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After years of slow but steady decline, Christians are being driven from the Middle East by ISIS.
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Michelle Obama larks around with high school drummers while on a visit to Kyoto. Taiko drums have been played in Japan since the 6th century, though their origin remains unclear. According to folkloric tradition, taiko drumming was inspired by the wild dancing of the goddess Ame-no-Uzume-no-Mikoto on an upturned barrel of sake.
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Europe's nationalist parties are rushing to support formerly reviled Israel as an ally against the 'scourge' of Islamisation.
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Boyle's new novel, "The Harder They Come," plays out violently amidst the thick redwood forests of far northern California.