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Irish 'Nope to the Pope' Boycott of Papal Visit

Thousands of Irish campaigners are mobilizing online for a boycott of Pope Francis' visit in August, pledging to book free tickets to an open-air mass and then stay away.

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Banksy's Paris Street Art 'Blitz' a Tribute to Rebels of 1968

Street artist Banksy has confirmed that he "blitzed" Paris with a dozen murals as a tribute to the May 1968 uprising, taking aim at the French government's hard line on migrants in some of them.

Stencilled images in the style of the mysterious British graffiti star began appearing on walls across the French capital last week.

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Moroccan Fruit Pickers Say were Exploited, Harassed in Spain

Ten women who left their children at home in Morocco to earn money picking strawberries in southern Spain have said that they were lied to, exploited and even sexually harassed. 

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Grammys Expand Nominee Field after Criticism on Diversity

The Grammys will expand the number of nominees in main categories for music's most prestigious awards as organizers try to counter a backlash over how few women and minorities are winning.

In one of the biggest changes at the Grammys in years, the Recording Academy -- which administers the prizes -- said Tuesday in a letter to members that next year's awards will boost the field of hopefuls from five to eight for the top four categories.

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Canada Polygamists Sentenced to House Arrest

Two leaders of a fundamentalist Mormon community were sentenced to house arrest Tuesday in the first real test of Canada's 130-year-old ban on having more than one wife.

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'Look, a Woman Driver!': Saudis Tackle Onslaught of Sexism

Long relegated to the back seat, Saudi women celebrated taking the wheel for the first time this week in a much-awaited rite of passage, but one crucial hurdle remains -- the attitude of men.

Social media is awash with videos of women behind the wheel and men in the passenger seat, a role reversal that was unimaginable in the conservative petrostate until a royal decree last September ended a decades-long women driving ban.

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In Israel, Prince William Speaks of 'True Horrors' of Holocaust

Britain's Prince William paid a visit to Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial on Tuesday, saying the "true horrors" of the Holocaust must not be forgotten.

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Lives at Steak: French Butchers Warn about Vegan Violence

Butchers in France have written to the interior minister to ask for protection against violence and intimidation from vegan campaigners who "want to impose their lifestyle on the immense majority of people."

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French Cognac Gets Green Light for 'XXO' Label

French cognac will soon be able to be marketed as XXO, or "extra extra old", after regulators accepted a push by distillers to modify strict sales and production rules, an industry group said Monday.

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'Because I Can': Ride-Hailing App Welcomes Saudi Women Drivers

Reem Farahat waited for a ride request. Her phone pinged. "I've already cried twice," she said, heading out to work as one of Saudi Arabia's first female drivers for Careem.

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