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Pope Francis hurt by Turkey’s decision to turn Hagia Sophia into a mosque

'My thoughts go to Istanbul. I think of Santa Sophia and I am very pained,' the Pope said during his weekly blessing in St. Peter’s Square

13 Jul 2020 12:17 PM

World Council of Churches ‘dismayed’ at Hagia Sophia shift

US State Department said it was ‘disappointed’ by the decision and looks forward to seeing how Turkey plans to keep the landmark open to all

12 Jul 2020 10:07 AM

Turkey’s court ruling turns Hagia Sophia into a mosque

The decision to turn the former cathedral to a place of muslim worship has sparked deep dismay among country's Orthodox Christians

11 Jul 2020 1:14 PM

France asks Israel to drop West Bank annexation plans

Macron emphasised that annexation would contravene international law and jeopardise possibility of peace between Israelis and Palestinians

10 Jul 2020 3:58 PM

UN rejects Russia's bid to reduce delivery of humanitarian aid to Syria

The resolution needed a minimum of nine 'yes' votes in the 15-member council, but it got support from China, Vietnam and South Africa only

09 Jul 2020 10:55 AM

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Global coronavirus cases rise to more than 12 million

Many hard-hit countries are easing lockdowns, while others, such as China and Australia, implement another round in response to a resurgence

09 Jul 2020 9:33 AM

Jerusalem is a grim model of what could happen to West Bank post-annexation

Israeli leaders paint Jerusalem as a model of coexistence, but Palestinian residents face widespread discrimination and lack citizenship

08 Jul 2020 10:23 AM

Kuwait's new expat bill may force 8 lakh Indians to leave the country

Indians, who constitutes the largest expat community in Kuwait, should not exceed 15 percent of its total population according to the bill

06 Jul 2020 3:29 PM

Israel launches new spy satellite

'Technological superiority and intelligence capabilities are essential to the security of the State of Israel,' said Alternate PM Gantz

06 Jul 2020 12:58 PM

Saudi Arabia announces haj health measures for domestic pilgrims

Muslims from other countries are barred from the rite for first year in modern times, while number of domestic pilgrims are limited to 1,000

06 Jul 2020 10:29 AM

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Coronavirus cases rising in Saudi Arabia, UAE after curfews lifted

Other Gulf countries have also moved to ease restrictions, although Kuwait has maintained a partial curfew

05 Jul 2020 3:48 PM

Record spike in daily global coronavirus cases, up more than 212,000

Global coronavirus cases exceeded 11 million on Friday, marking another unfortunate milestone in the spread of the disease

05 Jul 2020 10:42 AM

Global coronavirus cases rise to more than 11 million

The number of cases is more than double the figure for severe influenza illnesses recorded annually, according to World Health Organization

04 Jul 2020 9:12 AM

Trial of Saudi officials in Khashoggi murder begins in Turkey

Khashoggi was an insider-turned-critic who wrote for The Washington Post before he was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018

03 Jul 2020 2:12 PM

A good year of harvest brings hope to war-torn Syria after a long time

Before the war erupted in 2011, Syria produced enough wheat to feed its entire population but harvests then plunged to record lows

03 Jul 2020 1:23 PM

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Museum or mosque? The debates around Byzantium’s iconic Hagia Sofia

Once a cathedral of Byzantium Empire, then a mosque under Ottoman Empire, the iconic Hagia Sophia awaits decision to be a museum; or not

01 Jul 2020 3:58 PM

Qatar to further ease coronavirus curbs as infections pass peak

The nation of about 2.8 million people has the second highest tally of infections among the six Gulf Arab states after Saudi Arabia

29 Jun 2020 2:57 PM

Chartered ship with 673 Indian fishermen leaves Iran for Tamil Nadu

Due to the cancellation of International flights, it was difficult to immediately bring back all the Tamil Nadu fishermen stranded in Iran

26 Jun 2020 1:32 PM

Gas tank blast rocks Iran's capital, no casualties: ministry

A number of social media users reported seeing an orange light in the east of Tehran as the tank blew up around midnight

26 Jun 2020 12:19 PM

Israel doesn't want anybody to call West Bank's Area C as 'occupied'

Currently more than 450,000 Israeli settlers live in the West Bank, alongside more than 2.8 million Palestinians

25 Jun 2020 9:02 AM

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