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'How I helped a young French couple return from waging jihad'


Oumar lives in Istanbul. In the past couple years, he's witnessed first hand the transformation of Turkey's economic capital into a stopping point for men and women determined to wage jihad in Syria. But a few days ago, he was put in touch with a young French couple who had decided to make the same journey in the opposite direction. When the French consulate was unable to help, Oumar stepped in to lend a hand. Read more...
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Graffiti artist calls on religions – and Parisians – to 'Coexist'


In the past week, the word “Coexist” has appeared on walls all over Paris. These graffiti messages are in homage to Combo, a street artist who was attacked in the French capital on January 30 while hanging up a poster advocating coexistence between the world’s religions. Combo’s goal is to use art to both incite reflection and combat stereotypes. Read more...
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Ugandans fed up with pastors' doomsday preaching


Since December, pastors have flooded the dusty streets of the Ugandan capital of Kampala to spread an ominous message: the end of the world is coming. But their repeated doomsday prophesies are leaving much of the city's residents increasingly fed up. Read more...
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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...
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