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High school apologizes to Israel office over Nazi cosplay
Representatives from a high school in Hsinchu City paid a visit to Israel's representative office in Taipei to apologize after students dressed in costumes resembling Nazi uniforms and brandished banners decorated with swastikas at a cosplay party, the office said on Monday.
 
Pope tells women to breast-feed in church 'like Mary'
Pope Francis encouraged women attending a ceremony in the Sistine Chapel on Sunday to feel free to breast-feed their children in the church.
 
Father of Portugal's democracy Mario Soares dies at age 92
Portugal's former president Mario Soares, widely seen as the father of the country's modern-day democracy, died Saturday aged 92 a fortnight after being admitted to hospital.
 
The attacker who shot dead 39 people on New Year's night at an Istanbul nightclub has been identified as an Uzbek jihadist who belongs to the extremist Islamic State (IS) group, Turkish press reports said.
 
Blizzards swept parts of eastern Europe on Friday, causing at least five deaths, closing roads and resulting in traffic accidents, travel delays and medical evacuations.
 
Fresh terror attack in Turkey leaves two dead
A car bombing blamed on Kurdish militants rocked the Turkish city of Izmir on Thursday, killing at least two people and triggering a deadly shootout as authorities chased the fugitive killer behind the New Year attack in Istanbul.
 
Five and a half million people in Damascus are now suffering water shortages, the U.N. said Thursday, warning that targeting water sources constitutes a "war crime."
 
Russia's military on Friday said it has begun scaling down its deployment to Syria, with Moscow's sole aircraft carrier set to be the first to quit the conflict zone.
 
Speyside distilled: Whisky, wool and walking in Scotland
Forget the three Rs. I went to Speyside, Scotland's "single-malt capital of the world," to brush up on the three Ws: whisky, wool and walking.
 
Stranger in a strange land
Pulis Quastie and Gin-Gin run in the snow in their garden in Lautertal, southern Germany, Thursday, Jan. 5. Pulis are Hungarian sheepdogs and rarely seen in Germany.
 
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