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Yemen Capital Hosts First Women's Pool Tournament since Rebel Takeover

The Yemeni capital Sanaa hosted its first women's pool tournament this week since its takeover by Shiite rebels plunged the country into a devastating war.

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Inked at the Uprising: Iraq's Teenage Tattoo Artist

At 16, Maram is as old as the political system she and fellow Iraqi youth are railing against. But the spunky teen has her own way of protesting: inking tattoos.

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Russia Jails Jehovah's Witness for Six Years

A Russian court sentenced a Jehovah's Witness to six years in prison Friday for extremism, the group said as Moscow pursues a crackdown on the US-based movement.

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Kosovo Declares Nobel Laureate Handke 'Persona Non Grata'

Kosovo declared Peter Handke a 'persona non grata' on Wednesday in the latest protest against his induction as a Nobel literature laureate, barring the Austrian writer from a place he has visited numerous times.

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Lebanese-Born Donor of Hitler Items Welcomed in Israel

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Sunday hosted a Lebanese-born Swiss real estate mogul who purchased Nazi memorabilia at a German auction and is donating the items to Israel.

Rivlin called Abdallah Chatila's gesture an "act of grace."

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'The Rapist is You': Chile Hymn against Sexual Violence Goes Viral

Thousands of women have mobbed the National Stadium in Chile's capital for a flash denunciation of sexual violence -- the latest performance of a battle-cry that has seized public attention during weeks of national unrest.

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Red Carpet but No Cinema as Gaza Film Festival Forced Outdoors

In the Palestinian enclave of Gaza, without a cinema for 30 years, a few hundred people walk the red carpet to a rare film screening -- held on the street.

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U.S. Bishop Steps Down in Church Abuse Scandal

A U.S. bishop accused of trying to cover up sexual abuse by priests quit on Wednesday, as the Catholic church continues to be rocked by a worldwide clergy abuse scandal.

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Ukrainian Beauty Queen Barred for Being Mother Sues Miss World

A former Miss Ukraine stripped of her crown and barred from competing for Miss World because she is a mother has launched legal action against the contest, demanding a rule change.

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In Death and Life, Lebanese Woman Shows Religious Law Fight

Nadyn Jouny's sister taped up two messages in her memory inside a closet at the family home — one of motherly love tinged with pain, another of defiance.

The first Jouny wrote to her 9-year-old son on the one day a week she was allowed to see him under a custody ruling by a Shiite religious court. "Peace be upon the holy nights when you fall asleep near me," she wrote. "Peace be upon the trace of love painted on your face and features ... This is my night."

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