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Kurds, Christians Split over Syria School Curriculum

Kurdish authorities in Syria's diverse northeast are facing swelling anger from the area's Syriac Christians after shutting down more than a dozen schools run by the ancient minority.

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Hanoi Urges Residents to Stop Eating Dog Meat

Hanoi officials urged residents on Tuesday to ease off eating dog meat, saying the popular dish is tarnishing the city's image and risks spreading rabies. 

Roasted, boiled or steamed, dog meat can be found in markets and food shops across the capital city famed for its tasty street food, and the meat is traditionally eaten with rice wine or beer. 

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Iran Arrests Theater Duo over Shakespeare Trailer

Two leading theater figures in Iran have been arrested over a trailer for Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" featuring men and women dancing together, a government official said Monday.

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Turkish Comic Coup Film Wins Venice Prize

An hilarious black comedy about a botched coup in Turkey won a major prize at the Venice film festival Friday.

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Back to School, But Not for All of Syria's Children

Standing in line in the courtyard of their school in the capital Damascus, scores of Syrian girls in pink and blue uniforms saluted the flag and sang the country's national anthem. A few miles away in a suburb, children played in the courtyard of a rehabilitated school, where shattered windows were replaced but charred walls and pockmarks from bullets remained on the building facades.

With fewer areas in active combat in Syria, more children are going back to school this year, the Syrian government said, putting the number at 4 million.

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Uganda Backtracks on Festival Canceled over Sex, Gays and the Devil

A Ugandan music festival was reinstated Wednesday following a public outcry after the country's ethics minister banned it as an orgy of homosexuality, nudity and drugs akin to "devil worship."

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Miss England Contestant in Hijab First

A Miss England contestant is set to wear a hijab in the finals on Tuesday, in a first for the organization.

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Egypt Unearths One of Oldest Nile Delta Villages

One of the oldest villages in the Nile Delta has been discovered after archaeologists unearthed artefacts dating to the fifth millenium BC, Egypt's antiquities ministry has said.

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Firefighters Try to Save Relics as Fire Engulfs Rio Museum

A huge fire engulfed Brazil's 200-year-old National Museum in Rio de Janeiro, lighting up the night sky with towering flames as firefighters and museum workers raced to save historical relics from the blaze.

The esteemed museum, which houses artifacts from Egypt, Greco-Roman art and some of the first fossils found in Brazil, was closed to the public at the time of the fire, which broke out at 7:30 p.m. Sunday local time, it said in a statement.

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UAE postpones Da Vinci unveiling at Louvre Abu Dhabi

The UAE said Monday it had postponed the unveiling of the Louvre Abu Dhabi's most prized acquisition -- a painting attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, bought for a record $450 million.

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