Turkey’s Hagia Sophia holds first Eid al-Adha prayer after reconverted to mosque | AFP

Thousands pray outside Hagia Sophia on the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha — the first time it has taken place since the iconic building was reconverted to a mosque earlier this month.

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Turkey: People pray outside Hagia Sophia for Eid al-Adha | AFP

People pray outside Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia on the holy muslim day of Eid al-Adha – the first time it has taken place since the iconic building was reconverted to a mosque earlier this month. +COMPLETES VIDI1W221L_EN+

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People gather outside Hagia Sophia for Eid al-Adha | AFP

People gather outside Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia on the holy muslim day of Eid al-Adha – the first time it has taken place since the iconic building was reconverted to a mosque earlier this month.

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Turkey: Disinfection operation at Hagia Sophia after prayers | AFP

Disinfection operations are carried out at Turkey’s Hagia Sophia to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The UNESCO World Heritage site was originally the Byzantine Empire’s main cathedral before its conversion into a mosque after the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople in 1453. It was ordered to be turned into a museum in 1934 but Turkey’s highest administrative court on July 10 said the building was registered in property deeds as a mosque, allowing Ankara to change its status once more.

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First Islamic prayers held in Turkey’s Hagia Sophia since mosque reconversion | AFP

Thousands of people pray outside the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul in what is the first Musmlim prayers since the controversial reconversion of the iconic cathedral into a mosque. of first prayers outside Hagia Sophia

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Crowds gather at Hagia Sophia for first Friday prayer since mosque reconversion | AFP

Crowds gather outside Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia for the first Friday prayer since the controversial reconversion of the landmark into a mosque.

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Turkish President Erdogan arrives at Hagia Sofia for Friday prayer | AFP

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives for the first prayers at Hagia Sophia since the Istanbul landmark was reconverted to a mosque despite international condemnation.

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ONLY ON AP: Elpidophoros, US leaders discuss Hagia Sophia

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America held a meeting with U.S. political leaders in Washington on Thursday to discuss concerns over the seizure and re-conversion of the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul into a mosque. (July 23)

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Here are the top stories for Friday, July 10th: Trump and Biden trade jabs on virus and economy; Trump cancels N.H. rally; Attorneys seek home confinement for Epstein associate; Hagia Sophia reverting from museum to mosque.

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Celebrations in Istanbul as court opens way for Hagia Sophia to be turned back into a mosque | AFP

In Istanbul, people celebrate the decision of a top Turkish court to revoke the sixth-century Hagia Sophia’s status as a museum, clearing the way for the Istanbul landmark to be turned back into a mosque in a move backed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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Celebrations as Turkey announces iconic Hagia Sophia will be reopened as mosque | AFP

People celebrate outside Istanbul’s iconic Hagia Sophia after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that it would be reopened for Muslim worship, sparking fury in the Christian community and neighbouring Greece. IMAGES

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VICE News Daily: What Ceasefire? Fighting Rages in Eastern Ukraine

The VICE News Capsule is a daily news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: The lull is over in the fight for eastern Ukraine, a new Colombian law promises harsher sentences for crimes against women, what may come of Turkey’s Hagia Sophia, and a food safety scare in India.

UKRAINE
Violence Escalates in the Country’s East
Clashes between government forces and pro-Russia rebels in and around Donetsk.

COLOMBIA
Law to Impose Harsher Penalties for Crimes Against Women
Those convicted can now be sentenced to up to 50 years in prison.

TURKEY
The Fate of the Hagia Sophia Hangs in the Balance
The country’s secularists are outraged by Islamist demands for the museum’s conversion to a mosque.

INDIA
Nestle Noodles Banned Over Safety Concerns
Food inspectors found unsafe levels of lead in several packets of Maggi instant noodles.

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