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Essebsi Hails Nobel Winners as Saviors of Tunisia

Tunisia's President Beji Caid Essebsi Monday hailed the Nobel Peace Prize awarded last month to the National Dialogue Quartet, saying it saved the country from "the specter of civil war."

The prize "paid tribute to the value of dialogue and proved that peaceful revolutions are possible," Essebsi said at a ceremony at the Carthage palace in the outskirts of Tunis.

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Polish President Says Pope Wants to Visit Auschwitz

Pope Francis wants to visit Auschwitz when he visits Poland in July 2016, Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Monday after meeting the pontiff.

The Argentinian pope also expressed a desire to visit a celebrated Catholic shrine at Czestochowa when he visits the city of Krakow to mark World Youth Day, Duda told reporters, according to specialist Vatican news agency I-media.

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Britain Plans to Turn Victorian Prisons into homes

Some of Britain's gloomy Victorian prisons, including the one where Oscar Wilde was held for homosexuality, could be turned into homes for thousands of people under plans announced by the government on Monday.

The looming 19th century red-brick buildings, which were built close to city centers and are now often in desirable locations, are to be broken up into 3,000 homes. New prisons will then be built to house the inmates.

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Editor behind Denmark's Mohammed Cartoons Steps Down

The Danish editor who commissioned the Mohammed cartoons that triggered deadly protests a decade ago said Monday he was leaving the Jyllands-Posten newspaper to focus on his career as an author and political commentator.

"I want to spend more time writing books and participating in the public debate in Denmark and abroad. The growing diversity in Europe has put freedom under pressure," Flemming Rose told the paper.

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Transgender in China: Secrets and Surgery

At home her son still calls her daddy, at work she dresses in a masculine style, but this Chinese person has a "little secret" -- she was born male, but is not any more.

She had long identified as a woman, and suffered from depression after starting a family, opting in the end to have a surgical sex change.

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Turkish Firm Fined over Ad 'Insulting' National Yogurt Drink

Turkey's state-owned tea production company has been fined over a TV commercial deemed insulting "ayran", the country's yoghurt-based "national drink", by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. 

In the commercial for "Didi", a popular iced tea product made by state-owned Caykur, Turkish rap star Ceza sings: "I've tried ayran, it makes me sleepy."

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1,500-Year-Old Frieze Found at Peru Shrine

Archeologists in Peru have unearthed a 1,500-year old frieze with human figures believed to be from the indigenous Moche culture, the latest find at a site famous for its pre-Incan treasures.

The discovery, in Peru's northern La Libertad region, was made at the Huaca de la Luna, or Shrine of the Moon, the El Comercio newspaper reported on Sunday.

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For Afghan Women, Driving a Car Brings both Fear and Freedom

Since Rokhsar Azamee began driving the streets of Kabul last year, she has endured condescension, ridicule, and even threats to her life with some men deliberately causing "accidents" to harass her. But she will not be deterred.

The 23-year-old journalist learned to drive to avoid aggravation from men in the street as she waited each morning for a taxi with a driver who would not hassle her on the way to work.

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As a Boy, Pope Wanted to be a Butcher

When he was still knee-high to a grasshopper, Pope Francis never dreamed of becoming the leader of the world's 1.3 billion Roman Catholics. His secret desire? To be a butcher.

"When I was little, there were no shops where they used to sell things," the pontiff said in an interview published Friday, as he recounted his life growing up in the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires.

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Egypt Says Scanning for Nefertiti's Tomb Encouraging

Infra-red scanning of King Tutankhamun's tomb could support a British archeologist's theory that Queen Nefertiti -- or another ancient Egyptian royal -- is also buried there, Egypt's antiquities minister said Thursday. 

Archaeologists have never discovered the mummy of the legendary beauty, but renowned British archaeologist Nicholas Reeves said in a recent study that her tomb could be in a secret chamber adjoining Tutankhamun's tomb in the Valley of Kings at Luxor, southern Egypt.

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