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From Fleeing Syria to Dazzling Merkel in the Kitchen

Back in Syria, friends gave Malakeh Jazmati the nickname "Miss Spaghetti" because cooking up tasty traditional regional dishes wasn't exactly her thing.

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Pilgrims Bring Boom Times for Iraqi Gem Traders

Every time Mohammed al-Ghoraifi visits Najaf he returns with another precious stone on his finger. Like for many pilgrims visiting the Iraqi Shiite holy city, buying a gemstone ring is part and parcel of the experience.

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Long-Lost Faberge Silver Knives Resurface in Poland

They should have vanished a century ago after Russia's October Revolution, melted down with the rest of a solid silver tableware set by Faberge, Imperial Russia's legendary jeweller.

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Film Hated by Israel Culture Minister Candidate for Oscars

Israeli film "Foxtrot," which Culture Minister Miri Regev has castigated as an insult to the military, has won the country's best film award, making it a candidate for the Oscars.

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Croatia School Removes Melania Trump English Ads

Billboards featuring a glamorous image of U.S. First Lady Melania Trump and the caption: "Just imagine how far you can go with a little bit of English" were supposed to attract students to a language school in Croatia.

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Russia Unveils Statue of AK-47 Inventor Kalashnikov

Russian officials and Orthodox priests on Tuesday unveiled a statue in Moscow of inventor Mikhail Kalashnikov, whose iconic AK-47 assault rifle has claimed countless lives worldwide.

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Malaysia Cans Beer Festival after Islamist Anger

Malaysia has canned an annual craft beer festival after an Islamist party warned it would turn the city into "the biggest centre of vice in Asia".

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Israel Pledges Law Giving Gays Equal Adoption Rights

Israel's justice ministry said Sunday the government would advance legislation giving gay couples equal rights in adopting children following controversy over the issue.

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In Election Battle, Eastern Germany's First Black MP Fights Hate

He has been beaten up, received death threats and hundreds of insulting emails, but Karamba Diaby is not one to give up.

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Serbia's Gay PM to Join Belgrade Pride March

Serbia's lesbian prime minister is set to take part in Belgrade's Pride parade on Sunday, an event held yearly under heavy security after previous marches were disrupted by anti-gay violence.

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