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Priests race to save manuscripts from jihadists in Iraq

As fighters from the Islamic State group rampage across northern Syria and Iraq, a group of priests are racing against time to save what's left of the region's Christian heritage. Dominican Order priests have already managed to get many precious artifacts and manuscripts safely to Erbil in Kurdistan. Read more...

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Al Qaeda and ISIS go to war - on Twitter


After a major offensive in northern Iraq, fighters for the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, or ISIS – which recently started calling itself simply ‘the Islamic State’ – are now making gains in eastern Syria. In this country, their main target is not President Bashar Al Assad’s troops, but the Al Nusra Front - which is a branch of al Qaeda. The two jihadist groups are waging a bloody battle, both on the ground and online
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In photos: Civilians armed with machetes roam CAR capital

“Kilometre 5” (or Km-5) is normally a bustling business district in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic. But since Christian militias started attacking the neighbourhood’s Muslim residents, Km-5 has become a lawless zone, with civilians only venturing outside when armed with machetes. Read more...

Hoda and Arafet, the love story that has captivated Yemen

 
Hoda al-Nirane, a 22-year old Saudi woman, is being held in a detention centre in Sanaa and risks deportation. Her crime is to have fled from Saudi Arabia to Yemen to escape a forced marriage and marry her beloved, a Yemeni national. This improbable love story has created an unprecedented solidarity movement in this otherwise conservative country. Read more...
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Video: Saudi woman lashes out at religious police

 
“Don’t provoke me!” This video filmed by a shopper in a Riyadh store shows a Saudi woman giving an officer from the religious police a piece of her mind. He had apparently asked her to cover up her entire face, even though she was already wearing a traditional niqab, with only her eyes and the top of her nose visible. Read more...
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Buddhist extremists attack Sri Lankan mosque during Eid

 
Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, was a bitter experience this year for Muslims living in Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital. On Saturday, August 10th, while they were praying in a mosque in the eastern Grandpass neighbourhood, Buddhist extremists attacked and desecrated the holy site, injuring five people in the process. The attack was part of wider campaign mounted against Muslims and Christians by Buddhist hardliners who claim their culture and religion are under threat. Read more...

Lynching of Shiite Egyptians caused by “rise in hate speech”

 
Disturbing videos have emerged of a deadly lynching of four men in Egypt on Sunday. The footage shows a group of attackers being beating the men to death, and then dragging their lifeless bodies down a street. All four of those killed were Shiite Muslims. Read more…
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What is this naked man chasing after?

 
Run, Li Binyuan, run! Sometimes Li runs while carrying a giant crucifix, sometimes a blow-up doll — but always in his birthday suit. Read more...

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Libyans try to rebuild community after holy Sufi site destroyed

 
Last Thursday, unknown persons set off explosives that destroyed the mausoleum of Sidi Al-Andaloussi, a five-century-old Sufi holy site in Tajura, near Tripoli. Refusing to give in to religious extremism, local residents immediately launched a fundraising effort to rebuild this sacred site. Read more…
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