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No women allowed: Sacred sites where even female animals are banned

The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, is due to visit one of the most revered sites in Orthodox Christianity.<p>Mount Athos in Greece is off-limits to women, and is one of a number of religious sites around the world where gender-based rules are strictly enforced.<p>BBC News takes a look at sites where …

Vladimir Putin

U.N. health agency rejects Rio Olympics postponement call over Zika

The World Health Organization, which in February declared the spread of Zika in the Americas a global emergency, said Saturday there is "no public health justification" for postponing the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.<p>The statement by the Geneva-based U.N. health agency comes one day after a …

Public Health

Putin warns Romania, Poland over implementing US missile shield

Romania and Poland are in the potential crosshairs of Russian rockets because they are hosting parts of the U.S. missile defense shield that Moscow considers a threat to its national security, President Vladimir Putin warned Friday.<p>Putin warned the European nations that Moscow has repeatedly said …

Russia

Violence erupts at Australia immigration rallies

Seven people were arrested after fighting broke out between anti-racism and anti-immigration demonstrators in Melbourne. Up to 500 police officers …

Syria rebels attacked by IS militants, government troops

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants entered a major Syrian opposition stronghold in the country's north on Saturday, clashing with rebels on the …

Middle East

Here's Where the Obamas Will Live After the White House

An 8,200-square-foot mansion in D.C.<p>When the first family leaves the White House in January at the end of Barack Obama's presidency, they are reportedly moving into a cozy 8,200-square-foot mansion close by. According to Politico<i>,</i> the Obamas will be leasing the property, which is situated in …

The White House

Brazil 'mass rape' video: President calls crisis talks

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1245000/1245330_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1526782193_97c66b0f3bfa7e93f24c7e4960a403c2<p><b>Brazil's interim President Michel Temer has called an emergency meeting of state security ministers after a gang rape of a teenage girl in Rio de</b> …

Brazil

Islamic State creates city-wide hostage crisis in battle for Fallujah

At sunrise, Mohammed Auda Shalaan led a convoy of five vehicles laden with civilians out of the Iraqi city of Fallujah.<p>After two years living under the black flag of jihad, the 350,000 people of this sprawling conurbation beside the Euphrates are now in the path of a huge offensive by government …