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In this March 30, 2017 photo, Egyptian longtime friends and ballet co-stars Ahmed Nabil, left, Hani Hassan, center, and Mohammed Hamed, pose on stage after a performance of "Zorba," at the Cairo Opera House, in Egypt. The national ballet company is rebuilding after years of political turmoil and economic pain. Ballet may be an elite Western art, it may be far removed from Egyptian society, which has grown more religiously conservative and xenophobic. But it’s still a powerful passion for the Egyptians who dance it and watch it. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
May 12, 2017 - 8:48 am
CAIRO (AP) — Ballet dancer Fady el-Nabarawy feels he can finally breathe again the moment he enters the gates of the Cairo Opera House after a commute from his ramshackle, poor neighborhood. This is where he and his fellow dancers practice, perform, love and create. "Every day, I cannot wait to...
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May 12, 2017 - 8:30 am
LONDON (AP) — A British startup founded five years ago by Cambridge University computer science graduates has received $502 million to develop large-scale virtual reality projects in a funding round led by Japan's SoftBank. The investment gives SoftBank, a telecoms and energy company, a non-...
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Pilgrims walk by a 26 metre tall giant glow-in-the-dark rosary, titled "Suspension" by the Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos, above the entrance of Basilica of the Holy Trinity, in Fatima, Portugal, Thursday, May 11, 2017. Pope Francis is visiting the Fatima shrine on May 12 and 13 to canonize two Portuguese shepherd children whose "visions" of the Virgin Mary 100 years ago turned the sleepy farming town of Fatima into a major Catholic pilgrimage site. (AP Photo/Paulo Duarte)
May 12, 2017 - 7:04 am
FATIMA, Portugal (AP) — Pope Francis and pilgrims from around the world are flocking to a Catholic shrine town in Portugal to honor two poor, illiterate shepherd children whose visions of the Virgin Mary 100 years ago marked one of the most important events of the 20th-century Catholic Church...
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This is an undated image made available by the World Wildlife Fund Finland of a Saimaa Ringed Seal as it rests on a rock in Lake Saimaa, Finland. Wildlife conservationists in Finland are giving endangered seals in Europe's fourth largest lake a spot of online fame _ they plan to stream encounters with some of the estimated 360 remaining seals in southeastern lake of Saimaa, in a bid to raise awareness of their plight. (Ismo Marttinen/WWF Finland via AP)
May 12, 2017 - 6:47 am
LAKE SAIMAA, Finland (AP) — Wildlife conservationists in Finland are planning to give endangered seals a spot of online fame by streaming encounters with some of the few hundred remaining mammals in a bid to raise awareness of their plight. The Saimaa ringed seal, named after their home in Europe's...
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In this photo taken May 6, 2017, teenagers gather to celebrate the end of their classes, in Aalgaard, Norway. “The russ” teenagers on the verge of graduating from Norway’s high schools, start partying when classes end in the middle of April and lasts until Norwegian National Day on May 17. Exams begin shortly afterward. (AP Photo/Mark Lewis)
May 12, 2017 - 6:39 am
AALGAARD, Norway (AP) — They compete to trick out the flashiest party buses, buy enough beer to level a biker club, and commission crude songs to soundtrack their graduation blowouts. And that's before they even take their exams. They are "the russ," teenagers on the verge of graduating from Norway...
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FILE - In this April 28, 2017 file photo, Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks in Central Islip, N.Y. Sessions has directed the nation’s federal prosecutors to pursue the most serious charges possible against the vast majority of suspects, a reversal of Obama-era policies that is sure to send more people to prison and for far longer terms. The move, announced in a policy memo sent to U.S. attorneys late on May 10, has been expected from Sessions. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
May 12, 2017 - 6:04 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is directing federal prosecutors to pursue the most serious charges possible against the vast majority of suspects, a reversal of Obama-era policies that is sure to send more people to prison and for much longer terms. The move has long been expected...
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A pilgrim sits in the front row at the Fatima Sanctuary in Fatima, Portugal, on Thursday, May 11, 2017, more than 24 hours ahead of the arrival of Pope Francis. Pope Francis is visiting the Fatima shrine on May 12 and 13 to canonize two Portuguese shepherd children whose "visions" of the Virgin Mary 100 years ago turned the sleepy farming town of Fatima into a major Catholic pilgrimage site. (AP Photo/Paulo Duarte)
May 12, 2017 - 6:00 am
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. SHIFTING WHITE HOUSE EXPLANATIONS FOR FBI DIRECTOR'S FIRING President Donald Trump is now declaring he had planned to fire that "showboat" all along. 2. A HIGH-STAKES INTERNATIONAL GATHERING...
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In this Sept. 1, 2015, photo, Lily West, left, and Logan Strong plant seeds for their school's wood-heated aquaponics greenhouse in Kasaan, Alaska. The state has released a new guidebook that other Alaska schools and community groups how to build greenhouses heated with a plentiful local resource, wood. (Colter Barnes via AP)
May 12, 2017 - 4:53 am
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Cold-climate greenhouses have long been an option for increasing the limited growing season in Alaska, where fresh produce is a rarity in a harsh environment. But for many remote communities that rely on costly imported diesel fuel for their power source, they're too...
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FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2016, file photo, protesters stage a rally against the revision of the publication system for Korean history textbooks in front the government complex in Seoul, South Korea. New President Moon Jae-in has scrapped a controversial plan to introduce state-issued history textbooks at schools, erasing a key policy of his ousted conservative predecessor Park Geun-hye, Moon's office said Friday, May 12, 2017. The banner reads: "We denounce government pushing ahead the announcement of publishing state-authored Korean history textbooks." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)
May 12, 2017 - 4:27 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — New South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday scrapped a controversial plan to introduce state-issued history textbooks at schools, erasing a key policy of his ousted conservative predecessor Park Geun-hye. Moon's order to the education ministry was based on his "firm...
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Demonstrators who supports keeping Confederate era monuments protest before the Jefferson Davis statue was taken down in New Orleans, Thursday, May 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
May 12, 2017 - 4:22 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The statue of the Confederacy's president had been hoisted from its stone pedestal in the pre-dawn hours and the blue glint of police lights was still visible two blocks away outside the corner laundromat where Carol Patterson sat as diverted rush-hour traffic rolled by. "It's...
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