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Lebanese observed a minute's silence at 6:08 PM on Tuesday, exactly one week after the massive explosion at the Beirut port that killed more than 200 people.

Pope Francis called on church leaders in Lebanon to lead by example.

Furious Lebanese vow new protests over deadly mega-blast

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Furious Lebanese vow new protests over deadly mega-blast

While the exact circumstances that led to the blast are not yet known, protesters say it could not have happened without corruption and incompetence from the ruling class.

Lebanon minister quits in first govt resignation over blast

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Lebanon minister quits in first govt resignation over blast

Manal Abdel Samad has resigned from her position as information minister on Sunday.

Rio's Christ lit up to honour victims in Beirut

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Rio's Christ lit up to honour victims in Beirut

Brazil's famous monument, Christ the Redeemer lights up to remember the more than 137 people who died in the horrific Beirut explosion.

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Domestic workers fall victim to exploitation in lockdown London

The Covid-19 pandemic has left domestic workers for wealthy Gulf families increasingly vulnerable to ill treatment and abuse.

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Egypt churches reopen as new infections wane

The Coptic Orthodox Church said in a statement that it would receive the faithful in its churches with restrictions that include social ...

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Russia to help build 'mini Hagia Sophia' in Syria

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 ...

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Greek protesters burn Turkish flag following Hagia Sophia conversion

Protesters in the Greek city of Thessaloniki burned Turkish flags after Muslim prayers were held in the Hagia Sophia, while the Turkish and ...

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 ...

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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 ...

First prayers in 86 years held at Hagia Sophia

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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 ...

The violent toll of Hindu nationalism on India’s Christians

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The violent toll of Hindu nationalism on India’s Christians

The rise of Hindu nationalism has fuelled unprecedented vigilante violence against India's Christians.

Turkey invites Pope Francis for Hagia Sophia ceremony

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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 ...

Trump says Biden is 'mentally shot'

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Trump says Biden is 'mentally shot'

Trump assailed likely opponent Joe Biden as "not competent" to lead the United States, speaking as polls over the weekend showed deepening voter ...

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Turkey's Hagia Sophia mosque conversion 'forbidden': Egypt mufti

Egypt’s grand mufti, Shawky Allam said Turkey's conversion of the Hagia Sophia into a mosque is forbidden in Islam.

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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.

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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 ...

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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

Erdogan rebuffs criticism over Hagia Sophia conversion to mosque

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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.

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

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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.

Hagia Sophia to be reopened for Muslim worship: Erdogan

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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.

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