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Anti-Occupation NGO Gains Donation from Israeli Win of Man Booker Prize

An Israeli human rights group disliked by the government welcomed Thursday the donation of prize money from the Man Booker International Prize won by David Grossman.

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One in Five Children in Developed World in Relative Poverty, Says UN

One in five children in rich countries lives in relative poverty, according to a UNICEF report published Thursday that put the US and New Zealand among the world's worst performers for youth well-being.

Nearly 13 percent of children in those countries lack access to sufficient safe and nutritious food, the report said, with that number rising to 20 percent in the US and Britain.

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Prophet's Cloak Attracts Ramadan Faithful in Istanbul

A long queue of men and women standing in separate lines extends from an Istanbul mosque to see a centuries-old garment pressed down flat inside an glass exhibition case: the Prophet Mohammed's sacred cloak made of linen, cotton and silk.

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Jordan Bans Lebanese Rock Band for Second Year in a Row

A popular Lebanese rock band has been banned from performing in Jordan for the second year in a row, amid allegations that the musicians violate the kingdom's traditions.

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Rights Group Slams 'Absurd' Ramadan Penalty in Tunisia

Rights group Amnesty International on Tuesday dismissed as "absurd" the jailing in Tunisia of people who fail to observe the Ramadan fast.

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Norway to Ban Full-Face Muslim Veil in All Schools

The Norwegian government on Monday proposed a bill to ban the full-face Muslim veil in all schools, from nurseries to universities, saying it hinders communication between students and teachers. 

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Israeli Police Detain Naked Woman at Western Wall

Israeli police rushed to cover up and detain a woman who took off her clothes at the Western Wall holy site in Jerusalem on Sunday, authorities said.

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Eiffel Tower Lights Out for Iran Attacks

The Eiffel Tower will turn its lights out on Thursday as a mark of respect for the victims of deadly twin attacks in Tehran, which were claimed by the Islamic State group.

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Dubai High-Rises Slowly Surround Flamingo Reserve

Think of Dubai and often the first thing that comes to mind is its jagged, space-age skyline, with the world's tallest building piercing the occasional cloud over the desert sheikhdom.

The shadows cast by those buildings, however, grow ever-closer to a place often missed by tourists gawking at Dubai's luxury malls and reveling in its nonstop nightlife — the flamingos of the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Palestinians Pour Into Jerusalem for Ramadan Prayers

Thousands of Palestinians poured into Jerusalem to attend the first Friday prayers of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, Islam's third-holiest site, AFP correspondents reported.

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