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Yemen's government and Houthi rebels have made separate appeals called on the UN to help those effected by the floods after 17 were reported dead.

Moscow has said it will assist the Syrian regime in building a miniature version of Istanbul's Hagia Sophia in response to Turkey's conversion of the monument into a mosque.

Turkey calls Greek reaction to Hagia Sophia prayers 'hostile'

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Turkey calls Greek reaction to Hagia Sophia prayers 'hostile'

Relations between NATO allies Ankara and Athens have been uneasy in recent months but tensions increased over Hagia Sophia and energy riches in the eastern Mediterranean.

World-famous cat stays in Hagia Sophia after mosque reconversion

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World-famous cat stays in Hagia Sophia after mosque reconversion

Turkey has announced that Hagia Sophia’s most famous resident, an adorable cat with more than 54,000 Instagram followers, will stay in the ...

Hagia Sophia mosque reconversion is 'proof of weakness': Greece

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Hagia Sophia mosque reconversion is 'proof of weakness': Greece

Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said the Hagia Sophia is in the hearts of Orthodox Christians 'more than ever' as thousands attended ...

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First prayers in 86 years held at Hagia Sophia

Thousands of people gathered for worship at the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul as it controversially reopened as a mosque after being used as a museum for 86 years.

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Turkey invites Pope Francis for Hagia Sophia ceremony

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

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Egypt denies destroying ancient Islamic cemeteries to build bridge

Egypt's government has denied it was destroying ancient Islamic cemeteries to make way for a bridge.

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Erdogan visits Hagia Sofia after reconversion to mosque

Erdogan paid a visit to Hagia Sofia just days before the first Muslim prayers are due to be held at the Istanbul landmark since it was ...

UK says it will help pay Yemen teachers' salaries

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UK says it will help pay Yemen teachers' salaries

The UK government has pledged to help thousands of teachers in the poorest refugee-hosting countries in the world.

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Malian jihadist on trial at ICC over Timbuktu destruction

Al Hassan is the second Islamist extremist to face trial at the ICC for the destruction of the Timbuktu shrines, following a 2016 landmark ...

Moscow says it regrets Turkish Hagia Sophia move

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Moscow says it regrets Turkish Hagia Sophia move

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

Outrage after Vogue Arabia films raunchy photoshoot in Medina

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Outrage after Vogue Arabia films raunchy photoshoot in Medina

A controversial photoshoot of top international supermodels took place inside the historical site of Al-Ula in the province of Saudi's holy city ...

What will happen to Turkey's Hagia Sophia?

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What will happen to Turkey's Hagia Sophia?

First a Byzantine church, then an Ottoman mosque and finally a museum, Turkey's Hagia Sophia will now be reconverted into a Muslim place of ...

Ten million children may permanently leave school over Covid-19

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Ten million children may permanently leave school over Covid-19

The pandemic has caused an "unprecedented education emergency" with up to 9.7 million children affected by school closures at risk of never ...

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Pope 'distressed' over Turkey's Hagia Sophia conversion to mosque

"My thoughts go to Istanbul. I'm thinking about Hagia Sophia. I am very distressed," the pope said

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Erdogan rebuffs criticism over Hagia Sophia conversion to mosque

"Those who do not take a step against Islamophobia in their own countries ... attack Turkey's will to use its sovereign rights," Erdogan said.

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World Council of Churches 'dismayed' over Hagia Sophia decision

The council of 350 churches worldwide wrote to Turkey's president to express its opposition to the move.

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Hagia Sophia resurrection paves way for 'Al-Aqsa liberation': Erdogan

An Arabic-language statement published on the official Turkish presidency website said the move to 'resurrect' Hagia Sophia paves the way for ...

US 'disappointed' by Turkey mosque move on Hagia Sophia

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US 'disappointed' by Turkey mosque move on Hagia Sophia

Turkey's decision to transform the Byzantine-era Hagia Sophia into a mosque was 'disappointed' the United States said on Friday.

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Hagia Sophia to be reopened for Muslim worship: Erdogan

President Erdogan announced that the Hagia Sophia, one of the architectural wonders of the world, would be reopened for Muslim worship.

Top Turkey court to rule on Hagia Sophia

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Top Turkey court to rule on Hagia Sophia

Calls for the Hagia Sophia to serve again as a mosque have raised tensions between historic foes and uneasy NATO allies Turkey and Greece.

Museum or mosque? Turkey debates iconic Hagia Sofia’s status

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Museum or mosque? Turkey debates iconic Hagia Sofia’s status

The 6th-century building is now at the center of a heated debate between nationalist, conservative and religious groups.

UK Jews reject Israel's 'racist' new UK ambassador

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UK Jews reject Israel's 'racist' new UK ambassador

Israel has appointed a right-wing minister who supports unilateral annexation of the West Bank as its ambassador to the UK.

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