French Town Told Park's Virgin Mary Statue Must Go

French Town Told Park's Virgin Mary Statue Must Go The Virgin Mary, Jesus and Joseph are widely represented in European public art. A French town has been told it must take down its statue of the Virgin Mary to comply with a national ban on religious symbols in public spaces, the town's mayor said on Saturday. A court has given the town of Publier, in eastern France, three months to remove the work. If it fails to do so, it will be fined €100 (£80; $105) a day. Mayor Gaston Lacroix said he will try to relocate the marble statue...

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South Korean President's confidante Choi Soon Sil placed under emergency detention

SEOUL (REUTERS) – The woman at the centre of a scandal that has plunged the South Korean presidency into crisis was held for a second day on Tuesday (Nov 1) after being detained overnight to answer allegations of exerting inappropriate influence in state affairs. Prosecutors have said they are investigating whether Choi Soon Sil used her friendship with President Park Geun Hye to gain access to classified documents that enabled her to influence government matters and benefited personally through non-profit foundations. The growing scandal has sparked public anger and sent Park’s approval rating to a record low, with thousands of...

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Oakland City Council to consider naming part of park for slain Black Panther

OAKLAND (BCN)—The Oakland City Council on Tuesday night will consider a proposal to name a section of De Fremery Park in West Oakland for a 17-year-old Black Panther Party member who was killed in a confrontation with Oakland police in 1968. City Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney, who represents West Oakland, said she and Councilman Larry Reid are recommending that the city name the grove of trees on the park’s south side “Bobby Hutton Grove” to recognize his contribution to Oakland.

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‘South Park’ Mocks Black Lives Matter, Colin Kaepernick In Season Opener

“South Park” will mock Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest and Black Lives Matter in its season opener. In a teaser clip released by Comedy Central, a crowd at a football game sings a Kaepernick-themed song to the tune of the national anthem.

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Explosive That Injured Man in New York's Central Park Likely 'an Experiment,' Cops Say

The explosive that severely injured a man in New York's Central Park today was likely "an experiment with fireworks or explosives," but did not seem like a device made deliberately to hurt anyone, officials said. It was still not clear exactly what the explosive was, but police said they did not believe it was connected to terrorism. Mark Torre, commanding officer of the NYPD bomb squad, added that investigators are leaning toward considering this the work of an explosive "hobbyist," an amateur or someone who knows chemistry. It could have even been some sort of "experiment" that was not meant...

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Woman says Yellowstone tourists put baby bison in their car because it was 'cold'

Karen Richardson of Victor, Idaho was visiting the scenic park last week when she saw a man and his son roll up to a ranger station with a baby bison in the back of their SUV. "They were demanding to speak with a ranger," Richardson told EastIdahoNews.com. "They were seriously worried that the calf was freezing and dying."

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Green Guantánamo: From detention center to peace park?

As President Obama gears up for his presidential visit to Cuba this weekend – the first in 80 years – scientists are pondering the future of Guantánamo Bay Naval Base. One idea proposed is the creation of a transnational conservation area, or peace park.

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South Korea's Leader Warns of North Korea Collapse

South Korea's Leader Warns of North Korea Collapse SEOUL, South Korea -- Feb 15, 2016, 11:40 PM ET South Korea's president warned Tuesday that rival North Korea faces collapse if it doesn't abandon its nuclear bomb program, an unusually strong broadside that will likely infuriate Pyongyang. President Park Geun-hye, in a nationally televised parliamentary address defending her decision to shut down a jointly run factory park in North Korea, said South Korea will take unspecified "stronger and more effective" measures to make North Korea realize its nuclear ambitions will result only in speeding up of its "regime collapse."

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