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Peru gets out of jail to win prisoners 'World Cup'

- It sounds like a punchline: how does a team of prisoners win the World Cup? On penalties!That's how Peru did it, getting out of jail to beat Russia in a tense final at the giant Lima Stadium last week.

Rainbow flags and high heels: S. Korea holds debut drag parade

Seoul - South Korea held its first ever drag parade this weekend, a small but significant step for rights activists in a country that remains deeply conservative when it comes to gender and sexuality.

LA's people walker is beating loneliness, one step at a time

Los Angeles - Chuck McCarthy's walking service provides fresh air, exercise and companionship for $30 an hour -- but peeing on trees is an absolute no-no.

Growing tensions between Syrians and Turks in 'little Syria'

Gaziantep - Some call it "little Syria" since it is impossible to walk down the main shopping streets in the southern Turkish city of Gaziantep without hearing traders and passers-by speaking Arabic.

Pakistan police arrest 10 men for ordering 'revenge rape'

Islamabad - Police in central Pakistan have arrested 10 men for ordering the rape of a woman as revenge for a rape allegedly committed by her brother, officials said Tuesday.

Pulling no punches: Saudi woman boxer breaks exercise taboo

Jeddah - Throwing punches in a gym tucked away from prying eyes, a Saudi female boxing trainer asserts a right long denied to many women in the conservative kingdom -- the right to exercise.

J.Lo and A-Rod help Bronx kids live the American real estate dream

New York - To amass a fortune in real estate, despite New York's crazy housing prices: that is the challenge thrown down by singer Jennifer Lopez and her boyfriend Alex Rodriguez to kids from the Bronx, the city's poorest borough.

Fans mark 65 years since Stalin's death as rehabilitation gathers speed

Moscow - Die-hard Communists on Monday laid flowers at the tomb of Joseph Stalin in Moscow to mark the 65th anniversary of his death, as the rehabilitation of the Soviet dictator gathers pace in Russia.

As Yemen falls apart, one boomtown rises

Marwath - The clang of jackhammers and excavators fills the streets of Marib, an oil-rich Yemeni boomtown once accustomed to the sounds of war, now a rare oasis of stability in a country torn by strife.

All quiet as Beijing muzzles Year of the Dog celebrations

Bejing - Beijing began the Year of the Dog Friday with eerily silent streets, as the usual thunderous bursts of firecrackers and fireworks were silenced by a strict ban that sacrifices tradition in the name of an anti-pollution campaign.

'Defanged' Saudi religious police bring relief, foreboding

Riyadh - A veiled Saudi woman and an unrelated man jig and twirl on a busy street, stirring a furious debate about the waning influence of the once-feared religious police, notorious for enforcing sex segregation.

Deneuve feminist row sparks soul-searching in France

Paris - Catherine Deneuve's bashing of the "Me Too" movement rippled around the world and has unleashed soul-searching at home over a culture that has long accepted flirting, welcome or not, with a Gallic shrug.

Black journalist's sacking sparks race row in France

Paris - Does France have a problem talking about racism? After a prominent black journalist was sacked from an internet advisory body for being too controversial, anti-racism campaigners think so.

Saudi Arabia lifts decades-long ban on cinemas

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia on Monday lifted a decades-long ban on cinemas, part of a series of social reforms by the powerful crown prince that are shaking up the ultra-conservative kingdom.

Saudi Arabia lifts ban on cinemas: government

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia on Monday lifted a decades-long ban on cinemas, part of a series of social reforms by the powerful crown prince that are shaking up the ultra-conservative kingdom.

Saudi Arabia finds its funny bone with stand-up comedy

Riyadh - Saudis took the stage one by one to poke fun at the world -- and themselves -- introducing a hissing, cackling audience to an art form widely unknown in the conservative kingdom: stand-up comedy.

Jihadists go to rehab at '5-star' Saudi centre

Riyadh - With its indoor swimming pool, sun-splashed patios and liveried staff, the Saudi complex has the trappings of a five-star resort, but it is actually a rehab centre -- for violent jihadists.

Brazil marks Black Awareness Day under racism cloud

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil promotes itself as a harmonious blend of races, but the reality as the country celebrates Black Awareness Day on Monday is that the darker your skin, the less chance you have of getting ahead.The numbers are hard to ignore.

Politics killing the mood at Barcelona's storied sex club

Barcelona - The sequined curtains of Barcelona's Bagdad nightclub have seen a few sights in their 40 years -- from red-lit sex shows to burlesque troupers hauling gas canisters with their genitals.

Controversial IVF scheme gives India's vanishing Parsis hope

Mumbai - A government-funded IVF programme that aims to help save India's shrinking Parsi community from extinction is delivering bundles of joy and controversy.

Afghan university sees first graduates in women's studies

Kabul - Afghanistan's first graduates in women's studies donned caps and gowns on Sunday to collect their unusual qualifications in the patriarchal country.

Kim portraits and death threats: Life at a North Korean school in Japan

Toukyo - Portraits of North Korea's late leaders hang proudly in the classrooms of the Korean High School in Tokyo, where the recent surge in tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons programme have seen faculty and staff subjected to death threats.

Saudis crave revival of night out at the movies

Riyadh - The lights go out, the projector whirls and entertainment-starved Saudis sink into plush seats to soak up an experience they have been denied for decades —- a trip to the cinema.

More than 1.1 bn 'invisible people' lack identification

Washington - More than 1.1 billion people worldwide officially don't exist -- going about their daily lives without proof of identity.The issue leaves a significant fraction of the global population deprived of health and education services.

Shallow graves in Thailand's drug warehouse

Amphoe Hankha - Stuck on a merry-go-round of drug taking, dealing and jail, Somphal Boonsanoon's journey through addiction ended in a shallow grave in Ayutthaya, Thailand's historic heart and Southeast Asia's meth warehouse.

Confusion, anger: Catalan crisis takes emotional toll

Barcelona - Confusion, fear, humiliation, anger -- Catalonia's separatist challenge is taking its toll on many residents of Barcelona, a city only just recovering from a deadly terror attack, mental health workers say.

In Mexico, indigenous 'third gender' pushes boundaries

Juchitan - Estrella Velazquez towers over the crowd as she sashays in platform heels through the indigenous town of Juchitan, Mexico, seemingly impervious to the mocking catcalls behind her back.

Worried, Catalans against independence wonder what next

Barcelona - Asuncion Garcia sits on a bench in Barcelona anxiously reading a newspaper. She points to a graphic of the tumbling share price of CaixaBank, the biggest bank in Catalonia, a region which is threatening to split from Spain.

Worried, Catalans against independence wonder what next

Barcelona - Asuncion Garcia sits on a bench in Barcelona anxiously reading a newspaper. She points to a graphic of the tumbling share price of CaixaBank, the biggest bank in Catalonia, a region which is threatening to split from Spain.

Worried, Catalans against independence wonder what next

Barcelona - Asuncion Garcia sits on a bench in Barcelona anxiously reading a newspaper. She points to a graphic of the tumbling share price of CaixaBank, the biggest bank in Catalonia, a region which is threatening to split from Spain.
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Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the firs...
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the first reading. Several parallel rallies of supporters and opponents of this bill were held in downtown Kyiv.
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the firs...
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the first reading. Several parallel rallies of supporters and opponents of this bill were held in downtown Kyiv.
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the firs...
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the first reading. Several parallel rallies of supporters and opponents of this bill were held in downtown Kyiv.
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the firs...
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the first reading. Several parallel rallies of supporters and opponents of this bill were held in downtown Kyiv.
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the firs...
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the first reading. Several parallel rallies of supporters and opponents of this bill were held in downtown Kyiv.
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the firs...
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the first reading. Several parallel rallies of supporters and opponents of this bill were held in downtown Kyiv.
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the firs...
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the first reading. Several parallel rallies of supporters and opponents of this bill were held in downtown Kyiv.
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the firs...
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the first reading. Several parallel rallies of supporters and opponents of this bill were held in downtown Kyiv.
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the firs...
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the first reading. Several parallel rallies of supporters and opponents of this bill were held in downtown Kyiv.
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the firs...
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the first reading. Several parallel rallies of supporters and opponents of this bill were held in downtown Kyiv.
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the firs...
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the first reading. Several parallel rallies of supporters and opponents of this bill were held in downtown Kyiv.
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the firs...
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the first reading. Several parallel rallies of supporters and opponents of this bill were held in downtown Kyiv.
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the firs...
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the first reading. Several parallel rallies of supporters and opponents of this bill were held in downtown Kyiv.
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the firs...
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the first reading. Several parallel rallies of supporters and opponents of this bill were held in downtown Kyiv.
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the firs...
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the first reading. Several parallel rallies of supporters and opponents of this bill were held in downtown Kyiv.
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the firs...
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the first reading. Several parallel rallies of supporters and opponents of this bill were held in downtown Kyiv.
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the firs...
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the first reading. Several parallel rallies of supporters and opponents of this bill were held in downtown Kyiv.
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the firs...
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the first reading. Several parallel rallies of supporters and opponents of this bill were held in downtown Kyiv.
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the firs...
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the first reading. Several parallel rallies of supporters and opponents of this bill were held in downtown Kyiv.
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the firs...
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the first reading. Several parallel rallies of supporters and opponents of this bill were held in downtown Kyiv.