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Vision 2030 gives Saudi Arabia’s heritage new life

  • Saudi Arabia has limited the number of Hajj pilgrims to 1,000 — 70 percent of whom are expats within the Kingdom — as the world unites against the common enemy of COVID-19, the disease that restricted daily life and decimated industries and economies. A statement by the Ministry of Hajj and Um...
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Why depicting Prophet Muhammad angers many Muslims

  • DUBAI: Depictions of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) such as the cartoons published by the French satirical magazine reeling from a deadly attack are banned in Islam and mocking him angers many Muslims.Although images poking fun at the Prophet have repeatedly infuriated the Islamic world,...
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Egypt, Morocco ban biblical epic ‘Exodus’

  • CAIRO: Egypt says it banned Ridley Scott’s biblical epic “Exodus: Gods & Kings” because it gives the wrong idea about Egypt’s history and presents a “racist” image of Jews.The Culture Ministry explained its decision for the first time in a statement Sunday, a few days after the initial ban....
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‘The Hobbit’ casts spell on BO

  • LOS ANGELES: Tolkien epic “The Hobbit” weaved its magic at the North American box office this weekend, signaling a farewell to the blockbuster fantasy franchise, industry estimates showed Sunday.The last of six films adapted from J.R.R. Tolkien’s books by Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson, ...
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Pope lands in Bethlehem, nod to Palestinian state

  • BETHLEHEM, West Bank: Pope Francis has landed in the West Bank town of Bethlehem in a symbolic nod to Palestinian aspirations for their own state as he prepared for a busy second day of his Mideast pilgrimage.Previous popes have always come to the West Bank after first arriving in Tel Aviv,...
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Israel’s politics of fear

  • During the last hundred years, Russia has undergone huge changes. At the beginning, it was ruled by the Czar, in an absolute monarchy with some democratic decorations, a “tyranny mitigated by inefficiency.”...
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An age-old tradition, Haj is mentioned in the Old Testament

  • When many Jews and Christians view Islam from the outside, they find parallels to their own faiths that usually inspire a great deal of curiosity. These parallels are often doctrinal, sometimes regarding the biographies of Prophets shared between the three Abrahamic faiths like Moses and Jesus ...
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