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Australia avoids UNESCO downgrade of Great Barrier Reef

Australia on Friday garnered enough international support to defer for two years an attempt by the United Nations' cultural organization to downgrade the Great Barrier Reef's World Heritage status because of damage caused by climate change.

This Dec. 2, 2017, file photo shows the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. (Kyodo News via AP, File)

Western wildfires: Crews make progress on huge Oregon blaze

The nation's largest wildfire raged through southern Oregon on Friday but crews were scaling back some night operations as hard work and weaker winds helped reduce the spread of flames even as wildfires continued to threaten homes in neighbouring California.

Venice avoids designation as UNESCO heritage site in danger

Venice and its lagoon environment avoided placement on UNESCO's list of world heritage sites in danger Thursday following Italy's ban on massive cruise ships traveling through the city's historic center. Preservation groups immediately criticized the decision by UNESCO's World Heritage Committee.