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Muslim Uighurs in China fear the government's expansion of compulsory boarding schools, forcing their children away from home, will gradually erode their identity.

Saudi authorities reportedly detained Sheikh Bandar Baleela, amid a crackdown on dissent in the ultraconservative kingdom.

Spain PM defends sending weapons to Saudis after U-turn

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Spain PM defends sending weapons to Saudis after U-turn

The Spanish government defended sending weapons to Saudi Arabia after previously pledging to block the delivery of weapons to the Gulf state.

Spain back-pedals after cancelling bomb sales to Saudi Arabia

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Spain back-pedals after cancelling bomb sales to Saudi Arabia

Ties between long-time allies Madrid and Riyadh were put to the test last week when Spain's defence ministry said it was cancelling a deal to ...

Muslims, Jews, Copts mark New Year celebrations across globe

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Muslims, Jews, Copts mark New Year celebrations across globe

This year, the New Year falls on 9/11, a fraught coincidence that has raised fears about a backlash against Muslims in New York and elsewhere ...

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Egyptian arrested after eating breakfast with Saudi woman

In a video widely shared on social media, an Egyptian man and Saudi woman are seen eating breakfast at a desk and waving at the camera.

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Dubai flight emergency ends with passengers hospitalised

An Emirates jet disembarked 100 passengers on a flight coming from Dubai after they were taken ill.

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Pilgrim leaps to death at Mecca's Grand Mosque

A man has committed suicide in Saudi Arabia at Mecca's Grand Mosque by jumping off the building's roof as thousands of pilgrims gathered at ...

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Morocco's 'pilgrimage of the poor' honours Sufi Muslim saint

Every summer, Moroccans, many of whom can't afford to travel to Saudi Arabia for the hajj pilgrimage, flock to the grave of a Sufi saint in ...

'Great sin': Egypt cracks down on street-side sheep slaughter

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'Great sin': Egypt cracks down on street-side sheep slaughter

Faced with scenes of blood flowing in rubbish-strewn roads, authorities in Egypt say they aim to crack down on the outdoor slaughter that marks ...

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Saudi authorities warn of possible flooding in Mecca

Saudi authorities have said heavy rain that fell on Sunday could cause flooding in the city of Mecca.

Muslim pilgrims climb Mount Arafat for peak of hajj

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Muslim pilgrims climb Mount Arafat for peak of hajj

More than two million Muslim pilgrims began ascending Mount Arafat on Monday, marking the pinnacle of the annual hajj pilgrimage.

Two million Muslims begin hajj pilgrimage

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Two million Muslims begin hajj pilgrimage

Saudi Arabia launched a "smart hajj" initiative this year, mobilising vast resources for the six-day journey.

Qatar says Saudi Arabia barring citizens from hajj pilgrimage

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Qatar says Saudi Arabia barring citizens from hajj pilgrimage

Qatar has accused Saudi Arabia of barring its citizens from this year's hajj pilgrimage amid a year-long blockade imposed on the gulf state by a ...

Saudi Arabia prepares for annual hajj pilgrimage

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Saudi Arabia prepares for annual hajj pilgrimage

Authorities in Saudi Arabia are preparing for the official beginning of the hajj pilgrimage which starts on Sunday.

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Hundreds of Egyptian Hajj pilgrims ‘poisoned’ in Saudi Arabia

118 pilgrims from Egypt had been struck by an unknown poisoning epidemic in their hotel in Saudi Arabia.

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Overthrow govt or lose Hajj, Saudi newspaper tells Qataris

A Saudi paper has demanded Qataris make a choice between support for their government or their religious obligations with attending Hajj.

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Saudi Arabia crucifies man convicted of murder

Saudi Arabia says it executed and crucified a man from Myanmar convicted of killing a woman and carrying out other crimes.

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Hacking the hajj: Saudis seek solutions to pilgrimage problems

The kingdom's first ever hackathon saw men and women programmers hunched over laptops exploring ways to improve the safety of the annual hajj ...

Islamic State commander 'killed' in Egypt amid Sinai unrest

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Islamic State commander 'killed' in Egypt amid Sinai unrest

The Islamic State group says one of the leaders of its affiliate in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula has been killed.

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Saudi Arabia signs deal for five Spanish warships

Saudi Arabia's state-owned defence company has forged a deal with Spanish shipbuilder Navantia for a joint venture to build five warships, state ...

Riyadh releases Egyptian 'drug-mule granny' after 4 month ordeal

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Riyadh releases Egyptian 'drug-mule granny' after 4 month ordeal

An Egyptian grandmother, who was duped into smuggling drugs while attempting to perform the lesser pilgrimage to Mecca, will return ...

Egypt IS cell 'planned to assassinate Sisi in <em>Mecca</em>'

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Egypt IS cell 'planned to assassinate Sisi in Mecca'

Egypt’s military court heard the trial of 292 detainees accused of forming 22 armed cells belonging to the Islamic State group’s Sinai branch on ...

Muslims in China's 'Little <em>Mecca</em>' fear eradication of Islam

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Muslims in China's 'Little Mecca' fear eradication of Islam

Chinese authorities have cracked down on Hui Muslims in the western region of Linxia, with locals fearing that the government is deliberately ...

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