A 19th-century fresco of Jesus Christ has hung in the Sanctuary of Mercy Church in northeastern Spain for more than 100 years. But parishioners are reeling after the beloved painting was found defaced. What was first called a case of vandalism has since been identified as one of the worst art restoration projects ever.
Northern Mali was taken over by militants and Islamic extremists and now they're in the process of implementing a system of Sharia law in that part of the country. That's meant an end to musical performances across the part of the country controlled by the extremists.
Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad bases his power on his Alawite minority. They make up a big portion of his Army and his government leadership. So, when an Alawite defects, he's cast as an outsider from his own people, but also by the rebels, who don't trust any Alawites.
About a quarter of all people worldwide live without electricity. For them, evenings and nights are spent by candlelight or kerosene lamp. But a group of scientists in Sri Lanka say they have found a creative way to bring simple electric lighting to rural households.
In the 1960s, Poland was short on funds to digitize and maintain its paper archives. They approached the Mormon Church and got its help in doing just that. But somewhere in the intervening years, the Momon Church used those archives and other to posthumously baptize Holocaust victims. That's caused a rift between the Mormons and the Jewish community.
There are always tensions between Israel's Jewish and Palestinian communities. But last week, that tension took a serious turn when a group of Israeli Jewish teens attacked a group of Palestinian teens and sent one to the hospital with serious injuries.
Doreen Kutzke started yodeling when she was six years old in her home country of East Germany. But she grew embarrassed of her talent and soon quit. After the Berlin Wall fell, Kutzke moved to Berlin, where she worked as a DJ. Eventually, she rediscovered her passion for yodeling.
Scientists studying the Arctic are predicting the ice cap will shrink to record levels this year, a condition many blame on human-caused climate change. That'd led some to conclude that before this decade is out, we could have a summer day or days where there's no Arctic ice cap at all.
Ecuador's decision to grant asylum to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has prompted rebukes and support from nations across the world. Particularly in Latin America, support has been strong for protecting the country's sovereignty.
As the Republican Party prepares to nominate its first Mormon candidate for president next week, there's growing interest in Mormon practice -- especially young Mormons serving missions around the world. Though numbers are down from the 1990s, many young Church members are still going abroad.

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