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Depicting Horror: Iraqi Artist Puts Yazidi Trauma to Canvas

A jihadist fighter slits a man's throat, another brandishes a severed head spiked on his rifle while more militants dump bodies into a trench overflowing with corpses.

This is how painter Ammar Salim depicts the massacres the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group perpetrated against his Yazidi minority in northern Iraq last summer.

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UNESCO Condemns 'Mad' Destruction of Iraq's Nimrud

The U.N.'s cultural agency issued a fresh condemnation Monday of jihadists' destruction of Iraq's Nimrud, once the jewel of Assyria and home to a treasure considered one of the 20th century's main archaeological finds.

"I condemn this mad, destructive act that accentuates the horror of the situation," UNESCO head Irina Bokova said in a statement.

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German Literary Lion Gunter Grass Dies at 87

Germany's Nobel-winning author, Gunter Grass, who acted as a moral compass for many in the postwar nation but later provoked criticism over his own World War II past, died Monday aged 87, his publishers said.

The writer, one of Germany's most influential if controversial intellectual figures, died in a hospital in the northern city of Luebeck, the Steidl publishing house said.

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Iran Halts Saudi Pilgrimages over Sex Assault Allegation

Iran has suspended pilgrimages to the Muslim holy places in Saudi Arabia in protest at an alleged sexual assault attempt against two teenage Iranian boys, the culture minister said Monday.

According to Iranian media reports, two Saudi police are alleged to have attempted to assault the youngsters at Jeddah airport as they prepared to fly home from a pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina two weeks ago.

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Migrants of Circumstance- Redesigning the Idea of Refugee Engagement

Migrants of Circumstance- a continuous, open sharing platform of social, cultural, and academic knowledge exchange- is a live project inside Syrian refugee settlements in Lebanon, a press release said on Monday.

Studies show that only 20% of Syrian children are enrolled in school in Lebanon; in response, Goldsmiths Design student Daniel Nasr is developing a sustainable method of providing accessible education to both children and young adults in refugee communities who do not have access to traditional education, the release added.

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Library Group: Here are the 10 Books with Most Complaints

It turns out at least one part of publishing has a diverse slate of authors: The books most likely to be pulled from school and library shelves.

The American Library Association on Monday released its annual list of the 10 books receiving the most complaints from parents, educators and others in the local community. Sherman Alexie's prize-winning, autobiographical novel of school life, "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian," ranked No. 1, followed by Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel "Persepolis" and the picture book about two male penguins raising a baby penguin, Peter Parnell's and Justin Richardson's "And Tango Makes Three."

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British Code Breaker Alan Turing's Notebook at Auction

A handwritten notebook by British World War II code-breaking genius Alan Turing is expected to bring at least $1 million at auction in New York.

The 56-page manuscript was written at the time the mathematician and computer science pioneer was working to break the seemingly unbreakable Enigma codes used by the Germans throughout the war. It contains Turing's complex mathematical and computer science notations, and is believed to be the only extensive Turing manuscript known to exist, according to Bonhams, which is offering the manuscript for sale on Monday.

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Exhibit Showcases World of Children during Holocaust

Zeev Portenoy was nine when the Nazis invaded Tuchin, his Ukrainian hometown, in 1941, forcing his family and the other Jews into a ghetto while he went on the run.

For the next four years, he wandered aimlessly around the countryside, pretending to be Ukrainian or Polish just to survive. He knew he was Jewish but just didn't understand why everyone wanted to kill him, writing down his experiences in a song.

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Film on PKK Fighters Pulled from Istanbul Festival

A documentary film on Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters has been pulled from the Istanbul Film Festival at the last minute following an intervention by the Turkish culture ministry, organizers and producers said Sunday.

The documentary film "Bakur" ("North") was to have been shown Sunday afternoon in Istanbul but the screening would no longer go ahead, the organizers of the film festival said in a statement.

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Nations that Recognize the Armenian 'Genocide'

Pope Francis on Sunday became the first pontiff to publicly utter the word "genocide" to describe Turkey's mass murder of Armenians 100 years ago, following the example of France, Russia and Canada.

Speaking at a mass in Saint Peter's Basilica to mark the centenary of the Ottoman killings of Armenians, the pope quoted a written document signed by John Paul II in 2001, branding the killings as the "first genocide of the 20th century."

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