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French Court Bans Couple from Using 'ñ' in Baby's Name

A French court on Wednesday banned a couple from giving their baby a name containing a tilde, ruling that the "n with a squiggle over it" was incompatible with national law.  

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Israeli MP Quits under Fire after Attending Gay Wedding

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish Israeli lawmaker quit his seat on Wednesday under fire from religious colleagues and rabbis for attending a gay relative's wedding, his daughter said.

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No Milk, Sugar: Venezuelans Lose Prized Ice Cream to Crisis

The Coromoto ice cream parlor had it all - chocolate and vanilla for sure, though also garlic, avocado and even octopus sorbets... but the things you can't find in Venezuela any more, like milk and sugar, means the landmark has had to close for good.

When Manuel Da Silva first opened its welcoming yellow doors in 1981, the Heladeria Coromoto offered its clients the tried and trusted  - vanilla, strawberry, chocolate and coconut flavors.

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Paul Auster Tops Shortlist for Man Booker Prize

US author Paul Auster tops the shortlist for Britain's prestigious Man Booker Prize published Wednesday, one of six books that organisers said "collectively push against the borders of convention".

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School Segregation in Europe 'Form of Discrimination'

School segregation in Europe is "one of the worst forms of discrimination," the region's top rights watchdog said in a report published Tuesday.

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Lebanese Film Director Defends Himself after Brief Arrest over Israel Trip

Lebanese film director Ziad Doueiri blasted Monday after his brief detention upon arrival in Lebanon over previous visits to Israel people who accused him of normalization with Israel, saying his work is for the good of Lebanon and the Palestinian cause.

It was not clear why the Paris-based Doueiri, director of the award-winning civil war film "West Beirut," was detained Sunday night, as he has visited Lebanon several times since traveling to Israel.

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U.S. Historian who Tried to Save Afghanistan's Heritage Dies Aged 89

American historian Nancy Hatch Dupree, who dedicated most of her life to preserving Afghanistan's heritage, died in a Kabul hospital on Sunday aged 89. 

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'Sexual Politics' Author Kate Millett Dies at 82

Feminist writer Kate Millett, author of "Sexual Politics," has died at the age of 82, a close friend said Friday.

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Canada Extradites Two to India over Honor Killing

Canada's Supreme Court on Friday ruled that two of its citizens can be extradited to India for their alleged role in an honor killing 17 years ago.

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Charged Turkish Novelist Asli Erdogan Gets Passport Back

Turkish authorities have returned celebrated novelist Asli Erdogan's passport and she is expected to travel to Europe soon, more than two months after her travel ban was lifted, her lawyer said Friday.

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