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UN Slams 'Inhuman' Brunei Law on Stoning for Adultery

The United Nations decried Monday new "cruel and inhuman" laws set to take effect in Brunei this week imposing death by stoning for gay sex and adultery, and amputations for theft.

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Pope in Morocco Warns Catholics Off Converting Others

Pope Francis on Sunday warned Catholics in Morocco against trying to convert others to boost their small numbers, during a rare visit by a pontiff to the North African country.

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Morocco Institute Trains Imams to Counter Extremism

With its watchwords of dialogue and coexistence, the Mohammed VI Institute that trains Muslim prayer leaders to serve in Morocco and abroad was Saturday one of the first stops on Pope Francis's visit to the kingdom.

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French Artist JR Promises Latest Work Will Reveal Louvre Pyramid's 'Secret'

French artist JR on Friday put the final touches to a huge collage in the courtyard of the Louvre, his latest eye-popping-project unveiled to mark the 30th birthday of the Louvre's glass pyramid.

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Erdogan Says Time Has Come for Hagia Sophia to Be a Mosque

President Recep Taayyip Erdogan said Wednesday it was time to rename Istanbul's landmark Hagia Sophia as a mosque, saying that it had been a "very big mistake" to convert it into a museum. 

"Hagia Sophia will not be called a museum. It will be taken out of that status. We will call Hagia Sophia a mosque," Erdogan told A Haber television during an interview.

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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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