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Pilgrims flock to Mount Arafat to mark most important day of Hajj

  • Muslims believe that the Day of Arafat is when one’s sins can be forgiven
  • Muslims who are not performing Hajj observe the day by fasting from dusk till dawn
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Hajj ministry urges pilgrims to comply with scheduling programs to avoid crowd disasters

By Arab News ·

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Al-Faw peninsula: 30 years on and ghosts of the Iraq-Iran war remain

  • 30 years on, rewards of recapturing Al-Faw peninsula have failed to emerge
  • Al-Faw, the name given to both the town and the triangular peninsula sandwiched between Kuwait and Iran, sits 100km southeast of Basra.

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Hajj Ministry forks out on ‘happy meals’ for pilgrims

  • Prepackaged meals are ideal for pilgrims in regard to cooking quality, storage and even transporting from one place to another
  • A variety of meals is produced, each served in heavy-duty sealed pouches or trays


Shots fired at gate of US Embassy in Turkey, but no one hurt

  • Private Ihlas news agency said four to five rounds were fired from a moving white car and targeted security booth
  • The US mission is closed this week as Turkey celebrates the Muslim holiday of Eid Al-Adha
By AP ·


Police in Barcelona shoot knife attacker

  • Police say the man “intended to attack police officers”
  • The attack happened at about 6a.m. local time
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Confusion reigns as Venezuela braces for release of new banknotes

  • Caracas is issuing new banknotes after lopping five zeroes off the crippled bolivar
  • The new currency will be anchored to the country’s widely discredited cryptocurrency, the petro
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Djokovic wins Cincinnati title to complete Masters matched set

  • Novak Djokovic finally lifted the Cincinnati trophy after five prior Cincinnati finals losses
  • Roger Federer, meanwhile, lost a final in the hardcourt US Open tuneup for the first time
By AFP ·