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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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Lebanese Artist Turns Shrapnel into Sculptures

There is a violinist, a farmer tilling his field, and a cockerel with a propeller for a head. All were once rockets, artillery shells, or bullets falling on Lebanon's battlefields.

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Cheesy Listening: Study Says Tunes Change Emmental's Taste

It may be grating for some, but hip-hop is music to the ears of Switzerland's most famous cheese. 

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Spain to Exhume Franco's Remains in June

Spain will exhume the remains of late dictator Francisco Franco from its opulent mausoleum and move them to a location outside Madrid in June, the government announced Friday.

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Top Cardinal Gets Six Years Jail for 'Appalling' Choirboy Abuse

Disgraced Australian Cardinal George Pell was on Wednesday sentenced to six years in prison for the "brazen" sexual abuse of two choirboys, in what the judge lambasted as a "grave" abuse of power.

The former Vatican number three -- who managed church finances and helped elect two popes -- was sentenced in a Melbourne court on five counts, including oral rape and molestation of boys in 1996-1997.

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'Wonder Woman' Urges Calm in Israeli Civil Rights Fight

Hollywood star Gal Gadot has leapt to defend a fellow actress who was chided by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for challenging his party's treatment of Arab citizens.

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Syria's Ancient Aleppo Souk Poised to Regain Its Bustle

On the domed roof of a historical market in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, architect Bassel al-Daher moves between workers painstakingly working to erase the scars of war.

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Algeria Museum Vandalised during Protests

Algeria's oldest museum, home to some of the country's most valuable art, was vandalised during protests against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term, the culture ministry said Saturday.

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Japanese Woman Confirmed as World's Oldest Person Aged 116

A 116-year-old Japanese woman who still enjoys studying math and playing board games has been recognised as the world's oldest person, the Guinness World Records said Saturday.

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U.S. House Condemns Bigotry but Anti-Semitism Debate Exposes Democrat Rifts

A Muslim American congresswoman's remarks deemed anti-Semitic by some colleagues has exposed deep fault lines among Democrats, with the party seeking to contain the damage with passage Thursday of a measure condemning bigotry and hate.

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