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Assault Case Puts Spotlight on Rape Culture at U.S. Campuses

A high-profile sex assault case in California reverberating across the globe has prompted soul searching in America and reignited a debate about rape culture on U.S. college campuses.

The case burst into the spotlight after the victim made public a powerful letter to the judge who sentenced her attacker -- 20-year-old former Stanford University student Brock Turner -- on June 2 to six months in jail on three felony convictions.

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Scottish Church Takes First Step to Gay Marriage

The Scottish Episcopal Church on Friday became the first Anglican Church branch in Britain to take a step towards allowing gay marriage in church.

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Swimming Lessons for Migrants Cause Storm in Austria

Swimming lessons for refugee children have whipped up a storm in Austria, with a lifeguard's car window smashed and a newspaper on Friday filing charges against a woman who said the migrants should drown.

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Queen Elizabeth II Begins 3 Days of Birthday Celebrations

A beaming Queen Elizabeth II greeted flag-waving crowds outside St. Paul's Cathedral Friday despite being delayed by London's traffic as she made her way to celebrate her official 90th birthday.

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India's Muslim Women Fight 'Triple Talaq' Divorce

Only three words were scrawled on the letter from her husband and posted to her parent's home in central India, but they were enough to shatter Sadaf Mehmood's life.

Using an ancient and controversial Islamic practice, Mehmood's husband wrote "talaq, talaq, talaq" or "I divorce you" three times in Arabic, instantly ending his marriage of five years.

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France Unearths Bones from 6,000-Year-Old Massacre

Archaeologists said Tuesday they had discovered the remains of victims from a 6,000-year-old massacre in Alsace in eastern France that was likely carried out by "furious ritualized warriors".

The corpses of 10 people were found outside Strasbourg in one of 300 ancient "silos" used to store grain and other food, a team from France's National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research (Inrap) told reporters.

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U.S. Returns Precious Artifacts to India

The United States returned more than 200 precious artifacts to India on Monday in a ceremony with visiting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Justice Department said.

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Russia Prosecutors in Rare Leniency Bid for Radical Artist

In a rare appeal for leniency in a high-profile case, Russian prosecutors said Monday a radical artist accused of torching the door of the security service's headquarters should not be jailed.

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Q&A: What is Ramadan and Why Do Muslims Fast All Day?

Millions of Muslims around the world on Monday marked the start of Ramadan, a month of intense prayer, dawn-to-dusk fasting and nightly feasts. Others will begin fasting a day later, Tuesday, due to a moon-sighting methodology that can lead to different countries declaring the start of Ramadan a day or two apart.

Here are some questions and answers about Islam's holiest month:

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Muslims Mark Start of Ramadan, Many under Cloud of War

More than a billion Muslims observed the start of Ramadan on Monday, but in the besieged cities of Syria and Iraq residents were struggling with how to mark the holy month.

Islamic authorities across much of the world -- from the most populous Muslim-majority country Indonesia to Saudi Arabia, home to the faith's holiest sites -- announced the start of the fasting month with the sighting of the crescent moon.

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