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Israel extends arrest of firebrand Islamic cleric

An Israeli court on Monday extended the remand of a firebrand Islamic cleric accused of inciting violence in connection with last month's deadly tensions over a Jerusalem holy site, his lawyer said.

Philippine Church head urges end to drug killings

The head of the Philippines' powerful Catholic Church called for an end to the «waste of human lives» following a brutal week in President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war in which a 17-year-old boy was among dozens killed.

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Khamenei prays for the end of Ramadan

The Supreme Iranian leadership has presided over the prayer of Al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan's month. The celebration was held in a mosque in Tehran. «The Islamic world must clearly support the people of Yemen and denounce the oppressors they attacked during the sacred month of Ramadan,» said Khamenei.

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The Pope's vigil at the sanctuary of Fatima

Pope Francis opened the evening vigil at Fatima with the rite of the blessing of candles, among thousands of faithful who waited for hours in front of the Marian shrine. The Pope's trip to Portugal ends on the day of Saturday, May 13, the anniversary of the first of the six apparitions of Our Lady that the three Pastorelli of Fatima had 100 years ago.

Five things to know about India's mosque dispute

India's Supreme Court said Wednesday three senior members of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) should face trial over the demolition of a mosque a quarter of a century ago.

Security tight as Egypt Copts hold Easter mass

Egyptian Coptic Christians observed Easter Mass under tight security on Saturday with the ancient minority still reeling from twin church bombings that killed dozens just days before.

Egypt Copts ready for Easter mass despite attacks

Egyptian Copts will celebrate Easter mass on Saturday, marking one of Christianity's most joyous occasions just days after the deadliest attacks in living memory against the country's religious minority.

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Ancient rituals and rave in Burma for the Buddhist New Year

In Burma, traditional rites, with songs and dances, have alternated rave with music to celebrate the new Buddhist year. It is the water festival, a collective rite during which for a few days the streets turn into a playful battlefield with balloons, water guns and hydrants.

Who are Egypt's Coptic Christians?

Egypt's Copts, targeted in a church bombing that killed 23 people in Cairo on Sunday, are the Middle East's largest Christian minority community, and also one of the oldest.

Pakistan detains more than 200 people after Easter bombing

Pakistan has detained more than 200 people and questioned thousands more as authorities hunt down those behind the Easter Sunday bombing in Lahore which killed 73 people, including children, the Punjab provincial law minister said Tuesday.

Pakistan suicide blast targeted Christians: Taliban

A Taliban suicide bomber who attacked a Pakistani park thronging with families was targeting Christians, the group said Monday, as the death toll rose to 72, with children making up nearly half of the dead.

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