In this Nov. 18, 2012 file photo a child dressed as “Zwarte Piet” or “Black Pete”, right, watches a parade after St. Nicholas, or Sinterklaas, arrived by boat in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (AP Photo/ Margriet Faber, File) by Toby SterlingAssociated Press Writer AMSTERDAM (AP) — A Facebook page seeking to preserve the “Black Pete” clowns in blackface who accompany St. Nicholas to the Netherlands during the holidays has become the fastest-growing Dutch-language page ever, receiving 1 million “likes” in a single day. The mushrooming popularity of the “Pete-ition” page reflects the depth of emotional attachment most Dutch people — 90 percent of whom have European ancestry — feel to a figure that helped launch the tradition of Santa Claus.
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Actress Freida Pinto attends a screening of “The Fifth Estate” hosted by the the Cinema Society with Vanity Fair & Richard Mille on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP) UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Indian actress Freida Pinto urged the world on the International Day of the Girl Child to ensure that 66 million girls who are not in school today get an education.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani smiles at the end of a news conference at the Millennium Hotel in midtown Manhattan, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, in New…
In this Sept. 20, 2013, photo, President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks to workers at the Ford Kansas City Stamping Plant in Liberty, Mo. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) by Julie PaceAssociated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama arrives at the United Nations on Monday with diplomatic openings, the result of help from unexpected partners, on three fronts: Iran, Syria, and elusive peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
Valerie Amos, U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, speaks during a news conference at the U.N. office in Tehran, Iran, Sunday,…
ERIC SCHMIDT (CNN Photo/Paul Courson) by Doug Gross (CNN) — Everybody in the world will be on the Internet within seven years. That’s what Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said this weekend in public comments that inspired everything from excitement to incredulity.