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Two-Thirds of Afghan Girls Missing Out on School, HRW Says

Two-thirds of Afghan girls do not attend school due to growing insecurity and poverty, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday, underlining the challenges of educating women in the patriarchal country 16 years after the Taliban were ousted.

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British and US Authors Vie for Man Booker Prize

Three British and three US authors will on Tuesday discover which one of them is the winner of this year's Man Booker Prize, whose shortlist stirred controversy over its big name omissions.

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France to Impose Instant Fines for Street Harassment of Women

A new law banning cat-calling and harassment of women on French streets will see men fined on the spot for lecherous and aggressive behavior, France's women's minister said Monday.

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Israel Uncovers Buried Section of Western Wall

Israeli archaeologists in Jerusalem's Old City on Monday unveiled a newly unearthed section of the Western Wall and the first Roman public structure ever discovered in the city, they said.

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Lisbon's First Syrian Restaurant a Welcome Sign for Refugees

The queue outside Lisbon's first Syrian restaurant on its opening day showed an appetite not just for Syrian food but for integration in one of the few European countries trying to welcome more refugees.

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France and Qatar Get to Final of UNESCO Chief Vote

The election of UNESCO's new chief has been narrowed down to two candidates, one from Qatar and the other from France.

The winner to be selected on Friday will succeed outgoing Director-General Irina Bokova, whose 8-year term leading the U.N. cultural agency was marred by financial woes and criticism over Palestine's inclusion as a member.

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UNESCO, Controversial Custodian of Culture

The United States and Israel announced Thursday they were pulling out of U.N. cultural body UNESCO -- an organization that has seen its share of controversy during a 70-year history.

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Saudi Arabia's Next Revolution: Female Taxi Drivers

Hunched over platters of dates and Arabic coffee, Saudi women raring to drive once a government ban ends next June signed up for another revolution —- to be the kingdom's first female cab drivers.

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U.S. Collectors Drop Bid to Prevent Sculpture's Return to Lebanon

A husband and wife from Colorado have dropped their bid to prevent a 2,300-year-old marble bull's head from being returned to Lebanon, where New York prosecutors say it had been stolen during the country's civil war in 1981.

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Syrian Opposition Filmmaker 'Stabbed in Istanbul'

A Syrian filmmaker close to the opposition who made a film about a notorious regime prison has been stabbed by an unknown assailant in Istanbul, supporters and Syrian groups said Wednesday.

Muhammad Bayazid was stabbed on Tuesday while on his way to a meeting, according to an account posted on the filmmaker's official Facebook page by a friend who witnessed the attack.

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