Cultures

A swimmer holds up the cross after it was thrown from an Orthodox priest into the water, during an epiphany ceremony to bless the sea at Famagousta or Varosia beach in the Turkish Cypriots breakaway north part of the eastern Mediterranean divided island of Cyprus, Sunday, Jan 6, 2019. Many Orthodox Christian faithful attended the Epiphany Day blessing of the waters in Famagusta in Cyprus', the fourth time the ceremony has taken place since 1974 when the small island nation was cleaved along ethnic lines. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
January 06, 2019 - 2:01 pm
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Christians across Europe celebrated Epiphany on Sunday, with worshippers plunging into icy waters and parades being held in Poland and elsewhere. At the Vatican, Pope Francis marked the Epiphany feast day by urging people to follow the path of "humble love" and care for those...
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In this undated image provided by Romania's Orthodox Church news agency Eugeniu Iordachescu attends an event in Bucharest, Romania. Eugeniu Iordachescu, a Romanian civil engineer who devised an ingenious way to save 12 churches and many other historic buildings from being destroyed by the country's former Communist strongman, has died at 89. He died Friday, Jan. 4, 2019 from a heart attack and his funeral was being held Sunday, his daughter-in-law, Ligia Iordachescu, told The Associated Press. (Basilica.ro via AP)
January 06, 2019 - 10:39 am
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Eugeniu Iordachescu, a Romanian civil engineer who devised an ingenious way to save 12 churches and many other historic buildings from being destroyed by the country's former Communist strongman, has died. He was 89. He died Friday from a heart attack and his funeral was...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 file photo, the logo of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) is seen during the 39th session of the General Conference at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France. The United States and Israel have quit the U.N.’s educational, scientific and cultural agency, arguing the organization fosters anti-Israel bias. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)
January 01, 2019 - 2:39 pm
PARIS (AP) — The United States and Israel officially quit the U.N.'s educational, scientific and cultural agency at the stroke of midnight, the culmination of a process triggered more than a year ago amid concerns that the organization fosters anti-Israel bias. The withdrawal is mainly procedural...
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People at the Tower of London on the picket line as staff from Royal Palaces take industrial action over pay. Friday, Dec. 21, 2018. The strikers carried placards but did not close the popular tourist attraction. There were also strikers outside Hampton Court Palace and Kensington Palace, which both remained open. It was the first Beefeaters job action since the 1960s. (Pete Summers/PA via AP)
December 22, 2018 - 10:53 am
LONDON (AP) — London's famed Beefeaters and other workers at several Royal Palaces have gone on a rare strike in a dispute over pension payments. There were picket lines Friday at the Tower of London, a UNESCO World Heritage site popular with tourists, and more work actions are planned for January...
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FILE - In this May 23, 2018, file photo, witnesses prepare to testify before the House Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee about the Olympic community's ability to protect athletes from sexual abuse, on Capitol Hill in Washington. From left are: U.S. Olympic Committee Acting CEO Susanne Lyons, USA Gymnastics President and CEO Kerry Perry, USA Swimming President and CEO Tim Hinchey, USA Taekwondo CEO Steve McNally, USA Volleyball CEO Jamie Davis, and U.S. Center for SafeSport President and CEO Shellie Pfohl. A congressional review of the U.S. Olympic system's handling of sex-abuse cases criticizes a culture that sought to protect reputation and image over athlete safety. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
December 20, 2018 - 4:41 pm
A congressional review of the U.S. Olympic system's handling of sex-abuse cases criticizes a culture that sought to protect reputation and image over athlete safety. A House subcommittee released the report Thursday, outlining conclusions about the handling of sex-abuse cases involving Larry Nassar...
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People wait in line to buy televisions as they shop during an early Black Friday sale at a Best Buy store on Thanksgiving Day Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018, in Overland Park, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
November 24, 2018 - 6:39 am
NEW YORK (AP) — It would have been easy to turn on their computers at home over plates of leftover turkey and take advantage of the Black Friday deals most retailers now offer online. But across the country, thousands of shoppers flocked to stores on Thanksgiving or woke up before dawn the next day...
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November 21, 2018 - 9:59 am
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Five hundred cows, two luxury cars, $10,000, two bikes, a boat and a few cell phones made up the final price in a heated bidding war for a child bride in South Sudan that went viral after the auction was pointed out on Facebook. It is the largest dowry ever paid in the...
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A pair of Yup'ik masks are displayed at right, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, as curator Sean Mooney shows the very same masks being worn by their creator, an Alaskan Shaman name Agyatciaq while holding his son Robert, in portraits taken in 1906. Nearly 64 years after his death, French artist Henri Matisse has become one of the few non-Native Americans to have an exhibition at the Heard Museum dedicated to Native culture. The little known intersection of one of the 20th century's greatest artists and the Inuit people is at the heart of a show opening Monday at the Heard Museum. "Yua: Henri Matisse and the Inner Arctic Spirit" will feature Matisse portraits, which have not been displayed in the U.S., and masks made by Alaskan Natives who influenced Matisse. (AP Photo/Matt York)
October 27, 2018 - 12:18 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Nearly 64 years after his death, Henri Matisse has become one of the few non-Native Americans to have an exhibition at a Phoenix museum dedicated to Native American culture. The little-known intersection of one of the 20th century's greatest artists and Inuit people in the Arctic...
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Florida gubernatorial candidates, Republican Ron DeSantis, left, and Democrat Andrew Gillum meet after a CNN debate, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
October 22, 2018 - 1:22 am
THE VILLAGES, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump's loyalists here at Florida's premier retirement community fear Andrew Gillum. It has nothing to do with his race, they insist, when asked about the 39-year-old Democrat who could become the state's first African-American governor. Instead, The...
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In this Oct. 17, 2018 photo, Nicole Willis, left, a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation who lives in Seattle, listens to speakers at a rally in Lacey, Wash. Willis grew up hours away from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation in the Pacific Northwest, which she calls home. She traveled often from Seattle for cultural events and to spend summers with her grandmother. To her, being Native American means her family is part of a distinct, interconnected community that has existed since ancient times. Her tribe requires citizens to be one-quarter Native American, with 1/16 specific to the tribe, but she said “theoretically, it shouldn’t matter.” (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
October 20, 2018 - 5:58 pm
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Jon Rios traces his ancestry to the Pima people of Arizona, but he has no tribal enrollment card and lives hundreds of miles away in Colorado. He has no interest in meeting any federally imposed requirements to prove his connection to a tribe. If anyone asks, he says he's...
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