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Louvre Reopens after Being Blocked by Strikers

The Louvre in Paris, the world's most visited museum, reopened on Saturday after being shut down by workers striking over government plans to overhaul France's pension system.

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'Big Ben Bongs for Brexit' Battle Turns Pricey

Britain's bewildering battle to get Big Ben to bong for Brexit is becoming brutal -- and big-budget to boot as public cash donations flooded in Friday for a celebratory peal.

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Queen Agrees 'Period of Transition' for Harry and Meghan

Queen Elizabeth II on Monday said Prince Harry and his wife Meghan would be allowed to split their time between Britain and Canada while their future is finalized.

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Dakar's Women Drivers Helping Their Saudi Sisters

They may be few in number but the women who have come to Saudi Arabia to race their vehicles across the sands in this year's Dakar Rally are making their voices heard. 

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'Sex Tech' Aims to Rise Above Negative Image

Sex toys are for relaxation. For education. For healing after childbirth. For long-term or long-distance relationships. For women's emancipation. 

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Iran Says Targeting Cultural Sites a 'War Crime', after Trump Threat

Iran's top diplomat said any decision to target the country's cultural sites would be a "war crime", hours after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened such action in a tweet.

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Pope's Bodyguards Criticized over Slapping Incident

Pope Francis's attempt to wrest himself from the grasp of an ardent follower this week have left some asking -- where was the pontiff's security detail?

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The Beat Goes On: Fireworks, Smoke and Tear Gas Start New Decade

New York dropped its traditional crystal-encrusted ball to ring in 2020 in a packed Times Square, after crisis-marred celebrations in other countries ended a year of worldwide upheaval that saw strike-hit Paris welcome the new decade with fireworks, and London's Big Ben ring out after a long restoration.

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Saudi Arabia Arrests Dozens over 'Indecency', Harassment

Saudi Arabia has arrested more than 200 people for violating "public decency" -- including by wearing immodest clothing -- and "harassment", police said, in the first such crackdown since the ultra-conservative kingdom began easing social norms.

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The 'Lathi': India's Colonial Vintage Anti-Protest Weapon

As Indian protests against a new citizenship law have intensified, so has police use of "lathis", sturdy sticks used to whack, thwack and quell dissent since British colonial times -- to sometimes deadly effect.

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