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Rare silk Al-Quran helps preserve Afghanistan’s cultural heritage

KABUL (AFP) - One of the only Al-Quran ever made from silk fabric has been completed in Afghanistan - a feat its creators hope...

Stunning fall of Malaysia’s Najib ushers in hopes of reform

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Two weeks ago, Malaysia’s Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was supremely confident of being elected prime minister for a...

Legend of Loch Ness Monster will be tested with DNA samples

|    Nick Perry    | WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - The stories seem as tall as the lake is deep. For hundreds of years, visitors to...

Moroccan women surfers ride out waves and harassment

RABAT (AFP) - Moroccan women surfers have become a common sight as they skim the waves off the coast of the capital, Rabat, but...

‘Crazy hope’ for missing kin in Philippines’ Marawi

ILIGAN, Philippines (AFP) - Ten men from the same family vanished after extremists invaded the Philippine city of Marawi a year ago - each...

What is lava haze? A look at Hawaii’s latest volcanic hazard

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) - Lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano is pouring into the sea and setting off a chemical reaction that creates giant clouds...

Russian ‘circus for delinquents’ comes of age

|    Marina Koreneva    | SAINT PETERSBURG (AFP) - The big tent in a Saint Petersburg park is not just a circus but a space for...

Portrait of despair: Opioids land more women behind bars

JACKSBORO, Tennesse (AP) - On opposite sides of the county jail, a mother and her son chat about school, girls, birthday gifts — and...

Conservationists fight to save animals as mass extinction looms

PARIS (AFP) - Animal and plant species are vanishing at an accelerating pace around the world - sometimes even before we know that they...

In North Korea nuke site closing spectacle may lack in substance

TOKYO (AP) - Foreign journalists will be allowed to journey deep into the mountains of North Korea this week to observe the closing of...

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