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Russian outcry over Muslim animal sacrifice

On November 16, millions of Muslims all over Russia celebrated the religious holiday of Qurban Bayram (the Turkik name of Eid al-Adha), which closes with the ritual sacrifice of a sheep. The killings, sometimes carried out in public spaces shock and anger some non-Muslim Russians. Read more...

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Beirut Jewish community restores war-ravaged synagogue

 
Lebanon is a multi-faith country home to 17 Muslim and Christian groups as well as a tiny Jewish community older than the country itself. The latter has not had a place of worship for the past 30 years. Read more...
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'Yes we kiss': Barcelona gays greet Pope with loving welcome

 
Members of Barcelona’s gay and lesbian community treated Pope Benedict XIV to a warm welcome during his official visit to Spain over the weekend: on Sunday, they held a surprise ‘kiss-in’ on his path as he headed towards la Sagrada Familia. See the photos and video…
 
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Phuket's bloody 'vegetarian festival'

 
On the Thai island of Phuket, while tourists tan on beaches and get massaged, locals are busy walking on hot coals and piercing their cheeks with unlikely objects. Read more…
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A day at 'Ground Zero Mosque'

Few things in the United States have stirred more controversy recently than the so-called ‘Ground Zero Mosque', a Muslim prayer and community centre not far from the site of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Read our Observer's account from the centre...

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Algerian Christians face jail sentence for breaking Ramadan fast

On October 5, an Algerian court will hand down its verdict in the trial of two construction workers arrested on August 12. Their crime? They took a lunch break and drank water at their work place in the middle of the Ramadan fasting period. Read more...

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“How I happened to celebrate the end of Ramadan in Cape Town”

Muslims worldwide celebrated the end of the Ramadan period of fasting last Thursday. The Muslim community of Cape Town, South Africa, marked this special evening by distributing hundreds of hot meals to the homeless. Our Observer, a Buddhist, joined them for a memorable night. Read her account...

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Police clash with Catholics over unauthorised cross memorial

A wooden cross erected in front of the Polish presidential palace in memory of the late president Lech Kaczynski is at the centre of a heated row between Catholics, secular Poles and authorities. Read more...

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Hungarian priest uses skateboard to 'bring people to Jesus'

A Hungarian Catholic priest shot to Youtube fame with his distinctive new method of spreading the Gospel: skateboarding. Watch the video...

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Belfast clashes: nationalist ire or 'recreational violence'?


Clashes between nationalist rioters and police dragged on for a fourth consecutive day in Belfast on Wednesday, with protesters throwing rocks, concrete slabs and petrol bombs at police, who responded with rubber bullets and water cannons. Read more...
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