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Fears of 'Religious War' over Ukrainian Church Independence

Moscow has promised to defend Orthodox believers in Ukraine while Kiev accuses its neighbor of preparing for "religious war" after the Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarchate's decision to recognize the independence of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

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Rwandan Foreign Minister Elected Francophonie Head

The world organization of French-speaking nations on Friday elected Rwandan Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo as its new head despite her country's shift to English a decade ago and controversy over its rights record. 

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Danish Jews Recall Desperate Escape from Nazis, 75 Years On

Freddy Vainer was only four years old when he and his family were forced to flee Copenhagen to escape being deported to Nazi concentration camps, but he remembers it like it was yesterday.

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Modern Art, Antiques on Show at Lebanon Cube Museum

At a new private museum in Lebanon, a contemporary sculpture of a mortar missile is displayed alongside millenia-old statues retrieved from the bottom of the sea.

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China Launches Anti-Halal Crackdown in Xinjiang City

Chinese authorities have launched a campaign against halal products in the name of fighting extremism in the capital of Xinjiang, the fractious northwest region where Muslims are facing a raft of religious restrictions.

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Foreigners Snap Up Istanbul's Iconic Waterfront Mansions

They are among Istanbul's most iconic sights -- magnificent waterside mansions strung out along the Bosphorus as the waters of the strait dividing Europe and Asia lap almost at their front doors.

Once the preserve of the Ottoman elite and affluent foreigners working in what was Constantinople, the mansions, known as yalis, were made famous in novels and more recently through modern Turkey's hugely successful TV soap operas.

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Nadia Murad: From Jihadist Slave to Nobel Laureate

Nadia Murad survived the worst cruelties inflicted on her people, the Yazidis of Iraq, before becoming a global champion of their cause and winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Gay Marriage: Europe Split in Two

The referendum in Romania this weekend that could see the conservative country ban gay marriage underlines the largely East-West split in Europe over same-sex unions.

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#MeToo Sharply Polarizing U.S., One Year On

The #MeToo movement in one year has shaken the United States, brought down dozens of powerful men and threatens the confirmation of a Supreme Court judge, yet it has also become deeply polarizing and its long-term impact remains unclear.

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Canada: Islamic Veil Allowed in Legal Hearing

A judge cannot refuse to take testimony from a woman because she is wearing an Islamic veil, a court has ruled.

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