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Deaths of Instagram Model, Other Women Shock Iraq

She was a 22-year-old former beauty queen, fashion model and social media star, whose daring outfits revealed tattoos on her arms and shoulder.

Tara Fares won fame and 2.8 million Instagram followers in conservative, Muslim-majority Iraq with outspoken opinions on personal freedom, such as: "I'm not doing anything in the dark like many others; everything I do is in the broad daylight."

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Saudi Woman Barred from Marrying 'Musical' Suitor

A Saudi woman has lost a judicial battle to marry the man of her choice as a court deemed him "religiously" unfit because he plays a musical instrument, a Saudi newspaper reported Tuesday.

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Armenia Mourns 'Tender Soul' Aznavour

Armenia on Tuesday mourned one of its most famous descendants, singer Charles Aznavour who died Monday aged 94, commemorating him in parliament, on the streets and in underground train stations.

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Greece's Skirt-Wearing, Selfie-Attracting Guard Unit Turns 150

Already dressed in white leggings and black garters, Greek presidential guard Christos Lialis stands absolutely still so his watch mate can affix his many-pleated fustanella skirt, the unit's world-renowned symbol.

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EU Criticizes Macedonia Name Referendum Boycott Call

The senior official who oversees the European Union's enlargement program on Friday criticized Macedonia's president for urging citizens to boycott a vote on changing the country's official name.

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Instagram Model Murdered at Wheel of Porsche in Baghdad

Iraqi model and Instagram starlet Tara Fares has been shot dead at the wheel of her Porsche convertible in central Baghdad, sending ripples through social media circles.

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Conflict and Drought Ravage Iraq's Prized Date Palms

Sweet Iraqi dates adorn tables in homes across the country, but the fruit tree and national symbol has come under threat from conflict and crippling drought.

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Golden-Age Glitterati Return on Canvas to Old Lebanon Hotel

Inside an abandoned century-old hotel near Lebanon's capital, paintings of the Arab world's once powerful and famous hang around a worn poker table, testimony to its glamorous past before the civil war.

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Trump Takes a #MeToo Stand -- for the Men

With #MeToo firing up millions of women against sexual abuse by male bosses and President Donald Trump routinely weighing in on the side of the accused, America faces an all-out war of the sexes ahead of November elections.

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Archaeologists Discover 'Massive' Ancient Building in Egypt

Egypt says archaeologists have discovered a "massive" ancient building in the town of Mit Rahina, 20 kilometers, or 12 miles, south of Cairo.

The Antiquities Ministry said archaeologists also uncovered an attached building that includes a large Roman bath and a chamber likely for religious rituals.

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