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After Driving Ban Ends, Saudi Women Taste Thrill of Speed

Donning a helmet inside a pearl silver sports sedan, Rana Almimoni skids and drifts around a Riyadh park, engine roaring, tyres screeching and clouds of dust billowing from the back.

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Ex-Communist East Germany a Hotbed for Racist Hate Crime

Far-right mob violence targeting immigrants in the German city of Chemnitz has again cast an ugly spotlight on the country' ex-communist east as a hotbed of xenophobia.

Extremist hooligans have vented their anger at foreigners, hunting some in the streets, since a German man was stabbed to death in the early hours of Sunday, allegedly by an Iraqi and a Syrian who were arrested Monday.

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China May Scrap Two-Child Limit

China appears poised to scrap its two-child policy, with a state-run newspaper Monday citing a draft civil code that would overhaul decades of controversial family-planning rules.

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Vatican Rolls Back on Pope's Remarks on Psychiatric Help for Gay Children

The Vatican on Monday rolled back on Pope Francis' recommendation that parents seek psychiatric help for children who show homosexual tendencies.

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Glamorous Venice Film Festival Courts Controversy

Global superstars Lady Gaga, Ryan Gosling and Vanessa Redgrave descend on Venice this week as the annual film festival kicks off Wednesday to controversy over the inclusion of Netflix productions and there being just one female director in competition.

Some 21 features will be locking horns for the prized Golden Lion, which will be awarded on September 8 at the Palazzo del Cinema on the Venice Lido, the iconic setting for Luchino Visconti's masterpiece "Death in Venice".

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Pope 'Begs for God's Forgiveness' for Sexual Abuse Scandal

Pope Francis in Ireland  Sunday "begged for God's forgiveness" for the child sexual abuse scandal rocking the church but faced accusations by a former Vatican official that he had personally ignored allegations against senior clergy.

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Merkel Stresses Media Freedom after Police Blocked TV Crew at Far-Right Rally

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday stressed the importance of media freedom amid a widening scandal over police who obstructed a TV crew at a far-right rally against her.

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Sudan, Music Capital: Album Recalls Former Rhythm Beacon

Traveling Africa in search of its music, Vik Sohonie was struck by a common influence -- Sudan, whose songs still hold power over a generation in much of the continent.

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Pope Condemns 'Atrocities' of U.S. Clerical Child Abuse

Pope Francis condemned Monday the "atrocities" revealed by a far-reaching U.S. report into clerical child sex abuse in the state of Pennsylvania issued last week.

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Muslim Pilgrims Gather at Mount Arafat for Hajj's Pinnacle

Some 2 million Muslim pilgrims gathered on Monday in the valley of Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia for a day of prayer that marks the pinnacle of the annual hajj.

Pilgrims stood shoulder to shoulder for an emotional day of repentance and supplication at the site Muslims believe the Prophet Muhammad delivered his final sermon, calling for equality and for Muslims to unite. According to the hadiths, traditional collections of the prophet's sayings and anecdotes about his life, Muhammad also reminded his followers of women's rights and that every Muslim life and property is sacred.

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