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#BlackExcellence: Misty Copeland, Calvin Royal III score first in The American Ballet Theatre

Misty Copeland is set to make history again. This time with Calvin Royal III, by becoming the first black couple to dance lead roles with The American Ballet Theatre, according to The Los Angeles Times. Copeland, who became the first African American female principal dancer with The American Ballet Theatre, and Royal III will perform Friday ...

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Pregnant Meghan Markle called ‘fat lady’ and has a royal chuckle

  American-born actress turned royal Meghan Markle took it with a laugh Wednesday when an admirer commented on her beauty but also mentioned her pregnancy and called her “fat.” Markle, who married Prince Harry in May, was meeting staffers and volunteers at an animal charity when Peggy McEachrom approached her, People reported. READ ...

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Duchess Meghan Fast Facts

Read CNN's Fast Facts about Meghan Markle, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex, wife of Great Britain's Prince Harry.

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Justin Trudeau doppelganger spotted in Afghan talent show

A contestant in an Afghan talent show has shot to fame thanks to his resemblance to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, but admitted he had never ...

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Carlos Acosta named director of Birmingham Royal Ballet

The Cuban-born dancer says he wants to use the new position to reach "more diverse audiences".

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Trump Warns Turkey of Economic Devastation if It Attacks Kurds in Syria

President Donald Trump is warning Turkey it would face economic devastation if it strikes at the Kurds when U.S. forces pull out of ...

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Megyn Kelly walks away from NBC with the remainder of her $69M deal

The announcement comes months after negotiations over Kelly's contract following her termination for making derogatory racial comments.

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Florida Pardons 4 Black Men Accused of 1949 Rape

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and the independently elected Cabinet granted a pardon to four African-American men accused of raping a white woman nearly 70 years ago. The posthumous pardons were granted Friday for the men known as the Groveland Four. The Lake County men were accused of the 1949 rape under dubious circumstances. One was hunted down ...

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Student punished after hanging noose in Texas high school but was it enough?

A Texas student has been punished after hanging a noose from a staircase last month, district administrators said on Wednesday. —Duchess Meghan moves into more visible roles in UK royal family— However parents at Weatherford High School are still on edge and want more to be done after a picture of the noose surfaced on […] The ...

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Duchess Meghan moves into more visible roles in UK royal family

  Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, is taking an increasingly visible role in the British royal family as she becomes the patron of four ...

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The digital activist taking politicians out of Madrid politics

One file-sharing developer turned politician wants to hand decisions over to the people of Madrid.

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Far-right German politician is beaten unconscious by masked men

A far-right German lawmaker has been beaten unconscious by at least three masked assailants in an attack seen by police as "politically motivated."

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In Bosnia, a Father’s Grief Swells Into an Antigovernment Movement

The case of David Dragicevic, who was found dead in March, has become a rallying point for people disaffected with the Bosnian Serb politician Milorad Dodik.

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Turkey Criticizes US Demands for Syrian Kurds' Safety

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday White House National Security Adviser John Bolton was making "a very serious mistake" in demanding that Ankara guarantee the safety of Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria before the United States pulls its troops out of the country. Criticizing the remarks Bolton made earlier in the week, ...

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Malaysia's royals meet over King's abdication, state media reports

Malaysia's royal families are understood to have held a meeting to discuss a date to select a new king, after Muhammad V announced his abdication Sunday, state media reports.

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Backlash over Italy minister's uniforms

The politician says his appropriation of police and fire service insignia is a sign of respect.

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Malaysia’s King, an Unusual Monarch, Abruptly Leaves His Job

Malaysian kings only serve five-year terms, but Sultan Muhammad V lasted only two years, prompting widespread speculation about his departure.

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Ibrahim al-Jaafari Fast Facts

Read CNN's Ibrahim al-Jaafari Fast Facts and learn more about the life of the foreign minister and former prime minister of Iraq.

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Washington Governor to Pardon Some Marijuana Convictions

Washington state will create a streamlined system to pardon people convicted of misdemeanor marijuana possession before the drug was legal, under an initiative launched Friday by Governor Jay Inslee, who is considering a run for U.S. president. Voters in Washington state and Colorado in 2012 made their two states the first in the United States ...

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Young Muslims Celebrate with First Somali-American in Congress

On Thursday, the first Muslim women to serve in Congress, Democrats Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan were sworn into office, as inspired young Muslim Americans and refugees watched closely. In the evening, a group of young Muslim men and women from Minnesota, Ohio and the Washington metropolitan area, were buzzing about the ...

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Climbing the Hill: New Legislators Are Sworn In

Editor's note: Voice of America is following two new U.S. lawmakers -- Democratic Representative Katie Porter, representing California's 45th ...

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Royal Navy sent 'to prevent migrant crossings' in Channel

The defence secretary says HMS Mersey will help prevent migrants making the "dangerous journey".

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Brazil Wanted Change. Even Before Taking Office, Jair Bolsonaro Delivered.

In electing Mr. Bolsonaro, a far-right politician who becomes president on Tuesday, voters signaled a desire for radical change. It is already ...

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Journalist Group: 94 Slayings of Media Staff in 2018

An international trade association says on-the-job slayings of journalists and news media staff rose again in 2018 following an overall decline ...

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Longtime Chicago politician Brian Sleet dies from brain hemorrhage

Chicago political consultant Brian Sleet died unexpectedly earlier this week and the news of his passing has rocked the city’s political circle. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Sleet was found dead of a brain hemorrhage inside his South Side apartment Wednesday evening. He was 41. The longtime politician scored his biggest victory as a ...

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Rights Activists Fear China's Human Rights Record Will Deteriorate

In China, 2018 has been a year that rights defenders worldwide say was extremely repressive, particularly when it comes to religious persecution. China's communist party leadership has strongly defended its actions amid growing calls that its actions may constitute crimes against humanity. Those actions include the internment of hundreds of ...

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No explosives detected at site of helicopter crash that killed Mexican politicians

No trace of explosives has been found at the site of the helicopter crash that killed the new governor of the Mexican state of Puebla and her politician husband, a government official said Tuesday.

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