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ISIS Destroys Oldest Christian Monastery in Iraq

St. Elijah's Monastery is now 'a pile of rubble'

(Newser) - The oldest Christian monastery in Iraq has been reduced to a field of rubble, another apparent victim of the Islamic State's relentless destruction of ancient cultural sites. Satellite photos obtained exclusively by the AP confirm the worst fears of church authorities and preservationists—St. Elijah's Monastery of Mosul... More »

Russia's 'Eiffel Tower' May Be Destroyed

Tower is decaying as real estate speculators hungrily eye the spot

(Newser) - It's been hailed as a masterpiece of design and Russia's answer to the Eiffel Tower, but pretty soon the Shabolovka radio tower, also known as the Shukhov Tower, could disappear. Late last month the Russian State Committee for Television and Radio Broadcasting agreed to dismantle the tower, the... More »

Thieves Steal 3-Ton Bell in San Francisco

Icon had survived 1906 earthquake

(Newser) - A San Francisco icon has been stolen: The 122-year-old bell of St. Mary’s Cathedral disappeared sometime in the past month, though it was only noticed this weekend, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. At 2.7 tons, the bell would have required a crane to lift and a heavy-duty truck... More »

In Texas, a Modern-Day Fight for the Alamo

(Newser) - The Alamo is once again at the center of a pitched battle, the Wall Street Journal reports—only this time the combatants aren’t soldiers but the gentle ladies of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. The 7,000-member group has run the historical site, which is badly in... More »

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