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Struggling with high numbers of stray cats and dogs, Gaza's only animal rescue organisation has started the Palestinian territory's first spay-and-neuter programme.

Comment: Egypt needs a culture shift, but also a comprehensive law against sexual violence, rather than just minor adjustments to existing legislation, writes Horriya Marzouk.

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

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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.

Yemenis outraged after imam's incitement to kill young 'magician'

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Yemenis outraged after imam's incitement to kill young 'magician'

An imam in Yemen's Aden city called for the killing of a young trickster magician, prompting backlash that saw locals rally in support of ...

UN removes Saudi-led coalition from children killers blacklist

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UN removes Saudi-led coalition from children killers blacklist

The Saudi-led coalition was placed on the blacklist after the high number of children killed during the war.

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Coronavirus curfew complicates lives of Kuwaiti polygamists

Tunisia was the first predominantly Muslim country to abolish the practice of polygamy in 1956.

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Calls to cancel Egyptian Ramadan show after 'torture' prank

Popular prank show 'Ramez Magnoun Rasmy' has come under fire after a 'psychological torture' skit.

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Pakistan PM requests special Ramadan broadcast of Turkish series

Pakistan's prime minister has personally requested the broadcast of television series 'Dirilis: Ertugrul', which is known as the Turkish 'Game ...

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Friday or Saturday? Muslims split over start of Ramadan

Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon, Qatar and Saudi Arabia will start Ramadan on Thursday evening, while Iran and Oman have announced Ramadan for Friday ...

Saudi Arabia to sight Ramadan crescent on Thursday

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Saudi Arabia to sight Ramadan crescent on Thursday

Saudi authorities have urged citizens to carry out sightings of the new crescent moon on the evening of Thursday 23 April.

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Amid coronavirus lockdown, Muslims turn to Zoom, Houseparty 'nikahs'

Meet me at the altar? Probably not for now, but maybe Zoom or HouseParty...

Lebanon prepares for muted Ramadan celebrations under coronavirus lockdown

Nicholas Frakes

Lebanon prepares for muted Ramadan celebrations under coronavirus lockdown

Muslims in Lebanon are preparing for muted Ramadan celebrations amid a nationwide lockdown, but many are viewing it as an opportunity to get ...

Fasting strengthens the immune system, Turkey's religious chief says

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Fasting strengthens the immune system, Turkey's religious chief says

Muslims should pray at home and give up harmful habits such as smoking this Ramadan, Turkey's top religious authority has said amid the ...

Islam's Prophet Muhammad's pandemic advice goes viral in 2020

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Islam's Prophet Muhammad's pandemic advice goes viral in 2020

Advice given more than 1,400 years by Islam's Prophet Muhammad has gone viral in 2020, as the world grapples with the coronavirus outbreak.

UAE declares congregational Ramadan prayers 'haram' amid coronavirus pandemic

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UAE declares congregational Ramadan prayers 'haram' amid coronavirus pandemic

Congregating to pray during Ramadan would endanger the lives of millions of people, the UAE said, during an announcement instructing Muslims to ...

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Coronavirus 'a valid excuse' to abandon fasting: Khamenei

The fatwa was prompted by an enquiry on the issue of abstaining from food and drink during the Covid-19 crisis, which has gripped the Islamic Republic.

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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 fast over ...

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Muslims suspend traditional funeral rites to bury coronavirus 'martyrs'

Muslim authorities across the world are adapting traditional religious rites to suit the current coronavirus pandemic.

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In Pakistan, Friday prayers continue unabated

Prime Minister Imran Khan has repeatedly refused to interfere in the issue of shutting mosques or even order a country-wide lockdown, citing the ...

The Middle East at war with coronavirus

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus

Every aspect of public and commercial life has felt the full force spread of COVID-19, and the Middle East is no exception.

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Iraq still in chaos 17 years after US invasion

The US invasion in 2003, which promised liberty and democracy, led to the deaths of millions of Iraqis, destroyed much of the country's ...

The Middle East at war with coronavirus: Top stories

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus: Top stories

The coronavirus has led to a stricter clampdown in the Middle East of social gatherings. Here are five stories you need to know about ...

Shocking video shows dozens of Iran corpses awaiting burial

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Shocking video shows dozens of Iran corpses awaiting burial

At least 77 people have died in Iran after contracting the novel coronavirus, reports said on Tuesday, as a shocking video of unburied bodies ...

A dystopian vision of Kuwait: Mama Hissa's Mice

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A dystopian vision of Kuwait: Mama Hissa's Mice

Book Club: Mama Hissa's Mice is a story where the personal aligns with the political, making this a timely and important novel.

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