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Epic Struggle of Film about Cairo on Eve of Revolution

Everyone thought Tamer El Said had gone mad in the decade it took him to make his film "In the Last Days of the City".

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China Releases Nobel Laureate Liu with Terminal Cancer

China's jailed Nobel peace prize laureate Liu Xiaobo has been granted medical parole after being diagnosed with terminal liver cancer last month, his lawyer said Monday, worrying supporters who pleaded for his unconditional release.

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Israel Cancels Landmark Plan for Western Wall Mixed Prayer

Israel's government on Sunday canceled a landmark deal to create a space for women and men to pray together at the Western Wall, angering activists who have fought for the change for years.

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Jordan to Cancel 'Marry the Victim' Clause Shielding Rapists

A pregnant 15-year-old who had been raped by a brother-in-law decided to marry her attacker, hoping this would shield her from other male relatives who might kill her in the name of "family honor."

A young woman was taken into protective custody after being stabbed 17 times by a brother who accused her of bringing "shame" to the family for running away from an abusive husband.

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Anglican Leader Admits Church Concealed Sex Abuse Claims against Bishop

The Church of England "colluded and concealed" to suppress claims of long-term sexual abuse against one of its bishops, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said Friday.

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UNESCO Says Mosul Minaret Destruction 'Deepens Wounds' of Iraqis

The destruction by jihadists of Mosul's leaning minaret "deepens the wounds" in war-torn Iraq, UNESCO chief Irina Bokova said Thursday.

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China's Dog Meat Festival Opens despite Ban Rumors

A notorious Chinese dog meat festival opened on Wednesday with sellers torching the hair off carcasses, butchers chopping slabs of canines and cooks frying up dishes, dispelling rumors that authorities would ban sales this year.

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New Magazine, TV Channel Give Afghan Women a Cautious Voice

Afghan women are redrawing the media landscape in the deeply conservative country with the launch of a new magazine and a television channel, risking the anger of extremists by giving their gender a glamorous voice.

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Award-Winning Authors Take on Israeli Occupation

A group of award-winning authors on Sunday launched a book highlighting Israel's 50-year occupation of the Palestinian territories, raising money for an NGO hated by the Israeli government.

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Serbia President Names Gay Woman as PM in Balkan First

Serbia's president on Thursday named Ana Brnabic as the next prime minister, making her the first openly gay premier in the conservative Balkan region and the first Serbian woman in the top job.

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