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Classes Aim to Hook U.S. Blacks on African Foods

Rickey Dorsey knows he doesn't have the best diet, and his plump belly proves it.

"I'm definitely used to a lot of fried food and sweets," the U.S. man said. "And sweet tea."

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At 60, Newport Jazz Fest Looks to the Future

Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein is more interested in where jazz is going than in where it's been as he marks the 60th anniversary of the granddaddy of all outdoor jazz festivals.

That's why the 88-year-old Wein is celebrating the milestone by adding a third day of music at Fort Adams Park on Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay dedicated to emerging artists such as trumpeter Amir ElSaffar's Middle Eastern-influenced quintet, the jazz-funk-rock band Snarky Puppy and Darcy James Argue's Secret Society.

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Xinhua: Historic Chinese Church Gutted by Fire

A fire largely destroyed one of China's oldest churches early Monday, state media reported, gutting the inside of the late 19th century structure.

"The inside of the building is totally destroyed," a firefighter told the official Xinhua news agency after the blaze at the gothic-style Jiangbei Cathedral in Ningbo, in Zhejiang province.

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Colombia Busts Antiquities Traffickers

Three people have been arrested in southern Colombia, accused of trafficking in more than 850 archaeological relics, police said Sunday.

The suspects, all members of the same family, were detained in the southern town of La Cruz for "illegally digging up (pre-Columbian) pieces and art," a statement said.

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Ohio City to Celebrate Dominican Culture

A southwest Ohio city will help some of its Hispanic residents celebrate one of their nation's patriotic holidays.

Hamilton has scheduled its first Dominican Republic Independence Restoration Day parade for Aug. 17. Restoration Day celebrates the Caribbean nation's successful battle to win back independence from Spain in the 19th century.

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Five Flogged in Iran for Ramadan Violations

Five people were publicly flogged in Iran as punishment for eating in public in violation of the rules of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, state media reported.

The offenders ignored warnings from police and "ate intentionally" in the western city of Kermanshah, the province's chief justice Ali Mozafari said, quoted by the official IRNA news agency.

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Cannabis Smokers' Clubs Make Barcelona New Amsterdam

A faint smell of cannabis smoke hangs in the air as Susana relaxes on the sofa with her mother Juana and lights up a joint.

Welcome to Pachamama -- one of the hundreds of cannabis clubs that are making Barcelona rival Amsterdam as a smoker's haven.

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Hundreds of Human Skeletons Found in Bolivian Mining City

Construction workers in Bolivia have stumbled upon a mass grave with the remains of hundreds of likely indigenous miners during the Spanish colonial era, a researcher said Saturday.

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Richard III's Makeshift Grave Opens to Public

The grave of King Richard III, immortalized by Shakespeare as one of history's great villains, was opened up to the public on Saturday in central England.

The remains of the infamous ruler were found in 2012 under a car park in the city of Leicester.

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Finns Dance 'Tangotanssi' to Find their Inner Latino

Tango has found a lasting home in Finland, and every summer the Finns' love affair with the dance breaks out into the open, showing that under their cool North exterior beats a warm, Latin heart.

For many practitioners of "tangotanssi", the dance offers an opportunity to give free rein to emotions that social mores usually require them to keep in check.

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