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African American Museum in Washington: A Century of Delays

A century after the project was conceived in the throes of racial segregation, and a few months before the first black US president leaves office, the African American Museum in Washington opens Saturday.

Here are key facts about the first national museum devoted entirely to showcasing African Americans' life, history and culture.

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Chinese Outrage over 'Ugly' Restoration of Great Wall

Chinese social media users were in an uproar Friday over restoration of a 700-year-old section of the Great Wall that has been covered in concrete, turning it into a smooth, flat-topped path.

Known as one of the most beautiful portions of the "wild", unrestored wall, the eight-kilometer (five-mile) Xiaohekou stretch in northeast Liaoning province was built in 1381 during the Ming Dynasty.

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Pope Talks Peace with Faith Leaders in Assisi

Pope Francis met for peace talks in Assisi Tuesday with faith leaders and victims of war, broaching the issues of growing religious fanaticism and escalating violence around the world.

"Today more than ever, we need peace in the face of this war that is everywhere in the world," the Argentine said ahead of his trip, which came as fighting resumed in Syria and the US investigated an attack possibly linked to the Islamic State group.

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Don't Confuse Islam and Terror, Says French Muslim Woman

A young French Muslim woman who lost three family members in the July 14 jihadist attack on Nice made an impassioned plea Monday not to confuse the Islamic faith with terrorism.

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From Attempting Suicide in Nigeria to Miss Transsexual Final

Miss SaHHara was born in the wrong country, and in the wrong body.

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Australian in 'Burkini' Made to Leave French Beach

An Australian Muslim woman who wore a burkini to a French beach said she was asked to leave despite a ban on the controversial full-bodied swimsuit recently being overturned.

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Rio Ferdinand Tweet Sparks Southeast Asian Food Fight

Former England footballer Rio Ferdinand has unwittingly sparked a cross-border food fight after suggesting that a rice dish was Singaporean, to the horror of Indonesians who claim it as their own.

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Turkish Man Held for Attacking Woman Wearing Shorts

Turkish police have detained an assailant on charges of kicking and injuring a young woman for wearing shorts on an Istanbul bus, local media reported on Sunday.

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Sunni Islam Riven Anew by Ancient Dispute

An old rift at the heart of Sunni Islam that once saw clerics brawl outside a mosque in medieval Baghdad has emerged again, only this time they are fighting it out on social media.

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Pope Makes Surprise Visit to Rome Hospitals

Pope Francis made surprise visits to two Rome hospitals on Friday, the Vatican said, continuing his monthly series of unannounced  trips.

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