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    Indian politician: 'Taj Mahal built by traitors'

    A controversial Indian politician from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has called the Taj Mahal a "blot on Indian culture" built by "traitors".Sangeet Som, a lawmaker in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

    South Asia
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    With Syria Lost And Iran Deal On Block, Trump Turns Hard On Hezbollah

    Earlier this month, the leader of the Lebanese political party Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, accused the Israeli government of intentionally pushing the Middle East towards war. He further

    West Asia
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    Israeli TV Shows Footage Of ISIS Training Camp On Israel’s Border

    Last November, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country “won’t allow Islamic State figures or other enemy actors, under the cover of the war in Syria, to set up next to our borders.

    West Asia
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    Trump expected to move against Iran nuclear deal

    US President Donald Trump is expected to refuse to certify Iran's compliance with the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, an agreement between world powers and Tehran aimed at limiting the latter's nuclear programme.

    West Asia
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    Pope to visit Myanmar as anti-Rohingya hatred seethes

    Pope Francis will talk peace on his to visit Myanmar, a Catholic church representative said on Thursday, a potentially highly charged trip during a refugee crisis that has seen 520,000 Rohingya Muslims.

    Southeast Asia
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    Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah reach agreement

    The leader of Hamas said Thursday his group has reached an agreement with the rival Fatah party of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas after Egyptian-brokered talks about the terms of control of the Gaza Strip.

    West Asia
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    Muslims flee Indian village after singer killed in argument with Hindu priest

    At least 200 Muslims have fled their village in Rajasthan after a Hindu priest and his friends were alleged to have killed a Muslim folk singer late last month, police said on Wednesday.

    South Asia
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    Saudi Arabia has fired many extremist imams: Saudi FM Al Jubeir

    Several thousand imams have been dismissed from mosques for propagating extremism, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir told Russian journalists in Moscow on Sunday.

    West Asia
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    Downgrading the Taj

    According to a news report, he dropped the Taj Mahal from UP’s list of tourist attractions. This is akin to Paris deleting the Eiffel Tower from its tourist brochures, or New York downplaying the Empire State Building.

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    Gujarat riots: Indian court commutes death sentences of 11 Muslim men

    The Gujarat High Court on Monday commuted the death sentence of 11 convicts to life imprisonment in the 2002 Godhra train burning case. It has, however, upheld the life sentence to 20 other convicts.

    South Asia
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    The geopolitics of Kurdish independence

    One week after Iraqi Kurds held their independence referendum, the geopolitical blowback has been swift and near unanimous. The United States has called the referendum illegitimate.

    West Asia
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    Indian Court rejects last appeal in 2002 riot case against Modi

    India's Gujarat High Court on Thursday rejected Zakia Jafri's plea for an investigation and action against Narendra Modi — the then chief minister and current prime minister— and 57 others.

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    Iraq forces retake Islamic State bastion Hawija

    Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says Iraqi armed forces have liberated the strategic town of Hawijah, ridding the Takfiri outfit of its last bastion in the northern part of the Arab state.

    West Asia
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    A trip through Iran's Sunni heartland

    How do Iranian Sunnis survive in a Shiite-dominated landscape? This is a common question among people who follow Iranian affairs, given reports suggesting that Sunnis suffer from religious.

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    If Only Stephen Paddock Were a Muslim

    If only Stephen Paddock had been a Muslim … If only he had shouted “Allahu akbar” before he opened fire on all those concertgoers in Las Vegas. If only he were a member of ISIS.

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    'India Is Neglecting Taj Mahal Because Muslims Built It'

    Last Wednesday, a 32-page booklet entitled “Uttar Pradesh Tourism – Unlimited Possibilities” was unveiled. It highlights the key attractions in UP but Taj Mahal, which is one of the Seven Wonders.

    South Asia
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    Syrian War Nearing Its End, Says Grand Mufti

    Islam is a religion of peace and had never waged a war against anyone, and gives shelter to others. We are standing at the gate of victory in Syria and soon we will announce “Syria is free from foreign fighters”.

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    The most disputed land on earth: How Greek Orthodox church sold off Palestinian plots

    It’s been a hot summer for the Greek Orthodox Church in Jerusalem, as Palestinian calls for the removal of Patriarch Theophilos III and other church leaders accused of selling property to Israeli settlers have escalated.

    West Asia
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    Erdogan, Putin agree joint push to end Syria war

    President Vladimir Putin and Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan Thursday agreed to step efforts to bring peace to Syria, with the Russian leader declaring the right conditions now existed.

    West Asia
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    Iraq's top cleric Sistani opposes secession of Kurdish region

    Iraq's top Shiite cleric opposes the secession of the Kurdistan region in northern Iraq, his representative Ahmed al-Safi said in a Friday sermon on his behalf in the holy city of Karbala, south of Baghdad.

    West Asia
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    60 Rohingya presumed dead as boat capsizes off Bangladesh

    Survivors from the accident on Thursday told IOM staff that the boat was carrying about 80 people, including 50 children, who were believed to be fleeing violence from Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state.

    Southeast Asia
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    Saudi Women Express Outrage at Being Allowed to Drive

    In fact, while it is all well and good changing Saudi Arabia’s misogynistic laws, in many ways the bigger issue facing women's rights is prevailing social conservatism.

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    In shock announcement, Saudi Arabia says women to be allowed to drive

    Saudi Arabia will allow women to drive from next June, state media said Tuesday, in a historic decision that makes the Gulf kingdom the last country in the world to permit women behind the wheel.

    Caucasus
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    Defying U.S., Iran unveils new missile during parade

    Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has unveiled its latest ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 kilometres — about 1,250 miles— capable of reaching much of the Middle East, including Israel.

    South Asia

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