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Since its origins in the ninth century, Dadivank Monastery has withstood Seljuk and Mongol invasions, Persian domination, Soviet rule and, this fall, a second brutal war between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Now the majestic stone complex — which includes two frescoed churches, a bell tower and numerous medieval inscriptions — faces something that could be even worse: a dangerous peace. Some of those structures — like the Amaras monastery and the basilica of Tsitsernavank — date to the earliest centuries of Christianity. Under the cease-fire, hundreds of thousands of Azerbaijanis uprooted by a previous war in the early 1990s will be able to return. And since the recent cease-fire, images circulating on social media suggest that some Armenian monuments and churches in territory newly claimed by Azerbaijan have already been vandalized or defiled.
Persons: Ilham Aliyev Locations: Dadivank, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Nagorno, Karabakh, Tsitsernavank, Nakhichevan
When Julie Flett illustrated her first children's book, "The Moccasins," she thought that it would stay within the bounds of her Indigenous community. It also includes Thanksgiving, which stands with Columbus Day (increasingly celebrated as Indigenous People's Day) as a holiday activists are pushing to redefine. Central to that effort is highlighting the history and experiences of Native and Indigenous peoples in North America and acknowledging that those communities still exist in vibrant ways. Indigenous literature was dismissed as valuable only for members of Indigenous communities and thought of as holding limited importance for everyone else. Part of Flett's mission is to shore up endangered Indigenous languages like Cree and Michif, which she's done through books about the alphabet and colors.
Persons: Julie Flett, Earl Einarson, Flett, hadn't, Courtney Molyneaux, Birdsong, It's Organizations: American Heritage, Columbus, Scottish Locations: North America, Cree
More transactional approaches are often unnecessary,” said Susheela Peres da Costa, head of advisory at Regnan, an adviser on environment, social and governance (ESG) issues. Those actions would generally come in three forms: efforts to influence the makeup of company boards, resolutions put forward at annual general meetings on cultural heritage issues and walking away from a firm by divesting. In the wake of the blasts, Rio and fellow top iron ore miners BHP Group and Fortescue Metals Group have all reviewed their heritage management processes. STARTING WITH LETTERSInstitutional investors are increasingly focusing on ESG issues to mitigate risk for the long-term investments they hold. Corporate advisers say one area of focus in heritage issues is likely to be how boards get independent information.
Persons: David Gray, , Susheela Peres da Costa, , Simon O’Connor, Rio, Fortescue, Elizabeth Gaines, Mary Delahunty, divesting, Mans, Sweeny, Daniel Smith, Henning Gloystein Organizations: MELBOURNE, REUTERS, divesting, Responsible Investment Association Australasia, Rio Tinto, BHP Group, Fortescue Metals Group, BHP, Institute for Energy Economics, of, of England Pensions, Australian, Eurasia Group Locations: Australia, Pilbara, Western Australia, Regnan, Rio, of England
Ethiopia accuses Tigrayan forces of destroying Axum airport
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
TPLF leader Debretsion Gebremichael told Reuters that threat was a cover for government forces to regroup after what he described as defeats on three fronts. The conflict has spread beyond Tigray, with the TPLF firing rockets into both neighbouring Amhara region and across the border to Eritrea. Fana broadcaster said TPLF troops had destroyed the airport serving the town of Axum, which lies northwest of Mekelle and is a popular tourist draw and UNESCO World Heritage site. The TPLF says Abiy has “invaded” their region in order to dominate them and is inflicting “merciless” damage on Tigrayans. “We are people of principle and are ready to die in defence of our right to administer our region,” TPLF leader Debretsion added in a text message to Reuters on Monday.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Debretsion Gebremichael, of Sheba, Catherine Sozi, Abiy, , Debretsion Organizations: Forces of, Reuters, HERITAGE SITE, United Nations, UNESCO Locations: NAIROBI, Tigray, Axum, Mekelle, Sudan, Amhara, Eritrea, Africa, Europe, Fana, Ethiopia,
Some big creditor countries, including China, also failed to include all state-owned institutions, such as the China Development Bank, in responding to requests for debt relief. The COVID-19 crisis has exacerbated concerns about high debt levels affecting not just low-income countries, but some middle-income states as well. International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva called for prompt and effective implementation of the debt treatment framework to provide permanent debt relief to the poorest countries, but said other countries also needed help. He said the G20 initiative also left out countries that needed urgent help. “Six of the 12 countries with the highest COVID death rates are middle-income countries, which remain outside the scope of the G20 debt process,” he said.
Persons: Nael, Kristalina Georgieva, , Georgieva, Eric LeCompte, Organizations: Saudi Arabia's UNESCO, Heritage, REUTERS, China Development Bank, Monetary Fund, Jubilee USA, United Locations: DUBAI, WASHINGTON, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, China, United States
FILE PHOTO: Family Photo composite for the annual G20 Leaders' Summit is projected onto Salwa Palace in At-Turaif, one of the country's UNESCO World Heritage sites, in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, November 20, 2020. Saudi G20 Presidency Media/Handout via REUTERSDUBAI (Reuters) - Leaders of the world’s 20 biggest economies said in a final communique on Sunday they were determined to support African countries in overcoming the coronavirus crisis, including by exploring more sustainable financing options. Debt relief for Africa will be an important theme of the Italian presidency of the G20 in 2021. The G20 group also said tackling climate change was a pressing challenge and that it was committed to a more environmentally sustainable future.
Organizations: UNESCO, Heritage, Saudi, REUTERS DUBAI, Reuters Locations: Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, Africa
Family Photo composite for the annual G20 Leaders' Summit is projected onto Salwa Palace in At-Turaif, one of the country's UNESCO World Heritage sites, in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, November 20, 2020. Saudi G20 Presidency Media/Handout via REUTERS“We will spare no effort to ensure their affordable and equitable access for all people, consistent with members’ commitments to incentivize innovation,” the leaders said in the draft G20 statement, seen by Reuters. Trump, who favored bilateral deals, has reduced support for multilateral institutions like the World Trade Organization, and this year threatened to quit the World Health Organization unless it was reformed. We strive to realize the goal of a free, fair, inclusive, non-discriminatory, transparent, predictable, and stable trade and investment environment, and to keep our markets open,” the G20 statement said. The imminent change of guard in the White House also seemed to unblock bolder G20 language on climate change.
Persons: , , Keen, Democrat Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Trump Organizations: WASHINGTON, UNESCO, Heritage, Saudi, REUTERS, Reuters, European, COVID, Democrat, World Health Organization, World Trade Organization, Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft Locations: Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, Africa
G20 to discuss post-pandemic world, back debt relief
  + stars: | 2020-11-21 | by ( Jan Strupczewski | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
"Family Photo" for annual G20 Summit World Leaders is projected onto Salwa Palace in At-Turaif, one of Saudi Arabia?s UNESCO World Heritage sites, in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, November 20, 2020. Debt relief for Africa will be a main theme of the Italian presidency of the G20 in 2021. The change of U.S. leadership also raises hopes of a more concerted effort at G20 level to fight climate change. Under Trump, the United States pulled out of the Paris Agreement on fighting climate change, but the decision is likely to be reversed by President-elect Joe Biden. To help finance the fight again climate change the EU will push for the G20 to agree common global standards on what constitutes “green” investment.
Persons: , Charles Michel, Antonio Guterres, ” Michel, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, , Ursula von der Leyen Organizations: Heritage, REUTERS, European, International Monetary Fund, United Nations, Reuters, World Trade Organisation, European Union, Trump, Paris Agreement, EU Locations: BRUSSELS, Saudi Arabia, Diriyah, pandemics, Africa, Japan, China, South Korea, South Africa, United States, Paris, U.S
G20 leaders seek to help poorest nations in post-COVID world
  + stars: | 2020-11-21 | by ( Raya Jalabi | Ryan Woo | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
"Family Photo" for annual G20 Summit World Leaders is projected onto Salwa Palace in At-Turaif, one of Saudi Arabia?s UNESCO World Heritage sites, in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, November 20, 2020. G20 leaders are concerned that the pandemic might further deepen global divisions between the rich and the poor. To do that, the European Union urged G20 leaders to quickly put more money into a global project for vaccines, tests and therapeutics called Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator. Extending the temporary debt relief could encourage some additional countries to ask for forbearance, experts say, but private sector creditors must also agree to participate. Debt relief for Africa will be an important theme of the Italian presidency of the G20 in 2021.
Persons: Shyoukhi, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, Emmanuel Macron, Ursula von der Leyen, , Vladimir Putin, ” Xi, Charles Michel, Antonio Guterres, David Malpass Organizations: Reuters, Heritage, REUTERS, Saudi, European Union, ACT, Twitter, International Monetary Fund, United Nations, World Bank Locations: BEIJING, DUBAI, Saudi Arabia, Diriyah, Moscow, China, pandemics, Africa
The poshest hotels that opened in Asia in 2020
  + stars: | 2020-11-20 | by ( Monica Buchanan Pitrelli | ) www.cnbc.com + 0.00   time to read: +7 min
Many hotels named among the "best new hotels of 2020" this year have yet to welcome a single guest. Accor has opened 76 hotels in Asia this year, with another 32 set to open before the end of 2020, said Reid. New hotels in Bali and BhutanThe Raffles Bali, perhaps Accor's most lauded new hotel of 2020, opened in early July. Big names in BangkokCapella Bangkok opened in October, despite the country being mostly closed to international travelers. Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton, NikkoThe Ritz-Carlton, Nikko also opened in July — less than three weeks after another Ritz-Carlton hotel opened in Nanjing, China.
Persons: didn't Gaynor Reid, Reid, Willem Deenik China, Accor, Willem Deenik, Perle, Asia's, Raffles, John Blanco, CNBC's, Blanco, Bill Bensley, Kimpton, Patrick Both, Nathan Cook, sanitize, Nara, Chuzenji Organizations: AccorHotels, Accor, Pullman, Mondrian, Raffles, Bangkok Capella, Capella, Capella Bangkok, Bangkok isn't, Olympic Games, Ritz, Carlton, UNESCO, Heritage, Carlton Reserve Locations: Napa, Paris's, Asia, Asia Pacific, China, Singapore, Vietnam, South Korea, Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi, Mondrian Seoul, ., Bali, Bhutan, Raffles Bali, Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, Paro, Bangkok, Bangkok Capella Bangkok, Thailand, Capella Bangkok, Southeast Asia, Lai Bangkok, Kimpton, Chao Phraya, Japan, Tokyo, Covid, Shinjuku Tokyo, Otemachi, Marunouchi, Nara, Kyoto, It's, Heijo, Nikko, Nanjing
What’s fueling the record surge of gun sales in America
  + stars: | 2020-11-20 | by ( Brad Howard | ) www.cnbc.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
This trifecta of events made people worry about the future of America. Gun sales in 2020 have surged, and the market for gun parts and ammunition has gone up with it. "We've never, ever had a president of the United States and a vice president of the United States who embrace gun violence prevention and public health solutions to gun violence in the manner that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris do," said Kris Brown, the president of Brady, a gun reform group. Watch the video above to see what's been driving gun sales and what more guns in America means amid a tense political climate and global pandemic. Will the surge in gun sales begin to slow down as a Biden administration takes over in 2021 or will the specter of new gun regulation cause it to continue?
Persons: Amy Swearer, Joe Biden, Biden, We've, Kamala Harris, Kris Brown, Brady Organizations: America, Heritage Foundation, United Locations: America, United States
A White House speechwriter who was fired in 2018 for meeting with white nationalists has been rehired to join an agency that oversees US Holocaust memorials abroad. The White House had fired Beattie after CNN reported that he had appeared on a panel with white nationalist Peter Brimelow in 2016. A former speechwriter for President Donald Trump, who was previously fired for attending a meeting of white nationalists, has been given a new role to help oversee memorials commemorating the Holocaust genocide. Beattie was fired from his speechwriting role at the White House in 2018 after a CNN investigation found that he had attended a meeting with white nationalists in 2016. Then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump with his children, Donald Jr. and Ivanka, in 2016.
Persons: Donald Trump, Darren Beattie, Beattie, Peter Brimelow, Jonathan Greenblatt, Trump, Tucker Carlson, Brimelow, Jonathan A, Greenblatt, Donald Jr, Joe Raedle, Maggie Haberman, Hillary Clinton, , Matt Gaetz Organizations: Commission, America's, White, CNN, Defamation League, New York Times, ADL, America's Heritage, White House, Fox News, YouTube, . Mencken, Poverty Law Center, The Washington Post, Republican, Times, Trump, Duke University, Daily Locations: Europe
The last time Vice President Mike Pence lost an election, in 1990, he plotted a steady course that kept his name in the spotlight even as he insisted he was done with politics. Pence and second lady Karen Pence have been talking with advisors about who will stay on with the vice president after he leaves the White House. Pence's oar in the waterAfter Pence lost his 1990 race for Congress, he told friends he was done with campaigning. But while the vice president approached the line Trump had just drawn, he notably wouldn't cross it. "Vice President Pence will be able to think about 2024 when President Trump acknowledges he lost in 2020," DuHaime said.
Persons: Mike Pence, Mike, Karen Pence, There's, Pence, Donald Trump, Donald Trump's, They're, Trump, Joe Biden, Nikki Haley, Mike Pompeo, Pence didn't, Pence wouldn't, Mike DuHaime, Chris Christie, DuHaime, Marty Obst, Marc Short, Tasos Katopodis, Pence's, Larry Hogan, Trump's Organizations: Republican, Liberty University, Hillsdale University, Indiana Republican, Trump, House, Congress, Washington Republicans, Hoosier State, Republicans, Hillsdale College, Heritage Foundation, Pence's, PAC, Prosperity, Garden, Council for National Policy, SpaceX, Fox News, Trump . Maryland Gov, GOP, White House Locations: Indiana, Virginia, Michigan, Florida, Trump
“The Trump administration has decided to appease the poultry industry. And they’re doing it at the last minute, very quickly.”The White House did not respond to a request for comment. “This is not a political issue,” said Tom Super, a spokesman for the National Chicken Council, which represents poultry plants. Once a rule is officially published in the Federal Register, it usually requires either a court decision or the same laborious rule-making process to reverse. “It creates a big hurdle for the next administration to overcome,” said Shev Dalal-Dheini, director of government relations for the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
Persons: Donald Trump, Joe Biden’s, Obama, , it’s, Carter, , , Nicolas Loris, Biden, Deborah Berkowitz, Trump, Clinton, Tom Super, Jan, Shev, James Goodwin, Jack Beermann, ” Beermann, Barack Obama, Susan Dudley, George W, Bush, “ It’s, ” Dudley, “ They’ll, David Bernhardt, ” Frank Macchiarola, Goodwin, you’ve Organizations: Department of Agriculture, White, Management, Trump, Heritage Foundation, National Employment Law, of Agriculture, NBC News, NBC, National Chicken Council, Federal Register, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Center for Progressive, Boston University, , of Housing, Urban Development, Republicans, Wildlife, GOP, American Petroleum Institute Locations: Georgia
Internet "skeptics" are amplifying his fake voter fraud claims by engaging in baseless speculation couched in faux intellectual inquiry. Instead of accepting the plain reality staring him in the face, Trump insists there has been widespread voter fraud, while providing zero compelling evidence. — the journalist Issac Saul has attempted to assemble a comprehensive debunking depot for suspicious-sounding but ultimately baseless voter fraud claims spreading across the internet.) George W. Bush's political mastermind Karl Rove wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that there's "no evidence" of voter fraud. Voter fraud truthers believe they possess special sunglasses allowing them to see through the lies of the "globalist mainstream media" and Deep State establishment.
Persons: Trump, simpletons, Hillary Clinton, He's, watchdogs, he's, Trump's, they're, Issac Saul, George W, Karl Rove, Benjamin Hovland, Al Schmidt —, QAnoners, Seth Rich, staving, They're, Joe Biden —, Republicans —, Alex Jones, we're Organizations: GOP, Heritage Foundation, Election Infrastructure Government, Council, Infrastructure, Trump, Republican Philadelphia City, , CNN, Politico, Republican, Media, Democratic, Trump Twitter, Republicans Locations: New Hampshire, Georgia, Florida
The United States has about 30 million people without health insurance tmsnrt.rs/3mzqQxC now, down from about 46.5 million in 2010, when the ACA was passed. Slideshow ( 2 images )BIDENCARE FOCUSES ON LOWER-INCOME AMERICANSBidencare would cover more Americans by increasing subsidized health insurance purchases through tax credits. They also have lower rates of health insurance despite substantial gains since the advent of the ACA, a study by Kaiser Family Foundation shows. There’s evidence that the uninsured who do get sick get care in expensive settings like the emergency room, says UCLA public health policy professor Gerald Kominski. But, he said, it’s worth paying for broader health insurance access, which he said would lead to a stronger economy.
Persons: Joe Biden, Barack Obama’s, Donald Trump, Tom Brenner, Bidencare, , Michael Peterson, Helen Levy, Biden, Gerald Kominski, Obamacare, Sayeh Nikpay, Trump, Doug Badger, William Hoagland, I’m, Doug Badger Organizations: Reuters, Democratic, Charlotte Douglas International, REUTERS, United, ACA, Committee, Trump, University of Michigan School, Public, ” Minorities, Blacks, Kaiser Family Foundation, UCLA, University of Minnesota, Urban Institute, Galen Institute, Heritage Foundation, American, Center, Republican, Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina Locations: Charlotte , North Carolina, U.S, United States, COVID
The United States has about 30 million people without health insurance tmsnrt.rs/3mzqQxC now, down from about 46.5 million in 2010, when the ACA was passed. Slideshow ( 2 images )BIDENCARE FOCUSES ON LOWER-INCOME AMERICANSBidencare would cover more Americans by increasing subsidized health insurance purchases through tax credits. They also have lower rates of health insurance despite substantial gains since the advent of the ACA, a study by Kaiser Family Foundation shows. There’s evidence that the uninsured who do get sick get care in expensive settings like the emergency room, says UCLA public health policy professor Gerald Kominski. But, he said, it’s worth paying for broader health insurance access, which he said would lead to a stronger economy.
Persons: Joe Biden, Barack Obama’s, Donald Trump, Tom Brenner, Bidencare, , Michael Peterson, Helen Levy, Biden, Gerald Kominski, Obamacare, Sayeh Nikpay, Trump, Doug Badger, William Hoagland, I’m, Doug Badger Organizations: Reuters, Democratic, Charlotte Douglas International, REUTERS, United, ACA, Committee, Trump, University of Michigan School, Public, ” Minorities, Blacks, Kaiser Family Foundation, UCLA, University of Minnesota, Urban Institute, Galen Institute, Heritage Foundation, American, Center, Republican, Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina Locations: Charlotte , North Carolina, U.S, United States, COVID
The United States has about 30 million people without health insurance tmsnrt.rs/3mzqQxC now, down from about 46.5 million in 2010, when the ACA was passed. Slideshow ( 2 images )BIDENCARE FOCUSES ON LOWER-INCOME AMERICANSBidencare would cover more Americans by increasing subsidized health insurance purchases through tax credits. They also have lower rates of health insurance despite substantial gains since the advent of the ACA, a study by Kaiser Family Foundation shows. There’s evidence that the uninsured who do get sick get care in expensive settings like the emergency room, says UCLA public health policy professor Gerald Kominski. But, he said, it’s worth paying for broader health insurance access, which he said would lead to a stronger economy.
Persons: Joe Biden, Barack Obama’s, Donald Trump, Tom Brenner, Bidencare, , Michael Peterson, Helen Levy, Biden, Gerald Kominski, Obamacare, Sayeh Nikpay, Trump, Doug Badger, William Hoagland, I’m, Doug Badger Organizations: Reuters, Democratic, Charlotte Douglas International, REUTERS, United, ACA, Committee, Trump, University of Michigan School, Public, ” Minorities, Blacks, Kaiser Family Foundation, UCLA, University of Minnesota, Urban Institute, Galen Institute, Heritage Foundation, American, Center, Republican, Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina Locations: Charlotte , North Carolina, U.S, United States, COVID
The United States has about 30 million people without health insurance tmsnrt.rs/3mzqQxC now, down from about 46.5 million in 2010, when the ACA was passed. Slideshow ( 2 images )BIDENCARE FOCUSES ON LOWER-INCOME AMERICANSBidencare would cover more Americans by increasing subsidized health insurance purchases through tax credits. They also have lower rates of health insurance despite substantial gains since the advent of the ACA, a study by Kaiser Family Foundation shows. There’s evidence that the uninsured who do get sick get care in expensive settings like the emergency room, says UCLA public health policy professor Gerald Kominski. But, he said, it’s worth paying for broader health insurance access, which he said would lead to a stronger economy.
Persons: Joe Biden, Barack Obama’s, Donald Trump, Tom Brenner, Bidencare, , Michael Peterson, Helen Levy, Biden, Gerald Kominski, Obamacare, Sayeh Nikpay, Trump, Doug Badger, William Hoagland, I’m, Doug Badger Organizations: Reuters, Democratic, Charlotte Douglas International, REUTERS, United, ACA, Committee, Trump, University of Michigan School, Public, ” Minorities, Blacks, Kaiser Family Foundation, UCLA, University of Minnesota, Urban Institute, Galen Institute, Heritage Foundation, American, Center, Republican, Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina Locations: Charlotte , North Carolina, U.S, United States, COVID
Beirut's architectural heritage: What the city stands to lose
  + stars: | 2020-08-13 | by ( ) edition.cnn.com   time to read: 1 min
Once known as "the Paris of the Middle East," Beirut's rich and complex architectural heritage had long been under threat. Then the blast hit. Source: CNN
Organizations: CNN, CNN Locations: Paris
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