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Georgia Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock were sworn in as the US Senate's newest members, handing their party control of the chamber.

Dubai has promoted itself as the ideal pandemic vacation spot. It cannot afford otherwise, analysts say, as the virus shakes the foundations of the city-state’s economy

UK Imams to reassure worshippers about Covid-19 vaccines

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UK Imams to reassure worshippers about Covid-19 vaccines

A coordinated Friday sermon from UK imams comes amid concerns South Asian communities are particularly at risk from fake news and conspiracy theories about the Covid-19 vaccine.

Palestinian DJ Sama Abdulhadi released on bail

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Palestinian DJ Sama Abdulhadi released on bail

Palestinian DJ Sama Abdulhadi was released on bail on Sunday.

2020: 10 uplifting stories from the Middle East

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2020: 10 uplifting stories from the Middle East

Marred by the coronavirus pandemic, the year 2020 has been a challenge for all. Here are some stories that provided glimmers of hope.

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Activists call for release of Palestinian techno DJ

A petition calling for the release of Sama Abdulhadi, dubbed Palestine's techno queen, has amassed nearly 6,000 signatures.

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Athens' first mosque reopens on Christmas Day

The Greek capital's first mosque has been allowed to reopen on Christmas Day after it was closed due to the coronavirus pandemic

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Coronavirus dampens Christmas joy in Bethlehem and elsewhere

Coronavirus restrictions are keeping away the thousands of visitors who usually celebrate Christmas in Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus.

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Denmark's women-led Mariam Mosque: Unorthodox reformation or overdue recognition?

Sherin Khankan and a group of Islamic academics founded the women-led Mariam Mosque in Copenhagen in 2016, sparking a debate among mainstream ...

Far from the capital, Iran struggles to bury victims

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Far from the capital, Iran struggles to bury victims

Iran is one of worst hit countries in the region for coronavirus and in Mazandaran they are struggling to dig keep up with the number of graves ...

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Insight: The Assad regime's battle for religious legitimacy

Bashar Al-Assad is once again trying to claim the state's legitimacy in the religious sphere.

Sudan, Ethiopia start border talks one week after clash

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Sudan, Ethiopia start border talks one week after clash

Talks to demarcate the border between Sudan and Ethiopia started talks on Tuesday, just a week after deadly clashes in the disputed area.

UNESCO, students celebrate World Arabic Language Day

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UNESCO, students celebrate World Arabic Language Day

UNESCO says it will work with academics to see how Arabic can best be preserved for future generations.

British man sentenced to jail for mosque knife attack

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British man sentenced to jail for mosque knife attack

Daniel Horton has been sentenced to seven years in jail for stabbing an elderly prayer leader at a central London mosque.

IS steps up Sinai fight with bombs in homes

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IS steps up Sinai fight with bombs in homes

The IED attacks that have multiplied in the vast, remote and sparsely populated region which authorities have declared off-limits to journalists.

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Christchurch mosques attack might have been prevented 'by chance'

New Zealand security services did not focus enough on the threat from right-wing terror, but could only have prevented the Christchurch massacre "by chance", an inquiry reported.

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Iran official denies Khamenei's failing health rumours

Rumours surrounding the deteriorating health of Iran's supreme leader have been denied by an official close to his office.

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Prayers for peace at Ethiopian 'refugee church' in Sudan

Hundreds of Orthodox Christians attended the biggest mass at Jibreel church since it reopened to refugees at Um Raquba camp near the border with ...

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Erdogan hopes France will 'get rid of Macron'

President Erdogan told reporters that with Macron as its president, France is going through a 'very dangerous period'.

US podcasters under fire for 'IS logo' merchandise

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US podcasters under fire for 'IS logo' merchandise

Edgy podcast 'Red Scare' is selling t-shirts and tote bags that meld its name with a logo adopted by the IS group.

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Iran nuclear scientist's body taken to Muslim shrine

President Hassan Rouhani has accused arch-foe Israel of acting as a US "mercenary" and killing Mohsen Fakhrizadeh when assailants opened fire at ...

IS-linked militants kill four Christians in Indonesia: police

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IS-linked militants kill four Christians in Indonesia: police

No arrests had yet been made and the motive for the attack was not immediately clear.

South African stranded in Jerusalem after year of walking

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South African stranded in Jerusalem after year of walking

Shahid bin Yusuf Takala says his prolonged stay at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque has been a 'great blessing'.

Three dead as rival protesters clash in southern Iraq

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Three dead as rival protesters clash in southern Iraq

Three people were shot dead and dozens wounded in southern Iraq, according to medics

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