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Iraq: Islamist militants said to destroy historic al-Nuri grand mosque and leaning minaret, one of country's cultural treasures

BAGHDAD — The Islamic State on Wednesday night destroyed Mosul’s centuries-old al-Nuri Grand Mosque and its distinctive leaning minaret, one of Iraq’s most famous landmarks, according to an Iraqi military statement.

"This is what a balanced budget looks like": In hearing, Zinke defends proposal for thousands of job cuts at DOI, EPA

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Tuesday defended the $1.6 billion in funding cuts that President Trump has proposed for his department, telling a Senate hearing that “this is

Conservation group launches campaign to drum up support for public lands, Antiquities Act

On the heels of Interior Secretary Zinke’s recommendation to remove protections for Bears Ears National Monument in what may just be a preview of the Trump administration’s coming assault on our national parks and monuments, the League of Conservation Voters today launched the new “Our Lands, Our Vote” campaign to engage and mobilize community leaders, activists, public official

Zinke promises "enthusiastic" reception from both sides to his Kathadin Woods & Waters recommendation

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke once again hinted Tuesday that he won’t advise President Donald Trump to get rid of Maine’s national monument.

Cultural landscape advocates push back against proposed remake of DC park into WWI memorial

It shouldn’t be any surprise that The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) is pushing against the National Park Service’s planned WWI Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Canada: St. Ann's Bank MPA off Nova Scotia gets final boundaries

A swath of ocean off the coast of Cape Breton that is home to many species of fish and is a feeding ground for endangered leatherback turtles is now a marine protected area.

The 4,364-square-kilometre area east of Scaterie Island, N.S., will now be off limits to oil and gas activities and bottom-trawling. It's roughly three-quarters the size of Prince Edward Island.

Brazil: President vetoes measure that would have cut back the size of many Amazon PAs, but new legislative threat looms

President Michel Temer has vetoed legislation that would have reduced the size of Brazil's protected environmental reserves, most of them in the Amazon region.

USNPS wants major renovations to Lincoln Memorial ahead of its centennial in 2022, including access to "undercroft" beneath it

Ahead of the planned centennial dedication of the 95-year-old Lincoln Memorial, the National Park Service (NPS) is planning major upgrades to the memorial with hopes to create educational exhibits and access to the structure’s underbelly.

Would-be developers of tramway near Grand Canyon NP hope power plant's closing will entice Navajos to take second look

The impending closure of a coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation could lend momentum to a project being considered by tribal leaders to build a tram at the Grand Canyon to fill the economic void.

After 3-year renovation, early Juneteenth site re-opens in gentrifying Houston neighborhood

HOUSTON — In 1872, a group of African-American ministers and businessmen in Houston purchased 10 acres of land south of downtown, in the city’s predominantly black Third Ward neighborhood, and created Emancipation Park.

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