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In Switzerland, Finishing School Admits Men at Last

Glion, Switzerland.  The sign on the door with a stick figure of a man overlaid with a big “X” will have to go now that the last Swiss finishing school, bending to economic reality and social change, is accepting men. The Institut Villa Pierrefeu, located on a hill above Lake Geneva, is the last in [...]

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Prince William, Kate Hold Private Christening for New Prince

London, England.  Britain’s Prince George was christened on Wednesday in a service attended by just 21 guests, a small and private ceremony for a baby whose parents want to shield him from too much media intrusion. Prince William, whose mother Diana was hounded by paparazzi and died in a car crash in Paris in 1997, [...]

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Russia’s Anti-Gay Law Tests Olympic Tenets

Moscow, Russia.  The Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, are less than six month months away.  But a controversy over a Russian law that bans propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations could cast a shadow over the competition and negatively impact the Olympic movement. Gold medallists from team Russia kiss celebrating their victory at the women’s [...]

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Photo of the Day: The Ruins at Stonehenge, England

Salisbury, England.  One of the most famous sites in the world, Stonehenge is the remains of a ring of standing stones set within earthworks. It is in the middle of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England, including several hundred burial mounds. Tweet

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The Prince and Princesses of Monaco – A Lasting Legacy

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AMADE Mondiale was created as a Monte Carlo-based non-profit organization that promotes and protects the “moral and physical integrity (and) spiritual well-being of children throughout the world.” Today, it helps youth in more than a dozen countries through humanitarian aid programmes. The Princess Grace Foundation supports local artisans in Monaco. Each year, she organized a [...]

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In Plan to Diversify Tourism, Turkey Plans First Nudist Hotel

 The majority Muslim nation plans to diversify its tourism industry with its first nudist hotel. “We have the go-ahead from the Turkish government,” Lynsey Pittaway, an operations and sales executive for Peng Travel, a UK-based provider of naturist holidays, told The Media Line. “It’s hotel standard, it’s all inclusive and it’s in a remote area [...]

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Greece for Americans: From Aristotle to Athens, Astoria – and Loula

New York, NY.  “Hellas” – the Hellenic Republic – has intrigued me since by boyhood when I collected foreign postage stamps and had to ask my father to identify the origin of my beautiful stamp.  “Greece!,” my scholarly father told me.  I was hooked.  At the age of fifty, it is time I make my [...]

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Ban: Hiroshima Atomic Bombing Must Inspire Nuke-Free Future

Helping the Voiceless Victims of Animal Hoarding

Photo of the Day: July 31, 2014

Obama Awards 2013 National Medals of Arts & Humanities

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