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Pope Aide Pell Hits Out at 'Anti-Religion' Agendas

Vatican finance chief George Pell Thursday hit out at calls that he return to Australia to assist in a child sex probe into him, railing against "anti-religion" agendas.

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Telling Stories of Wartime Childhood in Bosnian Museum

Ballet slippers, tinned food and drawings by a sister killed from shelling are found among the objects in a new Sarajevo museum used to tell stories of life during Bosnia's war through the eyes of children.

An unfinished letter, kept safe by a young Bosnian woman for 20 years, was started by her mother who perished when their apartment was shelled in the Balkan country's 1992-1995 civil war.

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Palestinian Authorities Seize 'Indecent' Novel

Palestinian authorities have banned a novel by a local author for indecency, the writer said on Tuesday, calling the decision an "unprecedented" attack on freedom of expression.

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Italy Police Hunt Anti-Pope Plotters

Italian police were on the hunt Monday for the authors of anti-pope posters which have been slapped around Rome, amid suspicions the campaign may be linked to an arch-conservative wing of the Catholic Church.

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Fire Hits Kuwait Opera House

A fire broke out Monday at a cultural center in Kuwait that houses the Gulf state's opera house, the fire department said.

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For Kurds in Syria, World Novels Finally Speak their Language

Abdo Shehu sits in an office in Kurdish-majority Qamishli in northeast Syria, surrounded by copies of the first Western novel available in the city in his own language.

The novel is "Snow" by French writer Maxence Fermine, the first fruits of a new project to translate international works of literature into a language that was effectively banned in Syria until recently.

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One in 14 Catholic Priests Accused of Abuse in Australia

Seven percent of Catholic priests were accused of abusing children in Australia between 1950 and 2010 but the allegations were never investigated, "shocking and indefensible" data showed Monday during an inquiry into paedophilia in the church.

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America's LGBT Community Awaits Trump's Next Move

America's LGBT community is watching warily to decipher President Donald Trump's intentions towards them, with many fearing a backlash is in store from the new administration -- despite its efforts to reassure them.

The presence in Trump's cabinet of arch conservatives, with a record of opposing same-sex marriage and other hard-fought LGBT rights, has set the community on edge. 

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Nepali Transgender Model Hails 'Dream Come True'

Nepali model Anjali Lama hailed a "dream come true" on Friday after becoming the first transgender model to walk the runway at an Indian fashion show.

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Music Drowns Out Shelling in Ukraine Flashpoint Town

As artillery fire echoes throughout the flashpoint Ukrainian town of Avdiivka, the sound of guitar and violin music fills the apartment where the Savkevich family are hunkered down. 

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