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Religious tensions in Myanmar village after mosque destroyed

Yangon - Scores of police have been deployed to guard a village in central Myanmar where religious tensions are running high after a Buddhist mob destroyed a mosque, authorities said Saturday.

Breaking Ramadan fast the Sudanese way

- As the sun sets over the Sudanese village of Al-Nuba, Ibrahim Abdelrahim rolls out carpets by the side of the Khartoum highway and his friends line them with plates of food.

Pre-dawn Koran readings stoke fears over Istanbul's Hagia Sophia

Istanbul - Before dawn in Istanbul, in the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. A turbaned Turkish cleric kneels on a prayer carpet and prepares to recite verses from the Koran.

Historic Orthodox meet marred by Russian no show

Atenas - Orthodox church leaders from around the world met in Greece Sunday for the first such gathering in a millennium, but the absence of several branches of the communion threatened to mar the event.

Israel lets Gazans into Jerusalem for Ramadan prayers

Jerusalem - Israel allowed hundreds of Palestinians from the Gaza Strip into Jerusalem for Ramadan prayers Friday, an official said, a week after revoking entry permits in response to a deadly attack.

California pastor praises killing of '50 pedophiles' in Orlando

Sacramento - The Baptist preacher's main regret about the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando was that more "sodomites" and "pedophiles" did not die in the mass shooting in the Orlando nightclub a few hours before.

Pope denounces marginalisation of handicapped people

Vatican City - Pope Francis, addressing an audience of 20,000 sick and handicapped people at the Vatican on Sunday, decried the marginalisation of those with disabilities, pointing to the way body image has become big business and "anything imperfect has to be hidden...

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