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Muslim Rapper at Bataclan 'Sacrilege', Says French Right

Right-wing French leaders have condemned as "sacrilege" a decision to allow a provocative Muslim rapper to play the Bataclan concert hall in Paris where jihadists massacred 90 people three years ago.

Medine -- who caused an outcry when he attacked hardline secularists in a controversial 2015 song, "Don't Laik", a week before the Charlie Hebdo killings -- is to play the Bataclan for two nights in October.

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Pope Accepts Resignation of 3 Chilean Bishops in Sex Abuse Scandal

Pope Francis accepted Monday the resignation of three Chilean bishops including the controversial Juan Barros following a child sex abuse scandal in Chile which has come to haunt his papacy.

The entire Chilean delegation of bishops tendered its resignation to the pope last month after a series of meetings at the Vatican.

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Eight Months On, #MeToo Conquering the US

A "Miss America" pageant without swimsuits, tougher sexual harassment laws, more women running for office: Eight months after the downfall of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, the #MeToo movement reverberates across America.

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No Putin Backing for #MeToo

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday he did not support the global #MeToo movement in which women have publicly denounced their sexual abusers.

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Not Read a Book Lately? Blame Netflix, Says Study

Are you all caught up on your favorite Netflix show, but that novel on your nightstand is gathering dust?

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Scans Reveal Newsprint, Second Painting under Picasso

Infrared imaging technology has helped peel back the layers of a Pablo Picasso painting on display in Japan, and revealed a page from a 1902 newspaper and another composition below.

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Saudi Arabia Reshuffles Cabinet with Eye on Culture

Saudi Arabia announced another cabinet reshuffle Saturday with a heavy focus on culture and religion, as the kingdom undergoes a major image overhaul.

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Danish Circumcision Ban to Go to Parliament

A petition calling for a ban on male circumcision in Denmark will now go to parliament after organisers said Friday it had attracted more than the 50,000 signatures required.

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Denmark Bans Islamic Full-Face Veil in Public Spaces

The Danish parliament on Thursday passed a law banning the Islamic full-face veil in public spaces, becoming the latest European country to do so.

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For Displaced Syrians, Plentiful Ramadan Cannot Erase Loss

After years of Syrian government siege, Umm Samer can finally prepare an appetising spread to end her family's daily Ramadan fast. But war has given the holy month a bitter aftertaste.

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