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    Afghan Sikhs, Hindus arrive in India after deadly attack

    Agence France-Presse . New Delhi | Updated at 10:37pm on July 27, 2020

    Sikh and Hindu Afghans, most reportedly family members of people killed in an attack on a Kabul temple earlier this year, arrived in India Sunday...

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    Saudi Arabia gears up for downsized hajj

    Agence France-Presse. Mecca | Updated at 10:40am on July 27, 2020

    Saudi Arabia on Wednesday begins hosting the annual hajj pilgrimage, dramatically downscaled due to the coronavirus pandemic that has barred millions of international pilgrims for...

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    Israeli protesters demand  Netanyahu’s resignation

    Agence France-Presse . Jerusalem | Updated at 11:11pm on July 26, 2020

    ‘We won’t leave until Bibi leaves.’ Israel’s struggle to contain the coronavirus has stirred deep-seated resentment towards prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and protests demanding his...

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    Rights groups urge PA Authority to free protesters

    Agence France-Presse . Ramallah | Updated at 11:37pm on July 25, 2020

    Human rights organisations have called on the Palestinian Authority to release detained anti-corruption activists accused of violating a health emergency in place to combat the...

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    Passengers can sue US for endangering flight: Iran

    Agence France-Presse . Tehran | Updated at 11:35pm on July 25, 2020

    Iran’s judiciary on Saturday told passengers aboard an Iranian commercial airliner that the US said was intercepted by its warplanes that they can sue Washington...

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    King Salman undergoes successful surgery

    Agence France-Presse . Riyadh | Updated at 01:11am on July 25, 2020

    King Salman of Saudi Arabia underwent successful surgery on Thursday to remove his gall bladder, three days after he was admitted to hospital. It is...

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    US intercepts Iranian plane over Syria

    Agence France-Presse . Tehran | Updated at 12:23am on July 25, 2020

    The US said Thursday it had intercepted an Iranian passenger plane as it flew over Syria, after Iranian state television accused Israel of being behind...

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    First Muslim prayer in Hagia Sophia after mosque reconversion

    Agence France-Presse . Istanbul | Updated at 07:56pm on July 24, 2020

    Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday led the first Muslim prayers attended by thousands in Hagia Sophia since the controversial reconversion of the iconic...

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    Kuwait's emir travels to US for medical treatment

    Agence France-Presse. Kuwait City | Updated at 10:31am on July 23, 2020

    Kuwait's 91-year-old ruler Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah left for the United States Thursday to undergo medical treatment, his office said, days after he had surgery...

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    UN warns of alarming rise of hunger in Yemen

    Agence France-Presse . Dubai | Updated at 12:13am on July 23, 2020

    Acute food insecurity is forecast to rise sharply in war-ravaged Yemen over a combination of factors exacerbated by the coronavirus, a report by several UN...