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Putin nuclear missiles

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Russia bans 'undesirable' NGOs amid outcry

Non-governmental organizations working in Russia awoke Sunday to a new reality -- that they operate now under a law that allows the government to prosecute them on the grounds they are 'undesirable.'

And those who work for such organizations could be...

Steinem shown here at 2014 White House summit on working families

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Women activists cross DMZ from North Korea

An international group of female activists crossed the heavily fortified border between North and South Korea on Sunday in a controversial effort to bring attention to the need for peace between the two nations.

$120,000 for treatment raised via social media

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California woman battling anorexia receives online help

Rachael Farrokh, 37, who suffers from a severe form of anorexia and weighs roughly 40 pounds, has raised more than $120,000 for her treatment with a GoFundMe page.

Protesters taken into custody

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Protests, arrests follow Cleveland officer's acquittal

Police arrested demonstrators in downtown Cleveland on Saturday night following the acquittal of a police officer who stood trial in the 2012 shooting death of two unarmed people.

Zedi Feruzi killed along with bodyguard in drive-by shooting in Bujumbura

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Burundi opposition leader gunned down

A Burundian political opposition leader was shot dead in the nation's capital, a police spokesman said Saturday. Zedi Feruzi, leader of the UPD party, was killed along with his bodyguard in a drive-by shooting.

Beatification of Oscar Romero

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Martyred Archbishop Oscar Romero beatified

Just over 35 years to the day that an assassin's bullet hit his chest, Archbishop Oscar Romero was beatified on Saturday, bringing the slain priest one step closer to sainthood.

Tens of thousands of people crowded El Salvador's Savior of the World Pl...

Serena Williams, 2015 Madrid Open

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French Open: Serena Williams 'living a dream'

Serena Williams has won virtually everything on offer in women's tennis, so it's no surprise she's feeling relaxed -- in a dream world, even -- about the prospect of setting another piece of sporting history.

The world No. 1 is aiming to win the 20th ...

Ireland Vote 2

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Ireland awaits same-sex marriage vote count

Irish voters went to the polls Friday to decide whether to change the country's constitution to allow same-sex marriage.

Counting will start Saturday morning, with the result due by the end of the day.

It's a landmark referendum that, if passed, would ...

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On this day: May 24

Brooklyn Bridge, Library of Congress

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"Mary Had a Little Lamb" is first published, the Brooklyn Bridge opens, Major League Baseball gets lit up, Bob Dylan is born, and "Thelma & Louise" and "Braveheart" premiere in theaters, all on this day.

On this day: May 23

Bonnie Parker, Clyde Darrow, Library of Congress

Library of Congress

Joan of Arc is captured in battle, Bonnie and Clyde die in a hail of bullets, "The Shining" hits theaters, golf legend Sam Snead passes away, and Tom Cruise abuses Oprah's couch, all on this day.

Who is ISIS?

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Mosul, Iraq

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ISIS forces have extended their control around the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra. The capture of Syria's ancient city, about 150 miles northeast of Damascus, threatens a UNESCO World Heritage Site described as having "stood at the crossroads of several civilizations," Learn more about the group.

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