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Pope Opens Doors to Transsexual Dubbed 'Devil's Daughter'

Pope Francis has met a Spanish transsexual and his fiancée at the Vatican, opening his doors to a man dubbed "the devil's daughter" by a local priest, media reports said Tuesday.

Diego Neria Lejarraga met the pontiff on Saturday after writing to him in December to complain he was being treated as an outcast in his parish in Plasencia in western Spain, according to the Spanish daily Hoy.

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Britain Announces new Holocaust Memorial

Britain is to build a new Holocaust memorial in central London to which the government will contribute £50 million (67 million euros, $75 million), ministers said Tuesday. 

The memorial will be built along with an education center in a bid to ensure that the lessons of World War II's mass killing of Jews by the Nazis are never forgotten.

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Putin Lauds Soviet Army at Moscow's Auschwitz Ceremony

President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday slammed what he called attempts to rewrite history and lauded the Red Army at a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

Putin is conspicuously staying away from the main events in Poland, his absence highlighting ever-deepening divisions with the West over the war in Ukraine.

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Turkish Capital Hosts Holocaust Ceremony for First Time

Turkey will host a ceremony to commemorate Holocaust victims in its capital for the first time in a sign of solidarity with the Jewish community, an official said. 

"The ceremony will take place in Ankara for the first time, with the presence of parliament speaker," the official told Agence France Presse.

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Poverty Rises in Venezuela, According to U.N. Report

A new report says that poverty is on the rise in Venezuela and efforts across Latin America to boost incomes are stalling.

The report by the United Nations' regional economic office in Chile says that in Venezuela poverty rose from 25 percent in 2012, to 32 percent in 2013.

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Researchers: Spanish Casket Bears 'Quixote' Author's Initials

Researchers looking for the remains of Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes said Monday they found part of a casket at a Madrid convent bearing the initials of the "Don Quixote" author.

The team made the find over the weekend inside an alcove in the crypt at the Convent of the Barefoot Trinitarians during excavations aimed at solving the mystery of the writer's final resting place. 

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Saudi Postpones Biggest Festival after King's Death

Saudi Arabia on Monday postponed its biggest national cultural festival, an event developed by the late King Abdullah, after his death last week.

The Janadriyah festival was to be held on February 4-22, with a special guest pavilion from Germany.

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Church of England Consecrates First Female Bishop

The Church of England ended centuries of male-only leadership on Monday as Libby Lane became its first female bishop at a grand ceremony in York cathedral, despite fierce opposition from traditionalists.

Dozens of clergymen crowded around to lay their hands on the 48-year-old's head and pronounced the prayer making her a new bishop in front of 2,000 people.

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Tanks, Camels and Human Pyramids: India's Republic Day Parade

U.S. President Barack Obama will on Monday be chief guest at India's Republic Day parade, a spectacular projection of the nation's military might and cultural diversity.

Here are five things you need to know about India's 66th Republic Day:

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End of the Road for Nepal's Traditional Himalayan 'Caravans'

For generations, traders and their colorful herds of mules and yaks were a lifeline for remote communities in the heart of Nepal's formidable and often dangerous Himalayas.

The traders bravely plied an ancient trail, ferrying salt, grains and other goods between neighboring China's vast Tibetan plateau and Nepal's middle hills, a profession that endured for centuries.

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