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SGBL Committed to Lebanon's 2018 Cultural Festivals

Art, in all of its aspects, is “a means of enriching culture and innovation,” the SGBL bank has said in a statement.

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Ashura: Why Holy Day Brings Fear for Afghan Shiites

Millions of Shiite Muslims in deeply religious Afghanistan are bracing for violence as they prepare to commemorate Ashura, one of the holiest days in the Islamic calendar.

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Russian 'Facebook' Bans Myanmar Army Chief, Hardline Monk

Russian social media site VKontakte (VK) has followed Facebook by banning Myanmar's army chief and a nationalist monk known for stirring up Islamophobia in a country condemned globally for the treatment of its Rohingya Muslims.

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Over 28% of Japanese Population Officially Old

More than 28 percent of Japan's population is now officially classified as elderly according to government data, the highest rate in the world as the first wave of postwar baby boomers enter old age.

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Dalai Lama to Meet Sex Abuse Victims in The Netherlands

The Dalai Lama will Friday meet a dozen victims of alleged sexual abuse by Buddhist teachers in what is believed to be the first such gathering with Tibet's spiritual leader.

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Singer Rachid Taha, who Fused Arabic Music and Rock, Dies

France-based Algerian singer Rachid Taha has died. His record label, Naïve, announced his death at age 59 in a statement on its Facebook page.

Naïve said Wednesday that the singer who thrillingly blended Arabic music with rock and techno died overnight after suffering a heart attack at his home in the Paris suburbs.

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Kurds, Christians Split over Syria School Curriculum

Kurdish authorities in Syria's diverse northeast are facing swelling anger from the area's Syriac Christians after shutting down more than a dozen schools run by the ancient minority.

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Hanoi Urges Residents to Stop Eating Dog Meat

Hanoi officials urged residents on Tuesday to ease off eating dog meat, saying the popular dish is tarnishing the city's image and risks spreading rabies. 

Roasted, boiled or steamed, dog meat can be found in markets and food shops across the capital city famed for its tasty street food, and the meat is traditionally eaten with rice wine or beer. 

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Iran Arrests Theater Duo over Shakespeare Trailer

Two leading theater figures in Iran have been arrested over a trailer for Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" featuring men and women dancing together, a government official said Monday.

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Turkish Comic Coup Film Wins Venice Prize

An hilarious black comedy about a botched coup in Turkey won a major prize at the Venice film festival Friday.

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