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Syria's Ancient Palmyra, Symbol of Jihadist Destruction

Syria's ancient city of Palmyra, which government forces are again battling to retake from jihadists, has become a symbol of the Islamic State group's wanton destruction of cultural heritage.

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Victim Quits Pope's Abuse Panel, Slams 'Shameful' Vatican

Marie Collins, an Irish survivor of clerical sex abuse, resigned Wednesday from Pope Francis' child protection panel, accusing senior Vatican officials of "shameful" blocking of reforms approved by the pontiff.

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Damaged Palmyra Busts Back in Syria after Italy Restoration

Two rare busts rescued from the Islamic State group in the ancient city of Palmyra and restored in Italy have been returned to Syria, the country's antiquities director said Wednesday.

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NY Museums Wage Cultural War against Trump Prejudice

Museums across New York are waging a cultural war on prejudice in Donald Trump's America, flexing the soft power of art and photography to compound the city-wide climate of protest.

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U.S. Supreme Court Debates Ban on Accessing Social Media

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday took up a case involving a North Carolina law that bars registered sex offenders from accessing social media and raises a broader question: can one live without the likes of Facebook?

It goes back to a seemingly harmless event in April 2010, when a man named Lester Packingham learned that authorities had dropped court proceedings stemming from a traffic ticket he had been given.

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Yad Vashem Asks Amazon to Remove Holocaust Denial Books

Israel's Yad Vashem has written to Amazon chief Jeff Bezos urging the internet retail giant to remove books which deny the Holocaust, the Holocaust memorial organization said Monday.

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Indonesian Collapses after Caning for Breaking Islamic Law

An Indonesian man collapsed while being publicly caned Monday for spending time with a woman who is not his wife in contravention of strict Islamic laws in a staunchly Muslim part of the country.

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Woman Journalist Says being Targeted by Sudan Islamic Hardliners

A Sudanese female journalist and critic of government policies said Sunday that she is under fire from hardliners who have accused her of "insulting Islam" in one of her columns.

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London Open-Air Screening Backs Oscar Boycott Director Farhadi

Thousands of film buffs were expected to gather in London's Trafalgar Square Sunday for a screening of "The Salesman" by Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, who is boycotting the Oscars over U.S. President Donald Trump's policies.

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In Besieged Gaza, First English Library to Open Window to World

Mossab Abu Toha has never actually left Gaza, instead devouring books as an escape. Now he is struggling to open the first English-language library in the beleaguered Palestinian territory.

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