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Pope Francis is among several world leaders invited to the ceremony marking the re-conversion of the Hagia Sophia, founded as a Christian church, into a mosque.

Russia voiced regret over Turkey's decision to convert the iconic Hagia Sophia in Istanbul back into a mosque.

Syria Weekly: Rattled Russia sparks Putin visit to Damascus

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Weekly: Rattled Russia sparks Putin visit to Damascus

Putin's visit to Damascus this week follows tensions between ally Iran and rival the US in Iraq and Syria.

Reconstructing Islam in Russia

Paul McLoughlin

Reconstructing Islam in Russia

Analysis: The opening of Moscow's Cathedral Mosque is a landmark decision for Russia, which has been battling with a bad PR ...

<em>Mosque</em> opening in <em>Moscow</em> attended by Putin, Abbas, Erdogan

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Mosque opening in Moscow attended by Putin, Abbas, Erdogan

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been joined by the Turkish and Palestinian leaders at the ceremonial opening of the Russian capital's new ...

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After Netanyahu, Abbas, Erdogan to Russia for Syria talks

Russian President Putin will meet with Palestinian President Abbas and Turkey's Erdogan who will be in Moscow to attend the opening ceremony of a newly re-constructed mosque on Wednesday.

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Operation to detain Paris attack suspects underway

French security forces say they have cornered the two brothers suspected of the attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine, as a stunned France mourns the ...

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