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Court Rejects Turkish Novelist's Plea to be Freed from Detention

A prominent Turkish novelist Asli Erdogan will remain in jail pending trial for writing articles for a pro-Kurdish newspaper accused of having links with militants, her lawyer told AFP on Monday.

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French PM Says NY Times Piece on Burkini 'Unacceptable'

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Monday slammed a New York Times article prompted by the debate over the burkini swimsuit in which French Muslim women complained of discrimination and even "persecution."

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Charlie Hebdo Italy Quake Cartoon Sparks Fury

A Charlie Hebdo cartoon depicting victims of the Italian earthquake victims as lasagna has sparked outrage in the country which is still mourning the nearly 300 people who died in last week's tragedy.

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Sarkozy Book Tops French Bestseller List

A new book in which Nicolas Sarkozy launched his campaign to retake the French presidency shot to the top of the country's bestseller list Thursday.

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U.S. University to Give Admissions Boost to Slave Descendants

Georgetown University on Thursday announced measures to atone for having profited from the sale of nearly 300 slaves in the 19th century, giving an edge in admissions for their descendants.

The U.S. university's president, John DeGioia, will discuss the steps in a speech later Thursday, and is to offer a formal apology.

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'Dangerous' Morocco Actress Launches YouTube Channel

Moroccan actress Loubna Abidar, who took refuge in France following a backlash over a role as a prostitute, is launching a YouTube channel to discuss controversial issues with people back home.

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Israelis and Palestinians Face Off -- But This Time for Fun

The Israelis and Palestinians were facing off in Jerusalem again -- but this time they actually seemed to be enjoying each other's company.

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Pope Extends Stamp on Church with New Ministry for Human Development

Pope Francis on Wednesday announced the creation of a new Vatican ministry for human development in the latest move by the reforming pontiff to put his personal stamp on the Catholic church.

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Fight against Sexual Harassment in Egypt Bearing Fruit

Eight years after the first woman in Egypt won a conviction against a man for sexual harassment, activists and lawyers see progress in transforming attitudes and more harassers being jailed.

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Monk on the Run: Chinese 'Killer' Becomes Temple Abbot

A suspected murderer on the run for 16 years in China found refuge in Buddhist temples, eventually rising to become an abbot, state media said Wednesday.

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