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Posted: May 12, 2014 at 5:53 a.m.

m Fouad Twal, the top Roman Catholic cleric in Israel, urged the country to take action after a spate of crimes in which vandals scribbled graffiti on Christian and Muslim holy sites, saying the vandalism "poisons the atmosphere of coexistence" ahead of a visit from Pope Francis.

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m Austrian bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst won the 59th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday with a James Bond-inspired entry that had caused a wave of prot... Read »

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Crowds swarm Washington Monument reopening

Visitors line up for tickets which are distributed at on a first-come basis at the Washington Monument in Washington, Monday, May 12, 2014, ahead of a ceremony to celebrate its re-opening. The monument, which sustained damage from an earthquake in August 2011, is reopening to the public today. (AP Photo)

WASHINGTON -- After three years of repairs, the Washington Monument reopened to the public Monday with some vi... Read »