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Experts to Inspect Alleged Site of 'Nazi Treasure Train'

Experts will next week begin inspecting the site in the southwestern Polish city of Walbrzych where a Nazi train that could contain looted treasure is allegedly buried, the city said Thursday. 

A first group of experts, including the two men who claimed to have found the armored Nazi train, will likely start their non-invasive search early next week, according to municipal spokesman Arkadiusz Grudzien.

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Japan's Dainty Geishas in Secret Fast-Food Raids

A craving for fast food presents few obstacles to most people, but for Japan's dainty, doll-like geishas, it calls for a daring undercover operation -- and a cunning disguise.

While strictly taboo for a geisha to be seen munching French fries, some "geiko" -- as they are known in the ancient city of Kyoto -- and their young "maiko" apprentices have hatched a clever plan to avoid detection.

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Asian Collector Snaps up $43m Modigliani in New York

An Asian collector splurged nearly $43 million on an Amadeo Modigliani painting in New York, scooping the top prize in an otherwise lackluster evening sale at Sotheby's that kicked off the autumn auction season.

The auction house sold $377 million worth of art amassed by self-made American billionaire Alfred Taubman, a former Sotheby's chairman who did jail time for price fixing in 2002.

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Secular Bangladesh Publisher Defiant after Machete Attack

The secular Bangladeshi publisher who survived a horrific weekend attack at the hands of suspected Islamist extremists has vowed to continue his work, and says the country needs to do more to promote free speech.

Ahmedur Rashid Tutul was chatting with two writers in the office of his publishing firm in Dhaka on Saturday, when a group of young men wielding machetes and meat cleavers stormed the building.

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In First, Headscarf-Wearing Judge Conducts Trial in Turkey

A female judge wearing an Islamic headscarf has conducted a trial in Turkey for the first time in the history of the Muslim but secular state, media reports said Wednesday.

A picture of a young, black-robed judge wearing a dark-coloured headscarf in an Istanbul courtroom has been widely shared on social media, with some Twitter users denouncing it as "the declaration of Islamic sharia law".

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Michelle Obama Wants 'Honest Conversation' on Girls' Education

Michelle Obama called for an end to "outdated laws and traditions" preventing millions of girls around the world from completing their education, in an impassioned speech Wednesday in Qatar.

The U.S. first lady, on a seven-day tour of the Middle East, told an education conference in Doha that an "honest conversation" was needed across the globe about how women were treated and how this prevented millions of girls from finishing school.

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Number of Americans 'Certain' about God Falls to 63%

The proportion of Americans who say they are "absolutely certain" God exists has dropped sharply from 71 percent to less than two thirds, the Pew Research Center said Tuesday.

The share of U.S. adults who say they believe in God declined from 92 to 89 percent over the same period, from 2007 to 2014, but is still remarkably high compared to other developed countries.

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'KFC Halal' Falls Fowl of Iran Police

Iranian police have swooped in to shutter a fried chicken shop using the brand name of U.S. fast food giant KFC, local media said Tuesday.

"Police closed the 'KFC' restaurant as it didn't have authorization and had been operating under a false license," reported the news site of Iran's Young Journalist Club, which is affiliated with state television. 

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Nepal's First Foreign Photo Festival Opens in Shadow of Quake

Nepal's first international photo festival opened on Tuesday on the streets of the quake-devastated Kathmandu Valley, with exhibits set up alongside damaged and spectacular temples and palaces.

The Photo Kathmandu festival takes visitors on a tour of the historic city of Patan, past intricately-carved statues and ancient water spouts, and chronicles Nepal's chaotic transformation from a Hindu monarchy to a secular republic.

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S. Korea's 'History War' Intensifies

South Korea on Tuesday pushed ahead with a highly controversial plan to introduce government-issued history textbooks in schools, despite angry protests by opposition parties and academics.

The policy has become a bitter ideological battleground between left and right in South Korea, with critics accusing President Park Geun-Hye's administration of seeking to deliberately manipulate and distort the narrative of how the South Korean state was created.

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