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Sri Lanka's controversial decision to cremate the bodies of Muslims who died of coronavirus has been met with intense opposition by the community.

Pope Francis told the countries' leaders to do more to bring peace and stability to their nations.

Outcry in Palestine after Hamas 'bans celebrating Christmas'

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Outcry in Palestine after Hamas 'bans celebrating Christmas'

An internal document from the Hamas-run Ministry of Religious Endowments saying that Muslims should be discouraged from participating in Christmas celebrations has caused outrage and accusations of sectarianism.

Sri Lanka cremates Muslim Covid-19 victims against religious wishes

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Sri Lanka cremates Muslim Covid-19 victims against religious wishes

The country's attorney-general said authorities were free to cremate 19 Muslims killed by the virus, after their families refused to claim their ...

France threatens home-schooler parents with jail in 'anti-extremism' drive

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France threatens home-schooler parents with jail in 'anti-extremism' drive

France will introduce an identification number system to help enforce the controversial legislation.

Malia Bouattia

Heartless Tories leave working class children begging for crumbs

Comment: The Tories' refusal to feed children in poverty is yet another example of their belligerent and cruel Covid-19 strategy, which serves only to protect the wealthy, writes Malia Bouattia.

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French minister 'shocked' over halal supermarket aisles

The interior minister linked the presence of halal and kosher supermarket aisles to a failure to integrate in the wake of last week's beheading.

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Lesbos police begin moving homeless migrants to new camp

Many of the asylum seekers on the Greek island of Lesbos have refused to go to the new site after their camp was destroyed by a fire last week.

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UK places of worship to open for private prayer

People of all faiths will be allowed to hold private prayers inside places of worship, which will re-open after coronavirus-mandated closures.

Egypt's Copts record four new coronavirus cases among priesthood

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Egypt's Copts record four new coronavirus cases among priesthood

Four new cases of coronavirus have been recorded among the clergy of Egypt's Coptic Church, amid reports that some Egyptian churches had flouted ...

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Orthodox congregations watch Easter services from home during lockdown

Televised and online services replaced the usually packed-out Orthodox Easter congregations across Eastern Europe and the Middle East ...

'Unfair' social distancing disparity between <em>Easter</em> and Ramadan: Trump

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'Unfair' social distancing disparity between Easter and Ramadan: Trump

The Islamic Society of North America, alongside Muslim medical experts, have already urged the suspension of group prayers, among other ...

The Middle East at war with coronavirus

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus

In today's roundup: Orthodox Easter celebrated at home, UK criticised over ethnic minority Covid-19 deaths, Iranians permitted not to ...

The Middle East at war with coronavirus

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus

In today's roundup: Iran allows some shuttered Tehran businesses to reopen, Lebanon's Le Bristol hotel closes down and the 'Holy Fire' ceremony ...

'Holy Fire' ceremony held in empty Jerusalem church

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'Holy Fire' ceremony held in empty Jerusalem church

The ceremony, along with other events in the Holy Week leading up to Easter, was scaled back in line with a ban on public gatherings.

Imrul Islam

Sri Lanka's Muslims mark a year of persecution

Comment: Since last year's Easter bombing, Sri Lanka's Muslim community has suffered increased attacks and Islamophobia at both the state and street level, writes Imrul Islam.

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Greece to move migrants out of congested island camps

Greece will move thousands of vulnerable asylum seekers from camps on Aegean islands to apartments, hotels and other camps on the mainland.

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Egyptian policeman, seven militants killed in clashes in Cairo

One policeman and seven militants have been killed in an armed clash in the Cairo suburb of Amiriyah in the lead up to Coptic Holy Week.

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Muted Easter Sunday at Jerusalem's Church of Holy Sepulchre

In the heart of Jerusalem's Old City, the church has been shuttered to worshippers along with all cultural sites in the Holy Land to curb the ...

The Middle East at war with coronavirus

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus

A subdued Easter in Jerusalem, virtual wedding services and the Gulf's reckless deportations of migrant workers in today's coronavirus ...

The New Arab & agencies

G20 energy ministers scramble to finalise oil output deal

G20 energy ministers held virtual meetings on Friday, while oil-producing countries waited to receive Mexico's consent to close the OPEC deal.

In Jerusalem, Palestinian Christians mark a sombre <em>Easter</em>

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In Jerusalem, Palestinian Christians mark a sombre Easter

In the Christian quarter of Jerusalem's Old City, roads are deserted and most shops have been closed for two weeks.

The Middle East at war with coronavirus

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus

Moroccans face jail time if they are caught in public without face masks, Saudi Arabia imposes a 24-hour virus lockdown in five cities, while in ...

Israel imposes coronavirus lockdown over Passover holiday

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Israel imposes coronavirus lockdown over Passover holiday

Israeli residents will be banned from leaving their homes during part of the week-long Passover holiday.

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