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Old Greek Blasphemy Laws Stir Up Modern Drama

The laws date to the 1850s, but have rarely been invoked. However, two recent cases have put the law in the spotlight, and critics say the measure is being abused.
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Turkey's AK Party Still Defies Easy Categorization

It's been a decade since a coalition of Islamic and secular political parties formed the AKP, or Justice and Development Party, and swept to power in Turkey. Warnings from secular Turks about a secret agenda to impose Sharia law on the country proved groundless, and yet ten years into AKP rule, secular unease is on the rise again. European Union-style political and social reforms have ground to a halt in the past 18 months, and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan seems bent on converting Turkey to a strong presidential system with himself at the helm, possibly for another decade.
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Five Men Charged In India Gang-Rape And Murder Case

Police in India are expected to charge six suspects in the rape and murder of a woman in New Delhi. However the issue has been complicated by one of the chief suspects claiming that he is a juvenile.
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French Actor Granted Russian Citizenship To Flee 'Supertax'

French movie legend Gerard Depardieu moved to Belgium last year to avoid paying France' new 75 percent tax on the wealthy. On Thursday, the Kremlin announced that President Putin signed a decree making Depardieu a citizen of Russia, where taxes are also relatively low.
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DNA Links Bloody Handkerchief To French King's Execution

In France, a team of scientists says that a piece of cloth dipped that was reputedly dipped in the blood of Louis XVI is genuine. The monarch was executed 220 years ago this month, during the French Revolution.

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