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135 gargoyles are up for adoption at the Milan’s main cathedral (photo, from bbcimg.co.uk), the fourth-largest cathedral in the world. (more…)

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The Pyramid of Chefren (Khafre) has been reopened, as Egypt tries to revive its tourism industry, badly hit by last year’s uprising. (more…)

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After couples decorated the Ponte Milvio on the river Tiber with “love padlocks” for years, they are now being removed with bolt-cutters in order to protect the ancient structure. (more…)

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Two Saudi women will compete in the London 2012 Games, said the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Sarah Attar (photo, from bbc.co.uk) will compete in the 800m and Wodjan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrakhani in the judo competition above 78kg. (more…)

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Nearly 80 years after the American outlaws Bonnie and Clyde’s deaths, the guns they had with them when they were killed will be up for auction in September in New Hampshire.

Two guns, a Colt .38-caliber revolver and a Colt .45-caliber pistol, could sell for between $100,000 and $200,000 each, according to Bobby Livingston, vice president of RR Auction in Amherst, New Hampshire. (more…)

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Thousands of grave markers at Arlington National Cemetery (photo, from bbcimg.co.uk) near Washington may need to be replaced because they contain misspelled names, and incorrect ranks and dates of birth and death, said a US Army report to Congress last week. (more…)

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The leaders of the 16 Commonwealth countries unanimously agreed on Friday to change succession laws, allowing sons and daughters of any future UK monarch to have equal right to the throne, in a historic blow for women’s rights. (more…)

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A few days before municipal elections in Saudi Arabia from which women will be excluded, King Abdullah (photo, from lexpress.fr) has said that in the future “women will be able to run as candidates in the municipal election and will even have a right to vote.” (more…)

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The United States of America marked the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks which killed almost 3,000 people (photo, from tf1.fr). Ten years ago nineteen terrorists hijacked four airliners and crashed them into the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field. (more…)

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US medical experiments in Guatemala (map) in the 1940’s were kept a secret until last year, when Prof Susan Reverby at Wellesley College unearthed hidden records. Now health authorities told the BBC that the extent of those experiments could be greater than previously thought. (more…)

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