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For Single Syrian Women, Search for Soulmate Comes Up Empty

Syrian student Nour wistfully examines her bare ring finger, then scans fellow classmates around her at Damascus University. Amid the sea of women, there's no eligible single man in sight.

At 30, Nour says she is eager to get married -- but Syria's protracted conflict means potential suitors have emigrated, joined the army or lost their lives.

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Hail a Partner: Vienna 'Taxi Dancers' Waltz in for Ball Season

It's her third Vienna ball of the season and Renate Drabek plans to dance until the small hours. Tango, waltz, rumba, boogie: her dance partner can't say 'no' as she's hired him for the evening.

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Lebanese Mark Mysterious Zambo Festival in Tripoli

Residents of the Lebanese city of Tripoli donned bright, curly wigs and dark body paint Sunday for Zambo, a festival on the eve of the start of the Orthodox Christian period of Lent. 

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Berlin Film Fest Slammed for Kim Ki-duk Invite despite #MeToo Drive

A coalition of more than 100 South Korean civic groups on Thursday condemned the Berlin film festival for inviting director Kim Ki-duk, who assaulted an actress, despite its support for the #MeToo campaign against abuse of women.

Kim, 57, is one of South Korea's top directors whose awards include the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival for "Pieta" in 2012.

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Saudi Cleric Endorses Valentine's Day as 'Positive Event'

A prominent Saudi cleric has endorsed Valentine's Day, long forbidden in the ultra-conservative kingdom, calling it a "positive social event" that was not linked to religion.

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French Man Faces Court over 'Consensual Sex' with 11-Year-Old

A French court was set to hear the case of a 28-year-old man who avoided rape charges after having sex with an 11-year-old after prosecutors judged that the intercourse was consensual.

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Tickled Pink: Japan Lovers Taste New Chocs on Valentine's Day

It is a marriage made in Heaven for cute-obsessed Japan: this Valentine's Day, lovers can present the object of their affection with a world first -- naturally bright pink chocolate.

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Couples Make Valentine's Day Deposit in 'Love Bank'

In a small medieval Slovak town, couples are getting ready on Valentine's Day to make a "deposit" about their romance in a place dedicated to love stories.

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France Hands Back Nazi Looted Art to Jewish Family

France will return three paintings by the Flemish master Joachim Patinir Monday to the descendants of a Jewish family who were forced to sell them as they fled the Nazis.

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'Defanged' Saudi Religious Police Bring Relief, Foreboding

A veiled Saudi woman and an unrelated man jig and twirl on a busy street, stirring a furious debate about the waning influence of the once-feared religious police, notorious for enforcing sex segregation.

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