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Friday, May 9, 2014
Eurovision singer draws controversy
Austria's bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst has hogged the limelight ahead of Saturday's Eurovision Song Contest final, but things have gotten hairy for her among socially conservative Europeans, including some gays.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Asian-American schoolchildren tend to outperform their white counterparts in school because they try harder, according to a U.S. study.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Migration steals the magic from China's mountain shamans
A Chinese shaman resplendent in a dark suit and green cloth hat thumbed yellowing pages said to predict the future — but mass migration to cities means the prospects for his own profession look bleak.
Sao Paulo gay pride parade calls for equality
Revelers thronged central Sao Paulo for the city's annual gay pride parade Sunday as they pushed calls for legislation criminalizing homophobic behavior.
'Napoleon' returns to exile island for anniversary
“Napoleon” returned to the Italian island of Elba on Sunday as part of a historical re-enactment to mark the 200th anniversary of the defeated French emperor's exile.
Monday, May 5, 2014
Lebanon ponders future for hotel turned civil war relic
A symbol of Lebanon's golden age, but also its brutal civil war, the empty shell of the Holiday Inn hotel in Beirut could now take on a new life.
U.S. President Barack Obama cracked jokes about the government's disastrous health care policy rollout and mocked political opponents at the White House Correspondents' Dinner late Saturday.
Fashion show struts its stuff in the West Bank
The West Bank city of Ramallah is not internationally known for fashion, but organizers hope that its Palestinian Fashion Week will draw more attention to local designers.
Sunday, May 4, 2014
Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf founder dies
Herbert Hyman, who founded The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in the 1960s and saw the premium coffee chain grow to hundreds of stores around the world, has died in Southern California. He was 82.
Harlequin, the global queen of bodice-ripping books telling tales of romance between doctor and nurse, or servant and heir, has been seduced by media magnate Rupert Murdoch.
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