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October 18, 2017 - 4:45 pm
MONTREAL (AP) — Quebec legislators passed a religious neutrality bill Wednesday that will oblige citizens to uncover their faces while giving and receiving state services, triggering criticism that the law targets Muslim women. Quebec's two main opposition parties opposed the bill because they...
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A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) defuses a bomb left by Islamic State militants at the stadium that was the site of IS fighters' last stand in the city of Raqqa, Syria, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Asmaa Waguih)
October 18, 2017 - 3:08 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed Syrian forces were removing land mines and clearing roads in the northern city of Raqqa on Wednesday, a day after commanders said they had driven the Islamic State group from its de facto capital. Mustafa Bali, spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, said...
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October 18, 2017 - 2:39 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Ukrainian police say five people are dead after a vehicle plowed into a crowd on a sidewalk in the city of Kharkiv. A statement from the Interior Ministry on Facebook said six others were injured in the Wednesday night crash in Ukraine's second-largest city. The ministry statement...
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FILE - In this May 26, 2013 file photo, actress Asia Argento arrives for the awards ceremony of the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France. Italian Actress Asia Argento declares Harvey Weinstein the "biggest serial predator in the history," and says she has been "doubly crucified", first by the sexual violence and second by the media in TV interview. She says the abuse when she was 21 "smashed all my dreams and changed my perception of myself." (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, File)
October 18, 2017 - 2:29 pm
ROME (AP) — Italian actress and filmmaker Asia Argento says being sexually assaulted by Harvey Weinstein "smashed all my dreams" and "changed the perception I had of myself." Argento revealed for the first time in an interview published in The New Yorker magazine last week that in 1997 Weinstein...
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This undated photo made available Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 shows Daphne Caruana Galizia, right, a Maltese investigative journalist who exposed her island nation’s links with the so-called Panama Papers. Galizia was killed on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, when a bomb destroyed her car as she was driving near her home in Mosta, a town outside Valletta, Malta’s capital, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said. (The Malta Independent via AP)
October 18, 2017 - 1:59 pm
ROME (AP) — Malta, a tiny archipelago nation in the southern Mediterranean, is so attractive to those looking to shelter funds or operate under the radar of authorities that it's got a nickname to prove it: "treasure island." Malta's reputation as a tax haven, its cozy links with nearby lawless...
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FILE - In this May 5, 2017 file photo, lead singer of The Tragically Hip Gord Downie salutes fans during the first half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series between the Toronto Raptors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Toronto. The widely revered lead singer died Tuesday night, Oct. 17, 2017. He was 53. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP File)
October 18, 2017 - 1:52 pm
TORONTO (AP) — Gord Downie, who made himself part of Canada's national identity with songs about hockey and small towns as lead singer and songwriter of iconic rock band The Tragically Hip, has died at age 53 after a battle with brain cancer. A statement on the band's website said he died Tuesday...
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Dutch artist Joep van Lieshout poses for photographs in front of his sculpture "Domestikator", displayed in the plaza outside the Centre Pompidou modern art museum in Paris, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. The Centre Pompidou modern art museum in Paris has unveiled a provocative sculpture meant to represent the domestication of the earth by humanity. The huge sculpture, made of cubical metal containers, suggests two human figures having sexual intercourse, and the Louvre Museum ruled it too obscene to display in the nearby Tuileries Gardens as part of the FIAC contemporary art exhibition.(AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
October 18, 2017 - 1:25 pm
PARIS (AP) — A huge sculpture deemed too obscene for the regal gardens of the Louvre Museum has found a new home at Paris' edgier Pompidou Center. The art work was unveiled Tuesday in front of the Pompidou modern art museum. The piece, made of cubical containers, suggests an abstract pair having...
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CORRECTING SPELLING OF LAST NAME TO AZIRI - Zoulika Aziri the mother of the Merah brothers leaves the courthouse in Paris, France, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. The mother of Islamic extremist Mohammed Merah testifies in the trial into the 2012 killings of Jewish schoolchildren and soldiers in southern France.( AP Photo/Michel Euler)
October 18, 2017 - 1:16 pm
PARIS (AP) — Relatives of Jewish schoolchildren and soldiers who were killed by a French extremist in 2012 have voiced shock and indignation during the trial of his older brother. Jeers and shouts arose in the courtroom on Wednesday when Abdelkader Merah's defense lawyer asked opposing attorneys to...
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FILE - In this file photo taken on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, Russian socialite and TV host Ksenia Sobchak, daughter of the late St. Petersburg mayor, Anatoly Sobchak, speaks to journalists during her interview in the Echo Moskvy (Echo of Moscow) radio station in Moscow, Russia. The 35-year old Sobchak who gained her celebrity status by hosting a TV shows, said in a YouTube video posted Wednesday Oct. 18, 2017, that she has decided to run for president of Russia in March's election. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)
October 18, 2017 - 12:55 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian celebrity TV host shook up the country's political scene Wednesday by announcing her presidential bid, a move that would likely boost public interest in the race but could further fragment the nation's beleaguered opposition. Ksenia Sobchak, 35, announced her intention to...
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October 18, 2017 - 11:35 am
MILAN (AP) — An Italian priest kidnapped at gunpoint in Nigeria was released after five days and was in good condition, Italy's foreign minister said Wednesday. The Rev. Maurizio Pallu, 63, was released late Tuesday, five days after being kidnapped in Benin City. Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano...
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