 4:34 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Elton John is calling out Russian President Vladimir Putin for saying that liberalism is "obsolete" and conflicts with the "overwhelming majority" in many countries. In a story published by the Financial Times newspaper , Putin says "the liberal idea has become obsolete" and...
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Environmental activists celebrate their victory outside the supreme court building after a tribunal ruling on the construction of a coal-fired power plant, in Nairobi, Kenya Wednesday, June 26, 2019. The Kenyan tribunal blocked the construction of the government-backed plant in Lamu County, which hosts a UNESCO world heritage site and which activists said would cause environmental damage. (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)
June 26, 2019 - 12:12 pm
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan environmental tribunal Wednesday blocked the construction of a government-backed coal power plant in Lamu County, which hosts a UNESCO world heritage site. Environmental rights activists celebrated the decision inside and outside the court. Environmental groups had...
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FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2006 file photo, "The Man," a stick figured symbol of the Burning Man art festival, is silhouetted against a morning sunrise in Nevada's Black Rock Desert. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is recommending attendance be capped at existing levels for the next 10 years at the annual Burning Man counter-culture festival in the desert 100 miles north of Reno. Burning Man organizers had proposed raising the current 80,000 limit as high as 100,000 in coming years. (AP Photo/Ron Lewis, File)
June 14, 2019 - 10:09 pm
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is recommending attendance be capped at existing levels for the next 10 years at the annual Burning Man counter-culture festival in the desert 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of Reno. Burning Man organizers had proposed raising the current 80,...
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Participants compete in a dragon boat race as part of celebrations marking the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival, held throughout Hong Kong, Friday, June 7, 2019. Dragon boat races are in remembrance of Chu Yuan, an ancient Chinese scholar-statesman, who drowned in 277 B.C. while denouncing government corruption. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
June 07, 2019 - 6:34 am
HONG KONG (AP) — People in China and several other parts of Asia competed Friday in annual dragon boat races, a tradition with roots dating back more than 2,000 years. The dragon boats are built in the shape of war canoes and ornately carved and painted with dragon heads and tails. The largest...
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Workers prepare to remove a statue from the damaged Notre Dame cathedral, in Paris, Friday, April 19, 2019. Rebuilding Notre Dame, the 800-year-old Paris cathedral devastated by fire this week, will cost billions of dollars as architects, historians and artisans work to preserve the medieval landmark. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
April 19, 2019 - 5:41 pm
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the fire that ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (all times local): 11:35 p.m. The Crown of Thorns relic saved from the fire at Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral has been presented to worshippers at special Good Friday ceremony. Many believe the crown was placed on the head...
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This Tuesday, April 16, 2019, photo shows Aloha Poke Shop, a store in Honolulu that received a letter from Chicago-based Aloha Poke Co. saying the Illinois company had trademarked "Aloha Poke" and the Hawaii company would need to change its name. Hawaii lawmakers are considering adopting a resolution calling for the creation of legal protections for Native Hawaiian cultural intellectual property. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)
April 18, 2019 - 6:30 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — Last year, much of Hawaii was shocked to learn a Chicago restaurant chain owner had trademarked the name "Aloha Poke" and wrote to cubed fish shops around the country demanding that they stop using the Hawaiian language moniker for their own eateries. The cease-and-desist letters...
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