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ULF Metn: “Every Student Has the Right to an Education of Superior Quality at an Affordable Price"

The Université Libano-Française is launching a new branch in Metn. Admissions are currently open, with classes to begin in October.

At the origin of this new Institution is a dream: the dream to create a place where students can learn and grow personally and professionally.

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Egypt Recovers Stolen Fragments of Cheops Pyramid

Egypt has recovered fragments from the pyramid of Cheops said to have been stolen by Germans, including part of a stone tablet identifying the pharaoh it was named after, state media reported Wednesday.

The Egyptian foreign ministry handed over "samples stolen in the Cheops pyramid" to the antiquities ministry, said the official MENA news agency.

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Algeria to Impose more Control on Imam Training

Algeria will impose more government control on training for the country's imams in a bid to fight Islamic extremism, its religious affairs minister said in comments published in local media on Wednesday.

The former French colony in North Africa has a difficult history with religious fundamentalism, having fought hardline Islamists during a bloody civil war in the 1990s that left some 200,000 people dead.

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Pope OKs Canonization for Sri Lanka's 1st Saint

Pope Francis has signed off on Sri Lanka's first saint, bending Vatican rules to bypass confirmation of a miracle.

Francis is expected to canonize the Rev. Giuseppe Baz, a 17th century missionary, during his January visit to Sri Lanka.

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Forensic Sleuths Sketch Richard III's Brutal End

King Richard III likely perished at the hands of assailants who hacked away pieces of his scalp and rammed spikes or swords into his brain as the helmetless monarch knelt in the mud.

So suggests a report, published Wednesday, that in dry forensic prose exposes the horrific demise of one of English history's most controversial monarchs.

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Good Bye Marx! Hungary Cleans Up for Orban's Revolution

Budapest's Corvinus University is no hotbed of communist troublemakers and far from nostalgic for the old regime, but students are pining for a cherished bronze of Karl Marx removed last week.

When communism fell in Hungary 25 years ago, so did the many statues of Lenin and other heroes but the monument to Marx remained standing at the prestigious institution in the capital.

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Vietnam, U.S. Restart Adoptions after Six-Year Ban

American parents will be allowed to adopt Vietnamese children again, authorities said Tuesday, ending a six-year ban imposed after allegations of baby-selling and fraud but with new restrictions.

Two American agencies have been awarded licences but new U.S. adoptions will be limited to children over the age of five, sibling groups and those with special needs, the U.S. State Department said.

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Indian Masterpieces Up for Sale in New York

Paintings by one of India's most important modern artists go under the hammer in New York on Wednesday, highlights in a booming market for Asian art featured this week.

Three oils on canvas by pioneering Indian abstract artist Vasudeo Santu Gaitonde, who in 1964 based himself in New York, are being offered for auction by Christie's and Bonham's.

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Palestinian Bagpipers Back Scottish Independence

Scottish independence campaigners have found an unexpected source of support ahead of a landmark referendum on the fate of the United Kingdom -- Palestinian bagpipers.

In a small hall in the occupied West Bank, far from the tussle over Scotland's future, pipers and stick-twirling drummers burst into action as local scout troop members march up and down for weekly practice.

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Bangladesh Sets Two-Year Jail Term for Child Marriage

Bangladesh on Monday approved a law setting a two-year jail term for anyone involved in marrying a girl aged under 18, in a bid to cut the country's notoriously high child marriage rate.

The new law comes days after new U.N. figures showed two-thirds of Bangladeshi girls marry before they reach adulthood. It targets the parents or guardians and the marriage registrar as well as the groom.

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