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Thai Cave Boys Leave Buddhist Monastery after Honoring Dead Rescuer

The Thai boys freed from a flooded cave in a rescue bid that gripped the world left a Buddhist monastery Saturday, 11 days after ordaining as novice monks to honor a diver who died during the mission to save them.

The ordeal of the "Wild Boars" football team dominated global headlines as divers worked round the clock to extract the group from the flooded chambers and twisted, narrow passages of the Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand.

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S. Korea Women Hold Record Mass Rally against 'Spycam Porn'

Tens of thousands of South Korean women staged a mass rally in Seoul Saturday to protest against spycam porn, urging tougher punishments for peeping Toms as anger over the growing scourge boils over. 

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Egypt's Coptic Pope Quits 'Waste of Time' Facebook

The head of Egypt's Coptic Church, Pope Tawadros II, has shut down his Facebook page, saying it was a "waste of time", after the church ordered monks off social media.

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Thirty LGBT Activists Arrested in Russia

Russian police arrested 30 LGBT activists in Saint Petersburg on Saturday during a co-ordinated demonstration defending the rights of sexual minorities, a co-organizer told AFP after being taken into custody.

Around 60 people with placards calling for LGBT rights to be respected and waving rainbow-colored flags had gathered in the city center, said activist and co-organizer Aleksei Nazarov.

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Pope Accepts Resignation of Archbishop Convicted of Child Abuse Cover-Up

An Australian archbishop convicted of concealing abuse by a notorious pedophile priest in the 1970s said Monday that he hoped his stepping down would be a "catalyst to heal pain and distress" after his resignation was accepted by Pope Francis.

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Map of 250 Indigenous Massacres Reveals Australia's Violent Past

An online map which has so far documented 250 massacres of indigenous peoples after Australia was colonised by the British is set to be expanded, researchers said Friday, as they seek to uncover the country's dark past.

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Iraq Street Satirists Peddle Culture Change

On a strip of pavement in the southern Iraqi city of Kut, a gaggle of amateur comedians pulls in the crowds every Friday -- drawing chuckles, smiles and knowing nods.

With a rich repertoire of skits, Khaled al-Atbi and his peers poke fun at politicians more interested in lining their pockets than rebuilding a country devastated by decades of war.

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Henna Losing its Allure as Tunisia's 'Red Gold'

In and around the Tunisian coastal city of Gabes, henna has long been a key driver of the economy -- so much so that the plant is known as "red gold".

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Russia, E. Europe Blasted for Hampering AIDS Fight, Gay Discrimination

Elton John Tuesday blasted Russia and eastern Europe governments for "discrimination against gays" saying such bigotry was thwarting the fight against AIDS, as scientists announced disappointing results in the quest for a cure.

In a sudden tirade at the second day of a major conference, John, a seasoned AIDS campaigner, gave voice to years of frustration and spoke of the plight of gays who are oppressed in many nations.

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Israelis Protest Law Denying Surrogacy for Gay Couples

Israelis demonstrated and held a one-day strike on Sunday to protest a law denying surrogacy to gay couples, with some blocking a major highway in commercial capital Tel Aviv.

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