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Just days after reports of suspected coronavirus cases among his aides, Algeria's President Abdelmadjid Tebboune was transferred to a hospital.

A cemetery in northern Iran has provoked upset after covering the gravestone images of women with paint.

Turkey's latest mosque conversion provokes outrage over heritage 'destruction'

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Turkey's latest mosque conversion provokes outrage over heritage 'destruction'

A Byzantine-era Istanbul church is set to re-open as a mosque on Friday, with images of its covered mosaics prompting anger.

At Stepanakert cemetery, mothers weep for lost sons

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At Stepanakert cemetery, mothers weep for lost sons

At 26-year-old Petrosyan's funeral, friends, family and comrades stood quietly, their faces down and their eyes red, the silence broken only by ...

Prayers resume at Mecca Grand Mosque after 7-month pause

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Prayers resume at Mecca Grand Mosque after 7-month pause

The second phase of lifting of restrictions started at the Grand Mosque in Mecca on Sunday, with prayers resuming for locals.

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Iranian militias re-name Syrian streets names after Khomeini, Solemani

Iranian militias in eastern Syria are changing the names of local streets in a 'provocative and sectarian' way in an effort to forcibly alter the character of the area.

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Pope deplores 'fragile truce' in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

A ceasefire on Saturday was swiftly broken by more fighting, with both sides accusing the other of responsibility.

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Will Kuwait's new emir continue to play Gulf mediator?

Comment: Under Sheikh Sabah, Kuwait cemented its position as an mediating power in the region. His successor is likely to continue that legacy, ...

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Iran police urged to crack down on 'loose hijab'

Similar statements by Iran's clerics in 2014 were thought have sparked a wave of acid attacks on women whose hijab fell bellow acceptable ...

Pilgrims return to Mecca as Saudi eases virus restrictions

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Pilgrims return to Mecca as Saudi eases virus restrictions

State TV showed on Sunday what appeared to be fewer than 50 people circling the Kaaba at the same time and walking several meters apart.

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Palestine: A history punctuated by the intifadas

Comment: To mark 20 years since the Second Intifada, Maher al-Charif takes a look back at the 1940 general strike and armed rebellion, and the ...

Chinese death-row inmate digs tunnel to escape Indonesian jail

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Chinese death-row inmate digs tunnel to escape Indonesian jail

A Chinese drug trafficker on death row escaped from an Indonesian jail cell.

Young Afghan women, men perform whirling Sufi dance together

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Young Afghan women, men perform whirling Sufi dance together

Young Afghans are embracing Sufi dance in which spin repetitively in prayer and seek to lose themselves in a spiritual trance that they ...

Israeli newspaper hints at joint Netanyahu-MbZ <em>prayer</em> at Al-Aqsa

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Israeli newspaper hints at joint Netanyahu-MbZ prayer at Al-Aqsa

An Israeli columnist has hinted that a UAE official, possibly Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed himself, will pray alongside PM Netanyahu at ...

Calls for Saudi teenager's arrest over Prophet Muhammad insults

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Calls for Saudi teenager's arrest over Prophet Muhammad insults

Amal al-Asmari's tweet went viral after she condemned the Prophet Muhammad and said she doesn't believe in the word of the Quran.

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Ultra-Orthodox Israeli minister resigns to protest expected coronavirus lockdown

Housing Minister Yaakov Litzman criticised the anticipated lockdown measure as extreme and said it would cause undue suffering to the public.

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Saudi Arabia's Khashoggi verdict makes a mockery of justice

Comment: A verdict commuting the sentences of those involved in Khashoggi's murder exposes Saudi Arabia's disinterest in justice and must push ...

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Mosque in Lebanon accidentally blasts Arabic pop song

A song by Lebanese pop singer Nawal Al-Zoghbi was blasted from a mosque in Nabatieh after a mishap with the loudspeakers.

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Pope kisses Lebanese flag in solidarity over Beirut blast

"A month after the tragedy... my thoughts are still with dear Lebanon and its particularly hard-pressed population," Francis said during his ...

UAE deal allows Jewish prayers at Al-Aqsa compound: report

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UAE deal allows Jewish prayers at Al-Aqsa compound: report

A clause of the UAE-Israel agreement changes the sensitive status of Al-Aqsa compound and may have 'people of all faiths' praying there.

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Trump presses law and order as protest turns deadly

A man was shot dead in the protest-hit US city of Portland, police said, during clashes between Black Lives Matter activists and supporters of ...

Father of police shooting victim Jacob Blake recites Quran

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Father of police shooting victim Jacob Blake recites Quran

A clip of the father of Wisconsin man Jacob Blake reciting part of the Quran has gone viral.

Erdogan converts another former Istanbul church into mosque

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Erdogan converts another former Istanbul church into mosque

The Turkish president is set to turn another ancient Orthodox church into a mosque.

Visiting Al-Aqsa 'impermissible' through normalisation, Jerusalem Mufti declares

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Visiting Al-Aqsa 'impermissible' through normalisation, Jerusalem Mufti declares

Those who try to enter al-Aqsa Mosque via the means of normalisation will not be allowed, says the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem.

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