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In U.S., 'Comfort Woman' Demands Apology from Japan

Korean Lee Yong-Soo was forced into sexual slavery serving Japan's imperial army. Seventy years later, with Japan's prime minister preparing a historic address to U.S. Congress, she demands just one thing: an apology.

"I'm not going to die until we resolve this issue," the diminutive 87 year old told reporters in the U.S. Capitol.

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Morocco Penal Reforms Spark Debate on Sex, Religion

An overhaul of Morocco's penal code has triggered a lively debate on morality in the conservative North African nation, where homosexuality and sexual relations outside marriage are forbidden.

But calls to legalize extra-marital sex or abolish the death penalty appear to be a step too far for authorities in the country, where Islam is the state religion.

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U.S. Returns Smuggled Egyptian Artifacts

The United States returned Wednesday dozens of ancient artifacts that had been smuggled out of Egypt by an international criminal network, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said.

The items -- including a Greco-Roman style Egyptian sarcophagus discovered in a Brooklyn garage in 2009 -- were handed back to the Egyptian government at a ceremony in Washington.

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Number of British Women Becoming Nuns Hits 25-Year High

The number of women becoming nuns in Britain reached a 25-year high last year, according to figures released by the Catholic Church on Thursday.

In 2014, 45 women took holy vows, a figure that has trebled in the last five years, in contrast to a worldwide trend that has seen nuns dwindle steadily over the last four decades.

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A Century on, Australians Hope to Uncover Gallipoli Graves

It's been a century since William Boase was killed in World War I's disastrous Gallipoli campaign, but the Australian soldier's family has never lost hope of giving him a proper burial.

And now that two Australian history buffs believe they have pinpointed the site of mass graves containing 143 Australian soldiers at Gallipoli, there are calls for authorities to investigate.

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'Perfect' Diamond Sells for $22m in New York

A "perfect" 100-carat diamond originally mined in South Africa sold for $22.1 million in New York on Tuesday in three minutes of bidding, Sotheby's said.

The auction house had valued the jewel, which weighs 100.20 carats, at $19-25 million, calling it "the largest perfect diamond with a classic Emerald cut ever to be offered at auction."

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Fifty Years Later: Tracing Che's 'Failure' in DR Congo

"This is the story of a failure," Marxist guerrilla leader Ernesto "Che" Guevara wrote in his journal after a bid to bring "revolutionary war" to the Congo 50 years ago.

Che arrived secretly at the head of a dozen Cuban fighters of black African origin on April 24, 1965, to join rebels in what today is the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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More than 100 Japanese Lawmakers Visit Tokyo War Shrine

More than 100 Japanese lawmakers on Wednesday paid homage at the Yasukuni war shrine, risking fresh anger from Asian neighbors that were victims of Tokyo's 20th century aggression, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe began a 10-day diplomatic push.

A cross-section of parliamentarians visited the shrine in central Tokyo as part of the spring festival, an Agence France Presse journalist witnessed.

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Germany, Iraq Seek U.N. Action to Protect Iraqi Cultural Sites

Germany and Iraq asked U.N. member-states on Tuesday to take action against the destruction by jihadist groups of Iraq's cultural sites, which they said was tantamount to a war crime.

The two countries are to present a draft resolution to the General Assembly that calls on countries to prosecute perpetrators of cultural vandalism and prevent the trafficking of stolen artifacts. 

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Egyptian Poet Abdel Rahman al-Abnudi Dies at 76

Egyptian poet Abdel Rahman al-Abnudi, widely known for his revolutionary verse and criticism of two toppled presidents, died Tuesday at the age of 76, his wife said.

Abnudi, who underwent brain surgery at a Cairo hospital just days ago, rose to prominence in the 1960s for his poems, some performed by legendary Arab singer Abdel Halim Hafez.

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