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Myanmar: Annan faces anger as he probes plight of Rohingya Muslims

Hundreds of people rallied in Myanmar on Tuesday to denounce an advisory commission, led by visiting former UN chief Kofi Annan, which is charged with probing the plight of the country’s Muslim…

Hundreds of people rallied in Myanmar on Tuesday to denounce an advisory commission, led by visiting former UN chief Kofi Annan, which is charged with probing the plight of the country’s Muslim…

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The difference between Shi’a and Sunni explained

With Arab world conflicts so often making headlines, the terms Shia and Sunni – the two main branches of Islam – are now familiar to many non-Muslims

With Arab world conflicts so often making headlines, the terms Shia and Sunni – the two main branches of Islam – are now familiar to many non-Muslims

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Saudi diplomats return from Tehran

Saudi Arabian diplomats who had been based in Tehran have returned home to Riyadh’s with stories of mistreatment at the hands of Iranian officials

Saudi Arabian diplomats who had been based in Tehran have returned home to Riyadh’s with stories of mistreatment at the hands of Iranian officials

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Protests continue in Shia-led villages across Bahrain

Police fire tear gas to disperse crowds outraged at the execution of a prominent Shia Muslim cleric in Saudi Arabia

Police fire tear gas to disperse crowds outraged at the execution of a prominent Shia Muslim cleric in Saudi Arabia

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Saudi-Iran row deepens as calls for restraint grow

The rift between Saudi Arabia and Iran over the Sunni kingdom’s execution of a Shia cleric widened as Riyadh halted trade and travel ties on top of

The rift between Saudi Arabia and Iran over the Sunni kingdom’s execution of a Shia cleric widened as Riyadh halted trade and travel ties on top of

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Anger in Tehran over executed Shia cleric shows no signs of abating

Hundreds of Iranians turned out for a third day in Imam Hussein square in central Tehran to vent their anger over Saudi Arabia's execution of a Shia cleric

Hundreds of Iranians turned out for a third day in Imam Hussein square in central Tehran to vent their anger over Saudi Arabia's execution of a Shia cleric

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Saudis struggle with supremacy crisis

The tension in relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia has reached new heights, amid violent protests and diplomatic rifts. We study the deepening

The tension in relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia has reached new heights, amid violent protests and diplomatic rifts. We study the deepening

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Shia Muslims and world leaders condemn Saudi executions

Shia Muslims around the world are furious with Saudi Arabia over the execution of one of their leading clerics, and acts of violence against Sunnis

Shia Muslims around the world are furious with Saudi Arabia over the execution of one of their leading clerics, and acts of violence against Sunnis

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Saudi-Iranian rift escalates over executed cleric

Two days after Sunni Saudi Arabia executed a prominent Shi’ite cleric, thousands have marched in Baghdad and Iraq’s southern Shi’ite cities to

Two days after Sunni Saudi Arabia executed a prominent Shi’ite cleric, thousands have marched in Baghdad and Iraq’s southern Shi’ite cities to

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Bahrain cuts diplomatic ties with Iran

Bahrain announced on Monday it was cutting diplomatic ties with Iran, state news agency BNA reported, a day after its ally and neighbour Saudi Arabia

Bahrain announced on Monday it was cutting diplomatic ties with Iran, state news agency BNA reported, a day after its ally and neighbour Saudi Arabia

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Iran hits out at Saudi Arabia as row over cleric's execution escalates

Iran has again lashed out at Saudi Arabia after the kingdom severed diplomatic relations amid violent protests following its execution of a prominent

Iran has again lashed out at Saudi Arabia after the kingdom severed diplomatic relations amid violent protests following its execution of a prominent

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Saudi Arabia breaks off diplomatic ties with Iran

Saudi Arabia has cut off diplomatic ties with Iran following the storming of its embassy in Tehran. Iran’s envoy has been given 48 hours to quit the

Saudi Arabia has cut off diplomatic ties with Iran following the storming of its embassy in Tehran. Iran’s envoy has been given 48 hours to quit the

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Nigerian military 'frees 338 hostages' from Boko Haram camps

Army raids on Boko Haram camps in north-eastern Nigeria are said to have resulted in the release of 338 hostages. According to a military statement

Army raids on Boko Haram camps in north-eastern Nigeria are said to have resulted in the release of 338 hostages. According to a military statement

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West Bank tension: Palestinians start night patrols

Amid increased tensions in the West Bank, Palestinians are running their own night patrols – taking protection into their own hands. It comes in the

Amid increased tensions in the West Bank, Palestinians are running their own night patrols – taking protection into their own hands. It comes in the

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Malik Ishaq: Pakistan Sunni militant chief dies in shootout

Police in Pakistan say the leader of the banned Sunni militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi has been shot dead. Malik Ishaq was arrested last week in

Police in Pakistan say the leader of the banned Sunni militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi has been shot dead. Malik Ishaq was arrested last week in

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Kurdish women fighting ISIL on the frontline

On the frontline between Kurdish fighters and Islamic State militants, a group of young women have mobilised. They have left their homes and dreams

On the frontline between Kurdish fighters and Islamic State militants, a group of young women have mobilised. They have left their homes and dreams

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John Turturro picks up Lifetime Award at Jerusalem Film Festival

The 32nd edition of the Jerusalem Film Festival kicked off with Hollywood glamour, as John Turturro attended the opening. The US actor, writer and

The 32nd edition of the Jerusalem Film Festival kicked off with Hollywood glamour, as John Turturro attended the opening. The US actor, writer and

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Yemen's Old City: UNESCO site targeted in battle for Sana'a

The Yemeni capital’s Old City is the latest area to be targeted in the battle between Houthi rebels and pro-government forces. Dating back more than

The Yemeni capital’s Old City is the latest area to be targeted in the battle between Houthi rebels and pro-government forces. Dating back more than

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Motorcycle gunmen kill 41 in Karachi bus attack

Gunmen on motorcycles killed 41 people in an attack on a bus in Pakistan’s southern city of Karachi on Wednesday, police said, in what appeared to be

Gunmen on motorcycles killed 41 people in an attack on a bus in Pakistan’s southern city of Karachi on Wednesday, police said, in what appeared to be

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Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter in Jerusalem

The Greek-Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem performed the traditional “washing of the feet” ceremony outside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in

The Greek-Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem performed the traditional “washing of the feet” ceremony outside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in

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Yemen: a tinderbox in a Saudi-Iranian 'Cold War' shadow

Strategically important at the crossroads between East and West, Yemen’s four-year political crisis has recently been escalating into a full-blown

Strategically important at the crossroads between East and West, Yemen’s four-year political crisis has recently been escalating into a full-blown

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The days drag for Syrian children in Erbil refugee camp

Many Syrian and Iraqi children have lived their whole lives in crisis, surrounded by war. Without schools to go to, how can these youngsters can go o

Many Syrian and Iraqi children have lived their whole lives in crisis, surrounded by war. Without schools to go to, how can these youngsters can go o

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Kurdish fighters vow to go on fighting as long as the ISIL threat remains.

Women Kurdish peshmerga are fighting alongside their male compatriots to repel the ISIL assault on Kobani on the Syrian border with Turkey. The siege there has a become a powerful international symbol

Women Kurdish peshmerga are fighting alongside their male compatriots to repel the ISIL assault on Kobani on the Syrian border with Turkey. The siege there has a become a powerful international symbol

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Jewish-Arab school torched in Jerusalem

An integrated Jewish-Arab school in Jerusalem has been vandalised by suspected Jewish extremists who set fire to a classroom. It happened late on

An integrated Jewish-Arab school in Jerusalem has been vandalised by suspected Jewish extremists who set fire to a classroom. It happened late on

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'Many killed' in Nigeria mosque attack

Dozens of people are believed to have been killed in a bombing and gun attack on a mosque in northern Nigeria. It happened as worshippers gathered

Dozens of people are believed to have been killed in a bombing and gun attack on a mosque in northern Nigeria. It happened as worshippers gathered

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Reports suggest ISIL leader wounded in airstrike

Iraqi military officials said they were still investigating reports that the leader of militant group ISIL had been injured. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Iraqi military officials said they were still investigating reports that the leader of militant group ISIL had been injured. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi