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Kenya Fights Deadly Stigma with Albino Beauty Pageant

In many parts of Africa albinos are stigmatized or hunted for their body parts, but for one night in Kenya those with the condition took to the catwalk to show off their unique beauty.

Billed by organizers as the first pageant of its kind, young albino men and women on Friday competed for the title of Miss and Mr Albinism Kenya.

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Private Rooms at Pope's Summer Residence Open to Public

Private rooms at the pope's summer residence in Castel Gandolfo will open to the public from Saturday at the request of Pope Francis, who has never holidayed there in more than three years as pontiff.

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Flemish 'Mystic Lamb' Masterpiece Restored after Chaotic Past

A painstaking restoration of a 15th-century Flemish masterpiece is revealing the long-lost detail and splendour that helped make the altarpiece one of the world's most stolen artworks.

"The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb" by the Van Eyck brothers was unveiled 600 years ago at Saint Bavo's Cathedral in Ghent, but since then its full glory has dimmed, after being split into pieces, seized by Napoleon, then the Nazis, and nabbed by thieves.

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Italy PM Brands UNESCO Jerusalem Vote 'Unacceptable'

Italy's Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, on Friday described a UNESCO resolution condemning Israel's actions in east Jerusalem as "incomprehensible and unacceptable" and said his officials should have voted against it.

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Singapore Bans Foreign Funding of Gay Pride Rally

Singapore on Friday banned foreign companies from funding an annual gay pride rally as part of new rules governing protests, leading rights campaigners to label the move "outrageous interference."

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Imam Risks Jail for 'Insulting' Senegal Muslim Brotherhood

Senegalese prosecutors requested a six-month sentence Wednesday for an imam accused of insulting the country's most powerful Muslim brotherhood, in a case that has underlined the group's outsized influence.

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Malala Urges Muslims to Unite for Peace

Pakistan's Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, giving a speech Wednesday in the Emirates, urged Muslims to respect the "true message of Islam" and unite against wars in their countries.

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Russian Theater Cancels Jesus Christ Superstar after 'Blasphemy' Accusations

A Siberian theater triggered a storm Wednesday by canceling a staging of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "Jesus Christ Superstar" after a pro-Kremlin nationalist group condemned it as blasphemy.

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Bataclan Survivors Confront Fears on Return to Paris Attack Scene

Some survivors froze and some wept when they returned to the Bataclan music hall in Paris this month, nearly a year since they witnessed jihadist gunmen slay dozens of concertgoers.

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Iraqi Artist Warns of 'Scenario of Destruction'

Acclaimed Iraqi artist Dia al-Azzawi, who exhibits almost 550 of his works in Qatar this week, says his country faces a bleak future and the assault on Mosul is "a scenario of destruction."

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