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Cycling Safety Ad Sparks Sexism Outcry in Germany

An advertising campaign by Germany's transport ministry to persuade cyclists to wear helmets has sparked accusations of sexism, as it features a model wearing just a helmet and underwear.

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The Scent of Soap Making Returns to Aleppo

After years of war, the scent of laurel oil once again wafts from a small soap workshop in Aleppo, signalling the revival of a landmark trade in the battered northern city.

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Pope Rejects Resignation of French Cardinal Convicted for Sex Abuse Cover-Up

Pope Francis has rejected the resignation of French cardinal Philippe Barbarin who was handed a six-month suspended jail sentence this month for failing to report sex abuse by a priest under his authority, prompting surprise among Church leaders and condemnation from victims.

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Exhibition Turns Up Trove of Looted Nazi Art in Louvre

A new exhibition has uncovered a hoard of art looted from a Jewish family almost wiped out by the Nazis in the Louvre and other leading French museums.

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Cubans Use New Found Social Media Heft to Challenge Leaders

Cubans are using new found social media muscle to challenge their leaders in ways hitherto unseen on the communist-run island.

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'Fascist' Perfume, Flatulent Hippo Star in Israel Election Social Media War

A new ad with an elegantly dressed minister using "fascist" perfume drew online outrage Tuesday, the latest in a social media war ahead of an Israeli election that has also featured a flatulent hippo.

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Myanmar Army Fights Rebels among Ancient Rakhine Temples

Fighting between Myanmar's military and ethnic Rakhine insurgents has now reached the ancient temples of Mrauk U, the former capital of the Rakhine kingdom and a popular tourist site, local residents said Monday.

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Christchurch Attack 'Shows Blind Spot on White Nationalism'

The carnage unleashed in Christchurch by a white supremacist has highlighted what analysts say is the global problem of a far-right threat that frequently flies beneath the intelligence radar.

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China Keeps 'Education' Centers for Prostitutes

When Chinese legislators recommended the abolition of "education" detention centers where prostitutes and clients can be held without charge for two years, activists hoped the facilities' days were numbered.

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In Movies and TV, Plus-Size Actresses Finally Assume Leading Roles

Long relegated to providing comic relief or playing supporting parts, plus-size actresses are finally getting their due with juicy front-and-center roles in a sign of shifting attitudes towards diverse body types.

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