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Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani sent greetings to the Jewish people on the occasion of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year. Early Monday morning, Rouhani's Twitter account posted the message, "May our shared Abrahamic roots deepen respect and bring peace and mutual understanding. L'Shanah Tovah."
A Kuwaiti court sentenced seven people to death on Tuesday, five of them in absentia, for their roles in a deadly Shiite mosque bombing claimed by the Islamic State group.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Taliban storm Afghan prison, detonating car bomb to free hundreds
Taliban insurgents in military uniform stormed an Afghan prison Monday, freeing hundreds of inmates after detonating a car bomb and killing four policemen in the country's largest jailbreak in years.
Pilgrims traumatized by Mecca crane collapse
Jumaa Ibrahim and his wife Hasnaa Karam, a Syrian couple in their early 60s, arrived in Mecca on Friday, and headed straight to Islam's holiest site, the cube-shaped Kaaba.
With a machine-gun in the back seat, his foot on the accelerator and wearing "Top Gun" style sunglasses, Azfar Mahesar pushes deeper into the heart of one of Karachi's "Talibanized" areas.
Monday, September 14, 2015
Israel police in confrontation with Palestinians at Jerusalem holy site
Israeli police briefly clashed with Palestinian protesters at Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site early Sunday, raising tensions in the holy city ahead of the Jewish New Year.
Sunday, September 13, 2015
Clashes rock Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound
Palestinians clashed with Israeli police at Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound on Sunday just hours before the start of the Jewish New Year, police and witnesses said.
107 killed in Mecca crane collapse
Saudi authorities on Saturday were investigating a construction crane collapse that killed at least 107 people during a storm at Mecca's Grand Mosque, pledging that the annual hajj pilgrimage would go ahead.
Saudi Arabia on Friday banned the slaughter of camels during this year's hajj pilgrimage, after a surge in deaths from the MERS virus linked to the animals.
The top European human rights body on Friday called on Turkey to allow independent observers into a mainly Kurdish town where a 24-hour curfew has been imposed as security forces battle suspected Kurdish militants.
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