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Cover Your Face, Then Pay a Fine and Miss the Show

Front-row tickets to a Saturday night show at the Opéra Bastille in Paris are already pricey -- upwards of 230 euros a seat. And they get a lot more expensive if outwardly expressing your religion means you're not only asked to leave during the second act, but are also fined an additional 150 euros for breaking the law.

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Executions on Both Sides of Ukrainian Conflict, Report Says

Throughout the war in eastern Ukraine, pro-Russian militants and Ukrainian forces have accused one another of carrying out extrajudicial killings and other grave human-rights abuses. A new report is bringing a measure of clarity and fact-finding to these explosive claims and indicates that both sides are responsible for atrocities.

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When Genocide Isn’t Legally Genocide

Khmer Rouge second-in-command Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, the head of state of the former communist regime, already have been convicted of crimes against humanity, including ordering or allowing the forced relocation of much of the Cambodian population and a slew of summary executions. But on Friday, the pair that helped run a regime under which 1.7 million people died in the 1970s returned to the courtroom to face genocide charges.

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Nigerian Girls Brought Back -- Maybe

More than six months after the highly publicized kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls by Boko Haram in Chibok in northeastern Nigeria, a newly reached cease-fire deal between the Nigerian government and the terrorist group will return the girls to their families, a spokesman for the Nigerian government announced Friday.

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