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Netanyahu Appoints Israel's First Openly Gay Minister

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has tapped Amir Ohana as acting justice minister, the first openly gay minister in the country's history.

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High Heels 'Necessary', Japan Minister Says after Petition

Japan's health and labor minister has defended workplaces that require women to wear high heels to work, arguing it is "necessary and appropriate" after a petition was filed against the practice.

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Lisbon Nights: The 'Melting Pot' Inspiring Madonna

In a neighborhood bar on a cobbled square in Lisbon's historic working-class Alfama district, an eclectic mix of punters pull up little wooden stools around a dozen intimately lit tables.

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Trump Blames Drug Use for Transgender Army Ban

U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday he decided to ban transgender Americans from serving in the military because they take a "massive amounts of drugs."

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Commission into French Church Sex Abuse Claims Opens

An independent commission set up by the French Catholic Church to look at allegations of sexual abuse by clerics begins its work on Monday by launching an appeal for witness statements.

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With #KuToo, Japan Women Kick Back at High-Heels at Work

A group of Japanese women Monday submitted a petition to the government to protest what they say is a de-facto requirement for female staff to wear high heels at work.

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Senior Lawmaker Says Israel Should be Ruled by Jewish Law

A senior member of parliament campaigning to be Israel's next justice minister said Monday that the country should be ruled by Jewish law, just like in biblical times.

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Makeup Giant Sephora to Close for Training over Racial Profiling

High street makeup powerhouse Sephora has announced it will close all its U.S. stores, distribution centres and corporate office for employee training after a racial profiling incident involving Grammy-nominated singer SZA.

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Cruise Ship Slams into Venice Wharf as Tourists Flee

A massive cruise ship lost control as it docked in Venice on Sunday, crashing into the wharf and hitting a tourist boat after suffering an engine failure.

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Pope 'Asks Forgiveness' over Catholic Church Discrimination of Roma

Pope Francis on Sunday asked the Roma people for "forgiveness" for discrimination committed by the Roman Catholic Church against them after meeting with members of the community in Romania.

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