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 In a Baghdad workshop plastered with black-and-white photos from a more peaceful time, Mahmoud Abdulnabi hand-carves a wooden oud, a string instrument with ancient roots that has fallen silent in much of the war-torn country. "The oud is...
Egypt faced treacherous weather conditions Saturday as a sandstorm blanketed the north of the country and a magnitude-5.2 earthquake centered in the Sinai peninsula shook buildings more than 200 miles away in the capital, Cairo. The epicenter of the...
Japan says it plans to resume whale hunts in the Antarctic later this year, even though the International Whaling Commission says Tokyo hasn't proven that the mammals need to be killed for research.   The IWC's Scientific Committee said...
Kanye West pranced across the stage and knelt on his knees during a performance that left many repeating the words of his songs at one of Atlanta's most popular hip-hop concerts.   West capped a show filled with other hip-hop stars from...
Millions of yoga enthusiasts bent and twisted their bodies in complex postures Sunday to mark International Yoga Day.   Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spread his mat among rows of people, including his Cabinet members and foreign diplomats...
An appearance by Kim Kardashian on the National Public Radio show "Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!" has angered some listeners.   NPR received hundreds of complaints about last week's episode of the humorous quiz show. Kardashian...
Tigers, lions, a hippopotamus and other animals have escaped from the zoo in Georgia's capital after heavy flooding destroyed their enclosures, prompting authorities to warn residents in Tbilisi to say inside Sunday. At least eight people have...
A program that taught college women ways to prevent sexual assault cut in half the chances they would be raped over the next year, a Canadian study found. It was the first large, scientific test of resistance training, and the strong results should...
Christopher Lee, the prolific, aristocratic British actor who brought dramatic gravitas to screen villains from Count Dracula to James Bond enemy Scaramanga, has died at age 93.   Lee appeared in more than 250 movies, including memorable roles...
The European Union's executive branch has launched an antitrust investigation into online retailer Amazon over its distribution of e-books, which have become increasingly popular in recent years. The European Commission said Thursday it will...