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Blight of sectarianism to make Middle East insecure : Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says sectarianism is among the main blights undermining security in the Middle East, stressing the importance of adopting measures to promote peace in the Muslim world. In a Saturday phone call with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim ...

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Rex Tillerson Declines to Host Ramadan Celebration at State Department

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has declined a request to host an event to mark Islam’s holy month of Ramadan, two US officials said, apparently breaking with a bipartisan tradition in place with few exceptions for nearly 20 years. ...

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Saturday is the first day of Ramadan in Saudi Arabia

Saturday, May 27, is the start of holy month of Ramadan, the Supreme Court announced on Thursday. The crescent moon was not sighted on Thursday and so fasting will start Saturday. “The moon will be out/disappear on the entire Islamic ...

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US Senate committee approves new Iran sanctions bill

The United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations has passed a bill that would impose new sanctions on Iran over its missile program that Tehran has repeatedly said is solely for defensive purposes.  The committee voted 18-3 in favor of the ...

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Trump should talk to Iran, says Kofi Annan

Former U.N. chief Kofi Annan said Tuesday that U.S. President Donald Trump should reach out and talk to Iran, which by signing a nuclear deal with six major powers and re-electing President Hassan Rouhani is trying to reach out to ...

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IS claims responsibility for Manchester arena attack

Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for the Manchester Arena attack, hailing the bomber as a ‘soldier of the caliphate’. The terrorist group released statements in several languages through its central media body praising the atrocity, claiming more than 100 ‘crusaders’ were ...

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Indonesian men caned for gay sex in Aceh

Two men have been caned 85 times each in the Indonesian province of Aceh after being caught having sex. The men stood on stage in white gowns praying while a team of hooded men lashed their backs with a cane. ...

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4 climbers die near top of Mount Everest

The body of an Indian climber was spotted on Mount Everest on Monday, the fourth fatality during a busy and tragic weekend on the world’s highest peak. Sherpa rescuers spotted the body of Indian climber Ravi Kumar, but it was ...

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22 killed, 59 injured in Manchester Arena blast

At least 22 people, including some children, have been killed and 59 wounded when a suicide bomber struck as thousands of fans streamed out of a concert by US singer Ariana Grande in the English city of Manchester on Monday. ...

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Trump visits Israel amid tight security

 US president Donald Trump is visiting Israel and the Palestinian territories, as he continues his Middle East trip. He flies in from Saudi Arabia, a key US ally, where he gave a speech to Arab and Muslim leaders at a ...

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