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France Warning as Burkini Furore Heats Up

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve warned Wednesday against stigmatizing Muslims, as a furore over the banning of burkinis grew with the emergence of pictures showing police surrounding a veiled woman on a beach.

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Iran Rounds Up 450 Social Network Users

Iran has "arrested or summoned" around 450 social media users over their online activities, a website linked to the powerful Revolutionary Guards said on Tuesday.

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Canada's Justin Trudeau Defends the Burkini

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday defended individual rights and freedoms while touting cultural diversity and tolerance when asked about a controversy swirling in France over a burkini ban.

"We should be past tolerance in Canada," Trudeau told reporters after meeting with his ministers to plan the government's legislative agenda.

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Australian-Lebanese Designer Says 'Burkini' Bans Good for Sales

Burkini bans in France have boosted sales and interest in the full-bodied Islamic swimsuit, particularly from non-Muslim women, the Australian-Lebanese woman credited with creating the design said Tuesday.

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Malaysian Rapper Remanded for 'Insulting Islam'

A Malaysian court Monday remanded a rap artist in custody for a music video entitled "Oh my God" which allegedly insults Islam because it was partly filmed in a mosque.

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Survey: Sex Harassment Widespread in Australian Police

Almost half of the women working for Australia's national police force say they have been sexually harassed on the job, according to a report released Monday calling for urgent change.

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China Opens Longest Glass Bottom Bridge in World

Tourists who suffer from vertigo need not apply. The world's highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge opened Saturday in China's spectacular Zhangjiajie mountains -- the inspiration for American blockbuster Avatar.

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'Un-Islamic' Cultural Heritage in Jihadists' Crosshairs

From Mali to Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq, Islamist fighters have regularly turned their sights on the priceless vestiges of peoples' cultural heritage -- for being un-Islamic.

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Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi, Islamic Enforcer of Timbuktu

Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi, whose war crimes trial in The Hague opens on Monday, is a quiet Koranic scholar turned ruthless enforcer for jihadists when they occupied the fabled Malian city of Timbuktu.

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Colombia Puts Out Banknote Featuring Writer Garcia Marquez

Colombia started circulating a new 50,000-peso banknote on Friday bearing the likeness of late Nobel-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

The light purple piece of money, worth the equivalent of $17.40, "pays honor to a person who carried Colombia's name far and wide from the middle of the last century," the head of the country's central bank, Jose Dario Uribe, said.

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