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French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve warned Wednesday against stigmatizing Muslims, as a furor over the banning of burkinis grew with the emergence of pictures showing police surrounding a veiled woman on a beach.
 
Sonia Rykiel, a French designer dubbed the "queen of knitwear" whose relaxed sweaters in berry-colored stripes and eye-popping motifs helped liberate women from stuffy suits, has died. She was 86.
 
Walter Scheel, who helped shape West Germany's policy of reconciliation with the communist bloc as foreign minister and later served as his country's president, has died. He was 97.
 
Dozens dead as Italy struck by powerful pre-dawn quake
A powerful pre-dawn earthquake devastated mountain villages in central Italy on Wednesday, leaving at least 73 people dead and dozens more injured, trapped or missing.
 
Show of anti-Russia force at Ukraine independence day
Tanks rumbled across Kiev on Tuesday as Ukraine marked 25 years of independence with a show of force against an increasingly assertive Russia and a war simmering in the pro-Kremlin separatist east.
 
Turkish tanks enter Syrian border town in anti-Islamic state operation
Turkish tanks backed by fighter jets and special forces rolled into Syria Wednesday in an unprecedented operation to drive Islamic State jihadists out of a key Syrian border town.
 
Strong quake rattles central Italy:
A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck central Italy early Wednesday, levelling buildings in several towns as residents slept. The mayor of hard-hit Amatrice said: "The town isn't here anymore."
 
Award for 'racist' journalist sparks outrage
A Hungarian state honor given to a prominent journalist close to Prime Minister Viktor Orban but seen by his critics as "racist" has prompted several dozen recipients of the same award to return theirs in protest.
 
Turkey backtracks on 'IS child bomber' claims
Turkey on Monday went back on claims that a child bomber linked to Islamic State (IS) jihadists carried out a deadly suicide bombing close to Syria, saying it had no clue who was behind the attack.
 
Al Mahdi pleads guilty to Timbuktu rampage
Expressing "deep regret" for his actions, an Islamic extremist pleaded guilty Monday to orchestrating the destruction of historic mausoleums in the Malian desert city of Timbuktu.
 
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